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Saturday, November 8
 

7:00am

CONFERENCE OPEN & WELCOME
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

Members of the Planning Committee welcome attendees in-world and via webstream to the second annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014!

Saturday November 8, 2014 7:00am - 7:30am
Keynote Regions

7:30am

KEYNOTE: OPENSIMULATOR DEVELOPER PANEL
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

A panel of core developers will discuss the future of the OpenSimulator platform. Expect a lively debate! Topics will include a variety of issues including the future of the Hypergrid, content licensing and permissions, scalability, project maturity, and much more. Find out where the platform is headed and learn more about the developers who make the software happen!

Speakers
avatar for Mic Bowman

Mic Bowman

Planning Committee, Intel Labs
Mic Bowman is a principal engineer in Intel Labs and leads the Virtual World Infrastructure research project. His team develops technologies that enable “order of magnitude” scalability improvements in virtual environments opening the door to new levels of immersiveness and interaction among players.
avatar for Michael Cerqoni

Michael Cerqoni

Michael Cerquoni is a core developer for the OpenSimulator project and a board member on the Overte Foundation which governs the OpenSimulator project. Michael has been involved with the OpenSimulator project since July of 2007 and is one of the original founders of OSgrid. His primary interest in OpenSimulator has been to improve the software by providing technical support and to foster communication between the core development team to debug... Read More →
avatar for Justin Clark-Casey

Justin Clark-Casey

President, Overte Foundation
Justin Clark-Casey is a software consultant working in the emerging field of open-source virtual environments and the Metaverse. He has been a core developer on the OpenSimulator project since 2007, responsible for features such as OpenSimulator Archives (OARs) and NPCs as well as numerous bug fixes, release management and general steering of the project. In this time, he has worked with numerous organizations, including Intel Corporation, Sandia... Read More →
avatar for James Hughes

James Hughes

Founder, BlueWall Information Technologies, LLC
After following a career path starting in the arcade video gaming industry then touching bases with business machines, computing research development and testing, local area netork infrastructure design, administration and support, James Hughes (BlueWall Slade) had a long stint as a single dad that left a void to be filled with various personal technical projects. He is now happy to be a core member of the OpenSimulator development team... Read More →
avatar for Oren Hurvitz

Oren Hurvitz

Oren Hurvitz is the Co-Founder and VP R&D of Kitely, and one of the core developers of OpenSimulator. Oren was previously the Director of Server Development at Vringo, CEO of Centico, VP of R&D at HumanEyes and the Director of Messaging Development at OmniSky. Oren holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

University of California, Irvine
Crista Lopes is a Professor in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to being in Academia, she worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (1995-2001). She is co-inventor of AOP (Aspect Oriented Programming), a programming technology featured in the MIT Technology Review (2001) as "one of the 10 emergent technologies that will change the world." She also serves on the board of the... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Milland

Melanie Milland

Founder, Avination
Melanie Thielker is the founder of Avination. As an OpenSimulator Core Developer, Melanie has been one of the most active contributors to virtual world software in general, and OpenSimulator in particular. A long term Second Life™ resident, she has gained much experience in using virtual worlds. Melanie has been involved in a number of virtual world projects and has created her own "spin" of the OpenSimulator software... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
Keynote Regions

8:30am

COFFEE BREAK
A scheduled break in the conference proceedings.

Saturday November 8, 2014 8:30am - 9:00am
Keynote Regions

9:00am

Women in Virtual Reality
Streaming Linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc1

Although women make up a substantial portion of virtual reality users, enthusiasts, developers, and content creators, they are often underrepresented in positions of power in the industry, and face a variety of barriers, misconceptions, and discrimination in virtual environments that both mirror and differ from similar challenges in the "real" world. This panel will discuss the critical importance of diversity and inclusiveness in the emerging metaverse, and specifically address strategies to advance and encourage women's contribution in the field.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business and of the Hyperica directory of hypergrid destinations. She has been a war correspondent, ran a news bureau in Shanghai, and covered business and technology for national magazines for over 15 years -- but the emerging metaverse is the most exciting thing she's ever covered.

Speakers
avatar for Julie LeMoine

Julie LeMoine

Julie LeMoine is the founder of 3D ICC, which offers the enterprise-grade Terf immersive virtual reality environment. She was also the founder and head of the Fidelity Center for Applied Collaboration, a four-time E2.0 speaker on Social Media. She helped start the entrepreneurship program at Simmons Post Grad, and has owned five companies.
avatar for Jacki Morie

Jacki Morie

Jacquelyn Morie has 25 years experience in developing innovative techniques for virtual reality environments. She spent 13 years as a Sr. Research Scientist at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), where she created novel VR telehealth care activities. She also worked in the animation and special effects industries and prior to that, worked at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training. She currently working with NASA... Read More →
avatar for Gwenette Writer Sinclair

Gwenette Writer Sinclair

Gwenette Writer Sinclair is a research associate at the Institute for Simulation & Training, at the US Army Simulation & Training Technology Center, UCF. She specializes in virtual world development design for immersive interaction and collaboration, personalized training and curriculum design for virtual worlds, and virtual mixed-reality conference, entertainment and fundraising event management.
avatar for Karen Zastudil

Karen Zastudil

volunteer, Avacon
Karen Zastudil is consultant and an expert in adult education and virtual learning. Karen is also the creator of Sagaversity in Second Life. Along with the other members of this panel, a co-founder of the Women in Virtual Reality organization. Specialties include: personalized training; world development designs for immersive interaction and collaboration; project management.


Saturday November 8, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Business Track

9:00am

Library Out Loud: Bringing Stories and Literature to Life in Virtual Worlds
Streaming Link:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc2

Whether role-play, writer’s tools, or discussion groups, virtual worlds are full of stories being born. But is that all that is possible? How could a Library play a dynamic role in bringing literature and stories to vibrant life through the traditional oral presentation? The Seanchai Library was founded in 2008 as a library of the “living word” with the stated objective of connecting people to literature of all kinds: inspiring them to seek out, share, and create stories as a natural necessity of the human experience. With thousands of hours of live voice performance to its credit, Seanchai Library uses a variety of presentational to immersive approaches, utilizing the immediacy and intimacy of live performance teamed with the sense of community possible only in a virtual environment. Come and explore stories with Seanchai, and see how they do it.

Speakers
avatar for Shandon Loring

Shandon Loring

Shandon Loring is a citizen of many virtual worlds, and as the original “Seanchai” at Seanchai Library at its founding in 2008, holds the title “Chief Storyteller.”  With hundreds of hours of virtual world storytelling to his credit, Shandon is well know for his presentations of  Myths and Legends (especially of Celtic origin), Gothic authors such as Joseph Sheridan LeFanu and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as... Read More →
avatar for Caledonia Skytower

Caledonia Skytower

Seanchai (pr. Shawn-a-kee) is a traditional Irish storyteller/historian. Seanchai has produced literally thousands of storytelling events, with varying degrees of immersion, while raising thousands of real US Dollars for over a dozen featured non-profit charities around the world. The Library’s program is dedicated to the idea that stories matter: they help us to make sense of our world, express ourselves, and are an essential part of... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Community 2

9:00am

Dynamic Virtual Environments: Possible New OpenSim Based Approaches
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

The possibility of creating OpenSim-Based client-server framework using C# as a scripting language both on client and server sides is considered. This framework offers a number of new features for developers of complex applications in OpenSim, and provides a new level of abstraction for developers of OpenSim based environments. The prototype of such solution is introduced. Some practical applications (e-learning in Aeroflot-Russian airlines) are presented.

