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05/01/2024 – About the Topic

Imagine the power of spatial computing in manufacturing such as stepping onto the factory floor without leaving your seat. Our expert panel will delve into real-world applications that are reshaping the industry. Picture engineers collaborating on a digital twin, a virtual replica of a production line, fine-tuning processes before a single machine is engaged. With immersive technologies like augmented reality, assembly workers receive step-by-step guidance overlaying their workspace, ensuring precision and efficiency.

Spatial computing is the catalyst for innovation in most industries, especially fields like manufacturing. Design teams dispersed across the globe can come together in a shared virtual space, shaping the next groundbreaking product. Augmented reality can assist technicians in real-time maintenance, reducing downtime and optimizing machinery performance. Prototypes can be perfected in a virtual environment before the first physical model is even crafted. AR and VR simulations offer a risk-free environment for learning complex tasks. Ranging from collaborative design to supply chain visualization, our program illuminates how spatial computing is reshaping manufacturing, making it more efficient, safer, and poised for the challenges of tomorrow.

Join us May 1st to explore how immersive technologies are revolutionizing training, maintenance, and quality control in ways that were once only imagined, now a tangible reality on the manufacturing floor.

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!

Attending Virtually

Virbela | Virtual Environment |

We encourage folks to join us in the virtual environment Next Evolution 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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