Special Events

Stay tuned for updates on special events for NYVR 2018! Below are the special events NYVR hosted in 2017.

Interested in participating in the 2018 Incubator Zone and/or Startup Pitch event? Please click here.

NYC Media Lab Incubator Zone

When: Expo Hours

To encourage the continued growth of the industry, the NYC Media Lab will host the “NYC Media Lab Incubator Zone,” which will feature the newest startups and technologies from the brightest minds in the VR/AR industry today. In June, the City announced plans to develop and operate a hub for virtual reality and augmented reality. Fueled by a $6 million investment by NYCEDC and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the new hub will leverage the leadership of NYC Media Lab and its founding university partners, NYU and Columbia University, and include partnerships with CUNY and other New York City universities, civic organizations and corporate partners. Administered by NYU Tandon School of Engineering, the lab will support startups, talent development, and research and innovation.

The lab will serve as an anchor for New York City’s emerging VR/AR sector and is expected to create over 500 good jobs over the next ten years, as part of Mayor de Blasio’s New York Works plan to create 100,000 good jobs.

Startup Pitch Competition

When: TBA

Emerging companies in VR/AR technology will have an opportunity to present their products and software to industry leaders in this new business-pitch competition, which will take place right on the Expo floor. General attendees will also have a chance to see and experience the latest innovations and get a glimpse of the future. The competition is presented by The Glimpse Group, a company created to cultivate entrepreneurs in the AR/VR industry and will be moderated by McCarter & English, one of the largest, oldest, and most respected law firms in the U.S.