Speakers
avatar for Vitaly Chashin

Vitaly Chashin

Technical Director, INTECH ltd.
Vitaly Chashin is the technical director of Intech Ind. Ltd., leading software developer of open source community Triality. Previously, he was the leading software developer of INRAL Ltd., subcontractor of Aeroflot in developing computer based training for aviation personnel; participation in the development and implementation e-learning in Aeroflot; development and presentation in AICC (Aviation Industry CBT Committee) computer-assisted... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Development Track

9:00am

You Only Own What You Can Carry: How to Backup and Move your Content between Second Life, Opensim and Unity3D
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc5

In this hands-on workshop, John will demonstrate exactly how to export your own user-created objects (both prim and mesh based) and move them between Second Life, Opensim and Unity3D. Attendees will be able to watch John's desktop via a live screenshare and follow along on their own. Requirements: attendees need to pre-install the free Singularity viewer (http://www.singularityviewer.org) and the free version of Unity3D (http://unity3d.com). No previous technical expertise required, just a willingness to learn.

Speakers
avatar for John  Lester

John Lester

Immersive Learning and Virtual Worlds/VR/AR Designer
John "Pathfinder" Lester has been working with virtual worlds and online communities since the 1990s, creating online patient support groups at Massachusetts General Hospital for people dealing with neurological disorders, developing online immersive learning environments for students at Harvard, and helping build communities in Second Life that assist people living with disabilities. He worked at Linden Lab for 5 years where he founded Linden... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Learning Lab

9:00am

UnicamEarth Island: OpenSim in Geoscience Education
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc4

Research focused on building e-learning paths on the teaching Earth sciences using MUVE (Multiuser Virtual Environment) as a new perspective in education will be presented. A 3D virtual island has been created using OpenSim in which students (13-18 years old and university students) in a role-playing game (serious game) must pass ability and expertise steps/tests, solving various questions placed on their path and acquire scientific skills.

Speakers
avatar for Annalisa Boniello

Annalisa Boniello

Ms Boniello is a high school natural science teacher and a Ph.D. candidate in “Teaching Earth Science” at University of Camerino (UNICAM) with a thesis on “The use of Virtual Worlds in Geoscience education: geological hazards.” She has Master’s degrees in E-learning at University of Florence Italy and in Metacognitive Learning at IUL Italian University Online.
avatar for Eleonora Paris

Eleonora Paris

Associate professor at University of Camerino (UNICAM). Dr. Paris is a geologist with a strong interest in geoscience education. She is Coordinator of the Master Degree LM74 (MSc.) in “Geoenvironmental Resources and Risks”, an international degree in English, with a double degree with Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet – Muenchen, Germany. For the master degree, which attracts many international students from all the world, she... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Education Track

10:00am

Virtual Reality in the Enterprise
Streaming Linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc1

3DICC's Terf platform is a enterprise-oriented virtual world platform with support for the Oculus Rift. It is one of the leading enterprise-focused virtual world platforms. Julie LeMoine, the CEO, will talk about how enterprises buy immersive platforms. What feaatures and services are they most interested in? What industries are on the leading edge of adoption? Where does she see growth as coming in the near future?

Speakers
avatar for Julie LeMoine

Julie LeMoine

Julie LeMoine is the founder of 3D ICC, which offers the enterprise-grade Terf immersive virtual reality environment. She was also the founder and head of the Fidelity Center for Applied Collaboration, a four-time E2.0 speaker on Social Media. She helped start the entrepreneurship program at Simmons Post Grad, and has owned five companies.


Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Business Track

10:00am

RezMela™: Virtual training scenario authoring to maximize ROI in Virtual Learning Environments
Streaming Link:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc2

The need to match rapidly and precisely unanticipated changes in learning requirements is well established by virtual exercise designers and facilitators. RezMela™ allows subject matter experts create, tailor and manage avatar based interactive 3D virtual training environments in minutes without any programming or 3D modeling skills. Our approach enables intuitive and deep control and monitoring of virtual content components from our growing library.

Speakers
avatar for Ramesh Ramloll

Ramesh Ramloll

CEO, DeepSemaphore LLC
Rameshsharma Ramloll, PhD Computer Science (Lancaster University UK), BTech Computer Science & Engineering (IIT Kanpur, India) has been developing immersive virtual learning environments for diverse user groups during the past seven years on platforms that include Second Life and OpenSim. He is currently the CEO/CTO of DeepSemaphore LLC, an E-Learning and Simulation Solutions company.


Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Community Track

10:00am

Virtual Worlds on a Web Browser
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

With the advent of WebGL, WebSockets, and most recently WebRTC, the HTML5 family of technologies has grown to cover what’sneeded to run a Virtual World client. But does it really work? Is it suitable? How is the performance? In this session we explore these questions and try to find a good strategy of using browser technologies to deliver virtual worlds.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Alatalo

Toni Alatalo

Playsign
Toni is a realXtend developer and a game programmer at Playsign. He has been involved with realXtend since almost the beginning, from late 2007, and was responsible first for the scripting API in the next-generation Naali / Tundra effort and later at one point for the whole open source project. He now acts as a development coordinator within the realXtend association and is responsible for technical aspects of University of Oulu's oulu3dinfra... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Development Track

10:00am

Geeked-Out Fairytales: Using Interactive Fiction and Gamification to Build Community Immersion
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc5

Members of the Greyville Writer's Colony join together to demonstrate interactive and immersive storytelling. We'll include live and self-guided activities to teach how to use interactive fiction, NPC characters, game elements, and live performance to encourage deep exploration of regions and to build community. OpenSim is a vast world and filling that space with interesting activities helps region owners and community members connect with visitors when no one is available to greet them.

Speakers
avatar for Shannan Albright

Shannan Albright

Shannan Albright writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and historical time travel. Using oil painting to plot her stories, she is currently reworking a graphic novel for publication. Award winning author.
avatar for Nina Camplin

Nina Camplin

Nina Camplin (Fuschia Nightfire) is a mural artist specialising in trompe l'oeil. She also makes art and machinima in Second Life using her avatar, Fuschia Nightfire.
avatar for Nara Malone

Nara Malone

Author, Greyville Writer's Colony
Nara Malone is an award winning writer of novels, poetry and video games. She's the founder of the Greyville Writer's Colony--a community of novelists, poets, and artists who have joined her in putting together this demonstration.
avatar for Siobhan Muir

Siobhan Muir

Siobhan Muir is a bestselling author of paranormal romance and romantic suspense, and the host of #ThursThreads flashfiction challenge. She’s taught flashfiction as an interactive storytelling technique in virtual worlds.
avatar for Tracy Olmstead

Tracy Olmstead

Tracy Olmstead is a poet and builder who is also a passionate geek with a love of the arts in architecture, sculpture, photography and writing. Opensim and SL have stretched his abilities and taught him so much.
CS

Courtney Sheets

Courtney Sheets is a bestselling author of multi-genres with her specialty being Hawaiian paranormal. She is also a director and screenwriter. She’s taught role-play techniques in SecondLife as a way of expanding a writer’s creative output.
avatar for Endora Twinklens

Endora Twinklens

Endora Twinklens is a photographic artist


Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Learning Lab 4

10:00am

Prisoners’ Dilemma is NOT the Instructor’s Dilemma! (Simulation & Lesson Plan Giveaway)
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc4

The Prisoners’ Dilemma virtual world simulation is an interactive learning activity designed to illustrate the bias against cooperation and demonstrate the most effective techniques for motivating more cooperation among individuals and entities. Drawing on game theory and student preferences for virtual world learning simulations, the Prisoners’ Dilemma virtual world simulation that was a 2012 Federal Virtual World Challenge finalist features numerous layers of resource materials for student use as well as an interactive game. Presentation attendees will learn how to use the simulation in a virtual classroom setting as well as will be given a digital copy of the Prisoners’ Dilemma simulation along with the accompanying the lesson plans.

