Rosedale, Second Life CEO to keynote education conference

Press release: VWBPE 2014 Kick-Off “Connections”

March 12 — The four-day Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference starts on April 9, and will feature keynotes by Philip Rosedale, CEO of High Fidelity, founder of Linden Lab and creator of Second Life, and Ebbe Altberg, the new CEO of Second Life.

The conference will also feature other speakers as well as panels, workshops, sim demonstrations, poster presentations, and more.  The conference will cover a wide range of subjects concerning virtual worlds and their use for education, virtual reality, smart games, arts and science, and the future of technology.


This year, the conference will span two grids — Second Life and OpenSim’s OSgrid. The theme of this year’s conference is Connections.

Over the coming days, each VWBPE conference keynote speaker and their respective presentations will be featured on the conference website, along with information on featured panels, exciting social activities, and networking events that will set extraordinary discussions in motion.  Additionally, this open and free conference would not be possible without the generous contributions of VWBPE sponsors.

The completed conference schedule should be out within the next two weeks, but presenters will receive individual assignments within the next few days.  The conference schedule overview is here.

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Here are the 2014 Keynote and Featured speakers for this year’s conference.

Opening Keynote:     Closing the Gap: Virtual Reality & Education
Presenter:         Philip Rosedale, CEO High Fidelity
Date/Time:        Wednesday April 9th, at 1:00pm PDT
Location:        Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

Featured Keynote:    Connections in an Open Place
Presenter:        Justin Clark-Casey, President OpenSimulator umbrella Overte Foundation
Date/Time:        Thursday April 10th, at 7:00am PDT
Location:        OSGrid – VWBPE Gateway

Featured Keynote:     The Coming 3D Future Shock
Presenter:         Maria Korolov, Editor in Chief – Hypergrid Business
Date/Time:        Thursday April 10th, at 10:05am PDT
Location:        OSGrid – VWBPE Gateway

Featured Keynote:    Using Virtual Worlds and Gamification to Enhance Learning
Presenter:        Andrew Hughes, CEO Designing Digitally
Date/Time:        Friday April 11th, at 7:00am PDT
Location:        Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

Featured Keynote:    TBA
Presenter:        Ebbe Altberg, CEO Linden Lab
Date/Time:        Friday April 11th, at 1:00pm PDT
Location:        Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

Featured Keynote:    Design Implications of Game-Based Analyses
Presenter:        David Gibson, Associate Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Australia
Date/Time:        Saturday April 12th, at 7:00am PDT
Location:        Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

Closing Keynote:    “There’s always room for a virtual zipline”, and other lessons from SciEthics Interactive
Presenter:        Dr. Larysa Nadolny, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University
Date/Time:        Saturday April 12th, at 1:00pm PDT
Location:        Second Life – VWBPE Central Auditorium

Those wishing to attend can still register at Eventbrite.

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4 Responses

  1.' $92909390 says:

    I look forward to this will you Maria keep the same views you have here on regarding Second Life? …Hmm..
    We would love a follow up transcript of your time as keynote speaker…

    • I don’t think my views have changed over the past five years… I think Second Life is great but could be doing a lot more, metaverse-wise. But this year, I’m going to be talking about something different — the potential changes coming down the line after immersive 3D goes mainstream (with the Oculus Rift and similar 3D devices, etc…). If people are complaining about the pace of change now, with the Internet, wait til they see what’s coming down the line with the metaverse….

      •' $92909390 says:

        Standing by your convections is admirable
        Wonderful I will see you their with a handful of questions backed by your own comments to here… Links with your words in your contexts
        I think it will give you a splendid opportunity to further verify your views but more importantly directly to the lindens who really will be flattered to know how they are presented by opensim …
        Best wish’s of course

        • I recently posted an open letter to them about this:

          Don’t know if they read it or not, but it’s probably more likely that they saw that, than they attend a speech I give on OSgrid.

          But in any case, this isn’t what the speech is going to be about. I won’t be talking about Second Life or OpenSim at all. I’ll be talking about the metaverse we’ll have in 5, 10, or 20 years — highly immersive and realistic, connecting everyone on the planet, taking advantage of advances in graphics, interfaces, and artificial intelligence.

          Consider, say, Wikipedia or Google Earth — would anyone have predicted that we’d have these things when the Web first came out in the early 1990s? No, in fact, many people thought it wasn’t going to go anywhere. (See this link:!zr73f)

          Now think about how these platforms have revolutionized education already. And that’s not even considering new platforms that are still developing, like the Khan Academy.

          Now think ahead. Imagine Google Earth — not just in 3D, so you can go and visit any place on the planet — but in all the major historical periods, so you can travel to the past. Or something like Wikipedia, but a place where people can share immersive environments that they build, or improve on other immersive environments — immersive models of the human heart, insides of computer chips, recreated environments from movies or books, Virtual engines. Like “The Magic Schoolbus”, except immersive and accessible to all teachers and students.

          Or the Khan Academy, except the lessons are immersive, 3D, taught by an intelligent NPC that moves ahead at the student’s pace, can answer questions, and can speak any language.

          How will we adapt? How will educational institutions adapt?

          And, of course, how can we start preparing ourselves, our businesses, our communities so that we don’t get blindsided by the changes?