The metaverse has been a popular topic of conversation at the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) 2023 in Davos, Switzerland, as the future design of the internet holds the promise of transforming numerous industries and is not limited to simply being a gamified virtual representation of reality. On Tuesday, the WEF launched a working prototype of its own metaverse project – called Global Collaboration Village – designed to be a platform where organizations can collaborate and devise action steps to address the world’s most pressing challenges. “This new form of technology-enabled human interaction is on track to become ubiquitous in our personal and professional lives,” said Klaus Schwab, the WEF’s founder and executive chairman, in a report he wrote in Forbes. “Business executives, government officials and civil society leaders must come together to define and build an economically viable, interoperable, safe, equitable and inclusive metaverse.” Global Collaboration Village was built using Microsoft Mesh, a new “mixed-reality platform powered by Azure that allows people in different physical locations to join collaborative and shared holographic experiences on many kinds of devices.” The metaverse platform has already established partnerships with Microsoft, Accenture and 80 other organizations, and will feature a town hall for sessions, meetings and workshops, along with virtual collaboration spaces. Organizations will also be able to create their own hubs to showcase their projects.