Session 25: Metaverse and Web 3

Session 25: The Future of Web 3 and the Metaverse

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 – 12-1:00p EST

Led by Joe Weaver – Spatial Computing Specialist SA – Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Web3 is the newest version of the internet. That sounds huge, and it is, but the internet isn’t being uninstalled and replaced with a new version. Rather, it’s about adding to what we already use. And don’t worry if you’re confused about AR vs. VR, you love VR or you hate them both—there will be something for everyone. Web3 will eventually shape what the metaverse is and how we shop (AI may pick out the best VR headsets for us, for example) and will keep our data more secure.

In the metaverse, users traverse a virtual world that mimics aspects of the physical world using such technologies such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), AI, social media and digital currency. The internet is something that people “browse.” But, to a degree, people can “live” in the metaverse.Oct 3, 2022

Join this session to hear Joe Weaver’s thoughts on where the industries are today, and when ready, how these advancements in technology will impact our work and personal lives.

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Session 24: The Launch of HR BIZWHEEL “Powered by StartWheel”

Date: Monday, November 28, 2023

Led by Tim Ryan (StartWheel) & Dan Bell (HRIC), with a Website Overview by Alan Hagerman (HRIC Board)

HRIC and StartWheel have collaborated to launch HR BIZWHEEL, a series of programs and expanded web-based web portal services (powered by StartWheel).

As this effort evolves, we will have an increasing number of regional companies listed, enhancing the view of who we are as a business regional ecosystem, even marketing and promotion of our businesses.  More coming, but the journey has begun.

Dan Bell, Chairman of HRIC, stated: “These new systems and programs are nearing completion to provide better visibility of our regional business footprint. This will lead to the opportunities we have all been waiting for: business partnerships, funding opportunities, and national attention.”

Tim Ryan, Executive Director of StartWheel, said: “Our region has all the right pieces in place to be a dynamic and thriving ecosystem. Together, we can emphasize our innovation and businesses in all forms of entrepreneurship needed to make our region the best place to start and grow a business.”


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Tech Tuesday Session 23: AUVSI Hampton Roads

Session 23: AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) Hampton Roads

Tuesday October 18, 2022 – 12-1:00p EST

Led by Daniel Wolfe – President – AUVSI HR

AUVSI Hampton Roads was founded during the mid-1990’s to serve the needs of emerging defense and industry technologists who were supporting uncrewed systems development. Our region includes the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, and NASA and 18 local municipalities that comprise Hampton Roads.

Our growing base includes members from academia, industry, and local governments. We reach from Northeast North Carolina to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, to Richmond.  “The AUVSI Hampton Roads mission is to promote uncrewed systems (UxS), across air, land, sea, and space ecosystems, through interactive engagement programs with businesses, educational institutions, government, and professional societies focused on regional economic growth”.

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Tech Tuesday Session 22: GENEDGE

Session 22: GENEDGE

Tuesday September 13, 2022 – 12-1:00p EST

Led by Anthony (Tony) Cerilli, Vice President of Operations at GENEDGE

GENEDGE is Virginia’s only manufacturing and economic development organization partnered with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, ™ a public-private partnership that empowers small and medium-sized manufacturers to grow and thrive through educational resources, industry connections, and best practices.

GENEDGE values collaboration and is grateful for the ongoing support and results achieved because of our strong relationships established with key allies and partners throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Tech Tuesday Session 21: Regional Fiber Ring A REALITY!

Session 21: Regional Fiber Ring

July 26, 2022 – 12-1:00p EST

Led by Susan Vitale, Southside Network Authority Chair

Enhancing the 757’s appeal as a place to live, learn, and do business.

The SNA was created in November 2019 by the five Virginia cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. Phase I of this project includes building out a 119-mile fiber ring that will connect the 5 Southside Virginia cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.

During the SNA Board Meeting held on November 12, 2021, the Board adopted two resolutions. 

  • Resolution 2021-01 directed the SNA Executive Director (ED) to enter the Detail Phase of negotiations regarding a possible public-private partnership to operate and market the SNA Regional Connectivity Ring.
  • Resolution 2021-02 directed the SNA ED to award a construction and maintenance contract to build the fiber ring upon securing necessary funding. Subsequently, a construction contract was awarded to Danella Construction, Inc.

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Slides: Regional Fiber Slides Jul 2022

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