Maria Korolov speaking

OSCC17 – Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017 Call for Proposals is now open! The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017 wants everyone to know what is exciting about our favorite social 3D platform. We are looking for those individuals or groups on the forefront who are shaping the Metaverse, hosting exciting activities, and changing the game. This year’s conference will focus on the visions for the future and the evolution of the platform. The conference features a concentrated series of talks on December 9th-10th on the main stage featuring Creative, Education, Technical, and Experiential topics.

The speaker sessions offer 20-minute presentations to engage the mind while the community-sponsored tours, and on the Expo regions, content give-aways and Hypergrid explorations take attendees to faraway places. We are particularly interested in speakers who dramatically tell the story of their work and employ great 3D examples as props and graphics.

The organizers encourage presentations that span current innovations and activities, performance artistry, educational simulations, innovative business cases or have a publication or track record of real world use.

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • September 12, 2017 – Announcement of the Call for Proposals!
  • October 19, 2017 – Proposals are due by 11:59 PM PST (Pacific Standard Time).
  • October 23, 2017 – Proposal  acceptance emails and with conference information.
  • October 29, 2017 – Accepted speakers must register for the conference to create an entry in the conference schedule and the program.
  • November 11, 2017 – Speaker Orientation & Training sessions and Presenter Booth Setup to prepare speakers for the conference.
  • November 18, 2017 – Deadline for stage props and audio-visuals (beyond textures) for conference program.
  • December 9-10, 2017 – OSCC17 – Conference dates – Bring the WOWness!
  • December 10, 2017 – OSCC Hypergrid tour and community events.

Submit a Proposal
To submit a proposal, select the appropriate track below and enter your information in the Proposal Submission Form. If you have questions or need more information, please contact the conference organizers.  Thank you!

  • Creative
  • Education
  • Technical
  • Experiential
  • Other

We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

Which identity should we use to publicize your session?

Presenter Contact Information

Please double check your email address, since this will be our primary way of contacting you regarding your proposal status!
Please provide a phone number where we will be able to reach you in the event of an emergency. Ideally this will the phone number where you can be reached during the conference. PLEASE INCLUDE COUNTRY CODE AND AREA CODE.
If you have a personal website we should review, please enter the URL here.
If you have a professional or work related website we should review, enter that URL here.
If you have any other website we should review, please enter the URL here.
Do you have a Twitter account? If so, what is your Twitter URL. (URLs please, NOT just your username.)
We use Skype for audio streaming during the conference. If you don't have a Skype account, please sign up for one (it's free) and enter your Skype username here.

Presenter Photos

This is the image we will use for the conference program, website, and other media and marketing about the conference. Whether your photo is a real life or avatar picture, it should be a well-lit headshot primarily of your face, not a graphic, design, or full body shot, and as high resolution as you can provide in .JPG or .PNG format. All photos must be professionally appropriate!

Proposal Information

What is the title of your presentation? This is the text that will be printed in the program schedule and on the conference website. Please double-check for spelling and typo errors!
Please provide a brief description of your presentation in NO MORE THAN 2-3 SENTENCES. This is the description that will be used in the conference program and on the conference website. Please double-check for spelling and typo errors! Please don't use bullet points, or other formatting, just simple plain text descriptions in one or two paragraphs. Maximum word count is 200.
Please enter a brief, professional biography in NO MORE THAN 2-3 SENTENCES. Please keep it brief! This information will be used in the conference program and website, so please proofread for spelling and typo errors! Please don't use bullet points, or other formatting, just simple plain text. Maximum word count is 200.

Proposal Details

The following information will only be seen by proposal reviewers and conference organizers.
Please describe in greater detail what your presentation will cover. Clearly state the problem, issue, or topic that your presentation will address. If you are proposing a live performance, describe in detail the kind of performance you plan to give. Please don't use bullet points, or other formatting, just simple plain text descriptions in one or two paragraphs. Maximum word count is 500.
Please describe your target audience - who do you think will be most interested in attending your presentation or performance? Who are you trying to reach? Also include expected outcomes from your presentation - after a participant leaves your presentation, what will they have learned? If your proposal is a live performance, you may enter "N/A" in the outcomes section if it does not apply. Please don't use bullet points, or other formatting, just simple plain text descriptions in one or two paragraphs. Maximum word count is 500.
Briefly describe what will take place at your session in the order the events will happen. Your response should give us a good understanding of what will take place in your session. The primary format for this year's OSCC is a series of short (20 minutes presentation + 5 minutes for Q/A), dynamic presentations by a single, or duo of presenters, on a topic that will highlight the best projects, use cases and work being done with OpenSimulator. Please DO NOT use bullet points, or other formatting, just simple plain text descriptions in one or two paragraphs. Maximum word count is 200.
What equipment do you need for your presentation? Do you have any special needs or setup requirements? Please note that conference organizers will do their best to meet all requests, however, we cannot guarantee that special equipment, space, or setup options will be available. Musical performers are expected to stream their own audio, and should be as detailed as possible in listing any special requirements. Please don't use bullet points, or other formatting, just simple plain text descriptions in one or two paragraphs. Maximum word count is 200.

