Rebooting with Research: Our virtual future (panel 6 of 6)

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Thursday, Jun 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT 
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Event Details

COVID-19 has shaken the world, challenging societies and altering life as we know it. But from this crisis, opportunities have emerged calling us to action as we prepare to reboot from the COVID-19 lockdown.

In this series of six free, weekly, online panels, experts from the University of Waterloo and representatives from some of Canada's leading companies will share their research, real-world expertise, and experience to help identify the risks and plot the future of adapting to this new normal. Learn how you can apply their research findings to the needs of your enterprise and your own aspirations. Together, let’s create the future.

Registration is required for each of the 6 panels 
A Webex link will be provided before the talk. Each webinar will feature a 60-minute, moderated panel, with 5 or 6 participants followed by an optional 30-minute Q&A (questions can be submitted through the web conference chat).

The Post-COVID-19 Reboot series is presented by University of Waterloo Gateway for Enterprises to Discover Innovation (GEDI).

Panel #6 Rebooting with Research: Our virtual future 

This third research-focused webinar considers what our virtual future may look like.  What we have seen so far about our attempt to capitalize on virtual technology to manage through the crisis, the pros and cons of virtual connectivity, what weaknesses of virtual reality have been exposed, and how to reinvent the future.

Moderator: Neil Randall - Executive Director, The Games Institute; Chair, Council for Responsible Innovation and Technology

Expert panelists include:

  • Jennifer Boger - Assistant Professor, Systems Design Engineering; Schlegel Chair in Technology for Independent Living at the Research Institute for Aging
  • Aynur Kadir - Assistant Professor, Digital Media, Department of Communication Arts; Member, Games Institute
  • Michael Barnett-Cowan - Associate Professor, Kinesiology 
  • Jim Wallace - Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems
  • Andrea Kerswill  - Director, Innovation & Scotiabank FactoryUScotiabank
  • Ray Simonson - Co-founder and CEO, Glove Systems

The Post-COVID-19 Reboot series: 

Visit our event page here to see past events. The recorded sessions will be posted to the University of Waterloo YouTube channel as available, check back soon!

If you have any questions, please contact GEDI at


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University of Waterloo GEDI

GEDI is a Gateway for Enterprises (industry and government) to Discover Innovation at the University of Waterloo. GEDI develops and manages partnerships between the University and those enterprises who wish to engage with UW in a significant and multi-faceted manner.