Speakers
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Kay McLennan is a professor of practice at Tulane University. Kay teaches economics and business studies courses in a completely online format to part-time students at Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Kay’s 3D virtual world educational simulations were finalists in two Federal Virtual World Challenge contests -- in 2012 for her Prisoner's Dilemma game theory simulation and in 2013 for her Data Detectives Game. Kay has a Ph.D... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Education Track

11:00am

MEAL BREAK
A scheduled break in the conference proceedings.

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Keynote Regions

11:00am

The StoryWheel: a Prospective Study about the History of Research Reading
EXHIBIT ONLY.  To model in a 3D environment (using OpenSimulator) “the books wheel” invented in the 16th century, it was created as a way of accessing multiple books at once during research, and can be thought of as a precursor of the modern website, scrolling from book to book, back and forth as needed. The purpose here is to promote and share interactions about the future of books, encouraging teachers, librarians, booksellers, writers and readers to discover the immersive 3D web and how it can offer them a new media for storytelling and education.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Bihouise

Jenny Bihouise

Jenny BIHOUISE is a builder using Open-simulator in order to design environments for digital uses in real life, like teleworking, training, and any activity that needs social presence otherwise not offered with the 2D web. She was previously involved for 40 years as a social worker, concept developer, and trainer.
avatar for Lorenzo Soccavo

Lorenzo Soccavo

Researcher, P.L.E. [Prospective du Livre]
Lorenzo Soccavo is an independent researcher in France - Paris about prospective study of book, publishing and reading. He is a teacher, author and conference speaker.


Saturday November 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Education 2

11:00am

VIP: Keynote Q&A
Crowdfunder participants at the Exclusive Access level and above are invited to a special VIP Q&A session with selected keynote speakers.  By invitation only.

Saturday November 8, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Staff Zone Auditorium

12:00pm

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PHILIP ROSEDALE - What is the Metaverse?
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

How will we build an open platform for VR over the internet?  In this keynote presentation, Philip Rosedale will explore the future of the Metaverse and the challenges that lie ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Rosedale

Philip Rosedale

In 1995, Philip Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product (called "FreeVue"), which was later acquired by RealNetworks where (in 1996) he went on to become Vice President and CTO. In 1999, Rosedale left RealNetworks, founded Linden Lab and built a virtual civilization called Second Life, fulfilling his lifelong dream of creating an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world. Since leaving Second Life in 2010, Rosedale... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Keynote Regions

1:00pm

COFFEE BREAK
A scheduled break in the conference proceedings.

Saturday November 8, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Keynote Regions

1:30pm

The New Era of Content Protection in OpenSim
Streaming Linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc1

Last year, Avination and Singularity developed a new "export" permission for OpenSim with support both on the server side, and in modern viewers. Meanwhile, Kitely rolled out their own, parallel, export permission system based on a combination of Kitely Market settings and existing perms. Now, both systems are in play, with InWorldz and other grids testing out the Avination/Singularity system, and Kitely using their own system to enable market deliveries to other grids as well as OAR region downloads. Panelists will discuss how to implement export permissions, how well they work, and what's still to be done. They will also debate the merits of the two current approaches, and whether content creators should be using DRM at all.

Speakers
avatar for Myron Curtis

Myron Curtis

founder and developer of Virtual Worlds Grid, Virtual Worlds Grid, and A Dimension Beyond
Throughout his life, Myron Curtis has been involved with the evolution of digital technology. He still has his dad’s TS1000 home computer, its manuals and program cassettes that he played games on as a child. He has taught computer science at Butte Community College for the past 12 years, has been building virtual worlds since 2006, and now owns Virtual Worlds Grid.
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business and of the Hyperica directory of hypergrid destinations. She has been a war correspondent, ran a news bureau in Shanghai, and covered business and technology for national magazines for over 15 years -- but the emerging metaverse is the most exciting thing she's ever covered.
avatar for John  Lester

John Lester

Immersive Learning and Virtual Worlds/VR/AR Designer
John "Pathfinder" Lester has been working with virtual worlds and online communities since the 1990s, creating online patient support groups at Massachusetts General Hospital for people dealing with neurological disorders, developing online immersive learning environments for students at Harvard, and helping build communities in Second Life that assist people living with disabilities. He worked at Linden Lab for 5 years where he founded Linden... Read More →
avatar for Ilan Tochner

Ilan Tochner

Co-Founder and CEO, Kitely
Ilan Tochner is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kitely, the biggest commercial provider of OpenSim regions and the creator of Kitely Market, the leading marketplace serving the Hypergrid metaverse. Ilan formerly held key positions in several startups, including CEO at IDChoice and Director of Infrastructure Development at OmniSky. Ilan has an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Saturday November 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Business Track

1:30pm

The CAMELOT Project: Language Learning with Machinima in Virtual Worlds
Streaming Link:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc2

This paper reports on research arising from a two-year project involving nine European partners entitled, “CreAting Machinima to Empower Live Online language Teaching and learning” (or CAMELOT Project), awarded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (KA3 ICT Multilateral). CAMELOT deals with the use of machinima – recorded videos made in a virtual environment such as Second Life or within a digital game world, specifically related to the under-researched area of language learning. The paper presents an overview of the CAMELOT project, discussing the research context and published literature, before examining the deliverables and potential future research directions.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas Ph.D. FHEA FRSA (Haruki Ronaldo) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. His research interests are in e-learning and language education, with specific interests in learner collaboration using computer-mediated communication; sociocultural theory; multimodal and digital research methods; and intercultural communication. He is the lead and founding editor of two book series, Advances in Digital... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Community Track

1:30pm

Viewer Developer Panel Moderated by Justin Clark-Casey
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

This panel brings together developers of popular Second Life and OpenSimulator viewers such as Singularity, Firestorm, and Radegast to discuss the future of viewer development in these worlds. The panel will be moderated by Justin Clark-Casey, core developer for the OpenSimulator project.

Moderators
avatar for Justin Clark-Casey

Justin Clark-Casey

President, Overte Foundation
Justin Clark-Casey is a software consultant working in the emerging field of open-source virtual environments and the Metaverse. He has been a core developer on the OpenSimulator project since 2007, responsible for features such as OpenSimulator Archives (OARs) and NPCs as well as numerous bug fixes, release management and general steering of the project. In this time, he has worked with numerous organizations, including Intel Corporation, Sandia... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cinder Biscuits

Cinder Biscuits

Ultimate Gaming Europe, AB
Cinder Biscuits is a the technical director of YrGrid. She has made numerous contributions to several virtual world viewers including Second Life Viewer, Phoenix-Firestorm Viewer, Alchemy, and Singularity and is an active virtual world evangelist. Cinder has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and painting in her free time.
avatar for Liru Faers

Liru Faers

LSL Bridge, Singularity Viewer
Liru Faers (also known as Inusaito Kanya) is a member of both the Alchemy Viewer and the Singularity Viewer development teams. Though she has only been working on Singularity Viewer for around three or four years now, she has been using simulated worlds for seven years. Liru manages efforts to localize the viewer, provides viewer support through various chat channels, and monitors the issue tracker. When she isn't working on viewer development... Read More →
avatar for Latif Khalifa

