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The Next Evolution and The Future of Work

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Come experience #TheNextEvolution in immersive technology!

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The future of work is as much unknown as it is known, but is this a new idea? We tend to think of our existence as unique within this specific moment of time, but industry has always evolved with technological advancement. Jobs which seemed crucial to human existence have been consistently rethought, reshaped, and sometimes removed from society. With the exponential acceleration of invention, we are forced to constantly live on the brink of new developments that impact how, where, and why we work.

Just recently, offices and co-working spaces had their rise and fall as king. Due to the pandemic, many of us have learned to plug into virtual realities and work from home and across time zones. We can learn important new skills via hands-on, easy-to-use, augmented reality guidance. Our world is no longer defined by our location in it; we now have the access to connect and collaborate with one another with a simple click, swipe, or push. For those that have this luxury - or constraint - we are at the cusp of the next evolution of working. We will challenge brick and mortar and come out in 0s and 1s.

On February 2nd industry experts will unpack and challenge what we have known to be how work, works, and discuss The Next Evolution: The Future of Work.

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We will be using Virbela's Open Campus to host the program. We suggest that you download, set-up, get familiar with the Virbela program (virbela.com/download) and environment prior to the program, as we will be unable to provide support during the event. The event will also streamed on Facebook.com/VRARChicago (facebook.com/VRARChicago/live_videos/).

The virtual environment resembles a physical space, so you will be able to talk with other attendees during open networking both before and after the presentations. The sound is spatialized, so if at any point it feels too loud, feel free to move your conversation to another part of the room where there are less people.

We begin with informal networking and then start the stage portion promptly at 6:15pm CDT. There will be a handful of presentations before we move on to answer audience questions and then finish with more networking. We keep it simple and informal - this MeetUp is about you, our members, and not the host or presenters. Come and get your questions answered, take your next step into immersive technology.

6:00-6:15pm - Networking & Preparation

6:15-6:30pm - Introductions & Welcome

6:30-7:30pm - Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:30-8:00pm - Networking

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Matt Wren - BUNDLAR

Confirmed Panel:

Marti Konstant - Konstant Change

Gabe Baker - Virbela

Betsy Ziegler - 1871

Ania Jablonowski - Insperity

About Our Panelists' Companies:

Konstant Change offers corporate and association keynote speaking, training, and coaching on agility, change management, career agility, and future of work. Marti's focus on XR is the future workplace and the future of organizational learning and development. She is part of an XR community with an emphasis on professional and leadership development experiences.

Virbela makes virtual worlds for online collaboration, learning, and events. They have both native apps and browser-based WebXR tools in their portfolio of products.

1871 is a nonprofit located in the historic Merchandise Mart. The diversity and density of our community creates the conditions for both calculated and fortunate collisions of success between early stage, growth stage, corporate innovators, and community members. As a member, you will know how to build the right product in the right way, learn where you are in your founder’s journey, and discover what you need to tackle next.

Since 1986, Insperity’s mission has been to help businesses succeed so communities prosper. Offering the most comprehensive suite of scalable HR solutions available in the marketplace, Insperity is defined by an unrivaled breadth and depth of services and level of care. Through an optimal blend of premium HR service and technology, Insperity delivers the administrative relief, reduced liabilities and better benefit solutions that businesses need for sustained growth. With 2020 revenues of $4.3 billion and more than 80 offices throughout the U.S., Insperity is currently making a difference in thousands of businesses and communities nationwide.

For more details about our presenters or their companies, please visit the event page on VRAR Chicago's Website.

Thank you to our sponsors, 1871, BUNDLAR, and Virbela for providing venue, management, marketing & logistics support and to our partners 2112, VR Motion Learning, XR Women, & International Game Developers Association Chicago (IGDA Chicago) to the VRAR Chicago event series: The Next Evolution.

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VR/AR Chicago brings together people who are interested in working with virtual and augmented reality technology. The group includes developers, business leaders, investors, students, and more. Many of our members are actively working with VR and AR technology here in Chicago - providing consulting, business development, and technology development services. What makes us different from other groups is that we are not just interested in seeing what's out there, we are actively producing, promoting, and demonstrating VR and AR technology in our businesses and community.

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