DIVR Science Award

Extended reality technologies are growing up and more and more useful areas of application are crystallizing. It is research and at universities that the pulse of technology is beating in and it is precisely here that one can see how the potential of these technologies is developing at breakneck speed. It is thanks to research that the topic is not stagnating, but is constantly being advanced. To honor the outstanding work from the university environment, the Institute for Virtual Realities (DIVR) in cooperation with the Places _ VR Festival annually awards the DIVR Science Award. Therefore, we are looking for the most innovative applications and concepts of German universities every year.


The award for pioneering extended reality research in Germany!

best concept

The most innovative approach, the most creative use of Extended Reality or the most exciting experiment in the competition will be awarded. The focus of the evaluation is on the best intellectual achievement.

(c) Places _ VR Festival / Medienmalocher, Ravi Sejk

best impact

The project with the greatest potential to initiate or accelerate social change receives this award. Which project has the greatest social, economic,
ecological or scientific relevance? Prototypes must already demonstrate this potential.

(c) Places _ VR Festival / Medienmalocher, Ravi Sejk

best tech

The award goes to the application or product that stands out due to its convincing realisation. The jury is looking for something special in the implementation, conceivable are: very good technical quality, high degree of technological innovation, unique aesthetics, resource-saving execution and much more.

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best concept

Lucid Dream

HTW Berlin
Exploring a VR dream world – controlled only with the users mind.

paradigm shift

HTW Berlin
VR experience that makes the phenomenon of “AI” tangible.

Don’t touch

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
VR exhibition that makes exhibits touchable by with haptic gloves.

MARLA-Masters of Malfunction

Technische Universität Berlin
VR training application as maintenance training for offshore installations.

Ai.vatar – der virtuelle intelligente Assistent

Universität Witten/Herdecke
Realistic artificial intelligences that can interact multimodally in VR.

WizARd: Gewässertiefenvermessung via XR

TU Dortmund
AR application that visualises water depth measurement for navigation.


Experimentallabor: Nachhaltigkeit und Virtual Reality

Universität Bremen
VR prototypes whose function & impact aims at compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

best tech

Multimodaler VR-Fahrradsimulator

Technische Universität Chemnitz
Multisensory and realistic VR bicycle simulator

Project HapTisch

Technische Universität Chemnitz
Real haptics in VR through infrared cameras and ultrasound modules.

Interaktive Lichtsteuerung in einer Architektur Visualisierung

Hochschule Kaiserslautern
Light dimmer for architecture visualisations in VR.

Super Nubibus 1834

Hochschule Karlsruhe
Hybrid VR experience that makes the experience of a balloon ride seem realistic thanks to innovative interfaces.

Mixed-Reality-in-the-Loop Simulation (MRiLS)

Hochschule Esslingen
Multimodal and terminal-independent training of technical specialists in MR.

Enter the Hindenburg

Hochschule Karlsruhe
Interactive discovery of an “intangible cultural heritage”, the airship Hindenburg in VR.


Hochschule Ruhr West
VR simulation for training human-robot interactions in industry.

best impact

Augmented Participation

HAW Hamburg
Participation in urban development through AR


Hochschule Karlsruhe
VR game as a rehabilitation application in arm injuries

Virtual Boxing Simulator

Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen
VR game that playfully encourages to perform sports.


Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
VR application for preventive empathy promotion concerning cyberbullying.

Virtueller Leichenfund

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
VR training for doctors who discover corpses and perform inquests.

Next Atmosphere

Folkwang Universität der Künste
MR application that fosters childrens creativity

Virtual Reality Moves – Bewegung im digitalen Lernlabor

TU Dortmund | Ruhr-Universität Bochum | Universität Duisburg-Essen 
VR learning concept that teaches self-efficacy in the use of digital media.

Collaborative project

The DIVR Science Award is a cooperation project of the Places _ VR Festival and the DIVR.
The festival has been held in Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf since 2018 and has been the venue for the award ceremony ever since. Together, the DIVR and the Places _ team nominate the shortlist for the award.
The Places _ Virtual Reality Festival is Germany’s first, largest, freely accessible and free festival for virtual reality. The festival is aimed equally at a professional audience, but especially at a broad public audience, and has been taking place in Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf since 2018.