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Carlos Chegado

About Carlos

XR Specialist | VR Filmmaker| Immersive Photographer

I’m a professional photographer who quite early in my career started experimenting with ways to let users interact and explore my photography rather than frame the images myself like it happens with classic photography. On those days that meant taking matters into my own hands as there was nothing off the shelf a normal human could buy to speed up the process. Collaboration with others was the way to go so I joined the Panotools group in Europe and the IVRPA.org the two main panorama groups circa 2006.

I was elected an IVRPA.org director from January 2009 to help develop the annual conference model. We started with Tucson 2010 organized by G. Donald Bain, followed by Palmela 2011, NYC2012 and Iceland 2013 all organized by myself with the help of local IVRPA members. Palmela 2011 is regarded by many as the best IVRPA conference. It featured a rich conference program with additional exhibitions and events that involved the local community and were much appreciated by all international Palmela 2011 attendees. At the event, IVRPA President Matthias Taugwalder and the rest of the Board of Directors made me an IVRPA Honorary Member. I was also elected IVRPA President from January 2012.

While I thoroughly enjoyed those years of very active 360 community involvement fostering the development of hardware and software everyone in our industry needed, in 2013 I was offered the opportunity to come work in Australia so I packed my bags and moved with my family to the Gold Coast City, Queensland to work at Panedia with Aaron Spence.

As a senior member of the Panedia team, over the last few years I’ve been overseeing a number of large projects from building the Google Oceans Street View to creating the Global Reef Record. I have coordinated and delivered major projects to Qantas, Griffith University, Transport and Main Roads QLD, Sydney Opera House, Tourism Queensland, Queensland Health, Mahindra Racing, Americold Australia, Samsung Australia, Olympus Australia, etc…

With the learning from all those projects, in 2016 I started VRLearn.com with Aaron Spence and Paul Preston to deliver education and training through Virtual Reality. The QantasLink Manual Handling VR Training program won an award at the IATA Ground Handling conference in Bangkok.

I was born in Portugal, grew up in Mozambique and worked all over the world, but now Australia is my home and here I’ve been involved with a number of high profile visual communication and educational projects that saw me growing professionally to become one of the most experienced persons in the extended reality field today.


Aaron Spence

About Aaron

For over 20yrs Aaron has been involved in the panoramic media space. Building successful products and producing beautiful panoramic content for clients around the world.  He’s usually in Australia, but you’ll sometimes find him in the USA or Europe on projects or speaking at conferences.


Bill Bailey

About Bill

Former C.E.O. of Bill Bailey L.L.C. dba Nodal Ninja (2004-2019)

Bill Bailey is both a humanitarian and an entrepreneur. He has loved photography for most of his life, and more specifically 360° panoramic photography.

Bill has lived most of his life in California, and also spent more than 15 years in Alaska. While there he owned and operated a successful photography business for over 5 years (1994-1999) called Northern Exposure Photography of Alaska (NEP). His company became well known throughout Alaska, traveling extensively statewide providing family portraiture services to the Native American communities, many of which were in extremely remote locations. Aside from the more popular cities like Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau, Bill and his team traveled and shot in remote areas including Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, Nome, Kwethluk, Bethel, Toksook Bay, Soldotna, Nunapitchuk, Napaskiak, Eek, Dillingham, Stika, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, and Barrow to name a few. NEP also provided school photography for some the state’s districts all total compiling over 250,000 sittings all in medium format.

After selling his photography business he packed up and moved to warmer climes in California, and after marrying his lovely Aussie wife Kim, settled in Arizona. He wanted to venture back into photography and was drawn to the fascinating new and growing world of panoramic photography. In 2004 Bill partnered with Nick Fan of Fanotec and together they built the brand and company ‘Nodal Ninja’ that today stands forefront in the panoramic industry. Bill has become widely known and respected in the community for his support of the arts and in helping to bring greater exposure to panoramic photography.

In late 2019 Bill decided to retire and enjoy life in the tropics with his wife Kim, thus handing the brand back to Fanotec. Bill is still actively involved in photography and also acts as a part-time adviser to Fanotec.


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