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OpenSimulator Community Conference 2015 

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://oscc15.eventbrite.com

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Wednesday, December 2
 

12:30am

Educator Showcase & Give-Away Content
Self-guided tours of educator showcase booths and give-away content (in the Tulane SCS Metaverse grid between December 3rd and December 7th).  Attendees need to hypergrid jump from the OSCC grid (using an OSCC avatar) into the Tulane SCS Metaverse (@ http://209.126.208.161:8072/).  "In Search of... (Turnkey Education Simulation Give-Aways)" panel members' booths are available for touring (on the SCS Resource Shop island).  Four additional islands in the Tulane SCS Metaverse are open for tours (including [general] economics, health economics, ethics, and marketing college-level virtual world simulations).

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse 
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/content4educators/ 

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: http://209.126.208.161:8072/ 
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 

Website to Create a Local Account: 
Region Name: SCS Administration 
Map Coordinates: 
Parcel/Venue Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse

Any other instructions for attendees?: Important Note: Avatars need to hypergrid jump into the Tulane SCS Metaverse from the OSCC grid.

Speakers
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Kay McLennan is a professor of practice at Tulane University. Kay teaches economics and business studies courses in a completely online format to part-time students at Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Kay’s 3D virtual world educational simulations were finalists in two Federal Virtual World Challenge contests -- in 2012 for her Prisoner's Dilemma game theory simulation and in 2013 for her Data Detectives Game. Kay has a Ph.D... Read More →


Thursday December 3, 2015 12:30am - 11:30pm
External Grid, Tulane SCS Metaverse
 
Thursday, December 3
 

11:00am

AU's 3D Metaverse Presents a StudioX Tour of Flight at Squadron Officer College
Join us at Air University’s 3D Metaverse for the Squadron Office College Campus' tour of flight and design via the Port, Mars, the StudioX collaborative design space, Virtual Harmony and the Internet of Things on OpenSim. After the tour, feel welcome to explore the regions using the teleportation kiosks.

Grid: AU 3D Metaverse
Hypergrid info: http://metaverse.austudiox.com:9000

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL:  http://metaverse.austudiox.com:9000

Important Note: Attendees can hypergrid from the OSCC grid or from a Hypergrid-enabled location.

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Calongne

Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a professor, author and researcher with 20 years of experience in developing virtual environments and teaching. For 13 years, she worked as a software engineer and a systems programmer for Air Force Space Command and on Capitol Hill. In 2010, Andy Stricker, Mike McCrocklin, and Cynthia Calongne won the first $25,000 Grand Prize in the Federal Virtual World Challenge for the Mars Expedition Strategy... Read More →
avatar for Toni Scribner

Toni Scribner

Innovation Analyst, Air University
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 into AF educational and professional military education programs. Research interests include educational and instructional technology tools, instructional... 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 as Associate Provost for Innovation Through Technology. He was responsible for working with academic, technology and administrative leaders to prioritize, plan... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Truman

Barbara Truman

Strategic Advisor, Immersive Learning & Collaborat, 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. She studies presence and collaboration using immersive environments and avatars across disciplines and domains of education, government, and military. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in Instructional... Read More →



Thursday December 3, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm
TBA

12:00am

Educator Showcase & Give-Away Content

Self-guided tours of educator showcase booths and give-away content (in the Tulane SCS Metaverse grid between December 3rd and December 7th).  Attendees need to hypergrid jump from the OSCC grid (using an OSCC avatar) into the Tulane SCS Metaverse.  "In Search of... (Turnkey Education Simulation Give-Aways)" panel members' booths are available for touring (on the SCS Resource Shop island).  Four additional islands in the Tulane SCS Metaverse are open for tours (including [general] economics, health economics, ethics, and marketing college-level virtual world simulations).

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse 
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/content4educators/ 

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: http://209.126.208.161:8072/ 
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 

Website to Create a Local Account: 
Region Name: SCS Resource Shops
Map Coordinates: 
Parcel/Venue Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse

Any other instructions for attendees?: Important Note: Avatars need to hypergrid jump into the Tulane SCS Metaverse from the OSCC grid (using an OSCC avatar).

Speakers
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Kay McLennan is a professor of practice at Tulane University. Kay teaches economics and business studies courses in a completely online format to part-time students at Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Kay’s 3D virtual world educational simulations were finalists in two Federal Virtual World Challenge contests -- in 2012 for her Prisoner's Dilemma game theory simulation and in 2013 for her Data Detectives Game. Kay has a Ph.D... Read More →


Friday December 4, 2015 12:00am - 11:58pm
External Grid, Tulane SCS Metaverse
Friday, December 4
 

12:00am

Educator Showcase & Give-Away Content
Self-guided tours of educator showcase booths and give-away content (in the Tulane SCS Metaverse grid between December 3rd and December 7th). Educators interested in setting up a booth need to write to vw.educator.showcase@gmail.com. (including a description of your educational simulation and the content you want to display). Also, two complete island-sized simulations will be available to tour -- the Data Detectives island (see https://sites.google.com/site/fvc13mclennan/) and the Economics for Health and Wellness island.

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse 
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/content4educators/ 

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: http://209.126.208.161:8072/ 
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 

Website to Create a Local Account: 
Region Name: SCS Administration 
Map Coordinates: 
Parcel/Venue Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse

Any other instructions for attendees?: Important Note: Avatars need to hypergrid jump into the Tulane SCS Metaverse from the OSCC grid.

Speakers
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Kay McLennan is a professor of practice at Tulane University. Kay teaches economics and business studies courses in a completely online format to part-time students at Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Kay’s 3D virtual world educational simulations were finalists in two Federal Virtual World Challenge contests -- in 2012 for her Prisoner's Dilemma game theory simulation and in 2013 for her Data Detectives Game. Kay has a Ph.D... Read More →


Saturday December 5, 2015 12:00am - 11:58pm
External Grid, Tulane SCS Metaverse
 
Saturday, December 5
 

6:00am

OSCC15 Speaker Poster Expo
Visit the posters in the Speaker Booths on Expo Region 3 to view the images, collect free gifts and click on the media links to obtain additional information on the OSCC15 sessions and additional content.



