O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference - March 3-6, 2006 - San Diego, CA
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Thanks to everyone who participated in ETech 2006—it was an eye-opening, inspiring experience. Check out news, photos, and speaker presentation files from the event. And save the date for next year—we'll be back at the Manchester Grand Hyatt March 26-29, 2007.

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ETech 2006 We're five years into the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference and the stuff of which it is made shows no sign of abating: bandwidth continues to broaden, storage grows ever larger and cheaper, and content keeps pouring from the firehose. How do we visualize all of this digital data, filter it, remix it, and access it in meaningful ways? The coming technical challenge is not about generating digital content-we have more than enough already. It's time to do something with that data. It's time to build The Attention Economy.

Featured Speakers Include:

Caterina Fake
Caterina Fake
Jeffrey Veen
Jeffrey Veen
Google, Inc.
Rod Smith
Rod Smith
IBM/Internet Emerging Technology
George Dyson
George Dyson
Historian of Technology
L. F. (Felipe) Cabrera, Ph.D.
L. F. (Felipe) Cabrera, Ph.D.
Amazon Web Services
danah boyd
danah boyd
University of California-Berkeley

As Herbert Simon wrote in Computers, Communications and the Public Interest in 1971, "What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it."

About the Conference

The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference (ETech) will be held March 6-9, 2006 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California, U.S.

Alpha geeks--hackers and other lead users--are a great early warning system for anyone who's watching the future of technology. What alpha geeks do today can radically alter the future of technology for everyone else tomorrow.

The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference frames the ideas, projects, and technologies that the alpha geeks are thinking about, hacking on, and inventing right now into a coherent picture from which to extrapolate and upon which to start building. ETechs past have covered peer-to-peer networks to person-to-person mobile messaging, web services to weblogs, big-screen digital media to small-screen mobile gaming, hardware hacking to content remixing. We've hacked, blogged, ripped, remixed, tracked back, and tagged to the nth. Expect much of what you see in early form here to show up in the products and services you're taking for granted in the not-too-distant future.

We invite you to suggest speakers, topics, or technologies you think we should explore or wish you knew more about. Who's the person you've always wanted to see speak? Who is doing groundbreaking work that we should feature? Drop us a line at etech-idea@oreilly.com, and tell us what would make this year's ETech a must-attend.

Conference News

ETech Opening Salvos - We've got so much to cram into ETech this year that we're jumping right into program on Monday evening. For a glimpse into future, don't miss the opening keynote presentations from Rael Dornfest, Tim O'Reilly, and the legendary science fiction author Bruce Sterling.

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Diamond Sponsors

IBM Software Group's Emerging Internet Technologies

Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors

eBay Developers Program
Sxip Identity
Yahoo! Inc.
Yahoo! Inc.

Silver Sponsors

/n software
Adobe Systems, Inc.
Aggregate Knowledge
America Online, Inc.
Attensa, Inc.
California Fuel Cell Partnership
Laszlo Systems
Root Markets
SMS.ac, Inc.
TechSmith Corporation
TIBCO Software Inc.

Media Sponsors

Accelerating Times
boing boing
Conference Guru
DevtownStation News
Gilbane Report
IPTV Industry
Linux Journal
Make magazine
Red Herring
Technology Review
The Imparcial
The Podcast Network
The Wi-Fi Technology Forum
The Women's Technology Cluster
Web Host Industry Review
WiMAX Industry

In-Kind Sponsors

Cornfield Electronics
Griffin Technology

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