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The Rise of the AR/VR Ecosystem in Vancouver, Canada House at SXSW
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The Rise of the AR/VR Ecosystem in Vancouver, Canada House at SXSW


There’s a number of good reasons why Vancouver, Canada, has become the second largest AR/VR hub in the world.

Nestled between fir tree-covered mountains and sandy urban beaches, the city hosts more than 220 AR/VR companies that are pioneering the ways that we will live, work, and play.

Tourism Vancouver, in conjunction with the VR/AR Association Vancouver, Creative, B.C., and the Vancouver Economic Commission, are excited to announce the launch of Vancouver Day at this year’s South By Southwest conference (SXSW) at Canada House (92 Rainey St, Austin TX)

The showcase will first spotlight Vancouver’s augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) ecosystem. Keynote speeches from Amy Peck (founder/CEO of EndeavorVR) and Martina Welkhoff (founding partner of the Women in XR Fund) will precede a panel about the reasons why Vancouver has risen to become the second largest AR/VR hub globally. Representatives from companies including Conquer Experience,, and the VR/AR Association will discuss B.C.’s dynamic innovations to international stakeholders, and the reasons why Vancouver is a top destination for tech investment, opportunity, and development.


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to Jun 7

RSVP now for LINK VR Showcase - Austin

To speak, exhibit or attend, email     Discounts to VRARA Members available. 


LINK VR Showcase is an XR conference expo event series coming to the Austin Convention Center, June 6-7, 2018. The inaugural event will premier with a focus on Education and Training.  The key objective for LINK VR Showcase is to allow companies with emerging XR technologies to gain prospect and ultimately business. Join developers, researchers, change agents, educators, and more in experiencing applications that are shaping the way the students of tomorrow will learn.

Event website here

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The Rise of VR/AR: Spotlight on British Columbia at Capital Factory, SXSW
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The Rise of VR/AR: Spotlight on British Columbia at Capital Factory, SXSW

Tickets are free, RSVP here 

Gone are the days when virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) were dismissed as fad and gimmick. Immersive tech is today regarded as a profoundly influential technology with the power to change the way we live, work, and experience the world.

As one of the fastest growing VR/AR communities, Vancouver, British Columbia, has emerged as a top international tech leader. Home to more than 170 VR/AR companies and a thriving startup economy, the city is the ideal climate for tech investment and development.

In February of this year the Canadian Government recognized BC as a digital technology supercluster and allocated $1.4 billion CAD to fund 100 digital projects. This is on top of the $100 million in venture capital investment pledged by the provincial government just last year, along with the implementation a new tax credit specifically for VR/AR.

2017 also marked the opening of the BC Tech Cube, a 6,000 square-foot coworking space dedicated to VR/AR and mixed reality companies. The project is jointly supported by local tech leaders, like Microsoft and Archiact, and the federal government to encourage continued VR/AR/MR innovation.

The industry is further supported by the Vancouver Chapter of the global VR/AR Assocation, whose XX members and community partners span industries as diverse as enterprise, brands, education, health care, and gaming.

With the federal and provincial government on board and new investment on the way, there has never been a better time than right now for VR/AR in Vancouver.

Join representatives from top VR/AR companies Finger Food,, VR/AR Association and Archiact to explore how Vancouver has transformed into a leading destination for tech innovation and VR/AR development.

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#SXSW VR/AR Association presents - Gaze Coin: Get Paid to Gaze - Austin

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Veena Somareddy, Chapter President, VR/AR Association - Dallas


Gaze Coin is a company and platform specifically designed to solve the monetization challenges of AR/VR and bridge the gap between the promise of digital reality and the ability of creators, brands and users to capitalize on it. Gaze Coin (GZE token) is a blockchain solution monetizing ‘gaze’ in digital reality, providing AR/VR advertisers and creators trackable ROI by rewarding audiences for gaze-triggering content. It also allows creators and brands to mint their own tokens and allows users to earn and exchange rewards without having to hold digital currency first. The company also produces interactive virtual reality experiences and environments that employ its platform. Gaze Coin was founded in 2017 and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Speaker: Jonny Peters, CEO, Gaze Coin

With over 20 years of leading-edge creative vision, CEO and Founder Jonny Peters is an award-winning mixed-reality producer, director and world builder. Often leading projects at the forefront of entertainment and tech, he raised nearly $12M in 1998 for Kgrind, a multichannel music and action sports broadband TV network. In 2001, Jonny was recruited to BSkyB, where he build red-button apps for Sky’s Electronic Programme Guide (EPG). After producing a successful reality TV series for Bravo, he was awarded a European Union Film Award in 2010 for his film Lucydia and crossed over into mixed-reality filmmaking and world building shortly thereafter. Jonny has produced interactive formats throughout his career, with work including mobile and tethered VR experiences, virtual worlds, interactive reality TV and traditional film. His MFA master’s thesis on blending virtual worlds and traditional filmmaking is the philosophical basis and mechanistic rationale for the Gaze Coin platform. He holds an MFA in virtual worlds and Graduate Diploma in directing from Australian Film Television and Radio School and BE in economics from Macquarie University.

Demo: Live demo of Gaze Coin application on HTC Vive

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