Saturday December 5, 2015 6:00am - 6:00pm
OSCC Expo 3 Region Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

7:00am

KEYNOTE: The Future of OpenSimulator - A Conversation with the Core Developers
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 in Second Life community. In addition, she is Creative Director of The Vesuvius Group, a collaborative studio specializing in developing online immersive... 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 to improve the software by providing technical support and to foster communication between the core development team to debug and provide the most stable... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Cozens

Kevin Cozens

Tech Manager, Virtual Highway
Kevin Cozens is the tech manager for Virtual Highway, a member of the Core Developer team for the OpenSimulator project, and has been contributing to various Open Source projects for over 20 years. | | Kevin has helped the OpenSimulator project for many, many years, both with patches and helping other people in OpenSimulator's IRC channels, and elsewhere. He is an occasional contributor to the Open Simulator wiki and is a maintainer of the add... Read More →
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

University of California, Irvine
Crista Lopes is a Professor in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to being in Academia, she worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (1995-2001). She is co-inventor of AOP (Aspect Oriented Programming), a programming technology featured in the MIT Technology Review (2001) as "one of the 10 emergent technologies that will change the world." She also serves on the board of... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Milland

Melanie Milland

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 virtual world projects and has created her own "spin" of the OpenSimulator software... Read More →


Saturday December 5, 2015 7:00am - 7:50am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:00am

Virtual Reality: Port your OS build to Stereo-scopic view for Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard
Virtual Reality is becoming mainstream. The community of OpenSimulator builders and the great builds they have made should be seen by this mainstream. Including the several million people that have Cardboard viewers as well as the soon to be release Oculus consumer version in Q1 22016. Unity3D now includes ability to output to the VR stereoscopic format for use with Oculus Rift headset. The presentation will build on how to move OpenSimulator builds to Unity, and show how to make thsse builds view-able with both the Rift and Google Cardboard.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Paul Emery / avatar: Casias Falta

Paul Emery / avatar: Casias Falta

Paul Emery along with his collaborators in 3dColab.com has been building and hosting regions in OS grid for 5 years.This includes the popular entertainment venu Maritime Club Belfast Ireland at which he performs on a regular basis as Casias Falta. He has been working with Unity3d since the first announcement of the Oculus head set. In a past life he was a database systems consultant. Now located in Detroit he is one of the co-organizers of... Read More →


Saturday December 5, 2015 8:00am - 8:25am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

8:30am

AU Metaverse Simulations Using the Internet of Things, BulletSim and Raspberry Pi
Air University's Metaverse incorporates BulletSim physics and the IoT at Squadron Officer College's 3D Campus to fly the P51, a Pod on Mars, a Cable Lift and use the Alexa Echo in OpenSim. Real world objects connect with 5th Generation IoT-supported learning simulations to launch the campus of the future. Join us as we share our discoveries, present our schedule of events, and find out how you can get involved.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Calongne

Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a professor, author and researcher with 20 years of experience in developing virtual environments and teaching. For 13 years, she worked as a software engineer and a systems programmer for Air Force Space Command and on Capitol Hill. In 2010, Andy Stricker, Mike McCrocklin, and Cynthia Calongne won the first $25,000 Grand Prize in the Federal Virtual World Challenge for the Mars Expedition Strategy... Read More →
avatar for Toni Scribner

Toni Scribner

Innovation Analyst, Air University
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 into AF educational and professional military education programs. Research interests include educational and instructional technology tools, instructional... 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 as Associate Provost for Innovation Through Technology. He was responsible for working with academic, technology and administrative leaders to prioritize, plan... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Truman

Barbara Truman

Strategic Advisor, Immersive Learning & Collaborat, 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. She studies presence and collaboration using immersive environments and avatars across disciplines and domains of education, government, and military. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in Instructional... Read More →




Saturday December 5, 2015 8:30am - 8:55am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

9:00am

BREAK
A scheduled break in the conference proceedings.

Saturday December 5, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
OSCC Expo 1 through 5 Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

9:30am

SUNY Graduate Program: Designing Worlds for Professional Uses
Who is Irene Cruz? My presentation was connected to the Empire State College (SUNY) MALET Program.  Entering this program has been life-changing for me.  My initial career path was in Graphic Design and for many years I provided this service as a Consultant within companies such as; SONY, PEPSI, IBM and McGraw-Hill.  I enjoy the creative atmospheres, however, something was lacking.  That something was to be an Educator.  I have a long line of educators in my family and much like the movie, "My Cousin Vinny", I must have this abilty in "the blood."  So, I went back to school and became an Adult Educator for Higher Education.  Now it seems, I have another itche, and that is to mesh my creative ability with my teaching/training abilities.  Fully entering the VW (VLE) environments was what it took!  I am now completing my MA degree this month of December, 2015.  I am currently looking to pursue another career avenue that lends itself into Instructional Media Design for VLEs/MOOC and so forth.  I would love to connect with those who have the same passions and interests in an effort to produce a collaboration of ideas and products.   Please contact me through esolefllearning@gmail.com.  Thank you for this tremendous opportunity. 

ESC INFORMATION - Taking advantage of the affordability, OAR uploads, repurposing, and export features now available with open-simulator-based islands, an emerging-technology graduate program at SUNY Empire State College developed a concentration in virtual-environment design. Here adult students are scaffolded through basic island construction, sharing work with course colleagues as they progress through a theory-and-practice based program where they conceptualize, construct, pilot, and evaluate islands to meet their own professional needs. After highlighting core elements of this program, the instructor will have four students share their island outcomes, challenges and victories as they created, piloted, and evaluated their own simulations, training and teaching environments. The islands developed include: a simulated video training environment for learning professional video production, an island for acculturating non-English speakers to technology and to American life, a university outreach through a multi-level experimental island for both English and science education for K12 students, and a digital learning and literacy environment for library patrons.

