to Jan 12

VR FEST 2018 - Las Vegas

For discounted passes, speaking opportunities, exhibit or sponsor email info@thevrara.com 

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Welcome to Season 4 of the world's first and largest VR FEST!

Full details are coming soon about our 4-day destination event in partnership with Oculus, Alienware, VRMedia Tech, PassmoreVR, Paramount Pictures, VR Arcade, VR/AR Association, Extreme Tech Challenge and DreamlandXR.


Tuesday, January 9th: Opening Night Gala with the VR Lounge

Wednesday, January 10th: VR Academy Sessions, XTC Dinner & VR Arcade

Thursday, January 11th: VR Academy Sessions, XTC Semi-Finals & VR Arcade

Friday, January 12th: Closing Night Gala with the VR/AR Love Bus (Downtown Las Vegas)

To learn more about VR FEST please visit us online: www.VRFEST.org


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VR/AR Association Online Conference
to Jan 24

VR/AR Association Online Conference

More info here

The Biggest VR AR Online Event

Jan 15 to 25 2018     3pm EST; 8pm GMT; 9am NZT

1000+ attending live

50+ Speakers

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10 online symposiums (tracks): Education, Enterprise, Training, Storytelling, Retail, AEC, Marketing, Advertising, WebVR, Arcades/LBE/Haptics

If you want to speak or sponsor email info@thevrara.com

To attend (it's free!) register here


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9:30 AM09:30

Cantech Investment Conference 2017 - Toronto

To attend, speak, or exhibit, contact paul@thevrara.com

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The VR/AR Association (VRARA) has announced a partnership with Cantech Investment Conference; the biggest technology investment conference in Canada, coming to Toronto on January 31st! The VRARA, a global association partnered with the Toronto chapter, is working with the event's producers, Cambridge House International and Cantech Letter, to create a virtual reality village that will showcase Canada's most innovative virtual and augmented reality companies.

"As a global association, we are happy to partner with the largest investment and technology conference in Canada as we feel this will provide entrepreneurial-minded members the opportunity to find investors to fund their immersive technology innovations.  This is not only a great opportunity for our local chapter members but also for members of our 50 global chapters" say Paul Rothbein, Toronto Chapter President, VRARA.

3,000 investors will come together with 100+ leading edge tech companies at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Cantech Investment Conference.

"Canada is punching way above our weight in the virtual reality and augmented reality industries. We are very excited to showcase some of Canada's most disruptive AR/VR experiences before they are available to the public." - Jay Martin, CEO, Cambridge House.

Qualified companies are invited to present to an influential group of VCs, financial institutions, portfolio managers, private equity firms and sophisticated investors. Exclusive one-on-one meeting opportunities will also be available.

Cantech is produced by Cambridge House International Inc., Canada’s undisputed leader in technology and mining investment conferences, and the Cantech Letter, one of the most popular and respected financial sites in Canada.

Exhibit or Speaking Opportunities, Contact:

Paul Rothbein, Toronto Chapter President, VR/AR Association paul@thevrara.com

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to Mar 27

VR Development with Unity 10 Weeks Weekly Night Class - SF & LA

Get discounted class pass, email info@thevrara.com

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Explore this exciting new technology and learn the skills needed to build stunning VR experiences in Upload's flagship 10-week night course.
Duration: 10-weeks Class time: 3 hours of in-class instruction per week at Upload SF or Upload LA Bonus bootcamp: 6 hour weekend C# Bootcamp Outside time: 5+ hours/week (depending on your goals) Level: Beginner-friendly Prerequisites: None (some experience programming a plus).

Build up your resume with a wide range of VR development skills acquired through 10 modules of instruction, 150 hours of original instructional content, 11 custom-built VR experiences, 26 step-by-step lessons, 11 self-scoring assessments, and 110+ hours of instructor support to guide your way. As you progress through the course, you'll develop multiple portfolio pieces that demonstrate your skills as a VR developer, giving you a competitive edge in professional settings.

More info here

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to Jan 24

Call for Speakers & Exhibitors to LINK VR Showcase - Austin

To speak, exhibit or attend, email info@thevrara.com


LINK Virtual Reality Showcase (Link VR Showcase) provides an innovative platform where companies and individuals can discover and explore new ideas and technologies in the realm of Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities.  LINK will be the first and only conference expo focused on Virtual and Augmented Reality to be held in Austin, TX.

The key objective for LINK VR Showcase is to allow companies with emerging Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies to gain prospect and ultimately business. Our desire is to foster new and beneficial relationships for our exhibitors and potential clients, while helping businesses increase their exposure, brand, and product recognition. LINK VR Showcase will create an environment that is more business-oriented with opportunities for the advancement of the industry.  Event website here.

