With the generous support from our industry and academic partners, the inaugural Immerse UK Awards was wrapped on 10 May in London—here is a recap of all the winners and images from the evening. If you are interested in getting involved as a partner or entrant at next year’s Awards, feel free to reach out to us at immersive@iuk.ktn-uk.org.

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The Immerse UK Awards, announced at the 2022 Beyond Conference in Cardiff, aims to help connect students to the XR industry. The idea is to discover where the best XR talent is coming from in the UK, and to bridge the pathway from academic learning to real world problem solving.

Supported by Immerse UK’s Advisory Board and Academic Working Group, this is a first of its kind competition for UK students building innovative ideas, experiences or projects for the XR industry. Students will be able to submit their work to a judging panel of industry experts for a chance to win a number of prizes, including an opportunity to interview with Arup and Edify (as of 2024, rebranded to Soluis) for the two grand prize paid internship placements.

Finalists for 2023 Announced

The 10 finalists for the Immerse UK Awards have been announced! Click here to read the complete list of finalists.

Immerse UK Awards Reception 10 May in London

Hosted at Arup’s London HQ, this was a showcase of the 10 finalists’ work, and exciting unveiling of the winners of the 5 awards categories and 2 grand prize internships with Arup and Edify.

About the Awards

The 10 selected finalists pitched their work to judges at a virtual Pitch Day on 26 April, and will have private virtual interviews with ARUP & Edify in April and early May.

All ten finalists were invited to London to showcase their work (travel fees included) at the Immerse UK Award Reception at ARUP’s headquarters in London on 10 May 2023, where the five category winners, and the two grand prize internship winners were announced.

Internship arrangements were made directly with Arup and Edify for each grand prize winner.

There were 5 categories in the Awards:

  • Digital Art & Creative Storytelling
  • Sensory
  • Technical Innovation
  • UX & UI Design
  • Best Overall Experience

Submissions were judged on their execution, creativity, functionality, innovative approach, and potential.


The 10 finalist prizes included:

  • 1 year of Immerse UK membership
  • An opportunity to interview with ARUP and Edify for the internship placements
  • An invitation to showcase their work & network with industry leaders in London at the Immerse UK Awards Reception on May 10th

The 5 category winner prizes include (in addition to finalist prizes):

  • 1 year of individually curated mentorship based on career goals
  • A Pico or Meta VR headset

The 2 grand prizes include (in addition to finalist & category prizes):

  • a paid internship offer from ARUP or Edify, with the possibility for extension

Immerse UK Awards lead Amy Chao interviewed on The Immersive Media Podcast