My historical snapshots of VWBPE conferences in Second Life


Special Blog Post:¬†Here is a look back at my favourite historical snapshots of previous VWBPE conferences held in Second Life. This year marks VWBPE tenth anniversary in Second Life so now it’s time to go back down memory lane…

VWBPE 2010 regions map
VWBPE 2011
VWBPE regions 2011
VWBPE 2011 ceremony
VWBPE 2012 gateway
VWBPE 2012 Dragon parade
VWBPE Main Auditorium 2013
VWBPE Main Auditorium 2013
VWBPE 2014 – Ebbe Linden keynotes speech
VWBPE Main Auditorium 2014
Philip Rosedale at VWBPE 2014
VWBPE 2015 opening
VWBPE 2015
VWBPE 2016
VWBPE 2016 regions map
VWBPE 2017
VWBPE 2017 regions map

Wow, so much has changed over the years since I first started going to VWBPE conferences. I still can’t believe this is the 10th year of the annual conference. Here’s to the next 10 years! ūüôā

Updated: Ebbe Linden interview at VWBPE 2017


On Wednesday 29th March 2017 Ebbe Altberg (Ebbe Linden) CEO of Linden Lab had a hour long conversation with Kevin Feenan at the 10th annual VWBPE conference about education in Second Life and the education possibilities that could happen in Sansar.

It was a really interesting conversation between Ebbe and Kevin. There wasn’t any major announcements made during the interview. However it was more general this year with a variety of talking subjects.

Ebbe did stay after the conversation to answer questions from the audience. The audience for this special event was very limited this year with some empty seats. Most were watching from other places around the VWBPE regions / the Second Life grid and via online streams.

Here are the highlights that interested me most from Ebbe Linden conversation

Sansar

  • Sansar will be another platform to explore
  • Sansar will enable you to do things you cant do in Second Life
  • Sansar and Second Life are two different separate products
  • Cross platform is something the lab are working on
  • The cost of simulators¬†will be cheaper and will be affordable
  • Sansar is a gamble and there is alot of work yet to be done
  • Ebbe is focused more about Sansar now

Second Life

  • Second Life is the most successful virtual world ever made to this day
  • The lab are working on making SLURLs work better
  • Place Pages have just launched to make it easier to¬†discover incredible user created SL experiences
  • Second Life is a successful product and profitable product
  • There are two 100% dedicated¬†teams working on Second Life and Sansar. Ebbe wants two successful stories instead of just one.

New Second Life Features

  • Place Pages have now been released and now they can be customized
  • A 64-bit viewer could be launched within a month or two. The 64-bit viewer will¬†improve the performance and stability with longer address spaces
  • The crash rate in Second Life is way too high

Lower Land Prices

  • The lab have tried¬†to do things to lower land prices overtime
  • Land is too expensive and Ebbe would love land costs to come down.¬†The lab would have to figure out a way to collect¬†money from elsewhere and still make Second Life grow

It’s worth watching the full video of the conversation to hear more from Ebbe. It was good to hear the latest updates on Second Life, Sansar and education in general this year.

VWBPE 2017 Starts Today From 11am SLT


VWBPE 2017 Main Auditorium

The 10th annual VWBPE conference officially opens today from 11am SLT/PDT in Second Life through until 1st April 2017. There will be educational presentations, demonstrations, workshops, social events and much more happening every day.

The tenth anniversary of VWBPE is going to be awesome from start to end. The VWBPE regions this year have been completely been revamped and look amazing.

VWBPE 2017 SLURLS

VWBPE 2017 Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Starts at 11am SLT

VWBPE 2017 Regions Map

Important Links

Here are my first preview snapshots of VWBPE 2017 regions

VWBPE 2017 Regions Map
VWBPE 2017 Gateway
VWBPE 2017 Legacy Area
VWBPE 2017 Lecture Area A
VWBPE 2017 Quadrivium

For more info visit vwbpe.org

VWBPE 2017 is fast approaching


10th annual conference starts next week

The VWBPE 2017 conference officially opens next week on Wednesday 29th March through until Saturday 1st April 2017 in Second Life. The theme for this year is Legacy and it’s worth mentioning this will be the 10th anniversary of the annual conference.

VWBPE 2017 is a free to attend event and here are some of the exciting speeches ahead.

  • Ebbe Altberg will be¬†attending this year and will be giving a speech about education and Second Life at 1pm SLT on Wednesday 29th March
  • Draxtor Despress will be giving a speech about VR and education at 3pm SLT on Saturday 1st April
  • John Lester will be giving a speech about virtual worlds at 4pm SLT on Saturday 1st April
  • Check out the VWBPE 2017 Calendar for all of the sessions ahead.

Please Note! 

These sessions will be in a private region. To get your invitation to attend you need to submit a question for our guests. Start thinking about what to ask! Questions must be submitted no later than Sunday March 26 at 11:59pm PST (extended from original March 20th deadline).

Want to bring a friend? Starting March 21st, the Rockcliffe Registration Portal will be open for people to register new avatars and find out more about the VWBPE conference in-world. Invite your friends to go to https://urockcliffe.com/reg/second-life/ and follow the easy instructions to get started. We suggest that they come a day or two early to get oriented, so they don’t miss any part of the conference.