Latif Khalifa

Latif Khalifa participated in the development and is the current maintainer of Libopenmetaverse (originally known as LibSL) which provided the initial communications framework for Opensim. He created Radegast Metaverse client and has participated in the development of Singularity Viewer.
avatar for Jessica Lyon

Jessica Lyon

Firestorm Viewer
Jessica Lyon is the founder and Project Manager of The Phoenix Firestorm Project Inc; a non-profit company with over 80 support staff and developers working under it. The project is responsible for developing the very popular Phoenix and Firestorm Viewers used in Second Life and virtual worlds. Along with managing the project Jessica also spends time listening to user input in order to improve and advocate to protect the user experience.
avatar for Nicky Perian

Nicky Perian

Nicky Perian is retired from the United States Army and ABB. Building the Kokua Viewer is his major hobby, since most of his work experience was hardware and his computer experience dates back to an aircraft Doppler navigation system that had an analog computer with | input / output to the aircraft instruments and the system's on board digital computer. While with ABB, Nicky worked on Honeywell 316, 6-36 and 6-43 minicomputers with multiple... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Development Track

1:30pm

Hands On Training with SciEthics Interactive
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc5

Join this hands-on presentation for a walking tour of the SciEthics Interactive "Rainforest Research" island. Designed for high school or university science courses, students learn about carbon storage in the rainforest while considering ethical issues. Learn how to start the non-playing characters, where to find student handouts, and other tips and tricks for instructor.

Speakers
avatar for Larysa Naldony

Larysa Naldony

Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
Dr. Larysa Nadolny is an assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education (SOE) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) associated faculty member. Her publications include research on motivation and achievement in virtual worlds, augmented reality, and game-based learning environments. She has received grant funding from government and private organizations, including NSF, TIAA CREF, and HP. |  


Saturday November 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Learning Lab 5

1:30pm

The Epic Adventures - The Islands of Enlightenment Projects
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc4

Epic Adventures will present three OpenSim projects for Middle School/High School Students: the “Understanding the Holocaust Project” that serves as a companion learning experience to the Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank; “The Heir of the King” is a medieval role-play tasking students to know facts about history and solve a murder mystery; and, a student building project for creativity, art, function, and history based around the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Howard

Mary Howard

Teacher, Veronica E. Connor Middle School
Mary Howard is a 6th Grade Teacher in Grand Island New York and assisted with the development of several virtual world projects including Heir of the King, Frank Lloyd Wright and Invent-It. She also writes an awesome Edtech blog, titled: yoursmarticles.blogspot.com. Follow her on twitter @mrshoward118 or see her Periscopes sharing Ed Tech ideas at https://katch.me/mrshoward118
avatar for Andrew Wheelock

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, Technology Integrator for WNYRIC/CSLO
Andrew Wheelock (Spiff Whitfield) is a Technology Integrator at Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC. | Recently, awarded with the Outstanding New York State Technology Leader Award, and previously served as the Chairperson of ISTE's SIGVE (Now VEN) Group from 2011-2013. | | I collaborate with teachers using technology in districts throughout Western New York. My passions as a edtech rebel are effective uses of virtual environments and simulations as well as... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Education Track

2:30pm

Kitely Market: The Metaverse Marketplace - One Year Later
Streaming Linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc1

Kitely Market
is an advanced, feature-rich virtual goods marketplace which delivers to all Hypergrid-enabled OpenSimulator grids as well as some closed grids. It creates a unified market that enables content creators and avatars from across the metaverse to transact using real money, without requiring content creators to maintain a duplicate presence on each grid. The presentation will begin with a quick overview of existing features followed by a short progress report and discussion of some of the lessons learned during Kitely Market's first year in business. The presentation will conclude with a Q&A session.

Speakers
avatar for Ilan Tochner

Ilan Tochner

Co-Founder and CEO, Kitely
Ilan Tochner is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kitely, the biggest commercial provider of OpenSim regions and the creator of Kitely Market, the leading marketplace serving the Hypergrid metaverse. Ilan formerly held key positions in several startups, including CEO at IDChoice and Director of Infrastructure Development at OmniSky. Ilan has an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Saturday November 8, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Business Track

2:30pm

New Association for Grid Owners
Streaming Link:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc2

3rd Rock Grid is spearheading an effort to create an organization for OpenSim grid owners, to share information about griefers and hackers, to help fund OpenSim development, and to work on other issues relevant for companies and organizations that run their own grids.

Moderators
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business and of the Hyperica directory of hypergrid destinations. She has been a war correspondent, ran a news bureau in Shanghai, and covered business and technology for national magazines for over 15 years -- but the emerging metaverse is the most exciting thing she's ever covered.

Speakers
avatar for Terry Ford

Terry Ford

Founder of 3RD Rock Grid. Earned degree in computer programming. Interests include:  | Family, Programming, OpenSim, Virtual World Platforms, Motorsports, American Football, Electronics, Computer, High Tech Gadgets, History Channel, Mt. Dew.
avatar for Alan Tupper

Alan Tupper

Alan is a trans-media content creator, focusing on animation and independent game development. He writes about the Metaverse from both a developer and end-users' perspective on the blog MetaPundit. In his free time, Alan is spearheading an effort to explore the potential of cryptocurrencies within the Hypergrid.
MW

Mark Wiseman

Mark Wiseman is CEO of Digital Worlds Group, a company focused on services for private and commercial grids. He has a strong passion for 3D historical recreations and using OpenSimulator for niche applications like real-estate previews and language- and subject specific grids. Currently living and working in the Netherlands, he privately offers online marketing consultancy to companies aiming to incorporate the 3D web into existing and new... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Community Track

2:30pm

The Hypergrid: Online Identity and Virtual Assets in a Federation of Virtual Worlds
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

In this presentation Crista Lopes, inventor of the Hypergrid, will describe the workings of the Hypergrid, the constraints under which it was designed, and where it could go next.

Speakers
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

University of California, Irvine
Crista Lopes is a Professor in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to being in Academia, she worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (1995-2001). She is co-inventor of AOP (Aspect Oriented Programming), a programming technology featured in the MIT Technology Review (2001) as "one of the 10 emergent technologies that will change the world." She also serves on the board of the... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Development Track

2:30pm

OpenSimulator as a Platform for Virtualizing and Gamifying a Research Organization
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc5

The AFRL Discovery Lab leverages OpenSimulator features for managing the activities of its own research organization, and has developed a collection of virtual research institutes that cover a wide spectrum of technologies.These institutes serve a scalable platform for acquiring, training, and maintaining a research staff with potentially hundreds of members, and even as a medium for the research itself. Furthermore, the AFRL Discovery Lab uses OpenSimulator to engage the community through large and small virtual conferences. These conferences utilize OpenSimulator’s voice and audio broadcast services to give presentations and virtual demos to hundreds of conference participants in specially designed virtual regions. 

Speakers
avatar for Alex Opp

Alex Opp

Alex is a Computer Engineering student and has been a researcher at AFRL Discovery Lab for two years. She has worked on a variety of projects including a developing a device for the visually impaired; and a system for pararescue jumpers to use to monitor and track patients in mass casualty situations. She also lead the Discovery Lab's first virtual conference that was held in September.


