Which AR & VR Events You Should Attend in 2022 and 2023!

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XR Bootcamp
April 21, 2022

Which AR & VR Events You Should Attend in 2022 and 2023.

Finally, on-site VR, AR, and XR conferences events are back! Stay up to date with new virtual reality and augmented reality tech, ideas, projects, and companies, by attending VR events near you, connecting with the community, and networking with future employers, business partners, and friends!

This article covers the most important global metaverse events with a brief overview of each event with description, date, location, price, number of attendees, speakers, and our personal commentary based on our experience. We're updating this page continuously, so make sure to check back for VR events near you, VR events 2022 and VR events 2023, AR events 2022 and AR events 2023, MR events 2022, and MR events 2023, XR Events 2022 and XR events 2023!

Let us know if you think we missed an event, you can also get on our discord to get the latest event announcements.

VR events 2022

Metaverse Events 2022

1. Google I/O - May 2022

Date: Happening on May 11-12, 2022. TBA 2023.

Location: Virtual, from the Shoreline Amphitheatre

Online or Onsite: Watch live online at io.google/2022

Google I/O 2022

Google I/O -  2022

So What’s it about? 

Google, will be hosting its annual event, Google I/O, virtually for developers. Keynotes and content are free and online, for developers interested in Google products and topics related to AR events and objects in Google Search, Artificial Intelligence, ML, Flutter, and Cloud computing. Google will also present its latest software advancements, such as the Android/IOS Cloud-based mapping, Android 13 beta version, and a possible Pixel 6A.

Out of all the AR events 2022, this one is quite interesting! You can go through new learning paths through CodeLab and an ‘I/O Adventure’ where you engage with the developer community, earn dev badges, create an avatar and look for Easter eggs.

To keep it interactive, Google I/O left a puzzle for developers to figure out before the event. 

Official Description 

Connect with developers from around the world for thoughtful discussions, learn from Google experts, and get a first look at our latest developer products.

Event Focus

Tickets are free and open to everyone online. The number of online participants usually caps at around 5000 attendees.

Why should you attend?

Attend, connect, speak, and CODE! 

By attending this conference, it is an opportunity to meet worldwide developers, have thoughtful discussions, experience hands-on learning with Google experts, and have the first look into the newest Google products.

Speakers to Look out for

  • CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai 
  • Product lead for ARCore, Rajat Paharia
  • Technical Lead Manager on Google's Augmented Reality, Adarsh Kowdle 
  • Developer Relations Engineer on Google's AR team, Dereck Bridié
  • ARCore SDK Engineering Manager at Google AR team, Jared Finder
  • And many more Googlers!

2. Niantic Lightship Summit - May 2022

Date: May 24 - 25, 2022

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Online or Onsite: This event takes place onsite for a chance to explore and share AR experiences with developers and creators.

Niantic Lightship Summit  - 2022

So What’s it about? 

From the creators of Pokémon Go and Transformers Heavy Metal AR games, Niantic hosts its first developer AR conference 2022, the Lightship Summit. This conference is for all developers, creators, and AR explorers who wish to implement their own planet-scale AR vision and experiences.

Make sure to attend to see exclusive demos, advanced products, and the Lightship platform ARDK’s features.

Official Description 

Lightship summit brings together developers at the forefront of AR to build a real-world metaverse and explore new tools for creating a better reality.

Event Focus

General admission tickets are $349 and it usually attracts around onsite 150 - 200 attendees.

Why should you attend?

Attend, connect, and build! 

Are you looking to witness the forefront of Augmented Reality innovations within one place? Connect with a variety of developers and creators to learn and develop your AR career.

Speakers to Look out for

  • CEO of Niantic, John Hanke

3. AWE - Augmented World Expo - June 2022

Date: June 1 - 3, 2022

Location: Santa Clara, California, USA

AWE - 2022

Online or Onsite: On-site! This is one of the largest AR/VR conferences (over 5000 attendees) for the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality industry and it’s worth it to see the speakers, connect with people in person, and see the cool exhibitors! Ori Inbar, founder of SuperVentures and AWE is behind this great VR event - and if you can, meet and see him speak!

If you’re interested in just listening to the speakers and watching presentations, you may be able to do so for free, online via the awe.live platform.

So What’s it about? 

It’s nearing, it’s approaching… It's the AWE USA MR 2022 event with XR visionaries from all around the world! 

One of the largest XR conferences 2022 and meet-up events where the biggest names in tech from Unity, Roblox Corp, Microsoft, Google, and Meta are going to be there to connect and share with us the latest XR tech being cooked. XR Bootcamp will also attend with their own booth. So meet us there :)

Official Description 

Since 2010 over 5000 companies and 60,000 professionals have trusted AWE to connect, learn and grow their business in the XR ecosystem.

