A Fireside Chat with PwC: Doing Business in the Metaverse


Hear how PwC is experimenting with the metaverse and implementing these new technologies into the workplace – to bring teams together, connect employees across the globe, and create a shared sense of culture across their entire organization.


Innovation leader for Acceleration Centers , PwC
Co-Founder and CEO , Virbela

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Analog simulation is broadly accepted in healthcare. Given the high costs of building and running a simulation center, facilities are generally in developed nations’ urban centers.

XR is fundamentally changing the dynamic: Learners are accessing expertise around the world in the mediverse. Traditional educational institutions are able to share their best practices in new and exciting ways.

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