Speakers
avatar for Irene Cruz (Christendom)

Irene Cruz (Christendom)

Higher Educational Instructor, Cruz Enterprizes
Irene Cruz has over twenty-years combined professional involvement within Adult Literacy Education, Educational Consultation Training and Online Instruction, Graphic Design, and Corporate Training. She has certification (Training Coursework) within Private and Adult Education (NYSED) and is now developing curriculums and designs for virtual environments. In addition, she is interested in pursuing a career in VLE design/curriculum development.
avatar for Maja Anderson

Maja Anderson

Maja Anderson is Assistant Director of Communications and Community Relations at Cornell University's Public Service Center and Center for Engaged Learning + Research. Her primary focus is to bring the work of the Centers to wider audiences by expanding their modes of outreach and by developing and integrating a communication strategy that incorporates new pathways of communication for Center's diverse audiences.
avatar for Eileen O'Connor

Eileen O'Connor

Associate Professor, Empire State College / SUNY
Dr. Eileen O'Connor began her career in chemistry in government and industry in the 1970's and in technology at IBM in the 1980's. After pursuing a doctorate in science education and instructional technology, in the 1990's, she moved into the academic side of science and technology, starting to use virtual reality environments in her science education master's classes at the State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College in 2007. As her... Read More →
avatar for Al Ritondo

Al Ritondo

Videographer
Al Ritondo has written, produced and directed hundreds of corporate video presentations, as well as teaching video production techniques at associations, conventions, and trade shows and through podcasts. Al has now turned his attention to virtual 3d environments, and is developing a 3d virtual environment to teach video production to the next generation of videographers.
avatar for April Steenburgh

April Steenburgh

Finger Lakes Community College
April Steenburgh has a background in adult digital literacy instruction in public libraries. She is currently the electronic resources and online instruction librarian at Finger Lakes Community College.



Saturday December 5, 2015 9:30am - 9:55am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:00am

Techland, a Virtual World for Math and Science
Techland is a hyper grid enabled grid focused on math, statistical science, biology, chemistry and earth science. Educational contents are set as 3D scripted objects, like a 3D paragraph in a 3D immersive book, Student target: 11-14 years old (middle school). URL http://techlandgrid.it:8002.

Speakers
avatar for Michelina Occhioni

Michelina Occhioni

Teacher, San cesario middle school
Michelina lives near Lecce, in the south of Italy (Apulia) and studied Chemistry and Biology. She worked as analysis method specialist.for 13 years, but since 2001 has taught math and science in middle schools (K6 – K8 grade).  | Manager of Techland and the website www.virtualscience.it


Saturday December 5, 2015 10:00am - 10:25am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

10:30am

A Dimension Beyond!
What are the impacts of blending virtual reality, and real life with both Machine Intelligence and Human Intelligence? We are at a critical juncture in our own evolution. It is time to get out of the toy box! Steve LaVigne and Myron Curtis present a very lively, very short discussion of the future possibilities of Virtual Worlds and Virtual Reality and the impact on all of us. After the presentation we will continue the discussion on OSCC Expo Zone 2 Booth #6. Hope to see you there!

Speakers
avatar for Myron Curtis

Myron Curtis

founder and developer of Virtual Worlds Grid, Virtual Worlds Grid, and A Dimension Beyond
Throughout his life, Myron Curtis has been involved with the evolution of digital technology. He still has his dad’s TS1000 home computer, its manuals and program cassettes that he played games on as a child. He has taught computer science at Butte Community College for the past 12 years, has been building virtual worlds since 2006, and now owns Virtual Worlds Grid.
avatar for Steve LaVigne

Steve LaVigne

CFO, ADB
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 Virtual Worlds Grid. He is active in the MOSES project. He is a strong advocate of going a dimension beyond in using virtual technology to help many types... Read More →


Saturday December 5, 2015 10:30am - 10:55am
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

11:00am

MEAL BREAK
A scheduled break in the conference proceedings.

Saturday December 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
OSCC Expo 1 through 5 Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

11:00am

Explore the OSCC Grid
In this hour, conference attendees are invited to explore the OSCC Grid, including the Expo Zone regions with conference sponsors, community crowdfunder exhibits and exhibits created by speakers, as well as the Shopping Center region.

Saturday December 5, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
OSCC Expo 1 through 5 Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

11:15am

VIP: Keynote Q&A
Crowdfunder participants at the Exclusive Access level and above are invited to a special VIP Q&A session with selected keynote speakers. By invitation only.

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 to improve the software by providing technical support and to foster communication between the core development team to debug and provide the most stable... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Cozens

Kevin Cozens

Tech Manager, Virtual Highway
Kevin Cozens is the tech manager for Virtual Highway, a member of the Core Developer team for the OpenSimulator project, and has been contributing to various Open Source projects for over 20 years. | | Kevin has helped the OpenSimulator project for many, many years, both with patches and helping other people in OpenSimulator's IRC channels, and elsewhere. He is an occasional contributor to the Open Simulator wiki and is a maintainer of the add... Read More →
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

University of California, Irvine
Crista Lopes is a Professor in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to being in Academia, she worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (1995-2001). She is co-inventor of AOP (Aspect Oriented Programming), a programming technology featured in the MIT Technology Review (2001) as "one of the 10 emergent technologies that will change the world." She also serves on the board of... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Milland

Melanie Milland

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 virtual world projects and has created her own "spin" of the OpenSimulator software... Read More →


Saturday December 5, 2015 11:15am - 11:45am
Staff Zone Auditorium Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

12:00pm

KEYNOTE: The Future of Viewer Interfaces
This panel brings together developers of popular Second Life and OpenSimulator viewers and explores the many ways of interfacing with OpenSimulator and virtual worlds, both now, and in the future. The panel will be moderated by Mal Burns.

