NovoLanguage and Deviant’s 3D VIP Room wins prestigious award at the Comenius EduMedia Awards


BERLIN, June 22, 2017 - The 3D VIP Room, made by Novolanguage and Dutch publisher Uitgeverij Deviant, has won a Comenius EduMedia Medal. It won the award for best Didactic Multimedia Product. The Comenius EduMedia Awards are organized every year by the Society for Pedagogy, Information and Media (GPI). They are considered one of the most prestigious awards for multimedia products in Europe.

The 3D VIP Room provides learners with a safe environment to practice in, allowing them to gain and improve skills relevant to their profession or education while also learning a foreign language. Learners can practice in a virtual environment that simulates real-life situations, for instance, going shopping at a local market and asking for directions in English. With only a few basic requirements to experience the 3D VIP Room, it is a highly accessible learning solution for students and professionals.

The app was developed in close cooperation with Uitgeverij Deviant, who provided the story and learning material. Novolanguage developed the concept and application and implemented its advanced speech technology.

Martijn Enter, CEO of Novolanguage, and mr. Jono Lentz of Deviant, were in Berlin to pick up the award. Smiling broadly, mr. Enter reveals: “We’re immensely proud to have been awarded such an honour. Together with Deviant we envisioned to bring virtual reality to the learner in order to empower them, to help them learn and grow in a safe, yet realistic environment. To be recognized for that is simply amazing.”

About the Comenius EduMedia Awards

The Comenius EduMedia Awards is a yearly event organized by the Society for Pedagogy, Information and Media (GPI). The awards are conferred in four domains: Didactic Multimedia Products, General Multimedia Products, Educational Management Systems and Computer games with potentials to boost competences. The Comenius EduMedia Awards are open to publishing houses, institutions, universities, schools, project groups and authors of educational media from all countries who design, create, publish or disseminate educational media supported by information and communication technologies (ICT).

NovoLanguage and Uitgeverij Deviant attract widespread attention with their 3D VIP Room at the NOT 2017

On January 24, 2017, NovoLanguage and Uitgeverij Deviant proudly presented their 3D VIP Room (3D Virtual Interaction Presentation Room) at the Nederlandse Onderwijs Tentoonstelling (NOT) 2017 in Utrecht, attracting widespread attention from teachers and learners alike. The 3D VIP Room combines virtual reality with automatic speech recognition into a highly immersive and interactive language learning experience. Because of this unique combination, the app has been nominated for the NOT Innovation Award.

The 3D VIP Room ‘teleports’ attendees of the conference to a market square, where they are going to shop in English.  In close cooperation with Uitgeverij Deviant, who wrote the story and provided the learning material, NovoLanguage developed the application and implemented its advanced speech technology.

The only requirements for a learner to experience the 3D VIP Room are a smartphone and a set of cardboard VR glasses, making virtual reality a highly accessible learning solution for the classroom.

The NOT is held until 28 January 2017 at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. Attendees are invited to visit Uitgeverij Deviant at their stand in Hall 9D040, where the 3D VIP Room is demonstrated throughout the day.

NovoLanguage present their platform to the Vinh Long delegation in Arnhem, the Netherlands

NovoLanguage present their platform to the Vinh Long delegation in Arnhem, the Netherlands

On the 22nd and 23rd of November, 2016, a business delegation from the Vinh Long Province in Vietnam visited the Gelderland province in the Netherlands. The delegation was led by Mr. Nguyen Van Quang, chairman of the Vinh Long People’s Committee. The purpose of the seminar was to promote and strengthen the commercial relationship between the two countries. Since Novolanguage has several business partners in Vietnam, CEO Martijn Enter presented their educational platform at the seminar.

NovoLanguage participates in Dutch trade mission to Vietnam

NovoLanguage participates in Dutch trade mission to Vietnam

NovoLanguage is part of the business delegation of 35 Dutch companies and knowledge institutions, led by the Dutch Vice Minister for Foreign Trade Mr.  Marten van den Berg, to explore further business opportunities in Vietnam. 

“The Vietnamese economy is growing very fast and attracts a lot of foreign investments. Good communication skills are key to unlocking this business potential. We, at NovoLanguage, see that Vietnamese people are eager to learn and to achieve their goals regarding career development. We would like to empower them to do so.” - Mr. Martijn Enter, CEO NovoLanguage.  

Gelderland Start Up of the Year

NovoLanguage, an innovative company providing interactive and personalised language learning, has won the Gelderland Start Up of the Year Award. The award was presented at ‘The Night of the Gelderland Economy’ (Nacht van de Gelderse economie) in the Honigcomplex in Nijmegen.

“We are very happy to have been chosen to win this award. For us it is a reflection of the hard work, passion and creativity of the NovoLanguage team, who have been a critical part of our success, as well as the enthusiasm of our supporting partners and customers. As the demand for online personalised language training continues to grow, we look forward to being a key influencer and player in this market.” – Martijn Enter, CEO NovoLanguage

Magic Mobs

Magic Mobs, a sister company of NovoLanguage, has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund in order to conduct a feasibility study (General Innovation). The goal of this study will be to map the possibilities of a 'virtual classroom' with applied physics, speech recognition software, videostreaming and dynamic environments. Additionally, both the hardware and software will be stress tested.

The objective of this study is to make available new solutions and opportunities within the education sector.

Classroom of the Future

NovoLanguage has been awarded a grant to develop the ‘classroom of the future’ as part of the Subsidieverordening Virtaal Gelderland 2011 mobility program. To bring the classroom of the future to the present, NovoLanguage will expand development activities and establish an intensive collaboration with domestic and international partners. NovoLanguage will use Virtual Reality to bring the classroom into the student’s home in an innovative way, providing teachers with new ways to make their classes interactive.