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1st ITU Forum on Embracing the metaverse

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The International Telecommunication Union (ITU)  and the N​ational Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) organized the first ITU Forum on Embracing the metaverse which took place on 7 March 2023 in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The forum was organized as a physical event with remote participation and was kindly hosted by NCA. The Forum was followed by the ​first meeting of the ITU-T Focus Group on metaverse  which took place from 8-9 March 2023 at the same venue.            

Recently, the metaverse has become one disruptive area of innovation with great potential to change our economy, way of living and communicating and society.

The objective of the forum was ​to stimulate global dialogue on metaverse, providing a platform to:

Target audience:​
Participation in the forum and the focus group meeting was ​open to ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country that is a member of ITU and who wished to contribute to the work. This includes individuals who are also members of international, regional and national organizations. This forum was free of charge.
                                      Outcome​ document​​                             ​    ​​​​Video highlights​​                                       Photo gallery​​  


9:30 - 9:50​​​​
​​Opening ceremony
9:50 - 10:00​​​​
​One Life Two Bodies 
Questions & Answers
10:00 - 10:10​​​​
Setting the stage: why are standards important for the metaverse?
Questions & Answers
​10:10 - 11:30​​​​
High Level Segment on "​Into the beyond: Exploring the metaverse and why it matters"

This high level segment established the shared frame of reference for the day’s discussion, defining the metaverse, discussing its current state and aspirations for its utility, and highlighting possible obstacles to realizing its full potential.

Moderator: Rudolph Lohmeyer​, Partner, Kearney
Questions & Answers
11:30 - 12:00
Coffee break
12:00 - 13:00
​Session 1: The next generation of cybersecurity: securing the metaverse

This session focused on identifying key challenges of securing the metaverse and discussing approaches to protecting – by design – the safety and security of all stakeholders.

Moderator: Ahmed Etman​, Managing Director, Accenture 
Questions & Answers
​13:00 - 14:00
Lunch break
​14:00 - 15:00

Session 2: ​From science fiction to a virtual reality: metaverse use cases and requirements for the future of the metaverse

This session centered on discussion of the highest potential value applications for the metaverse—where opportunity to augment, advance, and accelerate human progress is greatest. Discussants further defined the requirements to ensuring successful uptake of metaverse opportunities in the future.

ModeratorRadia Funna​, Futurist and creator of the xHuman theory ​
Questions & Answers
​15:00 - 16:00

Session 3: Metaverse under the microscope: interoperability and integration of the metaverse(s)

This session examined​ the technical and regulatory requirements of designing a seamless metaverse experience that is open and inclusive, reaching all stakeholders and providing an equitable experience. 

ModeratorShoaib Yousu​f​, Managing Director and Partner, BCG
Questions & Answers
​16:00 - 16:05
Closing remarks




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