Spotlight Interview with Tim Black, Managing Director at Creative Pipeline

Tim Black – Managing Director at Creative Pipeline



What do you hope attendees will gain at your webinar?

Karl and I identified fairly early on Creative Pipeline’s Virtual Reality journey that we needed to help people understand what we have here with this incredible VR technology. We decided the best thing we could do for most people who are not familiar with the tech, or Experiential Learning philosophy, was to write what we see as “VR 101”. Attendees will walk away from this webinar with a well rounded knowledge of the importance of both VR, but also the power of Experiential Learning, and what that can practically do for your organisation.

What discussions do you look forward to having with the attendees?

We have a very good understanding of what is possible with the use of this technology going forwards, as well as it’s practical implementation right now. It will be good to share our learnings, and answer any questions anyone might have about anything VR, be it the tech, the philosophy, why it knocks Powerpoint based training out of the park, etc.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

One of the most satisfying parts of my role is bringing together a growing team of like-minded people who have a passion for what we are building at Creative Pipeline. The space we work is right on the edge of what is possible, and to be able to offer the chance to “write the book” on how high end VR is developed and created is a very special opportunity to be able to offer to everyone involved.

How did you get into the industry?

I have always had a passion for science fiction and industrial design in film, that started with the original Star Wars films when I was a kid. I ended up studying Industrial (Product) Design at The University of Newcastle, NSW Australia, just as computer based 3D modelling and animation was appearing on the scene. I could immediately see this was going to be “they way it was done” in the future. I jumped into 3D and have not let go since. That was 25 years ago. 3D has now grown to become a big industry, as it underpins most produced items today, be it a product, a highway, a skyscraper or a jet. VR uses this 3D data, but in a completely interactive way, and is finally realising where I hoped the use of 3D would go, after realising it’s power 25 years ago. Exciting times.

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?

Apart from incredible places in Australia, one place I love is Namche Bazaar in the Himalayas in Nepal. This is a town perched on a ridge that is halfway along the trekking route to Everest Base Camp, and is at an altitude of 3440m. It is hard to get to (only accessible by foot), but has fantastic accommodation, food and is surrounded by the world’s most incredible snow covered mountains, most over 6000m high. The best thing about the place is the incredible Sherpa people who live there. They make you feel very at home with them, and take care of you very well. You can walk 20 minutes out of Namche and see the mighty Mount Everest. I would highly recommend a Google image search for “Namche Nepal”.

Join Tim Black on a webinar entitled Discover how VR is Unlocking Human Potential by Creative Pipeline on 28th of October at 11AM Sydney.

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