Volunteers Needed

Some cool Kitely places to visit in 2017


Kitely Login Screen – 18th March 2017
Kitely Welcome Center Рcentral area
Kitely Welcome Area – nice pathways layout
Kitely Welcome Area – places to visit area
Kitely Welcome Area – meeting area

Freebie Mail 
Seanchai Library
Kitely sandbox regions
Cookie II welcome zone
Multiverse Dragon Masters
Serenity Island

There are many interesting places (worlds) to visit in Kitely, see here. 

Latest News

Useful Links

New Second Life Community Platform Officially Launches


On Tuesday 14th March Linden Lab officially launched the all new Second Life community platform to the world. At first glance the new community platform looks really nice with a whole new page layout with the main pages along the top.¬†It’s now easier to view the forums, knowledge base, blogs, answers and to keep track of all activity.

Here is what the new Second Life community platform looks like now. Take a look today and spread the word. ūüôā

Forums

Blogs

Knowledge Base

Answers

All Activity

Revamped Profile Section

The profile section in the top right has been revamped with a whole new drop down layout where you can find profile settings, manage followed content, account settings, ignored users and sign out

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Create Topics in the Forums

There is now a new +Create option to add new topics in the Second Life forums in a matter of seconds. Notifications and Inbox icons have been added to the top right to keep track of the latest activities.

New Search Box

There is now a new search box (with advanced search) where you can find out everything within the Second Life community platform. You can either search all the content, blog entries, knowledge base articles or by members.

Advanced search

You can search by the content type, date created, last updated and much more here.

These are still early days for the new launched Second Life community platform and work is still in progress to make it even better in the weeks ahead. So far I like the new updated version of the community platform and I believe in time this will will improve the Second Life experience for everyone.

Do you like the new Second Life community platform or do you prefer the old version layouts instead ?

Avination Grid officially shuts down on OpenSim


Farewell Avination Grid

According to Hypergrid Business latest blog post Avination Grid has officially shut down on OpenSim which is very sad news to hear about. Apparently the grid and company behind it has officially shut down after a series of financial problems in recent years.

Melanie Thielker who the owner of Avination Grid has confirmed the following:

  • The grid‚Äôs regions and user inventories are saved, but residents will lose any money they had in in-world currency“,
  • “Now, that effort is over, the company is shut down, and the brand is too damaged to try to recover it,”
  • We allowed the¬†company to lapse because of the damage to the name Avination
  • We will shortly be able to provide avatars, inventories¬†and regions from Avination in a new framework not called Avination.”
  • I‚Äôd like for people to have some assurance that the stuff is not lost,
  • Since Avination is bankrupt and dissolved, there is no money there¬†to pay out,
3rd Avination Birthday Celebrations – September 2013

I first joined Avination on 17th January 2012 and since then I’ve blogged about the Avination grid from community events, big news stories, grid improvements¬†and much more. Back then there were 592 regions, 43, 787 registered users with 3, 226 unique logins (past 30 days). The¬†Avination viewer¬†was 54.9MB in size back then running version 1.5.8.

On the Avination login screen updated recently in 2017 there are 81, 424 registered users, 492 regions with 399 unique logins (past 30 days). These screenshots are from my first day when I arrived at the welcome area of Avination.

Login Stats – 17th January 2012
Tutorial Island – 17th January 2012
My First Day back on 17th January 2012

It’s a real shame this is the end of¬†Avination now and this is a huge loss for the OpenSim community moving forward I think.

Me in Avination – 2016

SL Community Platform Update: The Knowledge Base Goes Live


First preview of the revamped Knowledge Base

Late last month Linden Lab announced the start of revamp of the Second Life community pages including the forums, blogs, answers, knowledge base etc. On Friday 10th March the lab made a small announcement saying “Currently, we have turned on the Knowledge Base. Blogs and Forums will come soon – but for now those areas are still under construction. We will update as those become available“.

URL > https://community.secondlife.com/knowledgebase/english/

It’s good to see the Knowledge Base is back up and running again because it’s been offline since late last month. I would imagine next week the lab will switch on the blogs and forums etc hopefully.

The home page of the Second Life community platform now looks like this as of Sunday 12th March 2017.

New look Second Life Community main page

Stay tuned for further updates soon.

New Sansar video released by Linden Lab


On 7th March Linden Lab released a brand new video of Sansar showing what can be done in the new world. The video includes some amazing visuals. rendered movements and a brief look at the user interface. The video runs for 1 minute and 56 seconds. The video has already been viewed more than 10, 000 times on YouTube since yesterday.

There is a glimpse of places to explore, the Sansar store (marketplace), the realistic avatars you can use and the tools available to create personal experiences. The graphics look really nice and I think it’s going to impress people who are used to Second Life graphics.

The¬†narrator says that¬†Sansar is revolutionary and it’s unlike anything the world has ever seen before.¬†Sansar will take VR to the next level and Sansar will have live events,¬†entertainment, education uses and much more.

Currently Sansar is in an invite-only creator preview phrase and its planned to go into the Open Beta phrase in Spring 2017.

Further updates on the delay of the new Second Life community platform


Latest Community Update – (6th March 2017)

The new revamped Second Life community platform was due to go live last week but¬†due to the large complexity of the Community migration it’s taking longer to complete apparently. For days the blog, forums, KB, Answers etc have been offline. The wait is almost over I think!

The lab have been keeping everyone updated regularly on the Community migration on the Second Life Status page under the Community Platform Maintenance section.

Today the lab are still continuing with the community migration. Hopefully the new community platform might go live possibly this week or next week. We will have to wait and see.

Some pages are still offline