nextReality XR contest: submit your XR project and win cash prizes

nextReality XR contest: submit your XR project and win cash prizes

Glory, honor and visibility for outstanding work in the field of virtual, augmented and mixed reality: The submission period for the nextReality.Contest 2022 has started!

nextReality.Hamburg e.V. is a German association that seeks innovative thought leaders and honors original ideas and creative projects with a focus on augmented, mixed and virtual reality as well as 360° film.

With prize money of €14.000 in total, the nextReality.Contest is one of the most important prizes in the industry and points the way forward for the development of immersive media and future technologies in Germany.

For our international friends: You can submit your projects in the category "International Production".

The submitted projects are awarded by an independent team of judges. After two years of virtual award ceremony, the award ceremony 2022 will take place live and in real on 4th November 2022 at the Astor Film Lounge in Hamburg

This is how you can participate

Solutions from companies, agencies, start-ups as well as works by students, freelance artists and developers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland can submit. For the first time this year, projects from all over the world can participate in the category "International Production".

To participate, simply submit a short project description, as well as images or videos of the project by August 15, 2022 here: Enter your submission for the nextReality.Contest 2022

The categories of the XR industry award in overview

Interactive Entertainment

Unique and creative gaming experiences that rely on VR or AR are being sought - nextReality.Hamburg is looking forward to innovative storytelling, creative features and gripping entertainment!

Prize money: 2.000,- €

Interactive Business

Have you developed an exciting solution based on VR or AR technology to face the challenges of business? Then submit your project under the category "Interactive Business"!

Prize money: 2.000,- €

Young Talent

In this category, nextReality.Hamburg is looking for XR projects that come exclusively from students. If the new generation is to disrupt, then it must be promoted!

Prize money: 2.000,- €

Best Technology

nextReality.Hamburg is looking for innovations that drive the immersive media industry forward and want to honor real makers!

Prize money: 2.000,- €

Best Installation

The focus here is on holistic XR experiences, i.e. hardware and software projects that can be experienced either location-based or in combination with an installation.

Interactive Education (new)

This category is all about interactive learning using XR technologies. If you have developed an immersive application with an educational approach or training tools that focus on didactic aspects, then your submissions are in the right place in this category!


Prize money: 2.000,- €

Zeitgeist (new)

Does your XR application touch the pulse of time? In this category, nextReality.Hamburg e.V. is looking for XR applications with current relevance. From journalism to art, or narrative experiences - here are all projects that are shaped by events, circumstances and challenges of the present.

Prize money: 2.000,- €

International Production

Within this category, the association is looking for innovative applications from the entire XR world for the first time. Here you can submit both software and hardware cases from the entire spectrum of immersive technologies.

Prize money: 2.000,- €

Also this year we will award the

Community Award

Each submission also has the chance to participate in the audience award. Here you can vote who should win!

In two phases, this year's independent expert judging panel will evaluate, test and discuss the submitted applications and determine the finalists. You can find more information about the #XRC22 jury here.

Award ceremony in November

On 4th November 2022 the time has come, the winners will be announced at the NextReality.Contest award ceremony. So Save the Date! This year real and live in Hamburg at the Astor - All information about the award ceremony and how you can be there you will find out in a given time on our website.

The nextReality.Contest 2022 is supported by PICO Interactive, a leading developer of innovative VR solutions for B2B use. Pico's VR headsets are designed to meet the highest standards for enterprise all-in-one (AIO) solutions. Pico builds products with the latest VR technology and develops headsets that no longer require PCs, phones or wired connections.

So don't hesitate, be a part of it and submit your projects!

Save the date: XRcon in September

On September 8 and 9, the association organized for the second time, the nextReality.Conference, short XRcon, with exciting talks and interesting panels and time for networking. The XRcon is a specialized conference of nextReality.Hamburg, with content ranging between research, technology, design and real market potentials. In order to enable as many interested parties as possible to attend, the association plans to hold XRcon virtually.

Call for Speakers: If you have a project or interesting insights and would like to participate as a speaker or panel guest, please send an email with a short description to kontakt(at)

For the organization and realization of the XRC and the XRcon, the non-profit association is dependent on financial support. Would you like to appear at the events and in the communication, finance a category or do you have other ideas? Don't hesitate to contact nextReality.Hamburg and get in touch directly at: Sarah.Wienberg(at)nextReality.Hamburg!

Sponsoring options can be found on our website.