Top 26 VR/AR Events, Expos and Conferences to Attend in 2018

7 Dec , 2017 Events,Staff Picks Mina Bradley

There are many VR events, conferences, expos and film festivals worth attending, and we’ve handpicked the best ones with agenda & venue, as well as social media information attached. Give this a read and pick out your favorite ones to visit!

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VR/AR/MR Conferences, Expos, Festivals & Summits

SXSW (South by Southwest) — VR/AR

Date (for VR/AR events only): March 10 & 13–15, 2018

Venue: To be announced

South by Southwest is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year.

Here’s SXSW’s full schedule for VR/AR sessions.

IEEE Virtual Reality Conference

Date: March 18–22, 2018

Venue: Stadthalle Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany

Check here for pricing.

Game Developers Conference (GDC) — VRDC@GDC

Date: March 19–23, 2018

Venue: Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, USA

Check their passes and pricing for more information.

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Silicon Valley VR Expo (SVVR)

Date: March 29–31, 2017

Venue: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

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Or visit SVVR’s update feed.

VR World Congress

Date: April 11–13, 2017

Venue: Millenium Square, Bristol, UK

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World VR Forum

World VR Forum is a Swiss non profit organization dedicated to advancing the virtual, augmented and mixed reality industries.

Date: May 3–6, 2018

Venue: Rue Gourgas 3, Geneva, Switzerland

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VRLA

VRLA is a high-end virtual reality expo based in Log Angeles, CA, USA. For VRLA 2018, you can purchase a $299 Pro Pass for an all-inclusive two-day pass to access everything the exposition has to offer, or a $40 Saturday Pass, and if you’re a student you can get an additional discount off the Saturday Pass which only grants access on Saturday.

Date: May 4–5, 2018

Venue: South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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AR VR Innovate Conference

Date: May 10–11, 2018

Venue: RDS Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland

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Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC)

Date: March 19–20, 2018

Venue: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Augmented World Expo (AWE) USA

Augmented World Expo (AWE) is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to AR/augmented reality and VR/virtual reality with events in the USA, Asia and Europe.

These event brings together a mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, and top press in a fantastic opportunity to learn, inspire, partner, and experience first hand the most exciting industry of our times.

AWE also has events in Europe and Asia.

Date: May 30 — June 1, 2018

Venue: Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA, USA

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E3

Date: June 12–14, 2018

Venue: To be announced

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AR & VR World

Date: June 12–14, 2018

Venue: ExCel, London, UK

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VRTO — Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & Expo

Date: June 15–18, 2018; 10am-6pm.

Venue: Rogers Communications Centre, Toronto, Canada

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Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories (FIVARS)

The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories focuses on curating the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms. FIVARS is the first Canadian festival of its kind featuring many world premieres and in our preview screenings and events, audience responses are consistently full of contemplation, surprise, delight, controversy and wonder.

FIVARS is a presentation of VRTO — Toronto’s virtual reality meetup group and think tank.

Date: To be announced

2017 Venue: House of VR, Toronto, ON, Canada

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You can also download the FIVARS VR Festival app for Android devices on Google Play

Virtual Reality Summit

Date: June 27–29, 2018

Venue: Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX), Seoul, South Korea

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VR 20/20 Summit

Virtual Reality 20/20 is the must-attend event for film/television/digital content/gaming industry executives, consumer electronics companies, VCs/angel investors, retailers, publishers, news outlets, sports franchises, advertising agencies, brands, social media channels, educators and other business leaders.

Date: October 16th, 2017

Venue: Stewart Hotel, New York City, New York, USA

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New York Virtual Reality Expo (NYVR)

Date: October 25–27, 2018

Venue: Jacob Javits Center, New York City, NY, USA

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VRevolution

Date: November 15, 2017

Venue: Union Fare, New York, NY, USA

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The ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST)

Date: November 28 — December 1, 2018

Venue: Masaru Ibuka Auditorium, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

You can contact shigeo.morishima@acm.org for more information.

VRX Conference & Expo

Date: December 7–8, 2017

Venue: Marriott Marquis Hotel, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Tech Conventions by Industry Magnates

Vision VR/AR Summit by Unity

Date: May 1–2, 2017

Venue: Loews Hollywood Hotel, Log Angeles, CA, USA

F8 (Facebook Developer Conference)

Date: May 1–2, 2018

Venue: McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

You can sign up for updates about the F8 on its website.

Google I/O

Date: May 1–2, 2018

Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, USA

There are two types of tickets for Google I/O, whether for drawing applicants or invitees:

General Admission: $1,150

Academic Admission: $375

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You can also check for updates on Google Developers blog.

WWDC by Apple

Date: June 5–9, 2017

Venue: McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

Download the WWDC app from the App Store

Oculus Connect

Date: October 11–12, 2017

Venue: McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, USA

Oculus Connect is an annual virtual reality developer conference hosted by Oculus from Facebook. It’s designed to bring together VR developers from around the world with expertise in a variety of platforms and mediums to collaborate and share ideas to push the VR industry forward.

If you’re a student or academic faculty you may be considered for the $99 Student/Academic Pass rate. If you’re a VR content creator and developer, you might be eligible for a discount if you reference your portfolio in your application.

Samsung Developer Conference (SDC)

Date: October 18–19, 2017

Venue: Moscone West, SanFrancisco, CA, USA

Besides the events mentioned above, you can also find local VR events to attend by searching on Meetup.

This page is consistently updated, so check back for updates regularly. If you know of any events that we haven’t included yet, let us know in the comments below!