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John Lester (Pathfinder)
Works at Wiggle Planet
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Election Tracker '16: Transforming Unstructured Data into Interactive Insights #election2016

I’d like to share this awesome public-facing example of the stuff I’m working on now. Check out Election Tracker ’16,  a new website where you can visually monitor, compare, and discover interesting facts about the 2016 US Presidential Election coverage…
I'd like to share this awesome public-facing example of the stuff I'm working on now. Check out Election Tracker '16, a new website where you can visually monitor, compare, and discover interestin...
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Best music app I have ever used. Love it!
AIMP for Android is light mobile version of AIMP audio player for Android O...
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Jasper passed away yesterday in our house while my wife and I were holding him.  This is the last picture I have of him just hours before he left.  He was 2 months away from his 16th birthday. I will always love you, Jasper.
Jasper passed away yesterday in our house while my wife and I were holding him. This is the last picture I have of him just hours before he left. He was 2 months away from his 16th birthday. I wi...
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I love this.
Ever since we began going on our HG journeys last year, it's been in the back of my mind to make a real world HG Safari calendar. Whatever there is of ephemeral about virtual worlds seems to be amplified in OpenSim. Grids a...
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I'm heading to LA in a few weeks to spread the word about Wiggle Planet's tech at #DigitalHollywood  
Our upcoming presence at Digital Hollywood is likely to be a pivotal moment for Wiggle Planet. For one thing: I'll be speaking on a panel with the likes of Paul Zak, Garry Hare, Christophe Morin, a...
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New blog post - "Leaving ReactionGrid: Moving Onward and Forward"

As of this week I will be leaving my role as Chief Learning Officer at ReactionGrid. It’s been a good run. In the past 5 years I’ve become an expert at using Unity to design and deploy multiuser 3D environments for both entertainment and immersive…
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John best wishes on your next virtual journey. Gloria Ohmart 
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  Last week I started a new adventure here in Montreal working as a Product Manager at OpenText. But first, a little background. OpenText’s focus is Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software, which helps businesses manage Unstructured Data.…
Last week I started a new adventure here in Montreal working as a Product Manager at OpenText. But first, a little background. OpenText's focus is Enterprise Information Management (EIM) sof...
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Good luck on the new venture, John.  
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Petaluma’s primary newspaper, the Petaluma Argus Courier, just ran a great piece about Wiggle Planet. “Petaluma startup’s educational app plays with reality” What if you could open a book and have the characters spring to life from the pages to play and…
Petaluma's primary newspaper, the Petaluma Argus Courier, just ran a great piece about Wiggle Planet. "Petaluma startup’s educational app plays with reality" What if you could open a book and have ...
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Great! ... To the "Virtual_Worlds" and Children’s_Literature_and_Wisdom wiki subjects for open teaching and learning at World University and School (planned in many many languages) …

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Originally posted on Self-Animated Systems:Our upcoming presence at Digital Hollywood is likely to be a pivotal moment for Wiggle Planet. For one thing: I’ll be speaking on a panel with the likes of Paul Zak, Garry Hare, Christophe Morin, and Brian…
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So when will there be dragons living on my kitchen table?   Huh Huh?   A Qualcomm Snapdragon will do.
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I'll be talking about Artific

The Fall 2015 Digital Hollywood Conference is being held October 19th – 22nd at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey, California.  It’s a fascinating event that explores the intersection between immersive entertainment and all kinds of emerging…
The Fall 2015 Digital Hollywood Conference is being held October 19th – 22nd at the Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey, California.  It's a fascinating event that explores the intersection between imme...
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DeepDream should be called HPLovecraftDream. #nightmarefodder http://bit.ly/1gDLtGP 
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  • MIT
  • Boston University
  • University of Fribourg, Switzerland
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My expertise and interests include Software Development, Product Management, Distributed Team Management, Online Communities, Community Development, Immersive Learning, Collaborative Learning, Knowledge Management, Artificial Life, Augmented Reality and Multiuser 3D Virtual Worlds.
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I'm currently the Lead Technology Evangelist at Wiggle Planet, a small startup developing a new platform for emotionally-intelligent animated characters that live in the physical world through geolocation-based augmented reality. These software-based characters incorporate artificial intelligence, virtual physics and genetic inheritance, and are ideal for educational applications, games and staged augmented reality events.

From 2010-2015 I was the Chief Learning Officer at ReactionGrid, developing 3D simulations and multiuser virtual world platforms. My primary focus at ReactionGrid was collaborative learning and instructional design, working with academic and business clients to develop immersive education environments.

From 2005-2010 I worked at Linden Lab where I led the development of the education and healthcare markets for the Second Life platform while evangelizing the innovative use of virtual worlds in research, art and immersive learning. Previously I worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, creating online medical education and patient support communities.

I have a background in neuroscience research and a deep interest in how to enhance education and collaboration through the development of successful online communities. My side projects include working with Opensimulatorto explore interconnected virtual worlds, experimenting with the Oculus Rift and other HMDs to enhance perceptual immersion, and building interactive 3d environments with Unity.

More info at http://about.me/pathfinder
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Lead Technology Evangelist, WigglePlanet
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Software Development, Product Management, Distributed Team Management, Online Communities, Community Development, Immersive Learning, Collaborative Learning, Knowledge Management, Artificial Life, Augmented Reality and Multiuser 3D Virtual Worlds
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  • Wiggle Planet
    Lead Technical Evangelist, present
  • ReactionGrid Inc.
    Chief Learning Officer, 2015
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
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  • Harvard University
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  • Linden Lab
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