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2003

Wednesday, January 01 2003

January 3-5

Avatars2002 a merry cyber party, a cybercelebration in Middle Earth on three platforms.

 

January 7-8

 

Bruce Damer participated in a special brainstorming session on energy security and strategy in Washington, DC for the Arlington Institute and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OSD). See his presentation on simulation of energy power production including windfarms at this page.

 

January 22

 

Bruce Damer presented the "Drive On Mars" initiative at the Athena Mission team meeting at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California (this meeting was closed to the public).

January 23

 

Bruce Damer presented the Creative Commons license and virtual worlds topics for Brenda Laurel's class at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California.

 

February 13-18

ARCO 2003 in Madrid, Spain where Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt presented a session on new forms of interactivity hosted by Dr. Kim Veltman

March 4-8

 

Computer Game Developer's Conference in San Jose California.

March 11

 

Bruce Damer presented a special session on Virtual worlds as a public commons and the code of this commons to Lawrence Lessig and Julian Dibbell's class at Stanford Law School.

March 12

 

Bruce Damer presented on Human Connection Technologies and Design, A New Curriculum Opportunity to a visiting delegation from Singapore (NTU and MDA) at the Berkeley Institute of Design on the UC Berkeley campus.


March 21-23

 

CONTACT 2003 at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field California where the Contact Consortium presented to the annual special session. This year's theme is Art and Science: Visions of Exploration, with keynote speaker Dr. William K. Hartmann.

April 15

DigitalSpace and Adobe Launch Atmospherians and the Atmosphere Directory.

April 23

DigitalSpace, Simon Fraser University, the Fashion Institute of Technology and Adobe work together to produce RATAVA'S LINE, a global cyber-fashion event

June 6-8

PlaNetwork, Networking a Sustainable Future, San Francisco California. The Commons presented a joint session on "Ecoworlds" with Contact Consortium board member Bonnie DeVarco as well as launching an initiative to provide its tools (TalkSpace and MeetingPage) to organizations for the creation of a free speech network

June 16-17

Virtual Communities Conference in London

July 2-8

 

Consciousness Reframed 2003 at the University of Plymouth, England, and the University of Wales College, Newport, Wales.


 

July 27-31

 

SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego California. See the DigitalSpace team at Siggraph 2003 on our photo album pages

October 27-28

The Interactive Media Forum: Identity & Cultures in Cyberspace. Miami University's Center for Interactive Media Studies hosted its fourth annual conference on , 2003. Check out the conference description and our Call for Papers

December 3-5

 

Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt of the DigitalSpace Commons presented "From Macys to Mars, Virtual Environments in Vertical Applications" and "Dancing In Cyberworlds: Real Medicine, Realtime Art" at the 2003 International Conference on Cyberworlds in Singapore.

 

2002

Tuesday, January 01 2002

January 12

 

12th annual Digital Be-In held in San Francisco, see our photo album here.

 

January 23-26

 

10th annual Medicine Meets VR 2002 at the Newport Beach Marriott, California, the foremost international conference on interactive technology in healthcare. This event often features virtual worlds, avatars and virtual humans along with telemedecine, imaging, and immersive VR. DigitalSpace's. Galen Brandt featured a session on VR and healing/mental health featuring DigitalSpace's Traveler environment.

February 24-28

 

Web3D/VRML 2002 Symposium (Broken Link) in Tempe Arizona where Michael Kaplan of Adobe and Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace presented a number of sessions on Adobe's Atmosphere platform.


March 1-3

 

CONTACT 2002, the 19th annual conference of CONTACT COTI (Cultures Of The Imagination), the grandfather organization of the Contact Consortium. This is a truly unique conference bringing together anthropologists, space scientists, science fiction writers and others at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites in Santa Clara. This year's dinner keynote speaker was Rusty Schweickart, Apollo astronaut and extraordinary fellow.

March 2

 

Contact Consortium presented a special session on the Avatars2001 cyberconference, DigitalSpace's work with NASA Ames on the SimHab/Haughton Mars Project, the Biota.org AlivePrize initiative and the VLearn3D SIG, On Friday March 1st was a day at NASA Ames Research Center exploring the theme "The Search for Extraterrestrial Life -- Is the Cosmos Rife with Life?".

June 10

Quantum Viz 1 "Social Networks, Planetary Visualization & Dynamic InfoScapes - 2D, 3D, N-D" at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. See our photo album here. The Contact Consortium was a cooperating organization and presented a session on interacting in avatar cyberspace.

