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April 30, 2023  |  permalink

The Inaugural Metaverse & Cities Summit

The inaugural Metaverse & Cities Summit is a wrap! It was a thrilling two days of discussion, debate, networking, walking tours — courtesy of our partners at inCitu — and even drinks on a boat (courtesy of our Dutch partners’ Kingsday celebration).

I want to thank everyone who joined us, including NYU SPS Dean Angie Kamath; inCitu’s Dana Chermesh-Reshef, Ziv Schneider, Tyce Herrman, and Nick Kaufmann; Living CitiesDennis Crowley; Smart Columbus’ Jordan Davis; Washington DC’s Ernest Chrappah; Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners’ David Gilford; my Jacobs Urban Tech Hub colleagues Nneka Sobers and Anthony Townsend; and so many more.

But I want to especially thank my co-hosts, the Sharing Cities AllianceHarmen van Sprang, and Elizabeth Haas — newly installed as the inaugural director of the NYU SPS Metaverse Collaborative! Here’s to many more collaborations in the future.

If you’re reading this and feeling metaverse FOMO, never fear. inCitu is hosting an augmented reality Janes Walk scavenger hunt on May 6, and The Metaverse Metropolis returns with more public events June and July. Hit me up if you’d like to join us.

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Greg Lindsay is a generalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a 2022-2023 urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Institute, where he leads The Metaverse Metropolis — a new initiative exploring the implications of augmented reality at urban scale. He is also a senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, a senior advisor to Climate Alpha, and a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative.

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