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Top 29 VR/AR Events, Expos and Conferences to Attend in 2019

Top 29 VR/AR Events, Expos and Conferences to Attend in 2019

With VR gaining popularity, the annual conference, expo and festival calendar are filling up quickly. Below you’ll find some of the best events to attend, along with all the important event details. You can learn more about each of these VR events by clicking on the title to go to the official website or by following them on social media.

Give it a read and get ready to learn about all the awesome developments and trends shaking up the VR industry. Some of the events are VR/AR/MR-focused, while others are segments of broader technology media and entertainment events.

Online VR Event

VeeR VR: Best VR Content of the Year

Date: Dec.27, 2018

Venue: Altspace VR

VeeR VR is a global VR content platform, delivering you free access to millions of daily fresh VR videos and experiences. VeeR allows the audience to be immersed in scenes of the premium VR films, take adventures with people from all over the world. You can download VeeR VR in your Oculus , Samsung Gear VR , HTC Vive , Windows Mixed Reality , Google Daydream , Steam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo to watch amazing VR content.

To show the high-quality VR content to VR enthusiasts, VeeR hosts Altspace event every month. In this month’s event, VeeR will feature the most viewed & liked VR content on VeeR of the year 2018 and honor the talented creators worldwide. RSVP now for an unforgettable experience, including networking with the top VR creators, VR enthusiasts, and getting a chance to win BIG prizes!

At the end of this meet-up, VeeR will announce the winners of the VeeR Christmas Giveaway. You can enter the giveaway by sharing the page on your Facebook and Twitter to win Oculus, Nolo CV1, and many other gifts.


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Offline VR/AR/MR Conferences, Expos, Festivals & Summits

SXSW-South by Southwest

Date: March 11-13, 2019

Venue: Austin, Texas, United States

This interactive media conference is held every year in Texas with crowds pouring in from around the world to see films, music, and more. South by Southwest consistently draws in those interested in tech too, with VR and AR-driven events like Storytelling in VR and Creating Contemporary Art in VR. One of the most intriguing for 2019 is the event about Creating an Ethical Immersive World, and it’s definitely worth attending!

Major Brands Are Investing in VR. About 75 percent of the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brands have created some form of virtual reality or augmented reality experience for customers or employees, or are themselves developing these technologies. Given that this study was conducted in October 2015, the number is likely significantly higher.

Check the schedule for more VR and AR-specific dates and presentations.

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GDC – Game Developers Conference

Date: March 18-22, 2019

Venue: Moscone Center, San Francisco, California, United States

The gaming industry is seeing a steady increase in the use of VR, so it’s no surprise that the world’s largest professional gaming industry event is beginning to explore the concept. This event will hold more than 750 lectures, panels, and presentations on VR and AR in the world of gaming. Whether you’re a player, developer, or just hold a casual interest in the topic, this is an event worth going to.

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IEEEVR 2019

Date: March 23-27, 2019

Venue: Osaka International Convention Center, Osaka, Japan

Held every year, IEEEVR is leading the niche of conferences on 3D User Interfaces and Virtual Reality. With an international audience, the IEEEVR has been driving VR research since the early 1990s and continues to break ground in the field to this day. You’re sure to see all sorts of interesting and innovative presentations at this event, which is part of the larger IEEE tech convention.

VeeR Creator Conference

Date: TBD

Venue: TBD

VeeR VR is a global VR content platform, delivering you free access to millions of daily fresh VR videos and experiences. VeeR allows the audience to be immersed in scenes of the premium VR films, take adventures with people from all over the world. You can download VeeR VR in your Oculus , Samsung Gear VR , HTC Vive , Windows Mixed Reality , Google Daydream , Steam VR and Lenovo Mirage Solo to watch amazing VR content.

The annual Creator Conference is aimed at developers and others interested in expanding the VR ecosystem to the masses. Expect to hear speakers talk on the future and current trends of virtual reality and creating VR content. The master classes and panel discussions are intriguing, and you’ll have the chance to hear from many industry experts first-hand.

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ARVR Innovate Conference

Date: May 10, 2019

Venue: Dublin, Ireland

While this event only began in 2014, it has proven to be a strong player in the VR/AR world already. It’s Ireland’s only conference dedicated to the subject, and it’s also one of Europe’s first events to focus on it entirely–unlike many other VR/AR events of the region, which are just segments of broader tech conferences. Because of that, you can expect some of the most detailed and intriguing discussions of the year to take place at the ARVR Innovate Conference.

Major Brands Are Investing in VR. About 75 percent of the Forbes World’s Most Valuable Brands have created some form of virtual reality or augmented reality experience for customers or employees, or are themselves developing these technologies. Given that this study was conducted in October 2015, the number is likely significantly higher.

AWE USA – Augmented World Expo USA

Date: May 29-31, 2019

Venue: Santa Clara, California, United States

More than 6,000 industry professionals will be interacting with attendees of this 10th annual gathering. A collection of conferences on AR and VR, AWE USA promises to be awesome. Events will be hosted across six stages and you’ll get the chance to play with some of the latest technology the field has to offer. It’s perfectly set up to be both a fun and educational event.

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E3

Date: June 11-13, 2019

Venue: Los Angeles, California, United States

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AR & VR World

Date: June 12-13, 2019

Venue: ExCeL, London, United Kingdom

AR & VR World is an event meant to showcase today’s technology, supported by case studies from key brands in the industry. The conference is part of TechXLR8, which is London Tech Week’s main event. It’s definitely worth attending if you’re in the area and seeking an opportunity to dig deeper into the intriguing world of artificial and virtual reality.

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SIGGRAPH2019

Date: July 28-August 1, 2019

Venue: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, United States

This global conference brings together innovators in the computer graphics, gaming, VR and animation industries, leaving attendees consistently impressed by the knowledge shared each year. This will be the fifth year that VR has been featured at SIGGRAPH, and many big promises have been made as to its presentation. You will get to experience the latest technologies first hand as you learn how they are changing the way we interact, communicate and learn.

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Additional Tech Conventions Awaiting Scheduling

Many of the AR and VR events for 2019 are still being scheduled. The list below includes well-known events that are typically held annually. You can check out the hosting organization’s website or the prior year’s agenda for more information in the links below.

Broad VR/AR/MR events are held around the world every year, with the majority of conferences and expos being held in the United States and Europe.

Nintendo’s Virtual Boy 3D Gaming Console. Similar to SEGA, Nintendo also had the vision of putting out a Virtual Reality headset for the gaming market. They even went as far as putting a VR headset on the market, but unfortunately it didn’t make it far. Released in the mid 1990s and known as the Virtual Boy, the device was a 3D gaming console that had a 3D viewing system rigged out to look like virtual reality. While it was way cheaper than the other options on the market at the time, the device also didn’t manage to truly spark the VR movement, simply because it lacked head-tracking and quality graphics and only offered stereoscopic 3D display.

Industry-sponsored developer conferences often generate newsworthy headlines. Many of these events have a sign-up link on their homepage so you can stay on top of key dates.

We’ll update this list as we have more information. If we’ve missed any VR events, please leave a comment below. Look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events!

VeeR VR is a leading VR content platform with the mission of empowering everyone to create and share virtual reality content. Within a year of its establishment, it’s become a phenomenon sweeping through the 360 community, and has been featured on Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive. While we believe that VR is the future of storytelling, we want to encourage all VR lovers to create beyond boundaries.

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