Patch Linden At VWBPE 2021 – Above The Book: What’s up at the Lab?


Patch Linden VP of Product Operations talked with Phelan Corrimal (VWBPE Director; Rockcliffe University Consortium) at VWBPE 2021 this afternoon for almost a hour about what’s new at Linden Lab along with education and non-profit organizations in Second Life. This is the first of three reconnaissance sessions with Linden Lab at VWBPE 2021. Yay! 🙂

I thought it was a interesting and informative interview on things like mega regions, the impact of the pandemic to whats next for the new owners taking Second Life forward. There was no Q&A session at the end or any mention of Ebbe Linden (CEO of Linden Lab). There was no mention of Linden Homes, Premium Plus or the latest on Second Life mobile development.

The attendance for this session was reasonable (average levels) I think. I’m sure its been higher in previous years.

Here is a brief below from what Patch Linden talked about during the session via the live transcript…

The New Owners

  • The team is comprised of Randy Waterfield, Brad Oberwager, and Raj Date which forms the board at the lab
  • The transition from the former owners to the new owners actually went very smoothly
  • Patch Linden primarily works with Brad as he’s the owner.
  • Brad has one mission: to be the best and biggest virual world there can be
  • Brad wants to grow and invest in Second Life and he genuinely loves the product
  • Randy owns an investment firm
  • Brad sits in the middle and balances both / they see Tilia as a business
  • Tilia is what allows Second Life to continue to exist
  • Second Life is the primary focus & there is a separate team that focus on Tilia

Immediate Priorities Over Next 12 Months Or So

  • The lab want to increase the Second Life population as that’s Brad’s goal
  • The team wants to finish up with the AWS work
  • There are some product enhancements that will come out of that
  • User experience is key especially the onboarding experience
  • That’s the 12 month high level road map

Gateways

  • The lab are refactoring the new onboarding process and there is a lot of work going on
  • There are viewer changes that will smooth out the bumps we’ve identified over the years
  • The lab have been doing A/B testing to figure out what path needs to look like
  • New UIs and refreshed looks will benefit everyone

New User Experience Accessibility

  • Grumpity Linden keeps her eyes on improving accessibility along with improving the UI
  • The lab don’t plan on adding text-to-speech immediately

Goals Upcoming

  • The goal for growth is double the resident population over the next 3-5 years
  • The goals are realistic as the lab has seen this over the past year
  • Both educators and businesses have switched from in-person to hybrid solutions

Team Grid Reintroduction / K-12 Educational Groups

  • The lab have educational groups operating in that space particularly through educational partners
  • AWS work will help open more doors
  • Probably at the end of the year the lab there could be geographically aided opportunities. That will open the doors to private grids.

The Pandemic Experience During The Past Year

  • The new user experience needing significant work between people coming back but not for personal reasons
  • It’s more important to smooth the experience in the post-pandemic world and give it some love
  • People’s usage habits have changed over time and they’re different for business and education

Private Labeling / White Labeling

  • The lab have had clients say they’d like the lab to remove half the features of the viewer and some want more
  • Open Chat Range – that came from taking a request from events in general – to increase the density of avatars at one time
  • Teen Grid had its own search which was the same as the main grid and it was all separate

Next 12 months – Educators / Non-Profits

  • Geographic location stuff
  • The user experience improvements will make things easier
  • To leverage AWS

Mega Regions & Cost

  • The lab are not looking to increase cost / should remain the status quo
  • If AWS lets the lab get into new region models then maybe mega regions, maybe light regions not within the next 12 months
  • Middle cost alternative maybe / the option to have more avatar density within regions / the lab are looking into it
  • On demand situations where people can upgrade from homestead to full to allow them to host a big event

The Competition

  • Patch mentioned that he likes competition as it helps foster innovation and it drives you to stay motivated. Patch always keeps an eye out on the competitors and what they’re doing
  • There are alot of features that the lab has where others are catching up to and they have new features that can be interesting to adapt like the economy. Patch is not seeing a direct competitor to Second Life as far as flexibility. Things like max attachments, prims in region etc. The lab already has a direct building tool in-world.

