BEGIN:VCALENDAR PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 11.0 MIMEDIR//EN VERSION:2.0 CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20230425T113000 DTEND:20230425T130000 DTSTAMP:20240424T025100 SUMMARY:Navigating the opportunities and challenges of the metaverse DESCRIPTION:The advent of virtual worlds, powered by increasing investment, marketing and research into virtual and augmented reality, is described by some as the next big internet revolution. As the European Commission prepares a non-legislative initiative on the virtual worlds, expected in May this year, the EIF is hosting its first-ever panel discussion on the topic, chaired by Member of the European Parliament Ondrej Kovarik. In this event, we will hear directly from distinguished experts about the fundamental questions posed by the advent of virtual worlds, and what are the opportunities for European SMEs and consumers. The event will provide an outlook of what virtual worlds are and the various applications they encompass, from entertainment and industrial use cases to virtual health and education. It will also address the challenges that virtual worlds may bring about. LOCATION:European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium TRANSP:OPAQUE END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR