This week the lab have added 16 new regions to the Victorian regions south east of the Bellisseria continent in Second Life. This new expansion is set to grow even larger in the weeks and months ahead. The Moles are working hard in nearby regions and they are doing a great job.
Many think that Linden Lab strategy for the rest of 2020 is to expand the larger size land masses with each new theme moving eastwards and northwards. Adding in the mini continents (wood region) with squishy pickle and houseboats. Don’t forget more new themes are in the works so it’s going to be pretty interesting to see how it all mixes up.
Overview map of the Bellisseria continent as of today…
A new special information area on Coronovirus (COVID-19) in Second Life has been set up at the WBH Grove of Wisdom/ Health Hacienda on Inspiration Island. You can read the statistics and basic facts about the virus inworld thanks to Briellr Coronet.
This area will be kept updated regularly. Please spread the word and direct your friends here.
I think there should be more virus info places like this around Second Life during this crisis.
Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab has posted a message on the Second Life blog today on the latest Coronavirus situation and Second Life Operations.
The lab are seeing an increase in new registrations and returning residents in Second Life during this outbreak.
The full blog post in full…
As concerns about the current coronavirus outbreak continue, we want to assure the community that we have taken steps to ensure that the Second Life operations stay steady while also helping our employees stay safe through this public health crisis. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who have been affected by this unprecedented event.
Second Life will continue to be available without interruption as we get through this tough time together. Due to our previous crisis contingency planning and the flexible nature of our distributed workforce, we are not expecting any changes to response times for support inquiries and payment processing.
We know that Second Life serves a great purpose for our community as people seek ways to stay in touch with their friends and co-workers, as they grapple with new social distancing protocols, mandated remote work requirements, and other precautionary measures.
We are seeing an increase in new registrations and returning residents during this outbreak. Please be kind and welcoming to those who may just need a friendly conversation to escape from this crazy world for a moment or more. If you have a friend or colleague who is looking for a safe place to socialize online during these tough times, we encourage you to help them discover how Second Life can enable them to feel less isolated by connecting them to your favorite communities or experiences.
Like many companies across the globe, we’ve put into action new remote work policies for our employees to ensure that they can take care of themselves and their families while continuing to work from home. Prior to this incident, a large percentage of our company was already working from the “Moonlab” (that’s what we call remote employees’ locations), so we have been able to transition quickly and efficiently to a fully remote setup.
For the past 17 years, Second Life has been a special place that brings people across the world together — and we appreciate your trust and support as we get through this rough time together.
Ebbe and all the Lindens From the Moonlab. 3.18.2020.
The 13th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) conference officially starts next Thursday 26th through until Saturday 28th March 2020 in Second Life. The theme for VWBPE 2020 is Stellar and the regions will reflect this year’s theme.
The keynote speakers for this year’s conference. The keynote speeches will be presented at the newly re-built VWBPE Auditorium.
Dr. L. Robert Furman
Thursday, March 26
Opening the conference is Dr. Rob Furman. Dr. Rob is a well known educator, administrator, author and speaker from Pennsylvania. His engagement and enthusiasm for everyday education inspire audiences everywhere. We are excited to welcome Dr. Rob to Second Life and VWBPE.
Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda
Friday, March 27
Dr. Thomas has worked extensively with VWBPE partner vLanguages, working as PI of the CAMELOT project (EU KA3 ICT) about project-based learning with video (2013-2015); a partner in the (EU KA2) VITAL project on learning analytics (2015-2017); and PI on the GUINEVERE project (EU KA2) which examined gamification in virtual environments (2017-2019). He is a prolific author and researcher.
Dr. Thomas helps us launch Day 2 speaking on Virtual Worlds and Social Justice: An Impact and Civic Engagement Agenda.
Lessons Learned from the 2020 Educators in VR Conference
Saturday, March 28
The final Keynote address of the conference brings us the co-founders of Educators in VR: Daniel Dyboski-Bryant and Lorelle VanFossen. This dynamic duo will be reflecting on the lessons learned at their recent and highly successful Educators in VR International Summit — 24 hours a day for 6 days in VR environments.
