Category Archives: VWBPE

Creepy Crawl 2016, BURN2 Da Vinci’s Workshop 2016 and VWBPE 2017

There have been various interesting Second Life event announcements made just recently and here is a recap of them if you missed any of them. Please spread the word about these events happening this year and next. 🙂

Creepy Crawl 2016

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On 29th September the lab blogged about the Creepy Crawl event that will be taking place in Second Life on 31st October 2016.  There will be live music, Halloween fun and the return of the Halloween Shop ‘Til You Drop event.

The Shop ‘Til You Drop Halloween themed shopping event will be taking place on Friday 21st October through until Monday 31st October 2016. Merchants that are interested in this shopping event can fill out the Halloween Shopping Event form here.

BURN2 Da Vinci’s Workshop 2016

The annual BURN2 event is coming up fast in Second Life and this year the theme is Da Vinci’s Workshop. The BURN2 2016 festival in Second Life starts on 15th October through until 23rd October with entertainment and music.

  • The Man Burn will be on Saturday 22nd October 
  • The Temple Burn will be on Sunday 23rd October 

Press Day will be on Friday 14th October and if you are interested fill out the Press Pass Signup form to get special access to the BURN2 regions.

  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm SLT
  • 7:00pm – 10:00pm SLT

VWBPE 2017

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education is a global grass-roots community event focusing on education in immersive virtual environments. This open conference is organized by educators, for educators, to provide an opportunity to showcase the learning that takes place in this community of practice. All educators are encouraged to present, attend and take part in this discussion of collaborative deeper learning and co-presence in virtual worlds and games.

The 10th annual VWBPE conference in Second Life will be taking place from Wednesday 29th March through until Saturday 1st April 2017. To mark the 10th anniversary the first annual  Virtual Science Fair will be taking place which invites all educators to participate.

VWBPE17 LEGACY: Call for Proposals

Which event are you most looking forward to the most ? Please comment below! 🙂 


VWBPE 2017: 10th anniversary confirmed for 28th March to 1st April

During the closing ceremony of virtual worlds best practices in education conference 2016 it was confirmed that next year’s VWBPE 2017 10th anniversary conference including a first ever virtual world science fair will take place between 28th March through until 1st April 2017.

If you have missed any of the VWBPE 2016 sessions, you can watch them all here.

What did you enjoy about VWBPE 2016 this year ?

Project Sansar latest updates from the 9th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference 2016

Project Sansar Login Page

Project Sansar Login Page

As many know already Ebbe Linden CEO of Linden Lab spoke this week at the 9th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference 2016 talking about and answering questions on Project Sansar. Here are the latest updates that you need to know about including beta testing and building etc.

VR Headset

Recently Linden Lab have been playing a lot with the new VR hardware and trying to integrate it with Project Sansar. Linden Lab are working on integrating HTV Vive with Sansar with the addition of Steam VR at some point in the near future.

Cross Platforms

The good news is that Project Sansar is being built for Windows PCs, Oculus and Vive HMD which sounds great. The lab is working on Project Sansar for Android and IOS devices. I can’t wait for the launch of Project Sansar for Android. There will be a streaming solution for Project Sansar which is being worked on by third parties. Apparently a Mac viewer is being looked at currently and it could be launched at some point in the future.

Possible Exchange System

A few things I learnt is that Project Sansar will be for an age range of 13+ along with content ratings and that the Linden Dollar will probably not be used in Project Sansar. Ebbe Linden did mention that there will be an exchange system so you can transfer Linden Dollars to the Sansar currency (still early days yet).

Building in Sansar

In Project Sansar there will be many interesting building tools in Project Sansar and Linden Lab will support 3rd party tools. So that means you can use Maya or Blender to build stuff and import it. Ebbe Linden mentioned that there will be tools within Project Sansar including layout, terrain, object manipulation tools and more. Over time the lab will work on creation tools so you can build within Project Sansar.

Ebbe Linden said that Project Sansar will be nowhere near as feature rich as Second Life is now, many of things you depend on in Second Life will not be available at the beginning. Ebbe Linden mentions that when Project Sansar goes public many people will leave Second Life to have a look around however to find out they can not do the things they do in Second Life.

Ebbe has already experienced 360 video in Project Sansar and he has already used hand controllers to rearrange objects in Project Sansar. Project Sansar uses the baking progress meaning that you have to publish what you have built. This will allow the system to optimize lighting and performance better.

There will be no skill based gaming in Project Sansar at first but this may change in the near future due to it being very costly and requires a lot of time..

Beta Testing

Firstly you will need Maya to work in Project Sansar, you will need be experienced in building etc and willing to give feedback to help test Project Sansar. It’s worth mentioning people who just want to snoop around is not what they are looking for. It’s better to wait until the opening planned for Q4 2016.

In May or June 2016 the lab will open up Beta access for Project Sansar to a set of creators. Linden Lab are very focused on creators for the rest of the year. From July until the end of the year the lab will invite more and more users to join.

The lab will start accepting applications from people who want to get involved in beta testing through an online signup page depending on your skills. Project Sansar will be opened to the public at the end of the year / early 2017.

There are no plans to migrate everyone from Second Life to Project Sansar for years to come and they remain different products.

New Previews of Project Sansar

During the past few months Linden Lab have published first still pictures of what’s possible in Project Sansar. Ebbe Linden mentioned in his speech that between now and June 2016 Linden Lab will be revealing new pictures along with Project Sansar in action via demos. During Q3 2016 even more will be revealed on Project Sansar which sounds very exciting indeed.



My Final Thoughts

I enjoyed listening to Ebbe Linden speech at VWBPE 2016 and it’s good to learn more about Project Sansar. From what I’m gathering most want to start beta testing and want to see new video demos/pictures. It’s still early days for sure and it’s going to be really good to hear more about Sansar in the months ahead.