Talking about OpenSim at the Kopiwa Open Innovation Symposium December 4, 2009Posted by justincc in opensim, opensim-applications, opensim-integration, personal.
Hey folks. Just a short note to say that I’ll be talking about OpenSim at the Kopiwa Open Innovation Symposium (programme PDF) at Mülheim an der Ruhr in Germany on Monday 7th December 2009. This is in conjunction with Dirk Krause (Technical Director) and Markus Strickler (Senior IT Developer) of Pixelpark, the largest indepedent digital service agency in Germany (English information here). We’ll be discussing some of the experimental projects that Pixelpark have created using OpenSimulator, including virtual meeting spaces and training roleplay scenarios based on the OpenSim-In-A-Box project. OpenSim-In-A-Box is a pre-configured Amazon EC2 OpenSim instance produced by Pixelpark that comes ready-integrated with Freeswitch, a package that enables voice chat within OpenSim.
The symposium itself focuses upon the exploration of “Open innovation” rather than open-source virtual environments per se. Open innovation is the idea that in order to maintain or gain a competitive advantage in the world today, firms can no longer look chiefly to their own development labs. Instead, more than ever before they must co-operate with external entities, both the traditional, such as universities, and the non-traditional, such as individual freelancers and competitors.
This is particularly interesting in the context of open-source projects where innovation occurs out in the open and is accessible to everyone. The OpenSim project, in particular, provides a neutral playground where otherwise fierce competitors such as IBM and Intel co-operate with a myriad of smaller companies and individuals with cool ideas in order to build a common virtual environment platform. This then forms the basis for the next wave of innovative applications and virtual worlds.
Many thanks to PixelPark and in particular Dirk Krause, a long-time OpenSim enthusiast, for involving me in this. And apologies for the very short notice if anybody would have been interested in attending – I wasn’t too sure if I would be able to make it until very recently. The papers themselves will be released in book form early next year and I will be sure to link to any material that comes out on the web. Of course, I’m also very happy to discuss any of ideas in this blog or elsewhere 🙂