Tess McKinney
CEO/Owner XRenegades: A Firework Media Studio

Tess McKinney is the visionary leader behind XRenegades, a subsidiary of Firework Media Studio, LLC. XRenegades is an industry-leading consulting studio that specializes in Immersive Virtual, Augmented & Mixed Reality (XR), 360 Degree Tour Design, Technology Training, and VR/AR/XR Reselling for the education and healthcare sectors. With over two decades of experience in the technology industry and a passion for innovation, Tess is a renowned expert in the field of immersive technology. Tess is also very active on Linkedin.

Tess has created a pioneering platform that lists VR/AR/XR companies in the healthcare industry, making it easier for educational institutions and businesses to discover and explore these innovative technologies. The comprehensive list can be accessed on XRenegades' website at

XRenegades has a successful record of helping colleges and universities implement the best immersive technologies for their students. Tess has worked with notable institutions such as The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Brazosport College, and is currently assisting the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Nursing in building their XR simulation lab. XRenegades is actively connecting educators with leading companies in the immersive technology field, including VictoryXR, SimX VR, ArborXR, Cleanbox Technologies, MACE Virtual Labs, Merge, Bodyswaps-VR Soft Skills Training, Xennial Digital, Reulay, PixoXR, AscentXR, and MAI-Bodymaps, among others.

Tess is also a full-time Instructional Technologist for the University of Nebraska Medical Center Global Center for Health Security, where she supports VR, AR, & XR in education. She is dedicated to developing XR education and remote consultation services for small and rural healthcare facilities, helping them enhance their knowledge of Infection Prevention and Control Services in Sterile Processing.