You will remember that last year we set Greater IBMers a challenge to create a 2-min video promoting Greater IBM, using Second Life. ‘Machinima’ is the ability to create films inside of virtual worlds, or 3D film-making. This challenge for The Greater IBM Connection was to create a short (less than two minutes) video trailer about Greater IBM that would explain the network and some of its main features, using the 3D virtual world Second Life. The videos had to be produced by a team of 2-4 people from The Greater IBM network, and teams had to include at least one alumni IBMer and one current IBMer. Teams received some support tools, including ‘The Art of Machinima’ book & CD, and there were some training sessions in Second Life to share tips and ideas. The prizes offered were as follows:
First prize: An Archos
AV500 mobile digital video recorder.
Second prize: A Fabjectory model of their Second Life
Third prize: A
$25 Amazon gift certificate
The judging criteria emphasized innovation, concepts and storyline rather than editing skills, to make the challenge accessible to all. A recap of the final awards ceremony follows.
On Friday, we held an awards ceremony to reward the winners followed by an afterparty featuring a disco and Theme Park.
We started the event with the video intro which one of the teams had kindly prepared for us.
People started arriving in “I Auditorium” on the IBM innovation islands over an hour before the event started. The dress code was smart, so many people had gone out and bought virtual tuxedos and ball gowns. As we started, we welcomed the finalists up the red carpet with a round of applause and then watched their videos on the big screens we’d setup.
Next, I pulled out a golden envelope with the results in and announced the winners.
The winners were (click to watch their videos):
1st Lets Connect
2nd The New World
3rd Introduction to Greater IBM and Second Life
A kind attendee posted this video of the event from their perspective here! Thank you!
Here’s some of the snapshots I took of the event and afterparty:
Finalists watch their videos on the big screen.
The crowd in IBM 7. Note that people a long way away are not drawn.
The afterparty disco… Boris on decks…
As part of the GreaterLand Theme Park, Timeless Prototype kindly placed his replica of the London Eye for us.
Bumper Cars at dawn!
162 people attended the premier – a record for a single location IBM event.
Thanks for all the kind comments from everyone, including the nice
people over at Eightbar.