The panel will touch on issues at the intersection of metaverse and its potentialities in reorganizing the way people work and play. The panelists will provide a brief overview of the metaverse concept and relate it to recent history as well as outline the current ecosystem. The panel would then explore why the idea of metaverses has the potential to be transformational at this particular moment in time, and the how the current incarnation of metaverses can bridge the chasm between the physical world and the (metaverse leveraged) virtual world while discussing concrete examples in different domains.
Is the Metaverse the Future of Work and Play?
- Michael Baxter, Co-founder and Editor in Chief, Techopian
- April Arrglington, Co-Founder, Experience Designer & Immersive Producer, ARchimeral
- Hrish Lotlikar, Co-Founder and CEO, SuperWorld
- Kunal Patel, Co-Founder & CTO, BrandXR
Please RSVP to attend the virtual panel event (Nov 17 @ 5:30 PM) via zoom. (Registration closed)
April Arrglington is a multidisciplinary expert with a unique background in film, publishing, new media, experience design, & immersive production. A native from Panama, Rep. of Panama, April is a proud Latina entrepreneur passionate about innovative technology & telling stories at the intersection of art & innovation. She is the co-founder of ARchimeral Inc., an R&D startup that focuses on metaverse applications for immersive storytelling leveraging XR & NFT’s. April is also the producer of XR Atlanta’s Annual XR Art Showcase, which highlights the creative work of artists working in the XR field around the world. Moreover, she currently serves in the leadership team of Women in XR Atlanta where she creates initiatives that promote and advocate diverse representation in the XR field.
Michael Baxter is the Editor in Chief of Techopian, a digital publication that focuses on exponential technologies and their implications, good or bad. He is the author of four books, the latest being Living in the Age of the Jerk — technology, innovation, pandemics and our future. His previous book was iDisrupted, published in 2014. He has been a technology and economics writer for twenty years, edited numerous publications including Information Age, Fresh Business Thinking and Data Protection Magazine and freelanced for numerous publications. The first ten years of his adult life was spent working in the computer games industry and has been following virtual reality since it was first described in the late 1980s.
Hrish Lotlikar is a Co-founder and CEO at SuperWorld. Previously, he co-founded Rogue Initiative Studios, a Hollywood film, TV, gaming, and immersive entertainment studio. He was also the founding Managing Partner of Eastlabs, an early-stage VC fund based in Kyiv, Ukraine. Previously, Hrish was a Senior Business Developer and Global Evangelist at Toptal (backed by Andreessen Horowitz, the Rockefellers & the co-founders of Facebook and Zynga), a venture capital investor at Spencer Trask Ventures, and an investment banker at both UBS Investment Bank and HSBC Securities, where he specialized in public finance, corporate finance and M&A. He also was an Associate in the Global Business Development Group at management consulting firm Hewitt Associates. Hrish was born in India and grew up in the United States. He also has spent many years living around the world in Europe, Asia and South America. Hrish holds a BA in Political Science from Rice University and both an MBA and MPH from University of Illinois at Chicago. In his free time he enjoys working out, fashion photography and traveling the world.
Kunal Patel is an Orlando based tech leader and serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in leadership, software development and strategic partnerships. He’s the co-founder and CTO of BrandXR, an AR Immersive content creation platform for driving Sales, Marketing, Education, which in 2017 won Most Innovative technology by the Orlando Business Journal and that same year also recognized for their prestigious 40 under 40 award. A firm believer in not waiting for something great to simply happen to you, but rather taking action and creating your own luck, Kunal over the past few years has led the charge on creating jobs, business and serendipitous opportunities within the gaming and technology industries.
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