Variable Labs Hires Dennis Bonilla as Chief Technology Officer and Jorge Calderon as Software Architect

OAKLAND, CA, Sept. 1, 2016 - Variable Labs, Inc., a leading virtual reality developer, is pleased to announce its hire of Dennis Bonilla as Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Bonilla will play a key part in shaping Variable Labs’ technology strategy as the company embarks on the next phase of its growth, blending live-action VR with interactivity that will support and enhance cutting-edge experiences.

Barry Pousman, the CEO of Variable Labs commented, “We are leading the charge to develop emotionally resonant immersive tools that foster empathy and behavior change. Bringing on a technology leader like Dennis allows us enhance our efforts to develop new and exciting VR experiences — such as the interactive VR negotiation simulator we recently announced at the White House, designed to empower women to negotiate salaries and benefits more effectively.”

Dennis Bonilla joins Variable Labs with more than 15 years of experience in technology, including extensive work in the space and science fields. Most recently, Bonilla worked as a contractor for NASA, serving as a Senior Digital Strategist where he directed user experience, design, and development efforts.

“We're at a fascinating moment in time where we are rapidly adopting virtual reality technology to explore immersive experiences and sharing real-world events to a wide audience. Variable Labs consists of an impressive team developing dynamic experiences and I'm proud to be joining them to help chart the VR future,” Bonilla said.

Bonilla previously supported NASA Centers through the development of visualization and collaboration software and served in roles supporting committees advising the U.S. President about options for future human space flight. Bonilla received several awards for his contributions to NASA software and projects and he was granted a patent involving collaborative simulation data.

“We're at the tip of the iceberg of what can be done with virtual reality and I look forward to helping Variable Labs add to their existing list of impressive VR short films and applications,” Bonilla said. “VR has opened doors to many who have previously been kept at a distance from amazing learning experiences and we look forward to unlocking many more of those opportunities.”

Variable Labs is also pleased to announce that Jorge Calderon has joined Variable Labs as a Software Architect. Calderon has over 15 years of experience in web and application development. 

Calderon combines his recent experience with Unity, C#, and game development workflows with prior work developing and deploying large-scale web platforms, APIs, and web applications. Calderon’s past clients include the U.S. General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Education, and NASA. 

“I am excited about the power of VR as a force for good. I am looking forward to helping Variable Labs develop innovative tools for capturing, deploying, and experiencing VR,” Calderon said.