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11/01/2023 – About the Topic

AI is here to stay, having already become a part of our everyday lives. It’s the technology behind the personal assistants that help us manage our schedules, the algorithms that curate our social media feeds, and the recommendation engines that suggest movies or products tailored to our preferences. Whether we realize it or not, AI is influencing our decisions, streamlining tasks, and even augmenting our creativity. AI tools assist us at work, predicting financial outcomes, optimizing communication channels, and streamline the creative process for artists, writers, and designers. Its impact continues to grow as AI adoption accelerates across diverse fields, including healthcare, finance, transportation, and entertainment.

Similarly, immersive technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are transforming our everyday lives as well, across industries and experiences. AI has always been important to the development of immersive technology, behind capabilities such as image and voice recognition. Now, as AI and immersive technologies converge within the user experience, the possibilities are even more exciting. AI-driven content generation and personalization are taking immersive experiences to new heights, making them more engaging and relevant. These technologies are not only reshaping how we entertain ourselves but also how we learn, work, and interact with the world around us, promising a future where our realities are enriched and extended by the digital realm.

Join us November 1st to learn about the exponential growth of artificial intelligence along with immersive technology’s impact on our lived experiences, from work, to play, to (ironically) human connection.

Panel Members

The Next Evolution Hosts

Matt Wren will be moderating the discussion in person while Caroline Dennis will be hosting the virtual portion in Virbela. Matt is the President of Origin Development & IT and founder of The Next Evolution event series and VRAR Chicago. Caroline is entrepreneur, startup advisor, and advocate from and XRWomen.

What’s the Format

Times in Central Daylight Time (CDT)
5:30-8:30pm at 2112 for the In-Person Program
6:00-8:00pm in Virbela for the Virtual Program
5:30-6:15pm – Networking & Technology Demonstrations
6:15-6:30pm – Introductions & Welcome
6:30-7:10pm – Panelist Presentations
7:10-7:45pm – Panel Discussion with Q&A
7:45-8:30pm – Networking & Technology Demonstrations

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 just a soap box for the host, presenters, or our sponsors. Come and get your questions answered, take your next step in Immersive Technology.

Attending The Next Evolution

Attending in-Person

1871 | 222 W Merchandise Mart Plz | Suite 1212

For our Physical Venue, 1871 can be found in Suite 1212 on the 12th floor of theMART, which is located on the North side of the river between Wells and Orleans. For easy access, enter through the Orleans entrance on the west side of theMART and take those elevators to the 12th floor.

Watching the Live Stream

Primary Live Stream |

People can join by watching the scheduled live stream where we will field questions from!

You will need to register to gain access to AWE.Live.

Attending Virtually

Virbela | Virtual Environment |

We encourage folks to join us in the virtual environment Community Hall by downloading the Virbela open campus client at See more about getting started and navigating Virbela here.

The Virbela virtual environment resembles a physical space, so you will be able to talk with other attendees prior to the start of the presentations. To get to the Community Hall once in Virbela, you click the GO TO menu on the top left of your screen >> Meetings >> The Next Evolution Hall. We suggest that you arrive no later than 6:00pm and we will get started promptly at 6:15. Please try to get familiar with the technology prior to the day of the meetup, as we will be unable to provide support during the event.

win a prize collecting nfts from attending

Through a partnership with Vennity, we will be creating unique NFT Badges to collect by attending 2023 The Next Evolution programs. Each badge you claim counts towards an end of year drawing for a prize to be given out in December 2023.

thank you to our sponsors

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