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NMC Virtual Learning Prize

May 22nd, 2008 | Category: Building, Competition, Contests, Education, Press release, Teaching

The New Media Consortium is looking for some unique learning experiences in Second Life and they are giving away $100,000 to get them. Here is a link to the official press reselease: press release.

The NMC is committed to pushing the boundaries of how we collectively view teaching and learning in virtual space. The NMC Virtual Learning Prize is envisioned as a way to surface and realize creative ideas for how to make optimal use of a virtual setting, using a process that provides recognition, financial incentives, professional development services, and a return for education as a whole.

“Projects funded under the NMC Virtual Learning Prize program will be those that make learning fresh or novel, or that illustrate concepts that are usually very difficult to teach,” explains Dr. Larry Johnson, NMC’s CEO and director of NMC Virtual Worlds. “We are seeking immersive learning experiences in particular, as well as tools that support the craft of teaching. We hope to see a number of proposals with broad applicability across disciplines as that will allow us to maximize the reach of the shared resources that are to be developed under this program.” Source: NMC Announces $100,000 in Virtual Learning Prizes

How to Apply
Proposals should be detailed enough to fully communicate the vision and ideas behind the proposal; images or sketches may be included if they will help the reviewers visualize the experience or product.

Please download the Virtual Learning Prize Application Form to complete your submission. Your application must include the following information, as specified in the form:

  • 100-word abstract;

  • Title and description of the learning experience or teaching tool/resource;
  • Essential characteristics or features that make this idea especially suitable within a virtual space;
  • Key outcomes for the participant in this experience or the user of this tool;
  • Discussion of the applicability of the experience or tool to a variety of disciplines and courses; and
  • Author contact information — name, title, institution, email, address, phone, and avatar name.

Proposals will be accepted at any time until all funds are disbursed for the 2008-9 award year, but proposals received by June 16, 2008 will have the greatest chance of being funded, as that is the date upon which the review of proposals will begin. Proposals should be submitted electronically to virtual-learning@nmc.org. Questions should be directed to the same address.

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Best Bug Competition on Adventure Island

February 16th, 2008 | Category: Building, Competition, Design

From the notecard:

Adventure Island is holding a competition for the best bugs, insects, and creepy crawlies. Fire up your prims and win 50,000 Lindens! Second Life URL.

Bug Design Contest

Here are the rules:

  • Use your imagination to create insects or bugs that would fit into a jungle environment. The environment tends towards realistic but whimsical, fanciful, crazy and creepy submissions are welcome.

  • You MUST join the Adventure Island group to enter the contest. This is for the purposes of communicating with those who enter.
  • Bugs should measure no more than .2 meters in any direction and should have no more than 25 prims. Submissions may be scripted or animated but see the point system below - scripting and animation is not a major criteria for judging, although may be eligible for bonus points.
  • Send a full perm copy to Dusan Writer before 12:00 noon SL time on February 22nd, 2008.
  • Judging will take place no later than February 28th. A date and time for judging will be announced by February 22nd and contestants will have the opportunity to attend.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries, but you will only be eligible to receive one cash prize.

Nice Sculpture

Prizes are as follows:
First place 50,000 Lindens
Second place 20,000 Lindens
Third place 10,000 Lindens
Fourth place to 25th place 1,000 Lindens each

  • A panel of judges will score the entries. Judges will be asked NOT to view the creator names during the judging process. Each judge will separately score the entries. The entries will then be tabulated by both Dusan Writer and an independent party.

  • Scoring will be in the following categories, each worth 1 to 5 points:
    Originality
    Prim work (including, though not required, use of tiny prims, sculpts, or highly detailed work)
    Texture or color
    Appropriateness for “jungle” theme

  • Up to 3 bonus points may be awarded at the discretion of the judge for scripting, animation, or unique features.

Nice Building

Your Work:
By submitting your entry you are also agreeing to allow Dusan Writer and/or his appointees to use your creation for the purposes of display, promotion, and as part of environments, sims, and other purposes. You are providing an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license for this use and also agree that Dusan Writer can modify and copy without restriction.

You will RETAIN the full rights to your creation including the right to sell it, copy it, or give it away.

