About Us

Poipoia te kākano kia puāwai

Nurture the seed and it will blossom

 

Kia ora

VR Voom has a specialist education team ready to empower future generations with the knowledge and tools to unleash creativity. We are passionate educators, programmers and 3D modellers who strive to enable young people in the learning of how ao mariko content is made in Aotearoa and across the world.

 

VR Voom offers scaffolded learning programmes for all young learners based on a design thinking approach. We utilise our know-how to provide interactive and engaging learning opportunities through a "hands on" practical approach.

We assist learners to excel at school, aligning with the revised New Zealand Technology curriculum, with a particular focus on computational thinking (CT) and designing and developing digital outcomes (DDDO) technological areas, building skills and supporting students to move beyond being users of digital technologies to becoming innovative creators of digital solutions and outcomes.

 

Our operations range from running location-based VR experience premises in Auckland, exploring VR content by remote learning or hybrid presentations to licencing our own VR creations globally, which means we have resources available to enable ākonga in more than one way. We can be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the student, teacher, and school.

Education Team
 
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Peter Dong

Founder & CEO

Believes in equity in education. Assembling great minds together to provide digital technologies' solutions and pathways to schools, and beyond. Leading the way to discover novel technologies to empower education through research and development endeavours. A serial entrepreneur involved in multiple industries, started his first venture at the age of 19.

EdTechNZ Executive Council Member

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Andrew Allerby

Digital Technology Strategist

Andrew has accumulated 20+ years of experience in sales & marketing in the technology industry in New Zealand, the UK, and the US.  Roles have included; individual contributor sales, team management, project management, channel sales strategy, and consulting.  Before joining VR Voom, he worked for MarketStar in Europe and the US – and VMware in their US SMB Team. 

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Dr Nasser Giacaman

Science Leader

Nasser is a Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering at the University of Auckland, where he is currently Director of Software Engineering as well as the Software Engineering Masters Advisor. Extremely passionate about teaching, he has won a number of teaching excellence awards and dedicates his research efforts towards digital educational engineering.

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Thomas Male

VR Development Lead

Virtual Reality (VR) enthusiast and driven game programmer, who is also deeply passionate to bring industry knowledge directly to learners in schools, whether student or teacher. Graduated from Media Design School with a Bachelor's in Software Engineering - Game Programming.

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Sarah Washbrooke
Product Development Lead

Sarah is a passionate educator and has taught many ages, needs and cultures in different school environments as a Technology specialist for 24+ years. She promotes professional learning for teachers in STEM/Technology across NZ.
Sarah is conversant with latest revisions in Technology and has gained excellence in Technology teaching awards.

TENZ Council & DTTA committee.

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Thien Ly

3D Modeller and Animator

Discovered his passion for 3D modelling and animation at high school back in Sweden, continued his artistic pathway at Yoobee College graduated with a Bachelor's of Animation. He has worked on a series of digital content projects to explore new techniques that can then be taught to learners.

Board of Advisors
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Dr Kerry Lee

As a registered teacher, Kerry is passionate about supporting teachers and learners in Technology Education. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, the chair of Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ), and on numerous national and international technology education councils.

Carol Mutch

Prof. Carol Mutch

She is the Education Commissioner for UNESCO New Zealand. Been a teacher, teacher educator, educational leader, policy advisor, researcher, writer and now a Professor at the University of Auckland. Vast knowledge and experience in both the national and international education communities. 

Robert Amor

Prof. Robert Amor

He has spent over 30 years working on the application of computer science research in the architecture, engineering, and construction domains. Currently, a Professor at the University of Auckland and teaches Human Computer Interaction (HCI).

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Assoc. Prof. Vicente Gonzalez

He is an Associate Professor in Lean Construction and Engineering Informatics at the University of Auckland, Vicente’s research and passion is at the interface of civil engineering and computer science, knowledge generation is at the service of solving human and engineering problems.  He is also the Chair of Lean Construction Australia and New Zealand.

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Dr Zhenan Feng

Being passionate about Virtual Reality (VR), Zhenan has been researching VR for emergency training and studies since his PhD. With his mixed experience from the industry and academia, he has rich knowledge on digital technologies and applications.