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OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017 

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimulator and AvaCon, the virtual conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

More info at http://conference.opensimulator.org and to register, go to https://oscc17.eventbrite.com

Events taking place Saturday, Dec 9, and Sunday, Dec 10 will be live simulcast streamed to https://gaming.youtube.com/c/AvaconOrg/live

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Saturday, November 11
 

9:00am

Speaker Orientation & Training session
Speaker Orientation & Training sessions and Presenter Booth Setup preparing #OSCC17 speakers for the conference.

All speakers (presenters & co-presenters) should plan to attend the Speaker Orientation session to practice connecting to the conference grid, test Skype connection and microphone, walk through using the slide presentation system and troubleshoot any issues with your media, slides, or other presentation materials, and to answer any questions you may have. You will also be able to set up your presenter poster booth!

For the best test run through of your presentation, you should have your OpenSImulator viewer and Skype already installed and set up on your machine, as well as a headset/microphone, and test slide images or media types you plan to use in your presentation.

We will meet on the OpenSImulator Community Conference grid in the OSCC Keynote 1 region. You can view the OSCC conference grid map at http://cc.opensimulator.org/map/.

For further Speaker Presentation Prep help, go to http://conference.opensimulator.org/2017/speakers/speaker-presentation-prep/

Also, as a reminder, If you have not yet registered for the conference, please sign up on Eventbrite at
https://oscc17.eventbrite.com


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

12:00pm

#OSCC17 Volunteer Meeting

Volunteer Meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 11, at 12PM PST / 3PM EST / 8PM UTC/GMT.  There will also be a followup opportunity to meet on Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9AM PST / 12PM EST / 5PM UTC/GMT. 

We will meet on the OpenSImulator Community Conference grid in the OSCC Keynote 1 region. You can view the OSCC conference grid map at http://cc.opensimulator.org/map/.

For hypergrid accounts, jump to  http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002 and teleport to the “Keynote 1” region to attend the meeting.

If you volunteered at a prior OSCC, you should already have access to the grid and be in the volunteer group. If you had a local account and do not remember the password, you can reset your password with the Forgot Password link.

Also, as a reminder, If you have not yet registered for the conference, please sign up on Eventbrite at https://oscc17.eventbrite.com


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/
 
Saturday, November 18
 

9:00am

#OSCC17 Volunteer Meeting

Volunteer Meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9AM PST / 12PM EST / 5PM UTC/GMT. 

We will meet on the OpenSImulator Community Conference grid in the OSCC Keynote 1 region. You can view the OSCC conference grid map at http://cc.opensimulator.org/map/.

For hypergrid accounts, jump to  http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002 and teleport to the “Keynote 1” region to attend the meeting.

If you volunteered at a prior OSCC, you should already have access to the grid and be in the volunteer group. If you had a local account and do not remember the password, you can reset your password with the Forgot Password link.

Also, as a reminder, If you have not yet registered for the conference, please sign up on Eventbrite at https://oscc17.eventbrite.com


Saturday November 18, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:00am

Speaker Orientation & Training session
Speaker Orientation & Training sessions and Presenter Booth Setup preparing #OSCC17 speakers for the conference.

All speakers (presenters & co-presenters) should plan to attend the Speaker Orientation session to practice connecting to the conference grid, test Skype connection and microphone, walk through using the slide presentation system and troubleshoot any issues with your media, slides, or other presentation materials, and to answer any questions you may have. You will also be able to set up your presenter poster booth!

For the best test run through of your presentation, you should have your OpenSImulator viewer and Skype already installed and set up on your machine, as well as a headset/microphone, and test slide images or media types you plan to use in your presentation.

We will meet on the OpenSImulator Community Conference grid in the OSCC Keynote 1 region. You can view the OSCC conference grid map at http://cc.opensimulator.org/map/.

For further Speaker Presentation Prep help, go to http://conference.opensimulator.org/2017/speakers/speaker-presentation-prep/

Also, as a reminder, If you have not yet registered for the conference, please sign up on Eventbrite at
https://oscc17.eventbrite.com


Saturday November 18, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/
 
Saturday, December 2
 

9:00am

Final Speaker Training session
Final Speaker Orientation & Training sessions and Presenter Booth Setup preparing #OSCC17 speakers for the conference. 

If you are an OSCC speaker (presenters & co-presenters) and have yet to attend a prior orientation, please plan to attend this Speaker Orientation session to practice connecting to the conference grid and get added to speaker access groups, test Skype connection and microphone, receive your 2017 speaker HUD tool and walk through using this slide presentation system and troubleshoot any issues with your media, slides, or other presentation materials, and to answer any questions you may have. You will also be able to set up your presenter poster booth!

For the best test run through of your presentation, you should have your OpenSImulator viewer and Skype already installed and set up on your machine, as well as a headset/microphone, and test slide images or media types you plan to use in your presentation.

If you have yet to attend a Speaker Orientation, and this time is not convenient, please email opensim@avacon.org to schedule time to meet before Thursday, December 7, 2017!

We will meet on the OpenSImulator Community Conference grid in the OSCC Keynote 1 region. You can view the OSCC conference grid map at http://cc.opensimulator.org/map/.


For further Speaker Presentation Prep help, go to http://conference.opensimulator.org/2017/speakers/speaker-presentation-prep/

Also, as a reminder, If you have not yet registered for the conference, please sign up on Eventbrite at
https://oscc17.eventbrite.com


Saturday December 2, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:30am

#OSCC17 Volunteer Meeting

OSCC17 Volunteer Meeting scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10AM PST / 1PM EST / 5PM UTC/GMT. 

We will meet on the OpenSImulator Community Conference grid in the OSCC Keynote 1 region. You can view the OSCC conference grid map at http://cc.opensimulator.org/map/.

For hypergrid accounts, jump to  http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002 and teleport to the “Keynote 1” region to attend the meeting.

If you volunteered at a prior OSCC, you should already have access to the grid and be in the volunteer group. If you had a local account and do not remember the password, you can reset your password with the Forgot Password link.

Also, as a reminder, If you have not yet registered for the conference, please sign up on Eventbrite at https://oscc17.eventbrite.com


Moderators
avatar for Joyce Bettencourt

Joyce Bettencourt

Founder / Creative Director, AvaCon Inc.
Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir) | Joyce Bettencourt is co-founder and Vice President of AvaCon, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality and 3D immersive spaces. AvaCon were organizers of 2010 in Boston... Read More →
avatar for Jeroen Frans

Jeroen Frans

Web Administrator / Content Development, AvaCon Inc.
Jeroen Frans, Frans Charming | Jeroen is one of the three Founders of the Vesuvius Group, LLC, and functions as Executive Director and Virtual World Technology Specialist. | The Vesuvius Group is a Full-Service Solution provider for companies and institutions who desire to develop a presence or experience in a virtual world, with expertise in the virtual world platform Second Life... Read More →
avatar for Michael Bailey, Marcus Llewellyn

Michael Bailey, Marcus Llewellyn

Tech Guy, AvaCon Inc.
Michael Bailey has been working with technology for the past 24 years. Originally a programmer, he discovered Second Life in 2007 and then became invested in the OpenSimulator project in 2009. Since then, he has acquired expertise scripting and building in virtual environments, as well as familiarity with the OpenSimulator software and its configuration. As an open source advocate, he makes heavy use of tools such as Blender and Open Broadcaster Studio... Read More →

Saturday December 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/
 
Wednesday, December 6
 

6:00pm

Tour of Spanish Language Learning at Escape
Please join us for a walking tour of Escape, a sim devoted to language learning. You will see examples of embedded learning activities, NPCs and role-playing venues.

