Patch Linden (Senior Director, Product Operations) and Grumpity Linden (Senior Director of Product) went live during the (Above the Book) session at VWBPE 2019 yesterday afternoon (4th April) talking about what’s new at Linden Lab.
The session lasted for 55 minutes with a large audience at the VWBPE conference area. There were some updates on the new Linden Homes continent, new user experience and inworld tools in this session but nothing major to announce.
Some highlights worth mentioning were these…
Linden Homes are about to come out which is a large project, structure of the regions are redesigned to be more organically
The new continent will grow in time, water expansions/connections and spaces for flying expected to happen
There are exciting things happening in the pipeline (late 2019/2020)
The lab are working on IOS text based viewer
Estate tools will be improving very soon
Lab not been focused on media on a prim recently
Q&A started at 30 minutes with questions put to Patch Linden and Grumpity Linden from the community. There were mentions of search, mobile, community gateways, groups and much more.
If you have missed any of the VWBPE 2019 sessions so far then you can catch up here.
There are some big inworld events happening during April 2019 in Second Life including the 12th annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference, the 11th annual Fantasy Faire and the BURN2 Burnal Equinox.
There are more events happening across the grid next month from hunts, music/DJ events and most importantly Easter events. Check out Featured Events on the Second Life Destination Guide for more great events happening now until then.
Don’t forget the Home and Expo runs through until Sunday 7th April 2019. There are ten regions to explore including the new Linden Homes Preview region.
12th Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference
The VWBPE conference will be held from 4th April through until 6th April 2019. The theme for this year is re:Vision and the keynote speakers are the following..Dr.Tom Boellstorff, Dr.Tuncer Can and Dr.Jonathon Richter.
Linden Lab – Above the Book
> Patch Linden (Senior Director, Product Operations) and Grumpity Linden (Senior Director, Product) will be going live at 2pm SLT on 4th April 2019 at the VWBPE Main Auditorium talking about what’s new at Linden Lab.
The VWBPE 2019 schedule has been published here. All times are SLT and all sessions are held in Second Life.
11th Fantasy Faire
The Fantasy Fair 2019 will open to the public on 18th April through until 5th May 2019. If you love fantasy this is the perfect event for you. There will be live music concerts, shopping and special events to help raise funds for Relay for Life of Second Life.
BURN2 Burnal Equinox
The BURN2 Burnal Equinox takes place from 12th April through until 14th April 2019. The theme for the spring event is Eyes to the Skies. BURN2 has been community supported since 2010 and has been very successful over the years.
The VWBPE 2018 opening ceremony starts at 8am SLT/PDT at the VWBPE Gateway regions. Phelan Corrimal will officially start the conference with the 2018 ribbon cutting ceremony. The Conference Executive and Organization Committees will be sharing a few or so upcoming key highlights.
The CEO of Linden Lab Ebbe Altberg will be speaking live at 1pm SLT/PDT at the VWBPE Central regions on Thursday 15th March talking about topics that are most important to educators and communities within Second Life.
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)
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:
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 ?