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Learn to Build an Open Wonderland Virtual World

Open Wonderland Foundation

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Learn to Build an Open Wonderland Virtual World

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Instructor: Nicole Yankelovich

In this 2 hour hands-on workshop, we will cover the basics of creating an Open Wonderland virtual world. By the end of the session you will have learned how to use the basic features of the environment, how to insert 2D and 3D applications into a world,  how to add images and presentations, and how to find and use 3D models from the Google 3D Warehouse. We will also cover how to enhance in-world objects with "capabilities," and how to arrange the objects that you have added.

This workshop is limited to 10 participants. We will add additional sessions if more people wish to sign up. Also, the session will be canceled if fewer than 3 people are signed up one day prior to the workshop date.

The workshop is free ($0), but participants may optionally include a donation in any amount to the Open Wonderland Foundation by entering an amount in the payment field above. Funds raised will go to providing future training and educational actitivites for the Open Wonderland community.

Technical Requirements:

  • Modern computer or laptop (minimum 1.5Ghz+, 1GB RAM)
  • Game-quality graphics card with hardware-accelerated OpenGL drivers installed
  • Access to open internet (not behind restrictive firewall)
  • Headset (iPod-style earbuds are fine, but microphone headset is ideal)
  • Microphone (a microphone headset is ideal, but a build-in laptop mic will be fine)

Pre-workshop Preparation:

Please do the following at least two hours prior to the start of the workshop:

  • Log on to the Open Wonderland Community Demo Server (
    • Use your first name as your Username and leave everything else as is
    • Click "Login"
  • Once the world loads, click on microphone icon to unmute
  • Speak into your microphone - your avatar name should turn red if audio is working
  • From the View menu, select "Front Camera"
  • From the Edit menu, select "Configure Avatar..."
  • Click "New"
  • Use the Configure Avatar dialog to create an avatar
  • Click "Use"

About the Instructor:

Nicole volunteers her time as the Executive Director of the Open Wonderland Foundation. She started the Wonderland project in 2007 as Principal Investigator of the Collaborative Environments research program at Sun Microsystems Laboratories. Upon leaving Sun in January 2010, Nicole helped to establish the Open Wonderland Foundation. Nicole is also a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Center for Educational Computing Initiatives as well as the CEO of WonderBuilders (, a consulting company that creates custom Open Wonderland virtual worlds for clients. She has an extensive background in designing tools for business and education collaboration.

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Open Wonderland Foundation

The Open Wonderland Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves as the governing body for the Open Wonderland 3D virtual world open source project.

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