The USC Network Culture Project held an opening session where Cory Ondrejka, former CTO of Linden Lab and current fellow at USC, announced the Second Life and the Public Good Community Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to build or create something in Second Life that would enhance, develop, or sustain the public good. They will be accepting proposals and choosing submissions based on based on how well they demonstrate the significance of virtual worlds for making an impact on society or culture.
They say that:
Up to three finalists will be selected by community vote. The finalists will be provided with a $100,000L per month building stipend (and land, if required) for three months to execute their proposal. The projects will be showcased in Second Life at the State of Play conference to be held in Chicago, October 2008.
Projects may address any social need and could include conservation, human rights and international justice, global peace and security, reproductive health, digital media and learning, or juvenile justice. Proposals should provide a clear description of how the project uses the abilities of Second Life to advance the project goals and should provide clear metrics for assessing the success of the project.
For more information on upcoming sessions and how to submit your proposal, click here.