Orlando MetaCenter Represented in First Ever Ringing of the Nasdaq Bell in the Metaverse
Because of Orlando’s proliferation of metaverse technology (the self-proclaimed MetaCenter), the region was represented in the opening bell ceremony at the Nasdaq Stock Market, when the opening bell rang, not just on 43rd and Broadway in Times Square, but also in the metaverse.
The Orlando region was represented in the metaverse ceremony along with the leaders of Journey—the agency of futurescape—including co-founder/chief metaverse officer Cathy Hackl, as the opening bell rang. Hackl, also known as the “Godmother of the Metaverse” and tech futurist, was invited to ring the bell in the metaverse because of her track record of success in advising some of the world’s top companies on metaverse/Web3 strategy.
“I can’t help but feel that there’s a creativity renaissance upon us, and what we build matters more than ever,” said Hackl during her speech just before the bell rang. “Let’s seek not to define the metaverse, but let’s build it and create it together. In the metaverse, we are all world builders, and this is our time to build.”
The opening bell ceremony transitioned from the physical world into the metaverse. Avatars could be seen mirroring the participants’ motions, and a digital billboard that represented the Orlando region was on display as viewers were taken on a virtual journey of the outside of the Nasdaq building and surrounding area.
“It’s an honor to see Orlando be part of this historic event and further cement Orlando as the MetaCenter of the metaverse on the world stage,” concluded David Adelson, chief innovation officer of the Orlando Economic Partnership. “This reaffirms the region’s commitment to continuing to build the MetaCenter with companies that put innovation, forward thinking, and creativity at the forefront of what they do.”