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Press Release: Relay for Life of Second Life 2015 Kickoff Celebration Event


RFL of SL 2015

This weekend marks the start of the 11th annual Relay For Life of Second Life 2015 season and here is the official press release below including the full schedule for the next few days. I think it’s going to be another great season during 2015 with larger audiences, new records being set and more great events than ever before.

I’ll be blogging once again during the RFL of SL 2015 season so stay tuned for that. I’m ready and it’s almost time to get the season under-way. Yay! :)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life season will kick off officially on March 8, 2015. Festivities will begin at 9 am slt with a one hour pre-show hosted by T1 Radio. The 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Kick Off Ceremony will being at 10 am slt and featuring speeches by the Relay For Life of Second Life Planning Committee, the official American Cancer Society Representative StingRay Raymaker.

The 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Kick Off Celebrations will usher in the start of the 11th season of Relay For Life of Second Life, an official charity of the American Cancer Society. The theme for this year’s relay season is “The Future is Now”.  Immediately following the kick off ceremony, guests will be treated to live music, dj’s, games, and Relay For Life of Second Life Team campsite areas to visit. The campsite areas will provide teams the opportunity to display their team spirit and to start the relay fundraising season.  Below is the official schedule for the 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Kick Off Celebrations:

2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Kickoff Schedule

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015

On Saturday, March 7, everyone is invited to a special Paint Second Life Purple wrap up party, as our many relay teams will begin setting up for Kickoff 2015! The party will be held at 5pm to 8 pm slt and will be hosted by T1 Radio.

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015

9am to 10 am slt – T1 Radio Pre-Kick Off Show

10am to 11 am slt – Kick Off Opening Ceremony & Speeches

11am to 5 pm slt – Live performers, djs, and team campsites are open

5pm to 7  pm slt – Fireworks & Closing Party with T1 Radio’s Trader1 Whiplash

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 over 2 million US dollars to help with the fight against cancer. This year our Relay weekend will be held on July 17th and 18th.

About the American Cancer Society:

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of nearly three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year.  We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. As the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we’re finding cures and ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit cancer.org or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.

For More Information:

www.relayforlifeofsecondlife.org

www.cancer.org/involved/participate/relayforlife/second-life

Are you ready ? 

 

SL/WoW documentary “Login2Life”


Draxtor Despres today uploaded a documentary video called LOGIN2LIFE on his official YouTube channel which runs for 1 hour and 26 minutes. Second Life and World of Warcraft is featured in this documentary. Woooot! :)

Elaborate digital platforms like Second Life and World of Warcraft offer novel opportunities for friendship, sex, employment, and aesthetic experience in virtual communities populated by cartoon-like avatars.

Centered around people who have found communities online, Login 2 Life profiles people deeply immersed in virtual worlds, including individuals who are homebound because of their disabilities, and attempts to understand what these individuals get from their virtual lives.

Apparently this SL/WoW documentary “Login2Life” will be shown at the Reel Abilities Film Fest in NYC at 10pm on Tuesday 17th March 2015. There will be a discussion panel in Second Life with a RL audience which sounds most interesting indeed.

More info here > http://newyork.reelabilities.org

Exciting events during March 2015 in Second Life


There are many exciting events to look forward to during March 2015 in Second Life and yay spring is around the corner. These events are the ones that I know of at the moment and if you know of any others please share them in comments.

  • Paint SL Purple is still happening in Second Life until 7th March 2015
  • The Full Perm Fair is still happening in Second Life until 22nd March 2015
  • RFL of SL 2015 season officially starts from 7th+ March 2015
  • VWBPE 2015 starts on 18th – 21st March 2015
  • Fashion for Life 2015 officially starts on 21st – 29th March 2015
  • Burnal Equinox in SL 2015 starts on 27th – 29th March 2015

Spread the word :)

VWBPE 2015 Keynotes and Featured Speakers announcement


The VWBPE 2015 organisers have announced this year’s keynote speakers and featured speakers via the VWBPE website. It’s a interesting list of speakers I think and for me I’ll be looking forward to Ebbe Altberg keynotes speech the most.

