Your Virtual Reality Event and Panel Guide to SXSW

SXSW 2016 kicks off this week with VR panels and events all week.

Virtual reality (VR) is a key part of the SXSW experience and this year is expected to be biggest yet.

With panels discussing everything from 360° live-streaming, virtual tourism, VR porn and even a conversation with Chris Milk, you can easily spend the entire week during the day going from VR panel or event to another. There will also be various branded installations throughout the area including the Samsung Gear VR Lounge and the McDonald’s Loft.

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12: A view of the audience at HarmonQuest during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Esther's Follies on March 12, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Heather Kennedy/Getty Images for SXSW)


Monday 3/14

11:00amVR: Streaming, Discovery and Monetization (Four Seasons – Ballroom CD)

11:00amLet’s Break Tradition: Virtual Reality in Public Relations (W Hotel – 200 Lavaca Street)

12:00pm – 2:00amThe VR Lounge (409 Colorado Street, Downtown Austin)

2:00pmUltimate Empathy Machine: 360 Storytelling in VR (Convention Center – Room 9ABC)

5:00pmLive 360° Video and VR: The Immersive Revolution (Convention Center – Room 12AB)

6:00pmSAP Does Data-Margaritas the Patron Way (Hotel Van Zandt – 605 Davis St)

Tuesday 3/15

9:300amExploring Scent as an Interactive Storytelling Tool (Convention Center – Room 5ABC)

11:00amIn Pursuit of Presence: Roadmap to True Immersion (Four Seasons – Ballroom AB)

11:00amVideo Games: What’s Next for the Consoles? (JW Marriott – Room 209)

12:00pm – 2:00amThe VR Lounge (409 Colorado Street, Downtown Austin)

12:30pmAugmented Reality Without the Rose-Colored Glasses (JW Marriott – Salon E)

12:30pmVR: The Apocalyptic Scenario Meet Up (JW Marriott – Room 211-212)

Wednesday 3/16

11:00amA Conversation with Chris Milk (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

2:00pmUsing Virtual Reality to Create Compassion (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon B)

2:00pmMars Experience VR (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

3:30pmVR: Is it the Ultimate Brain Hack? (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon B)

5:00pmVirtual Tourism: VR, 360 and the Travel Industry (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

5:00pmVirtual Reality for Serious Sports Training (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon B)

Thursday 3/17

12:30pmNew Advertising Models for Virtual Reality (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

12:30pmOculus Story Studio University (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon B)

12:30pmPersonal Touch: New Boundaries of Game Interaction (Convention Center – Room 4ABC)

2:00pmFive Best Startup Ideas in VR/AR (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon B)

2:00pmThe Future Is Now: City Planning Using Social VR (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

3:30pmCan VR Deliver More Emotion than Movies and Games? (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon B)

3:30pmPrologue VR-Creating 360 Films Using Stop Motion (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

5:00pmGame Design for VR Pioneers (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon B)

5:00pmVR, AR and Digital Storytelling (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

Friday 3/18

12:30pmVirtual Reality and the Rebirth of the Music Video (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

2:00pmSucked Into the Story: Virtual Reality and News (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

2:00pmVR Porn: Future Is Upon Us, What’s Next? (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon B)

3:30pmYour Brain on Virtual Reality (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon B)

3:30pmExploring a Holographic Mars (Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A)

About the Scout

Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder of VRScout.

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