18 AR/VR Conferences to Attend in 2022
Last Updated: December 20 2021
The year 2022 is upon us, and Extended Reality (XR) / Metaverse enthusiasts are already marking off their calendars for their favorite conferences.
In the last two years, the global events were mostly organized through online participation. Now that the Covid-19 pandemic is being efficiently dealt with, the physical in-person conferences are making a huge comeback.
But staying on top of all the events is not a walk in the park.
We've put together a full-year calendar of global Metaverse / XR conferences (both confirmed and unconfirmed) to make it easier for you.
We provided a brief overview of each event and covered the registration procedure, prices, and conference dates. The article also provides the event websites and a glimpse of the speakers.
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Now let’s dive into the AR/VR conferences you should consider attending in 2022.
- SIGGRAPH Asia 2021
- Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2022
- SPIE AR/VR/MR 2022
- Microsoft North America HoloLens Summit 2.0
- XR Summit ISE 2022
- Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022
- Japan 3D & VR Expo IVR 2022
- SXSW 2022
- IEEE VR 2022
- Immerse Global Summit
- Laval Virtual
- IEEE ICVR 2022
- AWE USA 2022
- Byond Mobile
- Industrial XR Global Summit
- XR:WA 2022
- TECHSPO Expo Series 2022
- Augmented Enterprise Summit (AES) 2022
SIGGRAPH is one of the most prominent computer graphics and interactive techniques exhibitions in Asia, bringing together artists, technologists, researchers, and creative minds excited by gaming, animation, and emerging technologies.
Organized by ACM SIGGRAPH since 2008, the Asian conference, the organization’s second annual Computer Graphic (CG) event, incorporates academic presentations and industry trade shows.
It also features several awards programs to recognize exceptional contributions to CG.
According to the organizers, over 10,000 tech enthusiasts, more than 700 speakers, and 90 exhibitors will participate.
SIGGRAPH Website, Registration, and Price
The conference website is available here.
You may also use the “Register Now” link on the website to sign up to secure your seat. The organization also offers Virtual Passes for those who can’t attend due to international travel restrictions.
The event fee ranges between $50 to more than $1,000, depending on membership status and other factors. You may review the price list here.
Conference Dates: December 14 to 17, 2021
Exhibition Dates: December 15 to 17, 2021
Tokyo International Forum, Marunouchi area, Central Tokyo
The keynote speakers are:
- Matt Omernick, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Akili Interactive
- Toru Katsumoto, Executive Deputy President and CTO, Sony Group Corporation
Several other creative minds will be speaking at the conference; you can view the complete schedule here.
Picture from CES 2020 | Credit: Museum of the Future, UAE
CES 2022 will mark the first in-person CES event in two years.
The conference will bring together the world’s leading platforms, programmers, and developers to showcase state-of-the-art technology, providing participants with the next generation of dynamic, interactive content and experiences.
You can also exhibit at the event or launch your latest products.
According to the organizers, CES is the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators. They pride it as “the most influential tech event in the world.”
CES 2022 Website, Registration, and Price
You can visit the CES website for additional information.
Registration is also via the same website, or you can sign in if you’re already a member.
However, only individuals aged 18 years and above are eligible to attend. You can expedite the sign-up process by uploading a photo and proof of industry affiliation on the website.
Registering for the event could cost up to $100. You may also apply for any of the Conference Program Passes for a more exclusive CES experience.
CES 2022 will run from January 5 to 8, 2022.
The event schedule is available here. You may also use the on-site filter tool to streamline your choices.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
The organizers have not announced the speakers yet, but you can always visit the website’s Speaker Directory page to stay updated.
You may also apply to speak at CES 2022.
3. SPIE AR/VR/MR 2022
Image from SPIE AR | VR \ MR 2020 | Credit: Spie.org
The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) AR | VR | MR 2022 conference is on the future of extended reality hardware.
It facilitates interaction between researchers and engineers, investors and entrepreneurs, and customers and suppliers to discover the hardware that’ll enable the metaverse.
