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Kyle Jackson, Co-Founder and CEO of Talespin, to Receive Innovate@UCLA Executive Leadership Award for Real Applications of the Metaverse

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September 13, 2022

LOS ANGELES, September 13, 2022 — Innovate@UCLA, a member-based IT leadership organization, today announced that Kyle Jackson, Co-Founder and CEO of Talespin, will be awarded its annual Executive Leadership Award. Innovate@UCLA is a partnership with technology leaders in enterprise organizations and UCLA through the Office of Advanced Research Computing.

“This prestigious award recognizes individuals and their organizations who exemplify digital leadership and driving technology innovation in the marketplace,” said Thomas Phelps IV, Innovate@UCLA Executive Chair and Laserfiche Chief Information Officer. “With this award, Talespin joins the ranks of the most disruptive innovators who are selected each year by our awards committee of tech leaders.”

Using immersive technologies, like virtual reality, Talespin provides an enhanced learning environment where lessons can be experienced rather than just studied. As the future of work evolves, these technologies will be at the core of employees' experience. In co-founding and leading Talespin, Jackson oversaw the building of an immersive learning platform that supports content creators, technology companies, and large enterprises in the development of more engaging and impactful workplace training programs.

The annual Executive Leadership Awards will be held at the UCLA Luskin Ballroom on September 29, 2022. World-renowned entrepreneur and author Keith Ferrazzi will provide a keynote on the importance of increasing the diversity in leadership, and how to make a difference either by raising your own hand, or advocating for and sponsoring others. 

Metaverse artist Teek Mach will appear live to exhibit an excerpt from Grisaille, the groundbreaking interactive performance at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival New Frontier. An executive panel – featuring leaders in entertainment and media, consulting and the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at NASA JPL –  will highlight real-life business use cases of the Metaverse. 

“We’re excited at the tremendous amount of thought leadership on the practical uses of the metaverse that will be shared by our speakers,” said Jim Rinaldi, Innovate@UCLA Executive Director and former CIO of NASA JPL. “There’s been a lot of hype about the metaverse similar to blockchain, but the applications are real and tangible.”

For more information about the Innovate@UCLA Executive Leadership Awards or to register, visit Ameri100 and Avasant Foundation are major supporters of the annual awards event. 

About Talespin

Talespin is building the spatial computing platform to power talent development and skills mobility for the future of work. Founded in 2015, the company leverages its proprietary platform to offer enterprise customers, partners, and individuals an end-to-end solution for creating, distributing, and measuring the impact of immersive learning content. Talespin is building a future of work where the distance between learning and execution is collapsed, enabling people to explore unique career paths that meet the needs of both businesses and individuals. Talespin’s investors include SEEK Investments, Cornerstone, Allomer Capital, Pearson Ventures, Accenture Ventures, Go1, Sony Innovation Fund, and HTC. Learn more at

About Innovate@UCLA

Innovate@UCLA is a member-based partnership with UCLA. Its mission is to inspire business innovation and collaborative research programs with emerging technologies. Benefits to corporate executives and professionals include professional networking events, CIO Exchanges and professional education programs by tech leaders in enterprise organizations. Members have participated in UCLA’s applied research projects and tailored hackathons driven by innovative student teams. Innovate@UCLA empowers its members’ innovation agenda and pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved together.

About Ameri100 and Avasant Foundation

Ameri100 is a fast-growing, end-to-end reseller and partner of SAP’s portfolio of solutions. We bridge the gap between strategy and execution to assist our customers with every phase of their technology roadmap. As one of the largest pure-play SAP partners in the United States we help design, implement, and support technology transitions in our customers' organizations.

Avasant Foundation supports technology and skill development programs to create employment opportunities for youth. Avasant’s engagement in the global market has inspired a strong commitment to community and purpose. In this regard, we have implemented three critical programs across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Within the US, our efforts are focused on supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).