The wait is finally over! After receiving over 130 applications in January, the field has been narrowed to ten projects that we feel exemplify the criteria of the Linden Prize. Last year, we launched this annual award program to recognize a Second Life Resident, or team, with a $10,000 USD prize for an innovative inworld project that improves the way people work, learn, and communicate in their daily lives outside of the virtual world. We recognized two projects in 2009–honored as co-winners–Studio Wikitecture and Virtual Ability. To learn more about the Linden Prize, including criteria and eligibility, check out this link and the Linden Prize FAQs.
”Many programs in Second Life have greatly enhanced and changed thousands of lives around the world and we, at Linden Lab, are not only inspired by their accomplishments, but also want to formally recognize the best-of-the-best with a Linden Prize,” said Mark Kingdon (SL: M Linden), CEO of Linden Lab. ”There were so many wonderful projects to choose from this year and I want to thank all of the Linden Prize applicants and congratulate the 10 finalists. Regardless of who wins, the world is a better place because of you.”