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OpenSimulator Community Conference 2016 

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software. Organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimuator and AvaCon, the virtual conference features presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

More info at: http://conference.opensimulator.org and to register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opensimulator-community-conference-2016-registration-28824725530 

Events taking place Saturday, Dec 10, and Sunday Dec 11 will be live simulcast streamed to https://gaming.youtube.com/c/AvaconOrg/live

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Thursday, December 8
 

2:00pm

#OSCC16 Presenter Poster Session & Expo Booth Networking
Join us for a pre-conference networking event. Come explore the OSCC Expo zones as a chance to meet and greet presenters and attendees before the weekend's presentations kick off, while exploring speaker poster booths, hypergrid resources, and expo booths from sponsors and community crowdfunders. 

Hypergrid Address : http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

Moderators
avatar for Joyce Bettencourt

Joyce Bettencourt

Founder / Vice President of the Board, AvaCon Inc.
Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir)Joyce Bettencourt is an artist, interactive designer and digital media producer whose focus is where creativity, community, social good and the future converge online. She is the Online Community Manager for TechSoup Global’s NonProfit Commons... Read More →
avatar for Lyr Lobo / Cynthia Calongne

Lyr Lobo / Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,000... Read More →
avatar for Thirza Ember

Thirza Ember

Founder, HG Safari
Thirza Ember organizes the OpenSim travel group, HG Safari, which has been promoting the community spirit by arranging weekly group visits to grids all over the OpenSim Hypergrid for the past 3 1/2 years.

Thursday December 8, 2016 2:00pm - 5:00pm
OSCC Expo Zones http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/
 
Saturday, December 10
 

7:00am

OpenSimulator Core Developer Panel
A panel of core developers will discuss the future of the OpenSimulator platform. Expect a lively debate! Topics will include a variety of issues including the future of the Hypergrid, content licensing and permissions, scalability, project maturity, and much more. Find out where the platform is headed and learn more about the developers who make the software happen!

Moderators
avatar for Joyce Bettencourt

Joyce Bettencourt

Founder / Vice President of the Board, AvaCon Inc.
Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir)Joyce Bettencourt is an artist, interactive designer and digital media producer whose focus is where creativity, community, social good and the future converge online. She is the Online Community Manager for TechSoup Global’s NonProfit Commons... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robert Adams

Robert Adams

OpenSimulator Core Developer
avatar for Michael Cerquoni

Michael Cerquoni

Planning Committee, OpenSimulator Core Developer
Michael Cerquoni is a core developer for the OpenSimulator project and 3D Content Developer for Encitra & 4Dialog. Michael has been involved with the OpenSimulator project since July of 2007 and is one of the original founders of OSgrid. His primary interest in OpenSimulator has been... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Cozens

Kevin Cozens

Core Developer, OpenSimulator
Kevin has been coding for open-source projects since 1992 including being a member of the OpenSimulator Core Developer team since March of 2014, and created, or maintains several add-on modules including the OpenSimSearch, OpenSimProfile, and OpenSimMutelist modules which are use... Read More →
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and pro... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Milland

Melanie Milland

Founder, Avination
Melanie Thielker is the founder of Avination. As an OpenSimulator Core Developer, Melanie has been one of the most active contributors to virtual world software in general, and OpenSimulator in particular. A long term Second Life™ resident, she has gained much experience in using virtual worlds. Melanie has been involved in a number of virtua... Read More →
avatar for Ubit Umarov

Ubit Umarov

OpenSimulator Core Developer
Avination grid collaborator in the area of simulators software development for several years.


Saturday December 10, 2016 7:00am - 8:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:00am

Games Used In Engaging Virtual Environments for Realtime Language Education
Applying language games in virtual worlds has been the objective of a teacher training initiative by the Italian Ministry of Education in Edmondo in OpenSimulator. Language educators from all over Italy learned to build, script and design communication activities and games which will be showcased in this presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Letizia Cinganotto

Letizia Cinganotto

PhD, Researcher, INDIRE
Letizia Cinganotto is a full time Researcher at INDIRE (National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research), Rome. She holds a BA in Foreign language Teaching, MA in e-Learning and multimedia Learning and in Moodle, and PhD in Linguistics on Clil (Content and... Read More →
avatar for Heike Philp

Heike Philp

CEO, let's talk online sprl
Heike Philp is CEO of let’s talk online sprl is an edtech and immersive learning integration specialist. Philp co-initiated four European funded projects on teaching and learning a language in real-time at a distance: LANCELOT (LANguage learning with CErtified Live Online Teachers), AVALON (Access... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:30am