Multiple files should be uploaded as a single .zip or other common archive file.
OSCC Track Room

Announcing the 5th Annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017

AvaCon is pleased to announce the fifth annual OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017, to take place virtually on the OpenSimulator Conference Center grid on December 9-10, 2017. The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community surrounding the OpenSimulator software.

“OpenSimulator is an open source multi-platform, multi-user 3D application server. It can be used to create a virtual environment (or world) which can be accessed through a variety of clients, on multiple protocols.” as explained on Users can also visit other OpenSimulator virtual worlds, across the web by using the Hypergrid protocols. “In this way, it is the basis of a nascent distributed Metaverse.”

Organized as a joint production by Core Developers of OpenSimulator and AvaCon, this year’s conference will focus on the latest software release, visions for the future, and technologies or content today that are shaping the future of the platform. 

The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017 features a series of dynamic short presentations, panels, performances, and workshops that spotlight the best of the OpenSimulator platform and community.

“Last year’s conference was a terrific success with two days of presentations, panels, exciting expo and Hypergrid experiences, hundreds of attendees within the 3D virtual world conference space, and thousands more watching on via live video stream.” said conference organizer Joyce Bettencourt. “We will be building on that success by offering more opportunities for the community to be involved and furthering outreach to attract new users. With the continued interest surrounding virtual reality technologies, we want the VR community to know that OpenSimulator is a great platform for building the open metaverse.”

Those wishing to financially support the conference have several options, including the opportunity to participate in a Crowdfunding Campaign when registering to raise small dollar amounts that will be used to help cover grid, web hosting, and streaming services for the conference.  Participants in the Crowdfunding Campaign will receive a variety of thank you gifts depending upon their level of participation, and event sponsors will have options for promotional activities and participation in creating content for the conference grid.

We hope to be able to accommodate over 400 users in total, a figure which includes speakers, sponsors, and staff. Since seats are limited, registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis until the maximum number of virtual conference center tickets is reached. At that point, community members will still be able to register for the live streamed version of the conference that will be available.

The expo area will not be ticketed and so can be accessed by any avatar, subject to constraints on the number of avatars that the exhibition regions can hold at any particular time.

We will have more information and details about the conference schedule and registration, and we look forward to seeing the wide range of projects, presentations, and other activities of the OpenSimulator community. We invite you to submit a proposal, sign up to volunteer, or sponsor this year’s event. Thanks for your interest and support, with more to come!


The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2017 Planning Team
Conference Chair
Joyce Bettencourt | Rhiannon Chatnoir
Conference Steering Committee
Joyce Bettencourt | Rhiannon Chatnoir
Crista Lopes | Diva Canto
Michael Cerquoni | Nebadon Izumi
Melanie Thielker | Melanie Milland
Conference Organizing Committee
Cynthia Calongne | Lyr Lobo
Joyce Bettencourt | Rhiannon Chatnoir
Maria Korolov | Maria Korolov
Barbara Truman | Delightful Doowangle
Grid Administrator | Michael Cerquoni | Nebadon Izumi
Sponsorship Coordinator | Joyce Bettencourt | Rhiannon Chatnoir
Streaming Producer | Mal Burns
Tech Guru | Jeroen Frans | Frans Charming
Streaming | James Lloyd | James Atlloud
Streaming Coordinator | Michael Bailey | Marcus Llewellyn
Thirza Ember | Special Events


OSCC HyperGrid Tours & Learning Resources

HyperGrid Tours & Learning Resources

OSCC Expo 2 Region (Hypergrid address:

Visit OSCC Expo Zone 2 for the HyperGrid Tours & Resources section of the conference. There you will find step by step help on how to HyperGrid if you aren’t familiar with jumping from one OpenSimulator grid to another grid world, as well as helpful website links, and a curated collection of HyperGrid landmarks for those more experienced to explore the interconnected OpenSimulator metaverse. Conference attendees can use these resources to go on a guided tour of several OpenSimulator grid location that offer up amazing creations and experiences.