On Thursday 27 October, the Metavers Academy was launched in Marseille in partnership with Simplon, Southern Region and Meta (parent company of Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger).
Opened in 2013, Simplon It is a social and solidarity company that provides training in digital professions. Through its network of more than a hundred schools in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, it has been able to train more than 20,000 people. The school is located in Marseille, in a beautiful sunny cocoon dedicated to committed entrepreneurship who want to build the future of the city of Marseille and is called: “Le Cloître”.
In these buildings, augmented reality companies last Thursday met Simplon’s management, but also Laurent Solly, director of southern Europe at Meta, and Renaud Muselier, president of the southern region, to launch an academy metaversewhich, thanks to funding from the Meta and the Southern Region, will be completely free to its students.
It has been observed that companies are looking for people trained in emerging professions in the metaverse. It is also the companies of the region that will allow the operation of this new academy, because it knows the needs of the market and thus makes it possible to adapt the training. Ludovic Chaigneau, CEO of SigmaLynx Design Bureau that specializes in 3D modeling of building information, for example, insists on the immersive need for 3D in the construction and real estate industry.
France Competence defines the profession of developer designer specializing in immersive and metaverse technologies as nascent and already under pressure in the job market. This is why the formation of the Metavers Academy will be devoted to this learning.
The afternoon was punctuated by a visit to the Simplon building in Cloister, with meetings for learners and companies, then a conference, discussion with the press and finally a cocktail party. The latter stands at the center of a kind of exhibition of presentations of the goods and services of the school’s partner companies, which are already committed to receiving their students studying work.
During the conference, Véronique Saubot, CEO of Simplon, mentioned that 6000 digital jobs are vacant in the Southern Region. So training is key in this case. It starts from the Metavers Academy on December 5th in Marseille. It will extend to other cities in France: Nice, then Paris and Lyon. “They didn’t know it was impossible, so they did it,” Madame Sabot quotes Mark Twain as saying, adding: “So we did it!”
Renaud Muselier explains that all the science fiction books he read in his youth, especially those by Jules Verne, ended up being true. So the metaverse is not as unrealistic as that. “We must be pioneersHe told the council.
He sees in the various uses of metaverses, the possibility, among other things, of promoting the southern region (which should no longer be called PACA, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, under pain of being lectured by the caretaker of the place) internationally. The region is already the second most visited in France, and is itself the most visited country in the world. He specifies that the metaverse could also become a tool for preserving certain sites in the region at all costs, from mass tourism by making them visitable in 3D immersion, for example.
When asked by BeinCrypto which app in the metaverse he was most excited to see pay off, Healthcare said. As a doctor, he wants to see both medical trainings take place in part in the virtual world, but also that one day the feat of seeing this technology allows for the surgeon A specialist to be able to save a patient who could not reach him much due to physical distance.
Meta Southern Europe Director Laurent Solly notes that 70% of digital professions in 2030 are still unknown today. He cites a study by the Analysis Group that estimates that the metaverse alone will represent $440 billion of annual GDP in Europe by 2030. It states that the company is also the company that has paid the largest budget for research and development in the field.
He would like to point out that as part of the partnership with Southern District and Simplon for this new academy, the Meta group does not specifically train in the Metavers of its group but in technology in general, wishing to develop the ecosystem as a whole. So students will be free to work for themselves or for the employer of their choice.
Speaking to the press, Mr. Soleil tells us that the first Meta VR research laboratory outside the United States is in France, in Paris. When asked if French legislation risks being a hindrance to the development of the metaverse in France, he replied that it is in the process of being determined. This is especially true at the European level. He takes for example the two directives passed by Europe, the DSA and the DMA, and says the European Union will now move to regulating the virtual world, which Meta encourages.
In fact, he remembers his company having been involved in thinking about GDPR, citing the importance of regulation in the digital context and hoping that democratically elected governments will pass legislation in order to create a framework for the ecosystem.
Mr. Muselier underscores the paucity of partners who are members of the “Big Five” (often called “GAFAM”) with regional institutions, and therefore enthusiastically welcomes this catalyst which is Meta. By accepting this bet on the metaverse, Renaud Muselier joins a handful of rare politicians to understand the importance of web 3which is already considered the industry of the fourth industrial revolution.
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