[New Video & Audio Podcast] A Fireside Chat with Walid Kilonzi On The Current State & Future of the Metaverse in Africa.

Yesterday, I had the privilege of moderating an extraordinary fireside chat organized by Mata at the Youth Connekt Africa Summit, held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi. The topic was none other than the fast-growing realm of the Metaverse and its profound implications for Africa’s youth.

The Prodigy Behind the Lens: Walid Kilonzi.

One of the highlights of this session was conversing with Walid Kilonzi, the young and dynamic extended reality (XR) producer from Fallohide Africa. At just 25 years old, Walid’s journey in XR began with the advent of the first Oculus VR headset when he was only 17. His remarkable achievements and contributions to the XR landscape are nothing short of inspiring.

Fallohide: A Pioneer in XR Solutions.

Walid’s venture, Fallohide, has been making waves in the XR space, providing cutting-edge solutions in virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), and augmented reality (AR). Serving a roster of prestigious clients, including multinational corporations like Nestle and Coca-Cola, as well as local government entities such as the Machakos County Government, Fallohide is a testament to African innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Fireside Chat: Exploring the Metaverse.

Our fireside chat, albeit missing the first few minutes in the recording, was a deep dive into the Metaverse’s potential to revolutionize how we live, learn, and interact. We explored how this technology is not just a futuristic concept but a present reality, shaping sectors like healthcare, education, and commerce.

Engaging with the Youth and Meta Representatives.

The session was made even more engaging with questions from the youth attending the summit. Representatives from Meta, including Phil Oduor, Olivia Tchamba, and Sarah Muyonga, were also on hand, providing valuable insights, particularly where the intersection of the Metaverse and Meta’s initiatives are concerned.

The Essence of the Discussion.

The discussion centered around how the Metaverse can be a catalyst for digital transformation in Africa. We delved into the challenges and opportunities it presents, especially for young creators and entrepreneurs like Walid. The session was not just about understanding the technology but also about envisioning how it can be harnessed for social and economic growth in Africa.

Sharing the Experience.

As we continue to navigate this digital era, conversations like these are vital in shaping our understanding and approach to emerging technologies. The Metaverse is here, and Africa is poised to be a significant player in this new frontier. For those who couldn’t join us, I am excited to share the video and audio podcast of the session. While the recording starts a few minutes into the conversation, it captures the essence of our rich discussion.

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