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6:00 PM18:00

SF Augmented Reality App Show

VRARA members, contact us for a discount code


VRARA SF has partnered with next month's Augmented Reality AppShow. Join us 1/23 for an evening of networking and live demos of ARkit and ARCore apps that are in development. That will give us all a sneak peek at the AR innovation in the pipeline.

The conference organizers are also looking for apps to showcase, in case you're working on one. Apply here and contact us for discount code to attend. We hope to see you there.

More from the event organizers:


On November 10th, 2009, 10 mobile apps including Dropbox were showcased at the first ever AppShow at the flagship Apple Store in downtown San Francisco.  Since then over 170 iPhone, iPad, and Android apps have presented or launched at 18 AppShows, in 4 cities.  Many of these apps have gone on to become household names like Uber and Waze which both launched at the SF AppShow.   

With Apple's launch of ARKit and Google's launch of ARCore, app developers around the world have started a whole new innovation cycle to show the public what can be done with this amazing new augmented reality technology on mobile phones.  Since ARKit's launch in September, apps using this platform have already been installed 3 Million times.  More than ever these apps need to be seen live, in order for their full utility to be understood.  Join us for 10 rapid fire augmented reality app demos in an hour, by the people who created them.  Learn more about AR technology and how it could be applied to your business.

If you're building a great app or know of one, apply to present at http://appshow.com/apply  We are also looking for sponsors and anyone interested in helping out with the event.

The AppShow is the premier App event -- We discover and break the hottest apps.

Past presenters have been featured in the New York Times, BBC, CNN, and the iTunes App Store home page after appearing in the SF AppShow!

- Cocktails, appetizers, and networking. 6:00pm - 7 pm.

- Join the live studio audience for the SF AppShow broadcast.  Our host will check out hot apps, interview their developers and take your questions from the stage. Show starts at 7pm.

See newsworthy new apps, get insight from app developers, find unrecognized app gems. Space is limited, seats available on a first come basis.

Register and get more information here

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to Feb 10

Virtuality - Paris

For passes, email info@thevrara.com  

Virtuality is the VR, AR and MR event in Europe whose first edition last February successfully gathered over 16 000 participants and 110 exhibitors, and received an extensive media coverage.

During 3 days, you will be able to:

  • meet VR/AR professionals in an exclusive space with networking services
  • test many extraordinary VR experiences
  • identify the new trends and immersive technologies
  • learn more on VR/AR impact through 40 talks
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Get your Exhibit Pod at GSMA MWC Barcelona inside the VR AR Pavilion
to Mar 1

Get your Exhibit Pod at GSMA MWC Barcelona inside the VR AR Pavilion

For more info email info@thevrara.com

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Following the success of our partnership with the GSMA in the past, VRARA is again partnering with GSMA for their upcoming Mobile World Congress Event in Barcelona to provide pod space in the VR AR Pavilion.  The Pods are 1.2 x 1m wide.

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to Jun 2

Call for Speakers & Showcase for the Immersive Architecture Conference in Venice is closing soon! Apply now!

To speak or showcase, apply here

For discounted passes, email info@thevrara.com

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Immersive Architecture Conference 2018
Venice, 1-2 June 2018

Im-Arch is a conference in the city of Venice, Italy.
Im-Arch’s focus is on AR/VR and Design, where design goes from architecture to retail, from skyscrapers to blown glasses, from museums to building sites.
Im-Arch is a meeting point for all those who are interested in empowering their design process with Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality technologies, and are looking for just the best way to do it.
Im-Arch is for those who want to innovate their communication strategies, in a way that was unthinkable up to now. And for those who want to try and compare the latest devices, and see which is best for their own needs.

Conference website here


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9:00 AM09:00

Demo Day Breakfast & BlockchainMix: New Trends, Investment Opportunities

For free passes, email info@thevrara.com 

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Starta Accelerator together with V Startup Agency is excited to announce a Blockchain Conference and Demo Day Breakfastfor its fourth cohort companies!

Please join us on Friday, December 15th, to meet ten innovative startups from Europe, learn about Augmented Reality and Blockchain Technology. Meet industry experts from both VC and Crypto worlds who will share their thoughts on new investment opportunities and debate on much-talked-of ICO's vs VC funding.

More info here

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6:30 PM18:30

Los Angeles VRARA Winter Wonderland Festivities

RSVP here

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Who else is excited about an end of year VR AR Holiday party?

Join us for one last hurrah of incredible demos & VRARA cheer before the end of the year! Get ready to jingle!

Ugly sweaters welcome! 

Date: Thursday, December 14th

Time: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Digital Domain, Los Angeles

Food & Drinks (Open Bar) will be served.

Entry Rules: Please print your ticket to show proof of purchase of tickets for you and your guest(s).

** VRARA Members attend for FREE (contact your chapter president to be added to the guest list)

** Please contact Josephine Munis at josephine@thevrara.com if you are interested in sponsoring this event or demoing (for free) at this event.

