The Conference Board Holds Its First ‘Virtual’ Meeting on Second Life, the 3-D Online Digital World

I am a member of the Conference Board through IBM and recently they announced an event that caught my eye.  On June 15, 2007, The Conference Board Council of Telecommunications Executives in cooperation with Columbia University's Business School Institute for Tele-Information will host a meeting onsite at Columbia University in New York City with part of this event being held within Second Life via the IBM SOA facility.   

As I have been experimenting holding business meetings in Second Life since last September, the meeting sounded very interesting to me.  So I signed up. 

There is little doubt in my mind that the future Internet and Intranets will be 3-D enabled.  These simulated and virtual environments provide the user with a very different and enriching experience they do not get from 2-D websites. 

Virtual worlds such as Second Life are emerging as a fast growing Internet-based environment that has attracted the interest of a wide range of participants.  Second Life participants range from entrepreneurs to large multinational enterprises that have established "virtual stores" online.  Companies experimenting in Second Life include: IBM, ABN-AMRO, Sears, Circuit City (CC), General Motors (GM), Toyota Motor (TM), Dell (DELL), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Sun Microsystems (SUNW), Reuters Group (RTRSY), Wal-Mart (WMT), Intel (INTC), American Express (AXP) and many others.

The Conference Board meeting sounds very interesting as there will be a virtual portion where those of us who will not be able to be in NY to attend the meeting in person can attend virtually.  I will most likely be attending only the virtual portion through my avatar (named Jett Chambers).

For more information on this upcoming meeting, go to