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As the Conference Program Chair of Virtual Reality Summit, I’m proud to announce that Adriana Vela and I are working together once again on one of this era’s most important and intriguing “frontier technologies.’  I’m also proud that I served as Director of Communications for NanoTecNexus during its first ten years.

Adriana Vela has always been a STEM education advocate and is also a catalyst for educating the larger public about leading edge technologies such as nanotechnology and virtual reality. I’ve spent a great deal of my professional life at the front of classrooms K-college and am committed to lifelong learning. The panel Adriana Vela has assembled for the VR Summit in NY City is:

“21st Century Jobs Require 21st Century Education and Tools”. 

Education has been identified as the area that would most benefit from VR technologies. Business leaders say that training a pipeline of workers should start as early as kindergarten. Will VR be the most effective pedagogy for improving STEM education literacy and economic competitiveness in tomorrow’s workforce? Can industry reap benefits today by using VR for vocational training or for professions where high cost or dangerous environments are involved such as first responders, aeronautics and more? The expert panel will discuss the impact and feasibility of implementing educational VR technologies in industry and classrooms. Speakers are:

  • Brenda Grell, Faculty, Washington State University Vancouver’s CMDC Department
  • Pete Johnson, VP of Business Development, zSpace Inc.
  • Josh Maldonado, CEO and Founder, Discovr Labs
  • Adriana Vela, Founder & Chair, NanoTecNexus

Rising Media’s Virtual Reality Summit is a disruptive, international technology event co-located with industry leading 3D Printing Conference & Exposition and the RoboUniverse Conference & Exposition bringing more than 8,000 attendees and visitors together April 11-12 at the Javits Convention Center in NYC.  Rising Media’s Virtual Reality Summit program is bringing together a group of hand-picked thought leaders who represent the ‘best of the best’ from those who are creating today’s and tomorrow’s Virtual Reality in its myriad configurations and uses.

The two-day program has 15 Business-to-Business oriented sessions with discussion of the major VR markets: games, film, education, architecture, journalism, marketing & advertising, consumer, mobile, medicine and healthcare, investments.

Click here for complete event details. 

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About NanoTecNexus
NanoTecNexus (NTN) focuses on inspiring K-12 students to pursue STEM education careers and transforming how individuals learn about nanotechnology and its impact on industry, academia and society. Founded in 2004, it is acclaimed as  leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the business-education ecosystem.  Its mission is to achieve meaningful change in how society learns about nanoscience.  Originally founded as NanoBioNexus, NTN dedicated its first five years to the intersection of nanotechnology and biotechnology. In 2009, the organization expanded to other sectors and continues to evolve to meet the evolving needs of its constituencies. For more information, visit

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