A recent report by McKinsey indicates that the metaverse's economic potential could be up to five trillion dollars by 2030. However, while most people think the metaverse concept only started with Zuckerberg's rebrand, innovators and visionaries have been flirting with the idea since the '80s, first in the minds of cyberpunk novelists (such as Gibson, Vinge, or Stephenson), then in the ones of scientists and philosophers (Gelernter, Chalmers), and, eventually, technocapitalists. However, outside of the inner circle of the "usual suspects," metaverse was a pretty esoteric term before 2021 (as this Google Trends proves). So how has a dystopian novel turned into a trillion-dollar industry almost overnight?

Dr Mark van Rijmenam
Dr Mark van Rijmenam
International keynote speaker, 4x author and entrepreneur
Tibor Mérey
Tibor Mérey
Managing Director & Partner at Boston Consulting Group
Alex Ratto
Alex Ratto
Head of Business Development at Vault Hill
Salman Halawi
Salman Halawi
Founder at Metadesignerz
Roberto Garavaglia
Roberto Garavaglia
Innovative Payments and blockchain Strategic Advisor
Eli Strzelecka
Eli Strzelecka
Co-Founder of Conspicuis
Julius Yls
Julius Yls
CCO and Co-Founder at Spongelli

I think the recent pandemic played a significant role in pushing the idea of metaverse from dystopian into reality. The nonexistence of physical activities during the worldwide lockdown has made people see any digital forms as an essential alternative. This is obviously seen as a massive opportunity for content creators and tech companies to create a new emerging market, and blockchain technology has come at the right time to "formalize" the use of digital assets!

Brian Vertone
Brian Vertone
Project Manager at Walcon Virtual
Sophia Shluger
Sophia Shluger
Managing Director at Amber Group, Europe

The metaverse is the inevitable culmination of a series of paradigm changing breakthroughs in technology and computer science, namely artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data and blockchain. The integration of all that innovation together results in not only experiental, multi sensory and multi dimensional experiences but also endless value accretive business opportunities. For me the question is not what will the metaverse be, but rather what won't the metaverse touch in the future? It's difficult to imagine any part of life or society that won't be touched by these innovations. It is all just part of the relentless progress forward.

Hasan Algarhy
Hasan Algarhy
Founder at Duverse
Sergio Schemeil
Sergio Schemeil
Metaverse creator specialized in Meta Horizon Worlds platform
Tracy Cosgrove
Tracy Cosgrove
Hospitality Consultant
Mattia Papa
Mattia Papa
Web3 Island Makers DAO Co-Founder & Community Lead | New Governance Systems Pioneer
Simone Puorto
Simone Puorto
Founder | CEO | Futurist
Edoardo Maria Bisignani
Edoardo Maria Bisignani
Chief Operating Officer at Vision
Luca Lupattelli
Luca Lupattelli
Digital Project Manager at Hexagon AB
Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen
Managing Partner at GAIN Advisors
Spencer Tarring
Spencer Tarring
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at GAMESTA
Arul Prakash
Arul Prakash
CEO at Buk Technology
Pulidevan Prabakaran
Pulidevan Prabakaran
Marketing Manager at Whoa Mama