The organizers said the program will cover technology in development, “with sessions spanning digital optics, near-eye displays, new materials, light sources and optical engines, and full optical architectures for displays and sensing.”
You can browse the entire program here.
SPIE Website, Registration, and Price
The conference website is: https://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/ar-vr-mr
You can attend the event by registering on the website. The registration fee varies by membership status. For instance, members pay $530 while non-members pay $680.
But the prices may increase by $150 after 7 January 2022.
Conference Date: January 23 to 25, 2022
Exhibition Date: January 24 to 25, 2022
Only vaccinated and registered individuals can attend.
San Francisco, California
The Moscone Center West, San Francisco
Keynote speakers from world-leading companies will be at the event. They include:
- Grace Hwang, GM, Design and UX Research of MR, Microsoft
- Kevin Curtis, VP of Optical Engineering, Magic Leap
- Kelly Ingham, Senior Director of AR Products and Technology Partnerships, Facebook/Meta
- Chi Xu, Founder, and CEO, Nreal
- Omkaram Nalamasu, CTO and Senior VP, Applied Materials
- Marty Banks, Professor of Vision Science, UC Berkeley
Over 50 visionary leaders in the XR industry will be speaking at the event. You can see the complete list here.
Image credit: XR Today
The Microsoft North America HoloLens Summit, now gearing for its second edition, is prepping for a bigger impact.
The inaugural edition attracted over 2,500 participants from more than 70 countries stretching beyond the North American continent, with a common goal of learning how to do more with MR and HoloLens.
Microsoft is partnering with the VR/AR Association for next year's summit to extend further the opportunities to learn more about HoloLens best practices, core use-cases, and featured stories from industry leaders.
The summit is open to businesses using or considering Microsoft HoloLens devices.
HoloLens Summit Website, Registration, and Price
More information about the summit is available on their website.
You can register on the website to participate. Registration is free, and it covers access to the online sessions, virtual booths, video recordings, and networking opportunities.
However, you can pay $100 for a VIP ticket, providing exclusive access to VIP sessions and networking events.
The event will take place virtually on January 26, 2022.
Online through Hopin
The summit will run on the Hopin virtual events platform.
The featured speakers are:
- Scott Evans, VP, Mixed Reality, Microsoft
- Darren Benneth, GM, Mixed Reality Applications, Microsoft
- J.P. Gownder, VP and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
Other world-renowned XR leaders will be speaking at the event. You may visit the website for the complete list.
5. XR Summit ISE 2022
Image from XR Summit 2021 | Credit: xr-summit.org
The Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) XR summit 2022 is a half-day B2B conference that explores the latest VR and MR business strategies, technologies, and solutions.
The XR Summit is one of the ISE 2022 headline events, so it’ll run during the Integrated Systems Europe 2022, the world’s largest exhibition for professional AV and systems integrations.
The organizers promise the exhibition will showcase the world’s leading technology innovators and solution providers.
XR Summit ISE Website, Registration, and Price
You can pre-register on the event’s website. It could cost you €250, but early birds and association members enjoy a 30% discount.
ISE 2022 Date: February 1 to 4, 2022
XR Summit Date: February 1, 2022
Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via
The event will attract notable speakers who will show you how to reimagine and ignite the future with XR and systems integrations.
6. Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022
The MWC Barcelona 2022 aims to shape the future of connectivity, providing opportunities for world-leading companies and trailblazers to reconnect, reimagine and reinvent for industry success.
The event will attract global mobile operators, device manufacturers, tech providers, and content owners. MWC 2022 will exhibit ground-breaking products and technologies.
It also enables participants to network with industry influencers or host a partner event.
MWC 2022 Website, Registration, and Price
MWC is one of the world’s most influential event for the Connectivity industry. You can learn more about it on their website.
Registration is online, and a conference pass costs between €768.9 to €4614.5 with VAT.
The event will run between February 28, 2022, and March 3, 2022.
