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Silicon Valley event: Innovations in VR and AR Hardware in 2019, Where We Are Headed

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Join us to discuss and learn about the latest generation of buzz-worthy VR and AR hardware and accessories introduced so far in 2019 and the design process involved in bringing them to market:

  • Hear leaders in VR and AR hardware share during a panel discussion what they’ve launched in 2019, the innovations they've introduced, how customers are using these new devices, and the implications for XR developers

  • Discuss where VR and AR hardware are going in 2020 and beyond

  • Get hands-on demos with their current product offerings

  • Network with the best and brightest in VR and AR hardware

Speakers and Panelists

  • Vivek Agrawal, Business Lead, Bose AR, Bose Corporation

  • Rémi Arnaud, Principal Architect, Varjo Technologies

  • Nola Donato, Senior Principal Engineer, Samsung Research America

  • Tom Emrich, Mentor/Advisor, Board Member:, Founding Partner: Super Ventures

  • Vince Fung, Director, Product Marketing, Ultrahaptics

  • Damon Hernandez, Product Manager, Samsung Research America, and W3C Immersive Web Working Group member

  • Bernard Kress, Partner Optical Architect, HoloLens team, Microsoft Corporation

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to Jun 27

Realities360 Conference & Expo - San Jose, CA

VRARA Members get 20% discount, email


It's time to move beyond the hype and unleash AR and VR’s potential for training and education. 2019 Realities360 Conference & Expo is the event for those looking to build, buy, apply, and explore augmented and virtual realities in their work. You can choose from 50+ sessions showcasing how organizations are actively leveraging XR technologies, explore ground-breaking keynote sessions, and build the knowledge and skills you need with hands-on learning experiences. Plus… New this year is the Realities360 Expo, your one-stop shop to find the products, services, and partners you need to support your AR/VR strategy.

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See you in June at the tech hub, Silicon Valley, for the premier AR/VR event for training and education.

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AWE - Santa Clara, CA
to May 31

AWE - Santa Clara, CA

VRARA Members get discount, email for your code!

AWE (Augmented World Expo) is the world’s leading event series for XR professionals aiming at improving the way we work, live, and communicate via technologies like Augmented Reality, Mixed and Virtual Reality, Smart Eyewear and Wearable Computing, as well as gesture, sensor, and tracking devices. Now in its 10th year, AWE USA will take place on 29-30 may in Santa Clara, California.

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6:00 PM18:00

Enterprise AR: Implementations, Measuring Success, and Lessons Learned

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Join us for interactive discussions and demos on Enterprise Augmented Reality (AR) on subjects including:

- Industries and use cases where AR is being used

- The implementation process

- How customers measure success

- Lessons learned in these implementations

The event includes a panel discussion by Enterprise AR companies, customers, and industry analysts and will be held at Atheer’s office in Santa Clara; Atheer is a leading company providing AR solutions for the enterprise.

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Digi-Capital Reality Network SF Event
6:00 PM18:00

Digi-Capital Reality Network SF Event

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Digi-Capital’s next Reality Network has been announced for Wednesday, December 5th in San Francisco. It is by invitation only (and free) for AR/VR CEOs, corporate VPs and VC Partners, with a few hundred C-level guests from the industry’s global leaders. The focus is on industry-wide opportunities and deal making (commercial deals, partnerships, investments, M&A), with space limited to keep the signal-to-noise ratio high. To quote one guest, “Digi-Capital’s Reality Network is the most connected event for AR/VR/XR Leaders – I’ve never seen a room so crowded with “CEO” on the nametag.” This Reality Network is kindly hosted by our friends at Orange.

While we’ll cover a lot across the industry, the CEO Panel for this Reality Network will focus on AR/VR productivity and ROI. Major enterprise buyers have told us that’s why they’re buying, so understanding their thinking might help to sell to them.

The agenda is:

  • 6pm to 6.30pm – guest arrival and drinks

  • 6.30pm – welcome by Orange

  • 6.40pm – presentation by Digi-Capital Managing Director Tim Merel of the latest AR/VR data/analytics from Digi-Capital’s Analytics Platform and Augmented/Virtual Reality Report Q4 2018

  • 6.50pm to 7.30pm – CEO/Corporate VP panel on AR/VR productivity and ROI, and why/how big customers buy AR/VR services

  • 7.30pm to 9pm – cocktail food/drinks and networking/deal-making

We've reserved a block of free CEO tickets for Digi-Capital’s Reality Network on December 5th for outstanding VR/AR CEOs and corporate VPs who we might not know yet. For tickets, email 

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to Nov 14

2nd Annual Immersive Technology in Sports & Entertainment Summit - SF

For discounted passes, email

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Across two days the 2nd Annual Immersive Technology in Sports & Entertainment Summit 2018 brings together Senior Executives from across the sports, entertainment and technology ecosystems.

