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Using AWS in or With Second Life? Exhibit in our Marketplace

Second_life_marketplace_2 One of the larger and more prominent features of the Amazon Developers Islands is a long, covered marketplace.

If you have ever been to South or Central America, you will see something familiar. Imagine a busy, chaotic and eclectic space, with goods of all sorts on exhibit, and lots of noise — a full-frontal sensory assault (well, except for the smell). That’s what I aim to replicate here.

If you use any of the Amazon Web Services and you have built something that runs in or with Second Life, I want to hear from you. Ditto, if you have built a “first life” application but know your way around Second Life.

For a limited time (until the space fills up or we run out of prims), you can create an exhibit in the markeplace. We’ve never done anything quite like this before so the rules could change, but here are the basics. First, reserve your space:

  1. Find a place in the market. Plan to occupy a space no larger than 5 meters wide,  2 meters deep, and 3 meters tall. Create a landmark at your space.
  2. Create a box the size and shape of your desired installation, and put your logo on it as a texture. Feel free to label it “coming soon.”
  3. Put the landmark in the box (open up your inventory, find the landmark, and drop it onto the box).
  4. Put a notecard in the box with full information about the object’s ownership and a short description of the exhibit.
  5. Locate Second Life resident Amazon Link and send the box to her (she’s the official owner of the islands).

Next, take some time and create your actual exibit, taking care to fit it into the shape that you reserved. I will hold the spaces for 2 weeks; this should give you enough time to make something cool.

Ideally, your exhibit will be thematically compatible with the island and with the marketplace. Don’t go overboard with ugly rotating things, don’t spam passers-by with notecards, and keep the scripting light. Represent your products accurately, and give the user a way to visit your own location. Be creative.

Use no more than 30 prims for the entire exhibit. Link it all together, again include the notecard and the landmark, and send it to Amazon Link.

I’m really looking forward to this new and exciting way to interact with developers, and hope that you would like to come along as well. I am open to other promotional ideas; just let me know.

Again, the rules could change as the marketplace matures, but for now this is first-come first-serve for relevant applications, with the proviso that Amazon Web Services has the final say in what we do or don’t show on our land. If you have any questions send me (Jeffronius Batra) an IM.

— Jeffronius;

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.