June 17-23

 

Laval Virtual in Laval Mayenne, France. Perhaps the largest conference in the VR and virtual worlds field in Europe, in its fourth year with a well stocked program and exhibition.


July 23-25

 

SIGGRAPH 2002 in San Antonio Texas. See our photo album here. Watch for news about the next Web3D Roundup.

See our SIGGRAPH photo album here.

August 26-Sept 2

 

Burning Man 2002 at the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada. Never before was the virtual combined with the surreal physical on so vast a scale. See Bruce Damer's Burning Man 1999-2002 images and documentation.

Burning Man 1999-2002 images

October 18-20

 

POP ! TECH 2002 (aka Camden Technology Conference) on the theme of Artificial Worlds, in Camden, Maine. Bruce Damer presented a session on virtual worlds and the future of the commons. See the presentation slides here, and the photo album of the event here.
Bruce Damer at Pop!Tech 2003(Windows Media Player). October 22 Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt presented sessions at the New York Studio program of the Parsons School and at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

photo album of the event here.

November 2002

 

Presentation to NASA Ames Research Center: A review of Virtual Worlds projects at NASA created by projects with RIACS, DigitalSpace and other partners.

December 9-13

 

Artificial Life VIII in Sydney Australia.

 

2001

Monday, January 01 2001

January 15 Was the DCNET 001 where the DigitalSpace Principal Bruce Damer presented a special demo based on the paper by Damer, de Bruin(s) and Gold on Conferences and Trade Shows in Inhabited Virtual Worlds A Case Study of AVATARS98 and 99.

Janurary 24-27 Was the 9th annual Medicine Meets VR 2001 at the Newport Beach Marriott, California, the foremost international conference on interactive technology in healthcare. This event often features virtual worlds, avatars and virtual humans along with telemedecine, imaging, and immersive VR.

February 19-22 Was the Web3D/VRML 2001 Symposium in Padeborn Germany.

March 2-4 Was CONTACT 2001, the 18th annual conference of CONTACT COTI (Cultures Of The Imagination), the grandfather organization of the Contact Consortium. This is a truly unique conference bringing together anthropologists, space scientists, science fiction writers and others at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites in Santa Clara. This year's dinner keynote speaker was be Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute. During this event, the Contact Consortium+DigitalSpace presented a special session on the Avatars2000 cyberconference, work with NASA Ames on the SimHab/Houghton Mars Project, the Moon project and the VLearn3D SIG, On Friday March 3rd was a day at NASA Ames Research Center exploring Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

March 20-24 Was the Computer Game Developer's Conference in San Jose California: what's new in online multiplayer gaming worlds.

March 26th Adobe Atmosphere Launch and Events starting March 26th: The release of Adobe Atmosphere Public Beta and DigitalSpace launches the Atmospherians community

 

 

March 28-April 11th Was the Online conference Online Social Networks 2001 co-hosted by Lisa Kimball and Howard Rheingold (this event was facilitated through a web-based threaded discussion forum).

April 12th was a special Brown Bag lunch at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society (Cyberlaw) where Bruce Damer, Steven Reading, Galen Brandt, and Bob Gelman presented a session on for Lawrence Lessig's students and researchers. This presentation featured live journeys into online virtual worlds where ad hoc property and civil rules of conduct are emerging. From avatar citizens pilfering hairstyles and ending up in a moot court to communities and enterprises utilizing franchising and choardic structures, this fascinating corner of the net illustrates the concept that in Cyberspace, the code is the community.

June 18-19 Was VirComm 2001, the Conference for Virtual Community Professionals in San Francisco California.

Aug 10-17 Was SIGGRAPH 2001 in Los Angeles California featuring another Web3D Roundup featuring DigitalSpace and Adobe introducing the Atmosphere environment.

 

 

September Was the launch of the Atmospherians.com Atmosphere users community site, produced by DigitalSpace in cooperation with Adobe and the Atmosphere user community.

September 15-16th Was Cyberarts X, the Tenth Year Anniversary of Cyberarts International held in San Francisco at the Exploratorium and the Somarts Cultural Center. This year's theme was "rediscovering creativity". Cyberarts was presented in concert with YLEM (celebrating their 20th anniversary) and several other organizations supporting including Adobe, DigitalSpace and the Contact Consortium which presented a keynote and special "virtual CyberArts" and "YLEM/20 gallery" permitting in-world avatar attendance at this important event.

