to the Consortium Meeting Prepared February 3, 1996
A. REPORT ON VISIT TO APPLE, WORLDS AND CONSTRUCT
Jim and Bruce visited Bonnie Nardi at Apple. She is a resident Anthropologist and involved with ACM CHI. We talked about CONTACT, the Consortium, and demonstrated AlphaWorld and Worlds Chat. She was impressed and agreed to speak on our panel at CONTACT XIII. She gave us advise on CHI96 and suggested other people we might want to interest in the organizations. It is our hope that we can hold a brainstorming session at Apple or another company and attract a network of people interested in contact and culture in network-hosted virtual worlds.
Bruce then visited Worlds and Construct to finalize speaker commitments and renew some of the contacts we made there this fall.
B. PRELIMINARY CONSORTIUM TRACK AT CONTACT XIII
Jim, Reed and Bruce have been working on the Consortium Track at CONTACT XIII. We have several committed speakers for our sessions. Please review the preliminary program. We can all participate to make changes or additions and finalize the program. If you would like to participate as a speaker or volunteer to find other speakers or help with logistics at the conference, please let us know.
To be held on Saturday afternoon, March 9.
I) PANEL ON CONTACT IN DIGITAL SPACE: 50 minutes with break time
1. Introduction of the Consortium, its background and goals to the CONTACT Community by Jim and Reed: 5 minutes
2. Introduction of the panel and demonstration (by tape or live) of actual 3D worlds of contact by Bruce: 15-20 minutes.
3. Short round of commentary from the panelists (10 minutes), including:
a) Reed Riner4. Audience questions: 10-15 minutes
b) Jim Funaro
c) Todd Goldenbaum or Mark Meadows
d) Bonnie Nardi of Apple Computer, Inc.
e) Maclen Marvit of Worlds, Inc.
II) BUILDING 3D CYBERSPACE WORLDS:
Presented by Todd Goldenbaum, Mark Meadows and James Waldrop from Construct, Inc. They will present a live demonstration of recent projects implemented in VRML which employ avatars and interaction.
Time: 45 minutes with time for audience interaction.
C. CONSORTIUM FORMAL DEMONSTRATION AT CHI 96
We are all set for CHI96 and our formal demonstration on Wednesday, April 17 from 12:45 to 1:30pm at the Vancouver Convention Center. This is the major conference in the human-computer interaction field. Check it out on the web at:
We should make valuable contacts and hopefully build our active membership. Jim and Bruce are planning to attend. See us for conference registration and information materials if you are interested.
If you would like a copy of the paper, it is at:
and will be put on our web site and the CHI96 website and published in their conference companion.
D. PARTICIPATION IN 24 HOURS IN CYBERSPACE FEBRUARY 8, 1996
We helped Above All Odds Publishing to create their program for inhabited virtual worlds for this worldwide event. Photographers will be both on-line and on location to shoot for 24 hours on Feb. 8. A special web site at http://www.cyber24.com will document the event and their will be a classic coffee table book produced by the summer. For those of you who want to participate in a live construction of a building in AlphaWorld on that day, download AlphaWorld and check out the town newspaper, all instructions are posted there.
E. DEMONSTRATION OF ALPHAWORLD
If you are interested, we could demo AlphaWorld at this meeting.
F. CZECH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY PROJECTS
Pavel Slavik created courses and projects at CVUT this fall based partly on our help. They created a Virtual Prague. Check it out at:
He is willing to have students do projects (technical) for us this spring or possibly host a forum via email. He is very committed to doing something for the Consortium.
G. SOME ACTION ITEMS
1. Follow-up on possible future visits to Worlds, Construct, Apple, Xerox PARC etc. We could van-pool several of us up their for a good live demo of the latest!
2. Conference support, projector, video, timing, reg materials to Construct folks etc.
3. Assistance for those who want to participate in 24hrs in Cyberspace.
4. Methods to increase our membership
5. Volunteers to work on ccon.org web site.
6. New home for ccon.org web site or sharing of costs?
end of report.
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