Why The Plumbing Behind The Metaverse Matters


William King
Subspace, Co-Founder & CTO

William King is CTO and Co-Founder at Subspace, the world’s fastest network for real-time communication apps. King is known for his ability to navigate and create complex and world-changing technical systems and is motivated to dive in as deep as needed to productionize solutions to some of the hardest problems. Before Subspace, King served as CTO at Flowroute, where he led the development of the company’s core technology and grew the company’s technical blueprint and growth up through an acquisition by West Corporation. Prior to Flowroute, King ran his own consulting company Quentus Technologies, INC (a 2009 rebrand of his 2005 company PC Pharmacy LLC), serving local businesses as well as helping to scale distributed computing systems for global companies including Monsanto. At Quentus, King also worked with FreeSWITCH Solutions to support new products and redesigns for international customers, call centers, and tech companies such as Barracuda Networks, Portugal Telecom, and Silent Circle.

King is a recognized real-time communications expert and was a core developer of the FreeSWITCH project. He is known for his participation and leadership in multiple hackathons and events designed to inspire and bring recognition to the next generation of developers and technologists. He can occasionally be found relaxing into strategy games such as Factorio and Oxygen Not Included, solving complex puzzles and logic games, and thinking out loud on Twitter and LinkedIn where he goes by @quentusrex. 

Kumail Jaffer
Gather.Town, Co-Founder & CTO

Kumail is the CTO and one of the co-founders of Gather, which is building a people-centered metaverse to create opportunity and connection for everyone, no matter where they are. Prior to Gather, Kumail spent some time trying to build technologies to support more fulfilling relationships across distances at Siempre (link: https://siemprecollective.com). Before this, Kumail worked at various other startups and research projects, including Petuum, where he helped build distributed systems for machine learning training, Expii, where he helped build a platform for online learning and Novid, where he helped prototype a novel approach to pandemic contract-tracing. Kumail graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in Computer Science.

Kumail is excited by the potential for the next generation of technology to create a world that is more human, and is fundamentally a techno-optimist at heart, whilst remaining wary of the failure modes of thoughtless building. You can find him on twitter at @k_m_y_l musing about technical abstractions, social systems, and their intersection.

Dean Takahashi
GamesBeat, Lead Writer

In the metaverse, virtual interactions need to feel human. This means interactions need to be real time, lag free, dynamic, engaging and human centric, regardless of geography. The team at Gather has developed a platform that allows for virtual spaces via metaverse-like experiences to give teams a way to connect and collaborate. Over the last few years, the technology to support and allow for an experience like Gather to exist has become more and more readily available. It's these solutions that act as the plumbing for the metaverse. In this session, we'll discuss the importance of the plumbing that powers experiences like Gather and how these solutions are making the metaverse become more and more real for people around the globe.