Save the Date and See you There!

10% of sales proceeds will benefit Toys For Tots Foundation. 

Special Thanks to our Location Sponsor Digital Domain!

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6:00 PM18:00

VRARA Toronto Chapter: VR/AR Redefining the Theme Park Experience & Redefining Art

RSVP here

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality allows people to be creative in ways beyond what reality can provide. The experiences that VR/AR can provide can easily provide Disney World and Wonderland experiences in ways that demand less space, less money, and more potential for growth. Offering ways to experience a roller coaster, being skydiving, being a Ghostbuster, all indoors!

At this event we will also have a Tilt Brush art contest, a workshop on Mixed Reality and how to draw and make content in VR/AR, and a Tilt Brush Art content

6pm to 6:30: Mingling and Social

The first half an hour will be dedicated to mingling and for people to socialize over snacks and beverages.

6:30pm - 7pm: Workshop on 3D Painting (aka Tilt Brush)

7:30pm Panel on Location Based VR

8pm Tilt Brush/Blocks ARt contest

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6:00 PM18:00

VR/AR Association Richmond Chapter Event

RSVP here 

To speak at the event email edwin@thevrara.com

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Venue: Shockoe Offices at 3122 W. Marshall St. Richmond, VA 

Join us as we kick-off the Richmond Chapter of the VR/AR Association!

We'll be hosting a panel discussing the state of VR and AR in the Richmond area, as well as introducing the VR/AR Association and reporting on the VRX conference 2018 in San Francisco.

Admission is free, so grab a friend and come learn about the state of VR and AR in RVA!

A special thank you to Shockoe for sponsoring the event and hosting it at their office in Scott's Addition!



Edwin Huertas - President, VR/AR Association Richmond Chapter; CEO, Shockoe

Edwin currently serves as CEO of Shockoe.com, LLC, a Mobile Development & Consulting firm in Richmond, VA.
Edwin is a hands-on executive officer known for strategic and focused approach, with extensive accolades for limiting risk, creating lean teams, and establishing creative strategies for optimizing internal operations, financial returns and external customer service. With a solid software engineering background and over 20 years of experience, Edwin has applied his extensive knowledge to a wide variety of industries, earning Shockoe the 499th position in the Inc 5000 list in 2017, as well as Top Work Places in Virginia.


Dan Cotting - Vice President, VR/AR Association Richmond Chapter; Immersive Media Lead, Shockoe

With over a decade of customer and user experience strategy under his belt, Dan Cotting is Shockoe’s Immersive Media Lead and resident “future-tech-crazy-person”. Dan fully believes that virtual and augmented reality will pave the way for an entirely new approach to business operations: improving the lives of both employees and consumers, while simultaneously increasing business efficiency and productivity. When he isn’t dreaming about this “Ready Player One” future, Dan spends his free time playing bass guitar, practicing 18th-century photographic techniques, brewing beer, and enjoying time with his wife Kelly and their five rescue pets.

Doug Nunn - Founder, CreativeMornings Richmond; Experience Designer, Capital One

Doug Nunn is an experience designer at Capital One, founder or CreativeMornings Richmond, and mentor at StartUp Virginia. Throughout his career he has helped both small and large organizations navigate the landscape of new technologies. Doug sees augmented reality as a paradigm shift in the way that people will interact with digital content in the future. He believes that the time is now for organizations to begin considering, or reconsidering how they will create differentiated customer experiences in a world that will be more immersive than ever before.

Rob Newton - Founder, River City VR; Founder, VRVA

Rob is not only the owner but a major virtual reality enthusiast. Founder of the local VR meetup, VRVA, Rob is also active in the local VR community and can often be found brainstorming ideas that push the boundaries of what VR is today.

David Waltenbaugh - Founder and Creative Director, Media is Plural

Musician, audio engineer, and entrepreneur, David has spent much of the last decade actively working with studios and clients in Richmond on everything from recording and audio post production to business strategy and development. Most recently David has applied his interest, knowledge, and expertise in audio and media production to the worlds of Virtual and Augmented Reality through the creation of Media Plural, a digital media production and strategy company focusing on the capture, production, and implementation of spatial audio, 360 video, and other new forms of immersive media. Outside of the media industry, he has worked in investments for more than a decade. A (nearly) lifelong Richmonder, David holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Robby Ciszek - VR Developer

Robert Ciszek is a game developer specializing in virtual reality and is the author of The Undead Dev, a blog that offers free game development tutorials. He studied computer science at VCU and has ten years of experience in software development. A member of RVA Game Jams, he has participated in multiple jams, including Ludum Dare and Global Game Jam. His current project is called UFO Rodeo - a vertically scrolling shooter built for virtual reality. He debuted UFO Rodeo at RVA Makerfest in October, and was accepted into the MAGFest Indie Videogame Showcase for 2018.