Fira Gran Via, Barcelona
The keynote speakers are:
- Cher Wang, Co-Founder, and Chairperson, HTC Corporation
- Caroline Casey, Founder and Creator, The Valuable 500
- José María Álvarez-Pallete López, Chairman, and CEO, Telefónica S.A
- Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
- Nicke Read, CEO, Vodafone Group
- Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO, Nokia
- Shuky Sheffer, CEO, Amdocs
- Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO, Orange
- Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business
- Mauricio Ramos, CEO, Millicom
- Prem Akkaraju, CEO, Weta Digital
7. Japan 3D & VR Expo IVR 2022
Japan 3D & VR Expo (IVR) 2022 will bring together notable professionals from diverse industries for 3D and VR technologies and solutions exhibitions. It provides you with a powerful platform to market your business in Japan.
The annual event attracts participants from image-producing companies, broadcasting stations, amusement industries, public offices, and manufacturing for lively interactions with exhibitors.
The event also provides a Remote Exhibiting Plan for those who cannot attend the technology fair due to international travel restrictions.
Data from the organizers shows that 614 exhibitors from 31 countries participated in the Remote Exhibiting Plan in 2020.
VR Expo Website, Registration, and Price
More information on the 3D & VR Expo IVR 2022 is available at: https://www.japan-mfg.jp/en-gb/about/ivr.html
You can exhibit at the trade show by registering on the website. You may contact the show management with this email firstname.lastname@example.org for the exhibition cost.
The trade show will run from February 28, 2022, to March 3, 2022.
Tokyo Big Sight, Japan
RX Japan LTD (formerly Reed Exhibition Japan Ltd. is the event organizer.
8. SXSW 2022
South by SouthWest (SXSW) is an annual film, interactive media, and music festival and conference that aims to foster new ideas in the ever-changing world of techs, film, culture, and music.
It provides an opportunity for digital content creators across the world to encounter cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests, and network with industry leaders.
The SXSW 2022 conference will span across 15 tracks of programming, divided into four badges—Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence. A badge grants participants direct access to its conference tracks and events.
The Tech Industry track (Interactive) explores the innovations that will drive the world’s next wave of change. Some of the topics it’ll cover include: XR, chip manufacturing, wearables, edge computing, and others.
You can see a complete list of the conference tracks here.
SXSW 2022 Website, Registration, and Price
SXSW website is at: https://www.sxsw.com/
You may also register online to attend the event. The Platinum Badge, which grants you primary access to all SXSW events, goes for $1,525.
The price list for the other badges is available below:
- Film Badge: $1,195
- Interactive Badge: $1,270
- Music Badge: $1,195
- Edu Badge: $475
Please visit this page for the complete price list.
The SXSW 2022 conference will run from March 11 to 20, 2022.
The keynote lineup features:
- Reggie Fils-Aimé, an award-winning innovator and disrupter, and former president and COO of Nintendo of America
- Khoi Vinh, Senior Director of Design at Adobe
- Amy Webb, Quantitative futurist, author and founder and CEO of the Future Today Institute
- Sarah Bond, Corporate Vice President, Game Creator Experience and Ecosystem at Microsoft
Over 25 high-profile featured speakers will be participating in the events. You can explore the full list here.
9. IEEE VR 2022
The IEEE VR 2022 conference will be on virtual reality and 3D user interfaces.
It's the premier international event for presenting research results in VR, AR, and XR. The event brings together industry leaders, innovators, and influencers to disseminate the latest VR research and advancements.
Unlike most previous editions, the 2022 event will be virtual due to the uncertainty around international travel.
However, the organizers hope to run a small meeting hub in Christchurch, New Zealand, for those who can travel locally.
IEEE VR 2022 Website, Registration, and Price
Please visit IEEE VR 2022 website for more information.
Information on participating in the event is available on the website under the “Contribute” tab on the navigation menu.
The conference will be held between March 12 to 16, 2022.
