Track: Explorations of Virtual Worlds

Title Featured Tour
The Future will be Connected: Exploring the Constellation of Interconnected Virtual Worlds with the Hypergrid Adventurers Club
Author(s): John Lester
Date Friday, March 18 13:00
Location: West Auxiliary
Abstract The “Hypergrid Adventurers Club” (http://becunningandfulloftricks.com/hypergrid-adventurers-club/) is an open group of explorers who discuss and visit many different Opensim-based virtual worlds. By using Hypergrid connectivity, avatars can jump between completely different Opensim grids while maintaining a singular identity and inventory.

This session will feature a discussion about the Hypergrid connectivity and how it relates to the growing network of interconnected Opensim grids. We will also discuss the educational benefits of interconnected grids and how educators can leverage such connections for collaborative education projects and student field trips.

For the second half of the session, participants will take a live tour of the Hypergrid and learn firsthand how to jump between different Hypergrid-enabled Opensim grids. Participants will need an account on jokaydiaGRID (http://jokaydiagrid.com) to join the tour, so be sure to sign up for an account before this session.

Bio(s): John Lester: SL: Pathfinder Lester

John Lester is an expert and strategist in the use of virtual worlds and social media to support educational online communities. He is currently the Director of Community Development at ReactionGrid, a 3D world development company focused on the educational and business use of virtual worlds for collaborative work and team training.

John has worked on the development of online communities and virtual worlds since 1995, when he first pioneered the use of online communities and virtual worlds for medical education and patient support at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. From 2005-2010 he worked at Linden Lab, where he was known as Pathfinder Linden. During his tenure at Linden Lab, he led the development of the education and healthcare markets while evangelizing the use of virtual worlds in academia, training and immersive simulations.

With a background in neuroscience research, John focuses on the how to best design and use technological tools that augment the human mind. He frequently works with organizations on strategic planning to promote knowledge sharing and new models for creative learning.

John is known as “Pathfinder Lester” on Second Life and many different
Opensim grids. His personal blog is
http://becunningandfulloftricks.com, and his email is
pathfinder@reactiongrid.com

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