Join us on June 8 for a showcase of the virtual and augmented reality industry with Lethbridge College. Experience the IMPACT of immersive technology at our Merging Realities virtual event.
The day will start at 9:30 a.m. MT with an opportunity for future students to connect with our instructors and learn how to become a part of this growing industry and the hands-on learning students experience at Lethbridge College. At 10 a.m., the program will dive into virtual and augmented reality technology and real-time rendering tools that have a major IMPACT on multiple industries, including health care, education, architecture, agriculture, manufacturing, entertainment and more. Hear from Lethbridge College's industry partners on how to create real-time visualization experiences that would have been cost-prohibitive or impossible a few short years ago. Then enjoy VR/AR presentations from Lethbridge College's students.
For future students
- 9:30 a.m. - Learn about our Virtual and Augmented Reality and Architectural Animation Technology programs and the careers in technology waiting for you after graduation.
For future students, industry and community members
- 10 a.m Welcome
- 10:20 a.m. Presentations from Lethbridge College's industry partners
- 10:50 a.m. Break
- 11 a.m. Applied research with VR
- 11:15 a.m. Student showcase in Altspace
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Presentations from Industry Partners
- Erin Crane, Director, Investment Attraction, Economic Development Lethbridge: Starting in Spring 2020, Lethbridge College and Economic Development Lethbridge have been collaborating to bring virtual events to businesses and organizations in the Lethbridge region utilizing the AltSpaceVR platform. This use of virtual environments has allowed people to connect “in-person” and helped to maintain a sense of community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc.: Alvin Fritz incorporated his own practice in 1989 and has given leadership to and overseen the growth of the firm to 22 employees. He has worked closely with Lethbridge College’s Architectural Animation program to incorporate ideas into his business.
- Laura Vogelsang, Associate Dean, Nursing at Lethbridge College and Steven Friesen, Director Quality, Clinical Education and Research at the Bethany Care Society: The CareGiVR project is a partnership between Lethbridge College’s Spatial Technologies Applied Research and Training (START) initiative and Calgary tech studio Red Iron Labs made possible by a $250,000 grant from Alberta Innovates eXtended Reality Health Economic Acceleration and Development (xR HEAD) program.
- George Gallant, instructor Digital Communications and Media and Dave Maze, instructor Criminal Justice - Lethbridge College: Lethbridge College has partnered with the Lethbridge Police Service to explore how virtual reality can be used to help police recruits develop communication skills to deescalate difficult situations in scenario training, where users will be placed into real-life scenarios where they need to use non-physical solutions to resolve an incident.
In the fall of 2019, Lethbridge College launched the Virtual and Augmented Reality certificate and Architectural Animation Technology diploma programs. These new programs integrate design and practice to create innovative solutions using cutting-edge technology—our mission is rooted in sustainability, experiential learning and leadership.
What started as the world's first full-day VR/AR conference held entirely in virtual reality has evolved into an industry event for all students, businesses and VR/AR enthusiasts.