Press Release: Public exhibition for Metaverse Asia Expo ends near 10,000 visits at metaverse
(8 November 2022, Hong Kong) The public exhibition for the inaugural Metaverse Asia Expo (MAE 2022) ends, which also marks the conclusion of MAE 2022. The 5 days of fun and powerful exposition have attracted close to a hundred exhibitors across Asia to showcase numerous creative ideas, latest products and innovative solutions for the Metaverse business landscape. The exhibition was arranged to accommodate participation from various time zones. In total, over 30 keynote and panel discussions sessions were run with participation of more than 80 speakers and near 10,000 metaverse visits from more than 20 countries and most of them are senior management of corporates.
This inaugural event was supported by various professional institutions, such as the Association of Blockchain Development (ABCD), Asia CEO Community, GBX, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Cyberport Hong Kong, Invest Hong Kong, the GBA Carbon Neutrality Association, Allied Environmental Consultants (AEC), GreatMeta, ACH Worldwide, Normsun, Oppa System, Virtway, NFTIV, Tappy, Newsight Imaging, PWC, China Telecom, Moli, Oriental Expo Services, Nayei digital marketing etc. Dr. Bernard Chan, Under Secretary for Commerce Economic Development, noted in his opening speech that the Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR) government is keeping a close watch on contemporary digital applications and budding technological fields like the Metaverse and will continue to update policies to ensure timely facilitation and support as we continue to digitize and incorporate innovative technologies into our operations.
Dr. Kyle Wong, President of the Association of Blockchain Development, responded, “We would like to thank the HKSAR government and other partner organizations for their enthusiastic support which have contributed to the remarkable success of this first Metaverse Asia Expo. The event’s encouraging outcome has also confirmed and demonstrated the Metaverse’s potential to help transform business and interactions, whether in finance, education, art, or entertainment. We expect the Metaverse economy to grow rapidly in the coming decades, and would advise enterprises to invest promptly to at least understand the Metaverse phenomenon so as to take full advantage of this new market. As Hong Kong strives to be an international hub for technology and innovation while serving as the gateway connector between the Greater Bay Area and other Mainland cities, we are strategically placed to develop into a regional Metaverse economic hub. This means that enterprises of all magnitudes, from large companies to start-ups, should seize the opportunity to develop new products, technologies, and markets.”
The MAE 2022 event managed by GreatMeta has showcased a successful use of “Metaverse-as-a-Service”. The 5-day expo presented a number of Metaverse-themed discussion panels on hot topics such as the Metaverse capital market, education in the Metaverse era, Metaverse in the Greater Bay Area, ESG and Carbon Neutrality in the Metaverse, etc. 30 discussion panels were held with more than 80 guest speakers, including top management of MNCs, companies with business in mainland China and the GBA, the Consulate General of Israel to Hong Kong and Macau SAR, Israeli enterprises, professors from tertiary institutions, as well as HKSAR Government officials and representatives of public bodies in Hong Kong.
Bypassing geographical and pandemic-related restrictions, the virtual nature of the Expo lifts the exhibition and other interactive and gamified activities above and beyond physical limitations. At MAE 2022, virtual avatars of speakers and the speakers themselves can appear at the same time at both physical conference venue and virtual podium. Visitors from all over the world can dress up their virtual avatars and participate in the exhibition from a first-person perspective and teleport to various exhibition zones with merely a few clicks.
The event has come to a successful closure with an immersive celebration VIP party, demonstrating gorgeous party lighting, sponsors’ posters, and 3D virtual creative art pieces. With metaverse VIP party room, guests could take picture, dance and sing on stage with a big screen showing real live performances. The party started with MAE 2022 Chairman, Mr Dennis Wu and Dr Kate Kwan’s duet performance! Games and best avatar dress-up contest allowed guests to immerse into the exciting and fun atmosphere of the Metaverse world.
The tremendous success of MAE 2022 not only revealed the strong business potential for Metaverse, it also demonstrated the model of ‘Metaverse-as-a-Service’ and how commercial activities can be conducted in an innovative and green fashion on Metaverse, which attracted interviews from 3 TV stations and subsequent coverage on 6 TV news channels. In addition, more than 20 media from various countries rushed to report MAE2022, recording more than 70 news reports (published and reprinted), and the number of target audience reached as high as one million.
MAE 2022 event managed by GreatMeta has showcased a successful use of “Metaverse-as-a-Service”.
At MAE 2022, virtual avatars of speakers and the speakers themselves can appear at the same time at both physical conference venue and virtual podium.
Some of the exhibitor booths in Hall B
Gorgeous party lighting, sponsors’ posters, and a 3D virtual creative art.
The VIP party started with MAE 2022 Chairman, Mr Dennis Wu and Dr Kate Kwan’s duet performance
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