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EVENTS 2016

With the arrival of virtual reality, VR-experiences are coming to millions around the world. A number of upcoming high profile tech events will feature the tech, the hardware, and the magic of virtual worlds and act as catalyst for this cutting-edge technology to eventually become part of our everyday lives. Here is a list of exciting upcoming virtual and augmented reality events to attend.

JUNE

CE Week: Where Tech Meets Business

Some of the most influential minds in robotics, drones, smart homes, virtual reality, entertainment, startup economy, cognitive computing, cloud computing, connected cars and the Internet of Things will gather at CE Week, New York City’s largest consumer electronics (CE) and technology event. They’ll be discussing the latest trends, including virtual reality at the Metropolitan Pavilion from 21 to 23 June. Now in its tenth year, CE Week is an industry event for companies looking to generate excitement for their Q3 and Q4 products. http://www.ceweekny.com

SVR 2016

The Symposium on Virtual and Augmented Reality (SVR) brings together researchers, students and professionals from various academic, industrial and commercial areas interested in the advances and applications of VR and AR. The SVR is composed of several activities including short courses, keynotes by national and international speakers, presentation of selected papers and exhibition of products by companies in the AR and VR market. The symposium takes place from 21 to 24 June in Gramado, Brazil. http://www.inf.ufrgs.br/svr2016/

24th 3D & Virtual Reality Expo IVR

3D & Virtual Reality Expo (IVR) is Japan’s largest exhibition where you can experience all kinds of cutting-edge 3D technology and high definition image technology. IVR attracts a significant number of users from manufacturing and amusement industries, broadcasting stations, image and content producing companies, telecommunication companies, public offices, universities and research centres, who are looking to buy solutions for their businesses. It takes place from 22 to 24 June in Tokyo. http://www.ivr.jp/en/about/detail/

Virtual Reality Summit

This three-day summit will cover current and future markets of VR/AR across the full spectrum of industries and verticals seminar topics ranging from business development paradigms to platforms for gaming and entertainment led by the most knowledgeable local and international experts in the industry. The VR Summit will take place alongside the 3D Printing Conference & Expo and RoboUniverse Conference & Expo. The Virtual Reality Summit first debuted alongside Inside 3D Printing in Santa Clara, California in April this year. The event takes place in Seoul from 22 – 24 June. http://bit.ly/1R3paEx

3D & Virtual Reality Expo

3D & Virtual Reality Expo (IVR) is Japan’s largest trade show for 3D and virtual reality where visitors can experience the latest cutting-edge 3D technology and super high definition image technology. IVR attracts a significant number of participants from manufacturing industries, amusement industries, broadcasting stations, image producing companies, content production companies, telecommunication companies, public offices, universities and research centres. The event takes place from 22 to 24 June at the Tokyo Big Sight. http://www.reedexpo.co.jp/en/Exhibitors/207295/3D-Virtual-Reality-Expo-IVR

Virtual Reality Summit, Seoul

More than 80 local and international 3D printing, robotics, and virtual reality companies are confirmed to sponsor or exhibit at the upcoming co-located Inside 3D Printing, RoboUniverse, and Virtual Reality Summit conference and trade show, taking place at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX) on June 22-24, 2016. Following a successful co-located event in New York in April, this is the first time that all three events will be hosted together in Korea. http://virtualrealitysummit.com/

VidCon 2016

In 2015, over 21,000 fans, creators, and industry leaders got together to celebrate the power of online video. This year the event will be even bigger and include a seminar on virtual reality videos by Barry Pousman, CEO – Variable Labs. Attendees are invited to join the producer of “Clouds Over Sidra”, the VR documentary that brought viewers inside a Syrian Refugee Camp as he shares his tips and tactics for creating compelling VR narrative and where he sees the industry of VR/360 content going. Vidcon 2016 takes place from 23 to 25 June in Anaheim, California. http://vidcon.com/

Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo

The Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo is an opportunity to be part of an international event showcasing diverse projects with thought leaders providing insight and guidance through their experiences in authoring virtual and augmented reality content. In the exhibition hall audiences will be able to have interactive immersive experiences including room scale experiences with the HTC Vive. The conference and expo takes place on 25, 26 and 27 June at the Mattamy Centre in Toronto, Canada. http://conference.virtualreality.to

Strategies for Using Virtual Reality for Marketing, Branding and Customer Engagement

