Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Jayjay Speaking at 8th UNESCO INST World Conference

Conference Section Leader Gwen Gwasi & UWA's Jayjay Zifanwe

At 12am slt on Friday, 26th November, UWA's Jayjay Zifanwe will taking the lead at the opening session of the SL portion of the RL/SL, 8th virtual and real INST World Conference, CCKS CITIES, CULTURES AND KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY, 25-28 November 2010, located in Vienna, Austria and via Second Life.

This conference is the 8th such world project since the first INST World Forum in the UNESCO-Center in Paris in 1999. The special feature of the CCKS-Conference is not only the expected number of participants (about 1 million from about 180 countries), but above all the virtuality in a new quality, in the questions, the new forms of cooperation, the formation of synergies and a polylogue with a scientific orientation of actions.

Special guest of this UNESCO sponsored event will be President Barack Obama.

Conference section leader, Gwen Gwasi commented, "There will be 1,500 - 2,000 people viewing on a screen at the conference location in Vienna, with an estimated audience of 1 million worldwide. Some 7000 scientists are closely linked to the INST, and the proceedings of this conference will be written up in the INST Magazine."

In spite of still having 25 stitches in his mouth following a recent operation, Jayjay said, "Those who have heard me speak before won't recognize my voice, but I didnt give a second thought as to pushing through. Opportunities like this do not happen everyday. Pioneers of the virtual world need to push through any difficulties we have as it is going to be a long uphill struggle for the virtual world to be viewed as it should be, which is an extension of the tools of communication and interaction we have in our arsenal, as opposed to something distinct, and seperate."

Anyone interested in attending the SL portion of the talk, tour of the UWA Campus and panel discussion is welcome

Location: Courtyard in front of UWA Winthrop Clocktower

Date & Time: 12am slt, Friday 26th November

Duration: 45 minutes

Panel discussion is on Universities in Second Life, and panelists are:
Monash University, Melbourne Australia, Scott Grant [Xilin Yifu]
University of Western Australia, Jay Jay Jegathesan [JayJay Zifanwe]
Freie Universität Berlin, Dr. Undine Frömming [Augenblick Winkler], Germany
1 VirtualVision [Micheal Armundsen], Australia
Moderation: David Richardson, Linnaeus University, Sweden

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