With its ideal mid-atlantic location, close proximity to some of the greatest colleges and universities in the world, and a thriving business and tech scene, Richmond, VA is poised to continue rapidly growing and innovating with immersive tech over the coming years. The Richmond Chapter of the VR/AR Association is your RVA connection to the top global organization for thought leadership and industry access in the immersive space.

Educators, content creators, engineers, companies, and consumers are all welcome to join and participate in this professional organization, with the goals of fostering and promoting the growth of immersive technology in the greater Richmond area. The Richmond chapter will achieve this through research, written synthesis, and regularly scheduled chapter events that highlight speakers from the Richmond area and beyond.

Chapter President: Edwin Huertas

Chapter Vice President: Dan Cotting


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9:30 AM09:30

MARS SUMMIT 2017 - Shenzhen

Email paola@thevrara.com for the following opportunities:

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45% discount passes

Exhibition booth space

Speaking opportunities (C-Level in top 500, CEO/Founder in rising companies) 



Mars Summit is the biggest tech conference in southern China, located in Shenzhen, Mars Summit brings the leaders from the technology industry and leaders from all kinds of businesses who has a passion for applying tech, including VR & AR. At Mars Summit, you get to:

1. Make deals with some of the biggest tech companies in the world as well as the most exciting startups.

2. Learn where the future holds face to face from the best leaders of our time Mars Summit is a conference, but we'd love to have you look at it as a marketplace, if your goal is to find the right customers, startups, investors or partners in the global technology and business community. Mars Summit is built for you.

This is a must-attend conference for anyone who’s interested in the China Market.
— Forbes Magazine
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to Dec 8

VRX 2017

Contact us for discounted passes. 

In VRARA's continued partnerships throughout the event world, the latest is VRX 2017. Taking place 12/7 & 12/8 in San Francisco it features heavy-hitter speakers from HTC to Audi. 

With a theme grounded in VR's business growth and cultural immersion, it promises lots of concrete learnings, not to mention networking with industry influencers. 

VRARA SF is proud to be a media partner, meaning we'll not only be there but members can receive a 15% discount code to attend. Contact us if interested. We hope to see you there.

More from the event organizers:

Now in its 3rd year, VRX has established itself as the world’s premier gathering of senior-level virtual reality business leaders. Previous speakers include a global who's-who of those pioneering the way in VR, with CEO’s and senior decision makers making waves in gaming, film, enterprise, broadcasting, healthcare, education and more. Expect more of the same this year, with more to be announced.

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6:00 PM18:00

VRARA SF: Year-End Roundtable

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Register here. VRARA members choose the "member" option at checkout.

What a year it's been for VR & AR. As we enter 2018, VR/AR Association SF is assembling the best minds for an open forum on the industry's biggest challenges and opportunities.

join us in San Francisco on Wednesday December 8 for an evening of networking, food & drinks and elite speakers from VRARA's SF member base (additional details here).

There will be much to discuss and define as we enter the new year: What did we learn in 2017? What does 2018 have in store? And what does it mean for you? 

Act fast because this will be a smaller and more intimate gathering than our normal event series. VRARA members interested in speaking, please contact us.

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Smart Haptics 2017 - San Diego
to Dec 7

Smart Haptics 2017 - San Diego

For passes or speaking opportunities email info@thevrara.com


Smart Haptics 2017 is coming to San Diego, CA on December 6-7 and will bring together multiple end use industries including medical, automotive, mobile, VR/AR and more to explore where the haptics industry is headed.

Attendees will experience a mixture of presentation sessions: 

  • Hear from companies such as Microsoft, Fitbit, Facebook, SynTouch, TDK Corporation, P&G, Adludio and more. 
  • Understand the latest trends, innovations and challenges facing the haptics industry
  • Build relationships and put your company's name in front of top industry leaders in the haptics field. 
  • Collaborate with your colleagues on topics such as current and future possibilities in haptics, touch in wearables, the future of VR/AR and gaming, the healing power of touch feedback, the driving force of automotive haptics, touch in advertising and more. 

Smart Haptics 2017 will feature talks that will serve to inform the industry of the current capabilities and needs in the industry, as well as hands-on demonstrations that will provide the opportunity to explore through active participation.


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8:00 AM08:00

New England Venture Summit - Boston

For discounted passes, email info@thevrara.com

Come meet, interact and network with more than 500 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, investment bankers and CEOs of the hottest early stage and emerging growth companies at the prestigious New England Venture Summit being held on December 6th at Lombardo’s Conference Center in Boston Randolph, MA.

Whether you’re a startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, The New England Venture Summit presented by youngStartup Ventures - is the event of the year you won't want to miss.