Moderators
avatar for Mal Burns

Mal Burns

Mal Burns is host of the "Inworld Review" - a weekly news and discussion program which has been running for 8 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 environments for nearly a decade, is concerned about user interfaces in general and has a wealth of media and design experience behind him. In the organic sphere he is now... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Myron Curtis

Myron Curtis

founder and developer of Virtual Worlds Grid, Virtual Worlds Grid, and A Dimension Beyond
Throughout his life, Myron Curtis has been involved with the evolution of digital technology. He still has his dad’s TS1000 home computer, its manuals and program cassettes that he played games on as a child. He has taught computer science at Butte Community College for the past 12 years, has been building virtual worlds since 2006, and now owns Virtual Worlds Grid.
avatar for Crista Lopes

Crista Lopes

University of California, Irvine
Crista Lopes is a Professor in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to being in Academia, she worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (1995-2001). She is co-inventor of AOP (Aspect Oriented Programming), a programming technology featured in the MIT Technology Review (2001) as "one of the 10 emergent technologies that will change the world." She also serves on the board of... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Lyon

Jessica Lyon

Firestorm Viewer
Jessica Lyon is the founder and Project Manager of The Phoenix Firestorm Project Inc; a non-profit company with over 80 support staff and developers working under it. The project is responsible for developing the very popular Phoenix and Firestorm Viewers used in Second Life and virtual worlds. Along with managing the project Jessica also spends time listening to user input in order to improve and advocate to protect the user experience.


Saturday December 5, 2015 12:00pm - 12:50pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

1:00pm

The State of the Metaverse
Find out the latest data on virtual reality headset numbers and other VR statistics, including the latest data on OpenSimulator statistics and surveys.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov

Hypergrid Business
Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Businessand of the Hyperica directory of hypergrid destinations. She has been a war correspondent, ran a news bureau in Shanghai, and covered business and technology for national magazines for over 15 years -- but the emerging metaverse is the most exciting thing she's ever covered.


Saturday December 5, 2015 1:00pm - 1:25pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

1:30pm

Predator & Prey: Exploring the OpenSim with Middle School Students
Using participatory action research methods, namely questionnaires, daily note taking, and interviewing, this case study reveals 3-D modeling of ecological pests and predator installation, technical problems and ecological solutions, simulated at my ASU Hive on the OpenSim site, sponsored by the University of British Columbia -VCER. This theme led to correspondence with the ASU website “Ask the Biologist.” What began as a joke about pests, ended in community learning about the importance of pests in an ecosystem as a complex web of interconnected and dependent ingredients.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Mary Stokrocki

Mary Stokrocki

Arizona State University
Dr. Mary Stokrocki is Professor of Art and Art Education Area Coordinator, Arizona State University, Taiwan Fulbright Scholar (2012), and Work Bank Consultant to Turkey (1995-1997), former Vice-President and World Counselor of the International Society for Education Through Art [8 years] and President of the United States Society for Education through Art and its Webmaster [10 years]. The National Art Education Association published my book... Read More →


Saturday December 5, 2015 1:30pm - 1:55pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

2:00pm

RezMela™: Adding real world spatial context to virtual training exercises to improve their effectiveness
A fundamental concern raised by 3D collaborative virtual training exercises is their direct relevance to real world situations. Trainers require that virtual training exercises match closely their daily practice and expectations in the real world. We demonstrate our approach that allows trainers to mash up Google maps with their customized virtual scenarios in order to facilitate the translation of skills and insights acquired in the virtual world into improved real world competencies.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Ramesh Ramloll

Ramesh Ramloll

CEO, 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 OpenSim. He is currently the CEO/CTO of DeepSemaphore LLC, an E-Learning and Simulation Solutions company.


Saturday December 5, 2015 2:00pm - 2:25pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

2:30pm

In search of... (Turnkey Education Simulation Give-aways)
Thoughtfully constructed virtual world education simulations are a hit with students of all ages and contribute to increased learning outcomes. Still, until this type of learning simulation becomes more mainstream (and educational simulation content is included in textbook ancillary materials), early adopter educators need to create their own simulations or use the open license (or creative commons license) content created by others. To focus attention on the currently available as well as the “wish list” open license content needed, this panel includes presentations from college, K-12, and workplace instructors using and/or sharing virtual world learning simulation content.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Enrique Cachafeiro

Enrique Cachafeiro

Teacher, Chatham Charter School
Enrique Cacahfeiro is a Biology Teacher and Technology Facilitator at a public charter school in rural North Carolina. He has been active with virtual worlds since 2012 when he finished his graduate Certificate in Virtual Worlds from the University of Washington. He has been finding different ways of using Virtual Worlds and OpenSim to augment classroom instruction and immerse students in learning.
avatar for Stephen Gasior

Stephen Gasior

Biology Instructor, Ball State University
Stephen Gasior is a Biology Instructor at Ball State University, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (at Ball State University), and Administrator/Evangelist for REDgrid (Ball State's OpenSimulator campus -- see http://idialabprojects.org/redgrid/). Stephen is the founder of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) grids. VIBE is a collaborative of virtual educators and builders actively using OpenSimulator in... Read More →
avatar for Lori Landay

Lori Landay

Professor, Berklee College of Music
Professor and Coordinator (of Technology in Learning and Teaching) in the Liberal Arts Department at the Berklee College of Music. Lori is the author of two books -- "I Love Lucy" and "Madcaps, Screwballs, and Con Women: The Female Trickster in American Culture" -- and in addition to authoring articles on virtual worlds, digital narrative, silent film, and television culture, her creative work includes animation, graphic design, creative... Read More →
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Kay McLennan is a professor of practice at Tulane University. Kay teaches economics and business studies courses in a completely online format to part-time students at Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Kay’s 3D virtual world educational simulations were finalists in two Federal Virtual World Challenge contests -- in 2012 for her Prisoner's Dilemma game theory simulation and in 2013 for her Data Detectives Game. Kay has a Ph.D... Read More →
avatar for Larysa Nadolny

Larysa Nadolny

Assistant 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 learning environments. She has received grant funding from government and private organizations, including NSF, TIAA CREF, and HP.


Saturday December 5, 2015 2:30pm - 2:55pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

3:00pm

BREAK
A scheduled break in the conference proceedings.

