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RFID Fun at PICNIC 2009

by Brady Forrest on  I just left Amsterdam with Geeks on a Plane. We were there for PICNIC, an annual technology-art conference in Amsterdam. One of the highlights of the conference are the RFID projects. Each attendee is given an RFID tag (an ik tag) that can be linked to their conference social network profile (we modeled our own RFID experiments at ETech... read more

Welcoming Eric Ries to the Radar Team

by Tim O'Reilly on  The Radar blog is a community of thinkers organized around the O’Reilly mission to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. Some of the folks with posting privileges on Radar are O'Reilly employees: Brady Forrest organizes the ETech, Where 2.0 and Web 2.0 Expo events, Mike Loukides, Andy Oram, Brett McLaughlin, and Mike Hendrickson are editors of many... read more

O'Reilly's Flagship ETech Conference Scopes Out Ideas at the Edge of Innovation

by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate on  

Emerging Technology Adopted as Tool for Success

Sebastopol, CA, March 23, 2009 - ETech 2009, O'Reilly's Emerging Technology Conference held March 9-12 in San Jose, urged web technologists and visionaries to grasp the opportunities in today's financial and political turmoil by focusing on work they care deeply about. Through four jam-packed days, conference-goers immersed themselves in revolutionary ideas and emergent technologies they can exploit to succeed.

The conference has been O'Reilly Media's flagship event since its inception in 2002, fulfilling the company's mission of "spreading the knowledge of innovators." More than 130 speakers explored the far edges of web innovation, robotics, data applications, urban planning, and more.

Read the full press release.

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It's Really Just a Series of Tubes

by Jesse Robbins on  Molly Wright Steenson hit the Ignite jackpot at Etech this year with her explanation of the steam powered network of pneumatic tubes of the 1800s. If you're someone that, like me, has a [somewhat obsessive relationship with Internet Infrastructure](http://conferences.oreilly.com/velocity), you must watch this talk. read more

ETech: Wrapup

by Robert Kaye on  I've been attending ETech and the P2P conference that preceded ETech and this conference, and this year I've noticed the best gender balance ever. Granted this conference's focus has changed from the very geeky P2P and Web Services focus it started with and meandered through a host of topics to arrive at a less geeky, but still thought provoking... read more

ETech: Mobile Phones Reveal the Behaviors of Places and People

by Robert Kaye on  [Quinn managed to scoop me blogging about Tony Jebara's presentation! But after I chatted with her, we both agreed that I should continue with my blog post and see if I can augment her post a little.] Tony Jebara's presentation "Mobile Phones Reveal the Behaviors of Places and People" really opened my eyes to what amazing things you can... read more

Etech Liveblogging: Lessons from China for the World, Rebecca MacKinnon (Global Voices)

by Quinn Norton on  Rebecca explains the current viral anti-censorship protest video: The song of the grass mud horse. (In this case an alpaca) It features videos of alpacas while child sing about the grass mud horse, but the difference in tones between "Grass mud horse" and "Fuck your mother" is just a subtle tonal change. Since song tones override speaking tones in Chinese,... read more

Etech liveblogging: Mobile Phones Reveal the Behaviors of Places and People (Tony Jebara)

by Quinn Norton on  (Tony is from Sense Networks, and also a prof at Columbia University in comp sci) Starting out with what we have now: Online data isn't disconnected documents, but a network, with links between docs and the key information is the links. Folks like Google have obviously exploited that network technology. Online social networks, networks of people, the relationships being the... read more

Four short links: 11 Mar 2009

by Nat Torkington on  Four ETech-related links, from your humble author who is following the action from afar: Criminals Are "Targeting Basic Blocks of the Internet" (Guardian) -- writeup of Alex Stamos's talk. "Basic infrastructure failure is what we're going to see over the next few years," he said. "The most interesting research is either taking things that we thought were unexploitable and exploiting... read more

Two Thousand People Singing Daisy Bell Together via Mech Turk

by Brady Forrest on  Bicycle Built for Two Thousand from Aaron on Vimeo. Have you ever heard two thousand people sing and harmonize together? Bicycle Built For Two Thousand splices together over two thousand audio samples to sing the public domain song Daisy Bell, the song sung by HAL at the end of 2001. It is being launched today at ETech. You can... read more

