Wednesday, October 22, 2014

20013 PEOPLE: "I believe I can fly." UWA 3 Minute Thesis Speech by Jay Jay Jegathesan: Freedom

"I believe I can fly." 
UWA 3 Minute Thesis speech by Jay Jay Jegathesan:
3 Minute Thesis Speech: Jay Jay Jegathesan, UWA School of Education & School of Physics
In 2009, I founded a fully immersive 3D UWA campus on the virtual world of Second Life, and we are now recognized as world leaders in global community development through this technology. This turned into my PhD, which examines how global communities have emerged through virtual worlds in particular among people with disability or chronic illnesses.
Image Used  for the Presentation 
(created with the help of quadrapop Lane & Dianne Elton)

UWA Second Life founder, Jay Jay Jegathesan is also a PhD student, completing a part time PhD on the topic of community and collaboration through virtual worlds. 
This video is taken from the semi-final round of the 2014 3-Minute Thesis competition where PhD students are asked to speak for 3 minutes on their PhD research using no technology or props aside from a single image.

News and Notes


Contests and dated calls/invitations/events

The Machinima 48 Hour Film Project

Weekend of 14 - 16 November 2014
Filmmakers from all over the variety of virtual worlds and games will compete to see who can make the best short film in only 48 hours. The winning film will go up against films from around the world.
Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
UWA Art & Film Challenges 2014 with L$1.03 Mil in Prizes, early entries 
Visit the UWA Challenge Gallery  to view the submissions so far:
    Note:I am running some submitted videos in this blog, but only those posted on YouTube.  Vimeo sometimes removes videos and so ruins the post. 

    Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds


    How to handle a Hypergrid address 

    From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day. 
    If you get a address that looks like this: it may take you to the exact coordinates if you paste it into the address bar of Firestorm

    Entrepreneurs call

    New Media Arts AMP report 

    FSR project Thursday, Oct 10   
    Camera Engineer Geo Meek 
    Director Bob Shurley (Thundergas Menges in SL)  
    Executive producer and Avateer Selby Evans (Thinkerer Melville in SL) 
    Spent Thursday evening capturing voice clips for scene 3 (Communion).  We got part of Mama's speeches done. 
    Mission:  Flying Saucers Return is a proof of concept project to demonstrate and document the feasibility of a plan to produce a video series in virtual worlds.  A video series requires, and the plan includes both the writing and the video production.    If the plan proves to be feasible, FSR may result in a commercial venture (thus separating from NMA, but with some of the same people.)   #FlyingSaucersReturn


    Video-Machinima in virtual worlds

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