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Talking about OpenSim at the Kopiwa Open Innovation Symposium December 4, 2009

Posted 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 🙂



1. Kai Ludwig - December 5, 2009

Hi Justin.

If you find the time to visit our website http://www.opensimulator-club.de before Monday you could include some information about our projects in your talks at the Kopiwa Open Innovation Symposium.

Beside PixelPark and VirtYou we at TalentRaspel virtual worlds Ltd. are another german company working with OpenSimulator. We run some grids with interesting people and rich content, work on several interesting projects and just finished the conversion of our technology to a complete cloud computing based architecture (http://www.presseportal.de/pm/74238/1519949/talentraspel_virtual_worlds_ltd) that makes our hosting services very scalable.

If you have any question feel free to contact me by e-mail at info@talentraspel.de.


2. Anthony Minessale - December 5, 2009

As the author of FreeSWITCH [ http://www.freeswitch.org ] Its pretty cool to see it being used in such interesting ways.

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4. Maria Korolov - December 6, 2009

Justin —

Do you know if there are any services that run OpenSim instances for people? The Amazon EC2 cloud is a bit difficult for a non-technie to navigate. But a cloud-based OpenSim solution seems like a perfect fit for event planners, for example, who need to put up a lot of regions for short periods of time. You click and your region is up, you load in an OAR file, create your users, and you’re in business.


Maria Korolov
Editor, Hypergrid Business

5. justincc - December 8, 2009

@Kai – Thanks for the information. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to talk about much beyond Pixelpark’s projects and general OpenSim information at the symposium but I’m sure that people will be interested in what you’re doing.

@Anthony – Excellent. Thanks very much for all your work on FreeSWITCH 🙂

@Maria – I haven’t heard of any service that makes it really easy to spin up OpenSim instances on demand (unless Kai can tell us differently :). Sounds like a promising idea though if something could be overlaid on a general cloud service such as EC2. Getting comms between separate simulators would be tricky, though solvable imo.

6. Kai Ludwig - December 9, 2009

@Justin – Never mind. I hope your presentation went fine. It’s great to see OpenSimulator getting the deserved attention after nearly three years of heavy development. I think that we may expect to see great projects with it in 2010.

@Maria – We are launching a payed EC2 like service with a simplified frontend soon. It may best be describes as OpenSimulator-On-Demand or Click-A-Sim and will run on our own cloud computing network or alternatively on EC2 in the backend. Services like e.g. FreeSwitch, Moodle/SLoodle, preconfigured avatars and premade oars are preconfigured and optionally bookable. Upload of user-oars is also possible. A user friendly frontend to start/stop sims and make the necessary configurations is included and the service will be charged on a pay per use base that takes the allocated resources into account. Please drop me an email on info@talentraspel.de if you want to know more.

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8. Ener Hax - December 29, 2009

congrats on the speaking gig! my virtual partner, subQuark Hax, speaks about eLearning and loves it – hope you have fun =)

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