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(Webinar) The Next Evolution of Museums

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  • 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Details: 12/07/2022

The ability to make 3D models and replicas has gotten easier as our imaging and production software has advanced. Even rare ancient artifacts will soon be accessible to folks around the world, at home, due to the improvement of technology. The next evolution will be to capture and produce simulations of people which will become a timeless way in which we interact with heritage, history, different cultures, etc. How are museums using immersive technologies today to elevate their exhibits? How will this add wonder and entertainment, as audiences expect more from ways in which they consume experience?

There are a number of museums that offer virtual (reality) tours already. Holocaust survivors are being immortalized in exhibits, telling their stories that would otherwise be lost forever. Thanks to The Next Evolution of the external storage systems, from written word, to video capture, to immersive experiences – we can learn new things as if they are at our fingertips like never before.

Join us December 7th as we talk to those trailblazing the adoption of immersive technology in the curation and production of museum experiences: The Next Evolution of Museums | AWE Nite Chicago at 5:30pm CDT (6pm CDT in Virbela).

What’s The Format:

We begin with informal networking and then start the stage portion promptly at 6:15pm CDT. There will be a handful of presentations before we move on to answer audience questions and then finish with more networking. We keep it simple and informal – this program is about you, our members, and not the host or presenters. Come and get your questions answered, take your next step into immersive technology.

We will be serving the Revolution (Beer), cold!


5:30-6:00 PM Technology Demonstrations & Networking

6:15-6:30 PM Introductions & Welcome Message

6:30-7:10 PM Panelist Presentations

7:10-7:45 PM Panel Discussion with Q&A

7:45-8:30 PM More Networking & Technology Demos

Physical & Virtual Venues:

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.

➟ ➟ ➟ All guests will need to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID to enter.

Virbela | Virtual Environment |

For our Virtual Venue, we will be using Virbela‘s Open Campus to host the program. We suggest that you download, set-up, get familiar with the Virbela program and environment prior to the program, as we will be unable to provide support during the event.

The virtual environment resembles a physical space, so you will be able to talk with other attendees during open networking both before and after the presentations. The sound is spatialized, so if at any point it feels too loud, feel free to move your conversation to another part of the room where there are less people.

Primary Live Stream |

Secondary Live Stream |

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


Matt Wren – In-Person Host – Founder & CTO of BUNDLAR

Caroline Dennis – Virtual Host – and XRWomen

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.


Deshjuana Bagley – State College of Florida

Bree McEwan – University of Toronto

April Welch – Illinois Institute of TechnologyJeremy Hajek – Illinois Institute of Technology


Details Coming Soon…

AWE (Augmented World Expo):

AWE’s mission is to help the XR community advance Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technology in order to further human progress. With the industry successfully reaching the milestone of 1 billion active users of AR in 2020, over the next decade AWE aims to guide the industry’s attention towards our own core objectives of enabling people across the globe to learn, connect and grow within the XR industry.

The AWE community is committed to pursuing the goal of building a 1 trillion dollar XR industry by 2030, while ensuring the outcome is a world worth living in.

AWE Nites are a place for developers, creators, investors, founders, academics, corporate decision makers and curious folk to come together locally (or online) on an ongoing basis to help advance the [Immersive Technology (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality)] ecosystem in your city and globally.

The Next Evolution -is- AWE Nite Chicago

Thank you to our sponsors, 1871BUNDLAR, and Virbela for providing venue, management, marketing & logistics support and to our partners 2112VR Motion LearningXR Women, & International Game Developers Association Chicago (IGDA Chicago) to the VRAR Chicago event series: The Next Evolution | AWE Nite Chicago.



Event Details
12. 07. 2022
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm