Conference Steering Committee

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Chris M. Collins | Avatar: Fleep Tuque
Conference Chair

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Chris M. Collins is an IT Analyst at the University of Cincinnati Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research.  Her research focuses on the use of virtual worlds, social media, and augmented reality in higher education and for remote workforce collaboration, and she also manages the University of Cincinnati OpenSimulator grid.  She is also a co-founder and serves on the board of AvaCon, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. In her free time, Chris also runs FleepGrid, a personal research and testing grid.

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Crista Lopes | Avatar: Diva Canto
Steering Committee

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Crista Lopes is a Professor in the School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Prior to being in Academia, she worked at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (1995-2001). She is co-inventor of AOP (Aspect Oriented Programming), a programming technology featured in the MIT Technology Review (2001) as “one of the 10 emergent technologies that will change the world.” She also serves on the board of the Overte Foundation and is the creator of the Hypergrid protocol, which allows avatars to travel between Hypergrid-enabled OpenSimulator grids.

Joyce Bettencourt | Avatar: Rhiannon Chatnoir
Steering Committee

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Joyce Bettencourt is the Online Community Manager for TechSoup Global’s NonProfit Commons in Second Life community. In addition, she is Creative Director of The Vesuvius Group, a collaborative studio specializing in developing online immersive and social environments for community-building. She is also co-founder of the 501(c)(3) non-profit,AvaCon, Inc. dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality and 3D immersive spaces.

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Michael Cerquoni | Avatar: Nebadon Izumi
Steering Committee

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Michael Cerquoni is a core developer for the OpenSimulator project and a board member on the Overte Foundation which governs the OpenSimulator project. Michael has been involved with the OpenSimulator project since July of 2007 and is one of the original founders of OSgrid. His primary interest in OpenSimulator has been to improve the software by providing technical support and to foster communication between the core development team to debug and provide the most stable platform possible.

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Melanie Thielker | Avatar: Melanie Milland
Steering Committee

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Melanie Thielker is the founder of Avination. As an OpenSimulator Core Developer, Melanie has been one of the most active contributors to virtual world software in general, and OpenSimulator in particular. A long term Second Life™ resident, she has gained much experience in using virtual worlds. Melanie has been involved in a number of virtual world projects and has created her own “spin” of the OpenSimulator software. Up to twelve developers have worked two years on creating the software which now powers Avination. Currently, Melanie holds the position of Director in Avination Virtual Limited, the UK based company which operates Avination. Melanie is known as “Melanie Milland” in both Avination and Second Life™.

 

Conference Organizing Committee

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Chris M. Collins | Avatar: Fleep Tuque
Organizing Committee Chair

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Chris M. Collins is an IT Analyst at the University of Cincinnati Center for Simulations & Virtual Environments Research.  Her research focuses on the use of virtual worlds, social media, and augmented reality in higher education and for remote workforce collaboration, and she also manages the University of Cincinnati OpenSimulator grid.  She is also a co-founder and serves on the board of AvaCon, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. In her free time, Chris also runs FleepGrid, a personal research and testing grid.

Joyce Bettencourt | Avatar: Rhiannon Chatnoir
Sponsorship Coordinator

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Joyce Bettencourt is the Online Community Manager for TechSoup Global’s NonProfit Commons in Second Life community. In addition, she is Creative Director of The Vesuvius Group, a collaborative studio specializing in developing online immersive and social environments for community-building. She is also co-founder of the 501(c)(3) non-profit,AvaCon, Inc. dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality and 3D immersive spaces.

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Justin Clark-Casey | Avatar: Justin Clark-Casey
Developers & Open Source Track Leader

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Justin Clark-Casey (@justincc) is President of the Overte Foundation, and one of the core developers of OpenSimulator, working on many different areas ranging from asset and inventory to performance and infrastructure issues. Justin created some of the better known data persistence formats for OpenSimulator, such as OpenSimulator Archives (OARs) and OpenSimulator Inventory Archives (IARs).  He also provides OpenSimulator-related consultancy services.

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Maria Korolov | Avatar: Maria Korolov
Business & Enterprise Track Leader

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Maria Korolov has been covering revolutions for the past twenty years. Economic, political, military — and technological. She’s reported from Russia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, China, and more than a dozen other countries. For the past five years, she’s been the editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business, an online publication covering enterprise uses of virtual environment and the Hyperica directory of hypergrid destinations.

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Jeff Mefford | Avatar: Dan Banner
Content & Community Track Leader

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Dan Banner is an OSgrid administrator, OSCC volunteer, and virtual worlds enthusiast.

 

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Stephen Gasior | Avatar: Stephen Xootfly
Research & Education Track Leader

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Stephen Gasior, Ph.D. is a biology instructor at Ball State University and an accomplished virtual world educator. As Stephen Xootfly, he has taught several college courses in Second Life and is currently promoting collaborative work for STEM education via Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE).

