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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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VWBPE 2015 updates and reminders


VWBPE 2015 coming soon

VWBPE 2015 coming soon

The 8th annual VWBPE conference starts 18th-21st March and the event will be happening on the VWBPE regions in Second Life. The theme is Crossroads this year and here are the deadline targets set by the VWBPE 2015 organizers, see below.

Latest VWBPE 2015 Updates

  • The VWBPE 2015 calendar is now live – see here for times, dates and info
  • Exhibit submissions extended until 27th February 2015
  • Post-conference VWBPE Virtual World Explorations submissions have to be received by 27th February 2015.
  • The Thinkerer Award – deadline for nominations is 1st March 2015
  • Registration is still open – attendance is free this year for SL/OpenSim platforms

I’m looking forward to attending VWBPE 2015 and I’m interested to hear more during the conference. In previous years it’s been a really good experience and the attendance numbers are pretty much high every time. I’m looking forward to hearing from Ebbe Linden and many more during the 2015 conference.

Just under a month to go until the event gets underway. Yay! :)

VWBPE 2015 – Another call out for Volunteers


The 8th annual VWBPE conference starts 18th March to 21st March 2015 in Second Life. This is another call out for volunteers to sign up. Training for Volunteers starts in early March 2015 for most positions. Information about training, schedule-sign ups and events will be sent by the VWBPE team if you have been approved.

Here are the volunteer roles that need to be filled as soon as possible!

  • Meet & Greet
  • Moderators
  • Mentors
  • Quadrivium Facilitator
  • Quadrivium Assistant (new this year)
  • Parcel Managers
  • Volunteer Streaming (new this year)

Sign Up Here > http://vwbpe.org/conference/call-for-volunteers.

For questions please contact Elli Pinion, Volunteer Chair at elli.pinion@gmail.com.

8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference 2015


Here are the latest updates for the upcoming 8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference happening 18th-21st March 2015 in Second Life.

  • Final Round: Call For Proposals due Jan 14
  • Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altber to Open VWBPE 2015
  • Advancing Innovation through Sponsorship
  • Volunteers, Save the Date!
  • Exhibitor, Machinima and more info posts this week

The 8th Annual VWBPE Conference is the  event bringing together educators/trainers, practitioners, administrators and policy makers from around the world to present, discuss and review ongoing developments in the field of 3D virtualization, its applications, and opportunities.

Over 3,300 people from 45 countries attended our last conference. There were 80 presentations in three days including keynote addresses by Ebbe Altberg, CEO of Linden Lab and Philip Rosedale, Second Life creator and CEO of High Fidelity.

Save the date > March 18-21, 2015!

More info can be found at http://vwbpe.org.

Here are some of my VWBPE snapshots from the past and I like to share them below!

VWBPE 2010

VWBPE 2010

VWBPE Gateway 2011

VWBPE Gateway 2011

VWBPE 2012

VWBPE 2012 – chatting to friends 

VWBPE 2012 Dragon parade

VWBPE 2012 – A fantastic Dragon parade

VWBPE 2013

VWBPE 2013 – Large crowds gather 

VWBPE Main Auditorium 2013

VWBPE Main Auditorium 2013

VWBPE 2014

VWBPE 2014  – It’s Ebbe Linden! 

Philip Rosedale at VWBPE 2014

Philip Rosedale at VWBPE 2014

I’m looking forward to taking more snapshots at VWBPE 2015 so it can join the photo collection. Woooot!!! :)

2nd annual OpenSimulator Community Conference starts this weekend


The 2014 OpenSimulator Conference opens on Saturday 8th November through to Sunday 9th November on the conference grid, see login info here. The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software.

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by AvaCon and the Overte Foundation, the virtual conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

The first OpenSimulator Community Conference for 2013 was a “terrific success apparently with more than 350 attendees from 45 unique grids visiting with over 1000+ commits to the core code. This year there will be hype about Oculus Rift and info about other virtual reality technologies. In recent weeks there have been load tests to ensure that any issues and bugs have been sorted out.

Handy Resources 

For more details visit: conference.opensimulator.org/2014/

Ebbe Altberg joins the list of speakers for Expand NY 2014


Ebbe Altberg 

On Friday 7th to Saturday 8th November 2014 Engadget Expand NY 2014 will be taking place and Ebbe Altberg CEO of Linden Lab will be speaking at the event. I would imagine we will hear more about the next generation platform (SL2,0) that Linden Lab are working on and the latest updates on Second Life. Hopefully there will be a live stream to watch Ebbe speaking at Expand NY 2014 which would be most interesting.

Experience the Future of Technology

Engadget Expand is designed from the ground up for technology fans. The consumer event gives tech enthusiasts the unique opportunity to hear from favorite technology and science luminaries on stage, talk directly with Engadget editors, and get their hands on some of the latest and greatest new devices at the show floor exhibition. Expand NY is held annually in the North Hall of Javits Center, Manhattan’s premier venue for large-scale events.

I hope to post more about this event during November 2014. Stay tuned for updates. :)

Registrations now open for the 2014 OpenSimulator Community Conference


OpenSim Community Conference 2013

OpenSim Community Conference 2013

Great news to hear is that registrations are now open for the 2014 OpenSimulator Community Conference and tickets can be found here. Registration is a first come first served basis until the maximum number of tickets is reached. This year the conference will be live streamed via UStream for those that can’t get a ticket.

The 2014 OpenSimulator Conference will take place on 8th and 9th November 2014 on the OpenSimulator Conference Centre grid.

Keynote Speakers

  • Philip Rosedale – Talking about the opportunities to develop an open platform for virtual reality
  • Dr. Steve LaLalle –  Talking about ways to bring the Oculus Rift headset to the mass consumer market
  • See more Speakers here
OpenSim Community Conference 2013

OpenSim Community Conference 2013

About the OpenSimulator Community Conference

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software.  Organized as a joint production by the Overte Foundation and AvaCon, Inc., the conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014 features four themed tracks and a Learning Lab for hands on hackerspaces, speedbuilds, and more: