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VWBPE 2018: VRevolutions Call for Proposals


VWBPE 2018

The VWBPE committee is now calling for proposals for next year’s annual conference which will be taking place from 15th to 17th March 2018. The committee “seeks submissions of presentation proposals along with proposals for exhibits and immersive experiences (pre- and post-conference virtual experiences).”

Proposals for exhibits and immersive experiences are now open. Here are the three formats for presentation proposals:

  • Spotlight Presentations (1 hour)
  • Hands on Technology Workshops (90 minutes)
  • Compass Points Roundtable Discussions (1 hour)

VWBPE18 VRevolutions

We are living in a disruptive age, where technology innovation has changed they way we live, the way we learn, and the way we interact. Innovation isn’t just a word used by scientists and entrepreneurs, it has come to describe our ever changing society. VRevolutions is your time to be part of that change.

VWBPE is an ecosystem of digital spaces. While the conference is hosted in Second Life, our conference features a variety of virtual and digital spaces. To present at VRevolutions, think outside the virtual space and consider how multiple available technologies and devices redefine what it means to work, create, and learn “virtually”. The VRevolution is about doing what scares you, what excites you, breaking and creating new paradigms.

At VRevolutions, VWBPE welcomes the multifaceted communities that contribute to and expand best practices in digital and virtual spaces to support practice, creation, and learning. Regardless of the community you represent, your proposal should consider how it contributes and expands the knowledge base for innovative and revolutionary change through the increasingly complex landscape of digital technology.

Call for Proposals

The VWBPE committee seeks submissions of presentation proposals along with proposals for exhibits and immersive experiences (pre- and post-conference virtual experiences). The call for proposals encompasses these three categories, with further details about each in the section below.

There are seven tracks and three formats. When formulating your proposal, we encourage you to consider the current theme of the conference, which in 2018 is “VRevolutions”.

We invite proposal submissions from a broad range of communities, such as, and not limited to, the following:

  • Educators and Trainers
  • Artists, Designers and Builders
  • Advocacy and NonProfit
  • Support and Help Communities
  • Entertainers and Performers
  • Coders, Scripters, and System/IT Analysts
  • Business and Entrepreneurs

Apply Here

    • The deadline for proposals is

8th January 2018

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VWBPE 2017: Video Replays Available


VWBPE 2017 ended on 1st April in Second Life and for anyone that missed any of the key speeches then here is another chance to watch them again. This year was a special because it was the tenth anniversary of the annual conference. Well done to all the organizers, speakers, volunteers, mentors, the technical team and everyone who made the conference work smoothly.

Ebbe Linden – Above the Book: A Conversation about Education and Second Life

Legacy Panel: A Look Back at the Inworld Conference

Draxtor Despres – Above the Book: Will VR Matter in Education ?

John Lester – Beyond Escapism in Virtual Worlds

For more conference videos please visit the official VWBPE YouTube channel for the latest key speeches.

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