The concept of the Metaverse is both relatively new and ambiguous. In many ways it presents a future of a seamless convergence of our physical and digital lives, creating a unified, virtual community where we can work, play, relax, transact and socialize. The metaverse is still early in its evolution, and there is no singular, all-encompassing definition to which people can turn.
The importance of being included in a market that will likely infiltrate every sector in some way in the coming years, with the market opportunity estimated at over $1 trillion in yearly revenues, can hardly be understated. Henceforth, we must ensure inclusivity is the starting point and not an afterthought of the Metaverse.
The Metaverse Program has a goal to celebrate diversity and educate talented designers and architects from African countries through workshops and lectures on Metaverse Design Thinking and provide them with a sustainable network of professionals in order to bridge the knowledge gap between Western and African countries and allow them to be participants in a competitive global market.
This program is initiated by Rudolf Romero (1984). Romero studied Artificial Intelligence in Utrecht. He graduated in 2012 from Cum Laude from Artez Art Academy. He is shortlisted for many national and international awards and is the winner of the Poortersprize (Arnhem), winner of the Photostudium Prize (Cologne), short listed for the New Material Award (Eindhoven) and recipient of a Starstipend provided by the Mondrian Fund and Prins Bernhard Foundation Scholarship. Romero graduated from the renowned MA sculpture course at the Royal College of Art in London in 2017 and was selected best of graduates in the UK.
In 2015 Rudolf Romero founded research and development company 01X, a consultancy and software development platform with a strong focus on emerging technology and Metaverse projects.