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Connect with leaders in the industry. Build relationships and find collaborators for your project. Panelists are eager to share their experience developing some of the leading NFT and metaverse projects around the globe.
The Conference is the first in a series exploring the role of NFT’s and the Metaverse in Building Better Worlds. We’re at the beginning of exploring how these new technologies will ultimately remake our lives. Join us in trying to understand and develop tools for our new worlds.
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How will the NFT and Metaverse frontier improve our lives?

  • Moderator

    Robin Guo

    David Post

    Greg Osuri

    Qin Qing

A panel of Blockchain experts explore the direction and potential impact of the Metaverse on our lives. They will discuss how it may be used, its potential benefits and drawbacks, and whether it will become the decentralized utopian community that many advocate for or a world controlled by large corporations.

Will Web3 and the Metaverse be a platform for a new innovation economy?

  • Moderator

    Ayla Kremb

    Maria Pia Aqueveque

    Chris Gale

    Justin Banon

  • Fireside Chat

    Harriet Cao

The evolving NFT market and Metaverse are seeing the development of numerous new value-creation models including collect and trade-to-earn, play-to-earn, and more. Discussing the advantages and drawbacks of these current economic experiments the panel will predict which ones may succeed in creating mass adoption. Along with the development of cryptocurrencies, the panel will also consider the question of whether digital assets will become the foundation of a new economy. The panel takes on the question of whether web3’s decentralized nature will give more direct market control to the creator community. Will more people become creators if more revenue streams will be made available in web3? What new types of relationships can be developed between artists, musicians and other creatives and their community of supporters?

Will industry self-regulation work?

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    Matt Lisle

    James Gatto

    Justine Herrera

The panel takes on a topic of considerable concern throughout the digital asset industry. With governments unable to assess the impact of cryptocurrencies various approaches are emerging around the world. Meanwhile many inside the industry are calling for crypto exchanges to regulate themselves. Addressing these questions, the panel will examine whether guidelines and a code of conduct can be broadly agreed upon and whether they will be sufficient to drive widespread adoption of these new forms of value exchange.

How will Defi and digital currencies develop in different regions of the world?

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    Michael Mitchell

    Ronald AngSiy

    Robin Guo

    Louis Liu

A wide spectrum of approaches is emerging around the world as governmental regulators begin to address their approach to digital currencies. Some want to fully protect their citizens while others have adopted it as a national currency. They are asking fundamental questions about what it is – an asset, a security, something new? Without a traditional framework to fall back upon, countries are deciding whether it is legal; trying to determine whether their citizens should be allowed to participate in it; how do they regulate it; should it be taxed; and many more fundamental questions.

Are NFT’s an investment class?

  • Moderator

    Michael Mitchell

    Elena Obukhova

    Josh Katz

    Eric Witschen

NFTs have exploded in popularity during the pandemic, leading many people to wonder how to purchase them. Artists led the initial explosion of interest, and with that early momentum, interest in NFT’s has expanded to include investment speculators. The panel will address whether NFT’s are a bubble or an emerging long-term investment asset class.

What's the path to mass uptake - building an open metaverse?

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    Benjamin Charbit

    Bruno Skvorc

    Sebastien Borget

    Feng Han

    James Wo

The concept of the Metaverse currently means a variety of things to different people. Now we have a number of non-connected digital spaces such as Fortnite, Roblox’s platform for game creation, and blockchain-based digital worlds like Decentraland. What will the metaverse need to become for mass uptake; can it be truly global; and how will it be used?

Will we all become creators?

  • Moderator

    Andrew Schiffman

    Edmond Allmond

    Sixtine Crutchfield

    Jason Brink

With the advent of digital social platforms like YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, the ability of user-generated content to reach millions became available to everyone. At first the creative spirit was expressed primarily for social capital. While these platforms became enormously profitable, those generating content had no direct means to generate revenue. That changed with the birth of Influencer branding and the creation of Blockchain ecosystems. Digital creators now have a direct channel to sell their creations. Will this unleash an unparalleled creative era?

Who will own what - from personal data to digital brands?

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    Michael Mitchel

    Sofiane Delloue

    Carlos Moreno

    Dennis Maliani

    Andreea Ion Cojocaru

    Sarah Buxton

Unlike both the physical world and Web2 where ownership and value creation is highly centralized, Web3 offers the potential for more personalized control of user identity, data and value creation, With the Web 3 building blocks maturing enough to provide an independent financial system with DeFi, Bitcoin, Ethereum and Solana, community tokens, NFT’s and DAO’s, and the experiential technologies of VR, AR and AI developing apace, the general tools are will soon be in place for the full emergence of the metaverse. How will traditional corporations express themselves in this new environment? Who will own what in this new world?

What tools and approaches do we need to build out the metaverse?

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    Philippe Gerwill

    Ingo Rube

    Stephen Fluin

    Leo Hilse

The Metaverse will not develop as the internet did. The internet was developed outside of the demands of commercial interests. Military research and academic institutions drove the research and roll-out of the Web. The development of the Metaverse is being driven by the private marketplace. Because the creations for the Metaverse are ultimately meant to be individually owned and persistent, in order to have true utility they need to work across platforms, engines and rendering resources. In addition to ‘persistence,’ The Meta team says it’s the experience of ‘presence’ that will be a defining characteristic of the Metaverse. If persistence and presence are the key requirements for the Metaverse to be fully expressed, what additional tools and approaches do we need to be developed?

How do we make all of this ‘Green’?

  • Moderator

    Daniel Swid

    Jie Li

    Evelyn Ke

    Steve Galster

  • Fireside Chat

    Xu Chen

    Gregory Landau

There’s much technological optimism surrounding NFT’s and the Metaverse. On the other hand although NFT’s are just images on the internet, they do require a significant amount of energy to mint them, thus contributing to global warming. But NFT platforms don’t necessarily have to harm the environment. The main contributors causing large NFT carbon footprints are blockchains that use Proof of Work (PoW). However, Proof of Stake (PoS) Blockchains use considerably less energy and are an initial step in making NFT’s and the Metaverse more sustainable. What else can be done to making all of this more ‘Green?’

Will NFT’s and the Metaverse revolutionize cultural consumption?

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    Olivier Moingeon

    Krista Kim

    Jonas Goldstein

    Nirmala Shome

    Georg Bak

Without question blockchain and cryptocurrencies have significantly changed the world's view of money and financial services. Moreover, ongoing innovations in the Metaverse have significant potential to remake our working environments. So where does that leave us regarding our experience of culture? Will traditional art, movies, fashion, entertainment and other forms of cultural consumption be revitalized, remade or rejected in the digital world of NFT’s and the Metaverse?
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