The concept of a metaverse – a virtual world in which we experience the life of our digital twin – may soon be a reality for UK businesses and consumers. However, recent hype around the concept and increasing investment in the development and deployment of metaverse platforms raises several important questions, including how we define the term “metaverse” and what this emerging technology could mean for the UK tech sector.
In this webinar, the first in techUK’s new Future Visions series, we will convene technology leaders dedicated to the development of the metaverse to answer the burning questions about this new, complex, and exciting opportunity.
This event will explore the role the UK tech sector will play in the development of a metaverse; the different forms a metaverse could take, and what are the key technologies driving this hybrid virtual and physical environment. We will also look at what has driven the emergence of the metaverse, from the movement towards web 3.0, the ubiquity of a connected world exacerbated by the global pandemic, and the expected technological innovations that will enable a metaverse.
Of course, a more complex and connected virtual world, particularly one fed by IoT data from homes, factories, sports stadiums, and even our own bodies, will need to be built around the principles of interoperability, data portability, responsible and ethical innovation and cyber security. Furthermore, with environmental sustainability a key concern for businesses and consumers, building the metaverse with the environmental, social and ethical values of its end users will be crucial. As such, this webinar will also address some of the key and justifiable concerns raised around a metaverse and how we can mitigate these.
Christopher Hay, Global IBM iX CTO, IBM
Jamie Allan, Media and Entertainment Industry Lead, NVIDIA
Sue McLean, Technology Partner, Baker McKenzie
Theo Priestley, CEO, Metanomic
This webinar will address:
- What are the different models a metaverse can take?
- What has driven the emergence of a metaverse?
- What technologies will underpin a metaverse? Are these technologies ready to support the convergence of our virtual and physical worlds?
- What exciting innovations and opportunities could a metaverse could create?
- How can we build a metaverse based on responsible, sustainable and ethical principles?
Laura is techUK’s Head of Programme for Technology and Innovation.
She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.
Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally in London, Singapore and across the United States 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.
Sue leads techUK's Technology and Innovation work.
This includes work programmes on cloud, data protection, data analytics, AI, digital ethics, Digital Identity and Internet of Things as well as emerging and transformative technologies and innovation policy. She has been recognised as one of the most influential people in UK tech by Computer Weekly's UKtech50 Longlist and in 2021 was inducted into the Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK Tech Hall of Fame. A key influencer in driving forward the data agenda in the UK Sue is co-chair of the UK government's National Data Strategy Forum. As well as being recognised in the UK's Big Data 100 and the Global Top 100 Data Visionaries for 2020 Sue has also been shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker on issues including AI ethics, data protection and cyber security, Sue was recently a judge for the UK Tech 50 and is a regular judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.
Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec, Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham. Sue is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 achieved a lifelong ambition to swim the English Channel.
Zoe is a Programme Assistant, supporting techUK's work across Policy, Technology and Innovation.
The team makes the tech case to government and policymakers in Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and across the UK on the most pressing issues affecting this sector and supports the Technology and Innovation team in the application and expansion of emerging technologies across business, including Geospatial Data, Quantum Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies.
Before joining techUK, Zoe worked as a Business Development and Membership Coordinator at London First and prior to that Zoe worked in Partnerships at a number of Forex and CFD brokerage firms including Think Markets, ETX Capital and Central Markets.
Zoe has a degree (BA Hons) from the University of Westminster and in her spare time, Zoe enjoys travelling, painting, keeping fit and socialising with friends.