The Metaverse

By now, most of us will have heard that the concept of the metaverse was created by sci-fi writer Neal Stephenson in 1992, for his novel “Snow Crash”. It’s meant to invoke a virtual world that mirrors and in some ways improves on the physical world. Although virtual reality and augmented reality have been around for a while (and struggling to move beyond niche applications), the recent announcement that Facebook was changing its name to Meta and going all in on the concept of virtual worlds has shifted the conversation.

So what is the metaverse? To answer that question, WiTT has assembled a panel of experts who will speak to us about some of the key elements of the metaverse: W3 (Web 3.0); Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs); cryptocurrencies; and social gaming.

Our panel will be chaired by Annette Nabavi, WiTT Director and NED on a number of public and private company Boards. Our speakers will include:

  • Emily Savage, Immersive Commercial Product Lead at Digital Catapult;
  • Teresa Ngone, Independent Consultant – Blockchain, Web3, and NFTs; and
  • Genevieve Leveille, Principal Founder and CEO, AgriLedger; Co-Chair, Distributed Ledger Techologies (DLT) Working Group, techUK.

Other speakers will be announced soon.

We’ll begin at 6:00pm with networking. The panel will run from 6:15 to 7:15, including Q&A. We’ll wrap up by 7:30.

For more information and to register, please use this link: https://witt-metaverse-feb22.eventbrite.co.uk. Attendance is free for WiTT members; the fee for non-members is £15.

Please email info@wittgroup.org if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on February 8th!

The WiTT Board

Annette, Audrey, Helen, Michelle, Stephanie and Yasmeen


Biographies

Panel Chair

Annette Nabavi
AHV Associates / Anchusa Consulting

Annette has a broad range of public and private board experience and currently holds a number of Directorships.  She is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Maintel Group, an AIM listed unified communications services  business.  She also serves as the Chairman of Maintels’s Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.  She is on the Advisory Board of the National Media Museum, part of the Science Museum Group,  and a Director of Women in Telecoms and Technology (WiTT) Ltd.

Annette is a Partner with AHV Associates, a firm of corporate finance advisors specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Raising, Structured Finance and Derivatives Advisory work for privately owned businesses.  She specializes in corporate finance projects for small and medium privately owned enterprises in the IT, technology, telecoms and media sectors.

Annette previously held the position of Head of Telecoms Global Business Development for Corporate Finance at ING Barings where she gained significant experience in M&A, private equity, structured debt and public equity transactions.

She later became the founding director and CEO of XchangePoint Holdings Ltd, a Venture Capital backed Internet Interconnect company providing broadband metro peering services to ISPs and carriers.  Annette was responsible for tripling revenues every year for 3 years, and grew the customer base to over 100 customers while expanding the company into Germany.  She successfully achieved two rounds of VC financing.

Her early years were spent with the PA Consulting Group where she specialized in strategic partnerships, business planning and marketing strategy. She became a Senior Partner with PA before moving to Barings.

Annette holds an MA from Oxford University and a Doctorate from the University of Dijon.


Speakers

Emily Savage
Immersive Commercial Product Lead
Digital Catapult

Emily has been centred in the rapidly evolving immersive sector since 2016: Most recently she has been the Immersive Commercial Product Lead at Digital Catapult, and is responsible for Digital Catapult’s innovation work across the creative and manufacturing sectors to help drive and derisk industry’s innovation with immersive technologies.

In 2017 she launched the UK’s largest immersive content investment programme – CreativeXR – a £1 million public funded accelerator run by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England. Previous to this, she worked at the prominent VR Silicon Valley startups, Jaunt and Upload, building their commercial and community engagements. She is a firm advocate of encouraging more women and a greater diversity into the immersive, tech and creative sectors generally.

Emily is now moving on to her next adventure in immersive and will be joining Ultraleap, one of the UK’s most promising immersive technology rapid growth scaleups.