Special events at our VR/AR Global Summit with Lenovo, Microsoft, Marvel, Niantic, Magic Leap, HTC and much more!

The VR/AR Global Summit is one of the year’s most anticipated conferences. It attracts a broad, international cross-section of thought leaders, enterprise executives, entertainment companies, and developers for an intense two days of panels, demos and networking.
— Forbes
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The Global Summit isn’t just about the talks (120+ speakers!) and exhibits, there are many other exciting events to network, play, and relax that will be taking place at The Parq Hotel & Casino leading up to, and during, the event! These include:

  • VIP Cocktail Reception

  • Archiact Marvel Experience

  • The Niantic Experience

  • Ecosystem meetings

  • VRARA Women’s meet up

  • LNG interactive Art Show

  • Speed Dating on BOTH days! (per popular request)

  • Workshops (with Lenovo, Magic Leap, HTC)

  • Casino: 72,000-square-foot gaming floor!

  • 8 diverse restaurants and lounges

  • A 30,000-square-foot rooftop park

  • A tranquil Spa by JW

  • Vancouver’s largest hotel ballroom

  • And much more!

Thursday, October 31st

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Sponsored by Vancouver Hotel Destination Association & Tourism Vancouver

VIP Cocktail Reception (by invite only)

6-8 pm at Parq Hotel

Speakers, sponsors and VIPs


Friday, November 1st

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Sponsored by Vancouver Economic Commission & Creative BC

Speed Dating*

4:45 - 6:00 pm

Main Lobby, Conference Floor

Expo and Cocktail Reception

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5:00 - 7:00 pm

Exhibition Hall, Conference Floor

After the first day of talks and workshops are done, join fellow attendees for a cocktail on the exhibition floor. Try out some incredible demos from Lenovo, Microsoft, and many others!


Saturday, November 2nd

Sponsored by Vancouver Economic Commission & Creative BC

Speed Dating Round 2!*

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Main Lobby, Conference Floor



Brought to you by: Circuit Stream

Proudly presented by Circuit Stream, the VR/AR Global Summit will be hosting a series of workshops as a part of the programme for Full Conference Pass Holders. Registration for these workshops is available HERE and a full pass must be purchased before registration. Each workshop is limited to 35 attendees and last minute spots will be made available day of for all other conference pass holders.

WHERE: All workshops to take place in the Cambie Room, 6th Floor, Parq Hotel & Casino.

Friday November 1st
1-2pm —Vive Pro Eye w/ Vinay
3-4pm — Magic Leap 101

Saturday November 2nd
11am-12pm — Vive Pro Eye w/ Vinay
1-2pm — Intro to VR w/ Cosmos
3-4pm — Magic Leap 101
(More workshops to be announced soon!)

HTC Vive Eye Tracking Workshop, with Vive's Vinay Narayan and Circuit Stream’s Richard Beare

WHEN: Friday Nov 1, 1 - 2pm | Saturday Nov 2, 11am - 12pm
WHAT: HTC Vive's Head of Product Vinay Narayan and Circuit Stream's Richard Beare share the development potential of HTC Vive's latest eyetracking SDK: Pro Eye. Discover the possibilities Pro Eye opens for developers, experience a demo of a Pro Eye project, and learn how to build an eyetracking app yourself from expert VR instructors. Get started developing with Vive here.

How to Develop for Vive Cosmos: Introductory Workshop, with Circuit Stream’s Richard Beare

WHEN: Saturday Nov 2, 1-2pm
WHAT: Circuit Stream's lead instructor Richard Beare demonstrates how to start XR development in Unity 3D for the new Vive Cosmos. You’ll get a foundational understanding of VR, working with Unity, and developing Virtual Reality applications. Get started developing with Vive here.

How to Develop for Magic Leap: Introductory Workshop, with Circuit Stream’s Nakisa Donnelly

WHEN: Friday Nov 1, 3-4pm | Saturday Nov 2, 3-4pm
WHAT: Circuit Stream's resident AR expert Nakisa Donnelly shares her development experience with Magic Leap in building an appendectomy surgery training application. She'll dive deep into how Unity works with the headset and explain how to implement core features like haptic feedback, spatial audio, and recognizable hand gestures.

Brought to you by: Lenovo

Lenovo ThinkReality Enterprise Dev Workshop at the VR/AR Global Summit! (by invite only)

WHEN: Friday Nov 1, 10am-3pm
WHAT: Lenovo’s first Enterprise Developer Workshop for ThinkReality, its newly announced brand for commercial AR and VR solutions.

About the VR/AR Global Summit

This world-class conference and expo will welcome 1000+ Executives, 120+ Speakers and 70+ Exhibitors from leading companies like Lenovo, Microsoft, Niantic, Viacom, and so many more. With over 230 companies active in VR/AR, Vancouver is the 2nd largest immersive ecosystem in the world. This is the 4th time the show is happening in Vancouver and this year’s Global Summit will have a strong focus on enterprise and AR, as well as on immersive interaction design. Learn more at vrarglobalsummit.com

About VR/AR Association

The Summit is hosted by the VR/AR Association (VRARA), an international organization designed to facilitate collaboration between innovative companies and people in the VR and AR ecosystem that accelerates growth, fosters research and education, helps develop industry standards, connects member organizations and promotes the services of member companies. Over 4000 companies, brands, schools and 27,000 professionals are registered with VRARA and 20 industry committees are working on best practices & guidelines for the industry. Learn more at thevrara.com