Monday, August 16, 2010

AvaCon and the Miracle SLCC 2010

The Second Life Community Convention (SLCC) wrapped up yesterday, rounding out a weekend of keynote announcements and pronouncements by Linden Lab as well as a tightly packed schedule of Resident-led discussions and presentations. If you missed any of the SLCC presentations, many of them are archived here.

I could not resist snapping the image from that popped up with a recommendation to watch Chris Pirillo Live overlaid on the SLCC 10 backdrop - entirely full of win.

AvaCon FTW

Also full of win was the new organization behind SLCC, AvaCon. Who is AvaCon? From the official SLCC site:

AvaCon, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. We hold conventions and meetings to promote educational and scientific inquiry into these spaces, and to support organized fan activities, including performances, lectures, art, music, machinima, and much more. Our primary goal is to connect and support the diverse communities and practitioners involved in co-creating and using virtual worlds, and to educate the public and our constituents about the emerging ecosystem of technologies broadly known as the metaverse.

You will never make it in time, no one will come and it will suck .. go.

Previous SLCC were organized by The Future United, who abandoned the conference just this year, giving AvaCon a few scant months to organize themselves and pull off a major conference. They did so not only in the host city Boston, but also on the web and in-world.

The AvaCon team was able to attract attendees, including several key Lindens, and responded flexibly to ever changing agendas. The official site and associated social media outlets were professionally designed and maintained with clear information and attention to detail. It was just short of miraculous.

I'm sure that nothing compares to actually being at SLCC in the flesh, the AvaCon, their partners and volunteer residents made the experience more accessible virutally than it's ever been.

The event was so professionally produced, I am already looking forward to next year.

The AvaCon executive board consists of long time Second Life Residents Joyce Bettencourt (Rhiannon Chatnoir), Donna Meyer (Misty Rhodes), Peter Lokke (Peter Imari) and Chris M. Collins (Fleep Tuque). Say hello and thank you the next time you are in world.

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