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Getting real about the metaverse

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Dr Jane Thomason, entrepreneur, futurist and author of Blockchain Technologies for Global Social Change

Clarisse Awamengwi, Financial Innovation Strategist

This webinar is now fully booked. We've arranged for it to be livestreamed on YouTube. Please register your free place here to join the event.

Web 3.0 has brought us big data, blockchain and decentralised finance. Web 4.0, if the buzzwords are right, will bring us a decentralised internet and blur the line between the digital and the physical. At the centre of this, they say, will be the metaverse.

What is the metaverse? That depends on who you ask. To some, it will be a souped-up version of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).

For others it will be a 3D environment that people 'inhabit' with their digital avatars, communicating with each other in real-time, a place to shop, socialise and work.

Going further still, the metaverse will have no separate platforms and no-one will control it. No proprietary devices will be required to access it. If you go online, you'll go into the metaverse, a virtual space that melds the digital and the physical.

Whichever way you choose to define the metaverse, the idea of this world where science fiction meets financial reality is not a new one, nor is it the exclusive domain of Meta, formerly known as Facebook, or Microsoft, both of which are working on their tech stacks in this space.

During this webinar hosted by our Centre for Digital Banking and Finance, we'll debate what's likely, what sort of technology, innovation and investment the metaverse might require. We'll also cover how people could access it, why they might use it, and who will make money from it.

Who will be speaking?
Dr Jane Thomason, entrepreneur, futurist and author of Blockchain Technologies for Global Social Change

Clarisse Awamengwi, Financial Innovation Strategist

Dr Jane Thomason, entrepreneur, futurist and author of Blockchain Technologies for Global Social Change
Jane was featured in Forbes (2018) as a Blockchains' leading social evangelist. She also won multiple awards including Top 100 Women in Crypto, Crypto Curry Club (2020); Women in GovTech 2019; 10 Digital Frontier Women, UN Decade Of Women (2018); UN Decade Of Women Quantum Impact Champion (2018); Lattice Top 100 Fintech Influencers for SDGs (2018) and Thinkers 360 Top 20 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on HealthTech, Blockchain and Sustainability.

She is a Blockchain expert advice to OECD, ADB, USAID and Commonwealth Secretariat. She is the author of "Blockchain Technology for Global Social Change" and "Blockchainging the World" and "Applied Ethics in a Digital World."

Her other roles included being the Co-Founder of the British Blockchain and Frontier Technology Association, an Industry Associate at the University College London, Centre for Blockchain and on the editorial Board of Frontiers in Blockchain, Global Health Journal and Journal of Metaverse.
Jane is an ambassador of Fintech Diversity Radar, and an advisor to Kerala Blockchain Association, Africa Blockchain Centre of Excellence, Novum Insights, Shyft Network and The Standard.

She founded successful international development company which reached $250million in revenue.

Clarisse Awamengwi, Financial Innovation Strategist

Deeply passionate about the potential of emerging technologies to positively transform the global financial and monetary system, Clarisse Awamengwi works at the forefront of financial innovation having spent the past two years accelerating progress and providing thought leadership on digital assets at the World Economic Forum. She was recently named to the Innovate Finance Women in Fintech Powerlist as a Standout 45 woman in fintech and rising star. Presently a Corporate Innovation Fellow at On Deck, she is focused on driving innovation in the banking industry. She holds a Masters degree in International Economy Policy from Sciences Po and Bachelor's degrees in Foreign Affairs and Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia.


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