VR/AR Chicago: #TheNextEvolution in eSports & Games

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Come experience #TheNextEvolution in eSports & Games, virtual and augmented reality!

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From global VR eSports Leagues to the AR updating of classic tabletop games to the individual challenge of Beat Saber, technology is changing how we play both sports and games. Many believe this is the segment that will encourage mass adoption of VR/AR. Games like Pokemon Go and Half-Life: Alyx have shown signs of large market possibilities. We will explore this and more with our experts who are at the forefront of these gaming horizons.

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We will be using VirBELA as Avatars to host the program. We suggest that you download, set-up, get familiar with the VirBELA program and environment prior to the Meetup, as we will be unable to provide support during the event. The event will also streamed on

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


Matthew Wren - BUNDLAR

Confirmed Panel:

April Welch - Illinois Institute of Technology

Sonya Haskins - VR Esports Editor, VR Fitness Insider

Esha Todd - Sugar Gamers

Vivian Chazen - VRespawn

About Our Panelists' Companies:

Illinois Institute of Technology

The digital arts side of our Esports and digital arts center taught a VR game dev summer camp using Unity3D. We are looking forward to hosting more camps, speakers and training sessions. Illinois Tech has faculty doing great work in the XR space. Natacha DePaola, Ph.D.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering Director, IDMET - Illinois Tech Digital Medical Engineering & Technology - Research and Education Center and Director, Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Learning Center of Excellence in the Life Sciences is starting a new role where she will be exploring XR in education.

Jeremy Hajek, Director of the Smart Tech and Embedded Systems Lab has done amazing work with Augmented Reality Applications, XR and VR Large-Scale Immersive Hologram to Show the Real Impact of Sea Level Rise,

Sugar Gamers

Sugar Gamers is a future-forward gaming organizing uniting gamers of a diverse collective through emerging technology like AR/VR, art, and community. Sugar Gamers is passionate about changing the conversation to create a better society with innovative tools to develop more solutions, not problems.

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

Thank you to 1871, BUNDLAR, VirBELA, and FinTank for providing venue, management, marketing & logistics support and to our partners 2112, VR Motion Learning, Playmotto, & International Game Developers Association (IGDA) to the VRAR Chicago event series.

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