We had a fantastic meeting at the Holocaust Museum with David Klevan showing the work he and a group of summer interns did on Second Life, curating and creating a virtual exhibit of Kristallnacht. Thank you, David!
The discussion was so involved, interesting and interested that I decided we should hold an event delving deeper into the use of virtual 3D worlds for education and training. For this gathering, we will look at Second Life. As many of you know, SL is being used not just for buying and selling and earning Linden Dollars, but also for "serious" play. Corporations have turned to SL as a tool to be used in leadership training, recruiting, branding, retail, collaboration, performances, presentations, sales training, and the list goes on.
To lead the discussion of our next event we have Julia Loughran and Ralph Sklarew taking a look at virtual worlds and team collaboration. Julia and Ralph have participated in a worldwide group of researchers which has met over the last year to explore the use of 3D virtual technologies to support the development of a collaborative environment for distributed teams to work together.
The research team has identified requirements for an online environment that can bring context to collaboration with computer visualization of participants in settings with shared applications. One of the platforms they have been testing is Second Life ? and this happens to be the place where they hold their weekly virtual meetings.
Julia and Ralph will share their knowledge and discuss their vision for the future of online 3D distributed work settings. Like last time, this will be an interactive session with lots, we hope, of open discussion.
Julia Loughran ? President of ThoughtLink, Inc. ? a research and consulting firm helping organizations improve team performance with training and technologies.
Ralph Sklarew - Ralph has over 35 years experience in developing and applying innovative technologies and managing teams to solve problems in a variety of fields.
8:00am-10:00am (I am starting this a bit earlier since our conversation at the last meeting could have gone on for much longer and I want to afford us more time.)
We thank Northrop Grumman in advance for hosting this event.
Light breakfast pastries and coffee will be served.
How to get to NGC:
By Metro, use the Rosslyn stop and walk 2 blocks down hill on Wilson Boulevard. Building is the Freedom Forum/Old Newseum building.
Parking is available in the building with entry directly off of Wilson Boulevard.