Etech session liveblogging: Mr Hacker Goes to Washington (Greg Elin of Sunlight Foundation)

by Quinn Norton on  (Came in a few minutes late) Greg was a firehose, forgive my errors and omissions. DC is like a university with a really massive ROTC program. If the internet is ethernet, congress is token ring. One person speaks at a time, for instance. Once Greg saw more than 10 minutes for a roll call vote--no electronic anything. Congress paper based--so... read more

Ignite Show: Andrew Schneider, Experimental Performance Devices

by Brady Forrest on  This week's Ignite Show features Andrew Schneider, a performance artist, and his DIY experimental performance devices, but first a cupcake decorating contest. If you're at ETech this is a preview for his performance tonight with Zo� Keating before the ETech Fest. The cupcake decorating contest and Andrew's talk were filmed at Ignite NYC II. The Ignite Show will feature... read more

ETech: Priorities for a Greener World: If You Could Design Anything, What Should You Do?

by Robert Kaye on  The second session today I'd like to share with you was presented by a personal friend of mine, Jeremy Faludi. Jer started his session entitled "Priorities for a Greener World: If You Could Design Anything, What Should You Do?" by pointing out that if we want to change the world, we ought to know what the most important issues... read more

ETech: I Just Don't Trust You: How the Tech Community Can Reinvent Risk Ratings

by Robert Kaye on  The "I Just Don't Trust You: How the Tech Community Can Reinvent Risk Ratings" presentation posited that the system for rating credit instruments is horribly broken. Right before Lehman Brothers crashed, Moody's credit rating agency gave Lehman Brothers a AAA credit rating. Moodys immediately down-rated Lehman Brothers after they crashed -- a little too late! read more

Etech Session Liveblogging: Real Hackers Program DNA (Ginko Bioworks)

by Quinn Norton on  GB is "Making the process of engineering biology easier." Synth bio is the idea that biology is a technology to engineer novel systems- say drugs, biofuels, other sexy sexy projects. This is to be a flavor of what engineering biology is all about. We will be installing a program into E coli to make it turn red, glow in the... read more

ETech Preview: On The Front Lines of the Next Pandemic

by James Turner on  With all of the stress and anxiety that humanity deals with on a daily basis, confronting the dangers of global warming, the perils of a financial system in meltdown and the ever-present threat of terrorism; the fact that there's yet another danger lurking out there ready to destroy mankind, the threat of a global pandemic, may be easy to forget. But although you and I may have driven thoughts of Ebola and the like from our minds, Dr. Nathan Wolfe worries about them everyday. Dr. Wolfe founded and directs the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative which monitors the transfer of new diseases from animals to humans. read more

ETech Preview Interviews + 40% F&F Discount

by Suzanne Axtell on  

O'Reilly contributing editor James Turner has been busy conducting a series of interviews with ETech speakers as the conference draws nigh. In addition to great insight about the wide-ranging topics ETech will cover this year, there have been some amazing, spirited discussions in the comments section of each post. Check 'em out:

We're looking forward to hearing from these and many other incisive, forward-thinking speakers in person at the event. Like the Radar comments, the in-person conversation is bound to be diverse and enlightening.

In other ETech news, we're offering a new incentive to attend the conference: a 40% "Friends & Family" discount--that translates into savings of over $500. We know times are tough and many people who want to and should be at ETech simply can't afford it. We hope this offer will help! To take advantage of this discount, use et09ffd in the discount code field when you register.

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ETech Preview: Science Commons Wants Data to Be Free

by James Turner on  John Wilbanks has a passion for lowering the barrier between scientists who want to share information. A graduate of Tulane University, Mr. Wilbanks started his career working as a legislative aide, before moving on to pursue work in bioinformatics, which included the founding of Incellico, a company which built semantic graph networks for use in pharmaceutical research and development. Mr. Wilbanks now serves as the Vice President of Science at Creative Commons, and runs the Science Commons project. He will be speaking at The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in March, on the challenges and accomplishments of Science Commons, and he's joining us today to talk a bit about it. read more