Main Event: Online
Small Meeting Hub: Christchurch, New Zealand
10. Immerse Global Summit
The image above is video placeholder: Immerse Global Summit Spring 2022 Trailer
Immerse Global Summit (formerly VR/AR Global summit) is a technology and business growth conference bringing global companies and leaders to explore VR and emerging technologies.
The summit spans over 25 conference tracks, including Virtual Reality, NFT, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Growth Strategies, and Digital marketing.
It also allows participants to exhibit their cutting-edge technologies to a wide-reaching audience. You can also network with an international cross-section of thought leaders, enterprise executives, and developers to grow your career or business.
According to the Summit organizers, over 1,000 persons, more than 100 companies, and 150 speakers will attend the conference.
Immerse Global SummitWebsite, Registration, and Price
You can learn more about this opportunity on the Summit website. Fill in your details if you have interest in attending the conference.
Regular, VIP, and Platinum tickets will be available for the conference. But their prices are not yet confirmed.
The Immerse Global Summit will start from
March 20, 2022, to June 1, 2022. The new dates have been announced: December 5 to December 7, 2022.
Fountainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida
The speakers are not known yet.
But you may apply to speak at the summit to share your ideas and connect with the audience.
11. Laval Virtual
The 24 edition of the Laval Virtual Europe VR/AR conference will aim to build on the gains of the last edition.
Laval Virtual 2021 brought together about 5,000 visitors across 30 nationalities. Also, more than 150 exhibitors and over 130 speakers lit up the event. It featured 115 conferences on 16 virtual and augmented reality topics.
The hybrid event allowed the international VR/AR community to gather in one place to share ideas on extended reality and emerging technologies, physically or via the Laval Virtual World.
Laval Virtual 2022 lines up exhibitions, competitions, awards and promises to provide participants with immersive experiences. It offers you opportunities to meet the best VR/AR startups, the emerging players, and their cutting-edge solutions.
You can also attend as a student to experience the rich and visionary program.
Laval Virtual Website, Registration, and Price
Information about Laval Virtual 2022 is available at https://laval-virtual.com/. You can buy a pass to attend the event and secure an exhibition floor.
Only three tickets are available.
The Full Pass costs €348 and gives you access to all activities, including an exhibition floor, the conference, award ceremony, festival, and LV Party.
The Discovery and Student Passes, available at €42 and €18 respectively, don’t allow you access to the conferences and award ceremony. But you can exhibit your products.
Laval Virtual Europe 2022 will take place from April 12 to 14, 2022.
Laval, Mayenne, France.
Laval Virtual 2022 will feature four conference tracks. You can apply online to speak at the event to share your expertise about VR/AR.
Last year's conference lined up more than 100 speakers. The complete list is available here.
12. IEEE ICVR 2022
ICVR 2022, the 8th International Conference on Virtual Reality, provides a platform for researchers, domain experts, academics, and enterprise executives to discuss new VR advancements and developments.
It’ll also cover VR's new research results, perspectives of future development, and innovative applications to virtual reality, including AR, MR, and 3D user interfaces. The event will feature three keynote speeches and six parallel sessions.
ICVR 2022 will span three topic areas:
- Technologies and Applications
- Multi-Sensory Experiences
ICVR 2022 Website, Registration, and Price
ICVR 2022 website is available at: http://icvr.org.
Authors must register to present papers, and there’s also room for online participation. The fees range between $50 to $500, depending on the registration type.
You may visit the registration page for the complete price list.
The conference will run for three days, from May 20 to May 22, 2022.
ICVR attracts notable speakers across the world. But information on the keynote speakers for the 2022 conference is not yet available.
However, you can stay updated by visiting this page regularly.
13. AWE USA 2022
Since 2010, AWE has brought together over 6,000 attendees, 250 exhibitors, 400 speakers, and 60,000 professionals to connect, learn and build a thriving business in the XR ecosystem.
