A unique, international exhibition and professional conference
exploring arts, culture, technology and science through immersive technologies.

splash image photo by Drew Graham | @Dizzy_d718 & @Vinnybalbo

A one-of-a-kind symposium for experiential media and technologies.

100 Speakers, Over 60 Exhibitors and Unique Interactive Installations

June 16th-18th

10am-6pm Daily.

Workshops start June 15th
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Add to My Calendar 2018-06-15 09:00:00 2018-06-18 18:00:00 America/Toronto VRTO Conference & Expo 2018 VRTO (Virtual Reality, Toronto) organization hosts their Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference and Expo. 80 Gould St., Toronto, ON M5B 2M7 VRTO info@virtualreality.to

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VRTO Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Conference & Expo Features

The 2018 Conference Speakers, Presenters & Panelists

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Steve Gaynor

Steve Gaynor

Game Designer, Co-founder (Portland, Oregon)

Fullbright (Gone Home)

Amanda Shelby

Amanda Shelby

Producer (Los Angeles)

The Ego Studio

Philip Rosedale Headshot processed 300x300dpi

Philip Rosedale

CEO & Co-founder (San Francisco)

High Fidelity

Joanna Popper

Joanna Popper

Global Head of Virtual Reality, LBE (Los Angeles)


Charlie Fink

Writer, Producer (New York)

Forbes, “Charlie Fink’s Metaverse

Jacqueline Assar

Jacqueline Assar

Co-Founder (Boston, MA)


Paul Darvasi

Educator, Writer, Game Designer (Toronto)

York University

Sophie Howe Xesto

Sophie Howe

CEO & Co-Founder (Toronto)


Shachar "Vice" Weis

Founder, CTO (London, Ontario)


Elli Raynai

Content Creator (Toronto)



VRTO aims to empower people to share their world, culture, knowledge and dreams with the assistance of emergent immersive technologies.

Recognized internationally for its high caliber, high-quality discussions, in-depth training, world-class presentations and top level speakers, VRTO brings together compelling discourse and bleeding-edge prototypes, demonstrations and innovative companies in carefully crafted schedules and environments.

VRTO is always an opportunity to build powerful and long-lasting business and personal relationships, with a very open-minded and inclusive community, unafraid to ask the big questions. Furthermore, the show provides many different tools to ensure attendees find their best matches towards meeting their goals at the show.

In 2016, VRTO hosted a town hall and summit to ratify a Code of Ethics for Human Augmentation led by inventor and Meta Chief Scientist Steve Mann. Read more about the Scientific paper and code that was written at Kurzweil AI

The VRTO conference is not a Toronto VR conference – it is an international conference that takes place in and leverages the tremendous R&D community of Toronto.

Professional International Conference

Featuring over 65 speakers and spanning three days, exploring the challenges of virtual, augmented and mixed reality conceptualization, research and development, production and postproduction, distribution and marketing, sales and metrics.

Structured, Vetted, Business Networking & Support

VRTO works with companies around the world to create powerful matchmaking opportunities. Submit your company to meet with some of the world’s leading producers, distributors, investors, and consultants. We are also partnered with a mobile app that will facilitate matchmaking, communication and discovery for a registered participants.

Innovators' Showcase

Ranging from students and startups to established industry leaders, where you might find anything from Smart Devices, 3D Printing, IoT (Internet of Things), and meet some of the brightest young minds and companies pushing the envelope with the latest products, services, and demos.

VR Video Game & Experiences Showcase, Training and Talks

Try out the latest games, prototypes and experiential spaces from indie and AAA studios before anyone else! Meet face-to-face with the developers, artists and programmers! Get training from world-class game designers, and discuss the future for VR and AR game development, the industy, best practices, and new technologies.

Premiere Workshop: Exploring New Narrative Structures and Approaches in Spatialized Media

FRIDAY JUNE 15th only! Pre-conference day. As a follow up to 2017’s sold out Film & TV Industry onboarding workshop, this full-day workshop brings major thought leaders together to examine how our stories are changing and how to approach narrative structure in spatialized and embodied media. Requires a separate dedicated ticket or All Access pass (pre-registration required).

Intensive Training

Educational rooms with tracks for both for seasoned V/A/MR developers, professionals looking to pivot effectively into this space and all interested in a crash course in advanced experiential media concepts and design.

Crypto, Blockchain, Altcoin

What are they, what do they do, what are the implications for immersive technology and how can we help? How can the industry reconcile the inverse equation that GPU-based mining affects the price of the very graphics cards needed for widespread VR adoption? How are the card manufacturers and the industry as a whole meeting this challenge and reconciling this possible conflict of interest? What are the amazing technologies behind these ICOs? How do they work directly with VR, AR, AI, IOT and other industries?

WebVR, Augmented Reality & Spatialized 3D Audio Zones

Dedicated rooms, workshops, training with professors, inventors, modders, hackers: A deep dive into design, principal and production, applications, possibilities and opportunities from global industry leaders. Janus Camp and the creators of JanusVR – James McRae and Dr. Karan Singh  will be on hand to discuss the engine and its culture in two highly interactive rooms dedicated to understand the future of mobile web VR. A dedicated Augmented Art Gallery will be accompanied by a track of talks by leading AR developers. The Spatialized Audio pavilion features new and innovative approaches to using sound as a texture, a tool and guide.

