2:00 p.m. Panel Discussion Room 1K:

The Metaverse & the Future of Digital Media

What is the Metaverse and why is it important to digital media?  This fusion of the physical and digital worlds will shake up how we live, work, play and socialize. Hear what local experts in 3D visualization and virtual reality have to say about what the Metaverse could bring and how it could greatly change our lives.


Link: https://youtu.be/Ia5LbCMd7Zw

Jim Starcev – Moderator

Program Manager, Solutions Lab Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kansas City Digital Drive

Jim is a serial entrepreneur, having started and exited multiple companies.  He currently leads innovation and entrepreneurship at KC Digital Drive, a civic non-profit working on making Kansas City a digital leader.  He is an affiliate faculty member of the KU School of nursing, consulting on a VR education program and is an advisory board member for the UCM Gigabit Lab.

Michael Eichenseer

AR/VR Coordinator – University of Missouri Kansas City

Founder/Lead Designer at my company VRdojo

Michael is a VR entrepreneur, designer, and writer. For the past decade he has worked with, consulted, and started startups in health and fitness, tech, and virtual reality. He has written and ghostwritten hundreds of XR articles for Forbes, and co-written two XR books. Currently he teaches VR development at UMKC where he heads the university’s XR initiatives and consults companies, students, and researchers building XR projects

Doug Hohulin

Affiliate Faculty – Innovation Advisor,  Kansas University School of Nursing

Doug Hohulin worked for 33 years at Nokia/Motorola in Strategy, Business Development, Account Management, and Engineering roles. He focuses on XR/Metaverse, Digital Health, Telehealth, Education, Telecommunication (5G/6G, WiFi, Cable/10G), Intelligent Transportation/AV, Sustainability/Energy/Smart Grid, and Public Policy projects.  He is on the  University of Kansas School of Nursing Advisory Board and an Affiliate Faculty member supporting various XR projects. He is on the University of Central Missouri Gigabit Lab Advisory Board consulting on XR projects.

Robert Riccardi

Principal, Multistudio

Robert’s blend of design sensibility, intellectual curiosity and personality benefits every project he touches. He has the rare ability to understand the various layers that exist within a single design opportunity, resulting in architecture that is truly multidimensional.

Multistudio collaboratively expands the practice of architecture, brand experience, city design, education design, and interiors to serve complex, and even contradictory needs of our clients and communities. The diversity of thought, people, and disciplines helps us explore place and spark possibilities of economic, social, and environmental change. And although we take on a variety of projects, neither size nor type dictates their importance.

Joe Suchan

Senior XR Developer Barkley

Joe spent time as a Frontend Developer at New Balance Athletics, where he worked on digital media campaigns for the 2019 Women’s World cup and Kawhi Leonard’s NBA championship. After his time with New Balance, he continued his studies of Human Computer Interactions and Interactive Digital Media Computer Science Programming. Since arriving at Barkley in 2020 he has helped lift off their XR practices, providing inspiration, insight, and A/R development to each client.