Join this inspiring community of XR professionals that brings together:

  • End-users and solution providers,
  • Investors and startups,
  • Brands and creators and developers,
  • Job seekers and recruiters

The AWE community now operates online and offline around the world 365 days a year:

  1. A series of major VR conferences and AR exhibitions (USA, EU, Asia) featuring the leading XR companies and speakers and the best networking in XR
  2. Year round online mini events and meetups in 25+ cities on awe.live - an always on platform for the XR community to keep the industry growing every day of the year
  3. Academy classes and workshops with the best instructors from the XR community - to upskill the XR community, including courses by XR Bootcamp
  4. Resources for the XR industry: News digest, talks and demos, Jobs in XR, enterprise research, and events listings
  5. XR industry’s most prestigious and long standing awards competition - The Auggie Awards (XR Bootcamp trainers have won those!)

Event Focus

Tickets start from $595 and go up to 1999$.

You can access the online event at awe.live for free! 

(and you can request an Academic/Student Pass as well)

Also, we recommend you to follow the speakers at AWE on social media, they usually get a discount code they will share with you…

The event attracts Over 5000 attendees both online and onsite, 400 speakers, and 250 exhibitors!

Why should you attend?

Of all the VR events 2022, this one is a must to see, and why is that? For Industry networking! Listen to the sessions, meet the speakers, and speak to the exhibiting companies to be part of the conference on virtual and augmented reality.

Speakers to Look out for

  • CEO of Unity Technologies, John Riccitiello
  • Head of Tech innovation from Audible, Jennifer Lee
  • VP of Qualcomm, Hugo Swart
  • Lead Scientist of Magic Leap, J. Zimmerman
  • And many more to come!

4. Apple WWDC - June 2022

Date: June 6 - 10, 2022

Location: Online at the App Developer App/Website.

Online or Onsite: Stream the online event!

Apple WWDC  - 2022

So What’s it about? 

The Apple Worldwide developer annual conference takes place virtually for Apple developers and engineers to try out cutting-edge apps as well as introduce the latest and next-generation tech in its operating systems in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS and possibly new hardware such as the Apple VR/AR headset.

It also offers the opportunity for students and developers to participate in a coding challenge called, the Swift Student Challenge in Swift Playgrounds App, to simplify learning programming languages in a fun way and create innovative projects in the app.

Official Description 

Join developers worldwide for an inspiring week of technology and community. Get a first look at Apple’s latest platforms and technologies in sessions, explore the newest tools and tips, and connect with Apple experts in labs and digital lounges. 

In addition to the online conference, Apple will host a special day for developers and students at Apple Park on June 6 to watch the keynote and State of the Union videos together, along with the online community. Space is limited and details on how to apply to attend will be provided soon.

Event Focus

Tickets are Free of charge! and last year’s numbers show over 6000 online attendees.

Why should you attend?

Attend, speak, connect, submit, and DEVELOP!

Speeches, networking events, workshops, and a view of Apple’s latest software developments where devs are at the heart of this event with access to Apple engineers. You can consider it as one of the VR events 2022 to attend!

Speakers to Look out for

  • CEO of Apple Inc, Tim Cook
  • VP Worldwide Developer Relations - API (AR VR Features), Susan Prescott

5. Web XR Summit - July 2022

Date: July 21, 2022 WebXR Education

Sep 15, 2022 WebXR Brand

October 13, WebXR Production

Location: Streamed on social media platforms as well as Hubs, ENGAGE, AltspaceVR

Online or Onsite: Online event

Web XR Summit - 2022

So What’s it about? 

WebXR Summit by The Polys consists of a variety of online webinar series that focus on developers, design, business, education, brand, or production. It allows for XR experts and enterprises to share and spearhead discussions on applying and adopting XR/VR/AR/MR. 

In its last XR event, a variety of topics were tackled such as the roadmap to Web XR, immersive e-commerce, crypto-economic infrastructure, interoperable metaverse, immersive data storytelling, world-building (modeling your Metaverse), UI/UX for WebXR, spatial computing and experiential design thinking.

Official Description 

One of the virtual reality events 2022 we are featuring is the WebXR Summit. The summit featured WebXR business leaders and pioneers sharing their knowledge of and experience with immersive technologies, which are already producing POI through work efficiencies, improved performances, and a sustainable global footprint. It also includes WebXR success stories, lessons learned, persona alignment, communication, and collaboration to ensure successful business outcomes all in online VR conferences.

Event Focus

Tickets are Free of charge! and the event attracts 130 speakers from 106 companies, and 65 sessions online!

Why should you attend?

Attend the VR events 2022 to witness a comprehensive overview of topics and careers in VR/AR/MR/XR. Other than these VR events, more Metaverse events will be discussed.

Speakers to Look out for

  • Cofounder of MetaVrse, Julie Smithson.
  • EndeavorVR, Amy Peck.

6. Siggraph - August 2022

Date: Happening on August 8-11, 2022

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Online or Onsite: Happening both - onsite and online virtually!

