“Boldly go where no men can go before.”
Hong Kong schools are expected to provide educational VR contents to students
September 21, 2016
“Boldly go where no men can go before.” Only until recently, it was unimaginable that a student can experience the thrill and danger at the peak of Mont Blanc in Italy, visit a Van Gogh museum in Paris and arrive in JFK International Airport in New York City, all in the time of only one morning class session. Thanks to VR Educate’s proprietary VR Room and 21-category Content Platform, it is now possible that a class of students can experience all, altogether, along with their teacher, in the safety and comfort of a classroom. The teacher can also lead a discussion to enhance the learning experience afterwards.
Virtual Reality is emerging as one of the most rapidly adopted technologies worldwide. With this new technology reaching mainstream audiences, there will be numerous industries undergoing significant transformations, from travel and gaming to simulated training and learning. VR becomes the driving trend towards adoption of head-mounted-devices is a must in future. The potential and boundless vista of VR is unlimited and limitless.
VR Educate Ltd., an industry first mover in immersive virtual reality learning, is championing the introduction of VR learning in classrooms across Asia. VR Educate Ltd provides a “Total VR Solution” to students through its proprietary VR Room, VR Lab and VR Content Platform for schools. Totally immersive VR experience promises to encourage open imagination, self-motivation and out-of-the-box thinking amongst students. As Hong Kong has always been early adopters of new technologies, VR Educate expects 10% of Hong Kong secondary schools (about 50) will be providing educational VR contents to students in the next six months.
VR Educate, led by Ms. Lanny Huang (Founder and CEO) and Mr. Ko Ping Yeung (COO) is dedicated to bringing VR learning to all students. Based in Hong Kong, VR Educate also operates in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam.
Ms. Lanny Huang states that, “Time and again, it’s been said that if one doesn’t master new technology, one becomes its slave, and we believe students in Asia should not be left behind. VR Educate is encouraging schools and educational institutions to lead the way in VR learning. We are here to help, from classroom design to hardware and VR content to teaching aids, we will provide the best available VR teaching package for schools and institutions willing to be at the forefront of the industry. ”
Mr. Ko Ping Yeung pointed out that, “Combined with standard education techniques, VR has been shown to promote faster and more effective learning. Our VR Room will be content-ready and our platform will continuously provide the latest in international educational experiences.”VR Educate has established two advisory groups to facilitate its offering, providing the latest cutting edge VR learning experience to schools:
- The VR Educate Consultative Group (VR ECG) is chaired by Mr. Erwin Huang, and member Mr. Alan Lawrence Sitomer ,USA California Teacher of the Year Award Winner.
Mr. Erwin Huang is a pioneer devoted to incorporating technology into education and is currently the Chairperson of the Hong Kong E-learning Consortium. As a visionary and entrepreneur, he is a great believer of how technology can enhance learning: “In order to maintain VR as a school-friendly technology, regular reviews and meetings will be held on contents, learning materials and teaching aids for each VR experience, so that students will benefit most from this innovative technology.”
- The VR Educate International Content Consortium is collaborated by VR content experts from around the world, including Virtual Content Group (VCG) from Australia, France and Germany; EyeQVR from the USA and Nineplanners from Korea. This team of global specialist VR content professionals will ensure an active supply of the latest and best VR materials to schools and students in Asia. To facilitate a wide variety of disciplines available for selection by teachers, VR Educate’s Content Platform is categorized under 21 genres:
|Art in VR
||Extreme Sports in VR
||History in VR
|Landmarks in VR
||Literature in VR
||Nature in VR
|Science in VR
||Social Issues in VR
||Space in VR
|Sports in VR
||Technology in VR
||Underwater World in VR
|Festivals in VR
||Universities in VR
||Airports in VR
|Parks in VR
||World Restaurants in VR
||Theme Parks in VR
|Corporate Offices in VR
||Museums in VR
||Environmental Issues in VR
With a library-like database of immersive VR content, this new technology is itself not only a learning aid but also a tool to instill motivation in learning and innovation through immersive experience.
For seamless delivery of its content platform, VR Educate has partnered with Goffog Company Limited, a leading next-generation Cloud + Fog OTT multimedia streaming solutions company with clients such as China Mobile Hong Kong, Hong Kong Jockey Club and Mei Ah. Its technology, Streamphony, is rooted at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and based on a patent and won the Best SME ICT ( Cloud Solution ) Gold Award by Hong Kong ICT Awards 2014.