September 21-23rd Was Paradox III: Third Millenium Habitats, Integrating Community, Virtuality and Nature at Paolo Soleri's Acrosanti in the Arizona desert. Presentations by Bruce Damer touched on virtual worlds in their connection with design and living in realspace and cyberspace.

Sept 27-29 Was Experiential Ecommerce in East Lansing Michigan with keynotes by Michael Kaplan, of Adobe Systems & Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace Corp. Event was organized by the MIND lab of Michigan State University.

 

 

Dec 1-2 Avatars2001 happened on Dec 1-2, see our conference report. December 1-2: Was Avatars2001 combined with VLearn3D 2001. Six years of previous conferences are covered here. The Avatars Cyberconference is prduced anually by DigitalSpace.

 

2000

Saturday, January 01 2000

January 23-27 Was the 2000 Western Multiconference in San Diego CA where DigitalSpace was to have presented a special demo based on the paper by Damer, de Bruin(s) and Gold on Conferences and Trade Shows in Inhabited Virtual Worlds A Case Study of AVATARS98 as part of the VWSIM 2000 sub-conference. on Monday January 23rd, 8:30am -10:00am.

February 21-24 Was the Web3D/VRML 200 Symposium in Monterey California. DigitalSpace presented the Datafusion and Avatars99 Year 2000 Event projects during the Web3D roundup.

March 3-5 Was CONTACT 2000, the 17th annual conference of CONTACT COTI (Cultures Of The Imagination), the grandfather organization of the Contact Consortium. This is a truly unique conference bringing together anthropologists, space scientists, science fiction writers and others at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites in Santa Clara. This year's dinner keynote speaker will be Octavia E. Butler. During this event, DigitalSpace presented a special session on the Avatars99 cyberconference, the V-Learn initiative, and the Moon world reenactment of the Apollo XI landings.

Apr 30 Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt presented virtual worlds at the KnOwhere Store (MG Taylor) in Palo Alto to a group from Knight Ridder new media.

May 8-9 Was VirComm 2000, the Conference for Virtual Community Professionals in San Francisco California.

May 8-10 Was Euromedia 2000 in Antwerp, Belgium sponsored by the SCS where Jan de Bruin and Dirk-Jan de Bruin presentedConferences and Trade Shows in Inhabited Virtual Worlds A Case Study featuring new results from the recent Avatars99 cybertradeshow.

May 17-19 Was the Delphi Group Conference on Corporate Portals in London U.K. Bruce Damer, President and CEO of DigitalSpace, together with Stuart Gold, Chief Architectural Officer and Galen Brandt, presented a special session "Back to the Future of the Corporate Portal" during the executive retreat on April 17th.

May 18-21 Was the Laval Virtual Conference in Laval, France, a major forum for the international scientific and professional exchanges regarding Virtual Reality. June 14-16: Was the IEEE (Wetice) Workshop on KNOWLEDGE MEDIA NETWORKING at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), MD, USA

 

June 2-4 The New Media Institute presented Growing Things at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Media and Visual Arts Programme) in Banff, Alberta Canada. Bruce Damer, Charles Ostman and other members of the Consortium Biota.org SIG will be presented. Speakers listed here.

 

July 5-7 Is Virtual Worlds 2000 hosted by the International Institute of Mulimedia (Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci) in Paris, France. This is the second in a series and is focused on virtual worlds with a component of Artificial Life. There is both a scientific and art show component to the event.

 

Aug 8-13 Was SIGGRAPH 2000 in New Orleans LA.

 

Aug 23-26 Was Consciousness Reframed 2000 at the Centre for Advanecd Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA), University of Wales College, Newport, Wales, UK, hosted by CAiiA-STAR*. Bruce Damer presented virtually from California with Conference chair Roy Ascott in Wales.

 

Sept 10-12 Was Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVE) 2000 in San Francisco California where Bruce Damer, Stuart Gold and Galen Brandt presented a keynote address.

 

Sept 14-15 Was the Highlands Forum in Carmel California. Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt participated in a special event on the future of software with policy and planning specialists from the DOD/Pentagon. Organized by the Highlands Group. Note: this event was by invitation only.

 

Early October Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt will be presented at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

 

 

October 13-14 Avatars2000 was a big success, read all about it! Avatars2000 and VLearn3D combined. Five years of previous conferences are covered here. These conferences were produced by DigitalSpace.