Siggraph - 2022

So What’s it about? 

The SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques) event brings forward an XR/VR expo for computer graphic geeks of interactive techniques to explore a wide scope of interest from product & animation, research & education, arts & design, gaming, and emerging tech of VR XR. 

The XR conference also calls for innovators out there to submit their greatest work within the previous topics to the premier. 

Previous VR events tackled topics from cyber illusion to real-time as well as major sessions such as “ILM Presents The Making of ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and “Advances in Real-time Rendering for Games.”

Official Description 

SIGGRAPH 2022 is the premier conference for computer graphics and interactive techniques worldwide.

Event Focus

Ticket prices vary from $30 (exhibitors) to $1155 depending on conference package. Registration is required.

Packages also include add-on experiences such as VR Theater, Electronic theater tickets, and merchandise. The event attracts Over 10,000 onsite and online attendees!

Why should you attend?

Attend, exhibit, volunteer, sponsor, and submit! 

Speakers to Look out for

  • Chair Pol Jeremias-Vila, of Pixar Animation Studios
  • Eric Iverson, CTO of media and entertainment at Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Tim Jeffers, Director of advanced rendering and visualization at Intel
  • Timoni West, vice president of augmented, virtual, and mixed reality tools at Unity

7. Industrial XR Global Summit - August 2022

Date: August 29 - 31, 2022

Location: Royal Sonesta, Houston, Texas

Online or Onsite: This event is hybrid! You can attend online or go to the summit itself for the opportunity to meet industry leaders and connect in person.

Industrial XRGS - 2022

So What’s it about? 

The Industrial XR Summit returns bringing forward a combo of XR, Digital Twins, Edge, and Spatial computing for all attendees within the scope of XR conferences 2022.

It is an opportunity to advance in your industry, improve your XR strategy, and try it all through leading VR AR technologies such as Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, and much more.   

This event brings together various sectors including:

  • AR/VR/XR / Digital Reality / Spatial Computing 
  • Digital Twins / Immersive Visualization / Digital Asset Intelligence
  • Edge / Fog / Cloud Computing
  • IIoT / Connectivity / 5G
  • Reality Capture / 3D / 360
  • Blockchain / Cybersecurity

Official Description 

The Industrial VR/AR Forum’s mission is to transform industrial, energy, and engineering business and drive digital innovation with immersive and wearable technology. This event brings together the industrial, energy & engineering Immersive Tech leaders, software developers, wearables/exoskeletons platforms, and VR / AR / XR systems to showcase how they are using proven mixed & enhanced reality technology in their enterprise industrial operations today to reach common industry goals, such as:

  • decreasing costs and risks
  • increasing safety
  • enhanced training
  • knowledge transfer and speed
  • quality of information delivery

Event Focus

According to last year’s event, Ticket pricing varies from $99 to $795 with different packages for registration and last year’s event featured more than 20 sessions and hosted more than 300 onsite attendees, along with 31 exhibitors and sponsors who showcased their demos and 38 industry-leading speakers

Why should you attend?

Attend, speak, exhibit, and volunteer! 

If you have the expertise and wish to participate in the topics of AR, VR, XR, Immersive Visualization, Blockchain, Spatial Computing, try out VR events Oculus or many more. You can also participate as an exhibitor! 

Participants can submit their proposal idea or simply attend and delve deep into the opportunities of combining engineering, energy, and industrial with XR, VR, and AR.

Speakers to Look out for

  • Founder of Endeavor and Director Enterprise Content HTC VIVE, AMY Peck
  • Industrial XR Lab Manager, Ion Houston
  • CEO of Immerse, Tom Symonds

8. Autodesk University - September 2022

Date: Next event happening on September 27-29, 2022.

Location: New Orleans

Online or Onsite: The AU conference returns in-person as  one of the XR conferences 2022.

Autodesk University - 2022

So What’s it about? 

The AU conference is a global learning experience made for specialists on how to truly use Autodesk programs and tech within architecture, infrastructure, engineering, product design, manufacturing, and media. 

Major topics were discussed such as building information modeling (BIM), computational design, software training, subtractive manufacturing, and many more. 

Also - if you have a big idea worth sharing, this event gives the chance for you to submit a proposal.

Official Description 

Autodesk University is a leader in design and makes conferences for innovators everywhere.

Learn from industry experts who are progressing in architecture, engineering, construction, design, manufacturing, and media and entertainment.

Event Focus

The Autodesk Conference is free to attend for all with registration required. The event holds around 350 sessions given with previously of thousands of online attendees.

Why should you attend?

Attend, learn, connect, and explore! 

Do you want to be part of and learn from industry experts within architecture, engineering, construction, and design under the scope of XR?

Speakers to Look out for

  • Autodesk CTO, Raji Arasu

9. IEEE ISMAR - October 2022

Date: October 17 - 21 2022

Location: Singapore

Online or Onsite: The event will be in hybrid mode for both online and face-to-face interactions! Be sure to attend, for this event offers a discussion on a full range of topics.

