Call For Speakers for MAVRIC 2020 is OPEN!

Submissions are due by Feb 21, 2020 at



Feb 5, 2020
IGDA Baltimore Chapter Meeting Feb 2020: Global Game Jam Showcase - submit your entry by the 3rd for consideration for inclusion!

Feb 7 - Early Bird Registration Ends
Mar 7 - EnTERPreneur Conference
The Terp Entrepreneur Network(TEN) is hosting a day-long event to connect TERP Alumni with new and unknown resources to help make your entrepreneurial venture a success.   

Feb 13, 2020
February Project Night/Global Game Jam Show and Tell hosted by Washington, DC Area Unity3D Users' Group.

Feb 18, 2020
DC Virtual Reality in VA – VR & AI - A presentation on AI for VR from Prof. Craig Yu of GMU’s DCXR Group.

Jan 17 - Mar 1, 2020
Future Sketches by Zach Lieberman.  Imagine different possible futures where creativity truly takes flight. Now, imagine yourself in it.  Use Code: MAVRIC20 for 20% any online reservation
- photo above credit ARTECHOUSE

Mar 2-3, 2020
Join MAVRIC director, Lucien Parsons, at the Virtual Reality and Healthcare Symposium '20 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.  Includes 60 presentations from leaders and creators working at the intersection of VR and Healthcare.  
MAVRIC readers are receiving a 30% discount off registration. Please use promo code: MAVRIC

Announcing the MAVRIC YouTube Channel

We have all the talks from last year's conference posted HERE and welcome our participants to share their own work, as well.  Please contact for more information.

Funding Opportunities

Due: Feb 14, 2020
Conscious Venture Lab cohort 6: A Challenge for More Resilient Cities - Up to 100k in convertible note financing, free office space, etc.

Letter of Intent Due Feb 2, 2020 - today because of Weekend?
NIMH seeks applications for innovative research projects to test strategies to increase the reach, efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of digital mental health interventions which may impact mental health outcomes, including suicide behaviors and serious mental illness. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to support the development of digital health test beds that leverage well-established digital mental health platforms and infrastructure to rapidly refine and optimize existing evidence-based digital health interventions and to conduct clinical trials testing digital mental health interventions that are statistically powered to provide a definitive answer regarding the intervention's effectiveness. 

Rolling Applications:
National Science Foundation - Nanoscale Interactions: the goal of the program is to support research that advances the understanding of nanomaterials and nanosystems. One aspect of research supported through this program is "simulations of nanoparticles". The use of AR/VR can apply here. For more info, click here.

The Sloan Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics program is a long-standing multifaceted program that aims to give people a keener appreciation for the increasingly scientific and technological world in which we live and to convey some of the challenges and rewards of the scientific and technological enterprise. This includes the work of AR/VR/MR.

Awards, Papers, and Talks

Due: "Soon"
Nominate a VR/AR creator for a Nextant Prize - including - The Rising Star Prize
Honors individuals from 19 to 30 years of age—in school or in the industry.
The Spirit Prize
Honors those under 19 who have done awesome work and have great future potential. We’ve met folks as young as six who would qualify for this prize!

Due Feb 7, 2020
Nominations Open - Maryland Tech Council Industry Awards Celebration honors the best in Maryland’s technology and life sciences communities as we recognize the work of individuals and companies that have changed the landscape of their industries and have ultimately touched the lives of millions of people.

Due:  Feb 14, 2020
National Academy of Inventors, Next Generation Student Presentation Submission - more info.

Due: Feb 15, 2020
Digital Serious Game Entries In International Serious Play Awards Competition - International Serious Play Awards honor outstanding commercial titles designed for use in education or training programs.  Categories include: Corporate/Vocational; Healthcare/Medical; Local and State Government/Military; PreK Education; K-12 Education; Higher Education; Museum/Visitor Centers; and Other.

Due: Feb 21, 2020
MAVRIC 2020 Conference Presentation Submissions

Due: Feb 24, 2020
Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2020 Call for Abstracts and Tutorials is now open. The Conference theme for 2020 is The Future is: Now! View our I/ITSEC 2020 Theme Video to inspire your contribution to our conversation of the realm of the possible.  Submit your ABSTRACT/TUTORIAL HERE

Due: Mar 2, 2020
Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most time-honored media arts competition.

Due: Apr 13, 2020
VR for Change Alcove Challenge - Challenge participants are invited to submit developed modules that will be considered for publication on the Alcove platform. Submissions can center around any subject, theme, or activity that promotes healthy aging and/or intergenerational connection. $10,000 prize and inclusion in the Games for Change Expo.

International Opportunities:

Feb 6, 2020
The Alberta Innovates Summer Research Studentship (SRS) program provides funding to support students engaging in health and medical research during the summer months (May–August). The intent of the program is to encourage such students to consider careers in medical/health research.  Alberta Innovates has a strategic interest in supporting students interested in the area of Digital Health. As a condition of our funding from Alberta Innovates, 25% of awards in Summer 2020 are to be directed to Digital Health projects.

Job Opportunities

NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP) (paid) provides you with a full-time biomedical research experience.  Specifically are looking for a student interested in VR research and has some Unity development skills.  Contact for specific contact information after verifying eligibility.

MindGrub: Mindgrub has a dozen job openings for Technical, Design, Project Management, and Product folks open.  See their postings at

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