For an overview of Escape, please visit http://jtabraham.org/escape.

Please feel free to explore Escape whenever you would like. We'll be meeting in the plaza to start the tour.

Speakers
avatar for James Abraham

James Abraham

Faculty, Glendale Community College
James Abraham, El Profesor | James T. Abraham, Ph.D. has been working in virtual worlds since 2006. As Calisto Encinal in Second Life, he created Mi casa es su casa, an immersive, interactive Mexican village with realistic buildings and over 25 learning activities. For the last s... Read More →


Wednesday December 6, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Escape (digiworldz) http://login.digiworldz.com:8002:escape
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for All Ages (G)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name Escape
  • Map Coordinates 125,115,41
  • Parcel/Venue Name Escape
 
Friday, December 8
 

5:00pm

Educators Meet-Up
A networking meet-up for educators currently teaching in virtual worlds AND for educators and others interested in learning more about teaching in virtual worlds. Drop by to visit with colleagues, ask a question, share/locate content, and more!

To attend this event, you can either Hypergrid or register to attend #OSCC17 and get a local account avatar at http://conference.opensimulator.org

In addition to the Educators' Meet-Up on 12/8/17, do not forget about joining the Educators in OpenSim Group (in the OSCC grid).  More specifically, after you are logged into the OSCC grid:
  • Right click on your avatar;
  • Click on Groups;
  • Search for "Educators" (without the quotation marks);
  • Click on the "Join" button; and
  • Click on the "Yes" button.

Finally, feel free to use the group chat function to network with other educators during the Open Simulator Community Conference!

Moderators
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Dr. Kay McLennan is a Professor of Practice at Tulane University. Kay has been creating and using virtual world learning simulations in her online economics and business studies courses since 2008. In particular, Kay uses student feedback to continually refine and expand the educational simulations she creates to use in her e-courses (see highlights of the student survey data collected @ http://scsmetaverse.wp.tulane.edu/virtual-world-learning/student-feedback/). Also, Kay's... Read More →

Friday December 8, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
OSCC Grid Expo Zone 3 http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for All Ages (G)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name OSCC Expo Zone 3
  • Map Coordinates (76,66,25)
  • Parcel/Venue Name Educator Commons Area (Part of the Speaker Poster Booths)

6:00pm

OSCC Kickoff at Xanadu
Come party with us on Inspiration Island, on Opensim.life ..  Skate, party, listen to the live music of SingerGirl Mode.

Website to Create a Local Account https://www.opensim.life/index.php/create-account

Grab your skates at the entrance to the club.

Friday December 8, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
OpenSim Life http://grid.opensim.life:8002:Inspiration Island
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for All Ages (G)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name Inspiration Island
  • Map Coordinates 379, 503, 23
  • Parcel/Venue Name XanadU
 
Saturday, December 9
 

7:00am

OpenSimulator Core Developer Panel
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!

OpenSimulator is an open source multi-platform, multi-user 3D application server. It can be used to create a virtual environment (or world) which can be accessed through a variety of clients, on multiple protocols. It also has an optional facility (the Hypergrid) to allow users to visit other OpenSimulator installations across the web from their 'home' OpenSimulator installation. In this way, it is the basis of a nascent distributed Metaverse.


Moderators
avatar for Joyce Bettencourt

Joyce Bettencourt

Founder / Creative Director, AvaCon Inc.
Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir) | Joyce Bettencourt is co-founder and Vice President of AvaCon, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality and 3D immersive spaces. AvaCon were organizers of 2010 in Boston... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Adams

Robert Adams

OpenSimulator Core Developer
Robert has been an OpenSimulator core developer for nearly a decade. He's responsible for the BulletSim physics engine, the addition of varregions, and many a bug fix and performance improvement. He has worked on viewers and some of the base virtual world libraries such as Meshme... Read More →
avatar for Michael Cerquoni / Nebadon Izumi

Michael Cerquoni / Nebadon Izumi

OSCC Planning Committee, OpenSimulator Core Developer
Michael Cerquoni is a core developer for the OpenSimulator project and 3D Content Developer for Encitra & 4Dialog. 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... Read More →
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and protocol... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Milland

Melanie Milland

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. Up to twelve developers have worked two years on creating the software which now powers Avination. Currently, Melanie holds the position of Director in Avination Virtual Limited, the UK based company which operates Avination. Melanie is known as "Melanie Milland" in both Avination and Second... Read More →
avatar for Ubit Umarov

Ubit Umarov

OpenSimulator Core Developer



Saturday December 9, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:00am

Building to understand: The Liverpool & Manchester Railway circa 1830
The Liverpool & Manchester Railway is frequently identified as the first modern railway but dates to 1830 and hence there is no contemporaneous photographic record. OpenSim is being used to model parts of the railway and adjacent areas based on maps, artworks and related information sources. The presentation outlines progress to date and addresses use of non-player characters (NPCs) in adding additional value to the simulation.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Graham Mills

Graham Mills

Semi-retired university academic with longstanding interest in education-related applications of OpenSim.


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:30am

OpenSimulator Statistics
Latest data about OpenSim grids, users, and opinion surveys.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Editor and Publisher, Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. 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... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

9:00am

BREAK
Saturday December 9, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

9:30am

40 Virtual Cities Online - Going for 4000 more
4Dialog has developed over 40 city models using open sim technology. Since the start 2008 the landscape for use of virtual simulations and visualizations has changed and evolved dramatically. Today Universities together with both public and private stakeholders are working together in developing better and more advanced tools for visualizing, simulating and not least communicating how the future urban landscape could look like.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Christer Lindström

Christer Lindström

Christer Lindström is the CEO of 4Dialog and has since 2008 headed the development of the Virtual City concept. In 2017 he initated the UIDC project - Urban International Design Contest - today sponsored by several well known organizations and government agencies.


Saturday December 9, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:00am

The First Digital Biennale ~ 1BIENNALE ~ that will become also Real
In 2016 an immersive interactive art show became part of a real Biennale under the icon IMMERSIVIA. In 2018 the IMMERSIVIA will extend and happen all over the world as the 1st Digital Biennale expanding over 7 continents.

The concept based on Pavilions and on containers inside the Pavilions (Cubes), some artists who already committed to contribute will be mentioned and also their Pavilions (some might be in draft status) will be shown. Works conserved by the society in a project Vulcanicus (50 artists) will also be shown in a dynamic way (time driven OAR uploads).

