Somebody once told me I was one of the realest people she had ever met, so it’s odd that I find myself as one of the sponsors of a conference on virtual goods 🙂 From the website:
The Virtual Goods Summit is a one day conference focused on the emerging market opportunity for virtual goods and economies. Once restricted to the world of online gaming, virtual goods and currencies are beginning to influence the development of social networks, community sites, and many other new and exciting markets.
This year’s conference will bring together leading entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, technologists, and industry participants to spend the day discussing the present and future of this exciting new space.
The department I work for– Student Computing at Stanford University— is serving as the event sponsor. College students and soon-to-be college students (and definitely the demographic that will end up studying in the heart of Silicon Valley) are huge consumers of virtual goods and make up a large part, if not the majority of virtual communities. Hopefully, there will be more discussion for the academic at the conference, but the program and list of speakers are shaping up to look pretty good.