Friday Jul 11, 2008

GLOSS gets the First Feel of Second Life!

On 9th of July, 450 members of GLOSS got to experience one (or I should say two) of the most amazing things of our ages! It was the OpenSolaris in Second Life!

Thanks to Terri, GLOSS got a chance to be a part of the OpenSolaris Chat in second life and we got a VIP pass! You can see the chat presentation here.. Now that we have many technical restrictions in Second Life and also that we have some network issues at SASTRA, I decided to pull all the crowd into TIFAC CORE auditorium and do a live screencast of the event, so that everyone would get to experience the chat as well as ask question. My initial expection was a crowd of just (now it sounds "just" :P) 200 students but thanks to Anand, who offered help to get it arrange for the girls in Nirman Vihar audi also. In a very short notice, we got everything arranged, and before I could realize, I was coordinating a crowd of 450 students spread across two different auditoriums (something I was doing for the first time!)

My team was present in both the auditoriums and I was coordinating everything via my cell phone! And soon the chat started! The moment everyone in the audience heard Heidi welcome, they just couldn't stop being amazed! But unfortunetly it did not last long as the experimental sound systems which was employed, crashed :-(  So the chat was moved to Text mode... And you know how we students are.. :) The moment something went wrong, no one could let the opportunity to exchange some fun go :P But once the chat caught up flow, everyone was completely into the chat! I was explaing the text line by line to all the students in the audi.. And then came the part of the question and answer. Now who could let the chance of asking question to people like Tim Cramer, Stephen Hahn, David Comay and Glynn Foster! 

All this while I was in the Nirman Vihar auditorium, and then towards the end I switched to TIFAC audi! The moment I walked in, I was welcomed with so many question!! :) It was from every area of virtual worlds and OpenSolaris. IPS was the hot topic again in the discussion! By the time, the last set of students bid me goodnight (who eventually walked with me till my room) the time was 11:30 PM! I distributed OpenSolaris wrist bands to all the participants who stayed after 10 (and unfortunely this number was also so large that I almost exausted almost all the wrist bands I had)

Because the chat was scheduled at 8:00 PM local time, most of the students who attended the chat missed out on their dinner. I must appreciate their curiosity and desire to learn new stuff! Also any thanks to Anand and team would be less for helping me out with so many stuff! We at GLOSS never miss out of taking picutres of the events, but unfortunately this time I could not manage :( 

Everyone in the Sun SL team did a great job... Check out Terri's blog for the complete transcript of the OpenSolaris chat and also Angad's blog for the pictures.

Sunday Feb 24, 2008

Worldwide Education And Research Conference 2008 Teaser :)

With just 1 day 12 hours and 13 minutes left to the grand event I have been waiting for, I am rubbing my palms in excitement!!! Yes folks.. the wait would end soon and the Worldwide Education and Research Conference (WWERC '08) is finally just a day away!! I'm very excited to be a part of a conference which has the potential to redefine the way we look at education and role of technology in education today! With personalities like Scott McNealy, the chairman of Sun Microsystems and Larry Penley who is the President of Colorado State University System coming and giving their insight and gyan on technology and education, education and technology, amazing new perspectives on the topics of discussion can be guaranteed!! If you want to know what all are on the discussion-cards... just visit the  WWERC agenda page.. There you can also get the the list of people who will be present. And trust me thats one of the most impressive list of the  intellectual minds of our times! :)

 Now after going through the agenda if you realized that logistics and any other engagement in making you miss out on such a great learning experience.. then don't worry.. like always let Internet save the day :-P Sun will be webcasting the proceedings of WWERC and you can hook to that by visiting If you can't catch up live, you still needn't worry because all the keynote and special sessions will be later vodcasted and podcasted!

 So, the stage is all set for the most happening gathering of education and technology, The WWERC 2008 and it is best matched with its happening host city..  San Francisco!! See you in San Francisco!!


Monday Feb 18, 2008

Worldwide Education and Research Conference (WWERC '08) is here once again!

Worldwide Education and Research Conference (WWERC) is here once again! And this time, it couldn't have been bigger. Education needs innovation in order to maintain its relevance with changes in times. These changes in times are brought by rapid innovations in the field of technology. Who will deny that Knowledge is Power and technology today, is working constantly towards making knowledge more pervasive, easily available and accessible to all. Keeping all these factors in mind, it is very important for us to maintain a very tight integration between technology and education.

ERC has been the place to discuss just the same thing since a very long time! This time from 25 Feb to 27 Feb at San Francisco, the best set of thoughts will be brought to light by most renowned names in the field of both education and technology. If you are interested in knowing the names please visit the WWERC Agenda!

See you in San Francisco! :)


I am Abhishek and I work for Sun/Oracle! In this blog, I share my interest in systems, solaris, linux and other technologies :-)


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