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The VR/AR Association (VRARA) is proud to present the VR/AR Global Summit to be held in Vancouver, Canada on September 21 & 22, 2018.


The summit will bring together the VR/AR/MR industry from around the globe to discuss topics including education, entertainment, enterprise, healthcare, retail, training, blockchain and more. Featuring keynote addresses, engaging panels, educational workshops, interesting networking opportunities, demos, exhibits, films, product launches and parties, the VR/AR Global Summit will entice and engage you from the moment you arrive.

The conference is a new iteration of the CVR show that ran for 2 years in Vancouver.  The event last year was attended by over 750 VR/AR/MR professionals on the Industry Day, with the entire event attracting 5000 people over 3 days for the expo.  At the end of 2017 the original owners of the show decided not to continue with CVR and the VR/AR Association (VRARA) saw the opportunity to fill the gap, and the VR/AR Global Summit was created.  The VRARA will build on the momentum of CVR,  plus use its global reach to bring together brilliant and creative minds in Vancouver in September.  The show retains the same Executive Producer and will see the return of great speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors from previous year.  

See Press Release                   

See July 23 PR

See Aug 29 PR

See Sept 3 speakers announcement (VRFocus)  

Listen to Sept 5 Podcast to get the inside scoop 

See Slidedeck overview  

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Why Host the VR/AR Global Summit in Vancouver

All the necessary components are in place for Vancouver’s VR AR sector to become one of the world’s best VR AR clusters.

  • Vancouver’s fast emerging VR AR sector benefits from a longstanding legacy in the film, video game & tech industries: a 40-plus-year legacy in film & television production. More than 30 years of cutting-edge VFX & animation. 

  • As one of the most creative cities in the world, Vancouver is home to thousands of world-leading Film, TV, VFX, Animation, and Video Game companies, including Sony Pictures ImageworksIndustrial Light & Magic (ILM)MPCDouble NegativeDHX MediaAnimal Logic and Bardel Entertainment.

  • As the #1 VFX & Animation cluster globally, the #3 largest Film & TV production centre in North America, and a top 10 video game development centre, Vancouver is proving how important it is to leverage the convergence of film, visual effects, animation, games, and VR AR technology.

  • Vancouver has one of the top Video Game clusters in the world — one that includes major publishers such as, Electronic Arts (EA), Microsoft, Capcom and Nintendo.

  • Vancouver’s Digital Entertainment & Interactive industry includes approx 1,000 businesses. The industry generates over 40,000 jobs in Vancouver

  • The famously collaborative nature of Vancouver’s film & tech industries makes for easy idea exchanges between content creators and platform developers.

  • These pioneering industries are now poised to develop a new business playbook as this modern city continues its metamorphosis into a hub for virtual, augmented and mixed reality.

“We are honored that VRARA chose Vancouver as the city in which to host their inaugural Global Summit. This landmark event is testament to the sheer growth Vancouver has experienced in the VR and AR space over the past few years, and to the creativity and innovation that is the calling card of the sector” — Vancouver Economic Commission

Vancouver Rankings

Top Relevant Stats

#1 Startup Ecosystem in Canada (Startup Genome)

#1 Global VFX & Animation Cluster (Variety)

#2 Best City for Asia Pacific Business (PwC)

#2 VR AR ecosystem in the world  (VRARA)

#3 Largest Film & TV Production Centre in North America (VEC Research)

#15 Startup Ecosystem Globally (Startup Genome)

Secondary Stats

#1 Job Creating Economy in Canada (Conference Board)

#1 Head Office Growth in Canada (Financial Post 500)

Livability Stats

#3 Most Liveable City in the World (Economist)

#1 Most Walkable City in Canada (Walkscore)

#1 Biking City in North America (Cleantechnica)

#3 Greenest City in the World (Siemens)

About the VR/AR Association


The VR/AR Association (VRARA) is an international organization designed to foster 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. VRARA has approx 4000 companies registered and over 50 chapters globally, and 20 industry committees. VRARA programs & initiatives are designed to accelerate your growth, knowledge, and connections. 


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