Tom Furness & Ray Kurzweil - Girls in S.T.E.A.M. Institute

Girls in S.T.E.A.M. Institute


Renowned legends in science and innovation, Dr. Thomas Furness III, grandfather of virtual reality & Ray Kurzweil, inventor, scientist, educator & author with emphasis in artificial intelligence are the special guest keynote speakers for the 2021 Inaugural Girls Virtual Reality Team Business Challenge, July 29 - July 30, 2021.

Their topic is "The Future of Technology and its Impact on Solving Mental Health Challenges."

NOTE: Due to last minute technical issues, the speakers will be live streamed from Zoom into AltspaceVR.

The Girls STEAM Institute's first Virtual Reality conference is geared to educate and encourage young girls 12-17 to become entrepreneurs and solve world problems. Twelve girls were chosen by representing diversity in geography, age, culture and were assigned to a team of 4 to develop a business with viable concepts to remedy Mental Health Issues.

For details and to attend the full two-day event, check the 2021 Inaugural Girls Virtual Reality Team Business Challenge schedule.

Our STEAMers (alumni) are excited to present their business ideas to a live audience through AltspaceVR for the first time ever. Join us to cheer them on and lets STEAM AHEAD together!

July 30th, the Business Challenge comes to AltspaceVR. The schedule is:

  • Keynote Luncheon speaker is Lorelle VanFossen, co-founder and director of Educators in VR, a global network of educators, learners, students, researchers, and passionate enthusiasts, her talk is entitled, "Land with Dignity and Style."
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Angelina Dayton of Virtual World Society, a virtual reality scientific researcher, user experience designer, speaker, consultant & trainer, and founder of Students in VR.
  • Presentation & Awards will be handed out in the afternoon Friday after the Teams present their innovation in VR on mental health. Join us for the presentations and celebrations.

All of our speakers are world-renowned and highly esteemed in their fields and industries, you won’t want to miss it!

Produced by Educators in VR.


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