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Support the longest running monthly Immersive Technology Event Series

The Next Evolution event series (AWE Nite Chicago), is a not-for-profit event series dedicated to advancing education and advocacy for immersive technologies that is and always will be free to attend. Be a part of our journey and support the mission of providing high-quality programming free of charge to our Chicago-centric, global community.

Why Support The Next Evolution?

The Next Evolution proudly showcases a monthly panel series, bringing together experts, thought pioneers, and innovators from the industry and the immersive technology forefront. Our hybrid events blend physical and virtual realms, featuring both in-person and remote panelists, with live streaming for audience engagement. Our objective is to foster networking and education by facilitating vibrant conversations on the adoption, influence, and potential use cases of immersive technologies.

Our Event Format

The Next Evolution event series is a monthly panel, assembled of a group of experts, thought pioneers, and innovators both from the topic industry and those at the forefront of immersive technology. As a hybrid format, our events merge physical and virtual realms by featuring both in-person and remote panelists. The events are then streamed, inviting participation of questions from the audience on all three platforms. Our objective is to foster networking and education by facilitating vibrant conversations on adoption, influence, and potential use cases of immersive technologies. Our event format encompasses brief introductory presentations, dynamic panel discussions with audience participation, and interactive demonstrations.

Empower Our Mission – Your Support Matters

To maintain The Next Evolution as a free and accessible resource for the public, we seek funding to:

  • Employ audio and visual production professionals for an elevated event experience.
  • Recruit dedicated event staff for a seamless and enjoyable participant experience.
  • Provide catering to enhance guest interactions and networking.
  • Allocate resources for effective marketing and advertising, expanding our global reach.
  • Invest in essential production equipment, including a video switcher, HDMI cameras, production computers, live demonstration equipment, monitors, and live streaming video ingest capabilities.

Join the The Next rEvolution

Join us in the journey of fostering Chicago as a global hub for spatial computing with its powerhouse of industries and diverse workforce. Your support will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of immersive technology education and advocacy that is globally connected, Chicago first.