Emerging Technologies Consortium (ETC)
Please join the hosts of the Emerging Technologies Consortium at Mount Royal University, Kerry Harmer and Anna Nuhn, for a presentation and conversation with Chelsea Hallick, Business Development Manager, Interactive Digital Media, Calgary Economic Development. Chelsea is an award-winning digital media professional, who is leading both the Digital Media and Video Game & Immersive Technology strategies for Calgary. Over the last decade, she has worked in a variety of industries with a focus on digital-first experiences. As a career marketer and business development manager she is currently engaged in building economic success and a strong community for the interactive digital media sector in Calgary.
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Digital transformation is quickly becoming the largest driver of new solutions and technology investments among Calgary businesses. It’s projected that Calgary’s creative industries sector will spend $1 billion on digital transformation from 2019 to 2022, and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), AI systems and machine learning have been identified as key engines of growth.
Calgary Economic Development recently created a strategy to develop a video game and immersive media ecosystem in Calgary. Chelsea will present an overview and recommendations from the video game and immersive tech strategy report for Calgary which concludes that for Calgary to become an industry leader, three components are key to building a vibrant video game industry and immersive media ecosystem: talent, engagement of government, academia and industry, and recognition of the resources available – both to talent and companies.
The MRU Emerging Technologies Consortium (ETC) is a group of like-minded people who are passionate about sharing information and fostering collaboration in the space of emerging technologies. These technologies include virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, wearables, and more.
Hosted by the Library, the group helps to facilitate exploration and understanding the adoption of new technologies at Mount Royal University (MRU). The group meets monthly on Wednesdays, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm where speakers will highlight emerging technology in teaching, research, and co-curricular activities being done at MRU. We will also invite external community members teaching, researching and working in emerging technologies including industry partners to showcase new technologies and their usage.