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Reiner Schneeberger

Reiner Schneeberger

Reiner Schneeberger, Art Blue | Art Blue looks back on 40 years in computing industry and in art education. Currently director of the digital art trust "Programmed Art Foundation" [Stiftung Kunstinformatik]. | http://cnn.schneeberger.de


Saturday December 9, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:30am

The Noble Spirit: Transcendentalism & Transdiscplinarity
What touches the heart and mind within our shared experiences in virtual worlds? How does collaboration in virtual worlds inspire us to greatness? Join us, the Harmony Society, as we present highlights from research colleagues across universities in transcendentalism.

On Virtual Harmony, the Simone de Beauvoir salon recreated in a French village provides a mind space for exploring the innate goodness of humanity, the aesthetics of place, and the need for educational innovation. Nearby, the Hall of Virtues bridges with the Arthurian Legends to explore how to strengthen the core virtues and inspire creativity within 3D environments.

Games, simulations, virtual world artistry, research, education, and philosophy come together to create an experience that blends transcendentalism with transdisciplinarity on Virtual Harmony.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Professor, CTU
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,0... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Stricker

Andrew Stricker

Dr. Andrew Stricker serves Air University by helping to design, develop, and implement advanced and emerging learning technologies into Air Force educational and professional military education programs. Prior to his arrival to Air University Andrew served Vanderbilt University as Associate Provost for Innovation Through Technology. He was responsible for working with academic, technology and administrative leaders to prioritize, plan and execute the infusion of educational technologies and enabling innovations for improving learning, teaching and research. Andrew also served 27 years as an Air Force officer and scientist specializing in learning sciences, technology systems integration, and human-factors engineering. His graduate work was conducted at Texas... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Truman

Barbara Truman

Strategic Advisor, Immersive Learning & Collaborat, University of Central Florida
Dr. Barbara Truman serves as a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training in Orlando. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in I... Read More →



Saturday December 9, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

11:00am

MEAL BREAK
Saturday December 9, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

11:15am

VIP Keynote Q&A 11:15 a.m.
This is a special session for #OSCC17 speakers, crowdfunders, and volunteers.

Moderators
avatar for Joyce Bettencourt

Joyce Bettencourt

Founder / Creative Director, AvaCon Inc.
Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir) | Joyce Bettencourt is co-founder and Vice President of AvaCon, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality and 3D immersive spaces. AvaCon were organizers of 2010 in Boston... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Adams

Robert Adams

OpenSimulator Core Developer
Robert has been an OpenSimulator core developer for nearly a decade. He's responsible for the BulletSim physics engine, the addition of varregions, and many a bug fix and performance improvement. He has worked on viewers and some of the base virtual world libraries such as Meshme... Read More →
avatar for Michael Cerquoni / Nebadon Izumi

Michael Cerquoni / Nebadon Izumi

OSCC Planning Committee, OpenSimulator Core Developer
Michael Cerquoni is a core developer for the OpenSimulator project and 3D Content Developer for Encitra & 4Dialog. 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... Read More →
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and protocol... Read More →
avatar for Ubit Umarov

Ubit Umarov

OpenSimulator Core Developer


Saturday December 9, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
Staff Zone 1 on OSCC Grid http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

12:00pm

Viewer Panel
A moderated panel on interfacing with virtual environments, both OpenSimulator compatible viewers and beyond these viewers to other worlds and interfaces.

Moderators
avatar for Mal Burns

Mal Burns

Inworld Review, Metaworld
Mal Burns is host of the "Inworld Review" - a weekly news and discussion program which has been running for over 10 years. He and Tara Yeats run Metaworld Broadcasting to provide input and output services for TV in virtual worlds and the expertise for the same. Mal has used vi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Adams

Robert Adams

OpenSimulator Core Developer
Robert has been an OpenSimulator core developer for nearly a decade. He's responsible for the BulletSim physics engine, the addition of varregions, and many a bug fix and performance improvement. He has worked on viewers and some of the base virtual world libraries such as Meshme... Read More →
avatar for Adam Frisby

Adam Frisby

CEO, Sine Wave Entertainment
Adam is presently the CEO of Sine Wave Entertainment, the company behind the Sinespacvirtual world platform; previously he was one of the original founders of the OpenSimulator project and a core developer for a number of years. | http://sine.space https://twitter.com/AdamF... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Heyne

Dieter Heyne

CEO, Metaverse School GmbH
Dieter Heyne was born in 1966 and raised in Munich, Germany. Making first contact with computers and programming in 1981 set the course for a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Technical University in Munich in 1991. Since 2007 Dieter is a frequent Metaverse traveller... Read More →
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and protocol... Read More →
avatar for Cinder Roxley

Cinder Roxley

Cinder is a software developer specializing in 3D and high performance computing. She currently maintains Alchemy and Radegast viewers for OpenSim and Second Life and has contributed to the OpenSimulator project itself.


Saturday December 9, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

1:00pm

A “mind palace” for English in immersive worlds
As a result of the tragic collapse of a building In the 5th century BC, Simonides Ceos, a Greek poet discovered the method of loci, which became the most famous visualisation technique todate used by memory contest champions. In this presentation we will describe how this method was deployed with a gist during an English training initiatives carried out in school year 2016-17 with the Italian teachers in edMondo, the educational OpenSim created by INDIRE in Italy.

Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Professor, CTU
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,0... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Letizia Cinganotto

Letizia Cinganotto

Letizia Cinganotto, PhD, researcher at the Italian Institute for Documentation, Innovation, Educational Research. Former teacher of English, teacher trainer and author of digital contents. She had been working for several years at the Italian Ministry of Education, University and... Read More →
avatar for Shelwyn Corrigan

Shelwyn Corrigan

Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco
Shelwyn Corrigan has a Master's in Linguistics, a Master's in Digital Media & Learning, and certification in Multimedia Studies. She has worked in digital design since 1994. In addition, she has taught ESL and EFL in Europe, South America and at universities in California and New... Read More →
avatar for Heike Philp

Heike Philp

Heike Philp, Gwen Gwasi | Heike Philp is CEO of let's talk online sprl, based in Brussels, Belgium, a provider for technical support for language learning and events in real-time via the internet since 2003. Philp co-initiated four European funded projects to develop accredited a... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

1:30pm

BREAK
Saturday December 9, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

2:00pm

Hypergrid Panel
Moderators
avatar for Mal Burns

Mal Burns

Inworld Review, Metaworld
Mal Burns is host of the "Inworld Review" - a weekly news and discussion program which has been running for over 10 years. He and Tara Yeats run Metaworld Broadcasting to provide input and output services for TV in virtual worlds and the expertise for the same. Mal has used vi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Thirza Ember

Thirza Ember

Founder, HG Safari
Thirza Ember organizes the OpenSim travel group, HG Safari, which has been promoting the community spirit by arranging weekly group visits to grids all over the OpenSim Hypergrid for the past 3 1/2 years.
avatar for John Lester

