Amber Cordeaux is a specialist in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Her company, Women in AR/VR Australia empowers, connects, elevates and inspires women working in immersive technology.
Working in technology wasn’t something I thought I’d end up doing. From a young age, I loved to dance, sing and act. My parents were both TV actors when they met, and my Dad still works in media. So a love of performing and the creative arts is in my genes.
I decided to study Media at University which led me to a career in radio and TV. A few years back, I was the youngest TV station CEO in Australian history. After this role, I co-founded my first AR/VR (augmented reality/virtual reality) company where we made the platform to create volumetric, ‘holographic’ digital assets. Think Princess Leia in Star Wars. I quickly realised the importance of having more women working in the AR/VR space. This led me to co-found a second venture, Women in AR/VR Australia, where we host events aiming to empower, connect, elevate and inspire women in immersive technology. AR/VR is a growing field and jobs are expanding. I feel it’s important that more women are a part of this space.
Most people don’t realise how important maths is to AR/VR. Areas like algebra, geometry, trigonometry, matrices, machine learning and a solid understanding of statistics and probability will serve you well, especially if you want to become a developer.
My advice for anyone looking to get into this field is to study STEM subjects and learn as much as you can. It’s an exciting industry that is going to change many different areas of life as we know it.