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We're excited to invite you to the third annual
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Tim O'Reilly

Rael Dornfest

The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference recognizes that computing innovations are coming down the pike at an extraordinary rate, from not-necessarily traditional sources, heading in unforeseen directions, and being used in unexpected ways. While the initial impact of these innovations may seem small, their ripple effects can have a huge impact in the larger computing arena.

Two of the main themes explored at this year's conference will be mobility, because the devices people spend more time interacting with -- laptop, palmtop, and hiptop -- are dramatically changing the way we utilize data and services; and social software, which represents and supports groups of people weaving online representations of their connections and interactions. Other important themes include: personal area networks, creating an untethered world of ad hoc WiFi, Bluetooth, and cellular networking; navigational devices, geospacial annotation tools, and visualization software, which are throwing new light on the landscape; and hardware, which, like software, is driven by Moore's Law, with hackers cracking open their devices to poke, prod, and repurpose.

Just a few of the intriguing people and projects at the conference include:

  • IRobot Co-Founder Helen Greiner builds robotic vacuum cleaners and tunnel-searching military robots, and is working on the next Mars rover.

  • Marc Smith of Microsoft demonstrates tools that catalyze collective action by highlighting participants' histories and relationships.

  • Xbox hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang teaches reverse engineering techniques.

  • Russell Beattie develops mobile applications for phones and PDAs.

  • Nokia’s Matt Jones uses User-Centered Design and participatory product development.

  • Eric Bonabeau explores how evolutionary computation can be used to detect weaknesses in complex systems.

  • The Walt Disney Internet Group leverages RSS for collaboration and massive content delivery.

  • The BBC’s Priya Prakash analyzes the impact of wireless service in emerging markets.

  • Author and researcher J.C. Herz examines how emerging technologies are percolating through the Pentagon.

  • Professor of Economics Edward Castronova looks at the future of cyberspace economies.

  • Journalist Danny O’Brien studies Life Hacks, the tech secrets of over-prolific alpha geeks.

  • Fiona Romeo creates social software for children at the BBC.

  • GeoURL’s Joshua Schachter annotates the landscape with geospacial markup and distributed geographic annotation.

Even with all of that great new technology out there, one of the best ways of transferring information is still the old-fashioned gathering: debating, arguing, bouncing ideas around face-to-face, pair hacking, learning from the experiences of other attendees, from the projects and prognostications of speakers, and from the products the exhibitors are actually shipping. This conference capitalizes on our impulse to participate and connect with the people behind the ideas. The array of speakers and other fellow conference-goers here is fascinating, and we encourage you to come and explore every facet.

Tim O'Reilly
Founder & President
O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Rael Dornfest
O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Conference Program Co-Chair


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