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In the era of digital transformation, training and education are critical: to survive, adapt, and thrive. The job market is rapidly changing, and the advent of self-driving cars sounds a death knell for 3.5 million jobs on in the US trucking industry alone. At the same time, XR, AI, the Internet of Things, and myriad other technologies create unprecedented demand for skilled workers, and new opportunities to achieve personal and professional growth. A new educational revolution is on the horizon.

The XR for Learning Podcast explores the future through the lens of training and education: how technologies are transforming the job landscape, the new expectations of the tech-augmented job market, and what’s needed to support this digital transformation. Julie Smithson and her guests will take you through rapidfire microlearning sessions and fascinating case studies from the leading edge.

About Us

Julie Smithson

Julie Smithson

Julie is the head of operations across the MetaVRse family of companies, including XR Ignite, a community hub and hyper-accelerator connecting high-growth XR startups with enterprise clients. She drives technical development and execution with augmented and virtual reality technologies to bring evolutionary products and experiences first to market.

Julie serves on several VRARA committees, including co-chairing the 5G and Education committees, mentoring the Student Committee and serving as Toronto chapter co-President.

Alan Smithson

Alan Smithson

Alan is the CEO of MetaVRse and XR Ignite, as well as host of the XR for Business Podcast. He is an independent global advisor on the business of XR to some of the world's largest companies, chief investment advisors, and ultra-high net-worth family offices.

Alan is also a founding member of the VR/AR Association, member of the IEEE Mixed Reality Ethics Committee and SXSW Pitch Advisory Board for XR, TEDx speaker, and judge for the global Auggie Awards. Alan and Julie live in Toronto with their daughter Abi, inventor of The Love Sandal.

Alex Colgan

Alex Colgan

Alex is the founder of Farflung Studio, a marketing and brand consultancy that accelerates early-stage tech startups and scaleups. Formerly head of marketing at Leap Motion, his clients range from VR/AR and blockchain to cross-platform mapping, mobile app development, and wearables. Alex and his team head up marketing operations for MetaVRse and XR Ignite, as well as production on the XR for Business and XR for Learning podcasts.
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