VR Educate Ltd
Ms. Lanny Huang
Tel: +852 2607 4400
Fax: +852 2607 4404
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Sponsorship Consultants (HK) Ltd
Ms. Karen Chow
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VR Educate Limited
Ms Lanny Huang
Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Lanny Huang is the CEO of VR Educate, she graduated with the Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles ( UCLA ). She carries an impressive resume spanning over 28 years across Asian media, including program management for MGM Asia, HKTVB, HK's PCCW, HK's Hutchison (HGC) and HK Cable TV; consulted for USA's Movielink, Korea's SK Telecom (TCC) and Malaysia's Astro TV; and as President of Yes TV Asia.
- Ms. Lanny Huang was awarded “Female Entrepreneur of the Decade” by MediaZone in 2016.
- Her company PGTV was received MediaZone's 2015/2016 Hong Kong Most Valuable Companies Service Award for “Most Trusted Cable, Television and Wireless Content Solutions”.
- Ms. Lanny Huang was awarded the Korea Trade Agency's KOTRA Award in 2011.
VR Educate Limited
Mr. Ko Ping Yeung
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Ko Ping Yeung, Chief Operating Officer of VR Educate Limited, oversees the development, strategic planning and accelerates implement of the VR technology in education. Besides, he also manages the company’s finance and operations.
He graduated from University of Wisconsin with Bachelor of Fine Arts and furthered his Master of Arts in Southern Illinois University. He is an over 35-year veteran in content services, including channel operations and channel localization. He worked as the Producer of HKTVB’s Pearl Channel and promoted to Programme Director. In 1993, he was the Channel Director of HK Cable TV, successfully applied for the grants of 12 channels within 6 months. During 2000 to 2002, he worked as Vice President of Phoenix Satellite TV and successfully launched the Info News Channel (round the clock - 24 hour news). Mr. Ko joined Promo Group TV in 2003 and has been its Company Director ever since.
VR Educate Limited
VR Educate Consultative Group (VR ECG)
Mr. Erwin Huang
Mr. Erwin Huang, Chairman of VR Educate Limited – Consultative Group (VR ECG), is responsible to foster the interest in schools, enhance VR eLearning and maintain VR technology as a school-friendly basis. To held regular reviews and meetings with the VR ECG members, IT experts and educationalists on contents and teaching aids for each piece of VR experience. A devoted pioneer to incorporating technology into education, he ensures that VR Educate facilitates and provides the latest cutting edge of VR learning experience to schools, so that students will benefit the utmost interest from the innovative technology in education.
He is a serial entrepreneur and a leader in a social enterprise, the eLearning field and advisor to numerous startups more than 20 years. Currently, he is Senior Advisor - Center for Education Innovation of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, President of Hong Kong Information Technology Federation (HKITF), one of the largest and respected ICT associations of HK and also chairs the eLearning Consortium, which is instrumental in driving Hong Kong’s eLearning initiative in education reform and using the power of big data to show the students possibilities. He is Deputy Chairman of Junior Achievement Hong Kong, dedicated to inspiring and preparing young leaders to succeed in a global economy thru entrepreneurship. He co-founded and current serve as Vice Chair ‘Senior Citizen Home Safety Association’ and invented the “Elderly Bell”. He is also the Founder of Agent of Change ‘加油香港’, a young social enterprise aiming at provision of low-price high-quality daily necessities to grassroots and Evangelist of WebOrganic, a social enterprise under HK Council of Social Services designed to help deprived students for digital inclusion and eLearning. He also is the Chief Consultant of Business Planning and Non-executive Director, Sky Light Holdings Limited (Stock: 3882) and Deputy Chairman and Non-executive Director, Tse Sui Luen Jewellery (International) Limited (Stock: 417).
In 2009, after joined the role playing of RTHK TV program ‘Rich Mate Poor Mate’, Erwin gained the new insights of poverty and created a range of projects to help the poor after participating in a reality TV show. As a visionary and entrepreneur, he actively engaged in social entrepreneurship with a view to bridging social needs through innovation and information technology. In 2013, he was elected as Hong Kong Spirit Ambassador.
Mr. Huang graduated with double degree in Business Operation Management and Management Information System from Boston University, USA.