Saturday November 8, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Learning Lab

2:30pm

From Start to Scholarly Finish: Best practices for developing and evaluating virtual world educational modules
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc4

This session will briefly discuss the theory of education in virtual worlds (VW) and examine the broad categories of VW applications in education: Practice & Simulation, Collaboration/ Distance learning, Role-Play/Dramatization, Visualization and Gaming. With practical examples, the audience will be guided through VW curricular design, with emphasis on creating specific and measurable learning objectives for your ideas, storyboarding (project planning), and scholarly evaluation of the educational impact on your learners.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Lowe

Carolyn Lowe

Carolyn is an associate professor of science education at Northern Michigan University when she teaches life science for future teachers, undergraduate and graduate courses in teaching science, and basic biology.She lives in the woods of the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Carolyn (Clowey) previously operated Biome and Biome II in Second Life and now has two complete grids, Biome and Biome4Kids as part of the Virtual Islands for Better... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Umoren

Rachel Umoren

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Director of Immersive Learning, University of Washington
Dr. Rachel Umoren is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington and the Director of Immersive Learning for the Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training (NEST) Program. Her research interests are in enhancing healthcare partnerships and teamwork using virtual simulations. She has published and presented internationally on using virtual... Read More →


Saturday November 8, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Education Track

8:00pm

Dance Party for OSCC
Join other OSCC attendees for a dance party at Littlefield Grid at the Speakeasy Dance Club!

Public or Invitation Only:  Open to All
Maturity Rating:  Appropriate for Mature Audiences (M)

Grid Name:  Littlefield Grid
Grid Website:  http://www.lfgrid.com

HyperGrid Enabled?  Yes
HyperGrid URL:  http://lfgrid.com:8002
HyperGrid Region Coordinates:  http://lfgrid.com:8002:Speakeasy

Website to Create a Local Account:  http://www.lfgrid.com
Region Name:  Speakeasy
Map Coordinates:  127,127,127
Parcel/Venue Name:  Speakeasy Dance Club

Anything else we should know?  No child avatars are permitted on the grid.

Speakers
avatar for Walter Balazic

Walter Balazic

System Admin/Owner, Littlefield Systems, LLC
Founder/Administrator of Littlefield Grid and Littlefield Systems, LLC.  Walter Balazic is an IT Infrastructure/Network designer for over 30 years,and has been involved in VW's since 2008. USA


Saturday November 8, 2014 8:00pm - 11:30pm
External Grid
 
Sunday, November 9
 

7:00am

CONFERENCE SECOND DAY OPEN & WELCOME
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

Members of the Planning Committee welcome attendees in-world and via webstream to the second day of the second annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014!

Sunday November 9, 2014 7:00am - 7:30am
Keynote Regions

7:30am

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: STEVE LAVALLE - Virtual Reality: How Real Should It Be?
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

It has been an exciting adventure as we race to bring the consumer version of the Oculus Rift VR headset into widespread use for games, cinema, therapy, virtual travel, and beyond. Palmer Luckey's 2012 prototype demonstrated that smartphone-based advances in display and sensing technology enable a lightweight, high field-of-view VR experience that is affordable by the masses. This has stimulated widespread interest across many industries, research labs, and potential end users of this technology. This talk will highlight some of the ongoing technical challenges, including game development, user interfaces, perceptual psychology, and accurate head tracking. Although VR has been researched for decades, many new challenges arise because of the ever-changing technology and the rising demand for new kinds of VR content.

Speakers
avatar for Steve LaValle

Steve LaValle

Steve LaValle started working with Oculus VR a few days after its successful Kickstarter campaign and led its R&D efforts up to its $2 billion acquisition by Facebook in March 2014. He developed perceptually tuned head tracking methods based on IMUs and computer vision. He has also led a team of perceptual psychologists to provide principled approaches to virtual reality system calibration and the design of comfortable user experiences. He is... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 7:30am - 8:30am
Keynote Regions

8:30am

COFFEE BREAK
A scheduled break in the conference proceedings.

Sunday November 9, 2014 8:30am - 9:00am
Keynote Regions

9:00am

Hypergrid Growth Trends
Streaming Linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc1

Maria will provide an update about OpenSimulator growth numbers, with the latest statistics about the grids, the hypergrid, marketplaces, and other OpenSim-related data points.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business and of the Hyperica directory of hypergrid destinations. She has been a war correspondent, ran a news bureau in Shanghai, and covered business and technology for national magazines for over 15 years -- but the emerging metaverse is the most exciting thing she's ever covered.


Sunday November 9, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Business Track

9:00am

Virtual Laboratory Training, Career Recruitment and Retention (VLTC) Project
Streaming Link:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc2

The Virtual Laboratory Training, Career Recruitment and Retention (VLTC) Project emerged out of a medical laboratory professional's vision to integrate real life clinical laboratory training; information sharing, and medical laboratory career recruitment into 3D virtual worlds. Since 2008, the planning, development, and implementation of the VLTC Project involved the construction of the Virtual Laboratory Training and Career Center in Kitely and the Ms. BugLady’s Micro Laboratory, a branch laboratory in JokaydiaGRID. In parallel to existing real life laboratory activities, the VLTC Project activities are focused on increasing basic laboratory knowledge and skills associated with the diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and promoting various aspects of clinical laboratory science.

Speakers
avatar for Sally S. Cherry

Sally S. Cherry

STI Laboratory/Social Media Consultant, Cherry Consulting Network
As a laboratory consultant, STI laboratory instructor, American Society for Clinical Pathology member and ASCP-certified medical technologist, Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT(ASCP) is passionate about the integration of 3D virtual worlds technology into real life laboratory science, HIV/AIDS awareness and public health education. Ms. Cherry's professional training and experience lead to a diverse laboratory career as the laboratory coordinator within the... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Community Track

9:00am

Dispatcher: A Secure, External Script Interface for OpenSim
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

Extending the behavior of OpenSim primarily involves adding code to the simulator itself through in-world scripts written in LSL. To enable a broader set of languages and applications, we built Dispatcher, a language-independent API that for external scripting of OpenSim regions. Using Dispatcher, scripts can be written in any language that provides a JSON messaging interface; the package comes with libraries for Perl and Python. The Dispatcher API supports scene update operations, asset manipulation, inventory and avatar appearance changes, and handling of in-world events. The presentation will include a demonstration that uses the Dispatcher package to connect OpenSim to the Sumo traffic simulator for visualizing 1000's of moving cars.

Speakers
avatar for Mic Bowman

Mic Bowman

Planning Committee, Intel Labs
Mic Bowman is a principal engineer in Intel Labs and leads the Virtual World Infrastructure research project. His team develops technologies that enable “order of magnitude” scalability improvements in virtual environments opening the door to new levels of immersiveness and interaction among players.


Sunday November 9, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Development Track

9:00am

Prisoners’ Dilemma is NOT the Instructor’s Dilemma Workshop
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc5

Attendees will receive a copy of the 2012 Federal Virtual World Challenge award winning Prisoners' Dilemma simulation as well as practice setting-up and using the simulation. Attendees will also have access to virtual world e-learning "best practices" and "how to" tutorial materials. Finally, attendees will get a chance to tour the other Prisoners' Dilemma "variation on a theme" simulations that will be showcased at the workshop site and/or contribute their own "variation on a theme" Prisoners' Dilemma simulation.

