BEAM IN to AVATARS ^Ò97, the world's premier conference on online virtual
worlds! Avatars put a human face on cyberspace, allowing users to see each
other and interact inside 2D and 3D digital spaces.
Developers, artists, entrepreneurs, and cyberspace pioneers will gather on
October 22 -24 at San Francisco State University's Multimedia Studies
Program campus, located at 425 Market Street at Fremont in downtown San
Francisco. The Contact Consortium (http://www.ccon.org), a non-profit
association focused on human contact and culture in digital space, is
producing Avatars ^Ò97 with all of the momentum of last year^Òs wildly
successful first-ever virtual worlds conference.
The four-track event features world class cyberspace visionaries and
* Linda Stone of Microsoft, who has been a leader in the effort to create
both community and content in regards to human social interactions
* Mark Pesce, an Internet visionary and co-creator of VRML
* Bruce Damer, a pioneer of avatar cyberspace and the founder of the
Panels, workshops, demonstrations, and exhibits will appeal to a broad
audience, including developers of virtual communities for training,
collaboration or customer service, businesses interested in new forms of
Internet marketing, game enthusiasts, educators, cyber-activists, 3D
designers, anthropologists, and core-technology engineers.
Featured presentations include tours of avatar cyberspace featuring
innovative virtual worlds for commerce, education, entertainment and
business collaboration; the Beam-In Avatar Teleport (an immersive room
surrounding you with Avatar worlds); the Out-of-This-World Art Exhibition;
tools for virtual world developers, VRML 2.0, Java 3D, voice chat
technologies, and connecting 3D applications with 2D web pages.
In addition, the Contact Consortium will host several networking and
social events open to the public: the Second Annual Avvy Awards, the 'Human
Race in Cyberspace' Party, and the 'Come As Your Own Avatar' Halloween Party.
This year's conference is sponsored by Fujitsu^Òs WorldsAway, Electric
Communities, Blaxxun and others. Conference fees are $150 per day or $350
for all three days, which includes all events, with discounts for educators
and Consortium members.
Space is limited; early registration is advised!
** For more information, visit http://www.ccon.org and follow the Avatars
'97 link. **
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