I’m ecstatic to announce that Dr. Evie Powell is going to start sharing my desk at CoMotion Labs. I first met Evie ages ago (last March) at Indies Workshop in SoDo. Her snowball fight game was one of my first experiences in VR and it remains one of the most fun.
Evie made a huge impression on me when I met her the first time. I could tell right away that she understands fun on some chromosomal level. Over a number of conversations I’ve come to admire her imagination, her intellect, and her respect for the seriousness of play.
It occurred to me recently that I could get other people access to CoMotion Labs if I named them as members of my “team.” Evie mentioned that she’d love to have more access to UW’s VR startup incubator, so it just seemed like a no-brainer to sign her up and get her a key card. I look forward to seeing the collaborations and projects she dives into among the other VR pioneers who share the space.
A little more about Dr. Powell’s background, from her offical bio:
Dr. Evie Powell is a life long games researcher and game designer. She received her Ph.D. in computer science in 2012 and, as a graduate student, focused her research on socially pervasive game experiences and context-aware gaming using mobile technologies. These days she works on VR game experiences, NUI based game interactions, and other experimental game designs. She is the CEO and Creative Director at Verge of Brilliance LLC. Evie has been a consultant to several companies on various VR / AR based projects. Her work has been showcased at events like Seattle’s GE2, and IMMERSE VR. She’s also been a panelist at several popular VR and gaming conferences including PAX 2016 and GeekGirlCon.
Pressure’s on, Evie! Show us your brilliance!