The first Virtual Worlds Forum is being held in London next October 23-26 -- 45 speakers on the politics, economics, and sociology of virtual worlds and online games. I'll be speaking there as well.
Welcome: our pan-European virtual worlds conference is the meeting place for brands, corporates, virtual worlds, entertainment, media, IT and all those interested in exploring the business possibilities of virtual worlds. If you're interested in harnessing the power of virtual worlds to engage with clients, suppliers or customers, this is the place to be.
We have over 45 international speakers(and counting...) including keynotes from Lord Puttnam of Queensgate and Dr Colin Parris of IBM. And if you can't wait till October for our great content, check out our podcast: The Guardian's Jonathan Freedland in conversation with our advisory board member Professor Richard Bartle.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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