VWBPE 2022 Program Released


All sessions of the upcoming VWBPE 2022 conference have been published on the VWBPE Program page. This year marks the 15th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices In Education conference which opens officially on Thursday 31st March 2022 through until Saturday 2nd April 2022 in Second Life. The theme for 2022 is Phoenix Rising and the conference is free for everyone to attend. All times are SLT!

The Kick Off Event of VWBPE 2022 starts at 8am to 8.50am SLT where Phelan Corrimal (Executive Director) will officially declare the beginning of VWBPE 2022. It’s best to arrive early to make sure you get a seat and to be able to access the VWBPE regions before they become full. On the VWBPE Program page you can add events to your personal calendars by clicking on the selected session. There is a Subscribe button at the bottom of the page to stay updated.

What’s Up at the Lab? – Thursday 31st March 2022

  • Patch Linden
  • 11am to 11.50am SLT
  • Join Phelan and Patch at this Above the Book interview as they explore what’s new at Linden Lab and the impact on educators and non-profit organizations in Second Life.
  • VWBPE Auditorium

Looking at a glance overview there are many interesting sessions and keynotes planned from The Beauty of STEAM education in virtual worlds, Out of this World Parade, Phoenix Egg Exhibit Hunt, Spirit Light Dance Company performances and much more. Virtual Worlds after COVID is a must for those that want to know what’s coming next.

There is a special Above the Book Interview with Maria Korolov (Hypergrid Business editor and publisher) live at 3pm-3.50pm SLT on Friday 1st April 2022 talking about the state of virtual environments.

The closing ceremony will be on Saturday 2nd April from 6pm to 7pm SLT including closing remarks and highlights of the conference held at the VWBPE Auditorium. The 2022 Thinkerer Award Recipient will be named during this ceremony. The dance away night party will be held from 7pm to 8pm SLT. There will be live music and dancing. It’s going to be great fun.

The wait is almost over. Yay! 🙂

New Last Names In Second Life!


On 1st March 2022 Linden Lab released more new Last Names in Second Life which are now available. The lab have removed many older Last Names apparently this week. It’s important to note that changing your name includes having a Premium account to do so. See Changing your username FAQ for more information. It costs $39.99 to change a username and Basic account holders are not eligible for a username change. All new accounts are created with the last name of Resident by default.

The lab will continue to add more new Last Names in the months ahead and there is a suggestion form to suggest new last names. Please note that the lab will not be reusing previous legacy last names shown here.

Here are the new Last Names that are available now.

  • Foxpaws
  • Captain
  • Starchild
  • Blep
  • Grumpypants
  • Jackman
  • Kiko
  • Norbert
  • Ayashi
  • Corvinus
  • McGregor
  • Marques
  • Rizzo

Here is the full list of available last names as of Wednesday 2nd March 2022.

Stay tuned for more updates soon on my blog.