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2019 VR & AR Mixed Reality Conventions

 

February

in Barcelona, Spain
MWC Barcelona is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 leading companies, with a highly-rated conference programme assembling today’s visionaries to explore the hottest topics influencing the industry.
MWC Barcelona features extensive learning opportunities from dozens of partner-led programmes, GSMA seminars, summits and more. Everything you need to know about the industry, today and beyond, can be found here. With over 107,000 key decision-makers expected to attend, #MWC19 promises to expand your professional network and help you achieve your goals.

March

SXSW March 8-17
in Austin, TX
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.
AVR 360 Show March 12-13
in London, UK
AVR360, Europe’s largest event for AR and VR, will bring together the leading exponents of this exciting and fast developing market from across the globe, including industry-leading delegates and speakers as well as engaging debates, presentations, product demonstrations, networking and so much more!
 
in San Francisco, CA
The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest professional game industry event.
GDC brings together 28,000 attendees to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry with five days of education, inspiration, and networking at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
Attendees include programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games and immersive experiences.
The market-defining GDC Conference features 750 lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development and VR/AR topics taught by leading industry experts.
The GDC Expo showcases the latest game development tools and services from 550 leading technology companies such as Amazon, Google, Intel, Nvidia, Oculus, Sony, and Unreal Engine. Attendees can use GDC Connect business matchmaking to set up meetings and explore new partnerships and business opportunities.
Laval Virtual March 20-24
in Laval, France
Throughout its 20 years of existence, Laval Virtual has become the indispensable catalyst and facilitator for organizations from the VR/AR and Immersive techniques field. The different components of the show are within a 5 minutes walking distance in the historical Center of the City of Laval. The city of Laval has been recognized as “Ville d’art et d’Histoire” (city of Art and History).
IEEE VR March 23-27
in Osaka, Japan
Since 1993, the IEEE Virtual Reality conference has been the premier international venue for the presentation of research results in the broad area of virtual reality (VR). Similarly, the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (3DUI), which started as a workshop at IEEE VR in 2004, has become the premier venue for 3D user interfaces and 3D interaction in VR environments. As of 2018, VR and 3DUI have been merged into a single IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, with the short name IEEE VR. 
IEEE VR 2019 will be the largest in its series featuring around 140 oral talks, 200+ posters, 35 research demos, and 18 workshops etc.

April

NAB Show April 6-11
In Las Vegas, NV
NAB Show brings together the entire digital ecosystem and is represented by professionals in advertising, app development, artificial intelligence, audio, augmented reality, broadcast, cable, cloud solutions, cybersecurity, digital video, digital signage, eLearning, esports, film, game development, government and military, houses of worship, in-vehicle entertainment, IOT, IT, live events, mixed reality, mobile, online video, podcasting, post-production, radio, retail, social media, sports, streaming, system integration, television, virtual reality, 5G and more will converge in Las Vegas for six days to further their careers, gain knowledge, experience cutting-edge training, get hands-on with the latest technology, and connect with industry trailblazers advancing the art, science and business of content.
In Amsterdam, Netherlands
VRX is established as the annual event that brings together senior business leaders from across gaming, media, industry & tech. In-depth discussions and case studies highlighting the key use-cases and revenue opportunities for XR across both consumer and enterprise markets, showcasing the key start-ups offering game-changing VR & AR solutions to drive industry growth. Carefully curated agenda tracks provide time to debate the learnings, discuss future directions and work on tangible takeaways. Find out what’s working now and where the future potential lies. Get exposure to the primary investors and the biggest companies backing the growth of XR.
In San Jose, CA
Facebook's annual developer conference (F8) spotlights the global community is intended for developers and entrepreneurs who build products and services around the website.

May

Google I/O May 7-9
In Mountain View, CA
Google’s annual developer conference never disappoints with unprecedented access to Google developers, preview of the latest tech and major announcements on new and existing platforms. With their hardware and software support for VR and AR, this is a must-see conference.  Note that this conference usually sells out so be ready to register as soon as it becomes available.
AVVR Innovate May 10 (To Be Confirmed)
In Dublin, Ireland
Since its founding in 2014, the aim of AVVR Innovate has been to promote the capabilities and use of AR and VR, by spreading awareness of these developing technologies and encouraging the growth of the sector. ARVR Innovate provides a platform for practitioners to showcase their work and to come together with others interested in this growing industry. It has also been heralded for helping bring attention to the Irish AR and VR sectors.
In Boston, MA
The VRX Immersive Enterprise event is purpose built to provide companies with the tools and knowledge to take advantage of the opportunities arising and address the inevitable challenges. 
Bringing together the world’s leading commercial leaders, technology and solution providers and respected analysts & experts, the two days in Boston in May are set to be the best opportunity for those looking to position their business at the forefront of this new platform and technology revolution.
The rise of XR is set to revolutionize the way we work in what’s fast becoming an ever more digitised and connected world. So come along to hear about the latest advances and innovations happening across enterprise and get insight on the real opportunities that are arising as the markets and applications mature.
In Los Angeles, CA
Included in this regionalized and seasonal conference on all things entertainment is extensive content on VR, AR, MR, and Drones.
AWE (Augmented World Expo) is the world’s most essential AR+VR conference and expo, with annual dates in the USA, Asia, Israel and Europe, as well as meetup chapters around the world. AWE brings together a diverse mix of CEOs, CTOs, designers, developers, creative agencies, futurists, analysts, investors, founders and top press in a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn, inspire, partner, and experience first-hand the most exciting industry of our times.

