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Oakley Cabin

Oakley Cabin Unveiling Celebration, June 8, 2024

The Unveiling Celebration will be the public launch of the augmented reality (AR) experiences created by Montgomery County, Montgomery Parks, and the University of Maryland’s Historic Preservation Program to provide a new way for visitors to discover and experience the history of Oakley Cabin African American Museum and Park.

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Moving With Screens 2024

Moving With Screens + Machines: A Symposium on Embodied Practices and Technology, April 18-20, 2024

Join us at the University of Maryland, College Park for a thought-provoking symposium on the relationship between embodied practices and technology.

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Digital Heritage Symposium

Digital Heritage Symposium, February 27, 2024

Attend the Black History Month Digital Heritage Symposium this Tuesday Feb 27th from 10am to noon.

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DCXR Meetup 2024

Exploring the Horizon: XR State Of The Industry, February 20, 2024

Join the DCXR Chapter at the Brendan Iribe Center at UMD for an immersive evening dedicated to exploring the forefront of Extended Reality (XR) technology.

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DC XR Innovation Challenge

DC XR Innovation Challenge, October 25 - November 1, 2023

Join us in creating an innovative XR prototype that addresses a real small business challenge.

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XR Symposium

JHU APL XR Symposium, July 26-27, 2023

During the symposium, presenters will be able to demonstrate their XR projects and engage attendees with hands-on presentations. The symposium will take place at the unclassified level. There will be more than 30+ presentations over the 2 days.

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DCXR Spring Happy Hour 2023

DCXR Spring Happy Hour, April 20, 2023

Join DCXR at Navy Yard's Dacha Beer Garden for an evening of networking, engaging discussions, and drinks. Meet fellow DCXR members, make new connections, and learn from industry professionals.

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AADHum AR Workshops, Spring Semester 2023

The African American Digital & Experimental Humanities (AADHum) program is hosting workshops on Augmented Reality on February 21st and March 9th. At these workshops, participants will be introduced to using Snap's development software.

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MSW 2022

Metaverse Safety Week, December 10-15, 2022

The Metaverse Safety Week (MSW) is an international community effort, led by the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI), featuring industry leaders from around the world.

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NextNow Fest 2022

NextNOW Fest: Immersive Media Design New Works Incubator Showcase, September 8-10, 2022

Students who participated in the Immersive Media Design Program’s New Works Incubator, a six-week summer development program, designed and showcase their immersive media projects during NextNow Fest 2022.

XRSI Presentation at UMD

MAVRIC hosted XRSI Leadership, June 15th, 2022

UMD faculty, staff, and students met with and heard from award-winning cybersecurity professional, Kavya Pearlman and digital governance advisor, Kristina Podnar.

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Dope Nerds VR

Innovate Maryland: Emerging Tech + Art Expo, May 10th, 2022

More than 25 XR exhibitors and 200 people joined the University of Maryland campus community for a fun evening exploring emerging technologies through immersive media art, interactive augmented experiences, and virtual adventures in the Discovery District at The Hall CP and WeWork College Park.

Photos from the event can be found in this Flickr Album. Special thanks to University photographer, Hong Huynh, for capturing these beautiful photos.

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Immersive Media + Arts for All Showcase, April 2nd to April 8th, 2022

The University of Maryland’s Immersive Media Design (IMD) program in partnership with the campus-wide Arts for All Initiative and the Department of Art hosted a week-long public event running. The showcase presented interactive immersive media projects and various speakers.

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XR Saftey Week 2021, December 6-10, 2021

XR Safety Week was created and promoted by the XR Safety Initiative, the first global nonprofit with the mission of helping build safe and inclusive immersive realities, but everyone in the global XR community can play a big part. At XR Safety Week, we ask everyone who’s interested in building a better and safer Metaverse to connect, collaborate, and share their knowledge or passion by submitting and hosting their own events. These initiatives will be promoted through XR Safety Week channels and contribute to a community-driven global movement for responsible innovation, better regulations, and a deeper knowledge of the worlds we are immersing in.

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The Big Knot Event

XR & Art, November 12th 2021

DCXR hosted artist George Sabra and XR Technologist/ Climate activist, Shayna Skolnik, for a conversation on environmental art in VR and the importance of using new technologies to communicate concepts and ideas to the public.

NextNow Fest

IMD Immersive Media Design Showcase at NextNOW Fest, September 14-15, 2021

Students majoring in UMD’s Immersive Media Design (IMD) program showcased a half-dozen XR projects during the annual NextNOW Fest. Watch some of the highlights from this event on YouTube.

Attendees were able to interact with a handful of student-made installations. Read more about these projects.