IEEE ISMAR - 2022

So What’s it about? 

One of the leading international academic conferences for VR, AR, and MR 2022, this ISMAR event tackles major technological advancements as well as calls for research and projects for submission with a full range of topics related to AR/VR/MR varying from Artificial intelligence, Computer vision, Haptic, and tactile interfaces, Locomotion and navigation techniques, to Real-time performance issues, Teleoperation, and telepresence and many more.

Official Description 

IEEE ISMAR is the premier conference for Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and Virtual Reality (VR) which attracts the world’s leading researchers from both academia and industry. ISMAR explores the advances in commercial and research activities related to AR, MR, and VR by continuing the expansion of its scope over the past several years. 

Event Focus

Previous attendee's registration fees vary from $35 to $65. Last year’s event hosted nearly 550 academics and researchers from 44 countries online to be part of the VR events 2022.

Why should you attend?

Leaders in XR technology, entrepreneurs looking to partner, and students from high-tech universities will be there. It offers a view into the novel and scientific contributions within AR/VR/MR. 

You can also join as sponsors, student volunteers, workshop providers, exhibitors for tutorials, demos, and even mentors! 

Proposals of research and projects can also be submitted.

Speakers to Look out for

  • Professor of Computer Science and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill, Henry Fuchs.

10. VR Days - November 2022

Date: Returning on Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2022

Location: De Doelen in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Online or Onsite: Takes place in-person and online. We highly recommend attending on-site, as the networking, events, and workshops are really cool!

VR Days - 2022

So What’s it about? 

One of the renowned Metaverse events 2022, VR Days is a 5-day immersive tech week where enterprise experts and developers can meet to discuss important topics within the scope of virtual and extended reality for the Metaverse. These topics focus on:

  • work, life, and ethics within the Metaverse
  • Education, safety, and diversity
  • Marketing and commerce
  • Healthcare and medical potential of XR
  • Impact of XR in Arts (Storytelling, dance, theater, gaming, etc…)

There are also ‘open calls’ to participate as exhibitors, speakers, demo trials, or even XR performances / VR expo (music, theater, dance…)

Official Description 

Connect and get educated during Immersive Tech Week! Five days of inspiration, discussions, co-creation, experiences, conferences, panels, and networking. 

Event Focus

Full and Student passes vary from $27 to $215. Free entrance for community pass. 150 speakers, 100 companies, and 20 global partners to network with onsite.

Why should you attend?

Attend, connect, speak, and exhibit! 

5 days of inspiration, fireside chats, co-creation, and networking to see the new set of standards within VR/XR. Lookout for Metaverse events 2023!

Speakers to Look out for

Upcoming event:

  • Innovation Leader of Volvo Cars, Timmy Ghiurau
  • Previous speakers:
  • ENDEAVOR XR, Amy Peck
  • Niantic, Director of Developer Relations, Daniel Morris
  • CEO of Beemup, Alex Vaan Baan 
  • CEO of Immersionn Limited, Alexandra Hussenot

11. Immerse Global Summit - December 2022

Date: Taking place on December 5 - 7, 2022!

Location: Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida

Online or Onsite: Returning in-person for a live experience.

Immerse Global Summit - 2022

So What’s it about? 

One of the largest XR conferences 2022, The Immerse Global Summit (previously VR/AR Global Summit) brings forward tech-lead companies and experts to tackle tech, business, and enterprise development through XR and other emerging tech. It also offers the space to acquire, demo, educate, and promote ideas and needs to the right crowd.

During this event, major topics are discussed with around 25 tracks such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Enterprise Tech, Education Tech, Digital Storytelling, Gaming, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, NFT, Web3, Artificial Intelligence, Hologram, Web AR & VR, Edge Computing, Crypto, and many more.

Also - Globally-leading companies from Unity, Microsoft, Tesla, Apple, Google, Meta, Autodesk, Lenovo, Snap, Disney, HTC Vive, Verizon, and others have been part of this event to sponsor, exhibit or speak.

Official Description 

Get aligned with a content-driven immersive technology show, featuring life-changing conversations, talks, exhibits, and VR events 2022 led by globally leading companies and organizations, who are sharing practical and valuable real-use cases from the immersive industry - all in a world-class city, topped off with parties, networking, and surprises.

Event Focus

Early bird prices vary between $399 and $1299 for passes such as Platinum VIP, VIP, general, and members.  Regular prices vary between $599 and $1999. Over 1000 attendees, 500 companies, 300 speakers, and 20 industry verticals are attending onsite!

Why should you attend?

Attend, speak, connect, and exhibit! 

