Conversations about the metaverse have focused heavily on consumer and IT applications—how it will change Zoom meetings and office life. Yet there is another part of this virtual world that could be even more impactful and already has the right building blocks to make it real: the industrial metaverse.

This wave of innovation is at the heart of a virtual panel series that Fast Company and its World Changing Ideas Company of the Year Siemens will convene. Each session will feature thought leaders, including top Siemens executives, to help participants understand what the industrial metaverse is and how it will transform industry and infrastructure, supporting a new era of advanced manufacturing in the United States, accelerating decarbonization, and helping to attract a new generation of workers.