About us

/rō bō käɡˈnēt ō/

Robocognito is a Seattle-based start-up specializing in virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality applications. Our name is a combination of two words:

  • Robot: A nod to futuristic technology.
  • Cognition: The process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience and the senses.

Custom VR simulations

Robocognito creates custom virtual reality simulations to improve the quality and efficiency of traditional training and education, and to help make dangerous occupations safer.

In traditional training, students get to practice hands-on skills a limited number of times because training in a real-life setting is time consuming and resource intensive. Extra practice time is simply not possible. Our VR experiences allow students to practice a task in a low-risk, virtual environment as many times as they need to become proficient. This reduces the likelihood of making dangerous or even life-threatening mistakes on the job.

Plus, an authentic simulation gives students a taste for what they are getting into. This can either ignite their passion for a new career earlier or help them discover sooner that an opportunity just isn’t for them. Imagine spending thousands of dollars and months of training only discover you couldn’t tolerate heights. VR simulation saves that time and money for both the student and the organization.

We believe our custom VR experiences will help organizations meet their unique curriculum needs and offer higher quality training that is more efficient and cost effective. We also believe this training will help organizations attract younger workers, who are already using VR technology for fun. This will be especially important for the skilled trades, in which 50 percent of their workforce will need to be replaced in the next decade because of retiring baby boomers.

Our target customers are organizations – like those with apprenticeships for skilled trades – that provide interactive educational opportunities for students.

We think we can transform the way education and training is delivered, that we can help make dangerous occupations safer and we can inspire a new generation to discover careers they hadn’t previously considered.

We’d love to coordinate a time to chat about how our VR experiences may help you.

Contact us.

Our mission and values

Our mission is to serve the greater good by creating custom virtual reality applications that help organizations in the Pacific Northwest and the United States improve the quality and efficiency of the training and education they offer and inspire a new generation to discover careers they hadn’t previously considered.

We live by these values with our customers, our partners and our employees:

  • Innovation. We are committed to excellence and continuous improvement through creativity, always striving to provide better products and solutions for our customers and our industry.
  • Social responsibility. We will act with integrity and ensure the health and sustainability of the communities where we do business.
  • Respect. We treat all people with the utmost kindness and dignity, while embracing diversity in all forms.

Our experience

We have experience working with this new technology and the ability to create content that grabs and holds users’ attention.

Robocognito’s team has been providing pre-rendered and real-time content for 3D visualization, particle effects and general game development services since 2010. We have years of experience developing applications for the major immersive AR&VR platforms, and mixed reality projection work.

We work with an extensive network of highly specialized developers, which allows us to match developers’ specific skills and expertise to the unique requirements of each job. This also allows us to scale quickly and be agile to meet project needs.

Our technology experience includes:

  • HTC Vive
  • Microsoft Hololens
  • Oculus Rift
  • Unity Pro
  • 3ds Max

Robocognito is a limited liability company.

Co-founders

Our company was co-founded by husband-wife team, Sean Siem and Staishy Bostick Siem.

Sean Siem has been on the forefront of 3D animation and content development for real-time and pre-rendered applications since he began 3D modeling in 1994. In 2012, he started developing user interface and content for AR applications that was used by the avionics industry.

He began developing VR applications with the release of the Oculus Rift. Sean was among the first third-party developers in North America to begin working with the HTC Vive.

He helps guide the Seattle Unity User’s Group, Seattle Indies and IGDA Seattle.

Staishy Bostick Siem has almost 20 years of experience in storytelling, first as a journalist at a major metropolitan daily paper, then as a communicator and marketer for mission-driven and nonprofit organizations.

She has helped brands develop their strategy and messaging, stories, positioning and voice. Staishy has a passion for cultivating high-impact stories that demonstrate a brand’s values, promise and points of differentiation.

She is a member of the American Marketing Association, Puget Sound chapter, and the Pacific Northwest Social Marketing Association.