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Virtual Worlds



Schedule-at-a-Glance   |   Tracks:  Kids  |  Hollywood  |  Enterprise  |  Future  |  Technology

Future of Virtual Worlds
406 AB
This track focuses on the future of virtual worlds technologies and applications. Topics include interviews and debates with virtual worlds technology and business visionaries, mirror worlds, augmented reality, Web-based worlds, embeddable worlds, and open-source, interoperable virtual worlds.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008
7:30 am 9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00 - 10:30 am Welcome and Virtual Worlds Expo Main Keynote
- Christopher V. Sherman, Executive Director, Virtual Worlds Expo

Conference Keynote
 - Jon Landau, Academy Award ® - winning Producer, Lightstorm
   Entertainment, Inc., Advisor, Multiverse
10:30 - 11:00 am Networking Break and Demos
11:00 - 12:00 pm

Technical Visionaries Discuss and Debate
The Future of Virtual World Technologies
This session will analyze the future course of virtual worlds technologies. Join us for debate between leading industry technology experts on the future of the technology, where it’s headed and what needs to be done to get there. Don’t miss this lively conversation.
- John Swords, Director of Business Development, The Electric Sheep Company (moderator)
- Ian Hughes/epredator Metaverse Evangelist, IBM
- Ben Goertzel, CEO, Novamente LLC
- Mark Wallace, Chief Executive, Wello Horld, Inc.
- Christian Renaud, CEO, Technology Intelligence Group

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm Business Visionaries Panel: Where is the Business Headed Next?
Innovation is coming fast and furious on multiple fronts from multiple vendors. This one-of-a-kind session brings together the business visionaries of major virtual world companies for an interactive discussion on the future of the industry. Join us for a session you won’t want to miss.
- Ginsu Yoon, VP of Business Affairs, Linden Lab
- Corey Bridges, Executive Producer, Multiverse
- Michael Wilson, CEO, Makena Technologies, Inc.
- Raph Koster, President, Areae
- Joey Seiler, Editor, & Virtual Worlds Weekly (moderator)
2:00 - 2:30 pm Networking Break and Demos
2:30 - 3:30 pm Mobile Virtual Worlds: Leaving the Personal Computer Behind
We are already starting to see virtual worlds disconnected from the personal computer as a handful of companies begin to demo on mobile platforms. This trend will only accelerate in the months to come as technology providers follow consumer use patterns: Millenials’ love for mobile and the advent of new handsets with more robust graphics make for a fertile playground for mobile virtual worlds. Already companies have announced plans to bring virtual worlds to 3G handsets, including the iPhone, Motorola phones and Android, a platform for open handset development from Google. This session explores the next-generation mobile world.
- Martin Dunsby, CEO, Vollee
- Victoria Coleman, Vice President, Samsung Electronics
- Tom Churchill, CEO, Earthscape
- James Au, Writer, New World Notes and GigaOM (moderator)
3:30 - 4:00 pm Networking Break and Demos
4:00 - 5:00 pm Afternoon Keynote
Steve Parkis, Senior Vice President, Disney Online
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Evening Reception in the Expo Hall
Virtual Worlds Innovation Award winners announced
  Plus, view exciting virtual worlds demos and have a drink.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

7:30 am 9:00 am Registration and Networking
9:00 - 10:30 am

Welcome and Virtual Worlds Expo Main Keynote
- Christopher V. Sherman, Executive Director, Virtual Worlds Expo

Conference Keynote
 - Colin J. Parris, Ph.D., Vice President, Digital Convergence, IBM Research interviewed by Erica Driver, Principal, ThinkBalm

10:30 - 11:00 am Networking Break and Demos
11:00 - 12:00 pm

Augmented Reality: Virtual Interfaces to Tangible Spaces
Augmented reality is an emerging platform with new application areas for museums, edutainment, home entertainment, research, and industry. Novel approaches have taken augmented reality beyond traditional eye-worn or hand-held displays, creating links between the real and virtual worlds. Join this panel of experts as they guide you to where the augmented world is headed next.
- Marc Goodman, Director, Alcatel-Lucent
- Eric Rice, Producer, Slackstreet Studios
- Blair MacIntyre, Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Director, GVU Center Augmented Environments Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology
- David Orban, Founder & Chief Evangelist, WideTag, Inc.
- Andrew (Roo) Reynolds, Portfolio Executive for Social Media, BBC Vision (moderator)

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Virtual Worlds Roadmap
A cross-industry team will present a framework and effort to publish virtual world case studies and descriptions of the technical and business barriers to future mass market adoption of specific virtual world applications. The session will invite the audience to contribute to virtual world industry predictions, analysis, and ideas for lowering barriers to innovation.
- John Hengeveld, Senior Business Strategist, Intel
- Bruce Damer, Executive Director, Contact Consortium - Virtual Worlds Roadmap SIG
- Jeffrey Pope, Executive Vice President ngi US, ngi Group Ventures / 3Di
- Victoria Coleman, Vice President, Samsung Electronics
- Mic Bowman, Principal Engineer, Intel
- Sibley Verbeck, CEO, The Electric Sheep Company

2:00 - 2:30 pm Networking Break and Demos
2:30 - 3:30 pm

Virtual Worlds Meet the Web: The Present & Future
The discussion of Web-based worlds versus download worlds has changed significantly over the last year with the advent of interesting new Flash-based efforts and effective 3D plug-ins. In this panel, a group of virtual world executives discuss the business and technology decisions behind their diverse product initiatives, analyze trends in Web usage that are driving the rising importance multi-user virtual experiences, and tackle the bigger discussion of how the Web and virtual worlds should interoperate.
- Mitch Olson, Co-Founder, SmallWorlds
- Keith McCurdy, CEO, Vivaty
- Daniel James, CEO, Three Rings
- Sean Ryan, CEO, Meez
- Giff Constable, VP of Products & Strategy, Electric Sheep Company (moderator)

3:30 - 4:00 pm Networking Break and Demos
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Open-Source, Interoperable Virtual Worlds
Support for standardisation in Virtual World technologies has been growing steadily in recent times, join the developers of OpenSim and industry commentators as they discuss where open-source virtual worlds are heading and the progress made towards standard protocols for interoperability.
- Adam Frisby, Director, DeepThink (and OpenSim Developer)
- Tish Shute, Writer/Virtual World Evangelist,
- Mic Bowman, Principal Engineer, Intel
- Justin Clark-Casey, OpenSim Developer, IBM


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