Press Release: Mental Health Symposium – 26th April from 7am-5 pm SLT


Press Release: Mental Health Symposium 2014

Virtual World Conference Supports Quality of Life in Mental Health.

Virtual Ability, Inc. announces the third annual Mental Health Symposium to be held Saturday, April 26th, 7:00 am PDT/SLT to 5:00 pm PDT/SLT in Second Life®. The theme of this year’s conference is “Quality of Life.”

The World Health Organization defines quality of life as an individual’s “perception of their position in life in the context of the culture and value systems in which they live and in relation to their goals, standards and concerns.”

Quality of life is important to us all, but may be more difficult to attain for those with mental health issues. Overall quality of life is affected by psychological state, physical health, level of independence, social relationships, personal values and beliefs, and the relationship of all of these to the person’s environment.

Symposium presentations include (in alphabetical order):
• Hillary Bogner, MD, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, will offer insights from her research on depression among older adults.
• Colleen Crary, Executive Director of Fearless Nation, Inc., will share lessons from adversity for creating a vibrant life.
• Dick Dillon, CEO of Innovaision, LLC, shares surprising information about why some recovering addicts become “weller than well.”
• Teresa Goddard, Senior Consultant with the Job Accommodation Network, will inform us about attaining employment equality through accommodation and self-advocacy.
• Dr. Christine Karper and Michelle Stone, members of the American Counseling Association’s Cyber Task Force, will talk about the role of counseling and virtual service delivery.
• Dr. Jacquelyn Ford Morie, University of Southern California, will describe the use of virtual worlds as healing spaces for veterans.
• Dr. Nicolas Rüsch, of the University of Ulm, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, will explain the results of his research on well-being among persons at risk of psychosis, focusing particularly on shame and stigma.

Alice Krueger, president of Virtual Ability, Inc., stated: “I am pleased to see an increasing focus on quality of life in mental health care in recent years, since many persons with mental health diagnoses struggle with these issues. The Symposium’s international presenters are acknowledged experts in their fields. I will be interested to hear what they have to say on these important topics. Please join us on April 26 to learn more from a variety of exciting speakers!”

All sessions, done in voice and text simultaneously, will take place at The Sojourner Auditorium on Virtual Ability Island within Second Life®:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/53/172/23

The full schedule of presentations is posted at http://www.virtualability.org/conferences/mh-symposium/mh-symposium-2014/.

About Virtual Ability, Inc.
Virtual Ability, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Denver, Colorado, dedicated to enabling people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in on-line virtual worlds like Second Life®.

For more information on Virtual Ability, Inc., including the benefits of virtual worlds for people with disabilities, please see www.VirtualAbility.org.

For further information, please contact:
Alice Krueger, President
Virtual Ability, Inc.
Office: (303) 400-3306
akrueger@VirtualAbility.org

 

Fantasy Faire 2014 starts in 15 days time


Fantasy Faire 2014

There are 15 days until the grand opening of Fantasy Faire 2014 in Second Life from Thursday 1st to Sunday 11th May 2014. This year the Fantasy Faire is celebrating it’s sixth year and it’s the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in Second Life. 

This year the blogger early access day is set for Wednesday 30th April 2014. If you are a blogger then submit your application today. I am really looking forward to Fantasy Faire 2014 and I can’t wait to share my adventures on my blog.

Last year new records were set and there was great support from the Second Life community. See my Fantasy Faire blog coverage here from previous years. I believe this year new milestones will be reached with more support than ever before.

Full Press Release

* * Fantasy Faire 2014, May 1-11* *
A Benefit for the American Cancer Society

Celebrating its sixth year, Fantasy Faire 2014 is the largest gathering of fantasy designers, enthusiasts, roleplayers and performers in the virtual world. From Thursday, May 1 to Sunday May 11, treat yourself to eleven days of shopping, live music concerts, auctions, hunts and roleplaying as thousands of Second Life residents and creators bring their own visions together to support the American Cancer Society’s vision of a world without cancer.

Avatars, clothing, furnishings, gadgets and exclusive items are available from more than 150 of SL’s top Fantasy Creators across eleven stunning sims designed by some of the visionary artists behind many of the hottest spots on the SL destination guide.

The Fantasy Faire 2014 is made possible by the generous support of our Sim and Event Sponsors: Cerridwen’s Cauldron, Creators of Fantasy, Curious Kitties, Dark Goddess Designs, Death Row Designs, Dwarfins, Epic, {Fae’d} Club, Fallen Gods Inc., The Looking Glass, L’Uomo, .Luminary., Neo Victoria, Roawenwood, Solarium, Spyralle and Tiny Inc.*

Fantasy Faire 2014 will be open to the public May 1-11 and accessible from the American Cancer Society sim. We welcome you to come and join the story.

For more information please contact:

Elizabeth Tinsley or Sonya Marmurek in world
or via email @: fantasyfairesl@gmail.com

Are you or a loved one battling cancer? Find out how many ways the American Cancer Society is there to help. Visit cancer.org or call (US) 800-ACS-2345.

Email: FantasyFaireSL@gmail.com
Plurk: http://www.plurk.com/FantasyFaireSL
Website: http://fantasyfaireSL.wordpress.com/
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/groups/fantasyfairesl/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/fantasyfairesl/
RFL in SL: http://www.relayforlife.org/secondlife

American Cancer Society SLurl: http://slurl.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/127/103/21

Spring Fest 2014 Press Release


Spring Fest 2014

Spring Fest 2014

Check out this new press release for the upcoming SpringFest, a Relay For Life of Second Life fundraising event which opens to the public on Friday 18th April 2014. The event will last for three days with many exciting spring activities. There will be live DJ’s, live performances, a carnival, 7Seas Fishing, and bumper boats. Everyone is welcome to attend! :)

Times and dates

  • Opens at 4pm SLT on Friday 18th April 2014
  • Closes at 10pm SLT on Sunday 20th April 2014

Events 

Event Locations

Full Press Release

Join the awesome teams of Relay For LIfe of Second Life for three days of fun filled spring activities and relay fundraising! Activities include live djs, a carnival, live performances, 7Seas Fishing, and Bumper Boats!

