Dates & Times:
THU, 26 APRIL 2018, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM MDT

Merging Realities: An event of multiple perspectives


Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are forecasted to be a $108 billion market by 2021. Now's the time to understand the world of VR/AR, how these technologies can improve your organization, the unique challenges and opportunities they present, and the growing industry in Alberta.

Join Lethbridge College and the VR/AR Association (VRARA) for Merging Realities: An event of multiple perspectives - the first full-day VR/AR conference held completely in virtual reality.

This is a full-day event that has been planned by students and features speakers from the VR/AR industry in Alberta and abroad. The day starts with two amazing keynote presenters: Alan Smithson from MetaVRse and Alex Katzen from Google. Presenters and participants will be connected in a virtual conference session, powered by Rumii. The full-day conference concludes with an amazing closing keynote from Cathy Hackl.

Following the full-day conference, an in-person VR mixer will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Lethbridge College. This mixer will bring together Lethbridge College students who have created 360-degree experiences and VR video games; VR businesses including Mammoth VR, VRKade and CTRL V; the Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta, Economic Development Lethbridge, the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce; and many more participants.

Due to the high demand for this event, a limited amount of people will be able to participate in the VR sessions, but every attendee will be able to participate via the live-stream.  Live-stream viewers will get to ask questions of the presenters as well. In addition, you can also watch the live stream on campus at Lethbridge College's IB Theaters (lunch will be provided).  Registrants will be sent information prior to the event on how to view the live stream.

Engage with people from around the world, learn from industry professionals, and explore the capabilities of VR/AR.

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


Program Schedule

NOTE: all times listed above are in Mountain Time.

Lecture Hall A

  • 8:30 - 8:50am: Dr. Paula Burns
  • 9:00 - 9:45: Alex Katzen, Google [KEYNOTE]
  • 10:00 - 10:45am: Alan Smithson, MetaVRse [KEYNOTE]
  • 11:00 - 11:30am: Alex Jackson, VR/AR Association
  • 11:45am - 12:45 Free Lunch on Campus
  • 1:00 - 1:30pm: Connor Gottfried, Leara eLearning
  • 1:40 - 2:10pm: Timothy Enos, Method Visual
  • 2:20 - 2:50pm: Lloyd Summers, Red Iron Labs
  • 3:00 - 3:45pm: Cathy Hackl [KEYNOTE]
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm: Virtual Reality Business Mixer

Lecture Hall B

  • 8:30 - 8:50am: No Speakers - Lecture Hall A Only
  • 9:00 - 9:45am: No Speakers - Lecture Hall A Only
  • 10:00 - 10:45am: No Speakers - Lecture Hall A Only
  • 11:05 - 11:35am: Steve Bambury, JESSDubai
  • 11:45am - 12:45pm Free Lunch on Campus
  • 1:05 - 1:35pm: Wade Carson, Serious Labs
  • 1:45 - 2:15pm: Jeff LaFranz, Vizworx
  • 2:25 - 2:55pm: Matt Wright, Mammoth VR
  • 3:00 - 3:45pm: No Speakers - Lecture Hall A Only
  • 4:00 - 6:00pm: Virtual Reality Business Mixer