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All Week Events | Monday | Tuesday

"All Week" Events

BOFs (Birds of a Feather Sessions)

You might be wondering...where did BOFs go?

At past O'Reilly events, "Birds of a Feather Sessions" (aka: BOFs) have been offered in the evenings to give like-minded individuals the opportunity to gather informally and discuss topics and concepts that are of interest to them. This year, at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, we're trying something a bit different. We're introducing a new format of evening sessions called "Participant Sessions."

Participant Sessions

We had an overwhelming response to the ETech call for participation this year. The program committee worked some real magic to be sure the program is chock-full of the sorts of sessions we consider emerging, important, interesting, and inspiring. But what to do with all those who we'd have loved to have included if space and time weren't an issue? As a result, "Participant Sessions" were born.

Participant Sessions were created to offer you, the participants, the space in which to present and discuss topics that are of interest to you. Similar to conference sessions, submission of a session proposal is required in order to present a Participant Session. To express an interest in presenting a Participant Session, simply add a proposal to the ETech wiki. Proposals will be voted on by by your fellow participants.

Participant Sessions will take place each evening (Monday through Wednesday) from 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Location: California Ballroom B, C, and the Plaza Room.
Audio/Visual: You'll be provided a projector and wifi access to the Net. You'll be expected to know how to plug in and get unwired yourself. Don't forget whatever dongle you need to sit between the projector and your laptop. We'll have an A/V tech roaming about and helping out where possible, but please do come prepared. You will not be mic'd for sound, so bring your best projecting voice.

For more information and to submit a proposal to present a Participant Session, visit the ETech wiki.

Monday, February 9

O'Reilly Digital Democracy Teach-In

Date: Monday, February 9, 2004
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: California Ballroom C, The Westin Horton Plaza Hotel

Internet technologies are putting power back into the hands of the people. Using blogs, MeetUp, cell phones, websites, and plain old email, citizen activists have already altered the face of the next US presidential election. In a less-noticed but potentially seismic shift, concerned citizens are using the same tools to have more say in the day-to-day tasks of governing. Are we on the verge of a fundamental shift towards truer democracy, or will these new Internet-fueled tools be co-opted to maintain the status quo?

We'll address that question and more at the Digital Democracy Teach-In, a day that brings together the pioneers who are re-inventing democracy for our networked world. Hear from those who are defying conventional wisdom and changing the rules of the game--whether they're supporting a political candidate, advocating for a cause, or pulling back the covers on the workings of their local government.

Collaborative Mapping Workshop

The Locative Media Lab invites you to join in a week-long, hands-on exploration of collaborative mapping techniques and technologies. We will host and demonstrate various Open Source systems for creating and interacting with maps of collaboratively annotated public spaces. The workshop will feature an emphasis on practicality, interoperability, and reproducability.

Prior to the start of the workshop, developers are encouraged to deploy collaborative mapping applications to be featured during the workshop. Workshop applications will communicate with each other by means of a "locative packet" format. A REST interface to a locative packet aggregator will be available, as well. Interested developers should contact schuyler@nocat.net for further details.

The workshop itself will start with a kick-off meeting on Monday evening, 7:00 - 9:00 pm in the Sierra room, where we will introduce the principles and systems that will form that backbone of the collaborative mapping platform. All through the week of the conference, attendees will be encouraged to participate in the workshop by helping to build a networked picture of downtown San Diego. Finally, we'll host a debriefing session intended to investigate and expand on the lessons of the week. The resulting system will be made available online for review and further use.

Visit our table throughout the week, located on the second level in the California foyer, and help experiment with the maps of the future!

Kick-Off Meeting
Monday, February 9
7:00 - 9:00 pm
located in the Sierra room (2nd level)

Wrap-Up Meeting
Wednesday, February 11
7:00 - 9:00 pm
located in the Sierra room (2nd level)

Visit the San Diego Supercomputer Center

If you are interested in visiting the San Diego Supercomputer Center (a part of UCSD), please visit the ETech wiki and add your name to the sign-up list. The San Diego Supercomputer Center features Blue Horizon and the brand new DataStar (which is now in the 10 Teraflops range IIRC).

Entrance is free. As more information and details regarding the tour become available, it will be posted on the ETech wiki.

Tuesday, February 10

Welcome Reception

Date: Tuesday, February 10
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Located in the Santa Fe foyer, just outside of the AirPort Extreme Lounge.

Celebrate the third annual O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference at our welcome reception on Tuesday evening. Please join us for drinks and appetizers, compliments of Apple Developer Connection.

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