MetaMeets 09

May 24, 2009

MetaMeets09 ended successfully. At first I feared I wouldn’t be able to make it but then MrTopf and me entered the car and went to wonderful Amsterdam. He was life blogging most of the time which makes a great read-up. We left on Saturday somewhat earlier.

I met several very interesting and fun people. The organisation was perfect especially regarding that it was their first time putting this all together. The only thing that probably nobody thought about was a tweet wall, but people were on twitter most of the time and formed a second communication channel.

The talks were interesting and despite the fact that the Lindens wouldn’t come it was very Second Life-y as was to be expected.  That’s why I liked the contrast that was introduced by ActiceWorlds‘s MD Emmanuel P. Gruijs. Active Worlds is a feature complete, very affordable out of the box solution that has been here for ages and proved to be a valid solution for many companies including IBM which uses it for meetings with 50+ guests as was explained by David van Gent in his talk.

In the evening I bought a CD from Xander Nichting and saw him play live with a couple of others in an Irish Pub (the Molly Malone) in Amsterdam – a remarkable event that was streamed live into the Blarney Stone in SecondLife hosted by Ham Rambler.

Dizzy Banjo, Bartholomew Kleiber and Bevan Whitfield in their RL avatars

Dizzy Banjo, Bartholomew Kleiber and Bevan Whitfield in their RL avatars. I seem to find this amusing.

I ripped this pic from MrTopfs Flickr stream (mine is here) showing some dude next to Dizzy Banjo and Bevan Whitfield.

Thanks from me to all people attending, I had a great time!