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Cynthia Calongne | Avatar: Lyr Lobo
Learning Lab Manager

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Cynthia Calongne, known as Lyr Lobo, joined CTU’s Computer Science Doctoral department in 1996, and prior to it, was a software engineer for 13 years for AF Space Command and for an environmental organization. She has hosted 125+ keynote addresses, research paper presentations and workshops. Her team won the $25,000 Grand Prize in the Federal Virtual World Challenge for the Mars Expedition Strategy Challenge, a space simulation, and in 2005, she completed an artificial intelligence grant for the National Science Foundation. Her research began in 1995 when she evaluated a user interface paradigm for using virtual environments on a personal computer.

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Ken Grunke | Avatar: Key Gruin
Building & Scavenger Hunt Manager

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Key Gruin has been an OSgrid member since February 2009 and volunteer plaza admin since January 2011. He has a keen interest in virtual worlds and their many aspects, especially 3D graphics. Away from the keyboard, he is a self-employed small-scale agriculturist, woodturning craftsman, and handyman/oddjobber in rural Wisconsin, USA.

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Brenda Eagan | Avatar: Jaelyn Optera
Building Coordinator

Jaelyn Optera is a longtime resident of OSGrid, and a project manager/business analyst/support geek for boring mainframe systems. She enjoys using her creative side in virtual worlds and exploring their potential.

 

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Michelle Morton | Avatar: Faith Aljon
Marketing & Communications Manager

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Michelle Morton is the President and Co-Founder of VIRTUALVillage Media, a digital media and communications agency based in National Harbor, MD. She also serves as the Marketing and Communications Manager with AvaCon, Inc., a non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality and 3D immersive spaces. With over 15 years experience in digital media and integrated marketing, Michelle has managed projects for clients such as the Department of Defense, Motorola, Kodak International, Dennys, Badia Spices, Leadership Laboratory and OneWellnessPlace.com. Michelle also maintains a PMP Certification, certification in Project Management.

Volunteer Staff

OSCC13 Conference Staff

Greeters & Moderators

Greeters and Moderators perform crucial functions in the success of the event.  Greeters assist audience members and visitors with technical support, viewer questions, wayfinding, and generally ensuring that attendees have a positive experience at the conference.  Moderators assist presenters and introduce each speaker and session topic, help with the smooth presentation and streaming experience, and close out each session by thanking the speaker and audience.  They are the MCs of each session and they do a fantastic job!

Greeters & Moderators Team Lead:
Sine Whatever

Greeters:

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Moderators:

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Streaming & Media Team

The Streaming Team records, live streams, and produces over 55 sessions of content, re-records sessions where there are issues, edits video, audio, and session channels, and produces archives so that the conference sessions can continue to benefit the OpenSimulator community for years to come.  They are grace under pressure and wonderful to work with!

Twitter & Social Media Coordinator:Stream Team
Michelle Morton | Faith Aljon

Stream Team Technical Leads:
Kai Arkright
Amulius Lioncourt

Stream Team:
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Building Team

The builds of OSCC14 are the result of many collaborative partnerships, individual donations of new creations, and adaptations of existing open source content.   In many ways, the builds of OSCC14 showcase the creative talents of dozens and dozens of people and what’s possible when open source content can be reused and remixed.

Landing Zone region

Landing Zones – The Landing Zones were first built from scratch by the Air Force Research Laboratory Discovery Center Tec^Edge ”Summer at the Edge” Student Build Team and then modified, adapted, and re-textured by the OSCC13 Build Team,  especially Armenious Resident and Cheops Forlife7.  Special thanks to Frans Charming for the scripted map boards and rotating sponsor signs.

Breakout Zone

Breakout Zones – The Breakout Zones began from the open source Universal Campus, modified by Fleep Tuque to fit on a single region, modified and adapted and re-textured by the Air Force Research Laboratory Discovery Center Tec^Edge ”Summer at the Edge” Student Build Team, and then further modified by the OSCC13 Build Team, especially Buffy Beale and Cam Chevalier, Cheops Forlife7, Frans Charming, Joe Radik, and Jeff Cost.  Special thanks to Buffy Beale and Cam Chevalier for their heroic work creating customized booths for each speaker, Frans Charming for the scripted panel chairsand Jeff Cost‘s tireless tweaking of the sit scripts in the auditorium chairs.

Keynote Regions

Keynote Regions – The Keynote Regions main build was donated by Nebadon Izumi.  Fleep Tuque textured and added modifications, and Eryn Galen and Chibo Ryder customized signage and speaker booths.

OSCC14 Build Team:

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Air Force Research Laboratory Discovery Center
Tec^Edge ”Summer at the Edge” Student Build Team:
Program Director:  Dr. Robert Williams
Build Team Managers:  Lydia Divine and Mark Siebert

Student Builders:

Original Student Build Landing Zone

Landing Zone – Original Student Build

Daltin Loomis
Joseph Merrill
Spencer Lukowski
Jacob Slezak
Dalton Flanagan
Miranda McGrothers
Kristen Tate
Bryan Rich
Shea Tolson
Josh Crank
Matt Larson
Michael Erno
Abigail Riffle
Jonathan Sander
Jocelyn Meyer
Wilson Bailey
William Gross

Special thanks to Lydia Divine and Mark Siebert for overseeing and coordinating all of the student build teams!