A highly productive venture conference, The New England Venture Summit is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding early stage and emerging companies; will feature more than 60 VCs on interactive panels; presentations from more than 50 Top Innovators and high-level networking opportunities.

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to Dec 7

InfoComm MEA VR AR Pavilion - Dubai

For more info, email shujat@thevrara.com


InfoComm MEA 2017 is the region’s leading Audio Visual, Entertainment and Information Communication Technology event. It is a project of InfoComm International, the global AV association, and Dubai World Trade Centre.

The exhibition will be held from 5 to 7 December 2017 in Hall 7 & 8 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Benefit of participating VRAR Pavilion @ InfoComm MEA 2017

  1. 1st regional industry platform focusing on VR AR technology, a dedicated pavilion a dedicated pavilion with exhibitor space plus a VR AR conference
  2. Reach out to a wide spectrum of audience, over 3,000 individuals consisting of AV & IT Integrators as well as vertical industries like Government, Hospitality, Retails, Education, and Enterprise
  3. Gain marketing exposure through InfoComm MEA preshow marketing campaign of e-Newsletter, social media and advertisement to over 150,000 regional databases sourced from InfoComm International and Dubai World Trade Centre related events, in additional to VRAR marketing channels
  4. Build leads and contacts through business matchmaking portal available FOC through InfoComm MEA 201
  5. Complimentary telemarketing to your database. Max of 200 names per company
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to Dec 5

TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017

For 50% off passes, email philip@thevrara.com

Also available: Startup Alley tables at a discounted rate! 

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TechCrunch Disrupt is a two-day, single-track conference and startup competition to immerse you in the debate about what's changing in technology right now, what's causing it and what we need to do about it to survive and thrive in real time.

TechCrunch Disrupt gathers the leaders and innovators of the technology and media industries to give you deep insights into the creative destruction happening right now. The big changes. And the subtle trends.

We’ll bring the experts together to talk about what’s next. And why.

You’ll meet the people behind the new startups, new products and new technologies driving disruption today and be part of a conversation that will stimulate and challenge you.

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12:00 PM12:00

Star Wars Day: The Library Strikes Back (VR & AR demos!) - Calgary

More info here

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On Saturday, December 2, three Calgary Public Library locations will be transformed for Star Wars Day: The Library Strikes Back.

This fun one-day event — a free all-ages celebration of all things Star Wars — is your chance to celebrate the upcoming launch of the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Come complete with costume because family-friendly cosplay is strongly encouraged!  

Whether you choose the dark side or the light, the Library will have fun activities for all Star Wars fans:

  • Explore craft stations to create a Star Wars snowflake, build a papercraft porg, or colour an ewok ornament;
  • Pose for a picture with the stormtroopers of the 501st Legion;
  • Meet a life-size R2-D2 at the following times and locations
    • 12-12:30 pm at Saddletowne Library
    • 1:30-2 pm at Central Library
    • 3-3:30 pm at Shawnessy Library
  • Learn to program mini versions of the movie droids: R2-D2, BB-8, R2-Q5, and BB-9E;
  • Discover our awesome Star Wars collections including books, graphic novels, and movies;
  • Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality demonstrations hosted by VizworX and the VR/AR Association.
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To get passes, email info@thevrara.com 


CG EVENT MOSCOW — international event invites computer graphic professionals and those interested in digital arts to Moscow.  

CG EVENT is The Main Event for digital artists in Eastern Europe and Russia, it grew and expanded for eleven years in a row. What started in Moscow as an informal gathering of Maya enthusiasts, transformed into new communication platform. Twenty CG EVENTs were organized until this day in Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg and Vilnius - each one of them attracting stellar speakers and thousands of visitors.

Computer graphics and digital arts is arguably the hottest topic these days within several industries. It's an essential part for games, movie block busters, music videos, TV shows, VR/AR, advertisement and modern art. CG EVENT is a perfect spot for fellow artists from hundreds of different fields to congregate and share ideas.

The most featured block within CG EVENT this year will be VR/AR/MR session – two days of non-stop presentations from industry leaders. Over twenty talks, discussions, demos and pitches – attraction point for all VR/AR professionals.

„We promise to deliver a program never seen in the region before. We have speakers coming from all over the world and a wide variety of topics covering various areas of the scene. It doesn't really matter if you're a professional looking to broaden your knowledge, a business developer seeking new partnerships, or an enthusiast looking for job in a field of your dreams — we will surely have something for you in our schedule“ — says CG EVENT CEO Sergey Tsyptsyn.

CG EVENT attracts thousands of visitors each year and it is the biggest interdisciplinary show for digital media creators. It will present speakers from world companies, such as Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Moving Picture Company, Perceprtion NY, Pixomondo,  Maxon, Intel, AMD, Unity, Autodesk, Wargaming, The Foundry, Chaos Group and others.

