Nina Salomons: Diversity Can Help Close the XR Skills Gap
Nina is an award-winning filmmaker and XR Creative, Producer & Consultant. She has worked in the XR space since 2015. She is one of the co-founders of the Women in VR meet up group, an XR journalist for two and half years, and has worked on creating, developing, and using immersive technologies for various companies and brands. She is currently working on bringing VR into UK prisons, executing UK immersive events, and working on her own VR film. Nina Salomons talks about the efforts she has done for the community so far, about her new film is coming up and why VR can help you break prison. Nina Salomons talks about her career path and her mission to make the XR community more diverse. She has a clear view on how to build a bridge to the other side of the widening skills gap, to unlock the full potential of XR.
WHAT IS THE XRDI?
The XR Diversity Initiative is dedicated to making the XR community more inclusive. The purpose is to offer introductory up-skilling workshops to inspire under-represented groups to pursue a career in XR fields. Our goal is to actively change the XR landscape by making the community more diverse, fresh and innovative.
XR companies are actively seeking to employ talented developers from diverse backgrounds, but due to an industry-wide skills shortage they are finding it very challenging. A specific need for highly skilled XR developers has been identified, but the barrier to entry to the industry is still quite high. XRDI is hoping to help bridge this gap in the industry by offering participants free hands-on workshops to help them get their foot in the door.