 

 

November 13-17 Bruce Damer and the DigitalSpace team presented at Fall COMDEX in Las Vegas with the DelphiGroup. A special session on making the Corporate Portal more human through Inhabitation featured live virtual worlds serving the B2B and B2C communities. See the slides from the COMDEX presentation here and the paper from the May London Corporate Portals conference for coverage of this material.

 

 

1999

Friday, January 01 1999

January 16 3pm PST: in AWCC world in Active Worlds was the Cy Awards, where Bruce Damer presented a keynote in-avatar at the AWCC/AWcommunity hosted awards.

January 19 4pm: Bruce Damer presented a session "Cyberspace becomes a Place" at Human-Centered Computing Seminar, at the University of California Berkeley/SIMS, where this year's series is focuses on "Social Networks meets Computer Networks". Hosted by Profs. John Canny and Nancy Van House with special support by Dr. Barry Wellman.

January 18-20 Was the 1999 Western Multiconference in San Francisco CA where Bruce Damer presented two papers, on TheU Virtual University and Nerve Garden at the VWSIM99 sub-conference on Wednesday January 20th, 8:30am -10:00am.

Janurary 20-23 Was Medicine Meets VR in San Francisco, the foremost international conference on interactive technology in healthcare. This event often features virtual worlds, avatars and virtual humans. DigitalSpace participated in discussions to hold future events in virtual worlds.

January 22 Expert Workshop - Was the Future of Identity in Cyberspace at the Institute for the Future, Menlo Park CA. NOTE: this event was not open to the public. A report will be given on this event by Richard Adler at VirComm '99, the Conference on Business-Based Virtual Communities.

 

February 23-26 Was the VRML 99,the 4th International Conference on the Virtual Reality Modeling Language and Web 3D Technologies in Padeborn Germany which featured the DigitalSpace-produced world Avatars98 in a presentation at the Web3D Roundup and live webcast.

 

March 5-7 Was CONTACT XVI, a unique conference bringing together anthropologists, space scientists, science fiction writers and others at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites in Santa Clara. On Saturday the 6th the Contact Consortium and DigitalSpace presented a special session on the Avatars98 experience as a large scale experiment in contact through DigitalSpace. CONTACT COTI (Cultures Of The Imagination) is the grandfather origanization to the Contact Consortium. Special features this year were a day at NASA Ames exploring The Copernican Principle and featuring keynote speaker Greg Bear.

March 22-23 Is theAAAI 1999 Spring Symposium Series on Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University where Bruce Damer will participate on a panel entitled "New Directions for AI in Interactive Entertainment and Art" and present Nerve Garden and other worlds and works of the Contact Consortium and DigitalSpace. See these pages for the program for AI and Computer Games.

March 26 Is the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) 1999 Conference at Stanford University where Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace will present a session with Professor Renate Fruchter on the use of shared 3D virtual environments as process-based learning environments.

April 26-27 Is VirComm '99, the Conference on Business-Based Virtual Communities in San Francisco California where on April 27th Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace and Bonnie DeVarco of the Contact Consortium will present a session onVirtual Tradeshows as an Extension of Communities covering the Avatars98 experience. In addition, later on the 27th Bruce Damer will present a special live tour session on Virtual Worlds and their Avatar Communities on the Internet.

May 20-21 The first annual Virtual Worlds in Formal and Informal Education Workshop ("VLearn One") at the Cornell Theory Center at Cornell University, Ithaca New York. This event is sponsored by the Cornell Theory Center, UC Santa Cruz and the Contact Consortium's VLearn Special Interest Group. This event will be "worldcast" connecting many locations together through virtual worlds as was done with Avatars98. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate in this event. Consortium co-director Bruce Damer will present a special keynote session at the workshop at 1:30pm on the 20th of May.

March 5-7 Was CONTACT XVI, a unique conference bringing together anthropologists, space scientists, science fiction writers and others at the Biltmore Hotel and Suites in Santa Clara. On Saturday the 6th the Contact Consortium and DigitalSpace presented a special session on the Avatars98 experience as a large scale experiment in contact through DigitalSpace. CONTACT COTI (Cultures Of The Imagination) is the grandfather origanization to the Contact Consortium. Special features this year were a day at NASA Ames exploring The Copernican Principle and featuring keynote speaker Greg Bear.

March 22-23 Is theAAAI 1999 Spring Symposium Series on Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University where Bruce Damer will participate on a panel entitled "New Directions for AI in Interactive Entertainment and Art" and present Nerve Garden and other worlds and works of the Contact Consortium and DigitalSpace. See these pages for the program for AI and Computer Games.

