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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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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/

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/

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/

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/
 
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 →
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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/

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
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 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 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 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 →


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
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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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/