Nationwide tour to educate the public about virtual reality and the career opportunities it presents.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A 5-city nationwide tour conducted by VR Voice, a media company focused on the burgeoning field of Virtual Reality (VR) technology, launches next week to educate the public on the current state of VR technology, and to inform parents and their children about the career opportunities the tech industry presents. The series of events known as the “Virtual Reality Experience Tour” is co-sponsored by the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the world’s largest information technology (IT) industry association.
Creating IT Futures is involved in the tour as part of its mission to “create on-ramps for more people to prepare for, secure and succeed in IT careers.”
The first event takes place from 11am to 4pm November 2nd at Bus Boys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20009. Advance registration is free for all interested attendees at http://vrvoice.co/tour/.
In addition to VR Voice and Creating IT Futures, multiple other companies involved in the VR field will be on-hand presenting a variety of interactive experiences for the public to learn and enjoy, including locally based companies: Notion Theory, SunnySideVR and BaltiVirtual. Technology companies HTC, Nvidia, MergeVR, VirZoom and many others will be represented.
As the (IT) industry faces a daunting skills gap, Creating IT Futures is working to educate parents about the issue and enlist their help in recruiting the next generation of technologists – their children. Beginning with the Washington event, Creating IT Futures will preview the upcoming book by CEO Charles Eaton, “How to Launch Your Teen’s Career in Technology: A Parent’s Guide to the T in STEM Education.”
A preview presentation of the book is scheduled for 1:00 pm EDT at the Washington, D.C., event.
“If left unaddressed, the IT skills gap could adversely impact U.S leadership and competitiveness in the global market, as other countries meet and surpass our technological expertise,” Eaton says. “In recent research we conducted, teens reported relying on parents for career advice twice as much as any other source, so it is important that parents understand the great career opportunities available to today’s teens.”
Future stops of the Virtual Reality Experience Tour include:
- Chicago – November 9th
- New York City – November 15th
- Boston – November 17th
- Las Vegas – January 6, 2017 (during the Consumer Electronics Show)
About the Creating IT Futures Foundation
As the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the Creating IT Futures Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of helping populations under represented in the information technology industry and individuals who are lacking in opportunity to prepare for, secure and be successful in IT careers. Learn more at CreatingITFutures.org.
About VR Voice
The VR Voice Virtual Reality Experience Tour is designed to expose and educate consumers and the B2B marketing community about today’s available hardware and software platforms and applications, and to help attendees envision and understand where the opportunities will be in 18-24 months. It is organized by Washington, DC based Cool Blue Media.
R.C. Dirkes, R.Clement.Creative (for Creating IT Futures)
Robert Fine (for VR Voice)