John Lester

Immersive Learning and Virtual Worlds/VR/AR Designer, Montréal, Canada
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 Lab's Boston Office and led the development of the education and healthcare markets in Second Life while evangelizing the innovative use of virtual worlds in research, art and immersive learning. John has also worked on multiuser virtual world development using the Unity platform, built bespoke multiuser VR worlds for education using the Oculus Rift, and dabbled with artificial life in augmented reality. John continues to follow his passion for online communities and virtual worlds through his consulting and contracting work, designing and building immersive learning experiences using platforms such as Opensimulator and Unity. He also serves on the board of directors of Virtual Ability, a non-profit organization that enables people with a wide range of disabilities by providing a supporting environment for them to enter and thrive in online virtual worlds like Second Life. At his day job, John works as a Product Manager at OpenText where he does... Read More →
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and protocol... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

3:00pm

Easy to use Opensim- DreamWorld and DreamGrid Stats, use, and the future
The Dreamworld system has thousands of worlds using the standalone hypergrid system - ten times as many as there are 'regular' grids. I'll be introducing a new "DreamGrid", a Windows OpenSimulator with Robust grid capability for home and professional users. DreamGrid has the Gloebits economy module so you can sell items. There are server side bird flocks, easy region expansion, and many more features.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Fred Beckhusen

Fred Beckhusen

President, Micro Technology Services, Inc
Fred K. Beckhusen, President, Micro Technology Services, Inc. http://www.mitsi.com | My primary work is in Microcomputer and microprocessor hardware design and programming. My software work is primarily in Javscript and Perl, wth C, C++ and C#, lsl script, VB and VBA, 3-D modelin... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

3:30pm

Re-evaluating our Understanding of Content Creation in 3D Virtual Spaces
During the past 15 years or more, we have been conditioned to assume that content creation in 3D virtual worlds is largely an activity only relevant to 3D modelers, programmers, and building or scripting enthusiasts. This limited view of content creation has given rise to growing contemporary movements which emphasize efforts to create entertaining and educational experiences 'for' users as opposed to empowering the latter. We are more interested in enabling casual end users so that they are able to satisfy their primary goal, which may be completely divorced from content creation in the traditional sense.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Ramesh Ramloll

Ramesh Ramloll

Rameshsharma Ramloll, Ph.D. Computer Science (Lancaster University UK), BTech Computer Science & Engineering (IIT Kanpur, India) is an award-winning Immersive Virtual Learning Environment pioneer. During the past 15 years, he designed and implemented virtual reality applicatio... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:00pm

BREAK
Saturday December 9, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:30pm

Bridging Worlds: Avatar Identities
We will talk about our virtual persona and look at several tools for creating avatars that bridge worlds to maintain a consistent identity between worlds.

Moderators
avatar for Ghaelen D'Lareh

Ghaelen D'Lareh

Owner, Builder, Educator, Event Designer, De Landria World Creations
Ghaelen D'Lareh is a college educator building immersive virtual worlds for education and empowerment. She is also a KRHI Radio host, broadcasts for public and private empowerment workshops across the Metaverse, and is a visual, digital, and ceramic artist. She works in OpenSim... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Fliesen

David Fliesen

3D Content Developer, AvaCon
David Fliesen has extensive experience in virtual worlds and education. He is a Master Training Specialist and taught journalism and broadcasting for the U.S. military at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) and recently developed a college undergrad course on engineering virtual worlds. He recently graduated from the Art Institute with a major in Media Arts... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 4:30pm - 5:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

5:00pm

Creating a Place for Learning: Spanish Language Learning at Escape
At Spanish Language Learning at Escape, you will find a variety of locations that present authentic language learning opportunities. While strolling through the plaza or investigating the old pyramid, you will encounter NPCs with whom you can casually converse about targeted vocabulary and grammar topics. Learning objects, embedded throughout the environment, take students through the process of attaining knowledge, practicing that knowledge and finally assessing their learning in an engaging and innovative format.

Moderators
avatar for Ghaelen D'Lareh

Ghaelen D'Lareh

Owner, Builder, Educator, Event Designer, De Landria World Creations
Ghaelen D'Lareh is a college educator building immersive virtual worlds for education and empowerment. She is also a KRHI Radio host, broadcasts for public and private empowerment workshops across the Metaverse, and is a visual, digital, and ceramic artist. She works in OpenSim... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Abraham

James Abraham

Faculty, Glendale Community College
James Abraham, El Profesor | James T. Abraham, Ph.D. has been working in virtual worlds since 2006. As Calisto Encinal in Second Life, he created Mi casa es su casa, an immersive, interactive Mexican village with realistic buildings and over 25 learning activities. For the last s... Read More →
avatar for Martha Eugenia Lino

Martha Eugenia Lino

Academic Director, Escape
Spanish teacher. Owner of the Educational project "Spanish with Eugenia". Teaching in México and the metaverse. | | Eugenia shares her knowledge and love of her native country, Mexico, with her students in the virtual world. She also serves as Academic Director and creates rich... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

5:30pm

Mixed Reality HOLOPRESENCE for Avatars
Metaverse Developers THE VESUVIUS GROUP worked with the Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater in Washington D.C.

The project included a Mixed-Reality event from the Season Preview into the SL "Virtual Arena" and the build-out of a HOLOPRESENCE Studio for Mixed Reality into the Real World. Technical presentation will include knowledge transfer about the building process, production and rapid prototyping that led to the world's first HOLOPRESENCE Mixed Reality for Avatars!

Speakers
avatar for Joyce Bettencourt

Joyce Bettencourt

Founder / Creative Director, AvaCon Inc.
Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir) | Joyce Bettencourt is co-founder and Vice President of AvaCon, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality and 3D immersive spaces. AvaCon were organizers of 2010 in Boston... Read More →
avatar for Jeroen Frans

Jeroen Frans

Web Administrator / Content Development, AvaCon Inc.
Jeroen Frans, Frans Charming | Jeroen is one of the three Founders of the Vesuvius Group, LLC, and functions as Executive Director and Virtual World Technology Specialist. | The Vesuvius Group is a Full-Service Solution provider for companies and institutions who desire to develop a presence or experience in a virtual world, with expertise in the virtual world platform Second Life... Read More →
avatar for Michael Bailey, Marcus Llewellyn

Michael Bailey, Marcus Llewellyn

Tech Guy, AvaCon Inc.
Michael Bailey has been working with technology for the past 24 years. Originally a programmer, he discovered Second Life in 2007 and then became invested in the OpenSimulator project in 2009. Since then, he has acquired expertise scripting and building in virtual environments, as well as familiarity with the OpenSimulator software and its configuration. As an open source advocate, he makes heavy use of tools such as Blender and Open Broadcaster Studio... Read More →
avatar for Patty Rangel

Patty Rangel

Resident Artist, Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater
Patty Rangel is the Resident Artist at the Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater specializing in Holographic Projection, Virtual Reality, and Mixed-Reality.  She has presented at NASA Ames with Philip Rosedale, at the Second Life National Community Conference, the Open Simulator Community Conference, and the Metaverse Cultural Series. In the real world, she is a published Author of the International Astronautical Congress on the topic of Simulation-Based Learning and was on the team that created the Tupac hologram at the Coachella Music... Read More →


Saturday December 9, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/
 
Sunday, December 10
 

7:00am

OpenSim technology opportunities or obsolete ( from an industrial perspective)
How suitable is the OpenSim technology to be used in industrial applications now and in the future , what is its current state and what additional capabilities are needed to be adopted by the customers of industrial applications. What areas in industry are suited to use the technology and how does it compare with other virtual reality technologies and applications.

