At AVATARFest 2015, a virtual festival celebrating life on the hypergrid,Â HYPEvents.net launched a website that lists events from all over the hypergridÂ so avatars can find out what is going on right now, and where.
The websiteÂ scrapes the web and parses event info fromÂ grid event calendars. The site provides a single overview of the events found,Â with easy timezone conversion and the location — as a hypergrid addressÂ — of eachÂ event.
“I was fed up with missing events,” said site creatorÂ Tom Frost. “There is so muchÂ going on, but the information about what is happening where and when isÂ scattered. There really is no single directory, no overview of all the eventsÂ in one uniform format. Until now.”
Instead of creating yet another site that event organizers have to post eachÂ individual event on, Frost created HYPEvents to pull in the information that isÂ already published on grid websites and public calendars.
Frost is always on the look-out for new event calendars that are not yetÂ included on the site, and encourages grid-owners to publish their events in anÂ easy-to-parse format:
“Many grids don’t publish their events, or publish them only in-world or onÂ internal forums that are only for members,” said Frost. “If you are not a member of such aÂ grid, you won’t know about the nice events that are going on! And the eventsÂ miss out on a large potential audience. Publishing an event calendar is aÂ win-win for everyone.”
Grid owners or event organizers that maintain an event calendar can let theÂ site know about their calendar to have it added. Information on registering aÂ calendar, or on how to set up an event calendar if there is none yet, can beÂ found on the website.
“The website is still under construction, and probably always willÂ be,” Frost added. “I have many features I want to add, so in the spirit of Google, considerÂ the site a permanent beta.”
The website also has an in-world event board. By simply clicking on an event,Â the avatar will teleport directly to the event region. The HYPEvents exhibit onÂ the AVATARFest regionÂ has a version of the boardÂ with full permissions. Teleport in via hypergrid atÂ avatarfest.net:6000.
For more information, contact Tom Frost atÂ [email protected].