The Sun in Second Life (SL) Core team had a fun time being part of the CEC (Customer Engineering Conference) 2008. CEC is a Sun employee conference and this year the focus as a bit different.
The CEC in SL team, led by Debra Winters from GECCO, was chartered to provide learning opportunities for those engineers at Sun unable to attend CEC in person. The team streamed in live the CEC keynote sessions from Las Vegas and provided several other learning opportunities. A huge opportunity was when Hal Stern, Sr. VP of Global Engineering at Sun, came into Second Life and conducted two chat sessions for remote employee attendees only. Huge thanks to Dana Fagerstrom, Joe Bianco and World2Worlds for making that all possible!
Here is a synopsis of the activities that took place at the CEC 2008 conference in Second Life. This component was targeted to those engineers, and anyone within Sun, that could not be at the CEC physically in Las Vegas.
Creating an immersive Safari exerpience! We held two live sessions at the Library & Research space in Second Life for employees to learn more about Safari Books Online and new features like the Safari Bookbag, ITIL content and full PDF downloads. We had about 20 or so folks for each of those sessions. We also had a Safari experience where folks could walk a safari path or jump on a zebra to roam a safari-like space while learning about key benefits of the Safari eBook platform that is already funded for employees by Sun Learning Services.
Teach Technology for Change -- Alice, Greenfoot, & BlueJ
Attendees learned more about these cool open source Java education tools and how Sun employees are getting involved in the efforts! Jessica Orquina, Sun Corporate Marketing, gave a very eye-opening and fun session on these topics.
Author Chat with authors from HOT new Sun Microsystems Press book - Assemble the Social Web with Zembly We had two of the authors from this new book on Zembly talk to folks about the power of social media and where Zembly plays a role to help enable the leveraging of these applications. And, this book was not yet in print but available via the Safari Rough Cuts service to all Sun employees - check it out!
Solaris Certification Presentation and Gameshow Gary Fluitt from Sun Learning Services went through a few key slides about
Solaris Certification - it was very informative. Then he invited members from the audience to come on the virtual stage to participate in a gameshow
where the first to push the button to answer a Solaris Certification pre-test question, won! Learning and fun - what a combination.
The MySQL session was rescheduled and happened in late November - Understanding the Popularity and Growing Emergence of MySQL. This MySQL learning session was presented by Senior MySQL instructor, George Trujillo. It was great!
We hope it was informative, fun, and engaging for those not able to attend the CEC session live in Las Vegas! Look for more learning
opportunities in the future in both Second Life and Wonderland!
Sun in Second Life and CEC team 2008