Exploring Creativity in OpenSimulator - The Digital Art Museum
This presentation will highlight how OpenSimulator Virtual Environments can be used for creating art and architecture. Student work and teacher perspectives will be showcased.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Howard

Mary Howard

Teacher, Grand Island Central Schools
Mary Howard, Mrs. HowardMary Howard is a 6th Grade Teacher at Grand Islands Veronica Connor Middle School. She is a recent finalist for the NY State Teacher of the Year in 2017. She has also won the NYSCATE Educator of the Year Award. Her Blog YourSmarticles showcases her amazing... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Wheelock

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, Erie ! BOCES
Andrew Wheelock (Spiff Whitfield) is a Technology Integrator at Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC.Recently, awarded with the Outstanding New York State Technology Leader Award, and previously served as the Chairperson of ISTE's SIGVE (Now VEN) Group from 2011-2013.I collaborate with teachers using... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

9:30am

Google Maps and Panoramas in Immersive VR Environments
We present our approach for enabling users to inject Google maps and geo-located panoramic views into virtual training environments. These virtual environments can be created by users through point and click operations. We believe that by mixing 3D virtual content with real world geo-located visual cues, trainees are able to translate more easily any skill or knowledge they acquire during their virtual training.

Speakers
avatar for Ramesh Ramloll

Ramesh Ramloll

CEO/CTO, DeepSemaphore LLC
Rameshsharma Ramloll, PhD Computer Science (Lancaster University UK), BTech Computer Science & Engineering (IIT Kanpur, India) has been developing immersive virtual learning environments for diverse user groups during the past seven years on platforms that include Second Life and... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:00am

The Future of the Metaverse: Blueprints for the Evolution of Virtual Worlds
The development of virtual worlds has a detailed history in which acts of literary imagination and gaming innovations have led to advances in open-ended, socially oriented virtual platforms. This summary presentation focuses on the future advancements and key innovations which can be seen as paramount for the development of virtual worlds going forward, based on current and arising developments in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for William Burns

William Burns

Executive Director, Andromeda Media Group
Synthetic Environment SME with over twenty years of experience within marketing, design, research, and implementation for all areas of synthetic immersive environments. With a particular interest in binaural audio, virtual environment sociology, trend forecasting, and immersion. Current... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 10:00am - 10:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:30am

Building to Understand: Crown Street Station
Liverpool Crown Street station is frequently identified as the earliest archetype for the railway stations of the present day but its life was short (1830-1836) and no visual record remains apart from general maps and a few sketches invariably made from the same perspective. The OpenSimulator model attempts to recreate a working station compatible with available evidence from other locations as well as Crown Street itself. The presentation reimagines the excitement of a first journey on this revolutionary new form of transport.

Speakers
avatar for Graham Mills

Graham Mills

Semi-retired academic keeping busy as part-time builder/scripter on the Kitely grid. Interested in biology and history. Recent work-in-progress build Micrographia covers the life of Robert Hooke, publication of the eponymous book, the Great Plague and some of the science behind... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

12:00pm

Beyond the Viewer - the Future of World Interfacing

Worlds on the web, discussing new access devices and haptics, plus the future of interfacing with virtual worlds and 3D/VR immersive spaces. Open Simulator, its forks and especially the hypergrid represent years of content, community and a compelling prototype for a formative “metaverse”, but as new players and platforms emerge, are we ready to push for a place in the accelerating scheme of online participatory environments?



Moderators
avatar for Mal Burns

Mal Burns

Inworld Review
Mal Burns is host of the "Inworld Review" - a weekly news and discussion program which has been running for almost 10 years. He and Tara Yeats run Metaworld Broadcasting to provide input and output services for TV in virtual worlds and the expertise for the same. Mal has used virtual... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for selby EVANS

selby EVANS

retired, Virtualoutworlding blog
Writer and editor of Virtualoutworlding blog:  http://virtualoutworlding.blogspot.com/ Retired as Professor of Psychology at Texas Christian University. Taught courses in psychological measurement, computer applications, and systematic problem-solving. Conducted research in pattern... Read More →
avatar for John  Lester

John Lester

Immersive Learning and Virtual Worlds/VR/AR Designer
As a self-employed independent consultant and contractor, I'm currently working on Product Design at Achievement Network, an education nonprofit that helps schools boost student learning with teaching that’s grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices... Read More →
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and pro... Read More →
avatar for Beth Reischl

