Vancouver's Utherverse Digital Inc., the creator of the Virtual World Web (VWW), is hosting the world’s first completely virtual convention. UtherConvention2011 will take place July 8th and 9th, which will showcase the best of virtual world technology while being held live on the 3D web.
It’s often said that large corporations will save millions of dollars by not sending employees to conferences across the world, but the real question is can the live real-world experience be replicated through video and virtual conferencing?
Do the cost savings outweigh that real-world experience?
They certainly can connect millions of people around the world that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the flight, conference and hotel costs.
Regardless, UtherConvention is charging less than a dollar for people to attend, and is only charging the 100-200 exhibitors under $50 for a booth.
The two-day conference will even include virtual cocktail parties, meet and greets, live entertainment, and a comedy show by popular Utherverse performer Patrick Maliha. Utherverse even concludes with the Player’s Ball, a high-end, invite-only reception.
That’s great news for the more than eight million registered membvers that use Utherverse’s 3D web browser off their PC and Mac to navigate a network of 60,000 virtual communities, where they conduct business in sophisticated ways not possible on the “flat” Internet.
Utherverse is even taking it one step further by hosting the World of Warcraft FANCON, a virtual convention for all those World of Warcraft players out there, and half a million people are expected to attend.
Utherverse CEO Brian Shuster says: “These conventions showcase the power of the 3D web….This technology opens up a whole arena of conferences that couldn’t happen before”.
With that being said, I guess if you weren’t already a gamer, it might be time to start thinking about preparing your avatar if virtual world conferencing takes off in more ways than we could have previously imagined.
Real-world, digital, or virtual worlds, there’s something for everyone, it just depends on your preferred taste, or you can participate in a mix of all three!