High Fidelity founder to address OpenSimulator Conference

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On Thursday August 28th, Chris Collins, writing on behalf of the 2nd OpenSimulator Community Conference, announced a further keynote speaker at the event will be Philip Rosedale, co-founder of Second Life and most recently a founder of High Fidelity Inc.

The press release states that:

Mr. Rosedale’s keynote presentation will address the question, “What is the Metaverse?” and discuss the opportunity to develop an open platform for virtual reality over the internet, including new hardware devices that catalyze entirely new kinds of interactions between avatars.

Philip Rosedale: Opensimulator Community Conference Keynote Speaker
Philip Rosedale: OpenSimulator Community Conference Keynote Speaker

In 1995, Philip Rosedale created an innovative Internet video conferencing product called “FreeVue”. This was subsequently acquired by RealNetworks, where he was appointed Vice President and CTO in 1996.  During 1999, Rosedale left RealNetworks to co-found Linden Research Inc., operating under the name of Linden Lab, with the intention of developing an open-ended, Internet-connected virtual world. In 2003, Linden Lab publicly launched Second Life.

Rosedale departed Linden Lab in 2010, after serving twice at the company’s CEO and as the chair of the board. Since then, he has established both Coffee & Power and Worklist.net, both focused on distributed work and computing. In 2013, he co-founded High Fidelity Inc. to explore the future of a next-generation virtual reality system.

Commenting on his appearance at the OpenSimulator Community Conference, Chris Collins said, “Philip Rosedale is one of the foremost thinkers about virtual reality and the Metaverse today,” said conference chair Chris Collins. “We look forward to hearing his thoughts on the next generation of open Metaverse platforms, including OpenSimulator.”

About the OpenSimulator Conference

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual evnet that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software.  Organised as a joint production by the Overte Foundation and AvaCon, Inc., the conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base.

The 2014 OpenSimulator Conference will take place on the OpenSimulator Conference Centre grid on November 8th and 9th, 2014, with registrations opening on September 15th, 2014, and interested parties can sign up to receive an email reminder to register.

The conference will include four themed tracks and a Learning Lab for hands on hackerspaces, speedbuilds, and more:

About the Organisers

The Overte Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages contribution agreements for the OpenSimulator project.  In the future, it will also act to promote and support both OpenSimulator and the wider open-source 3D virtual environment ecosystem.

AvaCon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth, enhancement, and development of the metaverse, virtual worlds, augmented reality, and 3D immersive and virtual spaces. We hold conventions and meetings to promote educational and scientific inquiry into these spaces, and to support organized fan activities, including performances, lectures, art, music, machinima, and much more. Our primary goal is to connect and support the diverse communities and practitioners involved in co-creating and using virtual worlds, and to educate the public and our constituents about the emerging ecosystem of technologies broadly known as the metaverse.

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4 thoughts on “High Fidelity founder to address OpenSimulator Conference

  1. So, let me get this straight… the keynote speaker of the OpenSimulator conference is a man who led a company that set back opensource for virtual worlds for years?

    What next? Leni Riefenstahl directing the Anne Frank Story?



  2. I don’t know a whole lot about Opensimulator, yet, but I am learning. From what I have read, after Mr. Rosedale left “the Lab”, is when “the Lab” cut off access to SL. Maybe I misread the articles, but I believe that is what I read.
    There are several things that I see, with OS, that need to be worked on. One of them being a better Physics engine that what is in use, currently. Also, maybe some useful and up to date help sections, as well.
    Also, I think that maybe a currency generator, even if it is only for use in Opensimulator environment, that would allow the use of actual in world currency, so that Money Management courses can be used to practically teach youngsters basic household economics.
    I am in no means a coder, nor do I pretend to be, however, I feel that this could be useful to schools and home educators, to use as practical, hands on approach, without using Real World money. Something as simple, as taking a student to a virtual world grocery store, and having them shop for a weeks worth of groceries with a set allowance, allowing for a price to be charged. No actual money needs to be exchanged, but it would allow for a more realistic view on how to handle and manage money for the Real World. After all, OpenSimulator is designed for creativity and education, so what a better way to combine the 2.


    1. The Lab was involved with IBM and others in initial work linking SL to OpenSimulator back in 2006/7. That work resulted in the first hypergrid teleport between SL and OpenSimulator in 2007.

      Not long after this, the Lab withdrew from co-operstive work, and this was well before Philip Rosedale departed (which came in 2010).


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