Spring Reception: XR - Delivering tangible change across the West Midlands

2024thu21mar5:00 pmthu8:30 pmSpring Reception: XR - Delivering tangible change across the West Midlands

Event Details


Join the Centre for the New Midlands for our Reimagining the Region Spring Reception, to be held at The Park Playground, Brindley Place, Birmingham.

We have booked the venue solely for the use of our Reimagining the Region members who will hear first hand how eXtended Realities (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality) are being used to enhance the lives of people across the West Midlands.

Our guests will then be invited to immerse themselves in captivating stories and VR worlds that “spring to life before your eyes through the VR headset”. We will have a number of different experiences for our members to experience VR technology first hand and with other members!



We ask that guests arrive between 5.00pm and 5.30pm as our event will commence promptly at 5.30pm.

We are delighted to be joined by some of the region’s most experienced and knowledgeable VR practitioners and researchers who will share their insights into the world of eXtended Realities, but also how these technologies are being applied across the West Midlands region to enhance people’s lives. Here is the running order for the event.


5.pm – 5.30pm

Arrivals and welcome drink

5.30pm – 6.15pm

‘Welcome’ from Chris Smith (Founder and MD, CNM)

‘Introduction to event’, Sarg Senthil (Event Host, Metaverse Lead at Kagool and member of CNM’s Digital Leadership Board)

“20 Years of Pioneering XR in the Region – Successes, lessons learnt and the future”, Professor Bob Stone and Dr Vish Shingari (University of Birmingham)

6.15pm – 7pm

Networking and ‘play’, with pizza and drinks

Guests will have unlimited access to the VR experiences at the Playground

7pm – 7.35pm

Welcome back from Sarg Senthil and introduction to our speakers

“How Virtual Reality can help tackle some of society’s most real issues”, Stuart Lane and Claire Downes (Round Midnight)

“VR in the Care setting- Enhancing life for residents”, Professor Mohammad Patwary (University of Wolverhampton) and Ria Kalograni (Greener Games)

7.35pm – 8.30pm

More play!

8.30pm – 9pm




Our members will be sent a link to register on Friday 9th February and registration is essential.


March 21, 2024 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm(GMT+00:00)

The Park Playground

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