MOSES (Military Open Simulator Enterprise Strategy) is a privately-hosted OpenSim environment with stringent security from hackers.
FVC (Federal Virtual Challenge) is an open, global Challenge to the world for the best implementations as demonstrated in/or with a virtual environment conducted to explore innovative and interactive solutions in virtual environments. Winners receive recognition, travel and cash.
MOSES Office Hours Transcript 24-Aug-2012
Douglas Maxwell: Tami Griffith works as the Project Manager for EDGE (Enhanced Dynamic Geosocial Environment). She is also the genesis and lead of the Federal Virtual World Challenge, now known as the FVC (Federal Virtual Challenge).
Tami Griffith: Let’s start with the website: http://fvc.army.mil. The intent of the Federal Virtual Challenge is to reach out to the real innovators in virtual environments and have them demonstrate how they might solve some of the tough problems we, in the government, are struggling with. Winners receive recognition, travel and cold-hard cash.
Every year we ask military folks what the tough problems are that they are struggling with; then we ask industry what they see as hot topics. The challenge’s focus areas are in the overlap area between the two. Yes, exactly like the X-prise idea.
So this year’s focus areas are a demonstration of how to train Critical Thinking/Adaptability in virtual environments and how to ‘seamlessly’ do locomotion in a virtual environment. The locomotion piece is focused on low-cost interface tools, for example, <$600 per user. One aspect of the Critical Thinking /Adaptability focus area is how you measure the trainee’s progress, i.e., how do you know that they developed critical thinking or adaptability skills as a result of the training.
It’s important to note that entries are *not* white papers, or concepts, but demonstrations. Evaluators should be able to enter a virtual environment and experience the critical thinking/adaptability training. We will replicate the interface entries in our lab to evaluate the locomotion focus area.
The reason we changed the name of the challenge from the Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge to the Federal Virtual Challenge, was to be more inclusive of various environments. You can use whatever environment you choose. We have space available in Second Life, and I’m sure Doug would allow space in MOSES, but that is meant to be supportive, not prescriptive. In the past we’ve received entries in Second Life, OpenSim, Unity, VBS2, PC’s and iPad’s. Smart Phones as well.
We award the challenge at the GameTech conference in Orlando. This year, the conference will be in April.
If you want to blog the email, I recommend using firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of the conference attendees (just under half) are government, the rest are industry and academia.
Kay McLennan (2011 Winner): The finalists’ entries and web sites are terrific, with the sites listed on the link Tami provided. Meeting other finalists and learning from them at GameTech was brilliant and the best part of the challenge.
Tami Griffith: Winners of the challenge have the opportunity to demonstrate their entries to the attendees of GameTech and are recognized during a lunch session that includes all attendees. The conference will run from the 17th to the 19th. Awards will likely be on the 18th. There are some good videos on the website that show last year’s conference and demo session. The opportunity to meet and greet like-minded folks can be helpful in a variety of ways. Some winners gained work opportunities, some additional government contracts due to these opportunities.
Entering the competition is free. You submit a webpage that describes your entry (details on the website). The deadline for entries is December 10. Remember – these are experiences, not papers. There is no need for there to be direct military scenarios. Keep in mind many of the other entries will be in immersive 3D spaces, so it would have to really bring something nice to the table to be competitive. And a smart phone app would work well, as long as you can make it accessible to the evaluators.