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The Metaverse primer - my conversation with Mike McCready from Lethbridge College

May 26, 2023 Shift with Mike McCready from Lethbridge College Season 4 Episode 12
Shift by Alberta Innovates
The Metaverse primer - my conversation with Mike McCready from Lethbridge College
Show Notes

The Metaverse. What were people saying about the Internet before it became commonplace? To me, it feels like a similar thing.

Thankfully we have people like Mike McCready to help us navigate and understand what a tool like the Metaverse is and can become.

To paraphrase both Mike AND Inventures keynote, Matthew Ball, it's  key for us to educate ourselves on what this technology means for us and how it will impact us. Understand it before you HAVE to understand it.

In our conversation Mike not only mentions how people attending Inventures can experience and learn about the Metaverse, but how people not able to attend can participate in the Inventures Metaverse Experience.

The INVENTURES Metaverse Experience – presented by Lethbridge College

Experience first-hand what metaverse technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR), motion capture, and more can offer industry.  Listen to global leaders share insights on various topics, ideate and collaborate together, and meet new people – all within a virtual representation of the main floor of the TELUS Convention Centre. Explore some of the advanced technologies that the Lethbridge College START Centre offers which enable industry to digitize the physical world, experience the virtual world, and blend the two together. These hardware demonstrations will be live-streamed into the INVENTURES Metaverse Experience.

How to participate physically at INVENTURES

You can join sessions or demo advanced spatial technologies hardware by visiting rooms TELUS 101-103 on May 31 between 10:15am and 4:30pm and on June 1 between 9:15am and 4:30pm.

How to participate virtually in INVENTURES

You can join sessions using the ENGAGE platform. Instructions on how to download ENGAGE, create an account, and join sessions can be found here (opens a .pdf).


Mike McCready, Industry Liaison and Research Advisor
Spatial Technologies Applied Research and Training (START) Centre
Lethbridge College

Mike is an educator and researcher with a focus on immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality. He has over 23 years of development experience and is driven to explore new technologies and understand their application within business and society. He introduced one of the first VR development courses at Lethbridge College in 2016. One of Mike’s focuses is the social interactions made possible with VR and has planned and facilitated numerous social VR activities that have garnered national and international attention, including the world’s first full-day conference held in VR – Merging Realities.

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