This year marks the 8th annual VWBPE event in Second Life and it’s going to be a fascinating conference from the start to the end. VWBPE 2015 kicks off on 18th March until 21st March 2015 and the theme is Crossroads. See last year’s VWBPE numbers!

Here are the announced speakers for VWBPE 2015! 

  • Ebbe Altberg will be opening the conference at 1pm SLT on Wednesday 18th March 2015. Ebbe will be speaking about the relationship between Linden Lab and educators.
  • Pamela Broviak will be speaking at 7am SLT about virtual spaces and civil engineering on Thursday 19th March 2015.
  • Gord Holden will be speaking at 1pm SLT about K-12 education, virtual worlds and experiential learning on Thursday 19th March 2015.
  • Jeroen Frans will be speaking at 7am SLT about impressive projects that engage learners on Friday 20th March 2015.
  • Sensuous Maximus will be speaking at 1pm SLT about her views on virtual teaching and skill sets on Friday 20th March 2015.
  • Susan Toth-Cohen will be speaking at 7am SLT about her life changing work of applying virtual worlds in her graduate program for occupational therapy on Saturday 21st March 2015.
  • John Fillwalk will be speaking at 1pm SLT about simulation and virtualization on Saturday 21st March 2015.
  •  Jay Jay Jegathesan will be speaking at 4pm SLT at the closing about the large span of influence over the arts, research, machinima, teaching, and architecture on Saturday 21st March 2015

For a more in-depth read of the speakers above, see here.

Reminder Update

  • The VWBPE 2015 Calendar is available here
  • Exhibitor space & displays submissions open until 27th February 2015
  • Feature your virtual world at the “Post-Conference Virtual World Tour”: submissions until 27th February 2015
  • Thinkerer Award: Please nominate your outstanding candidates by 1st March 2015
  • Register Here for tickets

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Are you excited about VWBPE 2015 ?

Please post your views in comments! :)

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Share your educational success stories with Linden Lab


On Tuesday 24th February Linden Lab posted a new blog post asking for Second Life educators to share their educational success stories.

Check out the new Education Forum Thread here.

The full blog post reads this…

Are you an educator seeing positive results from using Second Life? We’d love to hear from you! Please join us in this Education Forum thread to share your answers to the following questions:

  1. What educational organization do you represent?
  2. How do you use SL in your educational endeavors?
  3. Most importantly, what positive results have you seen from using SL?

From direct conversations, press coverage, and the like, we’ve heard of a number of organizations seeing positive results using Second Life for education, but we’re always eager to hear more and we hope you’ll add your voice to the thread.

Thanks!

Firestorm hosts 2nd snowball fight


For those that couldn’t make it to the first snowball fight a few weeks ago there is another chance to throw snowballs at the Lindens. The 2nd snowball fight will be held at 1pm SLT today over at the Winter Wonderland regions in Second Life. SLURL

Spread the word and have fun! :)

Wow great snowball fight!

Paint SL Purple 2015 Press Release


RFL Paint Second Life Purple 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It is time to paint the grid purple!! Paint SL Purple, the official lead in to the 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life season, will take place between February 21 and March 7, 2015.  Throughout this time, Second Life avatars are invited to paint their homes, businesses, clubs, and land purple, wear purple clothes, purple hair, and even purple skin!

Second Life avatars  can pick up the official Paint SL Purple kit at the American Cancer Society Island. This special kit contains purple freebies to help you celebrate the week. Avatars can  contact Nuala Maracas or Leala Spire in world to obtain a copy of the free kit or they visit the following slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/219/138/26

The official Paint SL Kickoff party will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2015  on American Cancer Society Island from 4pm – 9pm. DJ Dee Wolfe will kick off the party at 4 pm slt, followed by Special Guest’s Satin & Erin. DJ Dianne Wycliffe will close the part out from 7pm to 9 pm slt. All parties will take place at the following location:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/42/211/609

Search for Paint Second Life Purple (PSLP) in the Second Life event listings to find other parties that are taking place all over the grid throughout this special week.

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 over 2 million US dollars to help with the fight against cancer. This year our Relay weekend will be held on July 17th and 18th.

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.

For More Information: