VR Events You Can Attend in April Whilst at Home

Popularity of virtual reality events and the convenience of continuing to bring your community together despite isolation is moving our industry to a new phase.  Take for example the HTC VIVE Ecosystem conference 2020 that was held on the 19th March 2020 in virtual reality instead of Shenzhen, China. People could use their VR headset or Desktop PC to attend from all over the globe! Aspects of this particular conference broke many traditions such as utilising 3D models to truly deliver a memorable, interactive experience for your audience that lived up to the host platform’s name: Engage.

Virtual VIVE Ecosystem Conference 2020 in Immersive VR Education’s Engage platform

Virtual Reality events have grown significantly recently because the world is isolating to combat Covid 19. This makes it harder for more traditional gatherings to continue. However, there is a way forward. You can either choose to bring your event online by hosting a 2D webinar or you can use the cutting edge technology that your audience will remember using 3D virtual spaces.

In this article I am going to share with you virtual reality related events that you can attend in both VR and webinars. If you haven’t attended a VR event before in VR then check out my past coverage of The World’s First Full Day VR/AR Conference held in VR – Merging Realities and 6 Day Conference Held in Virtual Reality hosted by Educators in VR. In addition, it is important to know that any event that you can possibly imagine already takes place in VR such as church, meetups, education, entertainment e.g. music, comedy, cinema and recreational activities and so much more.

It’s worth mentioning the VR app Bigscreen here too. There are many channels, movies and livestream that you can watch in here together alongside your friends and family. You have the ability to sit and enjoy what others are playing, pay for feature film tickets like you would at a real cinema/movie theatre or stream your own from your desktop.

Suzanne Showcasing VR YouTube video of watching a movie trailer in Bigscreen

What VR events are happening in April?

(remember to stay tuned for the webinar events further down the page)

8th April @ 3pm BST / 10am EST (30 mins) in Engage
Exploring Engage – a hands on lesson to experience the various features available on the Immerse VR Education’s Engage platform. Compatible with most VR headsets and desktop PC.

8th April @ 7pm BST / 2pm EST (30 mins) in AltSpace VR
Women in XR & Allies Meetup – A welcoming virtual meetup for women and allies in the STEM, Tech & XR community who are passionate about learning, growing and shaping the presence of women in our virtual community. Compatible with most VR headsets and desktop PC.

9th April @ 6pm BST / 1pm EST (1 hour) in AltSpace VR
Health Systems Chat: Internet of Things Meets VR in Healthcare – Just because Internet of Things World & IoT Day Slam 2020 has been cancelled doesn’t mean you have to miss out! Join Chuck Webster for a virtual reality event instead! Chuck creates all his VR environments personally and tailors them to the event he is hosting. You won’t be disappointed!

9th April @ 9pm BST / 4pm EST (1 hour) in Engage
Educators in VR – XR and the Corona Virus – Learn about how XR has been affected by and adapted to the global Corona Virus Pandemic. Compatible with most VR headsets and desktop PC.

10th April @ 9am BST / 4am EST (30 mins) in AltSpace VR
Multiverse World Hop – Let’s go explore different worlds! Compatible with most VR headsets and desktop PC.

poster showing a virtual comic convention event details
Comic Vket – a comic convention held in virtual reality

10th-12th April @ various in VR Chat
Comic Vket: Comic Convention in virtual reality – You can go around the booth, purchase your favorite fan fiction (Dojinshi), and communicate with people at the event! Free and easy to join and exhibit at this event! You can login to the event venue from your PC, smartphone, or VR devices.

11th April @ 6:30am BST / 1:30am EST (30 mins) in AltSpace VR
Multiverse World Hop – Let’s go explore different worlds! Compatible with most VR headsets and desktop PC.

A list of VR events taking place on the #GetSocial channel via AltSpace
#GetSocial’s virtual reality events on AltSpace VR via Andy Fidel

13th April @ 6am BST / 1am EST (1 hour) in Engage
#CPDinVR Bloom’s Taxonomy & VR – Join Steve Bambury as he shares his Bloom’s taxonomy and VR project. I highly recommend you attend Steve Bambury’s events! I’ve been in the audience for a number of years and you are always in for a treat when he is hosting. Compatible with most VR headsets and desktop PC.

13th April @ 6pm BST / 1pm EST (1 hour) in Engage
#CPDinVR Bloom’s Taxonomy & VR – A second chance to join Steve Bambury as he shares his Bloom’s taxonomy and VR project. I highly recommend you attend Steve Bambury’s events! I’ve been in the audience for a number of years and you are always in for a treat when he is hosting. Compatible with most VR headsets and desktop PC.