Saturday December 5, 2015 3:00pm - 3:30pm
OSCC Expo 1 through 5 Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

3:30pm

Avatar Repertory Theater
Avatar Repertory Theater is the longest surviving live theater performance group in virtual worlds, since 2008. We have 200 performances under our virtual belts, ranging from full immersive stagings, such as Shakespeare's "The Tempest", Sophocles "Oedipus Rex" and "Alice in Wonderland", to small workshops and original plays. Our small, tightly-knit troupe consists of professional and community theater performers, programmers, sound engineers, avatar and theater designers, and playwrights. A few of us will talk about what we do and present a theatrical adaptation demonstrating some of the technical considerations of producing this ancient art in a fascinating new media.

Moderators
avatar for BellaLuna X

BellaLuna X

Producer, Metaverse Productions
Ms. Rangel holds a Master of Fine Arts in Producing (Design & Production) from CalArts, is a graduate of the SU/GSP11 (Exponential Technologies) program at NASA Ames, and is currently heading Binational Operations for DataMed in the United States and Mexico. At the Centennial Olympic Games, Ms. Rangel was a member of the Opening & Closing Ceremonies team and liaison to NBC. Ms. Rangel headed creative production, tech integration... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emil Jannings

Emil Jannings

Avatar Repertory Theater
avatar for Iain McCracken

Iain McCracken

Webmaster & Programmer, Avatar Repertory Theater
avatar for JadaBright Pond

JadaBright Pond

Avatar Repertory Theater
avatar for Ada Radius

Ada Radius

Executive Director, New Media Arts Inc
Founder of New Media Arts Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Co-founder of Avatar Repertory Theater, which is a project of New Media Arts. Virtual world actor, producer, avatar and theater designer, play adaptations.
avatar for MadameThespian Underhill

MadameThespian Underhill

Concept, Design, Layout, Avatar Repertory Theater




Saturday December 5, 2015 3:30pm - 3:55pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:00pm

Creating Architecture+Creating Magic in Open Sim
This presentation will highlight the work of 6th graders in Western New York. With the help of a NY State Department of Education Grant, the students were taken on a tour of the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo NY to learn about the principles of architecture of Famed Architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. The student then took these design principles into OpenSim and created their own amazing works of architecture and art.

Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Calongne

Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a professor, author and researcher with 20 years of experience in developing virtual environments and teaching. For 13 years, she worked as a software engineer and a systems programmer for Air Force Space Command and on Capitol Hill. In 2010, Andy Stricker, Mike McCrocklin, and Cynthia Calongne won the first $25,000 Grand Prize in the Federal Virtual World Challenge for the Mars Expedition Strategy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mary Howard

Mary Howard

Teacher, Grand Island Central School Distric
Mary Howard is a 6th Grade Teacher in Western New York. She has a blog Yoursmarticles.blogspot.com where she shares her vast experience in educational technology. She has worked of the past few years with the Islands of Enlightenment Projects designing curriculum for the Heir of the King and the Learning by Design Projects to name just a few.
avatar for Andrew Wheelock

Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, Technology Integrator for WNYRIC/CSLO
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 technology in districts throughout Western New York. My passions as a edtech rebel are effective uses of virtual environments and simulations as well as... Read More →


Saturday December 5, 2015 4:00pm - 4:25pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

4:30pm

Characters Matter: The Power of NPCs in Opensimulator
Opensimulator offers a vast and beautiful landscape for exploration. Until recently including interactive characters in a build was so time-consuming and complicated few builders bothered. A growing set of easy NPC tools make it possible for anyone to add unique characters to their builds without knowing anything about scripting. Nara Malone and Fred Beckhusen will talk about the tools they used in the Immersive Edge Hypergrid Story and how they are used in the Outworldz regions.

Moderators
avatar for Cynthia Calongne

Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a professor, author and researcher with 20 years of experience in developing virtual environments and teaching. For 13 years, she worked as a software engineer and a systems programmer for Air Force Space Command and on Capitol Hill. In 2010, Andy Stricker, Mike McCrocklin, and Cynthia Calongne won the first $25,000 Grand Prize in the Federal Virtual World Challenge for the Mars Expedition Strategy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ferd Frederix

Ferd Frederix

President, MTSI
Fred K. Beckhusen, President, Micro Technology Services, Inc. Microcomputer and microprocessor hardware design and programming. My software work is primarily in C and its variants C++ and C#, with lots of perl, lsl script, Visual Basic, 3-D modeling in Solidworks, and lots of other languages and tools I'd rather forget, dating all the way back to the early 1970's. My first computer was the Rockwell Autonetics Recomp-II, a 1K word, 40-bit... Read More →
avatar for Nara Malone

Nara Malone

Author, Greyville Writer's Colony
Nara Malone is an award winning writer of novels, poetry and video games. She's the founder of the Greyville Writer's Colony--a community of novelists, poets, and artists who have joined her in putting together this demonstration.


Saturday December 5, 2015 4:30pm - 4:55pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

5:00pm

Interactive People and Places in Opensimulator: Introducing Students to Yeats, John Snow, and urban public health
A series of presentations by practicing educators featuring projects using NPCs and the spatial environment in OpenSimulator for interactive and contextual immersive learning. Scenarios include: students tracking down the mechanism of disease communication; contextually understanding the social, environmental and economic factors that impact health; and creating narrative environments for historical or literary lessons. 
 
