Dr. Barbara Lippe is a metaverse pioneer having art-directed one of the first 3D online societies made in Europe in the early 2000s. She created avatars and virtual beings in Tokyo before turning into various characters herself as a professional actress in London. As Head of Curation for Europe’s leading video game industry and VR conferences she summoned her extensive network to inspire and motivate. In 2014 she founded an award-winning XR production studio experimenting with drama and storyworlds in VR before co-founding Holodeck VR to develop large, freely walkable multiuser VR environments. She holds a PhD in game studies and gives lectures around the globe.