Cultivate, Collaborate, Celebrate, & Innovate!

This is a panel discussion on cultivating, collaborating, and celebrating the Hypergrid community as contributors, hosts, and sponsors of OSFest2023 and innovating with a technology focus on community needs and various use-cases. Technical aspects include: filling gaps in grid/platform development; supporting the OpenSimulator-NGC Trusted Grid initiative; reviewing progress on EchoVoice; and presenting a postmortem on OSFest2022-2023. The work of IMA is in general directed toward broadening the use of virtual worlds for Public, Education, Industry, and Government sectors, but the community as a whole benefits from open-source efforts.

Cultivate, Collaborate, Celebrate, & Innovate! A panel discussion with team members from IMA including progress on EchoVoice and OSFest 2022-2023 Postmortem.


Dec 10 2023


7:30 am - 8:30 am




Keynote Auditorium


  • Frank Rulof (Poster Booth #4)
    Frank Rulof (Poster Booth #4)

    Frank Rulof is a retired Senior Systems Engineer from Thales Netherlands with expertise areas in Training & Simulation. He led research and innovation activities related to Open Simulator technology within the Thales Global Company using multiple Open Simulator grids focused on user needs. He continues project efforts during his retirement by continuing collaboration with IMA.

  • Lisa Laxton (Poster Booth #4)
    Lisa Laxton (Poster Booth #4)

    Lisa Laxton is the Founder of Infinite Metaverse Alliance® (IMA) and President of Laxton Consulting with experience providing various solutions for education, research, business, and defense clients. You may have seen her around the Hyperverse as Shelenn Ayres busy building content or engaged in testing but she is available via meetings to anyone in the Open Simulator community interested in collaborating to advance virtual worlds technology and/or to improve accessibility by design.

  • Michael Dickson / Mike Chase
    Michael Dickson / Mike Chase

    Mike has been working in software development and IT for over 40 years. His experience with Virtual Worlds and OpenSimulator goes back to 2006 as an SL user and as a developer early involvement in OpenSimulator as well as many years of volunteer development on the InWorldz OpenSimulator variant – Halcyon, Mike provides development support for the Utopia Skye Grid, operating since 2018, and is leading the OpenSimulator-NGC project.

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