This morning I am getting fired up to attend the MPI WEC 2010 Conference, in Vancouver, BC. I’m already dressed, had my coffee and breakfast, and I’m hanging … um … in the MPI Networking Lounge. So, if you are an MPI attendee, you may be wondering where that is? Funny, it’s not listed in the program guide?? <Grins> … That’s cuz I am standing in MPI’s cleverly-created Virtual world.
You see, I am attending as an Avatar. MPI has created a Virtual Conference Center by which remote attendees can network with one another, and participate in WEC General Sessions. This is just one of many experiments by the MPI team to extend the technology reach and functionality of their conferences. I am pretty excited about it.
If you are familiar with Second Life, the most well known and successful virtual world out there, the look and feel of this virtual facility is very similar, yet more simplified. Many people who have tried out Second Life become intimidated by it’s complexity. Conversely, this virtual world is very user friendly.
The creators are Fusion Productions, the folks that are bringing MPI attendees the General Session stage-set and audio visual support.
So here is a recap of what is being offered:
- (3) Three Virtual areas including Networking Lounge, Conference Room and Workshop area.
- Choice of (10) Avitar styles/looks
- (8) Eight Gestures and (8) mood choices
- Voice enabled (requires headset and microphone)
- Separate window within virtual platform for webcast viewing with Twitter Feed
- Typed Chat interface
- Media window showing slides and other media used during sessions.
As you may be aware MPI is offering a live video webcast of their (2) two General Sessions, first on Sunday from 10am to 11:30am and then again on Tuesday, from 8:30am to 10:00am, both PDT. For more information on the sessions please visit the MPI WEC website. The Virtual Conference center is open throughout the conference. There is no charge for it’s use and it is really very easy to set yourself up with an avitar. Click here to get started.
I hope to see you at the MPI Virtual conference center over the next few days! Check it out, it will be worth your time. And… don’t forget to share your opinions via the comments section of this blog.