Top 15 Young Geeks - Class of 2020

Dale Deacon

Dale Deacon

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  • Role: Founder

Dale's Biography

Changing the VR game

In 19, he started the WeAreVR JOZI & WeAreVR AFRICA communities to coordinate the education and collaboration of designers and developers in the fields of VR, AR and 360 video.

He also presented VR at Playtopia in Cape Town, started a local VR/AR podcast, arranged a VR/AR meetup at the Fak'ugesi digital arts festival, lectures modules of the University of Johannesburg's VR short learning programme (a first at UJ) and with Dr. Abejide Ade-Ibijola, established UJ's own VR Lab.

Today, the WeAreVR community spans 4 cities across Africa and Deacon is currently beta testing his team's South African-made VR therapy software, awaiting their launch.

Favourite Quote

Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Dear South African Geeks,

Do three things. Learn, create and share. Always be doing one of those three things, and you'll live a happy and fulfilled life.

- Dale Deacon

Dale's Work

  • WeAreVR Jozi & WeAreVR Africa

    Showcase of the latest developments in Johannesburg's Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 360 video industries. Meet the hottest entrepreneurs, artists and engineers in Johannesburg under a single roof.

    The University of Johannsburg's VR Short Learning Programme

    The Fak'ugesi Digital Arts Festival

    Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival is at the forefront of Africa's culture and technology scene. Explore what we stand for and how our journey evolves.

    Playtopia and the AMAZE TrainJam

    Calling developers to Amaze train jam to game jam in a train all the way to Playtopia Festival and Make Games Africa in Cape Town.

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