We’ve noted the many threads of conversation on the forums, the blogosphere and other networks. It’s a mark of your passion and dedication, and it’s amazing to watch. We’d like to engage in the conversation across the board, but mostly we hope that we can engage you all to make sure this is a fantastic celebration.
Before we kick off the event though, we want to spend a little time clarifying in order to clear up some of the confusion around the submission process and policy.
All exhibits are PG, because we want to make the SL5B as inclusive as possible. All Residents, from all communities, and all countries are welcome to attend, exhibit, volunteer and build. We’re thrilled that 60% of our Residents hail from outside the United States, reflected in roundtables from Japan’s Keio University to your fellow Resident musicians around the world.
As a result, we are reviewing and approving content to make sure it matches our PG guidelines. This insures all exhibits are appropriate for a worldwide audience, and showcases your amazing talent, innovation and creativity. Please note that this in no way reflects a change in overall policy. Second Life will remain as open as it always has.
Dusty Linden and the SL5B team of Resident organizers are busily constructing the space to accommodate over 250 exhibitors, over 100 live musicians and DJs from around the world (so far!). They have a special note for all the Residents who are dedicating their time to their exhibits.
Special Note for Exhibitors
Since last year, the SL birthday event has grown from one week to two, and some exhibitors are confused about how long they will be allowed to exhibit. If you are part of the arts and culture sections, you should be ready to exhibit and start doing your fine tuning on the 20th. The gates open on the 23rd. You are welcome to exhibit for the whole two weeks of the event, and we hope you will!
Beginning on week 2, (June 30) we will begin to shift focus and add more events and exhibits in the Education, Business Solutions and Nonprofit categories. If you are part of these categories, you have an extra week to prepare, and you will be located on the regions called Edit, Linked, Rotate and Stretched. However, if you can complete their exhibits on time for the opening on the 23rd, we welcome it!