9-11 October 2023 / Christchurch, New Zealand / In-person only

The 29th ACM Symposium on Virtual Reality Software and Technology (VRST) will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, from Monday-Wednesday, 9-11 October 2023. The event is sponsored by ACM SIGCHI and SIGGRAPH.

VRST is a premier international symposium for the presentation of new research results, systems, and techniques among researchers and developers on virtual, augmented and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR, XR for short) software and technology.

VRST brings together the main international research groups working on XR, along with many of the world’s leading companies that provide or utilise XR systems.

Latest News:

  • 2023 New Zealander of the Year Prof Rangi Mātāmua confirmed as a Keynote Speaker!

  • ACM Gary Marsden Travel Awards program is available.

  • Assistant Professor Misha Sra is confirmed as a Keynote Speaker!

  • Near record number of paper submissions received.

  • University of Canterbury signs on as a Gold Sponsor.

  • Autodesk signs on as a Silver Sponsor.

  • Prof Hiroo Iwata confirmed as a Keynote Speaker!

  • Registration is now open!

ACM Gary Marsden Travel Awards:

We want to ensure VRST is well represented by a variety of people and to promote diverse thinking, so we invite people from less-represented nationalities, those experiencing financial hardship or those whose research is not funded, to apply for an ACM Gary Marsden Travel Award, where costs of travel and stay can be reimbursed. These awards are not limited to people who have a paper accepted at the conference and can be for general attendance. Please follow the link https://sigchi.submittable.com/submit/248684/gary-marsden-travel-awards for further information and eligibility. We advise you to apply as soon as possible, well in advance of the 9 September 2023 deadline.

Important Dates:

Welcome Reception:

08 October 2023 (Sunday)


09-11 October 2023 (Monday-Wednesday)







SoHem XR Weeks:

To maximize the benefit of your travel, we are coordinating with similar major conferences happening within the same two-week period, and calling it "Southern Hemisphere (SoHem) XR Weeks."

  •  Three XR Conferences in one trip!
  •  Coordinated submission deadlines!
  •  Direct flights from Christchurch to Sydney!
9-11 October 2023
In-person only
New Zealand


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In-person only



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