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Upcoming Fireside Chats


About VWS Fireside Chats

The Virtual World Society brings the world's leaders, innovators, and inventors in immersive technologies to AltspaceVR and other immersive platforms once a month. Hosted by the Virtual World Society's founder, Tom Furness, and the Educators in VR Team, these Fireside Chats are open discussions on the past, present, and future of the digital landscape.

Educators in VR + Virtual World Society

Educators in VR is dedicated to integrating XR into education through training, workshops, classes, and special events. Virtual World Society has partnered with Educators in VR to support the society's ongoing mission in education and integration of XR technology into education, business, and the home.


VWS Fireside Chats Recordings

VWS Fireside #15: Alvin Graylin

Alvin Graylin, China President of HTC, is the special guest speaker with Tom Furness for the first Fireside Chat of the new year to discuss how reality may be virtual…

VWS Fireside Chat #12: Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause is joining Tom Furness this week in the Virtual World Society's Fireside Chat.Caitlin is the author of two books on immersive technologies and...

VWS Fireside Chat #7: Jacki Morie

For the last 16 years, Dr. Morie has worked to include the sense of smell as an integral part of VR experiences. This talk covers her journey and her discoveries in the realm of immersive scent.

VWS Fireside Chat #4: Christopher Stapleton

In this time of COVID-19, isolation had challenged us all. Christopher Stapleton has led a team at Simiosys Real World Labs in investigating the use of XR in...

VWS Fireside Chat #14: The Look Club

The rapidly expanding immersive media audience is confused by the plethora of forms and content becoming available. It desperately needs a common vocabulary…

VWS Fireside Chat #10: Christopher Lafayette

Much has changed in the world and we have become more virtual in the past 7 months than the past ten years. Where does virtual and augmented…

VWS Fireside Chat #6: Ben Lok

In today's digital landscape generations of technology owners have become consumers of information instead of curators. Ben and his team work together with t...

VWS Fireside Chat #3: Rylan Daniels

Where will VR/AR be in the next 5, 10, or even 100 years? Join 18-year-old VR/AR app developer Rylan Daniels in VR as he conveys his vision for the future of...

VWS Fireside Chat #13: Nonny De La Peña

Nonny de la Peña and Tom Furness will be discussing the advancements of Immersive Journalism and how we need to experience….

VWS Fireside Chat #9: Matt Cook

Make-A-Wish provides life changing wishes to children with critical illnesses all over the world. Sometimes though, these wishes become difficult to grant, w...

VWS Fireside Chat #5: Mark Billinghurst

Can AR and VR technology be used to increase empathy and understanding between people? As a pioneer of augmenting reality, Dr. Mark Billinghurst has been pus...

VWS Fireside Chat #2: Tom Furness

This is a recording of the Virtual World Society's 2nd Fireside Chat in Altspace VR, on May 7th, 2020. Dr. Tom Furness, founder and director of Virtual World...