The Sixth International VR Awards celebrates pioneers and outstanding contributions toward the future of virtual reality
London, UK – 15th Nov. 2022 – The Academy of International Extended Reality (AIXR) unveiled the recipient of this year’s ‘Accenture VR Lifetime Achievement’ award winner: Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie, artist, educator, scientist and widely known as a pioneer in virtual reality (VR) and the delivery of meaningful and innovative experiences. Jacquelyn will accept the award at a live ceremony on Dec. 1, 2022, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The highest accolade given by AIXR, the Accenture VR Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates pioneers who have made outstanding contributions towards the future of VR. Nominations and judging for this award follow a rigorous process, with finalists selected by a dedicated steering committee and the winner chosen based on impact to the industry and positive influence on future generations. The previous recipient of this award was Tom Furness, immersive pioneer and founder of Virtual World Society.
Jacquelyn has had a decades-long career that is illustrated by her unparalleled achievements including her work on the development of multi-sensory VR techniques using psychology and art to create environments to elicit powerful, emotional responses from users. In 1999, she helped establish the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and spent 14 years as a senior research scientist, patenting a scent collar to deliver evocative odors within immersive environments. In 2011, Morie started ‘All These Worlds, LLC’ to promote virtual environments and technology for healing and mindfulness and has applied her work to aid veterans and soldiers. And most notably at NASA, Dr Morie created a virtual world ecosystem called ANSIBLE designed to provide psychological benefits and train astronauts who will undertake long and isolating missions to Mars.
Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie on accepting the Accenture VR Lifetime Achievement Award: ”Sometimes life, as you are living it, takes twists and turns you never expect. This is especially true if you are following your bliss, as Joseph Campbell advises us to do. My path was lucky enough to have included roads that led to early computer graphics as well as being able to discover how to make those into engaging and meaningful virtual reality experiences. In the end, we are each composed of atoms and energy, experiences and memories. And being able to make such wondrous constructs that enable deep memories with immersive technology has been one of the joys of my artistic career. I hope my receiving this award inspires even more creators to make wondrous works in the new immersive media, taking them to the next stage of their evolution.“
Daniel Colaianni, AIXR chief executive commented: “We are very proud to recognise Dr Jacquelyn Morie with such a prestigious award. Jacquelyn is a highly regarded immersive pioneer for experiences we know and love today, and we are confident that their recognition will inspire the next generation of doers and makers to break new ground and change the way the world experience the metaverse.”
In its sixth year, the VR Awards – the largest global awards ceremony for the VR community – for the first time in history will be celebrated in person in collaboration with Immersive Tech Week (ITW), formerly known as VRDays Europe, access tickets for ITW here: https://vrdays.co/ticketing/
The live ceremony will boast an exciting live program of exclusive coverage, celebrations and red-carpet highlights all from the renowned de Doelen. Tickets for the Dinner and After-party have officially sold out but you can still join the tickets waitlist to be the first to know when additional tickets are available: https://vrawards.aixr.org/tickets/waitlist/
About VR Awards:
The VR Awards is at the center of recognition and celebration of outstanding achievements in VR. Combined with year-round international initiatives, the VR Awards brings together an evening of recognising VR excellence through premium red-carpet moments to the gathering of the world’s most influential names in immersive technology. All to commemorate the greatest VR achievements for the year. The VR Awards is an unmissable awards ceremony for all professionals from various industries across the world. The VR Awards are overseen by AIXR’s independent Steering Board.
Internationally, AIXR identifies, celebrates, and exemplifies the very best in immersive technology. By connecting people, projects, and knowledge AIXR enables growth, nurtures talent, and develops standards, bringing wider public awareness and understanding to virtual and augmented reality industries. Officially founded in 2019, AIXR now boasts over 125 company members, supports a growing network of over 12,000 people internationally, and works across North America, Europe and Asia.
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