Neal Stephenson’s Lamina1 launches The Open Metaverse Conference

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Lamina1, a blockchain technology company co-founded by Snow Crash author Neal Stephenson, announced today that it is hosting the Metaverse Open Conference.

Lamina1, launched by futurist Stephenson and cryptocurrency pioneer Peter Vessenes, will be the founding sponsor of the conference, a one-of-a-kind industry event that brings together the world of metaverse and Web3 to build a more open and immersive internet.

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The two-day conference takes place on 8-9 February 2023 in Los Angeles and will bring together experts and builders spanning the metaverse, Web3 and entertainment experiences. Lamina1 unveiled its white paper last week on how it will help build the open metaverse. Stephenson will also be speaking at our GamesBeat Summit Next 2022 conference on the 25th-26th. October.

Stephenson coined the term “metaverse” 30 years ago in his science fiction book Snow Crash. And now it’s all the rage as huge industries scramble to turn the idea of ​​an online paradise – or dystopia – from science fiction to reality.

Lamina1 aims to use blockchain technology to provide the necessary infrastructure for the rapid expansion of the open metaverse. As a founding sponsor of the Open Metaverse Conference, Lamina1 will provide a forum for critical conversations about identity, privacy and interoperability, while exploring how audience engagement, creative storytelling and the technical aspects of blockchain can work hand in hand to realize the vision. of the open metaverse a reality.

The Open Metaverse Conference will feature keynote addresses from renowned technologists and storytellers offering groundbreaking visions for the next age of the Internet. Attendees will hear from Stephenson and Vessenes, as well as Philip Rosedale, founder of the Second Life virtual world (Linden Lab) and co-founder of the High Fidelity virtual platform; John Gaeta, Oscar-winning visual effects pioneer (The Matrix) and creative director of character company Inworld AI; Cathy Hackl, Web3 metaverse and strategist and founder of design consultancy Journey, and other leaders across the industry will be announced.

The main sessions will be complemented by various speakers and side events covering gaming, art, entertainment and commerce. To connect these key areas of culture with the technology that makes them possible, the Open Metaverse Conference will also facilitate deep technology dives for attendees from
leaders in Web3, immersive computing and technology standards groups.

Peter Vessenes (left) and Neal Stephenson are the founders of Lamina1.

Partners participating include the Metaverse Standards Forum, the Open Metaverse Interoperability Group, and the Open Metaverse Alliance for Web3 (OMA3), all organizations that promote interoperability.

“We’re at a point where developers, creatives and producers can finally design the seamless and persistent experiences we long for,” Jamil Moledina, vice president of game partnerships and media at Lamina1, said in a statement. “The Open Metaverse Conference will serve as a big tent for anyone planning to create unique experiences that allow creators and consumers to enter unique virtual worlds on an equal footing.”

“OMA3 is pleased to partner with Lamina1 and the Open Metaverse Conference to promote interoperability,” said Robby Yung, CEO of Animoca Brands, in a statement. “OMA3 looks forward to developing discussion opportunities to encourage the creation of a more open and immersive internet.”

The conference will encourage interdisciplinary dialogue through debates, presentation sessions, panel discussions and networking opportunities to help generate new ideas and new connections.

“We felt a real sense of urgency to facilitate discussion with our colleagues and creators across the spectrum,” Rebecca Barkin, president of Lamina1, said in a statement. “We know the Open Metaverse will be built together and with a set of shared values, and we’re excited to offer this forum to address community needs and solve big problems together.”

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