15th April @ 3pm BST / 10am EST (1 hour) in Engage
Exploring Engage – a hands on lesson to experience the various features available on the Immerse VR Education’s Engage platform. Compatible with most VR headsets and desktop PC.

16th April @ 9pm BST / 4pm EST (1 hour) in Engage
Educators in VR: Convincing the Sceptics – VR Education has come on in leaps and bounds but many educational institutions are still reluctant to buy into this next wave of spatial computing technology. Compatible with most VR headsets and desktop PC.

virtual art gallery with the words 'Would you like to exhibit art in virtual reality?'
A virtual art gallery by Art Gate International 2020

16-19th April @ various in Art Gate VR app from Oculus Store
Art Gate International 2020 – Join this global inaugural art fair in virtual reality! Explore and collect Post-War and Contemporary Art from around the world in VR. Collections from North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia are currently on view and new exhibitors are joining daily. Find blue chip artworks by Andy Warhol and Frank Stella or uncover contemporary artists such as Erin Loree and Obdulio Piloto. (Click the link to be taken to their website to either register your attendance OR register to exhibit). Compatible with Oculus Go or Oculus Quest using the Art Gate VR app.

There are more events on the various platform links that I have included so far. Unfortunately, I can’t see any events sections on other VR platforms which is a shame. It would be useful to have these events pages so we can view & plan for what’s taking place on all available VR platforms but that’s not available yet.

What webinar events about immersive are happening in April?

Last week I attended the VR Voice webinar that covered virtual reality meetings and collaboration platforms. It was approx 8 hours long and was one of the most useful events that I have ever had the pleasure of attending remotely. I expected it to be an hour or so long and do a whistle stop tour or presentation of what is currently available. I couldn’t be more wrong! This webinar hosted by Bob Fine & Joanna Popper, was jam packed with 16 sessions, led by leaders of these VR platforms and showed us video demo’s of their offerings. It was brilliant! We heard from the likes of The Wild, Acadius, MeetinVR, IrisVR, Wonda VR, Rumii and so many more. You can catch the replay from the VR Voice website from later this week.

Screenshot of Spatial VR meeting space showing a desk, 2 people and a wall of post-it notes.
Screenshot of Spatial VR meeting space via VR Voice webinar held on 2nd April

7th April @ 4pm BST / 1pm EST via ImmerseUK.org & Educators in VR
Social VR Platforms series – This series will focus on platforms that can be used for remote working. This first event will cover Engage and Mozilla Hubs.

8th April @ 17:15pm BST / 12:15 EST (1 hour 15 mins) via Reuters Events/XR Intelligence
XR Capacity Building to Adapt to the “Brave New Virtual World” – Wondering how XR will develop over the next few months and how it could impact the workforce? Hear from Volkswagen, ExxonMobil, Anglo American, Deutsche Telekom. & XR Bootcamp.

16th April @ 6pm BST / 1pm EST (1 hour) via Reuters Events/XR Intelligence
Don’t you get it? Getting nonusers to use XR and see the benefit – This webinar will explore some of the pitfalls hindering more widespread adoption of XR and identify strategies to demonstrate its potential in order to drive uptake, appreciation and value.

That’s everything I’ve managed to find for you. If you know of any other events taking place in April or later this year then please get in touch and let me know. We don’t have a central place for events like these yet and I know how upsetting it can be to suddenly come by an event on social media that has since past. Let’s change that if we can!

Its worth calling out that with isolation and more of us working remotely we should encourage the use of VR environments as a video conferencing alternative. There will come a time when we are a bit bored of 2D conferencing, especially as time goes on. Hopefully this article shows you that many platforms are accessible across devices – which is great because popular VR headsets are already out of stock! Plus you have the ability to record or livestream your events which is incredibly powerful should you wish to reach a wider, more global audience. In fact, doing this would also allow for captions so your event promotes inclusion and diversity in the true sense of accessibility too.

I’ll touch on the various multi-user platforms that are available in my next post. I’ll send it straight to your email address once I’ve published it, if you’ve signed up to my blog.

Take care everyone []-)

Little kid wearing vr goggles back to front so their eyes are magnified.


You might be interested in seeing what a VR event actually looks like so I have included the example below for you.

IEEE2020 Virtual Medicine VR livestream from Suzanne Showcasing VR YouTube channel

Author: Suzanne Showcasing VR

Obsessed with Virtual Reality, excited how it will shape our future and dedicated to helping to bring it to the mainstream community. Follow me to read my monthly VR news round up, to hear about some extremely interesting start-ups, the latest from the industry's thought leaders along with a bit of 'banter' (Scottish slang for having a laugh) What you waiting for? Let's dive into this immersive pool of awesomeness!!!

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