VWBPE 2014 Kick-Off “Connections” & Press Show coming soon


As many know already VWBPE 2014 will be held on 9th-12th April 2014 in Second Life and on OS Grid this year. There will be many well known keynote and featured speakers for this year’s conference including Philip Rosedale, Ebbe Altberg, Maria Korolov,  Justin Clark, David Gibson and many more.

I think this is very exciting news to hear that VWBPE 2014 is officially happening and I think the keynote/featured speakers sessions will be interesting to attend. The VWBPE 2013 conference took place in late July 2013 with more than 100 attendees attending. This year it’s been moved much earlier and I hope it will be another successful year.

I first became interested in VWBPE in Second Life back in March 2010 and since then the conference gets bigger. See my blog coverage over the years and snapshots since 2010.

I’ve been told there will be press tour happening once the new builds are done both in Second Life and on the OS Grid. It’s not yet known when that will be. For more details see the immediate press release below with links, dates, locations and the main keynote speakers for VWBPE 2014.

For Immediate Release

VWBPE 2014 Kick-Off “Connections”

April 9 starts the 4 day Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference, with an amazing line-up of speakers, panels, workshops, sim demonstrations, poster presentations, and more. The conference will cover a wide range of subjects concerning virtual worlds and their use for education, virtual reality, smart games, arts and science, and the future of technology.

This year’s keynote speakers include Philip Rosedale, CEO of High Fidelity, founder of Linden Lab and creator of Second Life, and Ebbe Altberg, the new CEO of Second Life.

Over the coming days, each VWBPE conference keynote speaker and their respective presentations will be featured on the conference website (http://vwbpe.org ), along with information on featured panels, exciting social activities, and networking events that will set extraordinary discussions in motion. Additionally, this open and free conference would not be possible without the generous contributions of VWBPE sponsors.

The completed conference schedule should be out within the next 2 weeks, but presenters will receive individual assignments within the next few days. For an overview of the conference schedule, please see this link http://vwbpe.org/conference/conference-overview.

Here are the 2014 Keynote and Featured speakers for this year’s conference.

Opening Keynote: Closing the Gap: Virtual Reality & Education Presenter:

 

  • Philip Rosedale, CEO High Fidelity
  • Date/Time: Wednesday April 9th, at 1:00pm PDT
  • Location: Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

 

Featured Keynote Connections in an Open Place Presenter:

 

  • Justin Clark-Casey, President OpenSimulator umbrella Overte Foundation
  • Date/Time: Thursday April 10th, at 7:00am PDT
  • Location: OSGrid – VWBPE Gateway

 

Featured Keynote: The Coming 3D Future Shock Presenter:

 

  • Maria Korolov, Editor in Chief – Hypergrid Business
  • Date/Time: Thursday April 10th, at 10:05am PDT
  • Location: OSGrid – VWBPE Gateway

 

Featured Keynote: Using Virtual Worlds and Gamification to Enhance Learning Presenter:

 

  • Andrew Hughes, CEO Designing Digitally
  • Date/Time: Friday April 11th, at 7:00am PDT
  • Location: Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

 

Featured Keynote: TBA Presenter:

 

  • Ebbe Altberg, CEO Linden Lab
  • Date/Time: Friday April 11th, at 1:00pm PDT
  • Location: Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

 

Featured Keynote: Design Implications of Game-Based Analyses Presenter:

 

  • David Gibson, Associate Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Australia
  • Date/Time: Saturday April 12th, at 7:00am PDT
  • Location: Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

 

Closing Keynote: “There’s always room for a virtual zipline”, and other lessons from SciEthics Interactive Presenter: Dr. Larysa Nadolny, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University Date/Time: Saturday April 12th, at 1:00pm PDT Location: Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

Those wishing to attend can still register at Eventbrite {http://vwbpe14.eventbrite.com}

Links for the above

 

Nova Albion 10th Anniversary Celebration


On Sunday 23rd March 2014 the oldest city of Second Life will be celebrating it’s massive Nova Albion 10th Anniversary with a big parade and street party. There will be a chance to meet some of the oldest mainland residents apparently and find out more about the history of the Nova Albion.

The parade starts at 12pm SLT under the archway in Grignano park in Second Life and will run for about 30 minutes with a street party following afterwards from 12:30pm SLT. There will be entertainment and merriment including live DJ music by Holocluck Henly and a live performance by Christov Kohnke.

The parade route for Nova Albion 10th Anniversary Celebration…

Nova Albion 10th Anniversary Celebration

Coming Soon! 

Nova Albion 10th Anniversary Celebration 2014

It’s time to celebrate 10 amazing years of Nova Albion in Second Life! 😀

Linden Lab calls for Beta Testers for Second Life’s Oculus Rift


Linden Lab have blogged today about a limited beta for Oculus Rift integration in Second Life however this is open to those that have Oculus Rift development hardware already. If you have access to the hardware then the lab would love to get your feedback. If you are a developer then this is something for you perhaps.

Linden Lab have confirmed in the blog post that they have a Viewer ready for beta testers which sounds great for sure. The lab have been working with the development kit to integrate the Oculus Rift with the Second Life Viewer.

The bad news is that there isn’t a consumer version of the headset available yet. The wait continues but hopefully soon there will be. This is another step in the right direction for Oculus Rift integration with Second Life.

The blog post announcement today…

The Oculus Rift offers exciting possibilities for Second Life – the stereoscopic virtual reality headset brings a new level of immersion to our 3D world, making Second Life a more compelling experience than ever before.

Though a consumer version of the headset isn’t available yet, we’ve been working with the development kit to integrate the Oculus Rift with the Second Life Viewer. We now have a Viewer ready for beta testers, and if you have an Oculus Rift headset, we’d love to get your feedback.

If you have the Oculus Rift development hardware and would like to help us with feedback on the Viewer integration, please write to sl_oculus_beta@lindenlab.com to apply for the limited beta.

It’s ready for beta testers to apply for the limited beta period. Appy today if you are interested! 🙂