March 26 Is the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE) 1999 Conference at Stanford University where Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace will present a session with Professor Renate Fruchter on the use of shared 3D virtual environments as process-based learning environments.

April 26-27 Is VirComm '99, the Conference on Business-Based Virtual Communities in San Francisco California where on April 27th Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace and Bonnie DeVarco of the Contact Consortium will present a session onVirtual Tradeshows as an Extension of Communities covering the Avatars98 experience. In addition, later on the 27th Bruce Damer will present a special live tour session on Virtual Worlds and their Avatar Communities on the Internet.

May 20-21 The first annual Virtual Worlds in Formal and Informal Education Workshop ("VLearn One") at the Cornell Theory Center at Cornell University, Ithaca New York. This event is sponsored by the Cornell Theory Center, UC Santa Cruz and the Contact Consortium's VLearn Special Interest Group. This event will be "worldcast" connecting many locations together through virtual worlds as was done with Avatars98. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate in this event. Consortium co-director Bruce Damer will present a special keynote session at the workshop at 1:30pm on the 20th of May.

 

May 19-21 The TWLT 15 on Interactions in Virtual Worlds at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. The Parlevink project hosts a series of workshops on Language Technology, the TWLT series. The series of Twente Workshops in Language Technology (TWLT) aims at providing a platform for researchers in all fields related to language technology. Jan and Dirk de Bruin will present a paper co-authored by Bruce Damer and Stuart Gold "Steps toward Learning in Virtual World Cyberspace: TheU Virtual University and the BOWorld".

May 19-21 The TWLT 15 on Interactions in Virtual Worlds at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. The Parlevink project hosts a series of workshops on Language Technology, the TWLT series. The series of Twente Workshops in Language Technology (TWLT) aims at providing a platform for researchers in all fields related to language technology. Jan and Dirk de Bruin will present a paper co-authored by Bruce Damer and Stuart Gold "Steps toward Learning in Virtual World Cyberspace: TheU Virtual University and the BOWorld".

June 7-9 Was the annual Institute for Robotics and Information Systems (IRIS) PRECARN IRIS 1999 Conference "From Virtual to Reality" in Toronto Ontaria Canada (the Regal Constellation Hotel) where Bruce Damer will give a dinner plenary and workshop on June 9th. Also on June 9th will be a Sector Focus Group (SFG) meeting on the topic of Virtual Reality. This event will occur in conjunction with the opening of The Virtual Environment TechnologiesCentre (VET) at London's (Ontario, Canada) Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute (IMTI).

June 15-16 Was the High Wire conference for event planners in Monterey California. Bruce Damer and John Passalaqua will present a live demonstration session and workshop

on creating tradeshows in virtual worlds on the net.

July 8-10 DigitalSpace was involved in a presentation at the Sixth International Conference on Multi-Organizational Partnerships and Cooperative Strategy, TilburgUniversity, Holland. The paper is located here.

 

July 20 Was the Reenactment and historical retelling of the Apollo moon landings and program with special guest Russel Schweickart, Apollo IX astronaut.

August 8-13 Was SIGGRAPH 99 in Los Angeles CA where the Consortium presented the Apollo Reenactment Worlds at the Web3D Roundup.

August 11-14 Was the CT'99: Cognitive Technology - Networked Minds Conference where the Contact Consortium and DigitalSpace presented a session with Michigan State University on cognitive issues in the use of networked virtual worlds.

Oct 6-10 Bruce Damer presented a special evening keynote session at After the Genome V in Jackson Hole Wyoming, sponsored by the Molecular Sciences Institute of Berkeley CA. Bruce was interviewed by Dick O'Neill of the Highlands Forum for a special feature on the Highlands Forum site (requires password). Digital Biota 3--The Open Worlds Conference

 

Nov 6-7 San Jose CA 1999: Was Digital Biota 3 at San Jose State University. Sign up on the OWorld or Biota mailing lists for updates on future Biota events. Bruce Damer presented an opening address and a special breakout session on DigitalSpace company projects and directions.

Nov 5 Was ACM Multimedia International Workshop on Multimedia at the 7th International ACM Multimedia Conference in Orlando Florida.Jan de Bruin and Dirk-Jan de Bruin of the Contact Consortium and Virtual Worlds Consortium presented Virtual Organizations and Virtual Worlds, a Case Study of Avatars98. Bruce Damer and Stuart Gold from DigitalSpace co-authored the paper and presented remotely.