Other than attending, participants can exhibit their latest tech products, speak and share their powerful ideas, or be a sponsor

Speakers to Look out for

Previous speakers:

  • CEO of XR Immersive Tech, Tim Bieber
  • AR/VR Business Development Manager of Lenovo, Nassima Filali
  • CEO of Liquid Avatar, David Lucatch
  • Director, Mixed Reality Government of Microsoft, Christopher Covet
  • EndeavorVR, Amy Peck

12. XR Safety Week - December 2022 

Date: Save the date on Decembe 10 - 15, 2022

Location: Virtual event at AltspaceVR

Online or Onsite: Takes place virtually!

XR Safety Week - 2022

So What’s it about? 

Did you ever consider the safety measures within the Metaverse? Meet XRSI’s 5-day event, the XR Safety Week - one of the Metaverse events 2022 2023 to look forward to. This is one of the virtual reality events that focus on implementing safety, privacy, and ethical measurements within the virtual reality/Metaverse to create a safe and collaborative environment for users. 

During the previous virtual reality conferences, Major topics were discussed on the capacities of XR devices within the scope of immersive storytelling, diversity in game development and avatar customization, child safety, inclusion, medical XR as well as safety/privacy.

Participants can also submit proposals on the previous topics.

Official Description 

XR Safety Week is an international community effort, led by the XR Safety Initiative, featuring industry leaders from around the world and spanning five days. This year VR events 2022 will explore the challenges of Extended Realities (XR) in critical areas of the immersive ecosystem.

Event Focus

Tickets are completely free!

Why should you attend?

Attend, speak, connect, and think SAFETY! 

Out of most VR events, look at the Metaverse within a different scope of inclusion, diversity, and safety.

Speakers to Look out for

Previous speakers:

  • Chyna McRae Senior Program Manager of Microsoft
  • Rochelle M Nadhiri Reality Labs Policy of Meta
  • Kavya Pearlman Founder and CEO of XR Safety Initiative (XRSI)

Metaverse Events 2023

13. CES - January 2023

Date: Coming back on January 5 - 8, 2023.

Location: NV & Digital, Las Vegas

Online or Onsite: Onsite event at Las Vegas!

CES  - 2023

So What’s it about? 

With global exhibitors from Intel, Nvidia, LG, Sony, Qualcomm, HTC Vive, Cannon, this MR event 2023, Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brings forward the top developers, platforms, and manufacturers, and suppliers to witness the thrive of business consumer tech from hardware, software, to delivery systems and more.

It is an opportunity for brands to collaborate, meet new partners and discuss major topics such as immersive tech of VR/AR and gaming, robotics, AI and machine learning, automotive, blockchain and cryptocurrency, NFTS, and a lot more.

Official Description 

CES® is the most influential tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. This is where the world's biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage. 

CES showcases companies including manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems, and more. It also includes a conference program where the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers address the industry's most relevant issues.

Event Focus

Registration is required with a ticket cost up to $499 with more than 40,000 thousand online attendees!!

Why should you attend?

Attend, connect, speak, and EXHIBIT! 

Witness the heaps of new announcements and product launches as well as meet hundreds of executives, find partners, reach media, and find innovation.

Speakers to Look out for

  • Cristiano Amon, President and CEO, Qualcomm 
  • Jong-Hee (JH) Han, Vice Chairman & CEO, Samsung Electronics

14. SPIE - January 2023

Date: Estimated date on 24 - 25 Jan, 2023

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Online or Onsite: Onsite event with vaccination and registration required.

SPIE - 2023

So What’s it about? 

The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) AR VR MR conferences invites engineers, researchers, and entrepreneurs to focus on the next generation of XR hardware of smart glasses, head-mounted displays, optics, and sensors. Other than the invited keynote talks, the conference tackles technical topics such as: 

  • Novel imaging systems and display engines
  • Combiner optics and architectures
  • 3D display techniques
  • Human perception and user experience in immersive displays
  • Optical sensors for tracking, mapping, and sensing

Participants are also invited to submit their research.

Official Description 

Researchers and engineers, investors and entrepreneurs, customers and suppliers meet at SPIE AR | MR | VR events to create the future of augmented, virtual, and mixed reality. This focus on hardware and enabled content, combined with visionary industry perspectives from technology leaders working in the largest AR-VR-MR companies, startups, and suppliers, make this event one to include on your calendar every year.

Event Focus

Previous Ticket prices vary according to membership fees from $530 to $680 and past events included around 5000 online and onsite attendees!

Why should you attend?

Attend, speak, connect, and research!

Speakers to Look out for

Previous Speakers:

  • GM, Design & UX Research of Mixed Reality of Microsoft, Grace Hwang.
  • Vice President of Optical Engineering of Magic Leap, Kevin Curtis.
  • Sr. Director AR Product & Technology Partnerships of Meta, Kelly Ingham.
  • Founder and CEO of Nreal, Chi Xu.

15. SXSW - March 2023

Date: Save the date on March 10-19, 2023

Location: Austin, TX

Online or Onsite: Online event and onsite!

SXSW - 2023

So What’s it about? 

