Saturday 19 October 2019

Waterford-based VR Education wins education award in Dubai

VR Education – headed up by Sandra Whelan, COO and David Whelan, CEO
VR Education – headed up by Sandra Whelan, COO and David Whelan, CEO
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

VR Education has won the Best Digital VR/AR product at last night’s GESS Education Awards in Dubai.

The Waterford-based company scooped the accolade for their work in developing their ‘Engage’ platform, an online virtual social learning and presentation platform.

The Engage platform can be used in schools, universities, and corporate training to teach subjects in a virtual reality environment.

The GESS Education Awards are accolades of excellence that highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services and people, as well as celebrate the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession.

London and Dublin-listed VR Education beat off competition from hundreds of other award entrants and nominees to take home the prize, which was announced at a ceremony at the H Hotel, Dubai.

David Whelan, CEO and co-founder of VR Education, said:  “Huge strides have been made in recent years in education technology and to have our role in this movement recognised by our industry peers and by the people we hope will utilise our creations, is hugely gratifying.”

“Our Engage platform aims to fully immerse the user into their learning experience, in order to increase learning retention and engagement. It will allow people to receive the best education, from the best educators from around the world, all from the comfort of their own home using virtual reality”.

VR Education reported revenue of approximately €700,000 in a trading update for the year ended December 31, 2018.

The company counts Nokia among its partners.

The business was set up in 2014 by Mr Whelan and his wife, Sandra. Since then the company has grown to employ a workforce of 34.

In March 2018 it successfully raised £6m (€6.8m) when it listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Irish Stock Exchange.

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