Two days, hundred fifty presentations, thousands of professionals on CG EVENT in Moscow on December 2-3.

Please visit event page for more information at  www.cgevent.ru

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1:00 PM13:00

VR/AR Association Houston Chapter Event

RSVP here

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We'll be hosting a few presentations on the use of VR & AR in the business/enterprise setting. We will also be re-introducing the VR/AR Association to the Houston technology community.

Admission is free, so grab a friend and come learn about the non-recreational use of VR and AR, and how you can incorporate into your business.


  • 15 min - Networking & snacks
  • 5 min - Intro to VR/AR Association
  • 30 min - Use of AR in Electronic Work Procedures - Demonstration
  • 10 min - Q&A
  • 30 min - Summary of Immersive Technology Conference (ITC)
  • 10 min - Q&A
  • 15 min - More networking

A special thank you to Fuel.Tech for sponsoring the event and hosting it at their office! 

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12:00 PM12:00

VRARA Calgary Chapter Event: VR & AR - Where the Technology Is and Where It's Going

To RSVP email info@thevrara.com 

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VR & AR - Where the Technology Is and Where It's Going
- presented by Alex Jackson, Chapter President, VR/AR Association

Please join the VR/AR Association for a short presentation on Virtual and Augmented Realities. We will be discussing the current state of the market, how VR and AR are beginning to take hold in the market, and where the sector is going over the next couple of years in Alberta. Join us to learn about how Virtual and Augmented Realities will change the landscape of education, training, and storytelling. The VR/AR Association is the global industry association for VR and AR. We connect leading solution providers with brands and customers.

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VRARA Barcelona Chapter Event
6:30 PM18:30

VRARA Barcelona Chapter Event

  • AGENDA (talks will be either in Catalan -CAT-, Spanish -ES- or English -EN-, depending on speaker's preference, but Q&A will be translated if necessary)
    18:00h Acreditació / Acreditacions / Check In
    18:30h (CAT/ES/EN) Welcome. Jordi Alonso, president of the BCN chapter of VRARA
    18:40h (EN) State of the Art of VR. Sergi Sagàs, Co-director and Director of Creative Technologies at MEDIAPRO EXHIBITIONS
    19:00h (ES) Caso de éxito: VR en la industria del automóvil. Marcel Medina, Strategist de GRAVIENT
    19:20h (EN) Success case: VR in media. EuroLeague 2017 Final Four in Istambul. Roger Antúnez, CEO of FIRSTVISION
    19:40h (CAT) Social Innovation: el cas de Cornerstone. Xavier Conesa, Director de serveis al client de VISYON
    20:00h Descans / Descanso / Break
    20:10h (ES) Estado del arte de la AR y MR. Jordi Alonso, presidente del capítulo de BCN de VRARA
    20:30h (ES) Mesa redonda sobre el impacto esperado de la AR y MR. Xavi Tribó de Xavi's Lab/GLASSWORKS BCN, Xavi Guardia de SOFTFORYOU, Albert Giménez de WILDBYTES. Moderado por Jordi Alonso
    20:50h (EN) Audio 3D: Dolby Atmos. Toni Mateos, Director, research of DOLBY LABORATORIES
    21:15h (EN) Building high quality cardboard Headsets in Europe. Jan Willem den Engelsen, Sales and BDM Europe of VR OWL
    21:20h (CAT/ES/EN) Wrap up. Jordi Alonso, president of the BCN chapter of VRARA
    21:30h Networking & Drinks (sponsored by MEDIAPRO BRANDS)
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VRARA Lisbon Chapter Event at Microsoft

To RSVP email luis@thevrara.com

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  • Networking
  • Intro by the Lisbon Chapter, César and Luis
  • New Members Showcase presentation and demos
  • VRARA Health and UX Reports Review
  • Luis' official launch of his Augmented Reality book guide that explains how AR changes organizations and our lives   
  • More Networking, Drinks & Demos

Location: Microsoft Portugal HQ in Lisbon, (Rua do Fogo de Santelmo, Lote 2.07.02,, Lisboa)

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VR/AR Association Vancouver Presents: Growing Innovation, Investment Opportunities for VR/AR
5:30 PM17:30

VR/AR Association Vancouver Presents: Growing Innovation, Investment Opportunities for VR/AR

  • BCIT Downtown - Tech Hub - 5th Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets and more details Here

VRARA Members get in free! 

We’re bringing together investors, industry leaders, and top VR/AR talent to discuss the current state of the immersive tech market and uncover opportunities for growth. Investors will meet VR innovators and local startups will learn the best methods for securing funding for their business.

The day begins with a keynote from VR/AR thought leader Tom Emrich from Super Ventures, followed by two expert panels of investors and tech executives, and finished with a round of lighting pitches. 

