SDForum’s Virtual World SIG (which I co-chair) and Women in Technology SIG celebrate Ada Lovelace Day by holding a joint SIG meeting featuring a panel of women who build, create, and work in virtual worlds. Panelists come from both industry and academia, and will discuss their work in virtual worlds.
The SIG is Monday, March 23, from 7 – 8:30 PM; networking (and pizza) starts around 6. It’s held at the Pillsbury-Winthrop offices in Palo Alto, off Page Mill Road. It’s free for SDForum members, $15 non-members.
You can also join us via Second Life, or view via videostream. Here’s more detail on the VWSIG: http://virtualworldsig.com/
- K. Estelle Dodson, NASA Ames, on virtual worlds in science collaboration and education. Her work at NASA Ames Research Center in virtual research institutions includes telepresence, hyperwalls and meetings in Second Life and Qwaq.
- Orna Michael, Arts Devt. Director at Sims Studio at Electronic Arts, will discuss art and game development for the “Sims”, which is a simulation game of family, personal, career and personal development.
- Mary Duda, CEO/President of VirtuePlay Inc. which is releasing a game called “The Lunar Racing Championship ” (LRC) in late Spring 2009.
- Martha Russell, Associate Director of Media X at Stanford University, will discuss audience engagement metrics for virtual worlds.
- Jeska Dzwigalski (aka: Jeska Linden), manager of Customer Market Development, Linden Lab (creators of Second Life) . Jeska has been a (virtual) Jill of all Trades at Linden Lab, working on everything from the new user experience to community management.
- Susan Tenby, online community manager and virtual world evangelist.