Kerala Govt. announces a partnership with Unity Technologies to launch Startup Centre for Excellence
By Pinkerala News Desk | Feb 11, 2019
In a significant partnership that will give an impetus to developing augmented reality (AR) / virtual reality (VR) ecosystem in the state, the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) has joined hands with US-based Unity Technologies to launch a Centre of Excellence for AR/VR and gaming. The Centre will come up in the newly-inaugurated Integrated Startup Complex, Kalamassery. A MoU in this regard was signed by Dr. Saji Gopinath, CEO, KSUM, and Mr. Anumukonda Ramesh, Asia Pacific (APAC) Head, Unity Education and Centre of Excellence Initiatives, in the presence of Chief Minister Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the country’s largest Integrated Startup Complex. Mr. Hubert Larenaudie, Vice President- Asia Pacific, Unity Technologies, was also present on the occasion. Through this centre, Unity Technologies will extend support to startups developing products, services and games on platforms including mobile, PC and various AR/VR hardware. This Centre of Excellence will also have a special focus on providing different levels of training on AR/VR developer tools to students and professionals in the state. The partnership is a significant step forward for developing an AR/VR ecosystem in Kerala. Shri. M. Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, Department of IT and Electronics, Government of Kerala said that the AR/VR market is expected to witness huge growth globally in the coming 5-6 years. The growth in demand for AR/VR content and solutions will be accompanied by the sprouting up of a new set of businesses. He added that the Centre of Excellence for AR/VR Developer tools with Unity Technologies is a step taken by the Government of Kerala towards creating an ecosystem for new businesses to grow and cater to the global demand. Mr. Sivasankar also said that ICT Academy of Kerala and C-DIT has an important role to play in the creation of the ecosystem in Kerala. Mr. Hubert Larenaudie said that Unity is at the centre of the AR/VR ecosystem, powering more than 60 percent of all content and added that the industry is seen growing significantly over the coming few years. Dr. Saji Gopinath and Mr. Santhosh Kurup, CEO, ICT Academy of Kerala also spoke on the occasion.
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