Last fall, Linden Lab announced the inaugural Linden Prize, a $10,000 award for projects that help make Second Life practical for the real world.  Today Linden announced that Studio Wikitecture and Virtual Ability  had tied for the prize, and each will be receiving $10,000 worth of Linden dollars.  


Wikitecture works to develop tools and systems for geographically dispersed design teams to work on the same architecture and urban planning projects. The highlight of its efforts is the WIki-Tree, a 3D model of a wiki that lets users collaborate in real time in the virtual world. Their efforts also previously won the Founder’s Award in the  AMD Open Architecture Challenge after desining a clinic for a remote Nepalese location.

Virtual Ability works to help people with disabilities acclimate to and use Second Life. With more and more research showing benefits for disabled users in virtual environments–ranging from physical therapy for burn victims or amputees to mental therapy for PTSD or troubled children–the applications seem particularly useful.

“How do you measure the value of a project? Should making a deep impact on a select group of individuals weigh heavier than making an impact on a large population? Ultimately that wasn’t a question we could answer, so we decided to honor both projects,” said Mark Kingdon, CEO, Linden Lab. “The reach, scope and success of all the entries – exemplified by the winners – demonstrates how individuals and organizations are using Second Life to improve the overall human condition, something Linden Lab has strived for since day one.”

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11 Responses to Linden Gives Out $20k In Prizes For Second Life Projects

  1. Tony says:

    FYI, the prize is $10,000 USD (not Linden dollars)

  2. Joey Seiler says:

    Fixed. Thanks for the heads up. For some reason I thought it was being paid in lindens, but still $10k.

  3. John F says:

    I wonder… if the prize is awarded in Linden dollars to their SL account, would the winner be subject to the 3.5% fee that Linden Labs charge to withdraw funds from SL?

  4. Tateru Nino says:

    The prize is Linden Dollars to the value of $10,000USD.

  5. Tateru Nino says:

    I missed pasting the link. It’s right here in the prize FAQ: http://lindenlab.com/lindenprize/faq

  6. Tateru Nino says:

    I missed pasting the link. It’s right here in the prize FAQ: http://lindenlab.com/lindenprize/faq

  7. Joey Seiler says:

    Thanks, Tateru. It’s fixed again.

  8. Linden Lab Scam says:

    Perhaps Linden should try to explain why they allow online gambling again in Second Life. Take a look around, look at the classifieds, advertisements for over 100000 Linden dollar per week for online gambling activities. I checked with Linden and they say they allow them again, Zyngo online gambling, Deal and so on. They claim that they are games of skill while they clearly aren’t. At the moment there are at least 40 sims online where gambling is taking place again. Just see how much in classifieds is paid each week to promote online gambling in Second Life. Linden collects all that money, they collect all the tier for all those gambling islands. On the other hand they want to move porn to its own adult continent but are in clear violation with their payment processors, the credit card companies and Paypal. Linden Lab yet again shows what a garbage company they are, yet again they sold sims to people who invested a lot of money to set up casinos, they collect the money from the advertisements but once they will start to get complaints again they will wipe out all those businesses and again they will collect tons of money out of people by allowing illegal online betting.
    Linden Lab allows illegal online gambling on their network and even support it trying to boost the numbers of their economy again. 40 sims times 295 USD = 141600 USD per year in income out of gambling activities, this is just the beginning again, it is just starting again, you can see many new casinos are opening each single day now. Again it will be the people who will lose when Linden closes the casinos down after being contacted by the legal institutions.

  9. Linden Lab Scam says:

    Perhaps Linden should try to explain why they allow online gambling again in Second Life. Take a look around, look at the classifieds, advertisements for over 100000 Linden dollar per week for online gambling activities. I checked with Linden and they say they allow them again, Zyngo online gambling, Deal and so on. They claim that they are games of skill while they clearly aren’t. At the moment there are at least 40 sims online where gambling is taking place again. Just see how much in classifieds is paid each week to promote online gambling in Second Life. Linden collects all that money, they collect all the tier for all those gambling islands. On the other hand they want to move porn to its own adult continent but are in clear violation with their payment processors, the credit card companies and Paypal. Linden Lab yet again shows what a garbage company they are, yet again they sold sims to people who invested a lot of money to set up casinos, they collect the money from the advertisements but once they will start to get complaints again they will wipe out all those businesses and again they will collect tons of money out of people by allowing illegal online betting.
    Linden Lab allows illegal online gambling on their network and even support it trying to boost the numbers of their economy again. 40 sims times 295 USD = 141600 USD per year in income out of gambling activities, this is just the beginning again, it is just starting again, you can see many new casinos are opening each single day now. Again it will be the people who will lose when Linden closes the casinos down after being contacted by the legal institutions.

  10. Father Jones says:

    Too many people are losing too much money on Zyngo. And it is for sure a gambling game first class. Even with the blue and green jokers, it is definitly a game of chance, like bingo is considered one. Talking about too much money, I mean like people playing for 1000 USD in one hour. Did you guys ever searched for high roller places with Zyngo? You can play machines there for 5000 (17 USD)up to 50000 Linden Dollars (175 USD) a game, with pots to win up to 1 million Linden Dollars (3500 USD). And that is what the creator of the game and the owners of those places call an innocent game of skill for fun? I wonder when someone will have the guts to bring this to the right people, the press, the financial company’s Linden Lab is depending on, and also of course the US government,… We are not only talking about Zyngo in this matter. There are lots of ‘zyngo-clones’ produced lately by other programmers that are made for the very same purpose: making huge money, not just the money you need to buy you a pair of shoes, a piece of land and a house to live in your virtual world. Millions of dollars are running around in this gamblingbusiness on Second Life. Anyone doubting my words: just take a look yourself inworld.

  11. Father Jones says:

    Too many people are losing too much money on Zyngo. And it is for sure a gambling game first class. Even with the blue and green jokers, it is definitly a game of chance, like bingo is considered one. Talking about too much money, I mean like people playing for 1000 USD in one hour. Did you guys ever searched for high roller places with Zyngo? You can play machines there for 5000 (17 USD)up to 50000 Linden Dollars (175 USD) a game, with pots to win up to 1 million Linden Dollars (3500 USD). And that is what the creator of the game and the owners of those places call an innocent game of skill for fun? I wonder when someone will have the guts to bring this to the right people, the press, the financial company’s Linden Lab is depending on, and also of course the US government,… We are not only talking about Zyngo in this matter. There are lots of ‘zyngo-clones’ produced lately by other programmers that are made for the very same purpose: making huge money, not just the money you need to buy you a pair of shoes, a piece of land and a house to live in your virtual world. Millions of dollars are running around in this gamblingbusiness on Second Life. Anyone doubting my words: just take a look yourself inworld.