Opportunities To Experiment

  • There is no particular group of folks as the lab all go out to try new platforms and learn about them
  • Those that observe platforms come back and bring feedback
  • As a business you have to see whether something new is worth to keep if its not at the best usability/performance. The lab need to study the performance and bandwidth
  • Sometimes it tilts towards no and we have to withdraw it because it would impact negatively on user experience

Oz Linden Retired

  • Patch said that Oz retired and he was a great colleague. He left a chasm and the lab are glad for him
  • When the lab recruits its posted on the website / internal recruiters

New Ownership Structure

  • Patch knows the ownership is on everyone’s mind and they have a great energy / super enthusiastic / they want to grow Second Life and the educational communities as well
  • Brad always asks Patch how will it benefit the residents and how will it benefit Second Life ?

Stay updated on the latest happenings at VWBPE 2021 here.

The Arcade December 2020 Round Is Open


The Arcade December 2020 round is now officially open until the end of the month in Second Life. The “quarterly gacha event features 100 of the grid’s best designers and builders, each whom offer a collection of high-quality prizes sold at random from gacha machines within The Arcade’s build”.

It’s one of the most popular annual events in Second Life. This is great opportunity for those that love taking snapshots and love being near the sea. I strongly recommend everyone going to the arcade especially as it’s christmas time.

The Arcade was founded back in September 2012 by Octagons Yazimoto, Katharine McGinnis, Emery Milneaux and Umberto Giano. The annual gacha event takes place in March, June, September and December.

Please spread the word about The Arcade December 2020 round.

The 10th Annual SL Christmas Expo Is Almost Here


The 10th annual Second Life Christmas Expo will be held on 4th through until 13th of December 2020. This year’s theme is Christmas Memories.

The 2020 Second Life Christmas Expo will be spread across 12 regions this year. There will be a whole range of exciting events including live music and live performances. There will be hunts, auctions and lots more. There will be more than 225 shops and merchants available this year. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society and it’s childhood cancer programs.

Applications Still Open – Blogger applications are still available on the SL Christmas Expo website. This is a great opportunity to participate if you love blogging about big events in Second Life.

It’s expected that Linden Lab will reveal the next Linden Home theme on the demo regions. More details will be announced very soon.

Mark this on your calendar and please spread the word about the 2020 Second Life Christmas Expo which is going to be fantastic.

The Peale Opens New Extension In Second Life – Linden Lab Press Release


On 12th August Linden Lab released a new press release about the new virtual world extension of the Peale in Baltimore which is the first purpose-built museum building in the United States. The Peale in Baltimore will be opening to the public on 15th August 2020.

There will be a special Lab Gab episode starting at 11am SLT on Friday 14th August 2020 where Strawberry Linden will be speaking with the team that helped to bring The Peale in Baltimore into Second Life.

This ambitious new project allows virtual visitors to explore the 1814 museum building online and attend curated exhibits and interactive events safely from the comfort of their homes. Current highlights of the virtual museum include the 3D interactive Peale Museum building and the virtual world exhibition, “Redefine/ABLE: Challenging Inaccessibility.”

Here is the full press release…

2020-08-12 00:00:00 UTC

Exclusive Exhibits and Events to be Held in Second Life

BALTIMORE, Aug. 12, 2020 — The Peale in Baltimore, which is housed in the first purpose-built museum building in the United States, has extended its reach into the virtual world known as Second Life. While the current pandemic may prevent many people from visiting the Peale in person, this ambitious new project allows virtual visitors to explore the 1814 museum building online and attend curated exhibits and interactive events safely from the comfort of their homes.

“It has been thrilling to develop this new experience of the country’s oldest museum building in Second Life,” says Dr. Nancy Proctor, Executive Director of the Peale. “Thanks to the amazing work of Linden Lab and Virtual Ability, Inc., we are now able to welcome a huge new community to the Peale, and share its rich history as well as the authentic stories and creativity of Baltimore with the largest and oldest virtual world on the Internet.”

Current highlights of the virtual museum include the 3D interactive Peale Museum building and the virtual world exhibition, “Redefine/ABLE: Challenging Inaccessibility.” Exhibits and events will change regularly, and include playful and surprising elements inspired by the Peale’s and Baltimore’s history and stories – like a virtual mastodon, recalling the mastodons famously excavated in 1801 and exhibited by the Peale family in their museums in Philadelphia and Baltimore!

“This has been an excellent partnership opportunity for us,” says Virtual Ability, Inc. President Alice Krueger. “The staff of the Peale are strongly committed to accessibility, as you can see by their choice of a first exhibition in Second Life. Virtual Ability is happy to assist them to create an accessible experience in their virtual museum.”

