John Lester

Product Manager in Montreal, Québec, Canada

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Interests and Expertise: Product and Knowledge Management, Software Development, Enterprise Information Management, Semantic Technologies, Big Content, Unstructured Data Analytics, Online Communities, Immersive Learning, Collaborative Learning, Artificial Life, Augmented Reality, Multiuser 3D Virtual Worlds.

My current role is Product Manager at OpenText, the leader in Enterprise Information Management. At OpenText I’m responsible for the strategy and vision of OpenText InfoFusion, software that brings powerful search, content analytics, auto classification and semantic annotation to unstructured information and big content. I also do contract work in the Opensimulator virtual world platform, designing and creating immersive educational experiences.

Previously I was Lead Technology Evangelist at Wiggle Planet, a small startup developing a new platform for emotionally-intelligent animated characters that live in the physical world through 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 using the hypergrid in Opensimulator to explore interconnected virtual worlds, playing with dogs and fixing old clocks.

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    • OpenText