AvaCon seeks volunteers, partners for metaverse events

AvaCon, the non-profit best known for organizing the Second Life Community Conventions, is now seeking volunteers, presenters, and partners for a new series of metaverse-related events.

On Friday, the group announced the launch of the Metaverse Cultural Series. These events will take place in multiple virtual worlds and will showcase artists, thinkers, performers, and academics.

“In addition to seeking performances and presentations, we also invite virtual world providers, grids, or venues to host an event in the Metaverse Cultural Series at your site as an event partner,” the group announced.


The deadline for performance or presentation proposals is January 31, 2013, and presenters and hosts will get a $50 stipend to cover program-related expenses.

But of even bigger interest was a note by AvaCon vice president Chris Collins — also known as Fleep Tuque in-world — about future community conventions.

“AvaCon is planning to expand the convention to include Opensim and other platforms in the coming years under a new name and we have volunteer staff positions open,” she wrote last week.

Today, she confirmed that news, but added that it’s still to early to say when or where the convention will be held, or what its name will be.

Chris Collins

“We’re still in the early discussion and planning stages, but AvaCon is the entity that would be organizing the event,” she told Hypergrid Business.

She also said that she is the contact person for the event. Her contact information is here, but people can also write to  [email protected].

She said that she is helping to spearhead the planning for a future convention, which will be focused on the metaverse in general, instead of on a single virtual world platform like Second Life.

She previously wrote at length about the need to move beyond Second Life in a much-discussed post, Why Anyone Who Cares About the Metaverse Needs to Move Beyond Second Life; Now, Not Later.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China. Follow me on Twitter @MariaKorolov.

5 Responses

  1. JoJa Dhara says:

    It s a great step to explore other virtual planets and it s communities. 🙂
    Looking forward. …

  2. Ener Hax says:

    i so <3 fleep! good luck! =)

  3. John Lester says:

    I’m so happy to hear you’re rebooting the community convention. And this Cultural Series sounds like a fantastic idea!

  4. joreilly@hotmail.de' Oink says:

    Hehe, it’s ultimately about Convergence Culture from Henry Jenkins, MIT Communications Professor:

    Convergence Culture

    New Paradigm > Convergence Culture

    Convergence Culture Overview

    And about the existing Black Box Fallacy…

    Henry Jenkins talks heavily about the ‘Black Box Fallacy’ and how convergence effects older media. For example Jenkins talks about how ‘Cinema did not kill Theatre or TV did not kill radio’ but rather each medium was ‘Forced to coexist with one another’. Henry also talks about how old media is not being displaced, but it’s status has shifted by the introduction of new technologies. The black box fallacy argument is that all media content will eventually flow through one ‘black box’. The reason why the term was coined is because we see more and more black boxes around our homes and work places (VCR, DVD and CD players), but these boxes over the years have started to converge and have multiple uses