Beth Reischl

President, InWorldz Inc.
Beth A. Reischl is a partner at InWorldz, LLC, a computer game company specializing in 3D virtual world industry simulation, initially based off the open SIM software, free self-created avatars with no membership charge, and help and support. A lofty background in sales, customer... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

1:00pm

OpenSimulator Statistics
Latest data about OpenSim grids, users, and opinion surveys.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Editor, Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov covers artificial intelligence for CIO magazine and cybersecurity for CSO online. She has also been the editor of Hypergrid Business since 2009. During her twenty years as a journalist, she's run a business news bureau in Shanghai, covered wars in the former Soviet Union, and wrote about local politics for the Chicago Tribune. But none of that prepared her for covering OpenSimulator, which has been both intensely... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 1:00pm - 1:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

1:30pm

Spanish Language Learning at Escape: Using Virtual Worlds to Teach Language
Join us for a tour of Escape where you will find a variety of locations that present authentic language learning opportunities. While strolling through the plaza or investigating the old pyramid, you will encounter NPCs with whom you can casually converse about targeted vocabulary and grammar topics. Learning objects, embedded throughout the environment, take students through the process of attaining knowledge, practicing that knowledge and finally assessing their learning in an engaging and innovative format.

Speakers
avatar for James Abraham

James Abraham

Faculty, Glendale Community College
James Abraham, El ProfesorJames T. Abraham, Ph.D. has been working in virtual worlds since 2006. As Calisto Encinal in Second Life, he created Mi casa es su casa, an immersive, interactive Mexican village with realistic buildings and over 25 learning activities. For the last several... Read More →
avatar for Martha Eugenia Lino

Martha Eugenia Lino

Academic Director, Escape
Spanish teacher. Owner of the Educational project "Spanish with Eugenia". Teaching in México and the metaverse.Eugenia shares her knowledge and love of her native country, Mexico, with her students in the virtual world. She also serves as Academic Director and creates rich cultural... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

2:00pm

Applications for Expanding the Design Space
We present three applications Webstickies, Surround view portals and Configurable classrooms to describe our efforts for expanding the application design space for the OpenSimulatorulator platform.

Speakers
avatar for Ramesh Ramloll

Ramesh Ramloll

CEO/CTO, DeepSemaphore LLC
Rameshsharma Ramloll, PhD Computer Science (Lancaster University UK), BTech Computer Science & Engineering (IIT Kanpur, India) has been developing immersive virtual learning environments for diverse user groups during the past seven years on platforms that include Second Life and... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

3:00pm

Immersive & Social VR Platforms
A panel discussion featuring virtual worlds and VR platforms.

Moderators
avatar for Mal Burns

Mal Burns

Inworld Review
Mal Burns is host of the "Inworld Review" - a weekly news and discussion program which has been running for almost 10 years. He and Tara Yeats run Metaworld Broadcasting to provide input and output services for TV in virtual worlds and the expertise for the same. Mal has used virtual... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for William Burns

William Burns

Executive Director, Andromeda Media Group
Synthetic Environment SME with over twenty years of experience within marketing, design, research, and implementation for all areas of synthetic immersive environments. With a particular interest in binaural audio, virtual environment sociology, trend forecasting, and immersion. Current... Read More →
avatar for Rob Crasco

Rob Crasco

VR Influencer / Evangelist, Backlamp / VRScout
#VR #AR #MR #360video Dev/Evangelist - @RoblemVR on twitter and author at http://vrscout.com/.
avatar for Adam Frisby

Adam Frisby

CEO, Sine Wave Entertainment
Adam is one of the founding developers of OpenSimulator, the largest open source virtual world platform. Before joining Sine Wave Entertainment he founded the Azure Islands, a community with a peak of 400 regions in Second Life, and DeepThink, a leading virtual world development... Read More →
avatar for Digvijay Tiwary

Digvijay Tiwary

Account Manager, Sine Wave Entertainment
Digvijay has been working with Sinewave Entertainment since 2007, before then, he was a well-known creator in Second Life, specializing in building castles. He also developed the Second Life game Shadow Falls, based on the Shadow Falls podcast story. Digvijay is an experienced game... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:00pm

Exploring Conflict Resolution in Virtual Environments
Conflict resolution is essential to effective team performance. Teams can practice communication and conflict resolution skills using tools deployed in virtual environments. We will discuss a case study for teaching nursing students how to manage conflict and explore strategies for engaging teams and evaluating team performance in virtual settings.