It provides a platform for end-users and providers, investors and startups, brands and creators, job seekers and recruiters to share ideas on spatial computing, AR, VR, MR, and enabling technologies like AI, bio-interfaces, and 5G.
The event also enables exhibitors to showcase their latest cutting-edge tech solutions.
According to Charlie Fink, Forbes Columnist, “AWE is still XR’s best conference.” So adding the event to your calendar will be worth your while.
Some of the featured companies slated to attend the event include Amazon, Disney, Facebook, and Google. Shopify, P&G, and Tesla will also participate.
AWE 2022 Website, Registration, and Price
You can learn more about AWE 2022 by visiting their website.
Booking a ticket is online, and the process is seamless. The super early pass goes for $695, down from $1,495. It offers you the Three Day All-Access Pass, allowing you to get three days of sessions, two days exhibit hall, and access to the award ceremony.
The pass also allows you to attend the AWE after-party.
You can also get a virtual pass to access the 2021 event sessions videos, connect with speakers, attendees and exhibitors online.
AWE USA 2022 will start from June 1 to 3, 2022.
Santa Clara, California
Information on the event speakers is not yet available. But you can sign up online to submit a talk—over 360 speakers featured in the previous edition.
14. Byond Mobile
Byond Mobile demonstrates how 5G—a mobile tech made for machines and sensors to communicate in real-time—supercharges the networked economy.
The conference will assemble some of the world-renowned business leaders from different industry verticals to share ideas on how to unlock the potential of the IoT era and the latest trend in AR/VR, machine learning, and AI.
It will explore the future of wireless networks in life sciences and digital health, agric and biotech, manufacturing and robotics, and future mobility.
The expo and conference will also evaluate the latest tech solutions and services driving necessary innovation. Over 800 people, 80 exhibitors, and more than 5o speakers will attend.
According to the organizers, “Byond Mobile will be the meeting place for the 5G ecosystem, where industries can connect with established suppliers and disrupting startups across the world.”
Byond Mobile Website, Registration, and Price
Byond Mobile website is here.
You can express interest in Byond Mobile by registering on their website. The available registration categories are:
- Event partner
You may email Tehchad Kittiboonya, the Sales Manager at email@example.com, or Yapaporn Paisarnsakulchai, the Partnerships Manager, via firstname.lastname@example.org to learn the cost of attending the conference.
Byond Mobile will run for two days, from June 8 to 9, 2022.
Bangkok, Samyan Mitrtown Hall
No information is currently available on the speakers. You may register to speak at the event.
15. Industrial XR Global Summit
Video Still: Live Action at the Industrial XR Forum
Industrial XR Global Summit offers stakeholders platforms to connect and advance the industry. The event will be virtual, live, and hybrid to fit your schedule.
Industrial XR Forum believes the new virtual and hybrid options will enable its considerable energy, engineering, and industrial leaders community to connect and learn on a larger scale.
These digital channels will connect you to industry partners, help you benchmark your XR strategy, and enable global conversation around industrial XR operations.
The Summit will explore how to advance immersive tech in industrial enterprise operations. It’ll look at new content, formats, and ways to share insight and advancements.
Co-located events at the conference are:
- Industrial Digital Twin Summit
- Energy EdgeTECH Summit
XR Global Summit 2022 Website, Registration, and Price
You can visit the Industrial XR Global Summit website here for more information.
Industrial XR Forum will announce the registration details soon. You may subscribe to their notifications to stay updated on the latest news.
The Summit will take place in September 2022. More details on the date will be available soon.
Industrial XR Forum is yet to announce the event location.
You can visit the website regularly to stay updated or subscribe to the event’s emailing list to be the first to know.
Information on the Speakers line-up is not available.
However, you may apply to speak at the Summit. Please visit the website for the topic of interest and application procedure.
16. XR:WA 2022
XR:WA 2022 will explore incredible immersive VR experiences and technologies.
It also allows you to exhibit to a high-reaching audience, listen to the industry’s leading thinkers and innovators, and network with local, national, and international colleagues.
