An extended Welcome and background information from DigiGardener
(Bruce Damer), Co-Director of the Contact Consortium (www.ccon.org)
and chief running-around gopher for Avatars2000:
the past five years, the Contact Consortium has been gathering together
the global community of pioneers who are "colonizing Cyberspace".
What to we mean by colonizing Cyberspace? Well, in the beginning
of the net there was the word, with email, usenet, MUDs and other
ingredients of an all-textual online experience. Next came the document,
with the Web and its many offshoots. And now finally we are moving
toward putting the *space* in Cyberspace with the rise of graphical
virtual worlds inhabited by people interacting in real time using
digital personae known as "avatars", your graphical alter ego in
So Why Boldly Go into Avatar Cyberspace?
do communities of avatar citizens believe so strongly in their virtual
worlds? Well, perhaps because they are a new medium for human contact
unlike any other in our history. A virtual world is a space you
design, a story you live in, and a personal community you create.
It is a place that exists nowhere but everywhere with properties
and geography bound only by the limits of human imagination. Attend
Avatars2000 and experience this for yourself. On one day only, Sunday
October 15, 2000 you will be able teleport to our fabulous space
station and go on to tour a whole solar system of worlds used for
learning, collaborative work, artistic expression, interpersonal
discovery, scientific inquiry, creative commerce, and just good
fun. Its all available at http://www.ccon.org,
the Contact Consortium home page.
like the last two last year's ground breaking online events, Avatars98
Inside Cyberspace, and Avatars99 Colonizing Cyberspace will take
place partly inside virtual worlds and at in-person event locations
all around the planet. This year's event will feature:
- A fantastic multi-ring space station to explore
- Fantabulous spacey avatars to try on
- A Big Board of live speakers
- The Outer Planets Tours Of Worlds
- The Out of This World Art Gallery
- Exhibits in the Cybertradeshow
- A whole torus ring of webcams from
- The ever popular Avvy Awards
- A link to VLearn3D 2000, a conference
on virtual spaces for learning to be held the previous day, October
- And a one time only cosmic event following the avvy awards at
6pm US Pacific Coast TIme.
Avatars2000 you will experience the people, places, stories and
communities emerging in the first true Cyberspaces on the cusp of
the millennium. Join our team and be part of this exciting event.
Last and not least, we would like to thank all of our volunteer
builders, community organizers, web designer (thanks Simon Tann
of Aurora Web Effects,
http://www.ourinternet.com/stann.html), contributors and sponsors.
Thanks also to ActiveWorlds.com
for providing worlds and support.
Digi off the record
why am I doing this, well hey, for me this is the most exciting
thing in technology I have ever experienced (and I have been in
computing coming on 20 years now)! This is the Cyberspace of our
dreams, a Cyberspace that takes its inspiration from the Matrix
in William Gibson's Neuromancer and from the Metaverse in Neal Stephenson's
Snow Crash. This is a Cyberspace of inhabited virtual worlds, worlds
which will take you way beyond the web. This is not just an interface,
it is a real place! In 1996 we celebrated the birth of a new medium
with the first conference on inhabited virtual worlds, Earth to
Avatars. In '97 we met again in San Francisco for Avatars 97. In
1998 and 1999 we took the bold step of moving the conference online
and inside Cyberspace which reached a whole new global audience.
In 2000 join the Contact Consortium, its members and supporters,
and make history again on Sunday October 15th for Avatars2000, Cyberspace
for a New Millennium!
Have Avatar Will Travel!
DigiGardener (Bruce Damer)
Read about the "real Digi" at: www.damer.com