SpringFest is made possible by The Relay Rockers, who are celebrating their 10th year of relaying in Second Life. The event is organized by the Team Information Processing & Encouragement Area of the 2014 Relay For Life of Second Life Committee.

SpringFest will open to the public on April 18, 2014. Please come out and fundraise with us!

Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life in July each year. Volunteers form or join teams to have fun while fundraising and raise awareness from mid-March through mid-July. In July teams build campsites and walk a track that spans more than 40 virtual regions.

In 2013, Relay For Life of Second Life reached a milestone of having raised $2,000,000 since its fundraising beginning in 2004, for the American Cancer Society. Relay For Life has become an international movement in RL and in SL. In 2013 participants from over 80 countries took part in Relay For Life of Second Life.

Each new Relay season the RFL of SL volunteers choose a new theme for the following season. The chosen 2014 theme is, A Journey of Promise. Please visit the Relay For Life of Second life website to take a look at our history and accomplishments. http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/history-of-rfl-of-sl/

For more information please contact:

Jessii2009 Warrhol or Johannes1977 Resident in world

Please come along and help support the Spring Fest 2014 in Second Life. Make a difference. :)

VWBPE 2014 interesting stats


New stats have been published today for VWBPE 2014 and it’s worth pointing out that these are estimations based on statistical packages in each environment. Check out the new VWBPE 2014 data and total comparisons from previous years. New dates for VWBPE 2015 below!

The 2014 estimations are most interesting as it shows the total unique of visitors, highest concurrency and the average concurrency. New records were broken on the Second Life grid, OSGrid and on LiveStream through the conference duration. This year there was more interest for sure and more visitors on the different platforms. The numbers are certainly on the up and hopefully the trend will continue for many more years to come.

VWBPE Stats

VWBPE Stats

My opinion is that VWBPE 2014 was a major success from start to finish and I think it was definitely the best one yet. It’s great that Ebbe Linden and Philip Rosedale came to the conference this year to spend time with residents of Second Life. I thought the organizers, all of the live speakers, volunteers and everyone else did a great job at VWBPE 2014 making it a success.

VWBPE 2015 Countdown

As mentioned on the blog post VWBPE 2015 will be held on Wednesday 18th March 2015 through to Saturday 21st March 2015. The theme for VWBPE 2015 is Crossroads.  I am most looking forward to VWBPE 2015 and seeing how that will compare to this year.

 

OpenSim Community Conference 2014 & VWBPE 2015


During Sunday’s Metaverse Week In Review show there was new dates mentioned for OpenSim Community Conference 2014 and VWBPE 2015. More details will be released soon, so stay tuned for that.

OpenSim Community Conference 2014

  • Opensim Conference will be happening on 8th to 9th November 2014. More details will come out this week. 

VWBPE 2015

  • VWBPE 2015 will be held in March 2015 with the estimated dates being 18th to 21st. 

These events are confirmed. More updates soon. :)

The Drax Files Radio Hour #14 – philip > there thou art!


Show #14 – Philip – there thou art!

Listen to the latest edition show 14 of The Drax Files Radio Hour hosted by Draxtor Despres and Jo Yardley. Please spread the word about the weekly Drax Files Radio Hour and Drax Files monthly series. This week the radio hour show is about Philip Rosedale and what he has been doing recently.

In show 14 there is mention about many interesting subjects including High Fidelity, Facebook deal with Oculus Rift, Leap Motion, New Mesh avatars, VWBPE 2014 and education in Second Life. The hour is filled with interesting discussions and in-depth coverage on the biggest stories this week.

Contact the drax files radio hour show via skype draxfiles, avatar draxfiles or email radio@draxfiles.com. Be featured on the next show of the drax radio hour. 

VWBPE 2014 – Day 4 Schedule


Time (SLT)

Location Event
12 Apr 7AM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium Design Implications of Game-Based Analyses
12 Apr 8:05AM Second Life University of Idaho “Virtual World Design” – A New Book about Creating Immersive Virtual Spaces
12 Apr 8:05AM Second Life Rockcliffe Rotunda 3d Virtual Immersive Environments as Enabler for Blended Gamified Learning Experiences
12 Apr 8:05AM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium CAMELOT Symposium
12 Apr 9AM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium Connecting the Past, Present, and Future of Second Life
12 Apr 11AM Second Life VWBPE Workshop B A Hope and a Plan
12 Apr 11AM Second Life VWBPE Workshop C Connections to the Past: the Motown Museum & Hitsville USA
12 Apr 11AM Second Life VWBPE Workshop A The Programmer & the Nurse – Using Second Life for Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration and Learning
12 Apr 1PM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium “‘There’s always room for a virtual zipline’, and other lessons from SciEthics Interactive”
12 Apr 2:05PM Second Life Rockcliffe Rotunda Creating an Entertaining Learning Environment: Game-like Environment in Virtual World for Education
12 Apr 2:05PM Second Life University of Idaho MachinEVO Symposium
12 Apr 4PM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium The Freedom Project: How Artistic Expression Transcends Real Life Challenges
12 Apr 6PM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium Closing Ceremony
12 Apr 7:50PM

Second Life VWBPE Quadrivium

Closing Party