techUK in the Metaverse |The Future of workplace collaboration?
techUK is in the metaverse! As part of techUK's Making the Metaverse campaign, techUK's Laura Foster, Head of tech and Innovation was delighted to join Neesa Mangalaparathy, Programme Delivery Lead for XR and ADC, NHS England, and Chris Yiu, Director of Public Policy for Northern Europe, Meta to test out the technology that has the potential to revolutionise the workforce.
The development of the metaverse for the workforce of the future is set against the backdrop of a increasingly complex workforce with changing needs. Trends towards more flexible working models and remote work were accelerated by the pandemic, revealing benefits for productivity and wider inclusion in the UK labour force.
So too are the solutions available for businesses to interact, evolve and problem solve, from teaching surgery in VR, creating virtual offices, to digital twins for product design. Tech businesses are looking for ways to make work experiences more interactive, efficient, and inclusive.
However, whilst the metaverse is often viewed as new and exciting, the technologies that people may associate with the metaverse, and indeed the technologies that will underpin the metaverse, have been used in the workforce for a long time. As such, this recording explored how the technologies of today - the precursers to an interoperable and immersive metaverse - are being used today. The panel questioned whether it was appropriate to brand this iteration of workforce technologies of the metaverse, before exploring broader questions around accesibility, inclusion and pricing.
You can watch the recording here
In the meantime, why not check out techUK's miniseries on the technologies underpinning the metaverse?
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.
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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.
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.