CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chicago becomes the second stop next week of a 5-city nationwide tour conducted by VR Voice, a media company focused on the burgeoning field of Virtual Reality (VR) technology, to educate the public on the current state of VR technology, and to inform parents and their children about the career opportunities the tech industry presents.
The series of events known as the "Virtual Reality Experience Tour" is co-sponsored by the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CompTIA, the world's largest information technology (IT) industry association. Creating IT Futures is involved in the tour as part of its mission to "create on-ramps for more people to prepare for, secure and succeed in IT careers." The second event takes place from 11am to 5pm, November 9th at the Conference Center at University of Chicago, 525 S. State Street, Chicago, Illinois 60605. Advance registration is free for all interested attendees at http://vrvoice.co/tour/. In addition to VR Voice and Creating IT Futures, multiple other companies involved in the VR field will be on-hand presenting a variety of interactive experiences for the public to learn and enjoy, including: Notion Theory, SunnySideVR, MergeVR and many others will be represented. As the (IT) industry faces a daunting skills gap, Creating IT Futures is working to educate parents about the issue and enlist their help in recruiting the next generation of technologists - their children. Beginning with the Washington event, Creating IT Futures will preview the upcoming book by CEO Charles Eaton, How to Launch Your Teen's Career in Technology: A Parent's Guide to the T in STEM Education. A preview presentation of the book is scheduled for 1:00 pm CST at the Chicago event. "If left unaddressed, the IT skills gap could adversely impact U.S leadership and competitiveness in the global market, as other countries meet and surpass our technological expertise," Eaton says. "In recent research we conducted, teens reported relying on parents for career advice twice as much as any other source, so it is important that parents understand the great career opportunities available to today's teens."