Speakers
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Kay McLennan is a professor of practice at Tulane University. Kay teaches economics and business studies courses in a completely online format to part-time students at Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Kay’s 3D virtual world educational simulations were finalists in two Federal Virtual World Challenge contests -- in 2012 for her Prisoner's Dilemma game theory simulation and in 2013 for her Data Detectives Game. Kay has a Ph.D... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Learning Lab 2

9:00am

Metacognition, Prezi, Research and the 21st Century Scholar
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc4

Student-directed pedagogical models and 21st century themes fuse to ignite a learning community for reflection, discovery, and social networking to motivate the 21st century student. Music, photography, art, twitter and facebook become the new literature that enhances learning. Stories that students create in the new literature of the social network become the new voices for a global cultural literature revolution.

Speakers
avatar for Maryann DiEdwardo

Maryann DiEdwardo

As a professional speaker, author, artist, scholar writing coach and Adjunct Professor, Maryann DiEdwardo (A Sabre) works well in editing environments with accuracy and diligence and most of all, commitment to polished curriculum designs and pedagogy. She has set up Model classrooms for many years.


Sunday November 9, 2014 9:00am - 9:45am
Education Track

10:00am

4Dialog, Encitra, and OpenSim for Real Time Planning in Four Swedish Cities
Streaming Linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc1

4Dialog is responsible for a series of city development projects in the USA and Sweden based on OpenSim with added functionality by Encitra and 4Dialog. In these projects there is extensive use of real time planning, charettes, Oculus Rift and public outreach at citizen days etc. The rapidly growing interest in these possibilities has produced challenges and opportunities for fast and accurate modeling and a strong need for interactive and democratic survey tools.

Speakers
avatar for Christer Lindstrom

Christer Lindstrom

Christer Lindstrom is the founder of the Institute for Sustainable Transportation in Sweden, co-founder of the International Institute of Sustainable Transportation, USA, the General Transportation Fund USA, Encitra Inc. USA and 4Dialog AB, Sweden. Christer was earlier the main Project Manager for Uppsala PRT Study – Financing, simulation, visualization and implementation and is currently doing 4D simulation and financing analysis for... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Business Track

10:00am

Applying Real Life Research to Create Virtual Landscapes for Historic Sites
Streaming Link:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc2

This project researched and recorded the structures at the Allegheny Portage Railroad in PA through 3D scans. The processed data from the scans were used as the basis for creating 3D reconstructions in a virtual landscape on the Nova Archeology grid of the Virtual Islands Bettering Education (VIBE) group. This venture is one-step in developing digital 3D modeling as a new form of historic property documentation and will illustrate how this technology will assist future archaeologists and historians. The information will also provide an additional resource of baseline information to others interested in the historical landmark showcasing a bygone era through the virtual platform .

Speakers
avatar for Nova Saunders

Nova Saunders

Ms. Marion Smeltzer is a graduate student enrolled in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania MA in Applied Archaeology program and President of Indiana County Archeology Society. Her passion is to educate and promote the aspects of applied archaeology in terms and visuals that can be utilized by both the class room environments and the general public. She is currently working with the Leica 3D Scanstation to create virtual landscapes for... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Community Track

10:00am

Scaling OpenSimulator inventory using NoSQL
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

When scaling out an OpenSim grid to hundreds of concurrent users, one of the first systems that will begin to show signs of stress is back end inventory storage. This presentation will demonstrate how NoSQL, and specifically Apache Cassandra, can provide unlimited scalability and low latency for inventory reads and writes.

Speakers
avatar for Tranquillity Dexler

Tranquillity Dexler

David Daeschler is an object oriented software developer/architect with a wide range of experience in software and hardware solutions and is currently a partner and software architect for InWorldz, LLC.


Sunday November 9, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Development Track

10:00am

Into the Hackerspace: Make My Speed Build
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc5

Tired of kickin' it old school? Join us as we explore the Maker culture and flex our creative muscles. Novices through experts are welcome! Objects, textures and humor provided; some assembly and fun required. This is not your Grandma's speed build and we'll have stations for different activities. Using a game show motif, we'll share everything you need to customize your chatbots, add scenes to your rezzers, and develop interactivities during this zany creativity session.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Calongne

Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a professor, author and researcher with 20 years of experience in developing virtual environments and teaching. For 13 years, she worked as a software engineer and a systems programmer for Air Force Space Command and on Capitol Hill. In 2010, Andy Stricker, Mike McCrocklin, and Cynthia Calongne won the first $25,000 Grand Prize in the Federal Virtual World Challenge for the Mars Expedition Strategy... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Sandbox

10:00am

OpenSim K-12 Power Panel: Effectively Engaging and Teaching Grade-Schoolers in Self-hosted Virtual Worlds
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc4

This panel will highlight the experiences of several educators managing school-specific grids for use in the K-12 classroom. Biome4Kids, MissionV, Islands of Enlightenment are self- or school-managed OpenSim grids used for quests, learning activities, and student building. edMondo is a nationally hosted but school specific grid in Italy. Panelists will cover the following questions specifically "What makes an effective virtual world learning activity?" "What makes young students excited to be in virtual worlds?" "What are the advantages and how does one effectively manage a school-specific grid?" “How do you get other educators to engage in virtual worlds teaching?" Questions from the audience will be taken as well. 

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Benassi

Andrea Benassi

"Researcher and developer at INDIRE - the Italian national institute for educational research and innovation - located in Florence (http://www.indire.it). His main research areas include theory and methodology of media and technologies in education, with a focus in virtual 3D learning environments. | He is currently project coordinator of “edMondo” (http://www.scuola-digitale.it/edmondo), national pedagogical coordinator of the... Read More →
avatar for Annalisa Boniello

Annalisa Boniello

Ms Boniello is a high school natural science teacher and a Ph.D. candidate in “Teaching Earth Science” at University of Camerino (UNICAM) with a thesis on “The use of Virtual Worlds in Geoscience education: geological hazards.” She has Master’s degrees in E-learning at University of Florence Italy and in Metacognitive Learning at IUL Italian University Online.
avatar for David Deeds

David Deeds

Technology Integrator, Yew Wah International Education School
David Deeds switched from corporate geek to edtech evangelist back in 2001 and has worked in both international higher ed and K-12 institutions since. David started using virtual worlds in education as of 2006. He´s now the Technology Integration Coach for the American School of Guatemala.
avatar for Mary Howard

Mary Howard

Teacher, Veronica E. Connor Middle School
Mary Howard is a 6th Grade Teacher in Grand Island New York and assisted with the development of several virtual world projects including Heir of the King, Frank Lloyd Wright and Invent-It. She also writes an awesome Edtech blog, titled: yoursmarticles.blogspot.com. Follow her on twitter @mrshoward118 or see her Periscopes sharing Ed Tech ideas at https://katch.me/mrshoward118
avatar for Carolyn Lowe

Carolyn Lowe

Carolyn is an associate professor of science education at Northern Michigan University when she teaches life science for future teachers, undergraduate and graduate courses in teaching science, and basic biology.She lives in the woods of the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Carolyn (Clowey) previously operated Biome and Biome II in Second Life and now has two complete grids, Biome and Biome4Kids as part of the Virtual Islands for Better... Read More →
avatar for Amy Pihlainen

Amy Pihlainen

Amy is a K-12 teacher in a small rural school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is conducting research on the use of virtual worlds to teach science in a K-12 setting.
avatar for Andrew Wheelock

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, Technology Integrator for WNYRIC/CSLO
Andrew Wheelock (Spiff Whitfield) is a Technology Integrator at Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC. | Recently, awarded with the Outstanding New York State Technology Leader Award, and previously served as the Chairperson of ISTE's SIGVE (Now VEN) Group from 2011-2013. | | I collaborate with teachers using technology in districts throughout Western New York. My passions as a edtech rebel are effective uses of virtual environments and simulations as well as... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am
Education Track

11:00am

MEAL BREAK
A scheduled break in the conference proceedings.

