Jean-Jacques Degroof’s activities as an investor, mentor, and teacher have included work with various organizations in the United States and Belgium. An MIT alumnus, Jean-Jacques Degroof possesses a master’s and doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Over the years, he has remained involved with his alma mater, supporting MIT programs in various areas including entrepreneurship, arts, and technology.
At the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, students are exploring the world of virtual reality (VR) through a hands-on class that teaches 360-video camera work and visual storytelling. First taught in 2017, the semester-long class gives students the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art VR technology, including emergent equipment from Samsung Gear 360 and Oculus Rift. The class also introduces students to the art of VR filmmaking with the help of guest speakers from the VR field.
Under the guidance of instructor Sandra Rodriguez, students in the spring 2018 VR class completed various projects including an interactive game and a VR tour of the MIT campus. Students were able to complete the projects thanks to equipment provided by the Oculus NextGen program, which is currently advancing VR studies at 12 US universities.