POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The Alumnae/i Association of Vassar College (AAVC) will honor five alumni who have launched a company that helps clients use immersive and virtual technologies in the entertainment and advertising industries.
While they were still students at Vassar, Jacob Adelgren ’15, Alejandro Dinsmore ’15, Harris Gordon ’15, Matthew Griffiths ’17, and Casey Hancock ’16 employed a Kickstarter campaign to start a company called vcemo, specializing in the creation of immersive content. The Brooklyn-based firm, now called eevo (shorthand for “entertainment evolved”), has become a leading platform for virtual and interactive media.
On September 4, Adelgren, Dinsmore, Gordon, Griffiths, and Hancock will receive the AAVC Young Alumnae/i Achievement Award during Vassar’s Convocation ceremony, commencing at 3:30pm in the Vassar Chapel. At 8:00pm that evening, they will deliver a talk, “Creating Interactive Experiences: The Virtual Reality of Life After Vassar,” in Room 203 of Taylor Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.
The founders of eevo were cited earlier this year by Forbes as recipients of one of the magazine’s 30 Under 30 awards in the media category. The company’s clients have included the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the New Museum in New York City, and the Fusion TV network, among others. It provided the technology behind the BBC’s Taster smartphone app, which offers virtual reality experiences tied to BBC shows such as Planet Earth II.
Sharon Chang ’84, chair of the AAVC’s Alumnae/i Recognition Committee, said she and others on the committee were truly impressed with the young alums’ entrepreneurial spirit as well as their being recognized as disruptors in the tech industry.
“It’s especially noteworthy that they were building the groundwork for this cutting-edge company while they were still at Vassar,” Chang added. “The AAVC is thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate their remarkable achievements.”
In an interview with Vassar Quarterly in 2017, Dinsmore said he and his partners owed their success in part to the education they received at Vassar. “What we’re doing requires technical expertise coupled with innovative thinking and problem-solving, and Vassar stresses both types of learning,” he said. “We’re dealing with ambiguities, addressing problems that don’t have a single solution, and you learn how to do that at Vassar.”
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