This is a business conference led by marketing directors from leading global brands demonstrating how to integrate VR into a brand’s marketing mix. Learn through case studies and leading brands if VR is the right way to tell your marketing story, how to monetize advertising content on virtual reality platforms, whether VR ROI can be justified for brands and how VR can maximise band awareness. The conference takes place in New York on 29 June. http://virtualrealityforbrands.com/nyc/

Virtual Reality Summit @ Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016

The Virtual Reality Summit brings pioneers, futurists, innovators, content producers, software developers and investors together to move VR technology forward. There will be a VR experience zone in the center of the exhibition floor with the leading VR/AR companies from across the world showcasing their cutting-edge technologies and products. The Virtual Reality Summit takes place on 30 June at MWC Shanghai. The Mobile World Congress takes place from 29 June to 1 July at the same venue. http://www.mwcshanghai.com/

Virtual Reality for Global Brands 2016

Virtual Reality for Global Brands is a business conference led by CMOs and marketing directors from leading global brands demonstrating how to integrated VR in a marketing mix. This brand-led, case study focused event bring together top names in branding, marketing and customer engagement from a diverse range of industries to tackle the biggest questions of how to utilize VR, AR and immersive technology in marketing. The event takes place in London on 30 June. http://virtualrealityforbrands.com/ldn/

JULY

Virtual Reality Demo Day

This is a day entirely devoted to VR technology. Attendees can watch top companies pitch the latest ideas in this immersive technology. The Demo Day takes place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California on 13 July. http://lanyrd.com/2015/vrdemoday/

Develop Brighton 2016

The Develop Brighton Conference is the must-attend event in the European games development calendar. This year the conference introduces for the first time a brand new VR track which will explore every aspect of VR across all disciplines. The conference takes place from 12 to 14 July with the VR track taking place on 13 July. http://www.developconference.com/conference

VAMR 2016 – 8th International Conference on Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality

Topics at this week-long conference cover every aspect of VR, AR and MR, from applications, interaction and navigation in VAMR to issues in development and use of VAMR, underlying supporting technologies like HMDs and tracking technologies – too many to list here. The conference takes place from 17 to 22 July in Toronto, Canada http://bit.ly/1YpUfrE

Wearables TechCon

Wearables TechCon, the conference for developers, designers, builders, business decision makers and OEMs driving the next generation of wearables and the Internet of Things, now includes a session on augmented and virtual reality. Wearables TechCon anticipates over 2,000 attendees who will include developers, engineers, designers and business executives. The conference takes place from 18 to 20 July at the San Jose Convention Center. http://www.wearablestechcon.com/exhibitors.

43rd SIGGRAPH Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

This five-day event is a prestigious forum for computer graphics research, creative adventures in digital media, immersive realities, emerging interactive technologies, advanced mobile systems, and hands-on opportunities for creative collaboration. The SIGGRAPH 2016 experiential programs will allow attendees to interact with apps, demos, and hands-on labs that showcase everything from mobile VR to haptic technologies, real-time game sequences, 3D printing, and immersive realities.
The conference takes place from 24 to 28 July in Anaheim, California http://s2016.siggraph.org/conference

BRVR 2016

The BRVR 2016 congress brings together content producers, researchers, visionaries and enthusiasts in virtual reality technology. Topics that will be covered include immersive 360-degree audio-visual production, games development in VR, the future of VR and more. The congress takes place on 16 July in Sao Paulo, Brazil. https://credencial.imasters.com.br/brvr-conferencia-de-realidade-virtual-2016

SEPTEMBER

VS-Games 2016

The 8th International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications, VS-Games 2016, takes place from 7 to 9 September in Barcelona, Spain. VS-Games 2016 aims to continue the series’ overall goals of developing and nurturing theoretical and academic rigour in the discussion of serious games and virtual worlds. Topics include virtual environments, alternate reality games, case studies in serious games and virtual worlds, gamification and much more. http://vsgames2016.com/

15th IEEE ISMAR 2016

ISMAR stands for “International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality“. The IEEE ISMAR is the leading international academic conference in the fields of Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. This event will cover the full range of mixed reality technologies from interfaces in the real world to fully immersive experiences. It takes place from 19 to 23 September in Yucatan, Mexico. http://www.ismar2016.org/

