VR/AR Chicago: #TheNextEvolution in AEC

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Come experience #TheNextEvolution in Architecture, Engineering, Construction, virtual and augmented reality!

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Covid-19 may be forcing us to change the way we meet, but it won't stop us from bringing you content and industry experience. First to the format: we're hosting this month's event in AltSpace. That's right, we're going to put our money where our mouth is and meet in a virtual environment for live presentations and Q&A. Unfortunately we won't be able to provide live demonstrations, but for those of you that have a VR headset you get to join us in VR. For those that don't AltSpace can be accessed via mobile or PC application.

The topic of the month is AEC - Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Now more than ever it's easy to see how important immersive technology is to these industries. Virtual and augmented reality allow spatial awareness, presence in designed spaces that don't physically exist yet. Sales, design, tours - the capabilities are endless. Even when we can't get to places, immersive technology allows us to visit them, see them in a skyline, meet others and collaborate.

Join us in a virtual environment and hear from industry leaders about how they're using virtual and augmented reality.

What's The Format:

The virtual environment does resemble a physical space, so you will be able to walk around and talk with other attendees prior to the start of the presentations. We suggest arrival no later than 6:00pm, as presentations will start promptly at 6:15.  There is limited access to the virtual environment, so RSVP early to secure your place. We've been in contact with the AltSpace team and hope to be able to accommodate the same size audience we normally host at 1871. Please try to get familiar with the technology prior to the MeetUp, as we will be unable to provide support during the event.

We will start with informal networking, then host a panel discussion to answer audience questions, and we end 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 in XR Technology.

6:00-6:15 - Networking & Preparation

6:15-6:30 - Introductions & Welcome

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

7:30-8:00 - Networking


Matthew Wren - BUNDLAR & VRARA Chicago

Confirmed Panel:

Devon Rutkowski (Gilbane)

Meg Miller (Gensler)

(more to come...)

About Our Panelists' Companies:

Gilbane ( headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the largest privately held family-owned construction and real estate development firms in the industry. Founded as a family carpentry business in 1870, Gilbane has active participation from the 4th, 5th and 6th generations. Concentrating in select markets throughout North America, as well as internationally, Gilbane has more than 45 office locations around the world, as an industry leader in construction and real estate development.

Gensler ( Our incredible global team of 6,000+ people is shaping the future of cities every day. It starts with our vision: to Create a Better World Through the Power of Design. This vision comes to life across our expertise in 24 practice areas, our client relationships, our network of global and local leaders, and our diversity of talent.

Thank you to 1871, BUNDLAR, VR/AR Association and FinTank for providing venue, management, marketing & logistics support to the VR/AR Chicago event series.

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