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03/06/2024 – About the Topic

The Next Evolution event series encourages the growing community in Chicago that is inspired by emerging technologies of spatial computing. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast seeking the latest breakthroughs, a creative mind eager to unlock new possibilities, or an industry leader in search of inspiration to stay at the forefront, our events are tailored for you. Join us at The Next Evolution of Arts, AV, & Comms on March 6th at 2112 in person and Virbela Open Campus for those joining remotely.

The program will embark on the journey into immersive realms of art, audio and visual technology, and communications. Delve into the fusion of spatial computing and creative expression in the arts, where boundaries dissolve, and creativity takes on new dimensions. Experience the evolution of audio and visual technology as spatial computing orchestrates a symphony of visuals and sounds, transforming the way we perceive and engage with multimedia. Join us in witnessing the revolution of spatial computing opening doors to interactive storytelling, creating experiences that transcend traditional mediums in communications.

Together, with 2112, we’re not just witnessing the future; we’re actively shaping it. Join us on March 6th and be part of the immersive revolution happening here in Chicago.

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

2112 Chicago | 4245 N Knox Ave


Watching the Live Stream

Primary Live Stream |

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

Attending Virtually

FRAME | A Virbela Virtual Environment

We encourage folks to join us in the virtual environment by simply clicking the link above.

The Frame virtual environment resembles a physical space, so you will be able to talk with other attendees prior to the start of the presentations. 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 meetup, as we will be unable to provide support during the event. Share your camera or simply be a unique avatar or a robot!

Find out more about FRAME here!

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