The South by Southwest (SXSW) is a conference and festival that brings forward the latest innovations found in films, tech, interactive media, and music as well as showing the future of the latest tech from VR expo / demonstrations to robotics.

Content creators and global professionals can receive 4 access badges - Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence to access 15 tracks of programming on themes related to advertising and branding, civic engagement, design, game industry, startups, and tech. 

Many topics are tackled under the Tech Track badge such as AI/ML, blockchain, cryptocurrency, security and privacy, XR, enterprise solutions, hardware, wearables, robots, voice technology innovation, and more.

And at the end of each conference, awards are given to the most innovative companies on Gaming, Innovation, Film Award, and SXSW Pitch.

Official Description 

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for the global community of digital creatives to encounter cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests, and network with other professionals who share a similar appetite for forward-focused experiences.

Event Focus

Ticket prices vary according to badge type from $475 regular, $1,270 Interactive badge, $1,195 for Film badge and $1,525 for Platinum access. The "After Pass" online event for $149 and event held around 60,000 attendees!

Why should you attend?

Attend, connect, exhibit, and participate in Awards! 

From famous performers to exciting new tech, attending SXSW will give you the chance to meet artists, XR industry professionals, and even music lovers to better your career and make connections.

Speakers to Look out for

  • Corporate Vice President, Game Creator Experience and Ecosystem at Microsoft, Sarah Bond
  • Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Dell Technologies, Michael Dell
  • Award-winning innovator and disrupter, and former president and COO of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aimé
  • Senior Director of Design at Adobe, Khoi Vinh

16. GDC - March 2023

Date: Next event happening on March 20-24, 2023

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Online or Onsite: Onsite and virtual access are both available for attendees.

GDC - 2023

So What’s it about? 

Partnered with Meta, Amazon, Unity, Microsoft, and Intel, The Game Developers Conference brings forward key insights on game development topics and the future of games to discuss problems, solutions, and new techniques. And for all developers, game dev tools are showcased and exhibited from state-of-the-art tech such as Epic, Oculus, Sony, Google, and Nvidia. 

Major development topics are tackled from VR/AR/XR, design, programming, game narrative, indie games, UX, business and marketing, production and team management, and game career development.

Official Description 

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) brings the game development community together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and shape the future of the industry across five days of education, inspiration, and networking. Attendees include programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, and business leaders. Some key features of GDC include:

  • The market-defining conference has a comprehensive selection of lectures, panels, and roundtable discussions.
  • The GDC Expo showcases the latest game development tools and services from leading technology companies such as Amazon, Epic, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Oculus, and Sony.
  • Dedicated community spaces where GDC attendees can take a break from all of the learning to relax and meet new people in themed areas for playable indie games, retro games, alternative controllers, and more.

Event Focus

Pass prices vary from $349 to $2199 with special benefits. The event gets over 17,000 attendees to the In-Person and Virtual Event.

Why should you attend?

Attend, connect, speak, and GAME! 

Interested in game development, the future of games, and game career paths? Looking for Oculus events or XR VR conferences 2023? GDC is your go-to event! 

Speakers to Look out for

Previous speakers:

  • Karen Stevens, EA Sports
  • Elan Ruskin, Insomniac Games
  • Lydia Andrew, Ubisoft Quebec
  • Kristofor Mellroth, Xbox Game Studios Publishing
  • Deborah Oyeyinka, Unity Technologies

17. IEEE VR + 3D User Interfaces - March 2023

Date: March 25 - 29, 2023 (Estimated)

Location: Virtual

Online or Onsite: Online

IEEE VR - 2023

So What’s it about? 

Sponsors by Nvidia, Qualcomm, Pico, and XR Bootcamp, The IEEE virtual reality conference brings together researchers, engineers, and, creators from all over the world to present next-generation technology and pioneering research revolving around the areas of AR VR MR XR. 

Other than attending the VR event 2023, participants can register to submit papers, workshops, demos, tutorials, or posters. Many major subjects were outlined during the conference such as:

  • 3D Reconstruction, Digital Twinning, and Simulation for Virtual Experiences 
  • Augmented Reality Enabling Superhuman Sports + Serious Games
  • developing Intelligent XR Applications
  • Animation in Virtual and Augmented Environments
  • Metaverse as a promise of a bright future
  • Novel Input Devices and Interaction Techniques (NIDIT)
  • Mid-air Haptic Texture Exploration in VR
  • Distant Hand Interaction Framework in Augmented Reality

Official Description 

The IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces (IEEE VR) is the premier international event for the presentation of research results in the broad areas of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR/AR/XR). Since 1993, IEEE VR has presented groundbreaking research and accomplishments by virtual reality pioneers: scientists, engineers, designers, and artists, paving the way for the future. Soon, IEEE VR expanded its scope to also include augmented, mixed, and other forms of mediated reality.

Event Focus

For general registration, prices vary from $100-180. 

