Presented by the HBS Educational Technology Group, The Harvard Interactive Media Group and the Harvard College Entrepreneurship Forum

What: Five virtual world experts will examine the ways in which the metaverse is influencing, and can influence, business and education.

When: Thursday, Sept. 27th, 2:00-5:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Where: Spangler Auditorium, Harvard Business School campus. See campus map for directions.

Registration: RSVP to register for this event. The event is free, but registration is limited.


2:00-2:10 Welcome and Introductions: Melissa Dailey of the HBS Educational Technology Group and Ben Decker, President of the Harvard Interactive Media Group

2:10-2:40 Keynote John Lester

John Lester is Linden Lab's Boston Operations Director and Academic Program Manager. John will discuss how Second Life can be used as a platform for learning, focusing on strategies for success. John is pictured holding a 3D representation of his Second Life avatar, "Pathfinder Linden."

2:40-3:00 Dr. Philip D. Long

Dr. Philip Long, of the MIT office of Education & Technology, and Chairman of the Board of the New Media Consortium, will describe what's driving the growth of the NMC campus and community, the largest educational presence in Second Life, occupying the virtual equivalent of more than 500 acres.

3:00-3:20 Bill Lichtenstein

Bill Lichtenstein, award-winning former producer for 20/20, World News Tonight, and Nightline, organized the first public radio broadcasts to air live from Second Life, featuring Kurt Vonnegut and a performance by Suzanne Vega, in August, 2006. Bill will discuss how virtual worlds are a new medium that allow us to convey experiences, rather than just transmit images and information.

3:20-3:40 Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Dr. Jonathan Reichental, IT Industries and Innovation Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers, will discuss how virtual worlds are part of a larger movement towards a societal, ubiquitous virtuality and how this is beginning to impact enterprises and how it may play out in the future.

3:40-4:00 Hilary Mason

Hilary Mason, Assistant Professor in New Media and Computer Science at Johnson & Wales University, led the development of Virtual Morocco in Second Life. Her talk will examine the radical expansion of learning opportunities available in virtual environments and best practices for educators.

4:00-5:00 HBS Professor Bob Eccles

HBS Professor Bob Eccles will engage the audience in an interactive panel discussion with all five speakers.

For More Information

For more information, contact Melissa Dailey, HBS BrainGain organizer, or Ben Decker, President of the Harvard Interactive Media Group.