While there are daily virtual conferences in the various metaversal platforms, there are infrequent ‘live’ meetings of people in the virtual world business. A top show in this space is the Virtual Worlds conference, arranged by Chris Sherman. I was a speaker at the 2007 event, and they are holding their 2008 New York VW show today and tomorrow at the Javitz center in Manhattan.Although many have been concerned about the industry after the standard hype/backlash cycle that has been applied to virtual worlds over the last year, the attendance at the show is a record 1200 people (which, although small by Interop or Comdex standards, is actually very large for an emerging technology-centric conference). The audience for this show (as was the case at last year’s NYC show) is primarily composed of people from the advertising and entertainment industries, with the Rosie O’Neill, Chief Barbie Officer from Mattel providing this morning’s keynote presentation on how the Barbie brand is extending into virtual communities. And no, I didn’t make up that title, that’s her real title. If you are in the New York area, there is one more day (Friday) of conference proceedings and I would suggest stopping by and experiencing the excitement and creative energy of this emerging industry.
My colleague Cordell Ratzlaff is featured in an interesting interview about Cisco, user experience, and how he and his team are applying the magic he perfected at Apple and frog Design to create great products and end to end experiences for Cisco. Worth a read.P.S. Cordell is a featured speaker at Adaptive Path’s upcoming MX design management conference, which is also mentioned in the article.
I should probably mention also that I am teaching a full-day course at this year’s Nielsen Norman conferences about using consumer web design techniques for corporate and B2B sites. So, you can see Cordell in San Francisco at MX (April 20-22), or Martin in New York (April 11th) or London (May 23rd) or San Francisco (June 20th) at Nielsen Norman.
We on the Web team are enjoying this “Design Code” video on YouTube. Nicely done and somewhat more enjoyable than reading a W3C manual! Read More »
Here is a really interesting online panel coming this next week via the Cisco Interaction Network: It’s called “Applying Web 2.0 to Your Business” and features Wikinomics coauthor Don Tapscott, FastCompany.TV Director and famed business and technology blogger Robert Scoble, Social Computing Analyst Jeremiah Owyang, Forrester Research, and WebEx Connect Senior Director David Knight.It’s Thursday April 3rd, 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT / 1700 UCTThere’s more online at the Event Sign-up Site