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Web 2.0 Workshops will begin Wednesday afternoon, October 5 2005. Click here for the complete schedule.

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Wednesday, October 5

It’s been exactly one year since the first Web 2.0 conference. What have we learned, and what might we expect next? Program Chairs John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly provide an overview.

A Conversation With Barry Diller
The Cheshire Cat of Internet moguls, former media mogul Barry Diller made waves this year with his company’s purchase of the Ask Jeeves search engine. Now that he’s got all the pieces for his platform, what is his strategy for the next year? Might media once again become the centerpiece of his focus? And what does he make of the platform players – AOL, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft - with which he now competes?

Show Me: Sky Dayton
In which Sky shows us how the other half (ie, wireless 3G users in Korea) lives.

High Order Bit: Bran Ferren
Are we focusing on the right thing? Why it’s all about the context.

Show Me: Phillip Rosedale
Have you ever experienced Second Life? You will.

UI Minute: Sam Schillace
This is why Microsoft is worried.

A Conversation with Omid Kordestani
Known by Google insiders as the “business founder” of the Valley’s most recent phenomenon, Kordestani is responsible for every dollar of Google’s multi-billion dollar revenue line. How can his company manage growth (it's hiring more than ten new employees a day)? Is the AdWords model tapped out, or just getting started? Does Microsoft keep him up at night, as it did when he was head of sales at Netscape?


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Wednesday, Thursday 6

A Conversation with Terry Semel
Folks scratched their head when the former head of Warner Brothers gave up on semi-retirement and took over the struggling Yahoo in 2001. Four years later, it seems like an obvious move. But what might the next four years bring? What can we make the content moves Semel has recently orchestrated, and the rapid push into search, APIs, and social media? What does the Yahoo brand mean, when just about anything one might do online, can be done at Yahoo?

And Now, A Word From Your...
A reprise from year one, your host will extol the virtues of those companies bright enough to sponsor the Web 2.0 conference. We’ll also review the baker’s dozen from our first annual Launchpad – 13 companies launching their new services at the conference.

Discussion: Can Open Source Stay Open?
Tim O'Reilly, Mitchell Baker, Jonathan Schwartz
Over the past decade, open source has moved from the fringes of the IT world into a full blown business movement. But can its soul be saved once huge corporations have embraced it?

High Order Bit: Mary Meeker

Through thirty slides in ten (or so) minutes, Meeker will take us on a tour of trends in the Global, Mobile, Platform-driven Web.


Show Me: Dave Sifry
The state of the blogosphere, 2005.

High Order Bit: Tom Barton
Peel back Web 2.0, and what do you find? Servers, storage, and a hell of a lot of heat. Tom takes us on a tour of the place where the metal meets the web.

High Order Bit: Hossein Eslambolchi
Believe it or not, says the CTO of the walled garden giant AT&T, the future is open.

Discussion: Open v. Closed Models
Danny Rimer, Jeff Barr, Toni Schneider
At last year’s Web 2.0, a key question was raised that remains unanswered: who owns our data? As we increasingly build sophisticated relationships with massive platforms like eBay, Yahoo, and Amazon, what rights do we as consumers and entrepreneurs have to access and profit from the information we create as we interact with web-based applications? If data is the Intel inside, will the web ultimately begin to adopt the closed models of cable and cellular service providers?

Show Me: Jeremy Allaire
In which the founder of Brightcove demonstrates the highly anticipated video application.

High Order Bit: Jason Fried
How 37 Signals builds archetypical Web 2.0 applications by staying small and refusing opportunity.

UI Minute: Steve Lavine
Structured databases are great, until you break them trying to find something that doesn’t fit the rules. Enter Transparensee.

Hosted by Ask Jeeves

Show Me: Kevin Lynch
In which Macromedia announces something new.

Discussion: Will Gaming Transform the Web?
Mark Stevens, Greg Ballard, Mike Cassidy, Raph Koster
The technologies and social habits driven by online gaming are starting to inform all our business practices. Not only is gaming on fire as an industry, careful observation of how we play online just might teach us something to boot.

Discussion: The Future of Entertainment
Mark Cuban, Reed Hastings, Michael Powell, Evan Williams
It’s finally happening, folks. Video over IP, massive online music sites, television on your mobile phone. But record and movie companies are still suing their customers and warning us all of how massive intellectual property and copyright issues stand in the way of true innovation. Will the Internet industry simply route around the Comcasts, Disneys, and NBCs of the world?


A Conversation With Jonathan Miller
AOL has seen more ups and downs than your average platform, and the past few years have been particularly difficult as rumors of spin out, acquisition, and parental neglect have overshadowed the company’s efforts to rebuild. Has the storied and long beleaguered online player finally shaken off its hangover and begun to grow again? Will Time Warner ever get over its anger over the historic “mistake” of AOL/TW? And where might AOL focus its next round of innovation?

A Conversation With Jeff Mallett and Mickey Hart
Shawn Fanning had a last minute conflict, but we’ve got the new Chairman of Snocap (and former COO of Yahoo) in his place. Joining him is Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. Can the record and movie companies get out of their own way? Might Snocap be the solution? How might bands rethink their own relationship to copyright and intellectual property?

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Friday, October 7

Show Me: Stewart Butterfield
What happens when millions of photographs become a visual guide to mapping meaning?

High Order Bit: Dick Hardt
How hard have you thought about identity? Not hard enough.

High Order Bit: Dianah Neff
She wiring the entire city of Philadelphia through the air. Can she move to SF before Google gets here?

UI Minute: Seth Goldstein
A few friends threw this together a few weeks ago and called it Meebo. Who knew?

A Conversation With Vinod Khosla
The legendary Valley venture capitalist has taken a step back from his decades of investing. He’s still active, but in a new way. Why?

From The Labs
Gene Becker, Usam Fayyad, Prabhakar Raghavan, Alan Eustace
You’re a major player in technology. You have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend on pure research. So what the heck is really going on in those Labs? Featuring HP, Yahoo, and Google.

Sponsor Gallery Open

The Alumni Report
Two entrepreneurs who launched their companies at last year’s Web 2.0 tell us what they’ve learned, what they got right, and what they wish they had done differently.

Show Me: Rolf Herken
3D web services? Sure, why not?

High Order Bit: John Kish
Where is the next billion-person market for the personal computer? And what might that computer look like?

UI Minute: Satish Dharmaraj
This is "really" what Microsoft is worried about.

High Order Bit: Jim Lanzone
The long tail? Sure, but the money’s still in the head.

Hosted by Fenwick & West

Discussion: Prosumer Media
Mena Trott, Mark Fletcher, Rich Skrenta
Nowhere is the architecture of participation more disruptive than in the publishing business. What does the future of online content hold, when every reader can also be a producer?

Discussion: What the Teens Want
You haven’t lived until you’ve heard a 17-year-old dismiss your business as deeply, hopelessly lame.

Sponsor Gallery Open

High Order Bit: Bram Cohen
There’s no Internet OS. Get over it.

Show Me: Mark Phillips
Have you ever wondered what state of the art, networked war games look like? Wonder no more.

High Order Bit: Scott Cook
Let’s not overthink - keep it simple, folks.

UI Minute: Konstantin Guericke
An elegant mashup of social networking and job search.

A Conversation with Pierre Omidyar
The soft-spoken billionaire founder of eBay is back with a new kind of investment network, one focused on “doing good by doing well.” How does Omidyar hope to change the world, again, through the application of a new kind of investment philosophy?

Yahoo! Closing Reception

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