If you can’t tell, I was more than a little nervous, and couldn’t quite shake my midwestern accent! =)
Many thanks to Henrik Bennetsen, Stanford University and everyone who helped make Metaverse U so successful (see more videos HERE). We did receive a lot of positive feedback and made some great connections with several individuals and companies interested in the possibility of helping us advance the project.
We haven’t reached our sponsorship goals yet, so if you’re interested in helping us develop the next phase, there’s still time! We have a wide range of goals, but we’re primarily interested in simplifying the interface and making this collaboration technology available to communities throughout the Second Life grid and beyond.
As if that’s enough RL Keystone for one day, here’s my little blurb/interview about what excites and scares me about metaverse technology:
I am sincerely honored to have been asked to present at the upcoming Metaverse U at Stanford University, February 16th and 17th. I will be demonstrating the Wikitecture concept, and I am confident that the presentation Theory Shaw and I have put together will be quite compelling – complete with a live demo inside of Second Life at the virtual design/build site.
If you can’t make it to San Jose, the conference is slated to be streamed live to the web, free of charge. After the conference, these videos will be archived and made available on a Stanford University website, to become part of a global conversation on virtual worlds. Bravo!
I am also very excited to be attending the Metaverse Roadmap workshop on the 15th, and will be heading over to The Tech museum on Monday to see the ‘real life’ space of their collaborative exhibition design project I have become very fascinated with. Should be a pretty exciting trip!
Here are the details for Metaverse U:
“On Saturday, February 16th and Sunday, February 17th, 2008, Stanford University, in conjunction with the Stanford Humanities Lab, will host the Metaverse U conference. Technology leaders, artists and academics will come together and exchange ideas in a public forum, about the hot topics of virtual worlds and Second Life. Conference highlights will include virtual art galleries and a Saturday afternoon panel discussion with three of the leading thinkers on virtual communities: Howard Rheingold, Cory Ondrejka and Raph Koster. Metaverse U aims to challenge traditional conference models with collaborative and inclusive opportunities for participants, both virtual and corporeal.
“Virtual worlds have garnered tremendous interest since their recent proliferation, both in the media and in academia. Given Stanford University’s prime location in the heart of Silicon Valley, we think the time has come to explore the cultural, technological, legal, and economic issues surrounding virtual worlds.” Henry Lowood, Metaverse U conference organizer and curator for history of science & technology collections and film & media collections in the Stanford University Libraries
Discounted advance admission rates, (corporate $400, academic $200, student $100), are available through February 11. Registrants will have access to all conference activities, including networking events, and lunch on both days. Tickets will be sold at the door for $500 (cash only) and no student or academic discounts will apply.
To ensure that its impact extends well beyond the actual conference, video from Metaverse U will be streamed live to the web, free of charge. After the conference, these videos will be archived and made available on a Stanford University website, to become part of a global conversation on virtual worlds.
Metaverse U falls between two other major events in the Bay Area: the next Metaverse Roadmap workshop, hosted at Stanford University on Friday, February 15th, as well as the 2008 Game Developers Conference that starts on Monday, February 18th. Accordingly, seasoned academics, journalists, and industry leaders in both virtual worlds and games will be flooding the Bay Area.
Sampling of participants:
Jeremy Bailenson (Stanford)
Jon Brouchoud (Wikitecture)
Beth Coleman (MIT)
Parvati Dev (Innovation in Learning)
Wagner James Au (New World Notes)
Brewster Kahle (The Internet Archive)
Raph Koster (Metaplace)
Kari Kraus (University of Maryland)
Rob Lanphier (Linden Lab)
Mike Liebhold (Institute for the Future)
Rebecca Moore (Google Earth)
Jerry Paffendorf (Wello)
Byron Reeves (Stanford & Seriosity)
Christian Renaud (Cisco)
Jeffrey T. Schnapp (Stanford)
Reuben Steiger (Millions of Us)
Metaverse U homepage:
Koster, Ondrejka & Rheingo profiles:
Corrie Goldman, Stanford Humanities Outreach Officer
Office (650) 724-8156 or mailto:email@example.com
Henrik Bennetsen, Metaverse U Conference Chair