We're also looking for sponsors and companies interested in showcasing their VR/AR products . If you would like to be a part of this event please email Dan Burgar dan@thevrara.com

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8:00 AM08:00

Exploring Future Reality - NYC

For discount passes, email info@thevrara.com 

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Exploring Future Reality is NYC Media Lab's annual VR/AR/MR innovation event, bringing together industry experts and faculty researchers for a full day of lightning talks and presentations. This year’s event will include 20+ cutting-edge demos of the latest in virtual, augmented and mixed reality prototyping; interactive workshops exploring the potential for immersive media production; and pitches from fresh startups. Discussions will focus on the impact of VR/AR/MR on the media and technology industry, including best practices for storytelling, prototyping, and distribution. Speakers from UnityViacom NEXTThe Wall Street Journal, betaworksTime IncRYOTSuper VenturesNYCx and more. Event website here

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11:00 AM11:00

Variety's INNOVATE: AI, Analytics & VR - LA

For discounted passes email info@thevrara.com 


Variety's INNOVATE: AI, Analytics & VR Summit gathers cutting-edge technology leaders to discuss how AI, VR & AR are impacting storytelling, marketing, and audience engagement. With over 50 speakers from highly-regarded companies and conversation keynote Leslie Moonves, CEO and Chairman of CBS Corporation, INNOVATE is sure to spark a riveting conversation among attendees. 

Featured Companies include Disney, AT&T, Hulu, Facebook, Google and more! 

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to Nov 30

Government Video Expo and Drone Show - DC

For discounted passes or if you would like to present and exhibit, email us info@thevrara.com  

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The Mid-Atlantic Region’s Premier Event is designed for video, broadcast and AV professionals, the 22nd annual Government Video Expo will feature a full exhibit floor with numerous training options, free seminars, keynotes, networking opportunities, and five new educational pavilions.

This three-day event features a broad range of production, postproduction, streaming, display and delivery technologies on the exhibit floor, providing valuable information to media professionals working across multiple platforms for federal, state and local government, law enforcement, education, non-profits, and publicly funded institutions.

This event is held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., in November and includes:

  • Exhibit Hall
  • The National Drone Show
  • The DC Post|Production Conference
  • FGDLA Government Learning Technology Symposium
  • Keynotes and Presentations
  • Advanced UAV Workshop
  • DC Drone Film Festival
  • Intensive Production Workshops
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Track

Event Website www.gvexpo.com 

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2017 Vancouver UX Awards
6:00 PM18:00

2017 Vancouver UX Awards

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Recognizing joy, elegance, clarity, innovation and impact in the interactions we create.

Fourth Annual VanUX Awards: Submit your outstanding work and be there to cheer on the community! 

The Vancouver User Experience Awards are a great opportunity for growing startups, freelance practitioners, agencies, and user-centric enterprises to showcase their work and get recognized for the incredible experiences they create every day. And this year... that could be you!

First, submit your work. Call for entries is open and officially closes at 11:59 p.m PST on October 10, 2017. Then, purchase your tickets. It's a fun evening where you get to mingle with Vancouver's talented UX professionals, sip a complimentary beverage, take a walk on the red carpet, and enjoy some great food. Tickets sold out well in advance last year, so get them before November 29, 2017. 

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10:00 AM10:00

AR & The Future: Enterprises & Backrooms (Online Class)

VR/AR Association Members, contact us for a discount code to attend


Immersive technologies hold lots of potential to streamline business operations -- both corporate and "heavier," fare like manufacturing. But the opportunity hinges on professional development and education, as shown in the VR/AR Association's many webinars and symposiums.

In that same spirit, Shel Israel's Transformation Group has launched a series of live online classes. Known as AR & the Future, they will help professionals who seek to understand how immersive technology will change all business sectors. VRARA has partnered with TG, meaning discount codes for you.

The next class is coming up on November 28th. Entitled AR & The Future, Enterprises & Backrooms, it will zero in on how AR will unlock functionality and value in backroom operations.

More details are below and VRARA members can contact us to receive a discount code. We hope you'll join us on the 28th.  


AR & the Future: Enterprises and Backrooms

Nov. 28, 2017 10:00 AM to 12 pm Pacific Time

Summary: Even though media attention focuses mostly on immersive technology in consumer-facing business, a great deal of the adoption and ROI is happening within enterprises and in the backrooms of retail organizations. The gains are being realized in logistics, safety, training and efficiency. Rather than zapping aliens, these applications improve profitability, morale and communication effectiveness.

Shel Israel, Transformation Group CEO & co-author of The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything will present an overview of how AR is changing the enterprise, where the costs and limitations of devices seem far less relevant to miners and oil rig workers than they do to shoppers and gamers.

He will explore use cases most relevant to the enterprise and backrooms of retail operations.