Sunday November 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Keynote Regions

11:00am

VIP: Keynote Q&A
Crowdfunder participants at the Exclusive Access level and above are invited to a special VIP Q&A session with selected keynote speakers.  By invitation only.

Sunday November 9, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Staff Zone Auditorium

12:00pm

EXPLORE THE OSCC GRID
In this hour, conference attendees are invited to explore the OSCC Grid, including the Expo Zone regions with conference sponsors and community crowdfunder exhibits, the Shopping Center region, and exhibits created by speakers in the Content & Community, Research & Education, and Learning Lab tracks.  Play the OpenMetaQuest game to explore the grid and win prizes!

Sunday November 9, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Various Regions

1:00pm

COFFEE BREAK
A scheduled break in the conference proceedings.

Sunday November 9, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Keynote Regions

1:30pm

Does OpenSim Have the Critical Mass to Survive?
Streaming Linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc1

With Linden Lab working on a new platform, Second Life as we know it today could soon become a shadow of its current self. The days of using Second Life to provide a standard to match -- and to innovate against -- might be coming to an end. Second Life is also a source of a great deal of relevant training material, both in-world and on the Web and, of course, provides a constant flow of new users to OpenSim. Meanwhile, High Fidelity and other platforms will be competing to become the dominant technology of the 3D metaverse. Does OpenSim have what it takes to survive -- and to flourish?

Speakers
avatar for Walter Balazic

Walter Balazic

System Admin/Owner, Littlefield Systems, LLC
Founder/Administrator of Littlefield Grid and Littlefield Systems, LLC.  Walter Balazic is an IT Infrastructure/Network designer for over 30 years,and has been involved in VW's since 2008. USA
avatar for David Cranmer

David Cranmer

President, Ventoux Learning Network
David has been involved with virtual worlds since 2009 and has worked with Universities around the country to help develop virtual worlds for education. Currently, he is President of Ventoux Learning Network and is using Opensim as a sound stage and rapid prototyping tool for Instructor-led online courses teaching Data Center design. Also, for the last 18 years, he has served as an Expert Witness in litigation involving telecommunications.
avatar for Thirza Ember

Thirza Ember

Founder, HG Safari
Thirza Ember is the founder of HG Safari, a virtual travel club that helps people to discover the joys of hypergridding, and publicizes interesting places in the hyperverse. She has been blogging about art and destinations in Second Life and OpenSim since 2008.
avatar for Stephen Gasior

Stephen Gasior

Biology Instructor, Ball State University
Stephen Gasior is a Biology Instructor at Ball State University, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (at Ball State University), and Administrator/Evangelist for REDgrid (Ball State's OpenSimulator campus -- see http://idialabprojects.org/redgrid/). Stephen is the founder of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) grids. VIBE is a collaborative of virtual educators and builders actively using OpenSimulator in... Read More →
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business and of the Hyperica directory of hypergrid destinations. She has been a war correspondent, ran a news bureau in Shanghai, and covered business and technology for national magazines for over 15 years -- but the emerging metaverse is the most exciting thing she's ever covered.
avatar for Kimberly Rufer-Bach

Kimberly Rufer-Bach

Owner, Designer, and Producer, The Magicians
Kimberly Rufer-Bach (avatar Kim Anubis) is Owner, Designer, and Producer of The Magicians, a top solution provider for Second Life and OpenSimulator.  Since 2005 Kim has specialized in working with educators, nonprofits, and government agencies to bring their virtual worlds projects to fruition.  Kim is the author of The Second Life Grid: The Official Guide to Communication, Collaboration, and Community Engagement; and co-author of... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Business Track

1:30pm

ROCKSTAR AVATAR: The Making of Holographic Avatars in Mixed-Reality, Integration of NeuroGaming and Multisensory Systems
Streaming Link:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc2

Mixed-Reality Producer and Avatar, Patty Rangel/SL:BellaLuna X, will talk about a 7 year journey that started in Second Life and led to concept visualization for the Shanghai World Expo (using SL and a Virtual Reality CAVE system); a live Mixed-Reality presentation at NASA with Philip Rosedale, and the evolution of research and development using brain-computer interface, holographic-like projection, and multisensory systems for the upcoming Television show "Rockstar Avatar".

Speakers
avatar for BellaLuna X

BellaLuna X

Producer, Metaverse Productions
Ms. Rangel holds a Master of Fine Arts in Producing (Design & Production) from CalArts, is a graduate of the SU/GSP11 (Exponential Technologies) program at NASA Ames, and is currently heading Binational Operations for DataMed in the United States and Mexico. At the Centennial Olympic Games, Ms. Rangel was a member of the Opening & Closing Ceremonies team and liaison to NBC. Ms. Rangel headed creative production, tech integration... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Community Track

1:30pm

Optimizing & Improving OpenSimulator Performance
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc3

Making OpenSimulator perform well is a complex task. In this presentation, Justin Clark-Casey will take you through the rules of thumb in deciding the hardware that you need, how you can gather and analyze performance data, and the configuration changes that you can make in order to get your installation working as well as possible.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Clark-Casey

Justin Clark-Casey

President, Overte Foundation
Justin Clark-Casey is a software consultant working in the emerging field of open-source virtual environments and the Metaverse. He has been a core developer on the OpenSimulator project since 2007, responsible for features such as OpenSimulator Archives (OARs) and NPCs as well as numerous bug fixes, release management and general steering of the project. In this time, he has worked with numerous organizations, including Intel Corporation, Sandia... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Development Track

1:30pm

The Quest for the Galaxy Language
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc5

The Galaxy Language is a science fiction adventure presented as a mythic journey that the audience can join to discover an extraordinary language-- a language of images and musical rhythms that helps you hold onto your spirit, to what you love, no matter what happens. This play is based on a story by Kara Bennett. In the OpenSim live theater performance, avatar actors will play the parts of Earth people and visiting Extraterrestrials who are helping the Earth people explore problem-solving strategies for learning to communicate with each other without prejudice and violence. Besides offering an entertaining experience, this quest is part of a global effort to engage people in learning ways of creating characters, in both fiction and real life, who respect human rights.

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Berrett

Lynne Berrett

Co-Director, Ageless Mind Project
Interested in bringing a greater number of older adults into virtual worlds to increase their well being and quality of life as they grow older. Doing this through offering activities and programs known to benefit health of mind, body and spirit.
avatar for Francisco Koolhoven

Francisco Koolhoven

Francisco Koolhoven worked as a computer programmer and analyst for over 25 years.  Now retired, he has spent much of his time since working in virtual worlds.  Francisco has been a builder and scripter in Second Life since 2007, and has been in various OpenSim grids over the past five years. 
LD

Leticia De Leon

Leticia De León is an associate professor with the College of Education at the University of Texas – Pan American.  She teaches in an elementary teacher preparation program, with specializations in child development, as well as social studies and language arts methods and technology integration.
avatar for Ixmal Supermarine

Ixmal Supermarine

Ixmal is British and works as a freelance Human Resources Development Manager. He uses history, theatre and literature to design games and training materials.
avatar for Tooyaa WBH

Tooyaa WBH

Tooyaa teaches math and science in New Mexico and is pursuing an advanced degree in Complex Adaptive Systems. 
avatar for Dancers Yao

Dancers Yao

Psychologist, Elder Voices, Inc
Dancers Yao is co-founder of the nonprofit organization, Elder Voices, Inc. whose mission is to explore ways of bringing human rights to health care. She has worked in mental health, research, the dramatic arts, and human rights projects over thirty years.