Daniel is a lifelong educator from a family of educators and speaks 5 languages. He is a trainer, speaker and consultant of VR in Education with clients including schools, colleges, universities, design teams, training companies, councils and private individuals.
In his daytime job Daniel is the Project Lead for Exploring VR in Further Education, Remote Learning and Language, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Lecturer, and Trainer at Coleg Llandrillo, Grwp Llandrillo-Menaia in North Wales UK.
Lorelle VanFossen is a keynote, trainer, writer, and consultant on web writing, digital storytelling, content curation, social media, and blogging, especially working with WordPress and virtual reality. Called a digital evangelist, on Lorelle on WordPress she writes and teaches more than you may want to know about how all this social publishing business stuff works.
The VWBPE Conference is a completely virtual conference that is conducted using simulated environments. Participants experience the conference through a virtual reality type setting including conference rooms, theatres, exposition halls, meeting spaces, and other types of venues similar to a brick and mortar type conference.
The conference is free to attend. The cost of the conference is covered by sponsorship and donations.
Linden Lab have announced this week that the SL17B applications have opened for exhibitors and performers.
The 17th annual Second Life birthday celebrations start on 19th June through until 10th July 2020. The theme for SL17B is vacations and road trips.
Save the date! The 17th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL17B) will be held June 19-July 10. Get ready for a fun-filled week of live music and deejay performances, shopping exclusives, and amazing community exhibits.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how Second Life can help organizations, events, and conferences continue to safely and efficiently operate during the coronavirus outbreak.
Many individuals and organizations are being affected by this unprecedented public health crisis, and we recognize that Second Life can provide an important and valuable way for people to stay in touch with their friends and co-workers amidst new social distancing protocols, mandated remote work requirements, and other precautionary measures.
New, Deeper Discount Rate for Education & Nonprofits
One of the first things we’ve implemented to help is a reduction in pricing to a flat $99/month per region to qualified accredited nonprofit or educational institutions. Effective immediately, this limited-time price reduction is applicable to any new or added regions including renewals of existing regions. See our Terms & Conditions for more information.*
How Can We Help?
We’re also here to assist you if your organization is exploring options in Second Life for new remote solutions for conferences, events or classes. Our support team is standing by to answer questions about how to get quickly started with a new private or public meeting or event space in Second Life.
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How Can I Get Started?
COMPANIES & EVENT ORGANIZERS
Get background information on Second Life enterprise, remote meeting and education services on our new micro-site and related FAQ.
Reach out to email@example.com to discuss pricing and we’ll help you walk through the process. Options range from do-it-yourself to turnkey virtual meeting space solutions.
Some organizations may want to customize how their employees interact with Second Life via a customized and branded sign-up process that brings participants directly to the virtual world meeting location upon the first login. Contact us to learn about whether this and other customized options are right for your organization.
If you are a first-timer in Second Life, you’ll want to start by creating a free Second Life account and downloading the Second Life Viewer.
You’ll have the option to select an avatar that you wish to represent your digital identity. Participants can select from a variety of identities from human to non-human and a wide range of attire.
Once you log in to Second Life, you may want to explore a bit to learn the basics of the virtual world. Check out our Support portal or our New User Tutorial videos for help. You may also want to explore a bit before attending your first virtual meeting or event. There are thousands of 3D locations in Second Life – browse the Destination Guide to get familiar with Second Life.
When you are ready to attend your company meeting or event, click on the link provided by your employer to “teleport” and virtually visit the 3D meeting location.
Today the coronavirus outbreak has turned into a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Everyone is talking about this virus and its alarming how fast its spreading around the world.
The NHS said the symptoms of Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 include a cough, high fever and shortness of breath.
On the Second Life Marketplace there are three pages of Coronavirus items including a mask, survival bag, clothing, toilet paper and more. To be honest on this occasion the lab should take these items off the Second Life Marketplace as this should be left in real life.
Its unclear if the Coronavirus will have any impact with Second Life in the weeks and months ahead in terms of more active users or in world events etc. Its serious and everyone should be preparing.
I’m in the south west part of the UK and yes there have been cases in the county area. My local town has not been affected so far. I’ll blog if this changes.
As of today 8 people have died in the UK. 460 people have tested positive in the UK. Sadly there will be more cases and deaths before it gets better.