Working with the leading sports clubs, rights holders, broadcasters and technology powerhouses the summit is designed to break down and identify the greatest challenges and opportunities for immersive technology within elite sport - Fan Engagement, Elite Performance, Global Brand Development, User Experience, E-Gaming - Commercial Partnerships. Critically though, it goes to the heart of monetization strategies to realize the huge market potential for Immersive Technology in Sport. Event website

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5:30 PM17:30

San Francisco Chapter Meet-up & Fireside Chat with Matt Miesnieks

Please join us Wednesday, August 22nd for the next VRARA SF Chapter Meet-up. 

Taking place at WeWork Mid-Market in San Francisco, you'll get a chance to meet the new chapter leadership, followed by a fireside chat with Matt Miesnieks, CEO and Co-Founder of, investor, and influential technology writer.

The San Francisco VR/AR Association's membership has grown significantly over the last three years, and to keep up with that pace, we've recently added significantly to our chapter leadership team to include some of the brightest stars in the ecosystem. The first part of the evening will include a panel discussion with our growing team: Annisa Kau, Sony Green, Alia LeCam, and Jeff Meador about the goals for the VRARA SF Chapter's coming year, and we will also get a sneak-peak at community member's answers to the question, "What makes San Francisco the best city for XR?" from our soon-to-be-published VRARA SF Ecosystem Report. 

We will then be joined by Matt Miesnieks for a fireside chat to reflect on this past year since ARKit and ARCore released, and talk about the influence of ARCloud on the evolving augmented reality landscape. We will also get a chance to talk with Matt about's approach to solving for the foundational technology to usher in the next age of spatial computing. The SDK (now in BETA), uses standard built-in smartphone cameras to build a real-time 3D semantic, crowd sourced map of the world, all in the background without a depth camera. This means that spatial computing apps that were only possible to build on expensive HMD's are now possible on ARCore and ARKit smartphones. We will get a chance to hear from Matt personally about how their AI neural-networks will help developer's applications understand the world in 3D.

See more information or register here.
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to Jun 28

Realities360 Conference - San Jose, CA

For discounts, email

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“Easily the best conference that I've been to in terms of an actual mix of practical discussions and big-picture discussion.” –Randy Van Wagnen, Washtenaw Community College

Realities360 forges a path unlike any other conference, providing you with a hands-on opportunity to explore the potential of augmented reality, virtual reality, and simulations for learning. Join the community that’s shaping the possibilities these technologies present for our work in training and development.

Let’s create the future together.

See event website here

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to Apr 29

VR Arcade Conference at Samsung - Mountain View, CA

For 75% discounts, email 

See event website here

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VR Arcade Conference 2018 is an intimate, hyper-focused B2B Conference to connect VR Arcades and Theme Parks, VR Studios, VR Publishers, Hollywood Producers, and VR Hardware Companies to demo the latest products and build business partnerships with the best in the Industry.

  • VR Arcades and Theme Parks
  • VR Content Development Studios
  • VR Publishers and Hollywood Producers
  • Prospective VR Arcade Owner and Family Entertainment Centers
  • VR Hardware and Software Platforms
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to Mar 14

Venture Summit West

Register now for 50% reduced early bird rates. VRARA members, contact us for additional discount.


The VR/AR Association, San Francisco Chapter has partnered with the Venture Summit West, March 13-14 in Santa Clara, Ca.. That means discounts for VRARA members, among other things (contact us for code). 

More from the conference organizers:

The 6th annual Venture Summit West, presented by youngStartup Ventures, is the premier industry gathering connecting venture capitalists, corporate VCs, angel investors, technology transfer professionals, senior executives of early stage and emerging growth companies, university researchers, incubators and premier service providers.

Whether you are an investor seeking access to new early stage deals, or a CEO or Founder of a new venture looking for funding, visibility and growth, Venture Summit West is one event you won’t want to miss.

Register now 50% reduced early bird rates. VRARA members, contact us for additional discount.

