RFL of SL 2016 Season: Team Registrations Opens 1st Feb 2016

A press release was recently sent out informing everyone about the opening of team registration for 2016 Relay For Life of Second Life season. Team registration opens on Monday 1st February 2016 and the theme for 2016 is “Once Upon A Cure.

Key Dates for RFL of SL Season 2016

  • Team Registration begins > February 1, 2016
  • Paint SL Purple > February 28th – March 6th
  • RFL of SL Kick Off  > March 6th
  • Half Way There > May 14th & May 15th
  • Relay Weekend > July 16th & 17th
  • Wrap Up > August 14th

New Changes for 2016

  • Each team will be required to have at least 5 on the team, including Team Captain and Team Co Captain
  • Teams will have the opportunity to attend a class with Fundraising Advisors.
  • See more information below!

Full Press Release





Team registration for the 2016 Relay For Life of Second Life Season will open on Monday, February 1, 2016. Prospective Team Captains can register their teams at the official Relay For Life of Second Life Website: www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.org. Relay For Life of Second Life is an official charity of the American Cancer Society.

The theme of the 2016 Relay For Life of Second Life season is “Once Upon A Cure.

Once on the website you will find the registration form beginning February 1, 2016. There must be a Captain and Co Captain for each team to register. This year we have some changes in our team requirements.

Each team will be required to have at least 5 on the team, including Team Captain and Team Co Captain. There will be exceptions made for smaller teams but prior approval from the Steering Committee must be obtained. It is not necessary for teams to have 5 members to register. Members may join the team after registration.

New this year teams will have the opportunity to attend a class with our Fundraising Advisors. The role of the Fundraising Advisor is primarily to help Team Captains in the Relay For Life of Second Life become better fundraising leaders for their teams. Classes will include, how to set a goal, ways to reach your goal, how to use your tools, how to promote your event, how to engage and delegate their whole team in Relay For Life fundraising. These classes will be a wonderful learning experience with hands on learning.

First year teams are required to attend these classes. The Steering Committee may select your team to attend these classes based on your previous years fundraising totals. These classes will be open for all team Captains and Co Captains. On your registration form there will be an area to mark if you would like to attend a Fundraising Advisors class.

About Relay For Life of Second Life
Relay For Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society and has been active, and continually growing in Second Life for 10 years. In 2005, the first Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) was attended by a few hundred avatars and raised almost $5,000 US dollars for the American Cancer Society. As of July 2014 RFL of SL ranks number 17th out of 5000 teams worldwide in donations received. We have brought in close to 3 million US dollars to help with the fight against cancer. This year our Relay weekend will be held on July 16th and 17th.

About the American Cancer Society
For 100 years, the American Cancer Society has been working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based, voluntary health, and international organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

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Lab Chat Episode 2 Full Video & Transcript Now Available

The full video of the second Lab Chat featuring Ebbe Linden that aired on 21st January 2016 is now available to watch again. The full video (720p) runs for 1 hour and 36 minutes. Thanks to Zarrakan for uploading the whole episode. 🙂

The transcript and audio from episode 2 of Lab Chat is available here. Special thanks to Inara Pey for sharing the transcript and audio. 🙂

Great work! 🙂

Watch Again – Lab Chat – Episode 2

Spread the word! 🙂 

Project Sansar Approximate Time Frame

On 21st January Lab Chat #2 with Ebbe Linden was held in Second Life and the attendance was high. The transcript and audio is now available here and the video will be available soon.

Ebbe Linden talked about Project Sansar mentioning the approximate time frame. See below for the estimated time frame for the next generation platform- subject to change in the months ahead and note that these are still very early days. 

Project Sansar Approximate Time Frame

January 2016 – Ebbe Linden during Lab Chat #2 mentioned that the lab don’t yet have an open invitation email or anything at the moment. The lab are not yet ready to let more people in at this stage for alpha testing.

Around June 2016 or soon after the lab will probably allow people to start to apply for Project Sansar in some way. The lab are looking for people who are willing to spend a lot of time testing, committed and who have the skills to create content for Project Sansar.

By June 2016 the lab will be inviting hundreds of creators possibly to get things moving. The lab will be picking those that they know and trust along with strategic partners.

Between July 2016 and September 2016+ the lab will increasing the number of people who can come in month after month to continue test/develop Project Sansar.

Project Sansar Opening the Door

If things go according to plan the lab plans to open the door for anyone to come in and play with Project Sansar around December 2016 – January 2017 (Open Beta). 

We can expect Project Sansar will launch to the public in early 2017 on PC along with mobile and different VR platforms after.


Lab Chat episode 2 audio on the Drax Files Radio Hour

On 21st January 2016 Lab Chat episode 2 took place and over 120 attended inworld. Ebbe Linden answered many questions ranging from Project Sansar to Project Bento with even questions asked by the live audience.

Lab Chat #2 Audio Released

You can hear the audio of Lab Chat epsiode 2 on the Drax Files Radio Hour here. The full video and transcript of the show will be uploaded within the next few weeks. Check out the amazing photos of the show #2 on the Lab Chat SL Flickr Stream.

