SLCC 2008 Afterthoughts

Thursday Night Group Picture

“Wow” really explains my feelings after an SLCC. Planning for this year’s SLCC has been one of the most difficult things I’ve done, however worth every moment and turned out to be a success. It’s hard for me to say what the convention means and the sort of experience that is shared, I have come away with one thought and that SLCC is very important. Possibly more than I thought of previously. In conversations with several first timers, they express the same joy and excitement I have in organizing the convention. They are excited, eager to participate in discussions, and reconnect with others after spending so much time, working, discussing, and interacting together online, a feeling that also resonates with organizers, volunteers and SLCC veterans.

This year’s Second Life Community Convention was great! I wanted to recap the convention but I could not keep enough notes to detail everything that went on. There are many highlights that play throughout my mind, names of people whom cards I have scattered in my luggage (which needs to get unpacked), pictures that need to be Flickred and posted that would cause this post to run several pages. I would inadvertently forget a name, an experience and the post will come crashing down. The one I will note is that I did finally get some rest (for those of you whom worried!); throughout this weekend, I think I have operated on roughly 8 hours sleep. This was due to many late evenings participating in discussions and events with others, enjoying the company only to have to wake up near 7 to work on the convention is something that I’ve gotten accustomed to with the SLCC. It shocked me that I could perform on two hours of sleep but that in of itself is horribly destructive (read: children do not do this at home!)

There are many interesting highlights and developments concerning SLCC 2008, many things that will change in the upcoming year, and many things that will be better and grow. This experience shows me there is a need to connect with each other and that must continue to happen because it is rich, rewarding and educational. In conversation it was mentioned that the SLCC is a “user” convention and wondered about the benefits of having such a thing. While he was correct, the SLCC is created by Second Life residents (or users) whom volunteer time to organize, plan and develop a plethora of content, the user is much more diverse than any other platform. There are many discussions, sights and items placed on display for the first time at the SLCC’s. I remember after San Francisco (2006) I expressed concern among other organizers that SLCC’s would become an uncontrollable trade-show environment where launches would dominate and would not properly represent the community. What I forgot and continually reminded is Second Life and its “users” are not all made from the same mold. Residents are entrepreneurs, educators, artists, musicians, and in all honesty unlike those of many other software platforms available. This develops a rich connection between “users”, the introduction of new releases and the structure of Second Life; the SLCC becomes many conventions in one. The magic is once a year it happens in one space at once.

SLCC is important and I always enjoy my time there and come away with many interesting memories, connections and thoughts. It’s a rich bond that connects people virtually, reality, and as a whole making it a worthwhile experience.

I can’t wait to see everyone again next year!

5 thoughts on “SLCC 2008 Afterthoughts

  1. “What I forgot and continually reminded is Second Life and its “users” are not all made from the same mold. Residents are entrepreneurs, educators, artists, musicians, and in all honesty unlike those of many other software platforms available. …SLCC is important and I always enjoy my time there and come away with many interesting memories, connections and thoughts. It’s a rich bond that connects people virtually, reality, and as a whole making it a worthwhile experience.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself!! I’m still in “wow” mode too and sort of dreading getting back to the mundane, but as I look at all the pictures people took, all the posts and stories and videos.. it amazes me. Thanks so much for saying what I’ve been thinking ever since I got on the plane and had a second to think!! :)

  2. Wow is right! What a perfect convention this was. A lot of reinforcments of things I knew as well as tons of great advice and ideas for the future. You did a wonderful job Nexeus and it was wonderful to meet you.

    You definatly looked beat on sunday so I am glad you got some rest. Thanks so much for all you did for all of us. You deserve a medal!

  3. Wow does not even explain all that went on at SLCC. All the discussions and which ones to attend to were difficult enough. Meeting an avatar face to face was really something else. I can understand only getting a few hours of sleep each night.

    You did a wonderful job DJing at the party and can understand why you were so worn out. It was a pleasure in meeting you and meeting everyone at SLCC.

  4. It’s always an interesting exercise to try to balance constituencies. I think you did a stellar job of it.

    I’d love to see a venue where we might see more launches of the myriad useful things that people build to improve the quality of life in SL. Then I remind myself that those will necessarily come in time, but in the stage we’re in now it’s probably far more important to foster community and the beginnings of basic sets of standards and mores.

    Attending SLCC took me back to my days consulting to people hooking up to the Internet in 1989 and at an ISP in 1993. We didn’t quite know where it was going, and the “killer app”, Mosaic hadn’t yet been written, but we had an abiding sense that people’s lives would change and for the better.

    I took some of that same sense home with me from SLCC.

    Thank you for all your hard work. It is appreciated.

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