Skip to main content

05/03/2023 – About the Topic

Space, the final frontier… We are thrilled to announce our upcoming event on the intersection of virtual reality, augmented reality, and space.

The complexity of space travel requires coordinated activity using sophisticated equipment, all operating together in an unforgiving environment. From spacecraft design and testing to astronaut training, AR and VR are providing valuable insights and immersive experiences that were once impossible. AR can assist engineers in spacecraft design by overlaying digital models onto physical prototypes. AR is also being used to visualize satellites in orbit and how they relate not just to the planet’s position, but also to other satellites in the growing low earth orbit industry. VR can be a valuable tool in astronaut training. By providing an immersive experience, it can simulate the conditions of space and allow astronauts to practice emergency procedures in a safe environment. AR & VR can also be used in outreach and education efforts to bring the wonders of space to people around the world. As we continue to explore space and push the boundaries of our understanding, the use of immersive technologies will only become more essential. Knowing immersive technologies and their applications can lead to new career opportunities and skill sets for those interested in the space industry.

Join us May 3rd for this larger than life topic of Space and how immersive technology will lead to its Next Evolution.

Panel Members

More Details Coming Soon…

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 CTO for BUNDLAR 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 1871 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.

There is no longer a Covid-19 vaccination requirement.

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 >> Pavilion >> 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

thank you to our supporting partners