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Frank Rulof

Frank Rulof

Senior Systems Engineer, Thales Netherlands
Senior systems engineer at Thales Netherlands with as expertise areas Training & Simulation. Leading the research and innovation activities related to OpenSim technology within the Thales Global Company.


Sunday December 10, 2017 7:00am - 7:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

7:30am

OAR Converter: Using OpenSimulator and Unity as a Shared Development Environment for Social Virtual Reality Environments
We developed OAR Converter, a conversion system to load OpenSimulator Archive (.oar) files into Unity for use in Unity-based projects. This system allows the user to load 3D world data created in OpenSimulator into Unity on a region-by-region basis, and to ultimately output the data from Unity in a variety of formats. These features allow us to treat the pairing of OpenSimulator and Unity as a shared development environment, which simplifies the low-cost creation of 3D virtual worlds that can be used for graphical visualizations and social virtual worlds or social virtual reality experiences.

Blog: http://blog.inf.ed.ac.uk/atate/oar-conv/

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Fumikazu Iseki

Fumikazu Iseki

Tokyo University of Information Sciences
Fumikazu Iseki, Fumi Hax | Fumikazu Iseki (avatar: Fumi Hax) is a member of the Network Systems Laboratory of the Tokyo University of Information Sciences (TUIS) in Japan. He and his colleagues created the OAR Converter and work on other tools to augment the use of virtual worlds... Read More →
avatar for Austin Tate

Austin Tate

Professor, Director AIAI, OpenSim tester, University of Edinburgh and Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue)
Austin Tate / Ai Austin | Austin Tate is a Professor of Knowledge-Based Systems at the University of Edinburgh and is the Director of the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute (AIAI) at the University. He is the coordinator for the Virtual University of Edinburgh, Vue, a... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 7:30am - 8:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:00am

Creating Case Study Educational Simulations for In- and Out-of-World Use

Join a lively presentation on the techniques used to create multi-use case study simulations in an OpenSimulator grid. Also, the early findings from a study -- of the impact of increased out-of-world exposure to virtual simulations on the participation rate for in-world learning activities -- will be discussed. Using course-related case studies, screen capture video clip dramatizations can be created in-world (and made available -- out-of-world -- in online course sites). Accordingly, every member of the selected online courses has an opportunity to view the case study simulations and learn about the available virtual world learning activities. Additionally, the smaller subset of students that volunteer for the in-world activities have expanded opportunities to either experience the pre-staged case study simulation in-world or to take part in dramatizations that will be displayed out-of-world.


Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Dr. Kay McLennan is a Professor of Practice at Tulane University. Kay has been creating and using virtual world learning simulations in her online economics and business studies courses since 2008. In particular, Kay uses student feedback to continually refine and expand the educational simulations she creates to use in her e-courses (see highlights of the student survey data collected @ http://scsmetaverse.wp.tulane.edu/virtual-world-learning/student-feedback/). Also, Kay's... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:00am - 8:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:30am

The Economy of Appreciation in Opensim: HG Safari
OpenSim is a vast and often confusing place to navigate. It is full of interesting people, yet it can often be hard to find them. What strategies are needed to consolidate a sense of community in this far flung set of worlds? The secret is appreciation, but how can that be manifest in a virtual hyperverse?

Moderators
avatar for Michelle Gatchell

Michelle Gatchell

Communication Consultant

Speakers
avatar for Thirza Ember

Thirza Ember

Founder, HG Safari
Thirza Ember organizes the OpenSim travel group, HG Safari, which has been promoting the community spirit by arranging weekly group visits to grids all over the OpenSim Hypergrid for the past 3 1/2 years.


Sunday December 10, 2017 8:30am - 9:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

9:00am

BREAK
Sunday December 10, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

9:30am

Bridging Worlds
A conversation on bridging worlds and the extension of OpenSimulator content usage.

Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Professor, CTU
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,0... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Selby Evans

Selby Evans

Writer and editor of Virtualoutworlding blog: http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/ | | Retired as Professor of Psychology at Texas Christian University. Taught courses in psychological measurement, computer applications, and systematic problem-solving. | | Conducted researc... Read More →
avatar for David Fliesen

David Fliesen

3D Content Developer, AvaCon
David Fliesen has extensive experience in virtual worlds and education. He is a Master Training Specialist and taught journalism and broadcasting for the U.S. military at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) and recently developed a college undergrad course on engineering virtual worlds. He recently graduated from the Art Institute with a major in Media Arts... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Heyne

Dieter Heyne

CEO, Metaverse School GmbH
Dieter Heyne was born in 1966 and raised in Munich, Germany. Making first contact with computers and programming in 1981 set the course for a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Technical University in Munich in 1991. Since 2007 Dieter is a frequent Metaverse traveller... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:30am

Bringing Literature to Life in OpenSim
This presentation will highlight two projects that highlight the use of OpenSim virtual environments with literature based learning. We will highlight the Understanding the Holocaust Project that correlates with the Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank, and the Westing Mansion Project that correlates with the fictional story The Westing Game.

Moderators
avatar for Ghaelen D'Lareh

Ghaelen D'Lareh

Owner, Builder, Educator, Event Designer, De Landria World Creations
Ghaelen D'Lareh is a college educator building immersive virtual worlds for education and empowerment. She is also a KRHI Radio host, broadcasts for public and private empowerment workshops across the Metaverse, and is a visual, digital, and ceramic artist. She works in OpenSim... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mary Howard

Mary Howard

Teacher, Grand Island Central Schools
Mary Howard, Mrs. Howard | Mary Howard is a 6th Grade Teacher at Grand Islands Veronica Connor Middle School. She is a recent finalist for the NY State Teacher of the Year in 2017. She has also won the NYSCATE Educator of the Year Award. Her Blog YourSmarticles showcases her amaz... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Wheelock

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, WNYRIC
Andrew Wheelock, Spiff Whitfield | 20 Year Educator with degree in Elementary Education. I am now a Technology Integrator who works with schools around the Western New York area. Currently I am the Project Director of the Islands of Enlightenment. This is a self hosted Open Sim V... Read More →



Sunday December 10, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

11:00am

HyperGrid Safari at #OSCC17

A special HyperGrid Tour organized by Thirza Ember, that will take attendees on a tour of several OpenSimulator grid location that offer up amazing creations and experiences. This two-hour OSCC HyperGrid tour starts at 11 AM Pacific, on Sunday, December 10th, and is not to be missed if you want a fun, guided way of learning to HyperGrid.

Visit OSCC Expo Zone 2 at any time during the event for the HyperGrid Tour & Resources section of the conference. There you will find step by step help on how to HyperGrid if you aren’t familiar with jumping from one OpenSImulator grid to another grid world, as well as helpful website links, and a curated collection of HyperGrid landmarks for those more experienced to explore the interconnected OpenSimulator metaverse. 



Speakers
avatar for Thirza Ember

Thirza Ember

Founder, HG Safari
Thirza Ember organizes the OpenSim travel group, HG Safari, which has been promoting the community spirit by arranging weekly group visits to grids all over the OpenSim Hypergrid for the past 3 1/2 years.




