Linden Lab's CFO John Zdanowski addresses SLACPA members on CPA Island in Second Life while speaking to a "live" audience of four hundred CFOs at the CFO Rising Conference in Orlando, Florida. This is what is known as a mixed reality event when you mix a traditional "live" conference event with a virtual reality event.
Using a microphone and hooked up to the conference sound system, both audiences were able to interact via voice and chat. John Z's alter ego, Zee Linden is shown in the pictures (he's the buff blonde guy) speaking to almost thirty SLACPA members who came to see his presentation in Second Life. The virtual audience was able to interact with John and the audience in Florida could actually hear the questions from our SL audience.
CPAs, Accounting Educator's, CPA firm administrators, a CPA Firm COO, and several MACPA staffers were among the SLACPA attendees in the virtual world.
The feedback from the SL audience was great, despite some technical sound difficulties for some of our attendees. We learned that you have to play with the voice and sound preferences - clicking on the voice icons on bottom right of your screen and then adjusting the volume slider to hear, a well as checking the voice preferences in your setup.
I thought Zee's presentation was great and we will be offering the update to this event during the Maryland Business Expo on June 18th at 2:15pm - 3:05 pm (EST) 11:15 am - 12:05 pm (PST /SLT).
This will be another "mixed reality" event with Zee broadcasting to our "live" audience from inside Second Life, and of course to our virtual participants. The CPE credit will be possible thru the use of Web 2.0 technologies using our blog to host the materials, bio, and other required content and a post session survey.
For a recap of the presentation see our post Here's a Look at Second Life's Business Potential