As a young girl growing up in Ghana, Mary Spio dreamed of escaping into another world. Watching TV, she saw astronauts walking on the moon, rockets launching, and acrobats on the other side of the world and would wonder what it felt like to be in their shoes.
This state of wonder and curiosity led her to the United States, where her work as a deep space scientist and satellite engineer eventually led her to found CEEK VR, a social VR hub for accessing entertainment, education, and branded experiences.
She describes VR as the next evolution of the Web, a series of interconnected 3D spaces where you can enter environments and have experiences that you couldn’t have in traditional 2D video. She also sees VR as “a delivery mechanism for compassion,” able to place people in experiences in which they can experience other people’s pain, learn from it, and ultimately open their minds to unimagined possibilities.