Sunday December 10, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

1:00pm

OpenSim eCommerce Panel
Virtual eCommerce: exploring finance, digital & crypto currencies, virtual goods, and marketplaces in OpenSimulator, other virtual / VR environments, and beyond.

Moderators
avatar for Ghaelen D'Lareh

Ghaelen D'Lareh

Owner, Builder, Educator, Event Designer, De Landria World Creations
Ghaelen D'Lareh is a college educator building immersive virtual worlds for education and empowerment. She is also a KRHI Radio host, broadcasts for public and private empowerment workshops across the Metaverse, and is a visual, digital, and ceramic artist. She works in OpenSim... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Colosi

Christopher Colosi

Founder & CEO, Gloebit
Christopher Colosi is the founder & CEO of Gloebit, a digital currency web service providing in-app micro-payments and user-to-user transactions for digital commerce. His vision for a single currency across VR began taking shape in 2016 with the launch and adoption of the OpenSi... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Laxton

Lisa Laxton

Lisa Laxton is the R&D Visionary and CEO of the new Open Simulator community-focused Infinite Metaverse Alliance (IMA). She is also President of Laxton Consulting LLC with experience providing various virtual world technology solutions for education, research, business, and defen... Read More →
avatar for Mike Lorrey

Mike Lorrey

Mike Lorrey is CEO of Galactic Systems, Inc. creator of the GridFone. Mike has a long record in virtual reality as one of the top developers in Second Life over a decade ago, and has been a vocal advocate for individual liberty in reality and the metaverse for even longer. He... Read More →
avatar for Kayaker Magic

Kayaker Magic

Ocean Engineer, Ocean Engineering
Mike Higgins / Kayaker Magic | After 4 decades of writing code in the Real World, Kayaker Magic has been scripting in Virtual worlds since 2008. He started by extending his love of water sports, especially kayaking, sailing and surfing into SL and then OpenSim. But he has expande... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Milland

Melanie Milland

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. Up to twelve developers have worked two years on creating the software which now powers Avination. Currently, Melanie holds the position of Director in Avination Virtual Limited, the UK based company which operates Avination. Melanie is known as "Melanie Milland" in both Avination and Second... 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 Dire... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

2:00pm

Launch of Public Beta GridFone Service: Providing secure avatar2avatar communications between platforms, first between SL and OS, then HiFi, Unity3d and Decentraland
Providing secure avatar2avatar communications between platforms, first between SL and OS, then HiFi, Unity3d and Decentraland. We will be presenting the GridFone, the first secure, avatar to avatar (A2A) communications service between multiple platforms in VR/AR/VW as well as with real life. The flaws of the walled garden business model that conflict with principles of network effects will be discussed and how the GridFone will tear down the walls between worlds and open up virtual commerce and communications.

Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Professor, CTU
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,0... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mike Lorrey

Mike Lorrey

Mike Lorrey is CEO of Galactic Systems, Inc. creator of the GridFone. Mike has a long record in virtual reality as one of the top developers in Second Life over a decade ago, and has been a vocal advocate for individual liberty in reality and the metaverse for even longer. He... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

2:30pm

Fueling Innovation: Virtual Worlds in Research
This session will present a case study addressing virtual world design and technology implementation challenges encountered while supporting recent positive technology research. Perspectives will include both researcher and engineer vantages involved in collaboration then present a general recommended guideline for virtual world design supporting research.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Truman

Barbara Truman

Strategic Advisor, Immersive Learning & Collaborat, University of Central Florida
Dr. Barbara Truman serves as a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training in Orlando. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in I... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Laxton

Lisa Laxton

Lisa Laxton is the R&D Visionary and CEO of the new Open Simulator community-focused Infinite Metaverse Alliance (IMA). She is also President of Laxton Consulting LLC with experience providing various virtual world technology solutions for education, research, business, and defen... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

3:00pm

Why I Don't Need a Physics Engine
Physics engines are expensive in resources, why do we think we need them? There is a list of reasons commonly given, from keeping the avatar's feet on the ground to implementing vehicles. I'm going to go through each of these points, evaluate the need and show why I find few real uses for the physics engine. These thoughts have lead me to an idea for a different type of engine that I think would better serve virtual worlds.

I will demonstrate scripted objects, such as weapons and vehicles, that are traditionally assumed to require a physics engine. Or at least show short videos of them. I will also leave some demonstrations running in the sandbox that people can spend more time trying out in person.

Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Professor, CTU
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,0... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kayaker Magic

Kayaker Magic

Ocean Engineer, Ocean Engineering
Mike Higgins / Kayaker Magic | After 4 decades of writing code in the Real World, Kayaker Magic has been scripting in Virtual worlds since 2008. He started by extending his love of water sports, especially kayaking, sailing and surfing into SL and then OpenSim. But he has expande... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 3:00pm - 3:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

3:00pm

The Maritime Club Live Music Showcase
The Maritime Club is the oldest continuously running live music venue in the metaverse.

This conference closing party will showcase the best musicians currently performing in OpenSimulator.

The Maritime Club has been running weekly live music events for almost a decade and has hosted closing parties for OSCC since the first conference.

More info on the Maritime Club at http://www.3dcolab.com/projects/maritime.html 


Sunday December 10, 2017 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Maritime Club (OSGrid) http://hg.osgrid.org:80
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for All Ages (G)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name Maritime Club Belfast
  • Map Coordinates 9972 9993
  • Parcel/Venue Name Maritime Club Belfast
  • Tags music

3:30pm

BREAK
Sunday December 10, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:00pm

An Educators Approach to Developing Usable Prototypes for Serious Games in Open Simulator
We will review our development process for serious games and discuss early prototypes, usability testing, transition/translation to game and elearning platforms and future directions.

Moderators
avatar for Barbara Truman

Barbara Truman

Strategic Advisor, Immersive Learning & Collaborat, University of Central Florida
Dr. Barbara Truman serves as a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training in Orlando. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in I... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Evalyn Gossett

Evalyn Gossett

Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University Northwest
Evalyn Gossett, RN, MSN is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing, Gary, Indiana. Her interests are in using online and virtual environments for interprofessional education.
avatar for Rachel Umoren

Rachel Umoren

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Rachel Umoren, Rachel GloeduRachel A. Umoren, MB, BCh, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Director of Immersive Learning for the UW Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training Program. Her research interests... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 4:00pm - 4:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:30pm

Virtual Worlds Database: Connect with the Metaverse
Virtual worlds provide high quality learning experiences that are not always easy to find. Join librarians from the Community Virtual Library who are providing groundbreaking library services across the metaverse through the creation of the Virtual Worlds Database. The Metaverse is a collective of virtual shared spaces, including the sum of all virtual worlds, augmented reality, and the Internet (Wikipedia, n.d.). The database includes landmarks for immersive learning simulations across various virtual worlds. More importantly, however, the database presents virtual world communities as library resources and connects users with relevant communities and subject experts. By joining together and sharing our worlds we can better serve information seekers across the Metaverse. Join this session and find out how the Virtual Worlds Database is promoting the best educational content virtual worlds have to offer, such as CVL’s upcoming Digital Citizenship Museum. And learn how to add your world or community to the database!

Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Professor, CTU
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,0... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alyse Dunavant-Jones

Alyse Dunavant-Jones

Graduate Student, San Jose State University, School of Information
Alyse Dunavant-Jones / Antemeridiem Diskjockey | Alyse Dunavant-Jones is an MLIS student at San Jose State University's School of Information. Her concentrations are in archives, digital curation, and virtual worlds. Dunavant-Jones is also Vice President of the Community Virtual... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Hill

Valerie Hill

Valerie Hill, Valibrarian Gregg | Valerie Hill, President of the Community Virtual Library, received a PhD in library and information science in 2012. Formerly a school librarian, Dr. Hill is a library and information science educator with a research focus on the intersection of... Read More →
avatar for Marie Vans, amvans Lapis

Marie Vans, amvans Lapis

Senior Research Scientist, HP Labs
Marie Vans is a senior Research Scientist at Hewlett-Packard Labs working in HP’s Print Adjacencies and 3D Lab. She is an author of over 50 technical papers and holder of 24 U.S. patents. | | She received her PhD in computer science from Colorado State University, and more recently, her MLIS from San... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

5:30pm

Libraries and Learning and Literacy! Oh My!
Understanding digital literacy is about understanding our relationship to how technology is at once shaped by society and is also influenced by society. Centers of education, including libraries, museums, science centers, and others need to go beyond simply presenting facts and figures. The future of these institutions requires that we broaden the mandate to create a culture of enablement as compared to being passive observers. This presentation will help establish some of the challenges facing the future of education in a culture that is quickly realizing digital literacy as a necessary core skill.

Moderators
avatar for Ghaelen D'Lareh

Ghaelen D'Lareh

Owner, Builder, Educator, Event Designer, De Landria World Creations
Ghaelen D'Lareh is a college educator building immersive virtual worlds for education and empowerment. She is also a KRHI Radio host, broadcasts for public and private empowerment workshops across the Metaverse, and is a visual, digital, and ceramic artist. She works in OpenSim... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Feenan

Kevin Feenan

Dean, Rockcliffe
Founder of Knomaze Corporation (est. 1997). Based in Ottawa Canada, Knomaze Corporation provides consultation in business transformation, project management, information management, and information technology. Founder of Rockcliffe University Consortium (est. 2006). Based in Sacr... Read More →
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Leticia De Leon

Leticia De Leon is an associate professor at UT Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. She works primarily with pre-service teachers, but her research extends to adult professional development. She has explored how to leverage technology in instructional design, specifically in... Read More →


Sunday December 10, 2017 5:30pm - 6:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

6:00pm

The Digital Art Museum
This presentation will showcase the Open Sim project which involved students creating a digital art museum of their Open Sim Creations. We will showcase student works and ways to integrate other digital tools.

Moderators
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Ghaelen D'Lareh

Owner, Builder, Educator, Event Designer, De Landria World Creations
Ghaelen D'Lareh is a college educator building immersive virtual worlds for education and empowerment. She is also a KRHI Radio host, broadcasts for public and private empowerment workshops across the Metaverse, and is a visual, digital, and ceramic artist. She works in OpenSim... Read More →

Speakers
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Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, WNYRIC
Andrew Wheelock, Spiff Whitfield | 20 Year Educator with degree in Elementary Education. I am now a Technology Integrator who works with schools around the Western New York area. Currently I am the Project Director of the Islands of Enlightenment. This is a self hosted Open Sim V... Read More →



Sunday December 10, 2017 6:00pm - 6:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

6:30pm

Etheriel 4 - Dream Pop Rave
For the 4th year in a row, DJ strannik invites everyone to the after party on Pirates atoll (http://www.piratesatoll.com) for a rocking dance party!

See http://www.piratesatoll.com for any updates, info or further instructions as the event draws closer,

Musicians/Artists
SZ

strannik zipper

Consultant, John Simmons HyperText


Sunday December 10, 2017 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Pirate's Atoll (digiworldz) http://login.digiworldz.com:8002/Pirates Atoll
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for Mature Audiences (M)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name Pirate's Atoll
  • Map Coordinates 303,340,22
  • Parcel/Venue Name Tiki Beach
 
Tuesday, December 12
 

11:00am

Virtual Harmony Tour
Join the Virtual Harmony Society as we take you on a tour of Virtual Harmony with hosts Andrew Stricker (Spinoza Quinnell), Barbara Truman (Delightful Doowangle) and Cynthia Calongne (Lyr Lobo).

Contact: @lyrlobo on Twitter

Virtual Harmony hosts a variety of games, simulations, meeting salons and exhibits focused on living a harmonious life. The Simone de Beauvoir salon, the Hall of Virtues, the Labyrinth, Nature Spaces, wheel of Life and Roofless Church modeled after New Harmony, Indiana are but a few of the areas.

https://vharmonyfarm.com/

Moderators
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Cynthia Calongne, Lyr Lobo

Professor, CTU
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,0... Read More →
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Andrew Stricker

Dr. Andrew Stricker serves Air University by helping to design, develop, and implement advanced and emerging learning technologies into Air Force educational and professional military education programs. Prior to his arrival to Air University Andrew served Vanderbilt University as Associate Provost for Innovation Through Technology. He was responsible for working with academic, technology and administrative leaders to prioritize, plan and execute the infusion of educational technologies and enabling innovations for improving learning, teaching and research. Andrew also served 27 years as an Air Force officer and scientist specializing in learning sciences, technology systems integration, and human-factors engineering. His graduate work was conducted at Texas... Read More →
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Barbara Truman

Strategic Advisor, Immersive Learning & Collaborat, University of Central Florida
Dr. Barbara Truman serves as a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training in Orlando. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in I... Read More →


Tuesday December 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Virtual Harmony http://vharmonyfarm.com/
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for All Ages (G)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name Virtual Harmony

5:00pm

ISTE Virtual Environments Professional Learning Network
Please join us for a casual Meet and Greet to talk about our PLN that has been very active for over 10 years. This ISTE group focuses on using Virtual Environments of all kinds for learning. 

Admin Team, Scott Merrick, Mary Howard, Beth O'Connell, Mary O'Brien and Andrew Wheelock will be there to meet you, answer questions and find out how we can do a better job connecting.

We have events every Tuesday Evening! 8-9PM Eastern

http://venetwork.weebly.com 

To visit, you can hypergrid to http://grid.avacon.org:8002, or create a local account at http://grid.avacon.org:8005/wifi/user/account/ and if you need more info on connecting, go to https://www.avacon.org/blog/avacon-grid/.

Moderators
avatar for Andrew Wheelock

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, WNYRIC
Andrew Wheelock, Spiff Whitfield | 20 Year Educator with degree in Elementary Education. I am now a Technology Integrator who works with schools around the Western New York area. Currently I am the Project Director of the Islands of Enlightenment. This is a self hosted Open Sim V... Read More →

Tuesday December 12, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
AvaCon Grid http://grid.avacon.org:8002
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for All Ages (G)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name Community
  • Map Coordinates https://avacon/region/Community/602/403/25
  • Parcel/Venue Name ISTE VEN
  • Tags ISTE
 
Thursday, December 14
 

3:00pm

Rockcliffe Library Tour
This is a quick tour of the Rockcliffe Library Campus in Avacon Grid. We will be showing people some of the resources we have in Avacon, how those items are connecting to our main Rockcliffe Library Wiki, and where we are looking to take the in-world exhibits.

