We’re living through two historic transitions: the ongoing global move into cities, and an accompanying worldwide development of the digital commons, known as the metaverse.
To ensure a healthy and sustainable digital and urban society, it’s essential that we optimize both urban and digital life, in combination.
It’s a huge idea that presents both opportunities and challenges, and leaders in Vancouver and Seoul are on its cutting edge.
That’s why CityAge, in collaboration with the Canada-Korea Business Association, Populous, AInBC, Vancouver’s Frontier Collective, the Royal Bank of Canada and KOTRA explored the role of cities and their residents in the metaverse.
Anchor Welcome & Introduction
Opening comments: Welcome by Tudor Hera, Minister-Counsellor, Head of the Trade and Investment Team, Canadian Embassy to South Korea
Opening comments: Welcome by Hae Young Song, Consul General, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver
Dialogue: James Hursthouse, CEO & Founder, Departure Lounge and Luke Shim, Investor, Brinc.fi
An update on DeFi and the metaverse, and opportunities for BC-Korea and broader cross-national collaboration
Presentation by: Brian Mirakian, Esports Director for the Americas & Senior Principal, Populous and Michael Lockwood, Senior Principal, Populous
Bringing metaverse and major in-person events together as a single experience
Panel 1: Building Collective Experiences in the Metaverse
Cities are the foundation of most of our collective human experiences. Now we’re building new communal experiences in the metaverse. What can we learn from both to improve collective experiences, both online and offline?
Panel 2: Building Web3 Clusters
Crypto and Web3 are the fastest growing sectors in technology, and Canada and Korea are home to major clusters. What’s needed to accelerate their growth and build more global connections?