For the past few months we have been holding a successful series of interactive events at the conferences where we are invited, called the Spime Design Workshops.
We have found that even people who are familiar with technology, have a hard time getting adjusted to the new orders of magnitude involved in thinking about the Internet of Things. As it is sometimes the case in phase-changing systems, the quantitative changes have substantive qualitative consequences that are not necessarily intuitive.
Now we are extending these workshops by eliminating one of the limiting factors in their success, geographic proximity: we are announcing today a new series of events, the Spime Design Workshops in Second Life!
The advantages of setting the Spime Design Workshops up in Second Life, on top of the usual ones of virtual worlds, are that everything we want to achieve in the physical world is already available there:
every object is connected, and knows about its own structure, capabilities, permissions, life-cycle, etc.!
We also feel that being able and get the event hosted each month by a different entity playing out its view of the Internet Of Things, and applying its unique slant to our message, is going to guarantee a heightened interest for the series. We are starting in Second Life, but of course the concept can
be extended to other online worlds as they become relevant, and capable of sustaining a complex collaborative effort like ours.
The workshops are held once a month on different lands, and last two-three hours, starting at 1PM PST. They begin with a brief but provocative assignment, and concentrate mostly on the brainstorming work of 3-4 groups of 3-5 people who at the end of the event present their ideas and their findings.
Participation in the workshop is free, and in order to maximize its value, each workshop is for a limited number of participants. Make sure that you reserve your place by filling out the application form! You will be notified in case of approval, and you will receive all the details that will enable you to effectively prepare for the workshop of your choice. The first event is next week already, and we still have some positions available…
Of course if your organization is interested in hosting an event on your land, let us know, and we will be more than happy to accomodate your request in our calendar.
Spime Design logo image cc-by Dennis Mancini
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