| Who Should Attend
| ETech Endorsements |
| 2008 Program Committee |
Now in its seventh year, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference hones in on the ideas, projects, and technologies that the alpha geeks are thinking about, hacking on, and inventing right now, creating a space for all participants to connect and be inspired. 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.
ETech balances blue-sky theorizing with practical, real-world information and conversation. Tutorials and breakout sessions will help you inject inspiration into your own projects, while keynotes and hallway conversation will spark enough unconventional thinking to change how you see your world.
ETech's greatest asset is its participants. For the past seven 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 into real-world ideas
- In depth tutorials explore the underlying technology that powers innovations
- Events, extra-curricular activities, and the lively "hallway track" foster unexpected encounters
- The Exhibit Hall brings you up close with the people and products shaping the future of technology
Who Should Attend?
More then 1200 technology enthusiasts are expected to attend ETech 2008, including:
- CxOs and IT managers
- Hackers and grassroots developers
- Researchers and academics
- Thought leaders
- Business managers and strategists
- Artists and fringe technologists
- Business developers and venture capitalists
- Representatives from companies and organizations tracking emerging technologies
In the past, ETech has brought together people 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
2008 Program Committee
Régine Debatty is a blogger, a new media art curator and a journalist. She writes on we-make-money-not-art.com
as well as on design and art magazines about the way artists, hackers and interaction designers are (mis)using technology today.
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.
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
is Publishing Director, Nature.com at the Nature Publishing Group
, publishers of Nature
and over seventy other scientific journals, plus numerous online resources for scientists and those interested in science. One of his areas of responsibility is new online initiatives in social software
and audio-visual content
. Timo trained as a neurophysiologist at the University of Oxford and worked as a journalist (The Economist
, Nature Medicine
) and a management consultant (McKinsey & Co.) before becoming a publisher. He lived in Japan for over five years and retains a strong interest in, and connections with, the country.
researches, designs, and develops technology for interactive crowdsource and disruptive experiences. Her work includes hardware for networking people and plants (Botanicalls), game structures that connect residents of Gaza City and Tel Aviv or Baghdad and New York City (You Are Not Here), and wearable devices that detect personal space (Urban Sonar). Her collaborative projects have been featured in Where 2.0; Come Out & Play Festival, New York; Conflux: Festival of Psychogeography, and have appeared on the BBC, NPR, and in the New York Times. She currently works as a producer and game designer for New York based Big Game design company, area/code.
Jane McGonigal is a game designer and games researcher, specializing in massively collaborative play. Recently named by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 young innovators changing the world through technology, Jane focuses on improving quality of life through reality-based gaming. She is the founder of the experimental design project Avant Game (Cruel 2 B Kind, Ministry of Reshelving), a former lead designer for 42 Entertainment (I Love Bees, Tombstone Hold Em), and the resident game designer with the Institute for the Future. She has a Ph.D. in performance studies from the University of California at Berkeley.
(firstname.lastname@example.org) is co-editor of the popular weblog BoingBoing.net
a research director with the Institute for the Future. He is also editor-at-large for MAKE:
and writer-in-residence for UC Berkeley's College of Engineering. Pescovitz co-wrote the book
Reality Check, based on his long-running forecasting column in Wired magazine where he remains
a correspondent. He also has contributed to Scientific American, Popular Science, the New York
Times, the Washington Post, New Scientist, Business 2.0, and many other publications. In 2002,
he won the Foresight Prize in Communication, recognizing excellence in educating the public and
research community about nanotechnology and other emerging technologies. Pescovitz holds a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati and a Master's in
Journalism from UC Berkeley.
Alex Steffen has been the Executive Editor of Worldchanging since he co-founded the organization in 2003, as the next phase in a lifetime of work exploring ways of building a better future. In a very short time, Worldchanging has become the most widely-read sustainability-related publication on the Internet, with an archive of over 7,000 articles by leading thinkers around the world.
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).
Phillip Torrone is a New York City based author - he is currently the senior editor for MAKE Magazine and contributing editor to Popular Science. In his spare time he designs open source electronics and uses high powered laser beams.