Pico Velasquez is a global thought leader and Metaverse visionary. Trained as an architect and computational designer with distinction from Harvard University, she has been the lead architect and creative director for prominent multimedia projects including the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, Google’s new headquarters at BIG, the Elysium memorial for Cirque du Soleil, Oculus at Hard Rock Casino & Hotel, the multiplayer environmentalist video game Superforest, crypto/blockchain platforms, and NFT art.
As the founder and CEO of VIIRA, Pico aims to further evolve the sectors of culture, education, and entertainment by integrating companies and institutions with blockchain, NFTs, and Defi.
Fundamentally, to build a sustainable decentralized ecosystem that seamlessly merges our physical and virtual worlds. Her clients span across multiple sectors including museums, grammy-winning artists, luxury brands, land conservation, and cities of the future all centered around community, innovation, and global impact.
Pico is also an international speaker, having recently led panels and discussions at SXSW, Women’s Economic Forum, Microsoft XR, Disguise HK, Google AI, NFT.NYC, FOA, UCLA, and Harvard University.
The Metaverse has already started. It’s no longer science fiction, large corporations like Epic Games, Facebook, Microsoft, and Roblox are heavily investing in its future. It may be considered the next version of the internet, but in reality, it’s the next version of our lives. From virtual cities and worlds to self-sovereign avatars and digital identities, we will discuss how it will transform our culture, education, and other aspects of our economy and daily lives.
Beyond mimicking what already exists, we will discuss how key leaders in this space are pushing the boundaries of multidimensional world building, co-created immersive experiences, new social behaviors, decentralized economic systems, and global impact.
This is the largest opportunity to seamlessly merge our physical and virtual worlds into one.