Australia’s accountants embrace Second Life

by Lee Hopkins on October 15, 2008 · 8 comments

in academic research,public speaking,second life,second life & 3d virtual worlds

Last night I and Lindy McKeown presented at the CPA Congress here in Australia.

But rather than fly to Melbourne, Sydney or the Gold Coast we presented in-world, at a venue built especially for the event.

To say they (the CPA organisers) were nervous would be a MASSIVE understatement! I could see their avatars shaking from the podium {grin}.

But to everyone’s delight the event went swimmingly well. Naturally, there are always little gremlins that creep into any event and do their best to cause niggling annoyances, but they were kept to a minimum and the feedback from the audience has apparently been incredible. Even at the event itself, during the Q&A session after Lindy (‘Decka Mah’ in-world) and I (as ‘Lee Laperriere’) had presented, the interest in repeating the concept and running more presentations and events in-world was very strong.

"Just to say congrats on a good seminar. I found it very good in terms of the venue layout, technicalities and content…I rarely can get into London, so miss out on most CPA Australia events even when they’re held over here, and am delighted to have been able to attend this."

As one of the organising team, Alex Dalidakis, said in an email to Lindy and I:

On behalf of the CPA Australia Second Life project team I’d like to say a very big thank-you for last night. As this was our very first event in Second Life we were all a little nervous to say the least. Your enthusiasm and help throughout the development of our Second Life event was amazing and without this support the session would not have been the success it was.

Alex has written a great post on his reflections on the day, too.

Here’s some photos I took during the event…

Isabella Scheflo at the cpa australia conference

Decka Mah (Lindy McKeown) at the presenter's podium, cpa australia congress 18aug2008

Helen Mitchell at the cpa australia conference 2008

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Lee Laperriere and Decka Mah at the cpa australia congress 2008

angelina-at-the-cpa-australia-conference2008

 

helen-anjelina-me-at-cpa-australia-conference2008 

click here to download the pdf of my cpa australia presentation

More photos on my flickr Second Life set. And there’s a tag set up for photos from all of us there: cpaaustralia-sl

If you want to avail yourself of the presentation I gave, feel free to download it as a pdf [2mb].

Many kudos to the team behind the whole in-world event: Helen Mitchell, Julie Egonidis, Marcus Coghlan and Alex Dalidakis, as well as the crew from NetEffective.

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  • http://www.skribeproductions.com/ skribe

    Hi Lee:

    Something else you might consider for future SL events is providing a video, either highlights or the whole she-bang. Pictures and presentations are nice but for those that wish to attend but can’t, for one reason or another, nothing beats video.

    Just some thoughts,

    skribe

  • http://www.skribeproductions.com skribe

    Hi Lee:

    Something else you might consider for future SL events is providing a video, either highlights or the whole she-bang. Pictures and presentations are nice but for those that wish to attend but can’t, for one reason or another, nothing beats video.

    Just some thoughts,

    skribe

  • http://helmitch.blogspot.com/ Helen Mitchell

    Hi Skribe,

    I’m one of the organisers of the CPA Australia SL event, and I’m pleased to say that I have some good news for you on the video/machinima front.

    We’ve uploaded some highlights on YouTube:
    * venue walk-through: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je5gnqkE_AE
    * session highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmEEBfhwJdY

    cheers
    Helen

  • http://helmitch.blogspot.com Helen Mitchell

    Hi Skribe,

    I’m one of the organisers of the CPA Australia SL event, and I’m pleased to say that I have some good news for you on the video/machinima front.

    We’ve uploaded some highlights on YouTube:
    * venue walk-through: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je5gnqkE_AE
    * session highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmEEBfhwJdY

    cheers
    Helen

  • http://www.skribeproductions.com/ skribe

    Good to see. Thanks for the follow-up, Helen.

    Cheers,

    skribe

  • http://www.skribeproductions.com skribe

    Good to see. Thanks for the follow-up, Helen.

    Cheers,

    skribe

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