It’s been quite the year.
With the announcement of a partnership with Sony Pictures and the opening of our first public experience, you could say we’ve been quite busy. But there’s also been a lot of internal success. Over the past year, our numbers have grown from a small team of visionaries to almost 100 employees.
With that growth, has come the hiring of a new engineering team based out of Austin, Texas, who are supporting the Studios team back in Utah. This team of seven talented engineers is working to solve some of the greatest challenges in developing THE VOID platform.
“This team will make it possible for us to bring multiple content teams in to build VOID experiences,” says Farrell Edwards, technical director at THE VOID. He continues,
We must have had some pretty incredible karma happening here to stumble into these guys. We couldn’t have tailored together a better team.
The group covers a broad range of skillsets in technical fields. They’re also problem solvers, which Jon Stephens, sr. software engineer at THE VOID says is crucial.
“We needed people that could take anything and figure out how to make it work. This team is finding new technologies, polishing them up, and handing them off to the experience team to start using,” says Stephens.
Not only are Farrell and Jon elated for the new recruits, but so are, well, the guys that make up the Austin team!
“The first time I heard about The Void was in my inbox, and the subject line said ‘The future of virtual reality will literally spray you in the face.’ And I went, do I want that? After demoing, I realized that I really do!” says Anthony Castoro, project manager at THE VOID.
Following the team’s inception, the group came out to Utah to meet the rest of the crew and demo THE VOID’s experiences for the first time.
“I was told I wouldn’t understand how absolutely cool it was until I went through, and that’s absolutely true,” says Kevin Saffel, director of engineering at THE VOID.
The group felt very welcome during their visit and were surprised by how much the company has been able to do with their limited resources.
“Everyone is very nice, actually nicer than people in Texas! The warehouse set-up really blew my mind, it was beyond my expectations,” says Neema Rezaee, sr. engineer at THE VOID.
They’re also invigorated by the problems they’re solving.
“I feel like I can contribute to experiences that people will have that will be good influences in their lives. I could see myself contributing here for a long time and I’m super jazzed about that,” says Garrett Roberts, engineer at THE VOID.
“It’s unreal the type of challenges we’re tackling here. I’m extremely excited to take them on,” says David Morra, sr. engineer at THE VOID.
Which I.P. would TEAM AUSTIN like to see in THE VOID?
- Anthony- The Last Airbender
- Brett- Aliens
- David- Travel the world
- Neema- Star Wars
- Kevin- Dark Souls
- Garrett- Final Fantasy
- Peter- Prehistoric era