OpenSim conference registration now open

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The eighth annual OpenSimulator Community Conference will be held virtually on the OpenSimulator Conference Center grid on December 5 and 6, and registration is now open.

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community surrounding the OpenSimulator software.

“2020 is a year in which the world has taken a beating emotionally and physically. It is our fervent hope that this year’s conference will be a time of healing and shared joy as we remember how much we value socializing, working, learning, and creating within these marvelous 3D spaces,” said Conference Co-chair Cynthia Calongne.

The conference will showcase the artistry, innovation, technology, history, archaeology, educational discoveries, and love of life in the OpenSim community.

OpenSimulator is an open source multi-platform, multiuser 3D application server. It can be used to create a virtual environment as a 3D world which can be accessed through a variety of clients and multiple protocols. Users can also visit other OpenSimulator virtual worlds across the web by using the Hypergrid protocol. With an expansive architecture of independent, yet virtually connected grids accessible via the Internet, OpenSimulator is the server software for hosting social, educational, creative, business, and technical communities within the embodied, distributed Metaverse.

Organized by the metaverse-focused nonprofit AvaCon, this year’s conference features presentations on the latest software release, visions for the future, and technologies or content today that are shaping the future of the platform.

(Image curtesy OpenSimulator Community Conference.)

The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2020 features two days of fast-paced presentations, panels, performances, and workshops that spotlight the best of the OpenSimulator platform and community. In the evenings, the conference will celebrate another year of discovery and wonder as DJs and performers host dances and parties.

Last year’s conference featured innovations in OpenSimulator and in-world favorites such as the Animesh dancers on stage. For artistry and philosophy, Art Blue and Juliet Surrealdreaming saved the world in a fridge. Rachel Umoren presented healthcare for babies and their moms to reduce infant mortality using virtual reality, and educators and researchers showcased their learning simulations and technical feats.

The art exhibits contributed by talented designers combined with the art experience hosted by Cheops and ADRET WEB ART reminded attendees of the magic of immersive artistry and storytelling.

The Community Virtual Library stepped into the boxing ring during the Virtual Worlds Smackdown, analyzing the benefits of virtual reality and virtual worlds. Kayaker Magic and Mike Lorre challenged the audience to think of new ways to use scripts and for technology, Mister Blue advanced the community’s technical prowess through the use of Docker containers.

Viewers are always a hot topic at the conference, and 2019 launched the SceneGate and EchoVoice viewers from the Infinite Metaverse Alliance and the Thales Group.

“Last year’s conference was a terrific success with two days of presentations, panels, exciting expo and Hypergrid experiences, hundreds of attendees within the 3D virtual world conference space, and thousands more watching on via live video stream.” said conference organizer Joyce Bettencourt. “We will be building on that success by offering more opportunities for the community to be involved and furthering outreach to attract new users. With the continued interest surrounding virtual reality technologies, we want the VR community to know that OpenSimulator is a great platform for building the open metaverse.”

Maria Korolov