This session will include a guest presentation by Wolfgang Stelzle, founder and CEO of RE’FLEKT, a Munich-based startup working with Daimler, Porche, Bosch, Seepex and Microsoft. He will explain how the basic application of converting user manuals into AR-based instructions will save billions of dollars while making customers happier and more successful.

The class is designed for managers and professionals who want to use AR to bolster their companies and careers. Attendees will develop knowledge they can use to start their own AR efforts while educating and motivating others.

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to Nov 27

Virtual & Augmented Reality Conference - Dubai

For passes and more info email shujat@thevrara.com

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Hear from Dubai Health Authority, Real Vision, VRARA, DIFF, Aurecon, JESS Dubai, Turner & Townsend, Umm Suqeim Veterinary Centre, AECOM on the commercial applications of VR/AR across multiple industries including oil and gas, power and utilities, construction, real estate, healthcare and more. 

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2:00 PM14:00

VR for Enterprise Workshop, with an introduction to AR and MR

For discounted passes, email jeremy@thevrara.com

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This is a fast-track beginner friendly course and assumes no prior knowledge, you will leave up to date and knowledgeable in VR. It will be delivered to a small group, so you get lots of assistance and time for questions. The workshop will be led by one of our team member who is highly experienced in developing, teaching and consulting across VR and AR.

During the session, you will learn how VR can be applied to corporations, explore some use cases and try out several Virtual Reality Experiences that relate to business matters, such as Architecture, Finance, Engineering or Planning, etc. You will also learn the fundamentals of developing in Unity for HTC Vive and VR with a live development demonstration.

Outcome: You will gain a solid understanding of VR as well as insight into AR technologies, such as HTC Vive Oculus Rift and Microsoft Mixed Reality (MR) Hololens, for a range of business and industry uses. Enabling you to confidently discuss and guide your companies adoption in VR, AR, and MR. A hands-on session with room-scale VR using the HTC Vive is included.

This fast-track introductory session will fully prepare you for our VR application development focused classes.

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to Nov 24

European VRAR Congress 2017 - Warsaw

For discounted passes, email info@thevrara.com

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23 - 24 November Copernicus Science Center will become the VR / AR center of Poland for the third time. In the program: lectures and debates of VR and AR practitioners, tests of the latest equipment, the most interesting national and European projects, as well as workshops, start-up area and business networking.

European VR / AR Congress 2017 is a two-day conference, during which Content creators, hardware manufacturers, and technology specialists will honestly talk about their current experiences, current trends and the challenges they face. Important issues will be addressed in areas such as the use of virtual reality in business, its application in medicine, construction and culture and the financial potential of the VR industry.

An integral part of the congress is the VR Expo, where you will be able to personally test the latest equipment, familiarize yourself with the most innovative VR / AR experiences and talk with their creators on your own. During workshops small groups will debate about use of technology in selected VR / AR topics.

For the second time the part of the congress will be Start-up zone dedicated to youngest companies which create the most innovative projects in VR/ AR sector. The zone consists of the pitching workshops during which the new comers will present themselves in front of potential investors, business dating where start- -ups will compete with each other to win the financing their projects and Start-up Expo where new drafts/ designs will be presented. The new part of the third VR/ AR European Congress will be Start-up Contest- a competition for new comers during which the most innovative design will be chosen and rewarded.

The last edition gathered over 400 guests from over a dozen countries. Conference guests were among others. Joe Robbins of Unity Technologies, Steve Dan (VRARA London), Artur Kurasiński (Ghost VR) and Anton Skiter (Interactive Lab). Participants could test, for example, the PlayStation VR Aim Controller and Fairpoint, and participate in workshops on VR real estate and marketing.

Event website here

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2:00 PM14:00

Mixed Reality Enterprise Workshop for Microsoft Hololens & VR/AR update - London

To get discounted passes, email jeremy@thevrara.com 

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This is a fast-track beginner friendly course and assumes no prior knowledge, you will leave up to date and knowledgeable in MR/AR. It will be delivered to a small group, so you get lots of assistance and time for questions. The workshop will be led by one of our team member who is highly experienced in developing and consulting in VR and MR/AR.

During the session, you will learn how MR can be applied to corporations, explore some use cases, such as Architecture, Finance, Engineering or Planning, etc., and try out several Mixed Reality Experiences that relate to business matters. You will also learn the fundamentals of developing in Unity for Microsoft Hololens and MR devices with a live development demonstration.

Outcome: You will gain a solid understanding of Microsoft Mixed Reality Hololens as well as insight into VR technologies such asHTC Vive, for a range of business and industry uses. Enabling you to confidently discuss and guide your companies adoption in MR, AR and VR. A hands-on session with Microsoft Hololens is included.

This fast-track introductory session will fully prepare you for our MR development focused classes.

The workshop will be presented by Dr John Holder, Head of Technology at the Realities Centre, M.Sc. in Virtual Reality.

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