Dusan Writer agrees not to sell your creation or give it away without your express consent and binds his employees and delegates to same.

If you have any questions, please do NOT IM…because of IM limitations, please submit questions in a notecard to Dusan Writer.

Thanks and have fun with the prims!

Adventure Island 2008

Babe Painting

Second Life URL.

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The Far Away - A Wheat Field Helping Fight Poverty

December 28th, 2007 | Category: Charity, Competition, Places to Visit, RL Meets SL

I first met AM Radio, creator of The Far Away wheat field in Second Life, at The Wall in Second Life, I was there talking to Bleys Chevalier, the Wall’s main developer, and AM politely introduced himself and proceeded to tell Bleys just how much he appreciated the build. He impressed me just from that little conversation and now that I have finally visited his wheat field, I think I was right to be impressed.

It’s a nice place for contemplation, but, it’s also fun to explore as well, my advice, touch everything while you are there, you never know what will happen.

The Far Away - Wheat Field for Charity

The Far Away A place for contemplation

My first example, click the top of the train and see what happens.

The Far Away On the Train

The Far Away On the Train Different Angle

You can find something in the train to show you another train.
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1st Annual Architecture & Design Competition in Second Life

August 28th, 2007 | Category: Competition, Design

What: 1st annual architecture & design competition in Second Life

When: Submission Deadline: September 1st, 2007

Where: Apart from in world-Second-Life the competition will also “happen” in the “first world” at the International Ars Electronica Festival in Linz 2007 and at Zollverein Essen with jury discussions, parties, and a great prize ceremony.

Description: Spatially interesting and aesthetically independent pieces of architecture are sought from the inhabitants of the digital parallel world that has almost five million participants. The competition is open for all. The aim of the competition is to explore new trends of architecture and design on the electronic soil of the MMOG (massive multiplayer online game) of Second Life.

Categories:
Projects will be chosen from five categories:

  1. Private Home

  2. Corporate Architecture and V-shopping
  3. High Rise
  4. Landscape Design
  5. Freestyle and Special Projects

But there will also be two extra-prizes: The Prize of the Jury and the Prize chosen by the Second Life online-community.

The winners will receive a worldwide exposure!

  • The projects will be presented at the Ars Electronica festival 2007 (Sept. 5th - 11th, 2007) in Linz Austria, where the jury will be publicly held.

  • The winners will be honored in an official prize ceremony at the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Zollverein Essen a few weeks later.
  • The results of the competition will be documented in a book which will be published by Prestel publishers in spring 2008.
  • The winning projects will be promoted worldwide and presented in a Hall of Fame on the internet - and of course in Second -Life.

Enter the competition here.

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Reinventing the Virtual City – Die virtuelle Stadt neu denken

August 28th, 2007 | Category: Competition

A competition to help find new approaches to shape the growing, or shrinking, virtual world Second Life, I guess it depends on who you talk to about whether it’s growing or shrinking. Can abandoned sims be recycled, can they be reused, or should they be recycled, what happens if the Lindens files bankruptcy, what would happen to all those users? Lots of questions I think are easy to answer, but I guess this is what the competition is for.

On this occasion and supplementing the competition “Reinventing the City – Die Stadt Neu denken”, the Shrinking Cities project in collaboration with the architecture magazine archplus has launched the competition “Reinventing the Virtual City – Die virtuelle Stadt neu denken”. The goal of the competition is to find new approaches to positively shape and qualify the shrinking of Second Life: Can data garbage be recycled? Can abandoned plots of land in Second Life be erased? Or can they experience a third life with digital agriculture? Should the virtual world be reformatted? Or the remaining avatars be cloned? What happens when Linden Lab files for bankruptcy? Where will the former users of Second Life migrate?

Suggestions for projects can address spatial, cultural, media-related, communications-related, social, or economic issues of transformation. The project should be conceived as a real intervention in Second Life.

Proposals should be submitted by November 16, 2007. Explanatory text (word or txt) of max. 1800 characters in German or English. A PDF of max. 4 A4-format pages, max. 3 MB to virtual*at*shrinkingcities.com Source: Reinventing the Virtual City

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