Nov 6-7 Was futureScreen 99: AvAtArs | phantom agents at the Powerhouse museum in Sydney Australia. Active Worlds citizens and Contact Consortium members Merryn Neilson and Dave Rasmussen ( of DM3D Studios) and Miriam E will hosted a session "Have Avatar Will Travel" and remotely connecting in Bruce Damer and Stuart Gold of DigitalSpacefrom California. This event was produced by dLux Media Arts.

 

 

Oct 30-Dec 4, 1999 Avatars99 Happened Click here for Reports Various dates from Was Avatars99, Colonizing Cyberspace, a truly millennial event in cyberspace! Sign up on the Avatars conference mailing list for next year's Avatars conference.

 

1998

Thursday, January 01 1998

Jan 2 Interview with Bruce Damer on Avatars and his book appeared in the Kamloops Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. Canada

January 9 Bruce Damer was signing books at PeachPit Press during the MacWorld convention, San Francisco

January 9 Was the 10th annual Digital Be-in in San Francisco.

January 18 Bruce Damer was featured on Technation with Moira Gunn on KQED Radio 88.5FM and nationwide on National Public Radio.

January 28-31 Was Medicine Meets Virtual Reality: 6 in San Diego, California.

February 9-10 Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt presented virtual worlds and Consortium projects at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Washington, Seattle.

February 16 1998 Interview with host Kim Danders on KPFA's Computer show Program will be heard in Berkeley CA on 94.1FM and elsewhere on the dial nationwide on the Pacifica network radio stations.

February 10 Bruce Damer and Galen Brandt presented virtual worlds and Consortium projects at Microsoft Corporation Virtual Worlds Group in Redmond, Washington.

Feb 16-19 Is VRML98 Symposium in Monterey, CA. Where Biota.org will be presenting a workshop.

Feb 24-March 1 Is a Connected Intelligence Workshop at the Tecnopolo Madeira, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. Thiswill be the formation event for the International Academy for Networked Arts and Technologies (IANAT).

 

March 6-8 Is CONTACT XV!, see our CONTACT page

April 1 Was the Avatar Fools Day party hosted by Bonnie DeVarco and her UC Santa Cruz contingent in Santa Cruz California.

April 3-5 Was Contemplating the End of History: True Hallucinations and Virtual Reality, hosted by Terence McKenna at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California.

April 18-23 Was CHI98 in Los Angeles, CA where the DigitalSpace and the Consortium engaged in a live avatar appearance in a VirtualBorders Book Store for a workshop on e-commerce.

May 7 Was Director Bruce Damer's class on Avatars and Virtual Worlds, part of This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. virtual communities course at Porter College, on the beautiful campus of UC Santa Cruz.

May 11 Was Bruce Damer's presentation to the human factors group at NASA Ames, Moffet Field, CA. This session was open to the public, click here for a full description of the session.

May 29 Was the grand opening of Conversations With Angels, and exciting VRML 2.0 world with conversational bots.

May 30-June 2 Was the User Group Conference by Persetel Q-Data Africa in Natal, South Africa, where Director Bruce Damer presented a session on the subject of 40 years on.....and now in the fast lane.

June 18 Was Bruce Damer's next presentation at the NAS facitlity at NASA Ames, Moffet Field, CA. This session was open to the public, for a review of what was covered, visit May's session.

June 16-18 Was Virtual Humans III at the Universal City Hilton, Los Angeles, CA.

June 20 Was the Contact Consortium Annual Meeting, Scotts Valley CA.

 

July 1-3 Was The First International Conference on Virtual Worlds in Paris, France. The Contact Consortium presented for its special interest group Biota.org, the paper Nerve Garden: a Public Terrarium in Cyberspace as well as a special demontration session on the medium of net-based virtual worlds.

July 12-16: Was SCI ´98/ISAS ´98, Systems, Cybernetics and Informatics in Orlando, FL.

July 17-19 Was Cyberconf7 in Budapest, Hungary

July 19-24 Was SIGGRAPH 98 in Orlando, FL, don't miss it!

July 23-26 Was The Reunion, the first international IRL (In Real Life) of Active Worlds avatar citizens. A seminal event for virtual worlds, July 23-26 1998 at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

July 25-27 Was AVATAR! AVATAR! Wherefore art thou? Art, Software Design and the Science of Identity at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada

Sept 7-12 Was the festival Ars Electronica, in Linz Austria. This year's theme was INFOWAR. Biota.org won an honorable mention in the .net category for Nerve Garden.

