We take any digital content and put it in a shared immersive space that anyone can use.
We design, develop and deliver immersive domes, cylinders, workspaces, custom-builds, and the Igloo Immersive Media Player that powers them all. And we’ve developed a full suite of software that makes it super-easy to engage with any immersive content.
And because groups of people can get inside an Igloo space, it’s always a shared experience. So it’s perfect for experiences and events. And it’s ideal for collaborative teamwork and training.
We can work with any type of digital content - that includes content originally designed for a VR headset, including 360° images, 360° video, and game engine-based content. So you overcome the solitary nature of a VR headset and can share the immersion with whole groups of people. And it’s a more comfortable experience for those who don’t get on with headsets for whatever reason.
Igloo Shared VR is ideal for:
Immerse your teams in any scenario - ideal for training, education and familiarisation.
Bring your designs to life - with a fully-immersive, highly-engaging, surprisingly-affordable visualisation platform.
Engage, inspire and entertain - use wraparound sound and vision to create unforgettable events and experiences.
Make meetings more productive - enable project teams to see, share, discuss, and update all of their data and documents.
We started out on the festival circuit in 2007, founded by a group of technically-minded, Shropshire-based dance enthusiasts who wanted to create the ultimate party venue.
Those founders, realising that the projection systems at the time were prohibitively expensive, developed their own software to fill domes with seamless 360° projections.
It wasn’t long before festival-goers with a corporate background saw the potential for other use cases. The festival work was supplemented by several small-scale corporate events. Then a dramatic change in pace came with large-scale projects for clients such as Sky, Toyota and UKTI.
In the early days, we attracted investment from a pair of tech entrepreneurs who provided seed investment and business direction. Then, in 2012, we secured investment from Midven, the midlands-based venture capital firm. And in 2019 and 2020 we completed further funding rounds, raising capital under the UK Government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme. (And, if you’d like to learn more about investment opportunities, check out our Investor Relations page).
Headquartered in Shropshire in the rural UK, we now also have offices in London, the US (New York and Los Angeles), Canada (Toronto), and Australia (Melbourne).
As time went on, we worked on more-and-more permanent installations for clients across the world, enterprise and education alike. And our technology, software and products became ever more expansive and sophisticated.
Early in 2020, we launched the immersive workspace alongside our new distribution partners in the US, AVI-SPL. It was a timely development - immersive workspaces were being touted as a technology CIOs should be investigating by Gartner. And NTT highlighted ‘phygital spaces’ in its predictions for 2020 technology. It showed us that we’re on the right path.
Shortly after, we launched the Igloo Immersive Media Player - we packed the power of Igloo immersive technology into a sleek, sophisticated, standalone unit. This particular innovation means that anyone can equip any space with Igloo immersive technology to create huddle rooms, innovation hubs, CAVEs, retail installations - and much more.
We now count among our clients the likes of Microsoft, Accenture, NTT, PwC, BP, and many more, who are all using Igloo immersive technology to work faster, smarter, and safer. And we’ve installed Igloo immersive spaces in over 30 universities, colleges, and schools across the world - that number is constantly growing.
Igloo benefits from a strong leadership team, bringing together skills and experience in technology, business, sales and financial management.
Dennis Wright, CEO
Dennis has more than 30 years in the technology sector. Prior to Igloo, he was founder CEO of Digital Vision (image recognition software) which he sold to Basware; and Commercial Director of GMS, sold to PTC. He acted as mentor to Igloo from its inception, and stepped-in as CEO from 2015.
Colin Yellowley, Founder & President
Colin is a co-founder of Igloo, and now runs its R&D function. He previously had more than ten years’ experience of working in multimedia, web design and film production. Having originally launched Igloo on the contemporary arts circuits, he successfully steered the company into the simulation and visualisation sector, and continues to play the central role in its product development.
Kerry Head, Managing Director
Kerry is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, with a background in financial management and business modeling. She previously spent seven years at Credit Suisse in a senior Treasury role becoming a recovery and resolution specialist and, prior to that, she was a Financial Controller with Citi. Kerry joined Igloo in 2017 to oversee its international expansion and to introduce more rigor and discipline to its internal processes. In 2021, she was appointed Managing Director to oversee the drive for our enterprise solution, the Igloo shared immersive rooms.
Pippa Halliday, Commercial Director
Pippa has a background in the media industry, having worked as a sales director with organisations such as Reed Elsevier and EMAP. In this capacity she held senior business development roles in London, Bangkok and Singapore. She has also worked extensively in sales and management training, coaching executives from a range of business sectors. She joined Igloo in 2010.
Gareth Williams, Head of Software & Application Engineering
Gareth has over 25 years experience working in software development, services and support in the areas of CAD/CAM, Visualisation, Simulation, Virtual Reality, Systems Integration, Database and Web applications.
Stu George, Head of Production Technology
Stu is an experienced CIO/CTO with a history of working in gaming, broadcast, post production and Immersive VR industries. He is responsible for the specification and ongoing support of Igloo technology.
In our 10+ year track record, Igloos have been used by 100s of clients across many different sectors.
So, please, get in touch to tell us about your ideas and how Igloo can bring them to life.