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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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AvaCon Announces 5th Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017


On Tuesday 12th September AvaCon announced details about their upcoming fifth annual OpenSimulator Community Conference due to take place 9th-10th December 2017. The main focus this year will be on the latest OpenSim software releases along with visions for the future of OpenSim.

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software.

AvaCon hope to accommodate over 400 users in total at this year’s conference. The 2017 OpenSimulator Community Conference will feature many interesting presentations, performances, panels, workshops and much more. On the main stage there will be more in-depth talks featuring Education, Technical, Creative and Experiential topics of interest.

The annual conference is organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimulator and AvaCon. Here are the important deadlines and important dates you should know about.

  • September 12, 2017 – Announcement of the Call for Proposals!
  • October 8, 2017 – Proposals are due by 11:59 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time).
  • October 22, 2017 – Proposal  acceptance emails and with conference information.
  • October 29, 2017 – Accepted speakers must register for the conference to create an entry in the conference schedule and the program.
  • November 11, 2017 – Speaker Orientation & Training sessions and Presenter Booth Setup to prepare speakers for the conference.
  • November 18, 2017 – Deadline for stage props and audio-visuals (beyond textures) for conference program.
  • December 9-10, 2017 – OSCC17 – Conference dates – Bring the WOWness!
  • December 10, 2017 – OSCC Hypergrid tour and community events.

If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s conference, fill out this application form.

Please spread the word about the upcoming 5th Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017

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.

My historical snapshots of VWBPE conferences in Second Life


Special Blog Post: Here is a look back at my favourite historical snapshots of previous VWBPE conferences held in Second Life. This year marks VWBPE tenth anniversary in Second Life so now it’s time to go back down memory lane…

VWBPE 2010 regions map

VWBPE 2011

VWBPE regions 2011

VWBPE 2011 ceremony

VWBPE 2012 gateway

VWBPE 2012 Dragon parade

VWBPE Main Auditorium 2013

VWBPE Main Auditorium 2013

VWBPE 2014 – Ebbe Linden keynotes speech

VWBPE Main Auditorium 2014

Philip Rosedale at VWBPE 2014

VWBPE 2015 opening

VWBPE 2015

VWBPE 2016

VWBPE 2016 regions map

VWBPE 2017

VWBPE 2017 regions map

Wow, so much has changed over the years since I first started going to VWBPE conferences. I still can’t believe this is the 10th year of the annual conference. Here’s to the next 10 years! 🙂