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Belgian tv-programme Tout s’explique airs feature on the Dolphin Swim Club

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In January 2019, the Belgian tv-programma Tout s’explique aired a feature on the Dolphin Swim Club. This 25-minute show tries to explain different topics (such as news, science, politics, religion etc.) in a simple and approachable manner.

Dolphin birthday party

In this report, the host of the show Thomas van Hamme went swimming with our wild virtual dolphins, in real water. We also visited an operating theatre in the Clinique Saint Jean (Brussels), where anaesthetist Arnaud Bosteels produces great results in reducing anxiety in young patients, using our Wild Dolphin VR. Before undergoing surgery, young children often experience anxiety. Dr. Bosteels aims to calm them by inviting them to the dolphin birthday party before introducing the VR goggles.

HKU Awards 2018

‘Our’ Michael Hildering wins HKU Award for his internship at the Dolphin Swim Club

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A little while ago, our intern Michael Hildering left the Dolphin Swim Club to graduate. He was very much involved with the research and development of our Wild Dolphin UnderwaterVR goggles. For his final exams, he wrote a detailed report about the process. These efforts did not go unnoticed as Michael was nominated for an HKU Award by his university, in the category Entrepreneurship.

Needless to say, we were thrilled to hear Michael has won the HKU Award! He has won a sum and associated medal.

Making new connections is my speciality. You could call me a Connector. I am passionate about designing new ideas and applying them by connecting different sectors. In doing so, I am constantly looking for disruptive innovation and how I can put that into context. My university encouraged me to develop these skills, which came in handy at the Dolphin Swim Club. My double internship at this organization helped me to experience how to connect the dots between Virtual Reality, healthcare, nature conservation, the cultural sector, the underwater world and 3D printing.

Well Done, Michael! We couldn’t be more proud.

HKU Awards 2018
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The Dolphin Swim Club wins the 2018 HUS Design Prize

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We are happy and proud that the Human Underwater Society has awarded our UnderwaterVR project with the HUS Design Prize. The is the first contest dedicated to human immersion and water sports. The competition was fierce: students, freelancers, companies and other organisations from around the world. The theme of 2018 was the social impact of access to the water.

We were overwhelmed to find out we came first in not just one, but two categories:

  • We have won the first prize for Education for the Dolphin Swim Club
  • And we have won the first prize for Independants for our UnderwaterVR goggles.

We would like to thank the Human Underwater Society for putting the Dolphin Swim Club in the spotlights. It is great they use their platform to broadcast the promise of Virtual Reality in healthcare. And of course, spread the magic of our wild dolphins.

So it seems another adventure is awaiting us in 2019. We will visit Tahiti to collect the prize and present our project. Do you want to stay up to date about this, or our other adventures? Sign up for our newsletter below.

 


 

LogoThe Human Underwater Society is supported by the Maritime Cluster of French Polynesia, the Chamber of Commerce and Trades of French Polynesia, the School of Innovation of Paris ESIEE, the French Institute of the Sea, the ORPHY laboratory of the University of Brest, the Dive Alert Network Foundation DAN, the Society of Engineers and Scientists of France and the association “the 9th continent”.

Lysanne

Lysanne joins our team as Communications Officer

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The magic of our dolphins is touching people all over the globe. We are currently present in over 500 hospitals worldwide. Of course, that is great news, but it also means a lot of hard work. That is why we are so pleased Lysanne is joining our team as Communications Officer.

‘As a young girl I was quite obsessed with dolphins. From jewellery and pillows to diaries and stuffed animals, my world revolved around these fantastic animals. Growing up, I forgot about the magic of dolphins. But some years ago on a trip to the Maldives I swam with them in the wild, rekindling my passion. I started volunteering at an NGO and spent my weekends teaching children about dolphins in captivity versus dolphins in the wild. And that is where I met Benno, who asked me if I wanted to join the team. I am excited to help the Dolphin Swim Club take their communications to the next level and bring you more stories about what is happening within the organisation.’

Lysanne
Siggraph Award

the Dolphin Swim Club wins ACM SIGGRAPH Award for Innovation at Laval Virtual

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ACM SIGGRAPH presents awards to recognize exceptional achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques.
In April 2018, we visited Laval Virtual in France. This is an important exhibition and conference on Virtual Reality and immersive techniques.
You can imagine our shock and excitement when we won an ACM SIGGRAPH Award for Innovation with our Wild Dolphin Waterproof VR!
Of course, this is a huge acknowledgement to the efforts of the team (including the dolphins), and we could not be more proud!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team behind the project of the Dolphin Swim Club.
Naturally, we celebrated with the whole team. On to new adventures!

Siggraph Award
Olivijnfestijn

Students of Olivijn organize inspiring activity with the Dolphin Swim Club

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Olivijnfestijn

Every June, the Dutch primary school Olivijn organizes the Olivijnfestijn. This year, teacher Onno challenged the students of their Talentlab (an extracurricular class for bright children) to come up with an activity that they could perform together with children living with a disability. Student Sem wanted to have these kids experience swimming with wild dolphins. He wrote a beautiful letter to the Dolphin Swim Club, asking if we could help. And of course, we did not want to miss out on this inspiring activity!

Swimming with wild dolphins in Virtual Reality

So our intern Michael visited Olivijn last Wednesday. Together, the children swam with the wild dolphins in Virtual Reality. They had such a great time! The whole team, including teacher Onno and photographer Julia, had stars in their eyes. Thanks to Sem and the Talentlab, over 100 children could swim with the wild dolphins, and our seals as well! And on top of organizing this great event, the staff of Olivijn decided to donate the proceedings of the day to the Dolphin Swim Club. Thank you so much. You are heroes!

Special projects

Do you have an inspiring idea and do you want to organize a special activity together with the Dolphin Swim Club? Check out our Special Projects and get in touch with our team!