Speakers
avatar for Evalyn Gossett

Evalyn Gossett

Clinical Assistant Professor, Indiana University Northwest
Evalyn Gossett, RN, MSN is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing, Gary, Indiana. Her interests are in using online and virtual environments for interprofessional education.
avatar for Shruti Patel

Shruti Patel

research intern, Neonatal Education & Simulation-Based Training (NEST) program at the University of Washington
Ms. Shruti Patel is a research intern with the Neonatal Education & Simulation-Based Training (NEST) program at the University of Washington and a Pre-Med student (Class of 2019) at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is an ALD & PES Honor Society Member.
avatar for Rachel Umoren

Rachel Umoren

Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Rachel Umoren, Rachel GloeduRachel A. Umoren, MB, BCh, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Director of Immersive Learning for the UW Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training Program. Her research interests... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:30pm

Oculus & Music Technology
Melding music technology and the Oculus Rift, an overview of immersive music research.

Speakers
avatar for Karl Jahnke

Karl Jahnke

Asst Prof of Animation, University of South Alabama
Karl Jahnke is a Professor of Animation at University of South Alabama. He holds an M.F.A from Clemson University.BFA Academy of Art University - Computer Arts MFA Clemson University - Digital Production Arts Asst Prof of Animation - University of South Alabama
avatar for Jeffrey Tackett

Jeffrey Tackett

Assistant Professor, Tennessee State University
Dr. Jeffrey Tackett is a Music Professor at Tennessee State University. His academic experience has centered around the combination of Music and Technology learning in the classroom. Dr. Tackett holds a B.S. degree in Music, a M.S.M.T. degree in Music Technology and a Doctorate of... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 4:30pm - 5:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

5:00pm

Enabling the Forgotten Avatars
Up until this point, Open Simulator and other Virtual World systems have not been designed with the needs of all people with disabilities in mind. We will identify some areas where the development community needs improvement in its approaches and discuss some simple solutions that could be implemented now. Future innovation ideas will also be discussed to look for new simple and creative ways to get everyone involved in the Virtual World Community no matter what their needs are.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Elliott

Tim Elliott

Metaverse Developer, A Dimension Beyond
Tim Elliott works with A Dimension Beyond, Inc. as a coder and advisor onmaking OpenSim work for disabled people. Tim has Cerebral Palsy and the challengesrelated to that. He has been involved in Virtual Worlds since 2007. He has written andpresented several of his papers at research... Read More →
avatar for Steve LaVigne

Steve LaVigne

CFO, A Dimension Beyond, Inc.
Steve LaVigne is the CFO or Secretary-Treasurer of “A Dimension Beyond, Inc.”  He has been actively involved in virtual worlds and virtual reality since 2007. He has set up many OpenSim servers all over the world, and has regions in OSGrid, Metropolis, The AngelFire Grid, and... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Laxton

Lisa Laxton

President, Laxton Consulting, LLC
Inspired by technology evolution in the virtual world, virtual reality, and augmented reality arena online and its relationship to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) efforts, Lisa Laxton, and the team at Laxton Consulting, LLC, actively supports development of 3D... Read More →


Saturday December 10, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/
 
Sunday, December 11
 

7:00am

Virtual Robotics: Creating, Collaborating and Constructionist Learning in a Virtual World
The Educational Robotics for STEM project, funded by the European Commission, aims to develop a continuous framework for the design of educational robotics activities for all children aged 7-18, both in and out-of-school, regardless of current interest in STEM subjects. In this presentation we explore the development of virtual robots (SLurtles) and the virtual environment in which children will explore, test and extend their understanding of mathematics and programming, through collaborative, constructionist learning activities. The research aims to explore the potential of virtual worlds for providing an alternative robotics experience for children by examining the creations, collaboration and learning that goes on in both the physical and virtual learning environments.

Speakers
avatar for Carina Girvan

Carina Girvan

Lecturer, Cardiff University
Dr Carina Girvan / Sleepy Littlething is an academic at Cardiff University and co-editor of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET). Interested in new technologies and the design of pedagogically informed learning experiences, she has been actively researching the... Read More →
avatar for John  Lester

John Lester

Immersive Learning and Virtual Worlds/VR/AR Designer
As a self-employed independent consultant and contractor, I'm currently working on Product Design at Achievement Network, an education nonprofit that helps schools boost student learning with teaching that’s grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices... Read More →


Sunday December 11, 2016 7:00am - 7:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

7:30am

Remote-Controlling OpenSimulator
Exploring a little-known OpenSimulator module developed by Mic Bowman, and recently improved by Crista Lopes, allows developers to control OpenSim scenes externally, via Perl and Python scripts. Crista will explain what this module is capable of, and how to use it to develop highly dynamic 3D applications bypassing the scripting engine.