ETech Preview: Creating Biological Legos

by James Turner on  If you've gotten tired of hacking firewalls or cloud computing, maybe it's time to try your hand with DNA. That's what Reshma Shetty is doing with her Doctorate in Biological Engineering from MIT. Apart from her crowning achievement of getting bacteria to smell like mint and bananas, she's also active in the developing field of synthetic biology and has recently helped found a company called Gingko BioWorks which is developing enabling technologies to allow for rapid prototyping of biological systems. She will be giving a talk entitled, "Real Hackers Program DNA" at O'Reilly's Emerging Technologies Conference in March. And she's joining us here today. Thank you for taking the time. read more

RFIDs @ ETech

by Brady Forrest on  

We are giving all of the attendees at ETech RFID tags that can be linked to their conference profiles (opt-in). With these tags you can interact with several projects we'll have at the conference. BTW, ETech is happening March 9-12 in San Jose. Use et09pd30 at checkout for 30% off.

We were inspired to do this after I attended PICNIC in 2008 (Radar post) and got to experience first-hand the many, many uses of an RFID badge. Mediamatic linked your profile to it and that information was used to record your experiences. We got help from Mediamatic on our implementation and even used the same vendor.

If you make it to ETech here are the projects you can play with:

Lensley's Photobooth: Leonard Lin's new project is Lensley, a high-end photobooth with online photo-services integration. He's creating a special version just for ETech that will tag photos with your name and tweet that you've just had one taken.

Personal Calendar: Radar's own Edd Dumbill is the fellow behind the profile APIs. He is going to create a project that will show attendees their personal calendar at a public kiosk.

ETech Prophet: Josh and Tarikh of Uncommon Projects (they made the cool Yahoo! geo-bike) are adding an element of play to their project. They sent me a mail describing it as: "Essentially, we’d like to make an “Etech Prophet” a kind of mechanical turk idea (perhaps in another form factor)--you wave your RFID fob, it gesticulates, makes a noise and sends you your pithy fortune via twitter"

People Collector: This is a favorite of mine. Business cards are a waste of time and paper. I just want the person's email address. Nothing else. The People Collector will be a mobile device that people can use to exchange contact information with other attendees. When you meet someone just wave your fob over their People Collector and a message will be sent to both of you. The People Collector will be built in Tom Igoe and Brian Jepson's Hands-On RFID Workshop on 3/9.

Pulse: Attendees will be able to check-in to locations (this is all voluntary!). Overtime the system will build up information about attendees through their actions and will be able to generate a heatmap for the hotel. This project is being built by Alexander Biscelgie and Nick Sears.

Do you have something that you want to make? Let me know in the comments or find me on Twitter. We are still looking for projects.

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ETech Preview: Inside Factory China

by James Turner on  China has become the production workhorse of the consumer electronics industry. Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life across the Pacific Ocean. But what is it like to shepherd a product through the design and production process? Andrew "Bunnie" Huang has done just that with the Chumby, a new internet appliance. He'll be speaking about the experience at O'Reilly's Emerging Technology conference. In an exclusive interview with Radar, he talks about the logistical and moral issues involved with manufacturing in China, as well as his take on the consumer's right to hack the hardware they purchase. read more

ETech Preview: Why LCD is the Cool New Technology All Over Again

by James Turner on  One of the things that the One Laptop Per Child project is best known for is the amazing transflective display technology that it utilized. Combining a traditional backlit color display with a black and white display that could be used outdoors, it both met the needs of low power usage and outdoor readability that is crucial in developing countries. When Mary Lou Jepsen, who developed the display for the XO, left to form Pixel Qi, the expectation was that some of the revolutionary engineering that was used in the XO would begin to make its way onto the broader consumer market. Since she’ll be talking at O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference in March, we decided to check in and see what she's up to. read more

Come to ETech; Experiment with Physical Computing and RFIDs

by Brady Forrest on  RFID's are associated with credit cards, passports and inventory systems. However, they can also be used to add a proximity interaction to a service like entering a subway via a passkey (Jan Chipchase has several posts describing these interactions around the world). By linking yourself to an RFID tag you can let a device know who you are. If... read more

ETech Policy: Washington, Finance and Synthetic Biology

by Brady Forrest on  

Governmental policy and regulation can be tech's Achilles heal. It can also create a business model. Love it or hate it if you want to get big you can't ignore the government. With a new administration (and financial crash) there's a change happening and we need to pay attention.