All Fall Events and performances in San Francisco by the New Minds Forum!

 

September 10-13 Was Digital Biota II, the second annual conference on cyberbiology at Magdalene College in Cambridge, UK. Sponsored by Cyberlife, The Contact Consortium and its special interest grouup Biota.org. Richard Dawkins and others keynoted. For last year's event, see the Digital Burgess pages.

September 24 was Web98, where Bruce Damer and Rick Noll presented a roundtable on inhabited virtual worlds, Boston MA, Hynes Convention Center.

October 13 Bruce Damer presented a keynote at the University of Washington HIT Lab for the Virtual Worlds Consoritum annual meeting, Seattle Washington.

October 20 Bruce Damer presented at the VRML SIG, Silicon Graphics, Mountain View CA.

Nov 14-18 WasCSCW 98 The 1998 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Seattle, WA.

Avatars 98 Report

November 21 1998 Was Avatars 98 *inside cyberspace and everywhere*! Read the conference report!

Nov 26-28 Was Doors of Perception 5 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Nov 30-Dec3 Was CASCON '98 the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies Conference, in Toronto Ontario Canada where Director Bruce Damer presented a plenary keynote session and co-hosted a workshop with Stephen Perelgut and Brian Alger on virtual communities with some examples in support of pedagogy and electronic commerce.

 

1997

Wednesday, January 01 1997

 

January 9 The Consortium and DigitalSpace Productions put on the Avatar Teleport at the The 9th Annual Digital BE-IN in San Francisco CA.

January 30-31 DigitalSpace, the Consortium and its special interest group Biota.org participated in World Movers, the VRML 2.0 Developers Conference in San Francisco CA. A Birds-of-a-Feather was also hosted by the Consortium on questions of Avatar Standards.

February 24-26 DigitalSpace and the Consortium SIG Biota.org presented itself as a VRML Consortium Working Group in formation at the VRML97 Symposium in Monterey CA. Avatar and VRML extensions were also discussed at VRML97.

March 1-5 DigitalSpace and the Consortium/Biota planning was held in Banff, Canada for the The Digital Burgess Workshop. Bruce Damer also presented a seminar at the University of Calgary and discussed the Nerve Garden project with Dr. Przemislaw Prusinkiewicz.

March 7-9 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented a special program on the new virtual communities at the CONTACT XIV Conference at the Sunnyvale Hilton, Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.A.

March 11 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented a forum at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, California.

March 11 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented an evening at Bay CHI in Palo Alto, California. See the full BayCHI March Meeting Report.

March 12 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented a special session on rights and freedoms in Avatar Cyberspace at CFP 97, the Seventh Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel Burlingame, California.

 

March 22-27 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented a full workshop and multiple hands-on demonstrations of virtual worlds at CHI97 the annual conference of ACM SIGCHI, Atlanta Georgia, USA.

March 31-April 4 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented a workshop on Discovery in the Digital Oceans with the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and the MCluhan Program in Sagres, Portugal. The results of this project can be found on the Sacra Saturni Homepage

April 2-5 The Biota SIG presented Nerve Garden and a special panel on Avatar Cyberspace at Virtual Reality Universe at the Westin Santa Clara Hotel, Santa Clara CA USA.

April 8 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented a demonstration and discussion of virtual worlds at the British Telecom Research Laboratories in Ipswitch, UK.

April 9 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented a demonstration and discussion of virtual worlds at the Rank Xerox Research Center in Cambridge, UK.

April 9 DigitalSpace and the Consortium met with members of Cyberlife in Cambridge, England.

April 10 DigitalSpace and the Consortium met with members of COGS at The University of Sussex in Brighton, England.

April 10 The Consortium presented at a special meeting of the London Virtual Reality Group in London, England.

April 11 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented a second annual update on virtual worlds at the Philips Research Laboratories

in Redhill, UK.

April 24-26 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented at the 7th Annual Waterside Publishing Conference at the Hilton Beach and Tennis Resort, San Diego, California.

April 25-29 Was the Computer Game Developer's Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

May 31 Was the Contact Consortium Annual Meeting, Scotts Valley CA.

June 2-4 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented at the VRMLocity day at the 3D Design Conference in San Francisco, CA.

June 3 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented at the California Governor's Conference on the Arts in San Francisco, CA.