The museum was developed in partnership with Linden Lab, maker of Second Life, who developed extensive interior spaces for a 3D model of the Peale Museum building that was originally created by the Imaging Research Center at UMBC for its online map of Baltimore ca. 1815. Over time the interior of the virtual Peale Museum building will grow to include more galleries, both extant in the physical world and inspired by the Peale’s programming and partners, making the Peale in Second Life a creative hybrid of the “real” and the imaginary. The Internet’s largest virtual world has recently experienced a resurgence in popularity as more people seek out safe and fun social interactions online during the pandemic.

“We are pleased to see The Peale bring an extension of its museum and exhibits to Second Life,” says Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg. “The virtual world is the perfect home for museums that are seeking a way to extend their reach to a global audience.”

To experience The Peale in Second Life and learn more about how to access the virtual museum, visit SecondLife.com.

ABOUT THE PEALE
The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation established to restore the historic Peale Museum building as a center to celebrate the unique history of Baltimore, its people, and places. By creating a more inclusive cultural record of the city, we aim to help people everywhere see Baltimore in a new light. For more about the Peale, visit its website.

ABOUT LINDEN RESEARCH, INC.
Linden Research, Inc. dba Linden Lab develops platforms that empower people to create, share, and benefit from virtual experiences. Founded in 1999, the company first launched Second Life, the groundbreaking virtual world enjoyed by millions around the globe, in 2003, which has since gone on to boast nearly two billion user creations and a vibrant $500 million (USD) economy. For more about Linden Lab, visit its website.

For more information, contact info@thepealecenter.org at The Peale or presscontact@lindenlab.com at Linden Lab.

SL17B Meet The Lindens Schedule


SL17B Auditorium

Next week marks the return of the most popular Meet The Lindens series of special town hall Q&A events featuring many of the executives at Linden Lab. You really don’t want to miss any of these live interview talks from Monday 22nd June through until Friday 26th June.

This is a great opportunity for all those wanting to learn about the future plans for Second Life and learn more about the people that work at the lab. All events start at 2pm SLT and finish at 4pm SLT. All sessions will be held at the SL17B Auditorium. 

  • Monday 22nd JuneEbbe Linden – CEO of Linden Lab
  • Tuesday 23rd JunePatch Linden – Vice President of Programme Operations
  • Wednesday 24th June Oz Linden – Vice President of Second Life Engineering
  • Thursday 25th June – The Marketing Team – Promoting and Marketing Second Life
  • Friday 16th June – Meet the Moles! – The Linden Department of Public Works

The sessions will be hosted by Saffia Widdershins and will be streamed live on YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and Mixer. These live events are popular so it’s best to arrive early to get a seat. 

SL17B opening_003

Please spread the word! 🙂 

Linden Lab Announces SL17B Music Fest Lineup & Schedule


On Monday 15th June Linden Lab announced the SL17B Music Fest lineup and schedule on the official Second Life blog. The SL17B Music Fest will be starting from 11am SLT with the opening ceremony with Patch Linden on Friday 19th June. The music fest continues with live performers then until Sunday late evening at the SL17B Live Stage.

The lab will add SL17B exhibits and events in a dedicated new category on the Second Life Destination Guide later this week. Keep watch for new listings which will appear on there. 

Many of the top performers in Second Life have come together to perform live at this special two-day music event

It’s recommended for everyone to arrive early as the SL17B regions will quickly full up. You can add the SL17B birthday calendar directly if you have Google Calendar here.

Here is the full SL17B Music Fest 2020 Schedule. All times are SLT/PDT.

TIMEJune 19June 20
9:00 AM Oblee (Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth)
10:00 AM F L Y (Flyqueen)
11:00 AMPatch Linden (Opening Ceremony)Sҽlι Bʅαƈƙɱorҽ (Illdoran Nightfire)
12:00 PMMankind Tracer (Seth Regan)Shagpile Spyker
1:00 PMll ƜIƝƬƐɌ llMimi Carpenter
2:00 PMNina SetnerRogue Galaxy
3:00 PMJoaquin GustavEffinjay (Jaycatt Nico & Frogg Marlow)
4:00 PMMarqs DeSadeMelly Faith (MellyFaith Heartsong)
5:00 PMSaraMarie PhillyThe Vinnie Show (Acoustic Rhapsody)
6:00 PMEdward Kyomoon (Donn DeVore)Gabriel da Silva Namir (Gabryel Nyoki)
7:00 PMAgatha (Agatha Nowles)Skye Galaxy
8:00 PMErin Frog & Satin Galli 
9:00 PMrч αnnє (Oxoryanneoxo) 

Stay tuned for further updates in the days ahead on my blog. Please spread the word.