For Paper submission/Author registration, prices vary from $275-500 depending on registration type.

For workshop/tutorial/demo presentations, prices vary from $140-250.

Over 2,000 online attendees are joining the event.

Why should you attend?

Attend, apply, exhibit, demo, and Connect! 

Educators, developers, and researchers interested in innovating and applying XR tech as well as deploying this tech within the Metaverse.

The IEEE conference on virtual and augmented reality allows you to expand your knowledge in VR/AR animation, hand and interaction design, XR empathy, Metaverse events and expectations, and much more.

Speakers to Look out for

  • Immersive Analytics and Embodied Sensemaking, Tim Dwyer
  • Founder and director of StaplesVR, Aliesha Staples
  • Netflix's Director of Research, Creative Algorithms and Technology + work in Netflix, Google, and the USC Institute, Paul Debevec

18. Laval Virtual - April 2023

Date: Save the date for the next event: April 12 - 14, 2023

Location: Espace Mayenne, France

Online or Onsite: Hybrid event that can be accessed onsite or through Laval Virtual World.

We highly recommend attending on-site, as the networking, events, and workshops are really cool!

Laval Virtual - 2023

So What’s it about? 

The Laval Virtual is an international exhibition and VR expo event that can be accessed on-site or via the Laval Virtual World app, so get your avatar ready! It is for innovators, managers, CEOs, startups, or tech geeks to gather and be part of all AR/VR/XR latest tech as well as to connect and find solutions within their industry.

The MR event 2023 includes an awards ceremony for the best teams using XR solutions, emerging XR startups exhibiting as well as exhibitors from Microsoft, Lenovo and Pico Interactive VR headsets.

Official Description 

Laval Virtual, international exhibition on virtual reality, augmented reality and immersive technologies. Meet all historical and emerging VR/AR players and their cutting-edge solutions, the best VR/AR startups that conceive tomorrow’s innovations but also international XR experts who come to share their expertise.

Event Focus

There are 3 tickets which vary from €18 to €588. Unlike the student and discovery pass, the full pass allows you to access the exhibition, conferences, LV party, awards ceremony, and Art VR Gallery with around online and on-site 5000 attendees, 150 exhibitors, and more than 50 international speakers.

Why should you attend?

Attend, speak, exhibit, and connect!

Meet inspiring people, experience tech, and dive deep into the heart of innovation in this VR event 2023.

Speakers to Look out for

  • EVA Esport Virtual Arena Chief of staff, Mehdi Fehri

19. Nvidia GTC - 2023

Date:Took place on March 21 - 24, 2022. TBA 2023.

Location: Virtual

Online or Onsite: Conference is held virtually online

GTC - 2023

So What’s it about? 

NVIDIA GTC brings forward tech leaders from Epic Games, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Sony, Walt Disney, Zoom, and more to introduce a global experience of AI, machine learning, Omniverse, and high-performance computing graphics. It is a chance for developers, creators, innovators, and researchers to connect and ideate on solving computational challenges of GPUs within AI, deep learning…

A variety of sessions were introduced that allow attendees to take their skills to the next level as well as submit papers previous to the event:

  • Accelerated Computing and Dev Tools
  • Game Development
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Graphics, Design Collaboration, and Digital Twins
  • Robotics
  • Speech AI / NLP
  • Cybersecurity
  • CloudXR

Official Description 

NVIDIA GTC is more than an AI conference for developers. It’s a global experience that brings together thousands of brilliant innovators, researchers, creators, thought leaders, and decision-makers who are shaping our world with the power of AI, computer graphics, data science, and more.

Event Focus

Pass with DLI (Deep Learning Institute) training add-on is $149. 

Conference pass is free of charge with over 75,000 online attendees, 1600 speakers, and around 30,000,000 keynote views!

Why should you attend?

Attend, learn, connect, submit, and get inspired! 

Be part of the global event that joins together thousands of innovators, developers, researchers, and creators who are aiming to deploy the power of XR, Artificial intelligence, data science, and much more.

Speakers to Look out for

Previous speakers:

  • CEO Jensen Huang, NVIDIA 
  • Andrew Ng, founder and CEO of Landing AI
  • Jack Jin, lead machine learning Infra engineer, Zoom
  • Magnus Östberg, chief software officer, Mercedes-Benz AG
  • Marc Petit, general manager for Unreal Engine, Epic Games
  • Markus Gross, vice president of Research, Walt Disney Studios
  • Michael Russinovich, CTO and Technical Fellow, Microsoft Azure
  • Natalya Tatarchuk, director of global graphics, Unity
  • Peter Stone, executive director, Sony
  • Yu Liu, director of AI, Meta

20. MIT Reality Hack - 2023

Date: TBA 2023

Location: MIT, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Online or Onsite: If you can, go and attend on-site. This event is all about meeting and connecting with awesome people! 

If that’s not possible, attending online is still a good alternative :)

MIT Reality Hack - 2023

So What’s it about? 

