Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

We Rocked

April 29th - I woke with real trepidation about the day ahead!!  Our first employee event in Second Life - not only that we were going to stream the event to those employees who could not attend inworld.  

We had roped in Chris Melissinos our Chief Gaming Officer to host the event (that guy is incredible - not only did he do an outstanding job hosting but also acted as DJ, streaming in a few of his favourites sounds during the breaks).  Trinity 3 an incredible jazz band kicked off the day with some incredible live music - dancing at 7am in the morning is definitely good for the soul!. 

Bill MacGowan - EVP People & Places was the first on the agenda, followed by Rich Green - EVP Software, Marten Mickos - SVP Database Group, Scott McNealy - Chairman, Karie Willyerd- CLO & VP Sun Learning Services, Jonathan Schwartz - CEO & President, Don Grantham - EVP GSS, John Fowler - EVP Systems, Lin Lee - VP Global Communities, Mary Cay Kosten - VP Global Customer Services, Liz Matthews - Software Marketing, Mike Dillon - EVP General Counsel, Ingrid Van Den Hoogen - SVP Brand Marketing and finally Hal Stern - DE & VP Global Systems Engineering.

Not only did we have a formal agenda but all through the day employees inworld had the opportunity to have some fun as well, from skiing and skating at Alpine Resort, Racing cars on some of the fastest tracks in SL at Racers Island to participating in building classes, a dukes quest and an egg hunt on our own islands.  (The golden egg has not been found - its still out there hidden on one of our public islands)

We are still experimenting with virtual environments - as someone said to me we took the plunge with this event and it was a totally amazing experience!
 

Just to give you an idea of the size of the build - the complex sat on 4 islands and is reportedly the biggest building in SL

 

Jonathan Schwartz & Chris Melissinos.

This was not only an amazing experience it created a real buzz around the possibility of these virtual environments.  Keep your eyes open for what is happening in Second Life around JavaOne!

I will leave you with my most embarassing moment of the day.

In preparing the Employee Egg Hunt

Fiona May: "need to sort these eggs out and I will go lay them"

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