Over a week ago, on April 29, 2008, Sun employees were invited to the first-ever Sun Open House in Second Life called "Sun Employees Connect in Second Life".
This event was Sun's largest foray yet into Second Life. Our Digital Libraries & Research (DL&R) training sessions prior to the Open House attracted the most registrants we’ve ever had – well over 200 employees registering for the webinar, and untold others accessing the online information on getting set up in Second Life. We also had an in-world tour prior to the April 29 Open House, to get people into Second Life for the first time.
In addition, the DL&R team were amongst the Sun in SL mentors providing 101 workshops to employees to get up to speed while in Second Life - these sessions were very well attended and hopefully made their experience at the event a better one.
The Open House was an amazing experience in many ways!
Employees from Sun’s recent acquisitions, MySQL, Vaau and innotek were invited to be a part of the Open House.
Sun Second Life mentors helped create avatars for nearly all of Sun’s chief executives, including Jonathan Schwartz, Rich Green, Bill MacGowan, Karie Willyerd, and many others. All of the executives gathered in a room in Menlo Park, California to give the keynote speeches in Second Life. Audio of the executives was streamed into the room; employees could ask questions via text, and a moderator sitting with the executives was able to repeat the questions to the executives. This gave the keynotes a truly physical and interactive feeling.
Several groups within Sun, including DL&R, had 'booths' near the keynote spaces, which were staffed by avatars. In addition to being able to interact with a 'live' person, attendees could also get a notecard from the booths with a brief description of the services available from that group.
For fun, there was Alpine skiing, skating and snowboarding; car racing; games like Phrase Invaders; and of course, after hours, lots of groovy dancing and great tunes at Club Java.
It was a very good learning experience for DL&R to be part of the planning team and to experience such an event - lots of learning, information and knowledge sharing which we LOVE to see