Philip Rosedale,Virtual World Creator and Erik Valdman at IdeaCity 2009
(Philip Rosedale founded San Francisco-based Linden Lab in 1999 and has led the creation of the virtual world of Second Life from initial concept to a market-leading virtual world, with a robust economy and a global population. As a pioneer in the virtual world industry, he is actively involved in the strategy, development and design of Linden Lab’s products, including the world of Second Life and the Second Life Grid platform. )
What a surprise…Thursday June 18th 2009 I got to present at IdeaCity! (sharing the stage with great visionaries such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Ali Velshi/CNN, Pete Worden/ NASA, Preston Manning, Pascal Lee, NASA Haughton-Mars Project Lead, Josef Penninger, Prominent Genetics Investigator and 45 other scientists, explorers, artists and activists) I really got ” lucky” when Randi Zuckerberg, Director of Market Development, Facebook got stuck at the airport in New York City, and could not make it to present that evening…as I saw Moses Znaimer’s index finger pointing at me, from behind the stage curtains (I was sitting at the third row) I had 3 minute notice and I was on stage…
ideaCity, also known as ‘Canada’s Premiere Meeting of the Minds’, is an eclectic gathering of artists, adventurers, authors, cosmologists, doctors, designers, entertainers, filmmakers, inventors, magicians, musicians, scientists and technologists.
Fifty of the planet’s brightest minds converge on Toronto each June to speak to a highly engaged audience. Only 497 are privileged to attend.
Produced and presented by Moses Znaimer, ideaCity is not themed around any one topic, issue or business. There are no scripted speeches or, breakout or parallel sessions. Rather, everyone is in one place and in on the same narrative.