Using NPCs to virtually expose students to disease transmission concepts
From Local to Global - Using virtual environments for global-public health education
An Evening with William Butler Yeats, Life Long Learning with Pocket Scenes 

Moderators
avatar for Stephen Gasior

Stephen Gasior

Biology Instructor, Ball State University
Stephen Gasior is a Biology Instructor at Ball State University, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (at Ball State University), and Administrator/Evangelist for REDgrid (Ball State's OpenSimulator campus -- see http://idialabprojects.org/redgrid/). Stephen is the founder of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) grids. VIBE is a collaborative of virtual educators and builders actively using OpenSimulator in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ghaelen D'Lareh

Ghaelen D'Lareh

Adjunct Professor - University of Iowa, De Landria Learning Worlds
Ghaelen D'Lareh teaches college history courses online. She also builds immersive virtual worlds for education, conducts radio-to-world healing events, and is a visual, digital, and ceramic artist. Her latest immersive educational project integrates Opensimulator worlds and web-based courses for college and lifelong learning.
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 Ruby ODegee

Ruby ODegee

Volunteer, Lakewater Project
Ruby O’Degee has been involved with building and developing storybuilds and educational environments for the last 10 years. Her recent public school teaching retirement opened up opportunities for her to work full time with Open Sim collaborators to produce worlds and explore uses for Open Sim technologies.  | | A long time member of the Devokan Trust storybuilder's group, this past summer she ventured out to take part in developing... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Rufer-Bach

Kimberly Rufer-Bach

Owner, Designer, and Producer, The Magicians
Kimberly Rufer-Bach (avatar Kim Anubis) is Owner, Designer, and Producer of The Magicians, a top solution provider for Second Life and OpenSimulator.  Since 2005 Kim has specialized in working with educators, nonprofits, and government agencies to bring their virtual worlds projects to fruition.  Kim is the author of The Second Life Grid: The Official Guide to Communication, Collaboration, and Community Engagement; and co-author of... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Umoren

Rachel Umoren

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics & Director of Immersive Learning, University of Washington
Dr. Rachel Umoren is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Washington and the Director of Immersive Learning for the Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training (NEST) Program. Her research interests are in enhancing healthcare partnerships and teamwork using virtual simulations. She has published and presented internationally on using virtual... Read More →


Saturday December 5, 2015 5:00pm - 5:50pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

6:00pm

Walking Tour of a Game-based Sim built by Ann Cudworth
Limited Capacity full

This is a chance to "go backstage" on a game-based sim with Ann Cudworth, author of "Virtual World Design", and the soon to be published "Extending Virtual World Design". These 4 regions were built on the Kitely grid, to provide the book development team with content to make illustrations from. It is also the content that will be given out with "Extending Virtual World Design" when the book is published. Ann will take 15-20 people on a tour and explain how the design concepts were created, and how her team worked together to make it all work. She will also explain how these regions can be used as a template for designing learning games in the classroom.

Public or Invitation Only: Invitation Only
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)  

Grid Name: Kitley
Website: https://www.kitely.com/ 

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: https://www.kitely.com/ 
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 

Website to Create a Local Account: https://www.kitely.com/
Region Name: EVWD Book Grid 
Map Coordinates: 232,233,22  
Parcel/Venue Name: EVWD Book Grid

Any other instructions for attendees?: We will meet on the lake island, and then move off for the tour

Speakers
avatar for Annabelle Fanshaw

Annabelle Fanshaw

Creative Director/Writer, Alchemy Sims/Ann Cudworth Projects
Talk to me about my new book "Virtual World Design" available here: http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466579613 | and about my plans for another book that extends the ideologies and practices of the first one.


Saturday December 5, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
External Grid, Kitley

8:00pm

OSCC15 Dance
Dance to celebrate opening of OSCC15 - Live DJ, Dancing.

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for Adults Only (A) 

Grid Name: Littlefield Grid
Website: http://www.lfgrid.com

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: http://lfgrid.com:8002:Speakeasy 
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 84,058,045

Website to Create a Local Account: http://www.lfgrid.com
Region Name: Speakeasy
Map Coordinates: 128,128,1 
Parcel/Venue Name: Speakeasy

Any other instructions for attendees?: 

Crowdfunder Exhibitors
LG

Littlefield Grid

http://www.lfgrid.com


Saturday December 5, 2015 8:00pm - 11:30pm
External Grid, Littlefield Grid

12:00am

Educator Showcase & Give-Away Content

Self-guided tours of educator showcase booths and give-away content (in the Tulane SCS Metaverse grid between December 3rd and December 7th).  Attendees need to hypergrid jump from the OSCC grid (using an OSCC avatar) into the Tulane SCS Metaverse.  "In Search of... (Turnkey Education Simulation Give-Aways)" panel members' booths are available for touring (on the SCS Resource Shop island).  Four additional islands in the Tulane SCS Metaverse are open for tours (including [general] economics, health economics, ethics, and marketing college-level virtual world simulations).

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse 
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/content4educators/ 

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: http://209.126.208.161:8072/ 
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 

Website to Create a Local Account: 
Region Name: SCS Resource Shops
Map Coordinates: 
Parcel/Venue Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse

Any other instructions for attendees?: Important Note: Avatars need to hypergrid jump into the Tulane SCS Metaverse from the OSCC grid (using an OSCC avatar).

Speakers
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Kay McLennan is a professor of practice at Tulane University. Kay teaches economics and business studies courses in a completely online format to part-time students at Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Kay’s 3D virtual world educational simulations were finalists in two Federal Virtual World Challenge contests -- in 2012 for her Prisoner's Dilemma game theory simulation and in 2013 for her Data Detectives Game. Kay has a Ph.D... Read More →


Sunday December 6, 2015 12:00am - 11:58pm
External Grid, Tulane SCS Metaverse
 
Sunday, December 6
 

6:00am

OSCC15 Speaker Poster Expo
Visit the posters in the Speaker Booths on Expo Region 3 to view the images, collect free gifts and click on the media links to obtain additional information on the OSCC15 sessions and additional content.



Sunday December 6, 2015 6:00am - 6:00pm
OSCC Expo 3 Region Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

11:00am

OSCC15 HyperGrid Tour

As a special OpenSimulator Community Conference  HyperGrid Tour featuring a hands-on HyperGrid workshop and trip where attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to grid jump ‘by yourself’ - not just walking through a HyperGrid portal but coming to grips with the Map and the grid URI.

The tour will depart from the OSCC Conference Grid on Sunday at 11am Pacific with several stops on various OpenSimulator grids over a three hour period and show off how easy it is to get around by HyperGrid. 


Sunday December 6, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm
OSCC Expo 2 Region Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/

2:00pm

Live at The Maritime Club , Belfast Conference closing party
Live music in the oldest continuously running venue in the metaverse to close the community conference. Featuring the best live performers currently performing in OpenSimulator.
Last stop on the HG Safari tour !!! 