June

In Boston, MA
Join 11,000 of your colleagues as you discover the latest in CAD, AR and IoT in workshops, training/certification, presentations and demonstrations.  While not a VR or AR conference, this 4 day conference is run by PTC – the owner of the popular AR library Vuforia.
In London, UK
AR & VR World Summit is an augmented reality & virtual reality event that showcases the technology and business strategies of today. This conference promises a look at the market with case studies from key brands pioneering these technologies.
E3 June 11-13
In Los Angeles, CA
E3 is the world’s premier event for computer and video games and related products. At E3, the video game industry’s top talent pack the Los Angeles Convention Center, connecting tens of thousands of the best, brightest, and most innovative in the interactive entertainment industry. For three exciting days, leading-edge companies, groundbreaking new technologies, and never-before-seen products will be showcased. E3 connects you with both new and existing partners, industry executives, gamers, and social influencers providing unprecedented exposure to the entire video game industry, all under one roof.
CES Asia June 11-13
In Shanghai, China
CES Asia is the premier event for consumer tech industry professionals, media & innovative manufacturers currently doing business in Asia or seeking to.
In Toronto, Canada
Registration (TBA)
A unique, international exhibition, professional conference and solutions-focused symposiumexploring arts, culture, society, humanities, ethics and sciences through immersive technologies.
MWC Shangai June 26-28
In Shanghai, China
Registration (TBA)
MWC Shanghai features dynamic presentations from the best and brightest individuals in the industry; providing insights on current and future trends and unique insights into the key role that the Asian mobile community plays in creating a better future.

July

SIGGRAPH July 28-August 1
In Los Angeles, CA
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The first SIGGRAPH conference was held in 1974 and had 600 attendees. Fast forward four decades later, and it’s an event that attracts over 15,000 attendees—featuring global innovators who are changing what’s possible in computer graphics, animation, VR, Gaming, and Emerging Technologies.

September

VR World 2019 September 24
In London, UK
Now in its 4th year, VR World 2019 is a 1 day conference and exhibition focused on Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality and its impact beyond gaming.
With multuiple in-depth event tracks and over 100 leading speakers, no other European event covers the market in as much detail.
Amid unparalleled networking opportunities, attendees will have access to visionary speakers and case-study led content. Hear from inspirational keynotes and thought-provoking panel discussions from key players redefining the boundaries for technology.

October

MWC Los Angeles October 22-24
In Los Angeles, CA
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Hotel Information (TBA)
MWC19 Los Angeles is a must-attend industry event where leaders, innovators and business professionals will come together to explore the era of Intelligent Connectivity.
In its third year, the Mobile World Congress Americas has been renamed to MWC Los Angeles. This mega conference with over 25,000 attendees from 110 countries will undoubtedly have more than its share of VR, AR, and MR tech.
Digital Hollywood October 21-24
In Los Angeles, CA
MWC19 will have over 25,000 attendees - Leaders in the Advertising, Technology and Entertainment Industries and that will make it the largest event ever held for The Industry in Los Angeles. MWC19 is the ultimate destination event - LA's Content-Tech-Advertising Marketplace.
NYVR Expo 2019 October 25-27
In New York, NY
NYVR brings together the best and brightest individuals in the industry pushing the boundary of possible, showcasing the latest virtual worlds, augmented experiences, and groundbreaking hardware that is redefining reality. For the second year, NYVR will return to the Javits Center, October 25-27, with more exhibitors and a renewed focus on education and visionary perspectives from thought-leaders.
XRDC (formerly VRDC) October 29-30
XRDC is the premier conference for AR & VR innovation of all kinds, including games, entertainment, enterprise training, healthcare, medical, automotive, and more. Learn from experts, demo the latest technology, and identify potential partners.

November

SIGGRAPH Asia 2019 November 17-20
In Brisbane, Australia
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Hotel Information (TBA)
The 12th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia will take place in Brisbane, Australia at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. 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.

January 2020

In Las Vegas, NV
CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.
Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers.

TBA Conventions

VRLA - In Los Angeles, CA
AT&T Shape - In Los Angeles, CA
WWDC - In San Jose, CA
World VR Forum - In Crans Montana, Switzerland
Virtual Reality Summit - In Seoul, South Korea
Oculus Connect 6 - In San Jose, CA
AWE Europe 2019 - In Munich, Germany
Magic Leap Conference 2019 - In Los Angeles, CA
Samsung Developer Conference - In San Francisco, CA
TIFCA’s Immersed 2019 - In Toronto, Canada
That’s it! Is there anything important that’s missing here? Are the any other upcoming largest AR-related conferences? Are you attending any? Let’s meet up!
Please, share in the comments!
All the best,
Brandon
brandon@basereality.co



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