For more info on how to access the AvaCon grid, you can go to https://www.avacon.org/blog/avacon-grid/

Moderators
avatar for Kevin Feenan

Kevin Feenan

Dean, Rockcliffe
Founder of Knomaze Corporation (est. 1997). Based in Ottawa Canada, Knomaze Corporation provides consultation in business transformation, project management, information management, and information technology. Founder of Rockcliffe University Consortium (est. 2006). Based in Sacr... Read More →

Thursday December 14, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Rockcliffe Library (AvaCon Grid) hop://grid.avacon.org:8002/Rockcliffe Library/196/196/121
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for All Ages (G)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name Rockcliffe Library
  • Map Coordinates 196/196/121
  • Parcel/Venue Name Rockcliffe Library
 
Saturday, December 16
 

8:00am

Hypergrid International Expo (Day 1: German & Spanish)
HIE - Hypergrid International Expo
'The Many Voices of Open Sim"
hie.ddnss.org

The Hypergrid International Expo is a two-day community event, featuring four sessions each presented in one of four languages: German, Spanish, French, and Italian. HIE is an opportunity to hear the many voices of OpenSimulator users telling their stories in their own words on technical, artistic, educational, and social subjects.

Don't speak all these languages? No problem! There will be many visual aids and a 'subtitle service' in specially created Groups. Translation into English and, where possible, into the other languages, will be provided so that all can understand the presentations. When you arrive on the grid, join the language group of your choice, and read a live summary of the talk you're listening to!

HIE AGENDA
  • Saturday - from 08.00 PST/SLT - German Session
  • Saturday - from 12.00 PST/SLT - Spanish Session
  • Sunday - from 08.00 PST/SLT  - French Session
  • Sunday - from 12.00 PST/SLT - Italian Session

Around the HIE Event Auditorium regions are Expo Booths promoting many OpenSimulator grids, regions, and projects.

More info at https://hie.ddnss.org
G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113940973531800855162
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/128147601188211/

Moderators
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Mal Burns

Inworld Review, Metaworld
Mal Burns is host of the "Inworld Review" - a weekly news and discussion program which has been running for over 10 years. He and Tara Yeats run Metaworld Broadcasting to provide input and output services for TV in virtual worlds and the expertise for the same. Mal has used vi... Read More →
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Thirza Ember

Founder, HG Safari
Thirza Ember organizes the OpenSim travel group, HG Safari, which has been promoting the community spirit by arranging weekly group visits to grids all over the OpenSim Hypergrid for the past 3 1/2 years.


Saturday December 16, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm
HIE Expo (Craft Grid) http://craft-world.org:8002:HIEexpo
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name HIEexpo
  • Parcel/Venue Name HIE Expo
  • Tags expo, HIE

12:30pm

Allegheny / Portage Archaeology Tour
Nova Archaeology contains 5 regions of real-life archaeological investigations both historical and prehistorical.Our tour will focus on the Allegheny / Portage area as it was seen in the 1800's. All contents and information were reconstructed in collaboration with the National Park Service Allegheny Portage Railroad Historical Site.

Step into the past and see how a section of the Main line Canal transformed the area.

Please arrive in small groups to keep grid stability. We will do what we can to ensure all arriving get assistance as needed. Full Aviators can also be found on the main Island.

For more info on getting connected to this grid, go to https://sites.google.com/site/virtualislandsbettereducation/getting-connected

Saturday December 16, 2017 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Nova Archaeology http://nova.bio-se.info:9000:Nova
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for All Ages (G)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name Nova
  • Map Coordinates 128,128
  • Parcel/Venue Name Nova Archaeology
  • Tags archaeology
 
Sunday, December 17
 

8:00am

Hypergrid International Expo (Day 2: French & Italian)
HIE - Hypergrid International Expo
'The Many Voices of Open Sim"
hie.ddnss.org

The Hypergrid International Expo is a two-day community event, featuring four sessions each presented in one of four languages: German, Spanish, French, and Italian. HIE is an opportunity to hear the many voices of OpenSimulator users telling their stories in their own words on technical, artistic, educational, and social subjects.

Don't speak all these languages? No problem! There will be many visual aids and a 'subtitle service' in specially created Groups. Translation into English and, where possible, into the other languages, will be provided so that all can understand the presentations. When you arrive on the grid, join the language group of your choice, and read a live summary of the talk you're listening to!

HIE AGENDA
  • Saturday - from 08.00 PST/SLT - German Session
  • Saturday - from 12.00 PST/SLT - Spanish Session
  • Sunday - from 08.00 PST/SLT  - French Session
  • Sunday - from 12.00 PST/SLT - Italian Session

Around the HIE Event Auditorium regions are Expo Booths promoting many OpenSimulator grids, regions, and projects.

More info at https://hie.ddnss.org
G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/113940973531800855162
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/128147601188211/

Moderators
avatar for Mal Burns

Mal Burns

Inworld Review, Metaworld
Mal Burns is host of the "Inworld Review" - a weekly news and discussion program which has been running for over 10 years. He and Tara Yeats run Metaworld Broadcasting to provide input and output services for TV in virtual worlds and the expertise for the same. Mal has used vi... Read More →
avatar for Thirza Ember

Thirza Ember

Founder, HG Safari
Thirza Ember organizes the OpenSim travel group, HG Safari, which has been promoting the community spirit by arranging weekly group visits to grids all over the OpenSim Hypergrid for the past 3 1/2 years.


Sunday December 17, 2017 8:00am - 3:00pm
HIE Expo (Craft Grid) http://craft-world.org:8002:HIEexpo
 
Tuesday, December 19
 

4:00pm

AvaCon Grid Holiday Party
Join AvaCon, for a holiday party located on the AvaCon Plaza region in the AvaCon grid.

This is a chance for final end-of-year networking with other #OSCC17 attendees. You can also find out about the events, resources, and programs AvaCon offers, including the Free Virtual Land for Social Good Community on the AvaCon Grid 

To attend, you can login with your OSCC conference grid avatar account or another OpenSimulator account that is Hypergrid enabled, and then you can Hypergrid jump to http://grid.avacon.org:8002

You can create an AvaCon Grid local account at http://grid.avacon.org:8005/wifi/user/account/ and if you need more info on connecting, go to https://www.avacon.org/blog/avacon-grid/.

Moderators
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AvaCon, Inc.

AvaCon, Inc.
AvaCon, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. We hold conventions and meetings to promote educational and scientific inquiry into... Read More →

Tuesday December 19, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
AvaCon Grid http://grid.avacon.org:8002
  • Mature Rating Appropriate for All Ages (G)
  • Public or Invitation Only Open to All
  • Region Name AvaCon Plaza
  • Parcel/Venue Name AvaCon Plaza