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IEEE Metaverse Congress

Kickoff Session: Demystifying and Defining the Metaverse

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 



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The Metaverse is the latest futuristic technology trend capturing public attention. It was also recently identified as the #1 Megatrend by the IEEE Future Directions Committee’s Industry Advisory Board, validating the strong interest from the technical and industry communities.


Today, the Metaverse is like a magic word that inspires infinite imaginations of countless people from various professions and backgrounds. There are different Metaverses in the eyes of different people, but the biggest consensus on the Metaverse so far is that it will have a profound impact on our daily work, play, and life, across all industries and sectors, reshaping the economy and society for all humankind.


The IEEE Metaverse Congress, organized by IEEE Standards Association, is a series of sessions (virtual or hybrid) to provide a global and comprehensive view of the Metaverse.


Wednesday, 6 July 2022 | 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM EDT |14:00 - 17:00 UTC

Join us to hear from leading experts in the field about key questions such as how this technology is evolving, how can it be leveraged to augment business and personal environments, and what socio-technical and ethical questions have to be addressed to ensure that these technologies positively contribute to enhancing life and augmenting human experiences.


  • Anyone interested in understanding the foundations of the Metaverse
  • Anyone interested in where the Metaverse is going
  • Anyone interested in the ethical considerations regarding the Metaverse


The Metaverse and Its Rapid Growth in China





10:00 AM

10:10 AM

10:35 AM


11:00 AM

11:25 AM

11:50 AM

12:20 PM

12:50 PM

Panel - Benefits and Risks of the Metaverse from the ESG Perspective


Moderator: Kent Bye (Voices of VR Podcast Producer)



  • Monique Morrow (President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet)
  • Ben Erwin (Creator of The Polys WebXR Awards, WebXR Summit Series, & MetaTr@versal)
  • Steve Mann (“Father of Wearable Computing”)

Panel - Impacts of the Metaverse on Different Industries


Moderator: Linda Ricci (Founder, Decahedralist Consulting)



  • Matthew Ball (Author, "The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything")
  • Ori Inbar (Co-founder & CEO, Augmented World Expo)
  • Thomas Furness (“Grandfather of Virtual Reality”)
  • Helen Papagiannis (VR/AR/Metaverse Initiative Partner, World Economic Forum)

Closing Remarks by Yu Yuan (President-Elect, IEEE Standards Association)


Learn from, engage with, and discuss important topics with these experts:

Yu Yuan

President-Elect, IEEE Standards Association

Steve Mann

MannLab and “Father of Wearable Computing”

Tom Furness

Grandfather of Virtual Reality

Eva A. Kaili

Vice President of the European Parliament

Rev Lebaredian

Vice President, Omniverse & Simulation Technology, NVIDIA

Kent Bye

Podcast Producer, Voices of VR

Monique Morrow

President & Co-Founder, Humanized Internet

Ben Erwin

Creator of The Polys WebXR Awards, WebXR Summit Series, & MetaTr@versal

Linda Ricci

Founder, Decahedralist Consulting

Matthew Ball

Author, "The Metaverse: And How It Will Revolutionize Everything"

Ori Inbar

Co-founder & CEO, Augmented World Expo

Dr. Helen Papagiannis

VR/AR/Metaverse Initiative Partner, World Economic Forum


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