Lab Chat #2 Coverage So Far 

If you attended the show what did you think ?

Add your views in comments! 🙂 

Lab Chat episode 2 with Ebbe Altberg starts at 10.30am SLT on Thursday 21st January 2016

LEA Theatre 2016
LEA Theatre – 20th January 2016

The second episode of Lab Chat will take place at 10.30am SLT at the LEA Theatre in Second Life on Thursday 21st January 2016 recorded in front of a live audience. Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab will be answering more questions on Second Life, Project Sansar and much more.

Back in November 2015 the first episode of Lab Chat aired and that was very successful. Lab Chat episode 2 will be broadcast on well-known streams including Second Life YouTube channel, AviewTV and SLArtist. Audio and written transcription will be published soon after.

Arrive early to grab a seat and spread the word! 🙂

More information can be found on the Lab Chat website.

LEA Theatre 2016
LEA Theatre 2016

Latest updates on VWBPE 2016, Project Sansar Pre-Alpha & Project Bento Filming Party

In the past week there have been some interesting blog posts/updates by Linden Lab on the Official Second Life Blog/Forums on VWBPE 2016, Project Sansar Pre-Alpha and details about the upcoming Project Bento Filming Party. See below for further details! 🙂

VWBPE 2016

On 15th January 2016 the Lab posted details on this year’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference (VWBPE 2016). The deadline for proposals ended on 17th January 2016 and the main VWBPE 2016 conference will be held on 9th – 12th March 2016. The theme for this year is Horizons.

The deadline has been extended for creative categories for exhibits and machinima which ends on 31st January 2016.

The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference aims primarily to strengthen the ties of the virtual worlds communities through networking opportunities and access to innovation. Whether you work in education, or support education, the VWBPE community embraces the work of all of those that work in this industry both directly and indirectly. VWBPE connects you with the people who share your interests in furthering the goals of education in an information age.

Whether your passion involves, imagination of artists, innovation of coders and scripters, the vision of designers, the ingenuity of out of the box thinkers, or the aesthetic interpretation of performers, VWBPE has a great program on the horizon for March 9-12, and they’re looking for your participation.

Stay updated on the latest VWBPE 2016 at vwbpe.org.

Project Sansar Pre-Alpha

On 15th January 2016 the Lab responded to a question about signing up to Project Sansar and here is the latest update so far…

Thank you for your interest, Iron! Currently Project Sansar is still in pre-alpha with a small group. We will be expanding our testing in the coming months and will be sure to announce when we begin taking applications from more creators.

This latest update sounds great that the Lab plans on expanding testing in the coming months for Project Sansar. The Lab plans to announce news on taking applications from more creators soon.

In the mean time Project Sansar is still in pre-alpha and you can expect it will go through several phases of alpha and beta before its ready to launch in 2016.

Second Life will be around for many more years to come as long as its profitable etc. Linden Lab has no plans to shut it down even when Sansar is launched. Sansar will be entirely different world than Second Life and it will be interesting to see how develops in the years ahead.

I would imagine there will be more further updates on Project Sansar during the upcoming second Lab Chat event taking place at 10.30am SLT on Thursday 21st January 2016 over at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre in Second Life. Ebbe Linden will be answering questions from the Second Life Community forums, Check out the thread to see submitted questions so far.

Project Bento Filming Party

On 14th January 2016 the Lab posted details about an upcoming Project Bento Filming Party for the Drax Files happening at 12pm SLT on Tuesday 19th January 2016. The event will be taking place on the Aditi grid at Bento Island.

This will be a great opportunity for all those interested Project Bento to come and show their Bento creation builds. “Selected creators may be filmed and/or interviewed to be featured in an upcoming episode of the Drax Files”. 

Project Bento is one of the biggest changes to the Second Life avatar ever! More than 90 new bones have been added to accommodate features like subtle facial expressions, articulating fingers, smoothly-flapping wings, waving tails, and much more that was previously impossible or required complex workarounds.

If you’re a creator who’s testing out Project Bento, or one who’s eager to give it a try – now is the perfect time! We’re looking for creators to show off some of the possibilities of Project Bento for an upcoming episode of The Drax Files. There are detailed instructions on how to get started and how to get to the beta grid (aditi) on our wiki page. (TIP:Testing on Aditi does not cost you upload fees!)

On January 19th at NOON SLT, there will be an open casting call for anyone who has built something with Bento to come show off their work. Selected creators may be filmed and/or interviewed to be featured in an upcoming episode of the Drax Files. You will need to login to Aditi in order to access the location (secondlife://Aditi/secondlife/Bento%20Island/128/128/23). The location will not be open until NOON SLT on January 10th Information about Aditi and how to access it is located on our wiki.

In addition to the open casting call, creators are encouraged to contact Draxtor Despres inworld with information about what they’re making. Video, screenshots, descriptions – the more information the better, and the sooner you can share that – the better as well. Chosen creations and their creators will be contacted with information for a private filming on  January 20th, 2016, with Draxtor and Torley Linden.  

Machinimists are encouraged to come film during the open casting and get an early peek at the creative ways Project Bento is being utilised.

Stay updated on the latest Linden Lab posts here.