Clinicians & Life Scientists

People with scientific or medical experience do not need to know programming or have any background in AR/VR/XR to participate in the symposium. You will learn everything needed to enable you to lead a team of engineers and designers to build a medical prototype. Simply bring your interest, and scientific or clinical experience!

Our symposium is inspired by The Reality Virtually Hackathon at the MIT Media Lab that we organized last year. In addition to meeting people from your field of expertise, we will convene engineers, developers, designers, and other XR experts to form interdisciplinary teams. Together you will create original works based on your clinical research experience, and extend our community’s understanding of how XR can be applied in healthcare.

The MedVR symposium will recognize the best prototype projects with prize awards. In addition some teams will be awarded incubation and ongoing mentoring post-conference, including opportunities to pursue a research or commercial paths for your prototype project.

Event Schedule

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Morning AR/VR Workshops Ideate Continued Build Time Award Ceremony
Afternoon Event Opening Design Judging Expositions
Evening Team Formation Prototype Reception
Day 1
Morning AR/VR Workshops
Afternoon Event Opening
Evening Team Formation
Day 2
Morning Ideate
Afternoon Design
Evening Prototype
Day 3
Morning Continued Build Time
Afternoon Judging
Evening Reception
Day 4
Morning Award Ceremony
Afternoon Expositions

Day 1 - Workshops, Introductions, Team formation

Morning and Afternoon:

Following an introduction to MedVR, the event will begin with a series of workshops designed to empower and inspire participants. Based on individual backgrounds, participants may join different workshop tracks covering subjects such as the fundamentals of AR and VR, and the elements of the design and development process.


The evening session on Day 1 is mandatory, and will be critical as team formation will occur during this period. The following topics will be covered:

  • Rules governing the team competition
  • Assistance from onsite and remote mentors
  • Usage of loaner equipment
  • Description of the team formation process

Following this, team formation will occur, and the process of ideation and design will begin.

Day 2 - Project Build Time

Morning and Evening:

The second day of MedVR is the most critical creative time. The entire day is reserved for teams to iteratively ideate, generate designs, and work on building prototypes.

Day 3 - Continued Build Time, Judging, Reception

Morning and Afternoon:

The third day will include further building time, and work on projects must be completed before judging in the evening. During this time, for those participants who are interested and/or available, a forum will be organized for attendees to learn from peers and other experts in immersive technology, including a review and discussion of current applications of XR in healthcare.


In the evening, projects will be judged in two rounds, during which team members must be present. Category winners will be selected in the first round, and the best overall project will be selected in the second round. Depending on your team's judging order, please plan to be present until 10:00 PM. There will also be a reception for participants to relax and celebrate with refreshments.

Day 4 - Awards, Expositions


The fourth day will begin with an award ceremony recognizing the winners. We will recognize and thank our sponsors.


After the award ceremony, we will hold an insider exposition for MedVR participants to learn about each other's projects. Later, doors will be opened to the public.