DAY-1: NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life - Grand Hall
Thursday, April 27, 2023
9:00 - 9:40 a.m.
Welcoming and Fireside Chat
Welcome attendees and highlight the strategic role and fundamental impact of the metaverse on global cities, such as New York City, and on community engagement, economic development, identity, culture, branding, and inclusion.
Dean NYU School of Professional Studies
9:40 - 10:15 a.m.
The Metaverse and Cities: Sharing A Global Perspective
Session will focus on “the metaverse in practice,” including how cities are capitalizing on opportunities on this platform, and discussing specific philosophies and insights guiding cities in this new immersive digital realm.
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Metaverse, Citizens, and Services: Reaching, Serving, and Building Trust
"Metaversing" city services can fundamentally shift the accessibility and level of engagement with citizens. Panelists discuss what has worked for their cities and share lessons learned from their experiences.
Harmen Van Sprang
11:30 - 12:00 p.m.
The Metaverse and Workforce Development: Building and Supporting Human Capital in Our Cities
Session panelists will discuss their experience with the metaverse and the potential for utilizing the platform for recruiting, onboarding, and training employees.
Clinical Assistant Professor NYU SPS Hospitality
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
The Metaverse and Community: Creating Engagement with Art and Destinations
Panelists will showcase how public art engagement can be enhanced by using the metaverse and NFTs to reach and build new communities and provide flexibility in where and how art is viewed in public spaces.
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
The Inclusion Challenge: Focusing on Micro-segmentation and Personalization
Panelists debate how city leaders can ensure inclusive access to the metaverse, reach underserved citizens, and make sure "no one is left behind."
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Private Tour of Whitney NFT Collection -- TBD
Learn how The Whitney Museum of American Art is designing and executing its digital art strategy in the metaverse.
Friday, April 28, 2023
DAY-2: NYU Kimmel Center - Room 914
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
The Metaverse and Sustainability: Working on a Shared Vision
Panelists discuss using the metaverse to spearhead conversations that address sustainability issues.
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
The Metaverse and a Creator Economy: Driving Economic Development, Branding, and New Capability
The economic and branding benefits to a city from opportunities identified in the metaverse are the focus of this session’s discussion. Topics to be covered include new sources of commerce and funding, and new sources of employment and capability.
Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality
Aik Van Eemeren
Chief Technology Officer, Gemeente Amsterdam
Acting Director of Buildings, Washington DC Government
11:00– 11:30 a.m.
Reshaping a City
Lessons from The Maker City, San Francisco, and San Diego
11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
The Metaverse Momentum Index: Translating Findings into Opportunities
Initial findings from the NYU SPS Metaverse Momentum Index will be shared in this session.
12:00– 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and Working Challenge
Metaverse Entrepreneur Panel
This metaverse entrepreneur panel with NYU Alumni discusses what attracts entrepreneurs to your city and shares lessons learned from Paris, Dubai, and New York are shared.
2:15 – 3:00 p.m.
The Metaverse and AI: Understanding How Its Adoption Will Change... Almost Everything
This session focuses on how generative AI is shifting the metaverse and the related opportunities and challenges across industries and applications.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Concluding Remarks and Community Game Plan
Summary of the inaugural Metaverse and Cities Summit and share next steps for this working group and future sessions.