There’s no other hackathon like the MIT Reality Hack! No questions allowed, you need to apply for the next XR conference 2023!  

In the largest XR hackathon worldwide, over 400 hackers come together at the renowned MIT institute to be creative, work on their skills, learn together and create the next cool XR app! 

Just check out the XR event in last year's winners here (did we mention that there’s a 12 000 USD prize pool?) - are you able to develop similar Virtual Reality projects?

Official Description 

Reality Hack is an annual community-run XR hackathon comprising thought leaders, brand mentors and creators, participants, students, and technology lovers, who come together and attend tech workshops, talks, discussions, fireside chats, collaborations, hacking, and more. Participants of various backgrounds and all skill levels attend from all over the world.

Event Focus

The Tickets are Free! You just need to apply (there are even sponsorships for travel costs…) and there are 400 VR, AR, and MR hackers from all around the world.

Why should you attend?

Are you looking to meet the VR/AR community? Finding the best AR/VR events near you? Build your project portfolio? Get hired? Or meet your future dev team? Learn new skills in one of the many workshops? 

So many reasons to go, but one of the best is, new friends, projects, and community!

Speakers to Look out for

Sponsoring partners of the MIT Reality Hack are giving workshops, providing mentors, and supporting hackathon participants with their knowledge. Super helpful!

21. Global XR Conference - 2023

Date:December 1 - 3, 2021 TBA 2023

Location: AltspaceVR

Online or Onsite: Online global conference.

MIT Reality Hack - 2023

So What’s it about? 

Sponsored by Microsoft and XR Bootcamp, the Global XR Conference is a free-of-charge event that took place online and in a virtual reality room. This event includes technical, functional, and business sessions, fireside chats, and workshops relating to extended reality, mixed reality, virtual reality, and augmented reality. 

One of the few keynote speeches discussed was: 

It also allows mingling and chatting  within the VR room using VR headsets for each attendee to discuss their XR career and projects.

Official Description 

The Global XR Community focuses only on the community around XR. That said, we have technical, functional, and even business sessions. But our focus will always be on learning new things and meeting others in the community. We do not allow product and service promotions in any of our sessions and workshops. And the most important part is that all our events are free of charge. Free to participate as speakers or as an attendee in the next VR conferences 2023.

Event Focus

The Tickets are Free! You just need to register and join over 2000 online attendees from around the world with over 50 speakers.

Why should you attend?

Attend, speak, connect, and discuss the future of Metaverse! 

The key factor in this vr event 2023 is communication and building connections. 

Speakers to Look out for

  • René Schulte Director of Global Innovation, René Schulte
  • Microsoft, MR Senior Designer, Ricardo Acosta
  • Lead Developer, Software Architect, Mobile, Web and VR/AR Developer, Microsoft MVP, Timmy Kokke
  • Freelance HoloLens Developer & Creative Coder, Roland Smeenk
  • Founder of Matrix Inception. HoloLens and XR Developer, Sky Zhou
  • Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Eyal Ofek

22. Meta Connect - 2023

Date: PTBA 2023

Location: Facebook

Online or Onsite: Online event

F8 Meta Connect - PAUSED

So What’s it about? 

From the name itself, one of the largest VR conferences, Connect, this one-day event brings global AR/VR communities together in order to experience the latest XR innovations. Developers, researchers, and engineers can also join Reality Labs to partake or witness the future of augmented and virtual reality. 

A variety of topics were highlighted in the Connect 2021 VR event such as bringing 2D Apps to VR, making Accessible VR, creating AR experiences for brands and creators, growing multiplayer apps for VR, diverse communities in Horizon Worlds, a career in AR, graphic rendering in Quest 2, hands & controllers with interaction SDK, WebXR development and much more.

During its 2019 onsite F8 conference, Meta announced Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift S, and body tracking research. However, since then the 2020 and 2021 have been held online. This year’s virtual reality event 2022 paused its Connect conference to focus on building the metaverse with AI.

Official Description 

Connect is a one-day virtual event that explores the future of augmented and virtual reality. Industry leaders will share the latest technologies, and developer sessions will cover how to use them. Our goal is to bring the world closer together and deepen human connection through new experiences.

Event Focus

the event is Free! It usually attracts more than 5000 online attendees and developers.

Why should you attend?

Attend, connect, share, and develop! If you’re eager to learn more about your Oculus Quest 2 development needs, Voice SDK VR, bringing 2D apps to VR, or even building a career for AR, then FB Connect is the great place to start.

Speakers to Look out for

  • CEO of Meta Platforms, Mark Zuckerberg
  • Product Manager, Oculus Developer, Colorama Dorvilias
  • Product Lead AR/VR, Reality Labs, Nancy Li 
  • Product Manager leading the 2D app developer platform Oculus Browser and WebXR for Oculus, Jacob Rossi.
  • CTO of OCULUS VR John Carmack
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