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The metaverse – a group of virtual worlds in which we experience the life of our digital twin – may soon be a reality for UK businesses and consumers.
Underneath the hype, the countless articles, and even metaverse exclusive music releases that this technology has amassed, a larger conversation about the design the next generation of the internet has started to emerge. Indeed, the future of the metaverse will not just involve implications for people, society and the economy, but also what this could mean for the tech sector itself. For example, the metaverse has the potential to be a powerful new platform for digital products and services, driving tech sector growth and digital transformation across the economy. It is too soon to tell how significant this shift to the virtual might be, but many businesses are starting to experiment with the metaverse, and consequently investment into the technologies underpinning the metaverse is skyrocketing.
For all of these reasons and more, techUK’s tech & innovation programme have launched the new campaign Metaverse: The internet transformed. Throughout this campaign we will be hosting webinars, events, roundtables and technology showcases to begin to answer some of the burning technological and societal questions this new technology is bringing.
We will discuss the differences between the metaverse and web 3.0, how to leverage the technologies that will underpin the move to the metaverse, as well as addressing the new challenges the metaverse may bring in terms of data sharing, privacy and developing new economies.
This is an opportunity to develop your understanding of these terms, and begin to navigate how different parts of the tech sector will play in the new world of the metaverse
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to get involved in this campaign, either through sharing your insight or as an attendee in a number of our upcoming activities. We look forward to hearing from you!
Join techUK’s tech & innovation programme, as part of the Metaverse: The internet transformed campaign, as we explore what the next evolution of the internet will mean for our society and economy, and the role that the UK tech sector will play in building this.
Digestible webinars for on-the-go or listening at home: this series will help give the wider tech sector insight as to why – and how – the metaverse ecosystem has developed in the UK, and what this may mean for this businesses in years to come.
Programme Manager, Emerging Technologies
Rory joined techUK in June 2023 after three years in the Civil Service on its Fast Stream leadership development programme.
During this time, Rory worked on the Government's response to Covid-19 (NHS Test & Trace), school funding strategy (Department for Education) and international climate and nature policy (Cabinet Office). He also tackled the social care crisis whilst on secondment to techUK's Health and Social Care programme in 2022.
Before this, Rory worked in the House of Commons and House of Lords alongside completing degrees in Political Economy and Global Politics.
Today, he is techUK's Programme Manager for Emerging Technologies, covering dozens of technologies including metaverse, drones, future materials, robotics, blockchain, space technologies, nanotechnology, gaming tech and Web3.0.
Head of Technology and Innovation, techUK
Laura is techUK’s Head of Programme for Technology and Innovation.
She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies, including Quantum Computing, High-Performance Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies, across the UK. As part of this, she works alongside techUK members and UK Government to champion long-term and sustainable innovation policy that will ensure the UK is a pioneer in science and technology
Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.
Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.