“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”—Arthur C. Clarke,"Profiles of The Future"
In 2007, we expect Internet access to be instant, music collections to fit into our pockets, and communication to be constant no matter where we are. Technology is tightly woven into our lives; so well-integrated at times we scarcely notice it. And yet, there are innovators, hackers, and thinkers in our midst plotting revolutions -- in some cases, simply by reexamining the assumptions underlying the technology we take for granted today. What technological rejiggering or change in perspective is poised to blast off into the realm of magic?
This year, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference casts a wide net aiming to answer that question. From the technological infrastructure supporting mass-market players such as FedEx and Amazon, to the promise of alternative energy sources, we look at what's here while keeping an eye firmly trained on what's coming.
As always, ETech balances pie-in-the-sky theorizing with practical, real-world information and conversation. Our tutorials and breakout sessions will help you inject magic into your own projects, while keynotes and hallway conversation will hopefully spark enough unconventional thinking to change how you see your world.
Join us March 26-29, 2007 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego to learn how to make magic and which areas of technology have sufficiently advanced. Be a part of the ideas, tools, and discussions happening today that will give rise to the magic of tomorrow.
ETech's greatest asset is its participants. For the past six years, ETech has tapped into the creative spirit of all attendees, sparking provocative encounters and productive inspiration that continue long after the conference ends. ETech is built on many layers of conversation:
- Plenary sessions alternate between rapid-fire high-order bits and blue-sky views from visionaries
- Keynotes illuminate the big picture behind emerging technology stories
- Focused breakout sessions translate technology magic into real-world ideas
- Tutorials explore the underlying technology that powers innovations
- The O'Reilly Radar Executive Briefing brings into focus cutting edge emerging technology and trendsetters
- Events, extra-curricular activities, and the lively "hallway track" foster unexpected encounters
- The Make Fest connects you with under-the-radar inventors in an interactive, science fair-style atmosphere
- The Exhibit Hall brings you up close with the people and products shaping the future of telechnology
Who Comes to ETech?
Over 1200 technologists, CTOs, hackers, researchers, thinkers, strategists, entrepreneurs, business developers, and VCs are expected to participate in ETech 2007.
In the past, ETech has brought together representatives from such diverse companies, organizations, and projects as: 37signals, Adaptive Path, Amazon.com, Attensa, August Capital, BBC, Boeing, CBS.com, Comcast, Department of Defense, Disney, E*Trade, Fairfax County Library, Fidelity Investments, Fotango, France Telecom, General Motors, Honda, IEEE, Intel, Macromedia, Meetup, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Mozilla, National Security Agency, New Statesman, Nielsen Media Research, Nokia, NYU, Oracle, Orbitz, Platial, Salesforce.com, Sony, Starwood Hotels, Symantec, The Motley Fool, UC Santa Barbara Kavli Institute, Zend, and many more.
Some of ETech's past sponsors and exhibitors include: Adobe, Aggregate Knowledge, Apple, AT&T, Attensa, eBay, Foldera, Google, IBM, Intuit, iNetWord, Laszlo, MapQuest, mFoundry, Root, RSSBus, Salesforce.com, Sxip, TechSmith, Tibco, Windows Live, Yahoo!, and Zimbra.
"We gave all the Fog Creek programmers a choice of which conference to attend from a long list of about 12 conferences, and all of them wanted to go to ETech . So that's where you'll find us next March." Joel Spolsky
"I found last year's conference  to be exceptionally valuable even though (or perhaps because) it isn't an 'educational' conference. I'm still chewing on a lot of what I learned there... and it's nice to get outside of the academic and ed-tech bubble a bit and see what the rest of the world is doing and where things are headed." Chris Lott, Ruminate
"As ETech-regular David Hornik of August Capital put it, ETech is one of those places 'where people of very diverse backgrounds are brought together, and strange but wonderful connections are made in the head.'" Stowe Boyd, Conferenza
"The Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego—a lively gathering of geeks and entrepreneurs building companies and tools for the Web." Steven Levy, Newsweek
"The O'Reilly conference is an intellectual hothouse for Web developers who gather each year to debate how best to build a new generation of collaborative software..." Eric Auchard, Reuters
"Today's the last day of the four-day Emerging Technology conference, and I'm flying home to D.C. What I saw convinced me that another really big wave of innovation is rolling through the Web..." Leslie Walker, Washington Post
Program Chair - Rael Dornfest
Rael Dornfest is Founder and CEO of Portland, Oregon-based Values of n. Rael leads the Values of n charge with passion, unearthly creativity, and a repertoire of puns and jokes some of which are actually good. Prior to founding Values of n, he was O'Reilly's Chief Technical Officer, program chair for the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, series editor of the bestselling Hacks book series, and instigator of O'Reilly's Rough Cuts early access program. He built Meerkat, the first web-based feed aggregator, was champion and co-author of the RSS 1.0 specification, and has written and contributed to six O'Reilly books. Rael's programmatic pride and joy is the nimble, open source blogging application Blosxom, the principles of which you'll find in the Values of n philosophy and embodied in Stikkit: Little yellow notes that think.
danah boyd is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Communications. Her dissertation focuses on how youth engage in networked publics like MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Xanga, etc. In particular, she is interested in how American teens formulate a presentation of self and negotiate socialization in mediated contexts where the audience is often unknown. This work is funded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of a broader grant on digital youth and informal learning. danah also maintains a blog on social media called Apophenia - http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/
Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. He was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. Presently, he serves as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.
Edd Dumbill is a writer, editor, and free software hacker. He edited O'Reilly's XML.com from 1999 to 2004, is the publisher of XMLhack.com, and chairs the annual XML Europe conference. He packages Bluetooth software for Debian GNU/Linux and is the author of the GNOME Bluetooth subsystem.
Brady Forrest is Chair for O'Reilly's Where 2.0 and Emerging Technology conferences. Additionally, he co-Chairs Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, Berlin and NYC. Brady writes for O'Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He previously worked at Microsoft on Live Search (he came to Microsoft when it acquired MongoMusic). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds cars for Burning Man and runs Ignite. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey.
Allison Randal is co-chair of O'Reilly's Open Source Convention and Energy Innovation Conference. Her first geek career was as a research linguist in eastern Africa. But eventually her love of coding drew her away from natural languages to artificial ones. Allison is the architect of Parrot, on the board of directors of The Perl Foundation, and founder and president of Onyx Neon. She co-authored Perl 6 and Parrot Essentials, and has edited various O'Reilly books on dynamic languages including Perl Hacks and Programming PHP.
Nat Torkington lives and works in New Zealand where he consults on open source and startup strategies, writes for O'Reilly Radar, and co-chairs the Open Source Convention (OSCON).