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NYCEDC and Emerald Expositions Announce New York City’s First Large Scale Virtual Reality Conference + Expo

NYVR Will Be Largest Virtual Reality/ Augmented Reality Conference + Expo on the East Coast
Expo will Showcase Latest Technologies, Innovative Applications, and Offer Complete Interactive Visual Experience for Attendees

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Emerald Expositions, the largest trade show organizer in the U.S., today announced plans for the first large-scale Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) conference in New York City: NYVR Expo. Emerald Expositions has been working with industry leaders in VR/AR to bring the three-day conference and expo to the Jacob Javits Center this fall from October 26-28. The NYVR Expo will be the largest VR/AR conference on the East Coast.

During NYVR Expo, VR developers and manufacturers will have the opportunity to share their advancements in hardware and software technology and applications for gaming, healthcare, cinema, photography, real estate, tourism, hospitality, training, advertising, education and aerospace markets. In addition, developers will have the opportunity to demonstrate their innovations by participating in the Incubator Zone, a special area of the Expo dedicated to new ideas, applications, and technology in Virtual/Augmented Reality.
NYVR Expo will be the premiere event for VR/AR professionals, enthusiasts, and developers on the East Coast. The Expo will take place alongside PhotoPlus Expo + Conference (PPE), the largest conference and expo for photography and videography in North America. Together, PPE and NYVR Expo will provide a comprehensive series of educational seminars and collection of innovative products and services for visual creatives in photography, videography, and VR. Combined, both Expos are expected to attract over 20,000 industry professionals.
“There’s real momentum around New York City’s VR/AR ecosystem, and we’re looking to support it in every way possible,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “As a hub for so many sectors being disrupted by VR/AR – tech, media, real estate, and healthcare – New York City is the perfect place to convene the industry’s most innovative minds and products. Along with a City-backed Lab to support startups, research, and talent development, we're welcoming NYVR as a signal of New York City's growing VR/AR industry.”
“With VR and AR impacting so many industries in the NYC region, we feel now is the time to create a centralized and concentrated expo and conference where individuals from a variety of industries can come together for 3 days of collaboration, education, and hands-on experiences,” said Mike Gangel, show director for the Photo + Group at Emerald.

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 the New York City Economic Development Corporation (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.
In anticipation of the hub, which will launch in late 2017, NYC Media Lab will coordinate the Expo’s Incubator Zone, featuring startups from across the City that are developing VR/AR technologies and business models.
Technology at NYVR Expo

The NYVR Expo will feature the very latest in VR/AR technology from numerous manufacturers, suppliers, and VR/AR applications at the forefront of this emerging technology including founding sponsor HTC Vive.

Other participants include Facebook 360, Blend Media, VIU.Space, Vuze Camera (Human Eyes Technology), Ricoh Theta, VR Simulators, VR Speaking, Cognitive VR, Kodak PIX Pro, GRAVR, ASA Digital and Visbit, YouVisit, and InstaLOD, to name a few.

A variety of educational seminars, demonstrations, and presentations will be scheduled throughout the conference to provide attendees with a level of networking and learning not available on the East Coast, until now.
“Virtual Reality technology is moving incredibly fast and creating workshops and seminars with the top names in VR tech will ensure that East Coast developers and companies have exposure to the latest innovations and education,” explains Hugh Seaton, CEO of Aquinas Training, and co-producer of the event.  DJ Smith, Organizer of the NYVR Meetup and Chief Creative Officer at The Glimpse Group, a company created to cultivate entrepreneurs in the AR/VR industry agrees that the timing is perfect and the appropriate partners are now in place.

More information about NYVR Expo can be found on the website, For exhibit and sponsorship inquiries, contact Jon McLoughlin at 646-668-3746 or email [email protected].


New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

About Emerald Expositions

Emerald is the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with our oldest trade shows dating back over 110 years. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy over 6.7 million NSF of exhibition space. We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve.

About NYVR Meetup

NYVR Meetup is a community of people interested in the development and application of virtual reality technology. With the release of the Oculus Rift tm, VR is about to come on the scene in a big way. While immersive gaming is always on the agenda we are also interested in the business, social, and medical applications of VR. Whether you are a product developer, investor, entrepreneur or just someone interested in the rapid growth of this exciting technology, NYVR Meetup is the place to meet and connect with like minded people.


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Ryan Birchmeier/Shavone Williams (NYCEDC) 212.312.3523 [email protected]
Lou Desiderio (Synergy Communications, Inc.) 917.627.0912 [email protected]