Inaugural meeting of the VR/AR Association (VRARA) of Kansas City. Food, drink, networking and a tour of the UMKC VR Lab.

About the Event

The VR/AR Association (VRARA) is an international XR organization. The Kansas City chapter of the VRARA is dedicated to growing the VR/AR industry in the region through connecting, educating, and advocating VR/AR as an innovative platform that will transform industries and contribute to our community and economy.

We’ll kick off at 5:00pm with a networking event (Pizza and Drink provide), then start the talk around 5:30.

At 5pm, there will be XR Demonstrations by Burns & McDonnell and zSpace . Hands on demos of the Varjo Headset and Quest 2 Headset showing the Engage App with VictoryXR content and the Wooorlds App.


5:00 Network / Demo XR equipment
5:30 Overview of VRARA, KC Chapter goals and overview of the VRARA industry-committees
5:40 Overview of KC XR / Metaverse activity in the past and what could be possible in 2023
  •  KC Digital Drive
  •  Other KC XR Groups to highlight

5:50 KC XR Companies & Universities Overview – 5-10 Minute Each

  •  UMKC – Michael Eichenseer
  •  XRenegades – Tess McKinney
  •  zSpace
  •  Burns & McDonnell – Charlie Cox demonstrating an interactive learning experience that is aimed at Electrical Engineering students trying to learn about Power Systems and the components involved

Next Steps, email list, future topics, speakers. Plan a KC VRARA meeting every 2 months – either in Zoom or in person at different KC Metro Locations.

This meetup is part of an ongoing series of meetings through the VRARA Kansas City Chapter with the support of KC Digital Drive.

Dress is casual. The event is free to registered attendees.

Parking Instructions

Note that there is no free parking on the UMKC campus, day or night in the parking garages.

At this time of day there may be free street parking available.

To pay the metered parking at those locations you will need to download the AMP Park app to do so. Other nearby parking areas include the Cherry Street Parking Garage at 50th & Oak or Lot 19 at the northwest corner of 50th Street & Rockhill Road.


Directions to Plaster Free Enterprise and Research Center (805 E. 51st Street)

From the Rockhill Parking Garage proceed north one block to the southwest corner of 51st & Rockhill Road. The entrance to the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise & Research Center is on the north side of the building. It is on the north end of Flarsheim Hall.

The UMKC campus map can be found here