Although the wheels of the metaverse have been set in motion, we still have much to learn and achieve to make the metaverse dream a reality. As we move towards the future of the internet, be part of the initial conversations and interactions that will define this landscape forever!
Uncover the potential of the metaverse whilst cutting through the hype with an education focus for everyone – so whether you’re a metaverse mogul or an NFT newbie, this is the event for you. Get up to speed with the fundamentals through interactive learning plus hands-on experiences within and outside of the agenda.
The rapid pace of change in this field is thanks to cross-industry efforts of global pioneers, and our future in the metaverse will be decided by the next generation of innovators set to emerge in the coming years. Meet the current and up-and-coming leaders at this meeting designed with networking and connection as a top priority.
Joanna Popper is an award-winning Hollywood and Silicon Valley media executive with a track record of launching cutting edge content and technology to drive revenue, audience engagement and brand love. She currently leads HP’s XR initiatives for Go-To-Market. Prior she was EVP of Media & Marketing at Singularity University and VP Marketing at NBCUniversal. Joanna is Executive Producer on the award-winning “Breonna’s Garden” and “Finding Pandora X” XR content experiences. Joanna was selected as “50 Women Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment,” “Top 50 Original Thinkers in VR,” “Top Women in Media: Game Changers,” “Top Women in Media: Industry Leaders,” “Digital It List,” “101 Women Leading the VR Industry” and is on the Coalition for the Women in XR Fund.
Tommaso Di Bartolo is a Silicon Valley-based serial entrepreneur with two exits and a Faculty Member at UC Berkeley where he lectures about Entrepreneurship with a focus on Web3 and Metaverse. A two times author and tech startup investor, Tommaso speaks seven languages and is a frequent keynote speaker who has taken the stage at renowned events.
Inder Phull is the CEO/Co-Founder of Pixelynx. Inder has worked across music, entertainment and partnerships for the past 10 years. Starting his first agency when he was 21 years old he has gone on to work with some of the biggest global brands. His focus is on blurring the lines between music, gaming and blockchain by creating new products that will shape the metaverse. Inder was selected as the International Music Summit Visionary Winner in 2016 which is a global search for the next generation of industry influencers.
Christina is the CEO of Metastage. Since its founding in 2018, Metastage has completed over 200 volcap productions with major brands and award winning projects, including two Emmy nominations. Metastage is the first North American partner for the Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture tech. Prior to leading Metastage, Christina was the CEO of VR Playhouse, an immersive content company with immersive projects featured at SXSW, Sundance, and Festival de Cannes. She is a recipient of the Advanced Imaging Society’s Distinguished Leadership in Technology Award and was named in the Huffington Post as one of 5 women changing the virtual reality scene. Her writing and research on volumetric video has been published in the textbook, Handbook of Research on the Global Impacts and Roles of Immersive Media (2019), and What is Augmented Reality? Everything You Wanted to Know Featuring Exclusive Interviews with Leaders of the AR Industry (2019).
Sharon Gai is a Chinese-born Canadian who has had 10+ years in ecommerce, digital marketing and branding. Immigrating at a young age to a new country where she did not speak the local language has trained her skills of adaptability and resilience as well as sparking her inner creativity where she is able to connect to both the East and the West. A Global Shaper in the China chapter of the World Economic Forum, Sharon has an Honors Bachelor’s degree in International Development from McGill and a Masters in Information Management from Columbia University.
She started her career in e-commerce at a Fortune 500 systems integrator, enabling SMB’s to conveniently order computer hardware online. She was then selected to be a part of the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy, a brainchild program of Jack Ma with a 0.3% acceptance rate, that hired global leaders to globalize Alibaba’s internal business groups. In her tenure at Tmall, China’s largest ecommerce platform, she has advised large to emerging internet-viral brands in crafting their digital marketing and online e-commerce strategy in China. She has served as the Head of Global Key Accounts in Tmall providing thought leadership in omnichannel strategies for Xiaomi, Adidas, AS Watson, P&G and H&M. She has been the keynote speaker in 100 ecommerce and retail conferences such as Shoptalk, Ecomworld, Etail, and Ecommerce Asia with over 40,000 attendees as well as the presenter to governments and heads of states on the developments of the tech industry in China. She has appeared on CCTV, Techcrunch, Retail Asia, The Next Web, and the Singularity University and enjoys sharing with the world the latest trends from China. She is the author of the book, Ecommerce Reimagined: what we can learn in retail and ecommerce from China to be released in June 2022.
Fabio La Franca is the Founder CEO of Blueverse Ventures, a UK based advisor and early stage venture investor dedicated to the metaverse and web3.0. Previously, Fabio was an Investment Director at a venture capital fund specialised in Sport, Entertainment and Knowledge and the emerging technologies enabling or supporting the sector like mixed reality, AI and blockchain. Fabio is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. He is also a Jury Member of the European Innovation Council, and Expert Rapporteur at the European Commission for the Horizon2020’s €80bn R&D funding programme, and an Investor Partner of Innovate UK, part of the UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. Fabio was the CFO in Residence at Telefonica’s accelerator Wayra, and he worked in corporate development at Viacom, Channel 4, and EMI Music Publishing. Fabio is a Fellow Chartered Accountant who qualified at PWC in London, and he holds an MBA from the University of Exeter.
The future of the internet is here (well, almost!). With the potential to revolutionize not only gaming, retail, fashion, real estate and entertainment, but living on a global scale, it’s only fair that the metaverse is given the attention it deserves with a dedicated Summit for the change-makers, thought-leaders and internal champions that will make this revolution a reality.
The Metaverse Summit USA provides a much-needed meeting for the crucial conversations needed to drive metaverse success and push us into the future. Focused on education, partnering and networking, this meeting will cut through the hype and break down fact from fiction, shining light on the true opportunities the metaverse holds.
With a plethora of networking opportunities plus an agenda showcasing the metaverse best-in-class, The Metaverse Summit USA is set to put the wheels in motion for what can only be described as a global transformation.
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