Speakers
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and pro... Read More →


Sunday December 11, 2016 7:30am - 8:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:00am

Without Delay(!): Jazz-Up Your Teaching with Virtual World Learning Activities & Simulations
Join Kay McLennan in a fast moving discussion (with handouts!) of how educators can start using engaging and effective virtual world simulations/activities immediately and with little or no cost. Kay will provide tips, tricks, and practical advice for how to: (1) bring students into a virtual world -- for building, exploration, and/or immersive discussions; (2) how to set-up prepacked virtual world simulations; and (3) how to use virtual world simulations as a backdrop for creating unique teaching materials, including talking [avatar] head video clips.

Speakers
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Director of Online Learning, Tulane University
Dr. Kay McLennan is a Professor of Practice at Tulane University. Kay has been creating and using virtual world learning simulations in her online economics and business studies courses since 2008. In particular, Kay uses student feedback to continually refine and expand the educational... Read More →


Sunday December 11, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:30am

Gamify Virtual Learning
Join Dr. Larysa Nadolny in a discussion of how to use the motivating and engaging features of games in designing a learning activity in the virtual world. She will give examples on how to use challenges, leaderboards, easter eggs and more!

Speakers
avatar for Larysa Nadolny

Larysa Nadolny

Associate Professor, Iowa State University
Dr. Larysa Nadolny is an assistant professor in the Iowa State University School of Education (SOE) and Human Computer Interaction (HCI) associated faculty member. Her publications include research on motivation and achievement in virtual worlds, augmented reality, and game-based... Read More →



Sunday December 11, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

9:30am

OpenSimulator eCommerce Panel
Virtual eCommerce: exploring finance, virtual currencies and markets in OpenSimulator.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Colosi

Christopher Colosi

Founder & CEO, Gloebit
Christopher Colosi is the founder & CEO of Gloebit, a digital currency web service providing in-app micro-payments and user-to-user transactions for digital commerce. His vision for a single currency across VR began taking shape in 2016 with the launch and adoption of the OpenSim... Read More →
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Editor, Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov covers artificial intelligence for CIO magazine and cybersecurity for CSO online. She has also been the editor of Hypergrid Business since 2009. During her twenty years as a journalist, she's run a business news bureau in Shanghai, covered wars in the former Soviet Union, and wrote about local politics for the Chicago Tribune. But none of that prepared her for covering OpenSimulator, which has been both intensely... Read More →
avatar for Ilan Tochner

Ilan Tochner

Co-Founder and CEO, Kitely
Ilan Tochner is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kitely, the biggest commercial provider of OpenSim regions and the creator of Kitely Market, the leading marketplace serving the Hypergrid metaverse. Ilan formerly held key positions in several startups, including CEO at IDChoice and Director... Read More →


Sunday December 11, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:30am

Do You Have What It Takes to Survive?
Join us as we discuss the creation of the AU Metaverse's SurvivalSim, where life teeters on the edge of a chocolate bar. From the frozen perch of a rusted out submarine to the debris left from crash landing in the Antarctic, SurvivalSim presents a challenge that tests the character strengths and wits of the players.

Speakers
avatar for Lyr Lobo / Cynthia Calongne

Lyr Lobo / Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,000... Read More →
avatar for Toni Scribner

Toni Scribner

Learning Analyst, USAF
Toni Scribner has over 29 years of service with the Air Force and is currently serving The Air University as an Educational Technology Innovation Analyst. She consults and assists AU faculty in designing, developing, and implementing emerging learning technologies and principles... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Stricker

Andrew Stricker

Distributed Learning Architect, The Air University
Dr. Andrew Stricker serves Air University by helping to design, develop, and implement advanced and emerging learning technologies into Air Force educational and professional military education programs. Prior to his arrival to Air University Andrew served Vanderbilt University... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Truman

Barbara Truman

Graduate faculty member & simulation researcher, University of Central Florida
Dr. Barbara Truman serves as a Strategic Advisor for Immersive Learning & Collaboration in the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training in Orlando. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in Instructional... Read More →




Sunday December 11, 2016 10:30am - 11:00am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:00pm

Senses Places - Mixed Reality Participatory Performance
Senses Places: dancing with your physical body, image, avatar and bio-signals.