2.00 pm PST
Truelie Telling playing her all original country punk / folk noir ballads of love and death live from her Nashville studio
website

3.00 pm PST
DJ Tom Frost plays a set of obscure but accessible esoteric jazz

3.30 pm PST
Casias Falta playing classic blues and witty originals in the Americana style live from Detroit
website

4.30 pm PST
DJ Stiofain doing a Van Morrison rare vinyl tribute set in honour of Van who opened the real Maritime club in 1964 in Belfast at the start of his career - including video footage of Van, Rory Gallagher and other original performers sharing their " Maritime Memories " of the time

5.00 pm PST
Matthew Perrault playing live from Fort Worth Texas doing his originals and cerebral pop covers with a distinctive Texan twang
website

Public Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)  

Grid Name: osgrid
Website: http://www.osgrid.org

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: hg.osgrid.org:80:Maritime Club Belfast
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 9972 9993

Website to Create a Local Account: http://www.osgrid.org/
Region Name: Maritime Club Belfast
Map Coordinates: 9972 9993  
Parcel/Venue Name: Maritime Club Belfast

Any other instructions for attendees?:
If you cant make it inworld you can listen live online at
website


Speakers
avatar for Stiofain Mactomais

Stiofain Mactomais

3dcolab
Stiofain has been running weekly live events in virtual worlds for over 9 years and organised very successful closing events for the previous OSCCs


Sunday December 6, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
External Grid, osgrid

6:00pm

AfterParty #2 on Pirate's Atoll, Digiworldz - Dream Pop Rave!
OSCC 2015 closed with a blowout party on Pirate's Atoll. This year, the grooves are tighter and the beats are faster, and the sim is even more solid! Come and dance on Tiki Beach to etherial tunes spun by DJ Strannik Zipper. More details can be found at www.piratesatoll.com 

Public or Invitation Only Open to All
Maturity Rating Appropriate for Mature Audiences (M)

Grid Name DigiworldzGrid
Website http://www.piratesatoll.com

HyperGrid Enabled? Yes
HyperGrid URL http://login.digiworldz.com:8002/Pirates%20Atoll

Website to Create a Local Account:  http://www.digiworldz.com
Region Name: Pirates Atoll
Map Coordinates:  299, 339, 23
Parcel/Venue Name: Tiki Beach

Any other instructions for attendees? See http://www.piratesatoll.com for more information and the latest news

Anything else we should know? We will keep going until the last avatar drops from exhaustion!

Sunday December 6, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm
External Grid, DigiworldzGrid

12:01am

Educator Showcase & Give-Away Content
Self-guided tours of educator showcase booths and give-away content (in the Tulane SCS Metaverse grid between December 3rd and December 7th). Educators interested in setting up a booth need to write to vw.educator.showcase@gmail.com. (including a description of your educational simulation and the content you want to display). Also, two complete island-sized simulations will be available to tour -- the Data Detectives island (see https://sites.google.com/site/fvc13mclennan/) and the Economics for Health and Wellness island.

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse 
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/content4educators/ 

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: http://209.126.208.161:8072/ 
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 

Website to Create a Local Account: 
Region Name: SCS Administration 
Map Coordinates: 
Parcel/Venue Name: Tulane SCS Metaverse

Any other instructions for attendees?: Important Note: Avatars need to hypergrid jump into the Tulane SCS Metaverse from the OSCC grid.

Speakers
avatar for Kay McLennan

Kay McLennan

Professor of Practice, Tulane University
Kay McLennan is a professor of practice at Tulane University. Kay teaches economics and business studies courses in a completely online format to part-time students at Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Kay’s 3D virtual world educational simulations were finalists in two Federal Virtual World Challenge contests -- in 2012 for her Prisoner's Dilemma game theory simulation and in 2013 for her Data Detectives Game. Kay has a Ph.D... Read More →


Monday December 7, 2015 12:01am - 11:59pm
External Grid, Tulane SCS Metaverse
 
Monday, December 7
 

1:00pm

Virtual Epidemiology Walkthrough
Come visit London's Soho District from 1854 to track down the source of a cholera outbreak. This educational activity provides the experience of John Snow's efforts to prove to the medical community that water enabled the spread of disease. Contagion theory was mostly dismissed by the medical community at the time in favor of miasma theory which held that air was the mechanism of transmission. This activity is used for an Honors Biology course at Ball State University. Developed by Stephen Xootfly who teaches the course and Kim Anubis of The Magicians. They will be on hand to guide visitors through the build and answer questions.

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
lMaturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name: REDgridGrid
Website: http://idialabprojects.org/redgrid/

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: http://redgrid.bsu.edu:9000/ VirtualSnow
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 9254,9254
Hypergrid only, No Local Accounts outside of BSU affiliates

Region Name: VirtualSnow
Coordinates: 9254,9254
Parcel/Venue Name: VirtualSnow 

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Gasior

Stephen Gasior

Biology Instructor, Ball State University
Stephen Gasior is a Biology Instructor at Ball State University, Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (at Ball State University), and Administrator/Evangelist for REDgrid (Ball State's OpenSimulator campus -- see http://idialabprojects.org/redgrid/). Stephen is the founder of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) grids. VIBE is a collaborative of virtual educators and builders actively using OpenSimulator in... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Rufer-Bach

Kimberly Rufer-Bach

Owner, Designer, and Producer, The Magicians
Kimberly Rufer-Bach (avatar Kim Anubis) is Owner, Designer, and Producer of The Magicians, a top solution provider for Second Life and OpenSimulator.  Since 2005 Kim has specialized in working with educators, nonprofits, and government agencies to bring their virtual worlds projects to fruition.  Kim is the author of The Second Life Grid: The Official Guide to Communication, Collaboration, and Community Engagement; and co-author of... Read More →


Monday December 7, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
External Grid, REDgrid Grid
 
Sunday, December 13
 

4:00pm

Nova Tour
Tour Nova Archaeology Regions

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name: NovaGrid
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/virtualislandsbettereducation/
HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: http://nova.bio-se.info:9000/ Nova
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 128,128

Website to Create a Local Account: https://sites.google.com/site/virtualislandsbettereducation/getting-connected

Region Name: Nova
Map Coordinates: 128,128
Parcel/Venue Name: Nova

Community Events
avatar for Marion Smeltzer

Marion Smeltzer

IUP Archaeological Services


Sunday December 13, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
External Grid, NovaGrid
 
Friday, December 18
 

11:00am

AU Metaverse: Using IoT to Connect Smart Learning Devices from Home, Work and School
Join us at an OSCC series of events hosted by The Air University StudioX Forum
in their 2015-2016 Winter series Snack & Learn sessions.

