John Lester

product management, Immersive Learning, and Virtual Worlds in Montreal, Québec, Canada

John Lester

product management, Immersive Learning, and Virtual Worlds in Montreal, Québec, Canada

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My Expertise and Interests: Multiuser 3D Virtual Worlds, Immersive Learning, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Community Development, Knowledge and Product Management, Health Care, Cognitive Computing, Unstructured Data Analytics

As a Product Manager at OpenText, I’m responsible for the strategy and vision of OpenText InfoFusion, software that brings search, content analytics and semantic annotation to unstructured information and big data in enterprise environments.

Virtual worlds and online communities are an ongoing passion for me. I lead Virtual Rehab's global technology strategic direction as their CTO, working to reduce recidivism and reincarceration rates through VR-based immersive learning and rehabilitation programs. I also serve on the Board of Directors of Virtual Ability Inc., a non-profit organization helping people with disabilities by building online communities of support using multiuser 3D online virtual world technologies. And as a consultant/contractor I use platforms like Unity and Opensimulator to design and create immersive multiuser experiences with a focus on education.

Previously I was Lead Technology Evangelist at Wiggle Planet, a startup developing a new platform for emotionally-intelligent animated characters living in the physical world via geolocation-based augmented reality. I was also Chief Learning Officer at ReactionGrid, developing 3D simulations and multiuser virtual world platforms using the Unity platform. My focus at ReactionGrid was collaborative learning and instructional design, working with academic and business clients to develop immersive education environments.

From 2005-2010 I worked at Linden Lab where I led the development of the education and healthcare markets for the Second Life platform while evangelizing the innovative use of virtual worlds in research, art and immersive learning. I also worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, creating online medical education systems and patient support communities.

I have a background in neuroscience research and a deep interest in how to enhance education and collaboration through the development of successful online communities. My hobbies include being a friend to animals and fixing old clocks.