Welcome to IVRC!

International collegiate Virtual Reality Contest (IVRC) welcomes you to submit your innovative work to the worldwide competition of novel interactive projects.

The contest has more than twenty years history and several past winners of the contest have been accepted by the world’s most notable competitions of interactive technologies such as ACM SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies, Laval Virtual Revolutions, and Ars Electronica. Here are some introductory video clips:

Your proposal will be reviewed based on the submitted materials including demonstration video. If your project is accepted, we will offer you a live demonstration space in the final competition held with Digital Contents Expo 2015 in Tokyo.

We are eagerly waiting for your innovation and passion!



  • Must be interactive
  • People must be able to experience and interact
  • Experience must fit in a 1.8m(W) x 1.8m(D) x 2.0m(H) booth
  • New interactive experience – never previously done
  • New input device is not necessary though it is preferable to off the shelf device
  • Use of wireless network is ok
  • No use of fire, gas or anything dangerous
  • No infringement on copyright (images, music, etc.)

Team member

  • Open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students of university
  • No age limit
  • More than half of team members live outside Japan


  • Must be exhibited at the final competition in Tokyo on October 24-25, 2015.

Important dates

  • Submission site open: June 1, 2015
  • Submission deadline: August 31, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: September 12, 2015
  • Installation: October 23, 2015 (tentative schedule)
  • Competition: October 24-25, 2015

How to submit?

The proposal must be submitted electrically via the IVRC website.

(submission closed)

For submission, you need to give us the following information:

  • General information
    • Title of your project
    • Team name, members, affiliations, and contact address
    • Executive summary (50 words or less)
    • Keywords
  • Detailed description of your project
    • Aim of project (200-400 words)
    • Innovation and presentation (200-400 words)
    • How it works? (200-400 words)
    • A representative video (maximum 5 minutes, 200MB)
    • Additional material (optional)
  • Information for exhibition
    • Floor plan
    • Logistics plan
    • Financial support state for transportation


All submissions to the competition will be reviewed by the jury committee, which consists of academic and industrial professionals of engineering and art, according to the following criteria:

  • Originality
    Novelty in technical and artistic sense
  • Technical challenge
    Showing new ideas to realize the proposed work
  • High-impact experience
    Bringing about interest and excitement
  • Safety and logistics for abroad
    The project must be suitable for oversea exhibition

Unfortunately we are able to accept only a limited number of works. After the reviewing process, we will send a notification of acceptance or rejection by e-mail.


The presentation style in IVRC final competition is an interactive demonstration. The final competition will be held in conjunction with Digital Contents Expo 2015 (DCEXPO2015). Last year this event had about 40000 attendees in four days. Several winners of the semi-final in Japan will participate in the final competition.

You are responsible for ensuring that your demonstration is operated during all opening hours of the final competition. Presenters are expected to cover their own travel and shipping costs. IVRC may be able to provide some student volunteer support for your exhibition in Japan.


October 22(Thu) – 25(Sun), 2015


National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan)

2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064, JAPAN


Last year

IVRC2014 Accepted Works from Overseas

IVRC Award @Laval Virtual

  • STUART (Grégoire Davenas, Benoît Senand & Marc Teyssie, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, France)

International Video Submission

  • Overflown (team: ‘3/4, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, France)
    Overflown uses virtual reality to allow the user to embody the wind, which is an intangible and uncontrollable entity. This mixed reality and poetic experience associates a dreamlike world with tangible propellers. With hand movements, the player affects wind, allowing him to control the trajectory of a virtual soap-bubble.
  • sharedFace (team: Moréaré, McGill University, Canada)
    sharedFace enables a participant to become a desired character using a face mask and dynamic projection mapping. Other participants can switch the theme of the projection or paint on the mask through mobile web browsers, which is intended as an art performance and a novel communication tool between the participants.

About IVRC

IVRC is the acronym of “International collegiate Virtual Reality Contest”, which has been held since 1993 and is the contest of interactive products using advanced technologies such as virtual reality and robots. Our English name changed for internationalization in 2004, because we began to invite awarded teams from the French VR contest “Laval Virtual”.

When you hear the words such as “Virtual Reality” and “robot”, you should feel that special expensive machines are necessary to realize them. Though, there are many ideas which can be actualized only with handmade machines. The main purpose of this contest is for participants to gain deeper understanding of and familiarity with interactive technologies through activities such as planning interactive systems, making devices themselves, and improving quality of their contents.

IVRC is not only a contest, but also the cooperative attempt of district, industry, and academy, to construct the new education system of the 21st century to develop the excellent human resources, who can think, learn, and work for themselves.


IVRC executive committee, Virtual Reality Society of Japan

  • Chair
    Susumu Tachi (Tokyo University)
  • Vice chairs
    Hiroo Iwata (Tsukuba University)
    Hironao Takeda (VR consultant)
  • Supported by
    Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan
    Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan


If you have a question, please feel free to ask us:

e-mail: ivrcinfo@ivrc.net

IVRC official web site: http://ivrc.net/2015/en/