Seems like I attend a Microsoft event every month. This was a good one. I got a great overview of Microsoft Forefront(suite of security products), unified communications, and sharepoint 2007. Not to mention they served a great breakfast…scrambled eggs, bacon, sauage links, french toast, and waffles. You can visit the website for this event here.
Friday, Nov 15, I attended this full day event held in Washington DC…without leaving my office at Georgia Tech as I attended entirely in Second Life as an avatar.
The event was put on by the Federal Consortium for Second Life (http://www.ndu.edu/irmc/fedconsortium.html) and consisted of presentations by a variety of government agencies and contractors who are exploring the use of virtual worlds in government.
The entire event was projected into second life and was free to attend in-world.
Some of the presenters were inside second life projecting to real life conference attendees on a big screen.
I’ve attended several conferences now from inside Second Life and continue to be amazed how real it feels…even down to the after event reception for mingling with other attendees.
Here’s the event agenda:
8:00 – 9:00
Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
9:00 – 9:15
AnnouncementsPaulette Robinson, PhD, IRM College
Welcoming RemarksDr. Robert Childs, Director, IRM College
9:15 – 10:15
Using Virtual Worlds to Shape the FutureSusan Stucky, PhD, IBM
10:15 – 10:45
Coffee Break/Networking/Virtual Worlds Demos
10:45 – 11:15
Second Life 101Eric Hackathorn, NOAA
11:15 – 12:00
Second Life UpdateCollapsing Geography: Distance, Learning, and InnovationSue Singer, Program Manager East Coast, Linden Lab
12:00 – 1:30
Lunch/Networking/Virtual World Demos
1:30 – 2:30
Second Life Government User Panel (NOAA, NASA, CDC)Michael Piller, PhD, Moderator, IRM College
2:30 – 2:45
Break/Networking/Virtual World Demos
2:45 – 3:45
Virtual Worlds Panel (Forterra, Active Worlds, National Guard)Dwight Toavs, PhD, Moderator, IRM College
3:45 – 4:00
Closing RemarksPaulette Robinson, PhD, IRM College
4:30 – 7:00
Reception—Ft. Lesley J. McNair Officer Club
I’m looking forward to future events from this organization.
Several times per year I try to attend local Microsoft partner events. Yesterday (Wednesday April 4th) I attended an event sponsored by Microsoft partners Thoughtbridge, Omnivue, and CustomerEffective called Integrated Innovation. It was basically a high level overview of Microsoft CRM, Great Plains, and MOSS (Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server) focused on integration of the three products. Highlights of the luncheon was the lunch itself, held at Ruth Chris Steakhouse in Buckhead. Even though I had the salmon not steak the meal was awesome with creamed spinach and au gratin potatoes and some kind of chocolate mousse desert that was out of this world (not to mention huge). I also met some interesting new people (technology executives) as the seating was very cozy (elbow to elbow). Attending the event was worth the time as there are always things to be learned. Even if the core material is high level I still gain value from seeing how these events are organized and presented. Good to know when I host my own events here at Georgia Tech.