Sunday November 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Learning Lab 3

1:30pm

Virtual World Learning with Real Standards: K-12 Standards-based Learning in a Virtual World
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc4

Learning in a virtual world can be a lot of fun for children. But the question arises, are they learning and if so, are they learning what they are supposed to be learning? Can virtual worlds be used to help K-12 students learn standards-based content? This presentation shows how they can, and have been.

Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Lowe

Carolyn Lowe

Carolyn is an associate professor of science education at Northern Michigan University when she teaches life science for future teachers, undergraduate and graduate courses in teaching science, and basic biology.She lives in the woods of the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Carolyn (Clowey) previously operated Biome and Biome II in Second Life and now has two complete grids, Biome and Biome4Kids as part of the Virtual Islands for Better... Read More →
avatar for Amy Pihlainen

Amy Pihlainen

Amy is a K-12 teacher in a small rural school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is conducting research on the use of virtual worlds to teach science in a K-12 setting.


Sunday November 9, 2014 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Education Track

2:30pm

Gamification: Utilizing Quest Based Learning and Reward Systems
Streaming Link:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc2

Schools today struggle constantly to motivate, inspire, and engage students. Gamification, the incorporation of game elements into non-game settings, may hold the key to win the battle. We will discuss the use of gamification and reward systems in education and training, discuss design and implementation of quest based learning, and consider the impact it might have on behavior and social issues.  

Speakers
avatar for Bill Jobes

Bill Jobes

"Bill Jobes is the creator of the Honor Reward System, a flexible tool for use in many venues, including education and gaming. He has a degree in Math and Computer Science and over 25 years of programming experience. He has invested more than 15 years working with artificial intelligence and gamification delivering successful solutions.


Sunday November 9, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Community 3

2:30pm

Using OpenSimulator in K-12 (International) Schools
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc5

David Deeds has been using OpenSimulator in the K-12 environment for almost six years now, in four different international schools. His presentation will focus on lessons learned and best practices, what has worked and what hasn´t, and including some funny and/or scary anecdotes. He will also propose the creation of a 3D Global Village for teachers and students.

Speakers
avatar for David Deeds

David Deeds

Technology Integrator, Yew Wah International Education School
David Deeds switched from corporate geek to edtech evangelist back in 2001 and has worked in both international higher ed and K-12 institutions since. David started using virtual worlds in education as of 2006. He´s now the Technology Integration Coach for the American School of Guatemala.


Sunday November 9, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Learning Lab

2:30pm

Instructional Design in the VRLE Environment
Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc4

This session explores New Media tools and strategies for designing instruction in virtual world learning environments. Screen captures provide us with an opportunity to make learning visible for learner reflection and collaborative knowledge construction.

Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Donahue

Kathryn Donahue

Kathryn is a graduate student at Drexel University in the Learning Technologies Program with a concentration in Instructional Design. Her areas of interest are New Media, Universal Design for Learning, Virtual World Learning Environments, and Game-based Learning.


Sunday November 9, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Education Track

2:30pm

Studying Economics in the Virtual World: From the Lab to the Class
Streaming Linkhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc1

The use of virtual worlds to test the robustness of economic models in controlled experiments with more naturalistic cognitive cues and social interactions will be presented. Our research is interested in two primary topics -- how subjects form beliefs about the strategic nature of the game in which they find themselves and how their strategies and beliefs co-evolve with practice. I will also talk about how our experiments, used for research, are adapted to become demonstration experiments in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin McCabe

Kevin McCabe

Professor of Economics, Law, and Neuroscience, George Mason University
I use experiments to study the behavior of economic systems that range from the neural systems of the brain to the economic systems of virtual worlds. I interpret economic systems broadly to include the social, political, and economic interactions that lead to outcomes that affect our world. Since 2006 we have been developing economic experiments and data processing pipelines on virtual world platforms.


Sunday November 9, 2014 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Business Track

3:30pm

Educators Birds-of-a-Feather Meeting
This social event (more like a convocation) of OpenSim educators will discuss ways to address easing the burden of entry for those interested but relatively new to virtual worlds. "How can we as a community make it easy and advantageous for educators to use OpenSim for instructional activities?" will be the focus of the meeting. Please come share your resources and tips and what you use to help yourself and provide to others for getting up and running in OpenSim.

Public or Invitation Only:Open to All
Maturity Rating:Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name:AvaConGrid
Website:https://www.avacon.org/blog/avacon-grid/

HyperGrid Enabled?:Yes
HyperGrid URL:http://grid.avacon.org:8002
HyperGrid Region Coordinates:9000,9000

Website to Create a Local Account:http://grid.avacon.org:8005/wifi/
Region Name:Meeting1
Map Coordinates:9000,9000
Parcel/Venue Name:Meeting1

Any other instructions for attendees?:Just bring your resources and thoughts on what will help those with the toe dipped in the water to jump on in. This includes not just tips and techniques and resources but also those examples of career or institution enhancing practices.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Gasior

Stephen Gasior

Biology Instructor, Ball State University
Stephen Gasior is a Biology Instructor at Ball State University, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (at Ball State University), and Administrator/Evangelist for REDgrid (Ball State's OpenSimulator campus -- see http://idialabprojects.org/redgrid/). Stephen is the founder of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) grids. VIBE is a collaborative of virtual educators and builders actively using OpenSimulator in... Read More →


Sunday November 9, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
External Grid

5:00pm

The Quest for the Galaxy Language Continues
Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name: Second LifeGrid
Website: http://www.secondlife.com

HyperGrid Enabled? No

Website to Create a Local Account: http://www.secondlife.com
Region Name: Inspiration Island
Map Coordinates:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/208/197/21
Parcel/Venue Name:  Galaxy Language Grotto - Magic Drums

Any other instructions for attendees?  You can always ask for a TP from Lissena Resident or Dancers Yao in SL if you have trouble finding us. The Quest will start in the Grotto and spill out onto the Whole Brain Health Fairgrounds just outside. This slurl is for the bridge from the Grotto to the Fairgrounds: 
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/162/175/22

Speakers
avatar for Lynne Berrett

Lynne Berrett

Co-Director, Ageless Mind Project
Interested in bringing a greater number of older adults into virtual worlds to increase their well being and quality of life as they grow older. Doing this through offering activities and programs known to benefit health of mind, body and spirit.


Sunday November 9, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
External Grid

7:00pm

Dream-Pop Rave at Tiki Beach
Dance on the sunset beach at Pirate's Atoll to the ethereal sounds of dream pop and indie beat. A great time to unwind and socialize after the conference.

Public or Invitation Only:Open to All
Maturity Rating:Appropriate for Mature Audiences (M)

Grid Name:Pirate's AtollGrid
Website:http://www.piratesatoll.com

HyperGrid Enabled?:Yes
HyperGrid URL:http://www.piratesatoll.com/visitors-guide/getting-there/
HyperGrid Region Coordinates:8000, 8000

Website to Create a Local Account:http://www.piratesatoll.com
Region Name:pirates atoll
Map Coordinates:43, 86, 23
Parcel/Venue Name:Tiki Beach at Lost Resort Island

Any other instructions for attendees?:After hypergriding to the region, you will arrive in the train station. Click on the poster for the "Dream Pop Rave @ Tiki Beach" which will teleport you to the beach. Make sure that you turn streaming audio on, and it is recommended that you choose sunset or midnight for your sun position.

Sunday November 9, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
External Grid