E29 (Social) Architects of the Metaverse (feat. Founders Sonya Seddarasan and Dr. Pierre Gerard)

The Founders of Upworlds and Metaxu, Sonya Seddarasan and Dr. Pierre Gerard, respectively, describe their endeavors to support the community of Metaverse developers and users to host Robby Ratan. Upworlds provides a platform for virtual builders to gain useful skills (e.g., cross-platform development) and monetize their work through a peer-to-peer marketplace, special events, rentals and custom commissions. Metaxu is a design studio that hosts regular events, such as design office hours, to help developers learn about designing virtual architecture. Metaxu also hosts exhibits and live performances where virtual artists display and even sell their virtual work as NFTs. During the episode we visit one of these exhibit spaces — you’ll have to watch the video to see the killer snail. In addition to their exciting contributions to the Metaverse community, they also discuss the meaning and history of the Metaverse, the need for user-centered architecture-informed design in virtual spaces, and the potential for the Metaverse to expand access to arts and cultural events ...and avatars. Of course Robby brings up avatars. Metaxu hosts a real time event every last Tuesday at 5 p.m. BST (12 p.m. EST)

Upworlds goes live on Discord every Thursday 5 p.m. BST (12 p.m. EST)

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