Second Life News: NMC Call For Proposals Through September 14th

September 2nd, 2009  |  Published in Second Life News

Proposals for presentations for the NMC Symposium for the Future, a special 2-day, live online event to be held October 27-29, 2009, are being solicited through September 14.  The Symposium, the fourteenth in the NMC’s Series of Virtual Symposia, will explore actual and potential applications of technology that could impact issues of global importance over the next five years and beyond. The applicability of technology — whether established or emerging — to the social, environmental, and educational challenges we face today is a central theme of the Symposium. Projects that test the applicability of new ideas, research into new solutions for global problems, and demonstrations of cutting-edge tools are all part of this exploration of the future.

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To register for the Symposium, visit
To submit a proposal, visit

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To help prospective proposal writers to frame their ideas about the conference themes, we have invited danah boyd (Microsoft Research and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society), Gardner Campbell (Baylor University), and Holly Willis (The Institute for Multimedia Literacy, USC), all people who have thought quite a bit about ideas behind this symposium, to craft a series of essays from three distinct perspectives on the topic.  Each of them has created an outstanding piece of writing that you will find stimulating and provocative. We invite you to read their essays, and post your own thoughts in response as you craft your own ideas for submission.

You can find their essays at

Proposals are encouraged on how emerging technologies might be applied to any of the following themes, but this list is not exhaustive and selections will not be limited to these categories:

•    Sustainability (physical and natural resources; economic resources; educational resources)
•    Renewable energy; clean energy
•    Global warming and its impacts
•    Ethics in the digital age
•    Politics in a globally connected World
•    Social issues

Other topics are encouraged as well — the NMC Symposium for the Future is designed as a forum for discussion of the real challenges that face our world and our society, and in particular, how emerging technologies might be applied to solve them.

Proposals for sessions and demonstrations may be submitted online at

This event continues the ongoing series of specially focused online gatherings that explore new ideas and issues related to technology, learning, and society.  The NMC Series of Virtual Symposia is itself an exploration of emerging forms of collaboration and tools.

Additional information about the Symposium can be found at

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