OpenSim conference registration opens

One of the presentation areas at the OpenSim Community Conference grid. (Image courtesy AvaCon.)

One of the presentation areas at the OpenSim Community Conference grid. (Image courtesy AvaCon.)

People interested in attending the 2014 OpenSimulator Community Conference can now sign up for tickets, conference organizers announced today.

Chris Collins

Chris Collins

“Since seats are limited, registration is open on a first-come-first-served basis until the maximum number of virtual conference center tickets is reached,” said conference chair Chris Collins in the announcement.

The conference is expected to hold a total of 350 in-world visitors, including the attendees as well as the speakers, sponsors, and staff.

However, even once all tickets are gone, people will be able to watch presentations live.

“At that point, community members will still be able to register for the live streamed version of the conference that will be available via UStream,” Collins said.

In addition, the expo area will not be ticked, and can be accessed by any avatar at any time except when full to capacity.

There is no charge for basic attendees, or for streaming viewers.

However, there are premium tickets available that run between $10 and $200 each:

  • Community Supporter: $10, includes recognition in-world and on the website and a special supporter group tag.
  • Early Bird Special: $25, includes your name on a commemorative brick, and early access to the conference, plus all the premiums available at the lower-priced levels.
  • Exclusive Access: $35, includes invites to a VIP-only Q&A with a keynote speaker, plus all the premiums available at the lower-priced levels.
  • The Prim Club: $50, includes a real life, hand-crafted solid maple prim cube, plus all the premiums available at the lower-priced levels.
  • Community Booth: $50, includes a booth on the conference grid, plus all the premiums available at the lower-priced levels.
  • T-Shirt Club: $75, includes an official conference T-shirt, plus all the premiums available at the lower-priced levels.
  • OpenSimulator Evangelist: $100, includes specially developed OpenSim content and a Sim-on-a-Stick distribution of OpenSim on a flash drive to make it easy to introduce others to OpenSim, plus all the premiums available at the lower-priced levels.
  • Hippo Club: $200, includes a 3D-printed metal hippo charm, plus all the premiums available at the lower-priced levels.

All money goes to AvaCon, Inc., a public charity, and is tax-deductible in the United States, and will go towards offsetting the hosting and streaming costs for the conference, online tools and services, shipping and postage for premiums, and other conference-related costs. All conference organizers, builders, hosts, streamers and other personnel are non-paid volunteers. Details about last year’s budget are here.

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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.