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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!!! :)

VWBPE 2014 interesting stats


New stats have been published today for VWBPE 2014 and it’s worth pointing out that these are estimations based on statistical packages in each environment. Check out the new VWBPE 2014 data and total comparisons from previous years. New dates for VWBPE 2015 below!

The 2014 estimations are most interesting as it shows the total unique of visitors, highest concurrency and the average concurrency. New records were broken on the Second Life grid, OSGrid and on LiveStream through the conference duration. This year there was more interest for sure and more visitors on the different platforms. The numbers are certainly on the up and hopefully the trend will continue for many more years to come.

VWBPE Stats

VWBPE Stats

My opinion is that VWBPE 2014 was a major success from start to finish and I think it was definitely the best one yet. It’s great that Ebbe Linden and Philip Rosedale came to the conference this year to spend time with residents of Second Life. I thought the organizers, all of the live speakers, volunteers and everyone else did a great job at VWBPE 2014 making it a success.

VWBPE 2015 Countdown

As mentioned on the blog post VWBPE 2015 will be held on Wednesday 18th March 2015 through to Saturday 21st March 2015. The theme for VWBPE 2015 is Crossroads.  I am most looking forward to VWBPE 2015 and seeing how that will compare to this year.

 

VWBPE 2014 – Day 4 Schedule


Time (SLT)

Location Event
12 Apr 7AM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium Design Implications of Game-Based Analyses
12 Apr 8:05AM Second Life University of Idaho “Virtual World Design” – A New Book about Creating Immersive Virtual Spaces
12 Apr 8:05AM Second Life Rockcliffe Rotunda 3d Virtual Immersive Environments as Enabler for Blended Gamified Learning Experiences
12 Apr 8:05AM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium CAMELOT Symposium
12 Apr 9AM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium Connecting the Past, Present, and Future of Second Life
12 Apr 11AM Second Life VWBPE Workshop B A Hope and a Plan
12 Apr 11AM Second Life VWBPE Workshop C Connections to the Past: the Motown Museum & Hitsville USA
12 Apr 11AM Second Life VWBPE Workshop A The Programmer & the Nurse – Using Second Life for Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration and Learning
12 Apr 1PM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium “‘There’s always room for a virtual zipline’, and other lessons from SciEthics Interactive”
12 Apr 2:05PM Second Life Rockcliffe Rotunda Creating an Entertaining Learning Environment: Game-like Environment in Virtual World for Education
12 Apr 2:05PM Second Life University of Idaho MachinEVO Symposium
12 Apr 4PM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium The Freedom Project: How Artistic Expression Transcends Real Life Challenges
12 Apr 6PM Second Life VWBPE Main Auditorium Closing Ceremony
12 Apr 7:50PM

Second Life VWBPE Quadrivium

Closing Party

VWBPE 2014 – Day 3 Videos


Ebbe Linden

Here are some of the recorded keynote speeches from Day 3 at VWBPE 2014. Today marks day 4 which is the last day for VWBPE 2014 and there will be a closing party later on today at the VWBPE Quadrivium

Featured Panel Today

Featured Day 3 Videos

Ebbe Linden keynotes at VWBPE 2014 – The new CEO of Linden Lab shares some thoughts Second Life and the future of the platform. There are some new updates and Q&A session to watch. 

Andrew Hughes keynotes at VWBPE 2014 – Andrew talks about work with his company Designing Digitally and other projects.

Stay tuned for day 4 updates and videos soon. :)