Feeling the Metaverse


Sly Lee
Emerge, Co-founder & Co-CEO

Sly Spencer Lee is a first generation Asian American entrepreneur whose journey is deeply influenced by his upbringing in Mississippi and work in developing countries. He is co-founder & co-CEO of Emerge, a Los Angeles-based company building a platform for touch in the metaverse. Emerge’s purpose is to create a future where distance and time don’t stand in the way of feeling present. 

Sly draws his passion for sustainable and equitable design from his experience founding The Hydrous, an oceans education non-profit backed by the United Nations, Meta, Google, Autodesk, and the Smithsonian. He is co-chair for the World Economic Forum Global Future Council for AR/VR, a Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2018 recipient, a recent student of Daoism, and can be found surfing the coast of southern California some mornings.

Isaac Castro
Emerge, Co-founder & Co-CEO

Isaac Castro is an immigrant entrepreneur and co-founder & co-CEO of Emerge, a Los Angeles-based-based company bringing touch and emotion to the metaverse. Emerge's mission is to empower those who are separated to feel more present when it is not possible to be physically together. 

He is an MIT Technology Review ‘Innovator Under 35’ recipient for the invention of a medical device for more effective cancer treatment. As a World Economic Forum's Global Shaper, he actively worked on inspiring youth and fostering peace and reconciliation with former FARC guerrilla members in Colombia, work for which he was invited to participate and speak at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. 

Isaac holds a master's degree in telecommunications engineering, and he is a graduate of Google X and NASA sponsored Global Solutions Program at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley.