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Press Release: OpenSimulator Conference Announces High Fidelity CEO Philip Rosedale as Keynote Speaker


PRESS RELEASE

August 28th, 2014

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is pleased to announce Philip Rosedale, Founder and CEO of High Fidelity, Inc. will be a keynote speaker at the second annual OpenSimulator Community Conference, scheduled to take place virtually on November 8-9, 2014 in a virtual conference center designed for the event.

Mr. Rosedale’s keynote presentation will address the question, “What is the Metaverse?” and discuss the opportunity to develop an open platform for virtual reality over the internet, including new hardware devices that catalyze entirely new kinds of interactions between avatars.

In 1995, Philip Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (called “FreeVue”), which was later acquired by RealNetworks where in 1996 he went on to become Vice President and CTO. In 1999, Rosedale left RealNetworks, founded Linden Lab and built a virtual civilization called Second Life, fulfilling his lifelong dream of creating an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world.

Since leaving Second Life in 2010, Rosedale has worked on several experiments in distributed work and computing, including Coffee & Power and Worklist.net. In 2013, he co-founded High Fidelity Inc. to explore the future of a next-generation virtual reality system.

“Philip Rosedale is one of the foremost thinkers about virtual reality and the Metaverse today,” said conference chair Chris Collins. “We look forward to hearing his thoughts on the next generation of open Metaverse platforms, including OpenSimulator.”

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community surrounding the OpenSimulator software, an open-source platform that supports the creation of collaborative, immersive, distributed and social 3D virtual environments.

Organized as a joint production by AvaCon, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the growth of the metaverse, and the Overte Foundation, which manages code contributions for the OpenSimulator platform, the virtual conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.  Last year the first annual conference was attended virtually by 300 avatars, with thousands of viewers on the conference live video streams.

Registration for the virtual OpenSimulator Community Conference is free and opens on September 15, 2014.  The conference will also be livestreamed through UStream.

For more information please see the conference website at http://conference.opensimulator.org.

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION:

OpenSimulator is an open-source platform that supports the creation of collaborative, immersive, distributed and social 3D virtual environments over the Internet. OpenSimulator software is now the basis for the emerging metaverse of many “grids” or worlds of varying sizes and purposes.  http://opensimulator.org

AvaCon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. AvaCon holds conventions and meetings to promote educational and scientific inquiry into these spaces, and to support organized fan activities, including performances, lectures, art, music, machinima, and much more. AvaCon’s primary goal is to connect and support the diverse communities and practitioners involved in co-creating and using virtual worlds, and to educate the public and their constituents about the emerging ecosystem of technologies broadly known as the metaverse.  http://avacon.org

The Overte Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages contribution agreements for the OpenSimulator project.  In the future, it will also act to promote and support both OpenSimulator and the wider open-source 3D virtual environment ecosystem.  http://www.overte.org/

High Fidelity, Inc. powers inter-connected virtual worlds, using new hardware devices to catalyze entirely new kinds of interactions between avatars. Our open source software architecture enables unlimited scalability of both content and audience. http://highfidelity.io

CONTACT:

Chris Collins, Vice President

AvaCon, Inc.

c/o OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014

275 Winthrop Street

PO Box 618

Rehoboth, MA 02769-1819

(774) 654-0010

http://avacon.org

Email:  opensim@avacon.org

Web:  http://conference.opensimulator.org

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/opensimcc

Hashtags:  #OSCC14 #OSCC #opensim

 

Full recording of The Future of Second Life Q&A session


Here is the full recording of the Firestorm Q&A session that was hosted this morning between Jessica Lyon, Oz Linden and Pete Linden. The video recording lasts for 59 minutes and 10 seconds. This meeting is a must watch for those interested in the future of Second Life. A brief summary can be found on my previous blog post about what happened.

A special recording of Designing Worlds will be happening today at 1pm SLT about maintaining Second Life and more about the new platform from the lab. The show will be recorded for those that can’t attend and the show will be available again on 14th July 2014. Special Guests: Jessica Lyon, Jo Yardley, Maxwell Graf and Pathfinder Lester.

To attend please click the SLURL

Video uploaded by Mal Burns.

Updated: The Future of Second Life live Q&A session


The Firestorm team and the Lindens

The Firestorm team and the Lindens

Update: The live Q&A session through voice was a huge success this morning and special thanks goes to the Firestorm team/Linden Lab for hosting this meeting with the Second Life community. There were 73 people in the Firestorm Auditorium with over 213 viewer’s watching via the online stream. The meeting was strictly about the future of Second Life and there was questions from the SL community nearer the end.

Special Guests: Oz Linden and Pete Linden

Here is the summary on the main points from the meeting between 7am to 8am SLT. 

  • “No plans to shut down Second Life. It’s not going away and we will continue to make SL better” – Pete Linden
  • Smaller active team working on Second Life – Oz Linden
  • “This was exactly the job I was looking for and I’m more than happy to have it” talking about the new platform – Oz Linden
  • Second Life is the most successful virtual world ever  – Pete Linden
  • Second Life and the new platform will run parallel to each other – Pete Linden
  • “The new platform is so far off that alpha or beta won’t happen till next year” – Pete Linden
  • “All that’s changed… we as a company have taken an additional step to be more transparent about…what we’re working on” – Pete Linden
  • “Experience Keys will be will be coming out today” and a new Torley Linden video – Oz Linden
  • “We’re going to keep working on Group Chat until we make it better” – Oz Linden
  • “HTTP pipelining is in the works for Second Life Testing is showing good improvement – Oz Linden
  • “We intend to talk about what we’re doing earlier.. and more actively with the community over time” – Oz Linden
  • “We haven’t announced any pricing changes, and I can’t say that any would be coming” on land tier – Pete Linden
  • 2 Fixes for Second Life ATI texture errors – Oz Linden
  • “It’s not something we’re looking at, at this minute” on increasing group numbers from 42 – Oz Linden
  • “No ban on child avatars” – Pete Linden
  • “No news on last names coming back at the moment. Ebbe is thinking about it” – Pete Linden
  • “Keep logging in..Keep creating things… continuing on with that keeps Second Life the awesome environment that it is” – Pete Linden
  • “No plans to opensource the server code” – Pete Linden

Lets hope for more meetings like this in the near future!

Video of Ebbe Linden talking about a next generation virtual world


Here is the full video of Ebbe Linden at the Third Party Viewer meeting this week talking about Linden Lab working on a next generation virtual world. The meeting was done using voice and live text chat lasting for 2 hours. The next Third Party Viewer meeting is scheduled for 18th July 2014. 

  • Featuring Jessica Lyon, Oz Linden, Dolphin Linden and many more giving out important updates during the meeting 
  • Skip to 51 minutes and 19 seconds to listen to Ebbe Linden. 
  • Latest reactions to Ebbe Linden skip to 1 hour and 39 minutes

It’s really worth watching from start to end to hear all the latest updates and latest feedback on the breaking news from Ebbe Linden.

Inside the Firestorm team interview


On 2nd June 2014 the Firestorm team Jessica Lyon, Ed and Lette were interviewed by Designing Worlds where they discussed the background, the history of the project, how the team operates internally, how they recruit, provide support and much more. The interview lasts for 1 hour, 14 minutes and 29 seconds full of the latest insights from the creators of popular third-party Firestorm viewer.

For the latest news and meetings Q&As, please visit the Firestorm Viewer homepage

2nd Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014


Chris Collins who is the conference organizer released a new press release this week for the 2nd Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014 which officially starts on 8th November until 9th November 2014. This is good news that a second conference will take place this year and its set to take place on the Open Simulator Conference Center grid.

OpenSim Community Conference 2013

Snapshot from last year’s OpenSim Community Conference 2013

What is the OpenSimulator Community Conference ?

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by AvaCon and the Overte Foundation, the virtual conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

The first OpenSimulator Community Conference last year was a “terrific success with more than 350 attendees from 45 unique grids and over 1000+ commits to the core code”, says Chris Collins.

