Northern Ireland has a healthy cluster of immersive technology companies within the content creation and software space.
The region is home to over 1,300 creative tech companies ranging from pure entertainment creating games; apps; immersive experiences and animation, to the development of immersive games in VR and apps which gamify healthcare. These immersive companies form an important proportion of the Knowledge Economy and work closely with other Knowledge Economy businesses – those in Digital ICT, Life & Health Sciences, Fintech, Cyber Security, Data Analytics or Advanced Engineering.
The recently formed Immersive Tech NI community provides access to a range of world leading technology solutions for local companies and individuals, and, allows these businesses to benefit from this convergence as they create the next wave of immersive solutions and bring improved usability and accessibility to interaction with products developed in other sectors.
Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI), the region’s economic development agency, promotes inward investment and trade with Northern Ireland from an extensive network of overseas offices.
Aurion Learning is an award winning digital learning company with more than 18 years of experience in technology enabled learning. Specialising in the design of customised eLearning, the company works collaboratively with clients across all sectors to deliver high quality and creative learning solutions. Today Aurion Learning is one of the fastest growing digital learning companies with over 200 customers worldwide.
Big Motive is a design and innovation studio made up of a diverse team of designers, researchers and technologists working from their base in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Using data analysis and a range qualitative research approaches, Big Motive helps its clients form a deeper understanding of their customers – to create disruptive digital products and service experiences that inspire growth. Past clients include: Allstate Insurance, BBC, Channel Four, Danske Bank, Net-a-Porter, National Trust and Quinn Cement.
Boom Clap Play is an animation, audio and games development studio whose mission is to create experiences that inspire creativity and encourage the art of play, while also making a positive impact on the world. The most recent project “When Something Happens” is their Virtual Reality short film about the history of the Universe. It is the only project from Northern Ireland selected for the UK wide CreativeXR programme, a programme developed by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England.
The Digital Catapult Centre and Immersive Lab focuses on helping organisations work smarter, more efficiently and ultimately become more productive by realising and implementing innovative digital technologies. The Centre promotes a connected network to spearhead innovation and collaboration and addresses business challenges, helping deliver digital solutions. The Immersive Lab Centre Northern Ireland is a resource to assist both SME’s and enterprises get to grips with virtual and augmented reality technology through demonstrations, collaborations and innovative product testing.
Edgeways is a creative studio based in County Armagh, specialising in virtual and augmented reality developments, working with clients across various industries, from construction to manufacturing, healthcare to local tourism. Edgeways believe these technologies can add a new dimension to any organisation and enhance the customers experience. Edgeways main focus is helping organisations utilise these cutting edge technologies in an effective and easy process that creates solutions that have powerful and measurable impact.
Kainos Group plc is a UK-based provider of Digital Services and Digital Platforms. The Group’s Digital Services include full lifecycle development and support of customise digital services for government and commercial customers. The Group’s Digital Platforms comprise specialised digital products in the mobile healthcare and automated testing arenas. Kainos employs more than 1,100 staff across ten offices in Europe and the USA, working interchangeably across its Services and Platforms businesses.
New Red is a new vibrant young company committed to storytelling in Extended Reality, (XR). This includes everything from ‘completely real’ to ‘completely virtual’ - VR, AR, MR, Film, TV. New Red are a small talented team with a strong track record in journalistic excellence, allied to high end production values. New Red's vision is to tell challenging, high impact stories that break new ground.
RETìníZE is an award-winning VR studio which has been creating world-class cinematic VR experiences with major brands, sports organisations, theatre companies and broadcasters. RETìníZE have an intimate knowledge of the tricks and technology required to create truly unforgettable VR content and provides an end-to-end VR production service working with brands and companies from idea generation through to delivery.
Wholeschool, a Belfast EdTech business with Global ambitions, manage the business of 21st Century education by replacing fragmented, outdated and inefficient education processes with new on-line/real time software applications, including; AR/VR. Delivered through their internationally scalable unique Real Time Collaboration and development Wholeschool Platform, the company can meet all stakeholder needs from student, teacher and parent/carer up to Education Authority and Government Department levels. Wholeschool’s solutions power every part of the value chain, delivering service efficiency and compliance.
Yellow Design is a Belfast based branding and digital media agency working with a host of international clients. The company specialises in rapid prototyping and delivery of innovative digital technologies that are strategically marketing to global markets with particular focus on IoT, Tourism and Connected Health.
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