Merging Realities 2019

Thursday  25 April  2019  8:30 AM    Thursday  25 April  2019 4:00 PM
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The world’s first full-day VR/AR conference held completely in virtual reality is back for its second year. Join us for Merging Realities to engage with people from around the world, learn from industry professionals and explore the capabilities of VR/AR.

This year we will explore education, training and collaboration using VR/AR technologies. Learn about the benefits of VR for information recall and understand how AR can increase student engagement.

Lethbridge College and the VR/AR Association (VRARA) are pleased to welcome Centennial College as a partner this year.

Attendees will be able to participate at the Lethbridge College campus, the Centennial College campus or in virtual reality from around the world.

Attending the live stream at Lethbridge College: 

As part of your ticket to attend in person, lunch will be provided as well as an in-person trade show will be held at Lethbridge College bringing together VR businesses from across the province from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Mountain Time. A free parking pass will be emailed to you prior to the event. 

Attending the virtual live stream from your location of choice: 

Registrants will be sent information prior to the event on how to view the live stream and watch in VR. Please note a personal headset is required if you wish to watch the conference in VR. 

Attending the live stream at Centennial College:

Please register through Centennial College's separate Eventbrite registration page here.

Conference schedule:

NOTE: all times listed below are in Mountain Time.

8:30 a.m.
Welcome address on-location (Toronto and Lethbridge)

Centennial College - Joe Baker - Dean for the Centre of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts

Lethbridge College - Dr. Paula Burns - President and CEO, Lethbridge College
8:45 a.m.
Virtual start with speakers from both locations in VR
Alan Smithson Welcome with guest speakers:
Joe Baker, Centennial College and Trevor Lewington - CEO at Economic Development Lethbridge

9 a.m.

Keynote - Marriage of Education and Technology

Alan Smithson of MetaVRse

9:30 a.m.
Changing the Way We Educate With 3D Learning and Creativity

Christian Long, Immersive VR Education 

10 a.m.

The New Classroom and Learning Environment

Jani Leskinen, Glue Collaboration

10:30 a.m.
Cognitive Performance Training in VR

Alex Jackson, Hone VR 

11 a.m.
Engaging Readers with Gamified AR Assessment

Amanda Fox, Creative Director STEAMpunksEdu and Author of Teachingland

11:30 a.m.
Education on the Fundamentals of VR and AR

Michael McCready, Lethbridge College

Noon (Lunch will be available at this time)

Training the Trainers and Teachers to Use VR and AR in the Classroom

VRARA representatives Julie Smithson, Michael McCready and Carlos Ochoa

12:30 p.m.
Education and The Future of Work

Tyler Forster Collaborative Edge and Donna Eiby, The Future Work Skills Academy

1 p.m.

Fireside Chat with the Next Generation

Sabarish Gnanamoorthy Waypoint AR, Olivia Wenzel Visiting Researcher at Cleveland Clinic Center for Brain Health and Julie Smithson, VRARA.

1:30 p.m.

Closing remarks

Tradeshow schedule:

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the IB Theatre (only for in-person attendees at Lethbridge College)
Companies include DIRTT, Collaborative Edge XR, Mammoth XR, Simulacrum Interactive, Hone Virtual Education, the Wind Turbine Technician training program at Lethbridge College and the Virtual and Augmented Reality Certificate program at Lethbridge College.

For more information, contact Kris at 403-320-3202 ext. 5489 or

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