Going beyond Gaming

This discussion event is for women interested in exploring the potential of VR. The event will explore how virtual reality is transforming storytelling, medicine, education, design, and everything in between. The event, sponsored by leading companies in VR, aims to empower women by providing opportunities to explore, collaborate, and innovate around virtual reality technology. The event takes place on 20 September at the Linden Lab, San Francisco. https://womeninvr.splashthat.com/

FIVARS 2016

This is a festival of virtual and augmented reality stories. The festival showcases a new wave of filmmakers and content producers who push the boundaries of virtual reality (VR) narrative. The festival features some of the best immersive story-driven content in the world, a full conference with many key international and domestic speakers, and training opportunities with local and international industry leaders sharing their experience in immersive video production, and authoring interactive content for virtual reality. FIVARS 2016 takes place on 26 and 27 September in Toronto. http://conference.virtualreality.to/

OCTOBER

London ExCel

London ExCel is a three-day action packed conference focused on unlocking the commercial potential of virtual and augmented reality worldwide. Attendees will be treated to presentations, debates, and discover what VR and AR means for the future of entertainment, enterprise, and the entire televisual experience, learn from more than 80 speakers from the forefront of VR and AR worldwide through real world case studies. Forecast to attract 8000+ attendees and co-located with the Broadband World Forum and Apps World 2016, London ExCel takes place from 18 to 20 October in London. https://tmt.knect365.com/vr-ar-world

VRevolution

VRevolution is an event for brands, agencies and companies working in or considering virtual reality solutions. Attendees will gain unique insights from cutting-edge VR experience companies and innovative global brands, have access to extensive and immersive “headset-on” demonstrations of VR experiences and network with more than 500 executives in the augmented and virtual reality space. This even takes place on 19 October in New York. http://vrevolutionevent.com/

Tech Expo Conference and Exhibition – Emerging Tech in Context

Now in its 2nd year, The Tech Expo Conference & Exhibition is designed to explore the contextual use of emerging technologies. This major tech event has six tracks including AR Tech, VR Tech, Fin Tech, loT Tech, Contextual Tech and Emerging Tech. The event takes place on 24 and 25 October in London. http://the-tech-expo.com/?v=68caa8201064

NOVEMBER

VRST

The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) is an international forum for the exchange of experience and knowledge among researchers and developers concerned with virtual reality software and technology. VRST will provide an opportunity for VR researchers to share new results, show live demonstrations of their work, and discuss emerging directions in the field. The conference takes place in Munich, Germany from 2 – 4 November. http://www.vrst2016.lrz.de/

VRTGO

This annual conference & expo explores the future of VR for entertainment and other applications. Hear from leading VR experts and VR buyers on the future of VR. Experience cutting edge technology used for serious applications such as automotive, modelling, training and marketing, as well as gaming. The conference takes place on 3 November at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle Gateshead, UK. http://vrtgo.co.uk/

VRX 2016

Some of the leading experts in VR and AR will give presentations at this conference that will focus on the massive consumer growth in VR. Attendees rate this as one of the top events of its kind – a must attend event for anyone working in or interested in VR. The conference takes place from 9 -10 November in San Francisco. http://vr-intelligence.com/vrxusa/index.php

Immersive Technology Conference

Houston, Texas is hosting the first annual Immersive Technology Conference that encompasses Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) later this year. These technologies are rapidly becoming integral to the way we live, work and enjoy our entertainment. The goal of ITC 2016 is to introduce these technologies to, among others, the Medical, Aerospace, Oil & Gas, and Education industries that Houston is home to. ITC 2016 will be held at the University of Houston Student Center South located at 4455 University Dr Houston, TX 77004. From 14 to 16 November 2016 http://www.itc16.com/

AsiaHaptics

AsiaHaptics is an international conference for the haptics fields, featuring interactive presentations with demos. AsiaHaptics welcomes all attendees worldwide working on or interested in haptic hardware, human haptic perception, and other haptic applications. AsiaHaptics 2016 will be sponsored by Virtual Reality Society of Japan and supported by other Asian academic societies. The event will take place from 29 November to 1 December at the Mitsui Garden Hotel, Kashiwanoha, Japan. http://asiahaptics.vrsj.org/2016/

DECEMBER

SIGGRAPH ASIA MACAO

The annual event, which rotates around the Asian region, attracts the most respected technical and creative people from all over the world who are excited by research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education and emerging technologies. The 9th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia will take place in Macao at The Venetian Macao from 5 TO 8 December 6.
https://sa2016.siggraph.org/en/