Radicalizing the Metaverse, Bring Your Daughter to a Conference in Second Life

Serena Siesta 2 (moderate)

I’m using Serena Siesta 2 as the backdrop for part of this post because, in a strange way, it reminds me of the Metaverse. We’ve been part of it, and people have been working on it, for years, but it’s really still bright, and shiny, and new.

Something cool, metaversally speaking, is happening over the next two days and I’m going to make a radical suggestion.

Serena Siesta 2 (moderate)

The first Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Conference and Expo starts today (Monday, May 19) and runs through til 6:00pm SLT tomorrow. Part of the proceedings will be streamed live in Second Life (thanks to AView) and you can watch at the LEA Theatre. The entire schedule is here but there are two sessions we can attend inworld.

Philip Rosedale will be presenting the keynote address this afternoon at 2:00 pm SLT. He’s always interesting, but the one I think will be the most fascinating takes place tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm SLT.

Serena Siesta 2 (moderate)

There will be a panel discussion on Creating the VR Metaverse. The group, including Philip and Ebbe Altberg (Linden Lab’s CEO), will address the following questions:

  • One global metaverse or many?
  • Identity and Privacy
  • Virtual World Governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Avatar Portability and Standards

Now for the radical bit. Look at this list of the conference speakers and panelists. Now look at this next photo from one of the monthly meetings of the group hosting the conference.

SVVR Monthly Meeting

All of these individuals are smart and, I’m sure, interesting. They are also the ones determining the future of our Metaverse. I don’t think I’m alone, though, in noticing a distinct gender imbalance.

I have nothing against men (or even white men, as Otenth points out the overwhelming paleness of those involved), I just don’t see why they should have all the fun. I suggest that if you have a daughter, or know a girl/woman who loves technology and wants to be part of creating something really cool, that you bring her to tomorrow’s session. Have her look over your shoulder while they describe the future of virtual reality.

She might wind up being one of the key players in something which is only going to get bigger and more amazing. It’s an “out of the box” idea I know, still I’d like to hear some women’s voices in those future discussions and it would be a really wonderful way for her to both make a living and have a lasting impact. :)

Lea Theatre (general)
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