June 5-8 A key event in CyberSpace was the Sixth International Conference on Cyberspace in Oslo, Norway.

June 17-19 Was the Virtual Humans II Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

June 27-29 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented at the THE SUMMER SUMMIT AT THE SUMMIT A Think Tank on the Future of Interactive Media at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta Canada.

July 31 The BayCHI Summer 97 Tutorial Series presented Bruce Damer in Interacting and Designing in Virtual Worlds on the Internet. This tutorial was held at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, California.

August 3-8 Is SIGGRAPH 97 in Los Angeles CA, USA.

 

August 7th: DigitalSpace and the Consortium held a 90 minute panel on Avatar Design and the Biota.org SIG hosted an exhibit called Nerve Garden in the Electric Garden.

August 7 An Avatars Birds-of-a-Feature (BOF) was also held at the Omni Los Angeles hotel as a special event at SIGGRAPH 97. The eveing started with a VOCE by Phil Harrington. Presentations were given by by Tarik Thami of SFSU MSP (organizer), Bruce Damer (Contact Consortium), Steve DiPaola (on the experience of Onlive Traveler), Wendy Sue Noah (on WEAVE). Demonstrations were made by 3D Planet, and Deuxieme Monde a virtual world from France.

 

 

 

Fun meeting old and new friends at the Avatars SIG

 

 

SIGGRAPH Avatars Panel Online Discussions Continuing!

 

Aug 12-16 The University of Victoria Language Centre hosted the FLEAT III conference on Foreign Language Education and Technology. TheU Virtual University was demonstrated live as a learning environment. Students at the conference met inside TheU and engaged in collaborative building while international assistants helped in-avatar.

24-29 August Is HCI International '97, was the 7th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction presented jointly with 13th Symposium on Human Interface (Japan), San Francisco, California, USA.

 

August 29-Sept 1 Biota.org a SIG of the Consortium presented The Digital Burgess, a Conference on the Origins and Future of Life on Earth, in Banff Alberta Canada. As part of this first ever event, we trekked to the Burgess Shale fossil quarries. See the Conference photo album.

September 1997 The Consortium put on an avatar tie-in at the Anon Salon in San Francisco, CA USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 22-24 1997 DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented its second annual conference, Avatars 97 in San Francisco, CA USA. Read the reviews!

Oct 29-Nov 11 it was The Avatars Book Tour!

Oct 31-Nov 5 The AACE presented WebNet 97--World Conference of the WWW, Internet, and Intranet where Bruce Damer of the Contact Consortium delivered the lunch keynote on Monday November 3rd, follwed by a book signing. Royal York Hotel, Toronto, Canada.

Nov 4-5 Bruce Damer presented a formal demonstration and all day course at Interface 97, Cambridge Marriott Hotel.

December 1 Virtual worlds were presented to the National Public Policy Institute and the Telecommunications Society, Pretoria South Africa. Topic use of the internet and virtual worlds for national reconciliation and reconstruction.

December 5 Virtual worlds were presented at the Future World conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Topic use of the internet and virtual worlds in education.

December 15 Virtual worlds were presented at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dec 22 Bruce Damer was interviewed by host Moira Gunn on National Public Radio's Technation, Americans and Technology. To be broadcast in early 1998.

 

1996

Monday, January 01 1996
Feb 8 We participated in 24 Hours in CyberSpace

Mar 8th We held our DigitalSpace and Contact Consortium 1996 Symposium at CONTACT XIII, Milpitas

March 9 We held our first annual meeting at CONTACT XVII in Milpitas CA.

March 24, 1996 started the Sherwood Forest Community Experiment

April DigitalSpace and the Consortium presented a formal demonstration at CHI96, Vancouver, Canada.

May 4, 1996 was Sherwood Towne Build Day!

May A colloquium was held at the National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada.

May 29-June 3 We produced two workshops at MediARTech in Florence, Italy.

June 5 We presented a seminar at Philips Research in Redhill, U.K.

June 8th We met virtually in Sherwood Forest Towne

June 16 We presented our overview of the Worlds Industry at Intel Corporation.

July 13 We had an avatar party on July 13! See the Party Pages

Oct 26-27 We held: Earth to Avatars 96, San Francisco CA

Nov 20 We presented the closing plenary panel at ACM CSCW 96, Boston MA.

Nov 23 We pressented a special program Conference of the American Association of Anthropologists, San Francisco CA.
 
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