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Avatar Dimension

Tour of Avatar Dimension and brightline, September 14, 2021

Members of UMD's XR community toured Avatar Dimension, the only volumetric-capture lab on the east coast, along with brightline.

DCC Students

The XR Campus: How Students Will Learn and Leverage Extended Reality, June 24th, 2021

A panel of XR experts from UMD, Michigan, Yale, and Unity College shared insights on subjects as diverse as creating an extended reality program for an institution as it transitions to virtual learning to how to design a curriculum.


Building an Inclusive Industry in Extended Reality (XR) and Immersive Media, Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 3:00-4:30 PM

The INNOHUB@PGCC partnered with MAVRIC to pilot an Extended Reality (XR) Technology Commercialization Lab where Prince George’s County-based Minority Based Enterprises (MBEs)  explored the commercialization of promising XR technologies to enable them to become a part of the growing immersive media industry and ecosystem.

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Celebrating Women in XR

Celebrating Women in XR by DCXR, Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 12:30-1:30 P.M.

To celebrate Women's History Month, DCXR hosted a virtual panel featuring women in the XR industry who are making an impact. Panelists included: Sophia Moshasha, Cindy Mallory, and Aishwarya Tare '22. The panel was moderated by Emma Mankey-Hidem.

TEDxCP An Equal Future

TEDxCollegePark - An Equal Future, Friday, March 19th, 2021

MAVRIC was proud to serve as a partner support of TEDxCollegePark 2021. This virtual event included over a dozen speakers, smaller group discussions, and virtual networking opportunities.

Watch all of the TEDxCollegePark 2021 Talks

IMD@UMD, Friday, February 26th, 2021

Organized by faculty and staff from the lmmersive Media Design (IMD) program and MAVRIC, the event brought together faculty, staff, and students from across campus interested in immersive media research and projects. Presentations from the workshop can be found at the IMD@UMD YouTube Channel.

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ILRN CHEX Meeting, Thursday, October 15th, 2020

MAVRIC Interim Director Sammy Popat presented on XR at UMD along with his counterparts at Yale and Carnegie Mellon who shared XR projects are their respective universities during the monthly Immersive Learning Network Champions in Higher Education meeting.

Innov8MD Mentor Dinner

MAVRIC & Innov8MD AR VR Mentor Dinner, Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

MAVRIC in partnership with Innov8MD hosted a dinner that brought together local XR entrepreneurs with college students interested in launching augmented and virtual reality ventures.

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VR Starship Design Beta Competition, March 20th, 2019

To highlight the relationship between science fiction and the development of virtual reality, the Museum of Science Fiction & Isovista held a VR Starship Design beta competition.


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Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality

Gaming Showcase, VR/AR/MR & Tech Expo; March 2nd, 2019

This panel on “Gaming & Technology’s Impact on Higher Education & Global Innovation" discussed how innovation, technology are continually evolving the landscape of higher education.

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MAVRIC VR goggles

AR/VR Talk, February 26th, 2019

While gaming and entertainment have propelled immense growth in the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), the talk discussed how capable these technologies are for changing our society.

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futureNOW Mixed Reality Computing With Jesse Mculloch of Microsoft Hololens Meetup

DC MR Meetup, January 22nd, 2019

MARVIC, the VR/AR Association of Washington, D.C Chapter, and DCVR Present held a Meetup with the Microsoft Mixed Reality Developer Relations contact.

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MAVRIC Intro to I-Corps Opening Workshop, Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

XR ventures and faculty startups from across the University of Maryland campus and throughout the DMV region were selected to participate in DC Region I-Corps program.


Inaugural MAVRIC Conference 2018


Immersive Impact MAVRIC Conference

This two day virtual conference was held September 10th and 11th, 2020.

Co-hosted by the Chesapeake Digital Health Exchange (CDHX).

The conference explored ways (VR/AR/MR) are impacting health care, business, art, intelligence, defense, and government.

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2nd Annual MAVRIC Conference

This two day conference was held September 17th and 18th, 2019 at the Booz Allen Innovation Center in Washington, D.C.

Co-hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton

The conference brought together the east coast’s top corporate, government, research, and startup talent in XR to present on topics ranging from healthcare, simulation and training (both corporate and governmental), advanced research in the technology and design of interactive experiences to education, data analysis and cyber security.

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Inaugural MAVRIC Conference 2018

The first MAVRIC Conference was held October 17th and 18th, 2018 at the Riggs Alumni Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.

This conference brought together more than 200 attendees including three-dozen speakers ranging from university faculty and researchers, entrepreneurs, government officials, corporate partners, and students interested in hearing about successful use cases for XR.'

View Conference Presentations on YouTube.

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