Second Life Keynote Address
By jparkinson on Apr 25, 2007
Last Friday (Apr 20) I was very excited to give the keynote address at the International Technology Expo sponsored by V3. Held in the virtual world of Second Life, this presentation was in a class by itself.
I've given hundreds of presentations over my career, but where else can you find an audience of avatars with Jack in the Box heads, dressed as giant bunnies, vampires, or in bondage gear? Ever given a talk where one of the audience members was hanging in mid-air over the audience? Now I have! It was a lot of fun and, needless to say, this kind of crowd makes things very interesting for the speaker!
Before the talk, I was a bit concerned about connecting with such an audience, but no worries, this was a great crowd! Lots of feedback both during the talk and afterward. Great questions and conversations about Sun's role in Second Life, open source, the role of the developer etc. My message: Sun has Solaris and open products - including our developer tools - which anyone can download to create new applications and innovations for use in SL and RL (Real Life).
For those of you that missed the keynote and conference, here is the video replay. As well as the slides, and me talking, it includes wide shots on the audience so you can get the "feel" of what it was like to attend the virtual keynote.
I spent some time after the keynote in our booth and talked to a lot of visitors - some quite colorful. I also met with a reporter from Wired and conducted an interview in SL. You can read it here: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/news/2007/04/slexpo
It's very clear that a lot of smart people like to hang out in the virtual world of SL and create amazingly creative and cool things
Bill Joy once said: " innovation happens, just not always where you work". I think we can now add; "innovation will happen, and it may not happen in the real world"
Sun will continue to work with Second Life to connect with developers and the innovation that is happening there. SL is a great place to experience global co-operation & conversation, participate in the open exchange of ideas and get involved a new developing culture that is open to learning and sharing.
ITE was a great opportunity to meet and interact with the inspirational and creative people that inhabit SL. A Big Thank You to Liam Kanno, Kelly Emms and the V3 group for organizing and sponsoring this event.