The immersive and interactive conference and exhibition will feature panel discussions, trade exhibitions, a Games and Experience Emporium, and workshops featuring keynotes from the industry’s leading creative minds.
About 26 people held the podium at the 2021 event, including Simon McQuoid, the award-winning Mortal Kombat Director, Lucy Cooke, Founder and CEO of SpaceDraft and Natalie Marinho of Voyant Augmented Reality.
XR:WA 2022 Website, Registration, and Price
More information on XR:WA 2022 is available on their website. All events and experiences are free, and you don’t have to register to attend unless
The conference and exhibition will span three days, from September 16 to 18, 2022.
Perth, Western Australia
The event will take place in multiple locations across Perth, WA, including:
- WA Museum
- WA State Library
- Alex Hotel
Information on the keynote speakers is not available at the moment.
But the last edition attracted notable names across various industry verticals. You can visit the website for the complete lineup.
17. TECHSPO Expo Series 2022
TECHSPO is a leading provider of tech expos. It’s “where business, technology, and innovation collide.”
The TECHSPO series 2022 will feature 25 different technology expositions and exhibitions worldwide, including New York, Toronto, Vancouver, and others. You can explore the full lineup here.
The events will bring developers, innovators, brands, marketers, and tech providers looking to carve out a niche or set the pace in a rapidly advancing technological world.
It also provides a valuable platform for exhibitors to show their companies to high-level investors, consumers, press, and audiences eager to celebrate emerging ventures.
Techspo Website, Registration, and Price
TECHSPO offers the full benefit of an intimate tech expo. You may visit their website here to learn more about this opportunity.
Registration is online, and it could cost you between $17 to $297 (super early bird rate) to attend, depending on your preferred ticket type.
The $17-priced Visitor Pass allows you one one-day expo period and provides one-time hall access.
The Training Pass is available at $147. It permits only one day expo period but provides holders unlimited hall access and reserves a seat for them at the Technology Training Theater and networking luncheon.
All-Access Pass, the most popular ticket, lets holders enjoy all the benefits of the Training Pass, plus a two-day expo period. The ticket goes for $297.
However, you may attend free as a volunteer.
The date varies for each event. You may visit the website for details.
TECHSPO Series will take place in 21 cities worldwide across ten countries.
Information on the keynote speakers is not yet available.
18. Augmented Enterprise Summit (AES) 2022
The Augmented Enterprise summit, formerly the Enterprise Wearable Technology Summit, is one of the world’s leading events for enterprise XR.
Established in 2015, AES prides itself on where enterprises go to innovate with XR.
The B2B conference focuses on business and industrial applications of XR, wearables, and other emerging techs, providing participants best practices and actionable insights for evaluating, adopting, implementing, and scaling XR in the workplace.
It also offers opportunities for companies to showcase their latest technology. Past exhibitors include HTC, Sony, nreal, Toshiba, and other global companies.
AES 2022 Website, Registration, and Price
AES 2022 website is available here.
You can complete the form on the website to exhibit or sponsor the event or send an email to the organizers for the registration procedure. They usually respond within a business day.
AES 2022 will start from October 18 to 20, 2022.
San Diego, California
The keynote speaker for the 2022 summit is not available yet.
AES brings together notable individuals from global companies. Past events gave podiums to exceptional enterprise executives from DELTA, FedEx, Ford, Airbus, and others.
Visit this page for the full list.
Attend 2022 Metaverse (AR and VR) Conferences
Augmented and virtual realities are driving fast-paced digital acceleration and redefining how enterprises work. XR is improving customer experiences, breaking work barriers, and delivering life-changing solutions.
Sharing ideas, staying updated, and connecting with the industry’s brightest minds in this ever-changing super-connected world has never been more critical.
We have curated the top 18 augmented and virtual reality conferences of 2022 to enable you to stay on top of the industry’s most important events, latest trends, and emerging cutting-edge technologies.
Go through the list again and add to your calendar the events you’d like to attend.