Jan 26-27, 2008: Virtual Worlds Workshop was held at the at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field CA, USA. This was a special event hosted by Center Director Pete Worden on the intersection of virtual worlds and space, for scientific, engineering and educational applications. DigitalSpace's Bruce Damer presented the opening visionary talk and helped to co-organize this event. Other speakers included Will Wright, designer of The Sims, who talked about his new upcoming game, Spore.
March 3, 2008: Bruce Damer of DigitalSpace presented to the Grey Thumb special interestgroup in Artificial Life in Boston, MA, USA.
April 4-6, 2008: CONTACT, Cultures of the Imagination, 24th Annual Conference, returned to the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA, USA. DigitalSpace presented an update on its work with NASA, on the explosion of the use of avatars, and on project Biota.
April 12, 2008: Yuri's Night returned to NASA Ames Research Center and Bruce Damer did a stage presentation on the threat and opportunity of Near Earth Objects (NEOs). See Bruce's photos from this event here.
May 17-18 , 2008: Bruce Damer presented at Productive Play, at UC Irvine, a National Science Foundation sponsored workshop on the history and use of virtual worlds in productive work (and play).
September 11-12 , 2008: Bruce Damer presented at the Serious Virtual Worlds Conference 08 at the Coventry Technocentre, UK. The event was organized by the Serious Games Institute. Find Bruce's powerpoint slides here, presented inside Forterra's Olive 3D virtual world platform. Also find his recorded MP3 audio here.
October 16-18, 2008: Bruce Damer presented the opening plenary keynote and Galen Brandt gave the closing plenary session keynote at Presence 2008, the 11th Annual International Workshop on Presence Conference in Padua, Italy. Bruce's talk was titled: Virtual Worlds: Projecting Human Presence into Cyberspace, Streetspace, Biospace and Outerspace. Galen's performance was titled: Tiny Dancers and Singing Fish.
October 20-21, 2008: Bruce Damer presented at the Virtual Worlds London conference in London UK as a part of the team presenting the Virtual Worlds Roadmap.
October 27-29, 2008: Bruce Damer presented at the Sarasota International Design Summit in Sarasota Springs, Florida. He covered leading edge design and simulation work in avatar Cyberspace, OuterSpace, Streetspace and BioSpace. See full video of this presentation here.
November 14, 2008: Bruce Damer presented “Asteroids and Comets: Mitigating Impact Risks and Stepping Stones to a Sustainable Space Program” at the one day seminar entitled GLOBAL CATASTROPHIC RISKS: Building a Resilient Civilization, organized by the: Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology and the Lifeboat Foundation. See full video of this event here.