The Next Evolution of The Arts | AWE Nite Chicago

Taking place at 2112 Chicago: 4245 N Knox Ave
In virtual environment, Virbela Open Campus, and
Streaming on AWE.Live

Wednesday October 4th, 2023
5:30-8:30pm at 2112
6:00-8:00pm in Virbela and on AWE.LIVE


VRAR Chicago is looking
for industry and technology experts.

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The challenge for immersive technology and its adoption, is that there is what we know, what we don’t know, and all of what we don’t know that we don’t know. When creating dynamic and robust panels for The Next Evolution, we strive to include and not alienate, to engage all who are interested regardless of their experience with, or knowledge of the tech.

the goal

going virtual

The adoption of immersive technology, particularly in response to the pandemic, is rapidly changing how people work and play.

VRAR Chicago’s event series, The Next Evolution, is over three years old and successfully transitioned to a 100% virtual format at the end of March of 2020. We have been continuing to bring VRAR & Industry leaders to a (virtual) stage for free, cutting edge programming.

Every month we feature a different industry and highlight current and potential implementations of emerging immersive technology solutions within that industry. We gather an expert panel to offer a snapshot of who they are, what they are working on, and their future goals, but we really focus the discussion on the needs of our audience through the Q&A portions and community networking to help them take their next step forward with immersive technology.

Being virtual has given our program a global reach but being anchored to starting our program at 6pm CDT can be a challenge for folks in different time zones. We do our best to include those working on the edges of immersive technology adoption.

What are the ways in which you have used the technology?

What are the ways in which you think the tech should be used?

What companies are creating the buzz that gets you excited about the future?

To help ensure we are creating the programs you want to see, please send us a note.

What industry would you like for us to focus on for a program?

What companies would be great to learn from?

What industry leaders could we feature on our stage?

We want to hear your input!


community involvement

sponsorships and partnerships

We look for innovative companies and organizations to sponsor individual programs and our event series. We are also continually developing relationships with our partners to continue our growth and to allow us to continue providing this programming at no cost to our audience. We have the support in our efforts of leading corporations, industry associations, fellow entrepreneurs, business accelerators and technology incubators. Are you looking to cultivate your own exposure and growth in this expanding community?


thank you to our sponsors

thank you to our partners