Did you know that the Pacific Northwest is a global hub for virtual, mixed, and augmented reality? Check out Pixvana’s handy guide to XR events and meetups in the PNW.

Seattle Is Inventing the Future of Virtual and Augmented Reality

In his profile on the quickly growing Seattle VR community for Seattle Met, Ryan Boudinot articulated how “the pioneers of VR may just represent the emergence of the most powerful creative community this city has ever seen.” It’s not just Seattle either – the rich history of technological innovation in the region is echoing virtual vibes throughout the Puget Sound. Whether you are an industry expert or a curious newbie, here’s a primer on where to get involved in the coming months.

diagram of vr headsets


TechPOP: The Drone Show
(September 8, 2016) @ Hotel deLuxe

TechPOP is an opportunity to experience the newest and coolest tech from VR to drones to 3D printers and much more! And most importantly, it’s a great party, with music, light snacks, beer, and wine.


XOXO Festival (September 8-11, 2016) @ Revolution Hall

XOXO is an experimental festival for online creators, and this year it will include a live version of The Foo Show, an experimental virtual reality talk show.


AR/VR Workshop (September 14, 2016) @ Oregon Story Board

This is a one-day training designed for individual contributors and business innovators who want to enhance their customers’ experience using Augmented and Virtual Reality.


TechfestNW (March 30-31, 2017) @ the Portland Art Museum

TechfestNW is a convention for thinkers who are passionate about technology, design entrepreneurship and innovation and is composed of two days of speakers, networking opportunities, demonstrations, competitions and parties.


NewTech PDX has bi-monthly meetups to showcase latest technologies, with demos at New Relic and leadership talks at NedSpace.


Portland VR Meetup



Improv Your Way Through Augmented, Virtual, & Mixed Reality Workshop
(September 15, 2016) @ Smashing Ideas

Through a series of hilarious interactive lessons, participants will learn the differences between VR, AR, and MR and get a solid understanding of how to generate relevant ideas for these emerging technologies and apply them to business needs.


Art Hack Day: Erasure (September 15-17, 2016) @ Velocity: V2

Art Hack Day is a global event dedicated to hackers whose medium is art and artists whose medium is tech. In just 48 hours, a group of artists and hackers come together in Seattle to create a flash exhibit with emerging technologies. The work created will be on view to the public on Saturday, September 17, at 7PM as part of the broader Black Box arts and technology festivalRegister here for tickets.


Seattle VR Hackathon (September 16-18, 2016) @ the University of Washington’s Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC)

Hackathons are an opportunity for VR coders to come together, create new software and programs, and compete for prizes.

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GeekWire Summit (October 4-5, 2016) @ the Sheraton

The GeekWire Summit is a convention for emerging and leading tech-thinkers to share ideas and learn from each other.


Immerse (Tuesday, October 11, 2016) @ Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue

The Immersive Technology Summit, is being organized by a group of like-minded developers and business people who are working together to promote the growing Immersive Technology community in the Pacific Northwest. Added bonus: Pixvana is presenting!


Seattle Interactive Conference (October 18-19, 2016) @ the Conference Center

SIC is a convention centered on how technology impacts people and spotlights the year’s best stories, greatest successes, hard earned lessons and tactical content in technology.


Seattle Virtual Reality Meetup


Virtual Reality Enthusiasts Meetup



Unity VR Developer Workshop
(August 27, 2016) @ UBC’s Hugh Dempster Pavillion

This is a training that teaches participants how to develop games for VR using Unity and accelerate their skills with a full-day introductory course.


External Development Summit (XDS) (September 7-9, 2016) @ the Westin Bayshore Hotel

XDS is an international conference for the games industry, and centers on art, animation, audio, software engineering, QA, and localization. At XDS, game developers and publishers, vendors, and middleware providers will speak, including David Yee, Producer of Oculus Studios.


Vancouver Startup Week (September 25-30, 2016)

Vancouver Startup Week features panels, workshops, and demos on upcoming technologies and companies. This year, the theme is “Connecting Vancouver to the World”.


Consumer VR (CVR) (Spring 2017)

CVR is the first international conference and exhibition on virtual reality for consumers and features all of the latest VR technology to demo, along with an array of speakers from the VR community.


Vancouver VR Meetup


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