The series features:
How Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) Create Smarter Learning Environments

1st session is scheduled for
Friday, Dec. 18, 2015
11:00-12:15PM Pacific time

Grid: AU 3D Metaverse
Hypergrid info: http://metaverse.austudiox.com:9000

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL:  http://metaverse.austudiox.com:9000

Important Note: Attendees can hypergrid from the OSCC grid or from a Hypergrid-enabled location.

For more infomration, visit:
http://soc3d.austudiox.com/
http://soc.austudiox.com/

Contact: socedxstudio@gmail.com

Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Calongne

Cynthia Calongne

Professor, Colorado Technical University
Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, is a professor, author and researcher with 20 years of experience in developing virtual environments and teaching. For 13 years, she worked as a software engineer and a systems programmer for Air Force Space Command and on Capitol Hill. In 2010, Andy Stricker, Mike McCrocklin, and Cynthia Calongne won the first $25,000 Grand Prize in the Federal Virtual World Challenge for the Mars Expedition Strategy... Read More →
avatar for Toni Scribner

Toni Scribner

Innovation Analyst, Air University
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 into AF educational and professional military education programs. Research interests include educational and instructional technology tools, instructional... 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 as Associate Provost for Innovation Through Technology. He was responsible for working with academic, technology and administrative leaders to prioritize, plan... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Truman

Barbara Truman

Strategic Advisor, Immersive Learning & Collaborat, 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. She studies presence and collaboration using immersive environments and avatars across disciplines and domains of education, government, and military. At UCF, Barbara founded an award-winning department representing Online@UCF. Her background is in Instructional... Read More →




Friday December 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
TBA

12:45pm

Nova Grid Archaeology Tour
Tour Nova Archaeology Regions

Public or Invitation Only: Open to All
Maturity Rating: Appropriate for All Ages (G)

Grid Name: NovaGrid
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/virtualislandsbettereducation/
HyperGrid Enabled?: Yes
HyperGrid URL: http://nova.bio-se.info:9000/ 
HyperGrid Region Coordinates: 128,128

Website to Create a Local Account: https://sites.google.com/site/virtualislandsbettereducation/getting-connected

Region Name: Nova
Map Coordinates: 128,128
Parcel/Venue Name: Nova

Community Events
avatar for Marion Smeltzer

Marion Smeltzer

IUP Archaeological Services


Friday December 18, 2015 12:45pm - 3:00pm
External Grid, NovaGrid
 
Monday, December 21
 

3:30pm

#OSCC15 Wrapup - AvaCon Holiday Party

Join us for an #OSCC15 wrap up, and holiday meetup. We will start on the OSCC conference grid within the OSCC Keynote regions to share some of the highlights of this year's conference.

We will then hop to the AvaCon grid to have a end of 2015, holiday celebration.  Hypergrid address to AvaCon Grid: http://grid.avacon.org:8002 More info on how to connect / access: https://www.avacon.org/blog/avacon-grid/

Speakers
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 in Second Life community. In addition, she is Creative Director of The Vesuvius Group, a collaborative studio specializing in developing online immersive... Read More →

Volunteers
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 to improve the software by providing technical support and to foster communication between the core development team to debug and provide the most stable... Read More →
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Jeroen Frans

Technology Expert, The Vesuvius Group
Jeroen is Internationally known as Frans, which is fitting because it is also his last name. He is one of the three Founders of the Vesuvius Group, LLC, and functions as a Virtual World Technology Specialist and Developer. | | The Vesuvius Group is a Full Service Solution provider for companies and institutions who desire to develop a presence or experience in a virtual world, with expertise in the virtual world platform Second Life... Read More →

Monday December 21, 2015 3:30pm - 5:30pm
OSCC Keynote Regions Hypergrid address: http://cc.opensimulator.org:8002/
 
Tuesday, December 22
 

5:00pm

Holiday Machinima Night
 Holiday Machinima Night - Tuesday, December 22, 2015 @ 5pm SLT

Come spend an evening celebrating the holiday season at Machinima night on the AvaCon grid! 

Have one to share?  Make your own machinima or find one you enjoy that is 3 minutes or less, and bring the URL with you. YouTube is the perfect place for posting your video or finding one (just be sure to get the URL in the "embed" code.

Getting there:

Never been to the Avacon grid? 

If you already have an account on an OpenSim grid, log into your home grid, and hypergrid by entering this URL into your map (does not work from SL, must be on an OpenSim grid). http://grid.avacon.org:8002

If you do not have an account at an OpenSim grid, you can create an account for the AvaCon grid. Go to:  https://www.avacon.org/blog/avacon-grid/  (Please do this before the day of the machinima event to give us time to approve your account.)

Once on the AvaCon grid, open the map and look for the region called "Community." You will teleport into a central hub on the region. We will try to have a landmark giver at that location, or you can easily fly over to our parcel (we'll be the green dots on the map.)

Any questions?  Please contact any of the following people:
Spiff Whitfield
Beth Ghostraven
Helena Kiama

We hope you'll join us!

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Speakers
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Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, Technology Integrator for WNYRIC/CSLO
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 technology in districts throughout Western New York. My passions as a edtech rebel are effective uses of virtual environments and simulations as well as... Read More →


Tuesday December 22, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
External Grid, AvaCon http://grid.avacon.org:8002