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ARKit Weekend Workshop - SF
to Jan 21

ARKit Weekend Workshop - SF

To RSVP click here 

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Augmented Reality is here and will change the world - come build the future! If you played Pokémon Go, you’ve seen Augmented Reality, but there is so much more. With mobile platforms now supporting Augmented Reality (e.g. Apples ARkit, Google’s ARCore) and AR content platforms rising, this is the time to learn about AR and how to use it. If you want to use AR technology, but are not sure how, this is your opportunity – we want to enable you to dive in and develop in AR so that you can use AR for your company and yourself, regardless of skill level or background. Come spend the weekend with us learning how to build Augmented Reality apps

This 2-Day Weekend Workshop includes:

  1. Developing a fully working Augmented Reality app (using ARKit & Unity) in a weekend Quality training in AR from leading developers with extensive teaching experience
  2. Help on how to take this new knowledge forward so you can develop on your own
  3. An understanding of the AR/VR/MR landscape and how it is developing
  4. A new network of people who share your passions


Saturday, January 20 9:30AM-7:00PM

Sunday, January 21 9:30AM-6:00PM


BYO Mac laptop
BYO iPhone 6S or newer with iOS 11 (released or beta version) Download: Xcode 9 (released, beta, or above)

VRARA Member pricing available (membership information)

Includes two days of instruction. Coffee, snacks & beverages provided.


Janet Brown, Co-Founder, Atakote, Atakote Studios

Janet is a developer and co-founder at Atakote Studios. She is passionate about bringing experiences to AR & VR that appeal to new audiences - both gaming and non-gaming. She also works with companies to build their innovation pipelines and bring compelling products to market, and has done so across Europe, Asia & the USA at McKinsey & Company, as well as key roles at consumer giants like Diageo and Mondalez. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has spoken in 2017 at GDC and Nvidia GTC.

Ram Ramakrishan, Co-Founder, Atakote, Atakote Studios

Ram is a developer and fix-it-guy at Atakote Studios. He loves working with emerging technologies and bringing content to life, and has done so previously at BT, Intel, IBM, Spotify, and various startups. He holds a computer science degree from a school who shares its mascot with the GO programming language, and an MBA from Kellogg but does not eat Special K. He's also actively working on how to make himself irrelevant with AI (rather than just irreverent), and has spoken in 2017 at GDC and RubyConf AU.

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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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MWC Mobile World Congress Americas - SF
to Sep 14

MWC Mobile World Congress Americas - SF

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To get your Pod space and for discounted passes email us ASAP!

Following the success of our partnership with the GSMA on this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, VRARA is now partnering with GSMA for their upcoming Mobile World Congress Americas Event in San Francisco, 12th- 14th September 2017 –

Under the theme "The Tech Element," MWC Americas will offer attendees a range of dynamic programs and rich experiences focusing on key topics including IOT, VR/AR, 5G and Next Generation Networks, Mobile in Entertainment and content in media. Approximately 30,000 professionals and 1,000 exhibitors from across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industry sectors will attend Mobile World Congress Americas 2017. On the back of demand from the likes of Samsung, we have developed a dedicated VR/AR Zone at the show. This VR/AR Zone offers VRARA members the chance to really show some of the leading names from the enterprise and telco markets, what you can do.

Our exclusive partnership with the GSMA means we are able to offer VRARA members the chance to join the VRAR Association’s Pod Pavilion within the VR/AR Zone at a discounted rate.

VRARA members can also choose to take larger, full booth spaces adjacent to our pod pavilion, so please let us know what is of most interest.

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to Jun 28

VR Connects San Francisco 2017

For discounted passes, contact us

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VR Connects San Francisco (June 27th-28th 2017) is a brand new event for the VR/AR industry created by Steel Media, the team behind the PG Connects series of conferences, Pocket Gamer,, The Virtual Report, and the Global VR Challenge.

The event will bring together 500 delegates from across the VR/AR/MR industry (with a focus on hardware manufacturers, entertainment/game/educational/experiential developers, publishers, investors, media, and more). It will combine a lively expo space with 2 days of focused conference tracks spread over 4 tracks and covering the key questions facing the industry (global trends, technical and design issues, monetisation & business strategy, future technologies).

While information and inspiration are very important, the core of any show is who you meet and with that in mind we have a dedicated ‘Pitch & Match’ meeting system for free to all delegates to plan their own meetings, after hours networking events plus two dedicated pitching events (the VR Indie Pitch and the VR Speedmatch sessions designed to connect developers with publishers, media and platforms/stores) open to applications.

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