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XR Midwest

XR Midwest 2020 

The XR Midwest Conference is the first annual XR conference at the University of Michigan, hosted by ARI, which aims to highlight the top XR innovators in the Midwest.

With 10+ speakers representing companies, startups, and organizations, along with 15+ exhibitors, XR Midwest is the best conference to learn about what some of the top XR leaders are working on in this region.

This year's conference will be held on April 5th, stay tuned for more information.

2019 XR Midwest Speakers

Michael Smith

Ford Motor Company

Vivian Chazen

TheHiveVR/Mather Lifeways

Michael Nebeling

UMich School of Information

Christina York

Spellbound AR

Leah Barton

Western Michigan University

Andrew "Trip" Mayfield

Onward VR Master League

Michael Southworth


Mahmoud "Moody" Mattan


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the types of tickets, and what do they include?
You can purchase either a $25 "Speakers + Exhibition" or free "Exhibition" ticket. 

What's included in the "Speakers + Exhibition" ticket?
This ticket includes the morning and afternoon sessions, exhibition, and lunch with vegetarian and gluten-free options. If you are a student, you can use the code "ARIXR" to get 50% off this ticket. You only pay $12.50!

What's included in the "Exhibition" ticket?
This ticket includes only the exhibition starting at 3:30pm. This event is open to the public and will feature demos and projects from startups, larger companies, faculty, and students.

What if I can't stay for the entire event?
No worries! Check-in begins at 10:00am but student volunteers can check you in during the conference. The only thing you might miss is some QUALITY content!

Who is hosting this conference?
ARI or the Alternate Reality Initiative is an XR student organization at the University of Michigan. We are a group of undergraduate students interested in helping others explore, learn, build, and connect with XR technology.

Our leadership team will be running around the conference to make sure you have a great experience. Stop by and say hi!