This year the conference will be even more successful with more “opportunities for the community to be involved and doing more outreach to attract new users.  With all the hype surrounding the Oculus Rift and other virtual reality technologies, we want the VR community to know that OpenSimulator is a great platform for building the open metaverse.”

See full press release for more details…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Announcing the 2nd Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014

June 3, 2014 – AvaCon and the Overte Foundation are pleased to announce the second annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014 (http://conference.opensimulator.org), to take place virtually on the OpenSimulator Conference Center grid on November 8-9, 2014. The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by AvaCon and the Overte Foundation, the virtual conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

“Last year’s conference was a terrific success with more than 350 attendees from 45 unique grids and over 1000+ commits to the core code, which made OpenSimulator a much more stable and scalable platform,” said conference organizer Chris Collins.  “This year we hope to build on that success by offering more opportunities for the community to be involved and doing more outreach to attract new users.  With all the hype surrounding the Oculus Rift and other virtual reality technologies, we want the VR community to know that OpenSimulator is a great platform for building the open metaverse.”

Based on feedback from last year’s successful conference, this year’s program includes four tracks to showcase the variety of uses of OpenSimulator, including Business & Enterprise, Content & Community, Developers & Open Source, and Research & Education.  In addition, a new Learning Lab area will be available for hackerspaces, speed builds, and workshops for hands-on learning experiences guided by experts in the OpenSimulator community.  The Call for Proposals for all four tracks and the Learning Lab is now open, and proposals are due July 1, 2014.

Due to the “alpha” nature of the OpenSimulator software, the annual conference is an experiment in capacity testing for OpenSimulator in addition to being a community event. Since seats are limited, registration will open on a first-come-first-served basis on September 15, 2014 until the maximum number of virtual conference center tickets is reached.  At that point, community members will still be able to register for the live streamed version of the conference that will be available for free via UStream.

For more information please see the conference website at http://conference.opensimulator.org.

ORGANIZATION INFORMATION:

OpenSimulator is an open-source platform that supports the creation of collaborative, immersive, distributed and social 3D virtual environments over the Internet. OpenSimulator software is now the basis for many “grids” of varying sizes and purposes.  http://opensimulator.org

AvaCon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. We hold conventions and meetings to promote educational and scientific inquiry into these spaces, and to support organized fan activities, including performances, lectures, art, music, machinima, and much more. Our primary goal is to connect and support the diverse communities and practitioners involved in co-creating and using virtual worlds, and to educate the public and our constituents about the emerging ecosystem of technologies broadly known as the metaverse.  http://avacon.org

The Overte Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages contribution agreements for the OpenSimulator project.  In the future, it will also act to promote and support both OpenSimulator and the wider open-source 3D virtual environment ecosystem.  http://www.overte.org/

CONTACT:

Chris Collins, Vice President

AvaCon, Inc.

c/o OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014

275 Winthrop Street

PO Box 618

Rehoboth, MA 02769-1819

(774) 654-0010

http://avacon.org

Email:  opensim@avacon.org

Web:  http://conference.opensimulator.org

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/opensimcc

Hashtags:  #OSCC14 #OSCC #opensim

Chris Collins (Avatar: Fleep Tuque)

Vice President, AvaCon, Inc.

275 Winthrop Street

PO Box 618

Rehoboth, MA 02769-1819

(774) 654-0010

info@avacon.org

http://avacon.org

 

Ebbe Linden, Philip Rosedale and Drax at SVVR 2014


Ebbe, Philip and Drax

Ebbe, Philip and Drax

Watch the recording of the Creating the VR Metaverse panel session below which runs for 1 hour and 11 minutes. Full of interesting topics and discussion featuring Ebbe Linden, Philip Rosedale and Drax from Second Life. There was a large crowd inworld and online via YouTube during the whole session. Woooot!!!

Live streamed into Second Life - LEA Theatre

Live streamed into Second Life – LEA Theatre

LEA Theatre SLURL > http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA1/247/16/21

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