' ... The second iteration of the Metaverse U conference takes place at Stanford University on May 29th and 30th 2009. The goal is to explore the cutting edge applications of virtual worlds and the open platforms that drive them. The Agenda is now live with a good mix of open source platform providers as well as people who will show some great use cases for these. Registration has been kept down $50 for two full days of conference, so we do hope you will be able to join us. Main conference site. From Henrik Bennetsen, of the Stanford Humanities Lab ... 'He describes this technology as being on the downslope of a hype cycle, which is sometimes the best phase to get useful things done. The idea of a Metaverse was derived from Neal Stephenson's novel: Snow Crash.