Health Applications for VR, including Wearables

From personal wearable health tech, to CBT and NLP, to surgery and pain mitigation, to mindfulness and transcendentalism. Featuring talks by Walter Greenleaf PhD Stanford, Peggy Wu (Associate Director of Human Machine Interaction Research United Technologies Research Center) and Stephane Bouchard!

FIVARS 2018 Immersive Content Pavilion

FIVARS Virtual Reality Festival

An Immersive content pavilion experience curated by FIVARS (The Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories) featuring the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms including several world premieres and their producers, directors and actors! FIVARS will be staged inside of a special 8K projection mapped silo created by IglooVision making their Canadian debut!

Note: A Special Exhibits ticket or MultiPass is required to attend this pavilion in order to avoid wait times and ensure a comfortable viewing experience.

2018 Gold Sponsors

VRTO could not be possible with the generous support of our sponsors

Premier Sponsors

VRTO could not be possible with the generous support of our sponsors

VRTO 2018 Sponsors!

VRTO could not be possible with the generous support of our sponsors


VRTOC2018 is very grateful to our media partners and friends for helping to connect the communities together. If you are interested in helping to spread the word about the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & EXPO 2018, and reaching the heart of the Canadian entertainment and tech industry, please see the contact section below.


2018 Strategic Partners

VRTOC2018 is very grateful to our community partners for supporting us in building an important platform for the Experiential Technologies industry domestically and abroad. If you are interested in helping to spread the word about the VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference & EXPO 2018, and reaching the international Spatial Media industry through the heart of the Canadian entertainment and tech industry, please see the contact section below.

2018 Exhibitors

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Sponsor VRTO Expo 2018
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Apply to be a Speaker, Presenter or Panelist 2018
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Become an Exhibitor/Vendor 2018
exhibitor [at] conference.virtualreality.to – or fill out the Exhibitor/Sponsor application form online


Press Inquiries 2018
Fill out the press registration application form


Ticketing & Sales Questions
sales [at] conference.virtualreality.to

VRTO 2018 Venue and Neighbourhood

VRTOC2018 takes over Ryerson University’s Rogers Communications Centre in the dead centre of downtown Toronto – North America’s 4th largest city. The show will encompass over 15 rooms and the central, 3-story atrium, including two complete TV studios over the course of three days.

Rogers Communications Centre

Where to stay/eat

Finding a good hotel can be tricky. Fortunately, there are many hotels and restaurants located near the event. Be sure to reserve early however, as Toronto is a very busy city in the summer months!

The cost of the hotel accommodation and travel is not included in the event fee. For corporate accommodation rate, please contact us directly.


Some options (VRTO does not specifically endorse nor holds commercial affiliation with any of the following options. They are presented here strictly for your convenience):


Marriot Downtown 

Comfort Inn City Centre

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Holiday Inn, Downtown Centre

Bond Place Hotel



The Complete Conference Speakers, Presenters & Panelists, Schedule, Exhibitor, Sponsor Archives

2016 Conference Archive Page

See Complete 2016 Schedule


 2017 Conference Archive Page

See Complete 2017 Schedule

Print Programmes

The VRTO Conference and Expo is for all ages over 13, though some demos may not accommodate minors. Tickets are non-refundable. VRTO attendance does not guarantee access to any particular demo, but rather the event as a whole.

By attending Virtual Reality Toronto Conference and Expo 2018 (aka “VRTO Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo,” “VRTO Con,” or “VRTOC”) at [location to be determined] (“the Location”) on June15th – 18th, 2018, you release VRTO Conference and Expo, the Location, all of the event’s organizers, volunteers, employees, exhibitors, vendors and contractors from any and all liability – financial or otherwise – that may arise from my attendance at the above mentioned event. You are hereby aware that some people experience nausea, disorientation, motion sickness, general discomfort, headaches or other health issues when experiencing virtual reality.

Your entry signals your agreement to take full responsibility for these or any other consequences that may arise from attendance at VRTO Conference and Expo. Be aware that some content being exhibited is in an unfinished, prototype state, and may heighten the above sensations. Demo experiences are explicitly not intended for users under 13 years of age, and your entry signals your agreement to take full responsibility for any use of virtual reality or any other technologies exhibited at VRTO Conference and Expo by any minors in your care. By remaining on the premises you agree you will not pursue legal action against VRTO Conference and Expo, the Location, any of the event’s organizers, volunteers, employees, exhibitors, vendors, or contractors for any damages – real or perceived – arising from attendance at VRTO Conference and Expo. If you do not wish to be subject to the foregoing, please do not attend VRTO Conference and Expo.

Your attendance signals your irrevocable consent to, and authorization without compensation for VRTO, its successors, assigns, contractors and other film crews permitted by the VRTO to film at VRTO Conference and Expo, to use your likeness, voice, and to make video and audio recordings of your attendance at VRTO Conference and Expo. You are hereby aware of such recording, and relinquish your rights to any compensation for any release of these recordings in any media now extant or to be devised in the future. If you do not wish to be subject to the foregoing, please do not attend VRTO Conference and Expo.

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