WELCOME TO THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE GLOBAL ASSOCIATION FOR VR AND AR

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Chicago has earned its reputation as “The City that Works.” This honor holds true for Chicago’s immersive technology culture as well, with a growing community that is more interested in delivering cutting-edge XR technology than it is in self-promotion. Host to thriving industries including financial services, healthcare, entertainment, advertising, higher education, real estate, manufacturing, construction, and retail, among others, Chicago is a leader in business-to-business opportunities and solutions. In addition, over the past several years, the Windy City has reinvented itself as one of the best business and investment environments in the world to start a technology company. Add to that more than half a dozen MeetUps focused on VR and AR technology, and the worlds #1 technology incubator, 1871, and it’s clear why Chicago is poised to become a world leader in XR technology. The purpose of the Chicago chapter of the VRARAis to unite and support this growing community, , the companies providing XR solutions, and the organizations that will benefit from immersive technology.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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NEWS

FEATURED MEMBERS

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

As a VRARA Member, you get discounts to the following:

THE TEAM

Chapter President: Matt Wren chicago@thevrara.com

Matt is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of BundlAR, an augmented reality solutions company serving individuals, businesses, and institutions.. He’s delivered cutting-edge technology since the late 1990s, supporting enterprises as large as GE, Kraft, and Northern Trust, as well as start-ups. Matt spent many years supporting live events in different technical capacities, including project management, logistics, design, technology development, and support. He is a technology adviser to Loyola University Chicago’s Ignite Lab for Entrepreneurship, a Designer/Developer member at 1871 – the World’s #1 Tech Incubator, and founder of the VR/AR Chicago MeetUp - a monthly event that has been connecting and growing the XR community in Chicago since early 2017. In July of 2018, with Matt’s guidance, several local groups joined forces to host the first Chicago XR Summit. Matt has been a VR enthusiast for over twenty years, professionally developing VR & AR applications since 2016. He regularly speaks about immersive technology at events, providing thought leadership on content, strategy, innovation, and the business benefits of virtual and augmented reality technology.

Tracey Wiedmeyer, Chapter Advisor

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Tracey is co-founder and CTO of Chicago based InContext Solutions, leaders in VR solutions for some of the worlds largest retailers and brands. Their ShopperMX platform has revolutionized retail planning and go to market approaches using simulated market research and VR. Through partners and investors like Intel, ShopperMX is changing the economics of retail. Tracey leads product development, engineering and works with a small R&D team committed to changing the industry using both AR and VR technologies.  Tracey spends  time in both InContext's Chicago and Milwaukee offices and works with and advised start ups and entrepreneurs in both cities.  He's an avid speaker at industry conferences and believes in the promotion of AR and VR's long game.

 

NETWORK

Connect and build strong relationships with key players in the VR/AR ecosystem through VRARA or partner-hosted events.

COLLABORATE 

Work with innovators in the VR/AR ecosystem across all verticals, from original content creators to innovative hardware companies.

RESEARCH

Gain unlimited, exclusive access to VRARA research and publications, or, when applicable, receive discounts to third-party reports.