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

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Why Join VRARA Toronto?

With some of the industry's best hardware and software developers, Toronto is already well-established as a leader in VR/AR. The city is one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the world with an openness to diversity that only strengthens its community. As the economic engine of Canada, with world class research institutions and innovation leadership, there is no better place for individuals who are passionate about Virtual & Augmented Reality to come together to share ideas, challenge each other, and become part of the next great Technological Revolution. Join our chapter to build your network, find collaborators, and gain access to the most current trends and research!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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NEWS 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

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

THE TEAM

Chapter C0-Presidents: Julie Smithson & Dan Hashemi toronto@thevrara.com 

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Julie Smithson’s personal mission is ‘to inspire and educate the next generation of young entrepreneurs to think and act in a socially, economically and environmentally responsible way’.  It is through this lens, she runs the operations at MetaVRse, one of the world’s leading XR consulting and product development companies. Julie’s passion for education and community has lead her to become the Co-President of the VR/AR Association, Toronto Chapter. Previously, Julie was Co-founder of Emulator, the world’s most advanced DJ system, which won the DJ Mag Innovative Product Award.  She has been on the hit TV show Dragons’ Den, featured in the Toronto Star, Produced TEDx Toronto (2010), and introduced coding in VR at Canada Learns Code.

 

Dan Hashemi is a partner at LNG Studios, an industry-leading visualization agency with offices in Vancouver, San Francisco and Toronto. Together with his team, Dan’s mission is to change how people see the world by providing immersive solutions that expand perspectives and evolve the way people experience their everyday lives. Dan is also a co-founder and partner at Red Barn Interactive, a creative digital services agency that focuses on community projects that create meaningful social impact. Dan lives to gift experiences of awe and human connection based on a foundation of technology and experiential design, a revelation he had back in 2012 on his first Burning Man adventure.

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.