Senses Places is an ongoing collaborative transdisciplinary project creating mixed reality participatory performance environments that engage participants in a physical and mediat(iz)ed kinesthetic/somatic movement relational experience. 
Isabel will discuss Senses Places artistic vision towards mixed reality embodied interfacing encompassing instead of simply substituting the physical body and environment. Focus will be given to the latest process experimenting with simultaneous modes of embodied movement interaction by engaging physically and virtually through different bodily senses, particularly kinesthesis. 

What will be of our virtual presence and activity without our physical embodied engagement with the machines? The transdisciplinary dance/performance art-tech approach develops improvisational situations on somatic based practices, including CI, Butoh, Yoga, Tai Chi that contribute to and expand our awareness and communication channels. We believe that this kind of approach promotes healthy and evolving interactivity with and through intelligent machines.

Moderators
avatar for Joyce Bettencourt

Joyce Bettencourt

Founder / Vice President of the Board, AvaCon Inc.
Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir)Joyce Bettencourt is an artist, interactive designer and digital media producer whose focus is where creativity, community, social good and the future converge online. She is the Online Community Manager for TechSoup Global’s NonProfit Commons... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Isabel Valverde

Isabel Valverde

Postdoctoral Researcher, UFBA - Universidade Federal da Bahia
Senses Placeshttp://sensesplaces.orgIsabel Valverde aka Butler2 Evelyn (PT)is a transdisciplinary performer, choreographer and scholar from Portugal. Isabel has been developing experimental solo and collaborative work since 1986 and she graduated in Dance Theory and History (UCR... Read More →



Sunday December 11, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:30pm

Evaluating VR Platforms: OpenSimulator, Unity 3D, WebGl and Other Applications
Current virtual environment developers often find it difficult to pick a suitable virtual reality platform to support their application. This panel is an opportunity for developers proficient in current competing platforms to share their experience and discuss future platform evolution trajectories. It will also allow OpenSimulator core developers to differentiate OpenSimulator from its peers.

Moderators
avatar for Lyr Lobo / Cynthia Calongne

Lyr Lobo / Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,000... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Cerquoni

Planning Committee, OpenSimulator Core Developer
Michael Cerquoni is a core developer for the OpenSimulator project and 3D Content Developer for Encitra & 4Dialog. Michael has been involved with the OpenSimulator project since July of 2007 and is one of the original founders of OSgrid. His primary interest in OpenSimulator has been... Read More →
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Adam Frisby

CEO, Sine Wave Entertainment
Adam is one of the founding developers of OpenSimulator, the largest open source virtual world platform. Before joining Sine Wave Entertainment he founded the Azure Islands, a community with a peak of 400 regions in Second Life, and DeepThink, a leading virtual world development... Read More →
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Crista Lopes

Professor & OpenSimulator Developer, University of California Irvine
Crista Lopes (Diva Canto) is professor within the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California Irvine and a core OpenSimulator developer. She developed Hypergrid, which is a federation architecture and pro... Read More →
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Ramesh Ramloll

CEO/CTO, DeepSemaphore LLC
Rameshsharma Ramloll, PhD Computer Science (Lancaster University UK), BTech Computer Science & Engineering (IIT Kanpur, India) has been developing immersive virtual learning environments for diverse user groups during the past seven years on platforms that include Second Life and... Read More →


Sunday December 11, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

5:30pm

The Sad Sorry State of Weapons Development
A cluster of bugs (all recorded in the OpenSimulator Mantis system) makes it difficult to script weapons in Open Simulator. Weapons are important to many different role-play communities. I will describe several methods that have been used to implement weapons, and how OpenSimulator could be improved to support them better. My goal is to generate excitement in the developers to fix some bugs critical to this disused corner of our communities.

Moderators
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Lyr Lobo / Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a Professor of Doctoral Studies at CTU and in Computer Science at CCCOnline. She taught 52 university classes in virtual worlds and received the 2017 Thinkerer award from the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education. Her team won the $25,000... Read More →

Speakers
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Kayaker Magic

Ocean Engineer, Ocean Engineering
Mike Higgins / Kayaker MagicAfter 4 decades of writing code in the Real World, Kayaker Magic has been scripting in Virtual worlds since 2008. He started by extending his love of water sports, especially kayaking, sailing and surfing into SL and then OpenSim. But he has expanded his... Read More →


Sunday December 11, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/