The Virtual World Society (VWS) is a global network of pioneers, developers, resources, events and organizations that are committed to advancing the power of virtual worlds for the good of society.

CONNECT to communities of practice that span across disciplines, cultures, and generations to discover innovative solutions to problems in the world. Whether as a pioneer, enthusiast or newbie, tap the shared resources and knowledge about the emerging potential of VR to transform lives. Share your work with others around the world.

ENGAGE in your own community to help form and participate in a Virtual World Society chapter. Join meetups, mentorships, and a lifelong learning opportunity to gain hands-on experiences with collaborations using the latest technology, techniques, and talent.

CREATE Virtual Worlds and tools that help transform lives and turn VR hype into social progress. We are connecting the virtual worlds created around the world to address critical problems in the world.

VWS strives for inclusivity and encourages diverse collaborations that can melt the boundaries between abilities, opportunities, disciplines, cultures, generations, and genders.


What Good Does Virtual Reality Do?

The invention of Virtual Reality (VR) is finally taking off and is capturing the imagination of the public and the media. People only now are becoming aware of its history or even existence and are surprised to realize key facts:

  • It has been in development for over 70 years with a variety of methods beyond goggles.
  • Billions of dollars have been invested in just the past few years.
  • There are millions of current users and the size is growing rapidly.
  • VR is a convergence of vast types of enabling technology
  • Content libraries are growing as fast as the amount of users
  • It is estimated that markets will exceed over $100 billion dollars by the year 2020

Yet with its extensive past and rapid growth, a majority of people have never experienced VR and even less realize how its application in Virtual Worlds can transform lives in education, training, medical procedures, health rehabilitation, as well as the arts, culture, and entertainment.

Discover with the Virtual World Society not just what VR can do, but the good it can do in seeking solutions to so many problems in the real world.