At ETech we have a number of talks that focus on policy and what you can expect. ETech is happening March 9-12 in San Jose. Use et09pd30 at checkout for 30% off. Here are just some of the policy-oriented talks:

I Just Don't Trust You: How the Tech Community Can Reinvent Risk Ratings
Toby Segaran (Metaweb), Jesper Andersen (Open Data Group)
Financial technology - something we all thought was complete - has been upended. Fundamental assumptions have been exposed as faulty. And now we have the opportunity to recreate our finance industry from the bottom up. We have a choice: a path of openness and information sharing, or more opacity and secrecy.

Your Energy Identity and Why You Should Care
Gavin Starks (AMEE)
As we progress to a post-scarcity society, either you'll measure your consumption or someone else will. More data is becoming accessible than has ever existed. Whether driven by climate change, peak oil or economic change, sustainability is now a fundamental factor of your business and your life. We'll unpack and map the dramatic changes coming to industry, markets, politics - and you.

Building a New Biology
Drew Endy (Stanford & The BioBricks Foundation (BBF)), David Grewal (Harvard & BBF), Jason Schultz (Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, UC Berkeley School of Law)
Three leaders in the technology and law of synthetic biology will present a crisp and accessible briefing on new cooperative efforts to make tens of thousands of open source standardized DNA parts. Discussion to follow.

Mr. Hacker Goes to Washington
Greg Elin (Sunlight Foundation)
Want to help fix democracy? Hackers, those crazy Utopian dreamers with DIY attitudes, have begun a sustained assault on government with projects like the Sunlight Foundation, OpenCongress, GovTrack, Watchdog.net, FedSpending, MySociety, and Public.Resource. The goal?

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ETech Preview: Living the Technomadic Life

by James Turner on  One of the themes at O'Reilly's e-Tech conference this March is nomadism, and no one is a better example of a technomad than Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard. Traveling around the country in a custom 17' trailer towed by a Diesel Jeep Liberty, they manage to run a consulting firm while satisfying their desire to see new places and meet new people. We took a few minutes to talk to them about what it takes technologically to make it work, and what a life on the road is life. read more

ETech Sensors: In News, Buildings, Sports and Art

by Brady Forrest on  

Sensors tell us about the physical world and allow us (or machines) to make informed decisions. As sensors become more ubiquitous what will we be able to learn from them? What will we be able to do with them?

At ETech we have a number of talks that demonstrate sensors effect on news, sports, office environments, cities and art. ETech is happening March 9-12 in San Jose. Use et09pd30 at checkout for 30% off. Here are just some of the sensor-oriented talks:

Sensors, Smart Content and The Future of News
Nick Bilton (The New York Times R&D Labs)
We are currently in a time when sharing and social networks are changing the way we consume editorialized media and the definition of 'content' is increasingly blurred. In the R&D Labs at The New York Times we are exploring some of the questions around how we will consume information in the next 2 to 20 years.

Building the Programmable Environment: Co-Design and Physical/Digital Space Making
Jennifer Magnolfi (Herman Miller)
The design and production of physical/digital spaces is at the heart of what we call the Programmable Environment. Instead of environments complete and fixed in time, subject to renovation or demolition when their purpose is no longer relevant, the result is a spatial system designed to evolve over time, in interaction with the users who inhabit it.

Urban Futures
Chris Luebkeman (Arup)
When we look at the world around us we see many examples of places and spaces that we both love and hate. What would you ‘cut and paste’ from different parts of your city to create the ideal sustainable urban environment? Arup have spent a number of years discussing what the eco-city would need to look like if we are going to move towards an Ecological Age.

Making Art with Lasers, Sensors and the Net
Aaron Koblin (Google)
Aaron Koblin will discuss the process of turning data into visual expression. As Director of Technology on Radiohead's latest music video for "House of Cards," he worked with sensor technologies as an alternative to traditional video. Aaron will also discuss his role at Google's Creative Lab in San Francisco, and discuss some of his other data-visualization software.

The Greatest Virtual Marathon: Computing and Materials in Sports
Michael Tchao (Nike Techlab)
The greatest sports athletes' records live and die by their hi-tech gear. They use new swimsuits like the razor to shave seconds off their laps and sensors like the Nike+ to record their training. Michael Tchao of Nike Labs and will share with us the process behind these creations and the new materials and technology that make them happen.

Mobile Phones Reveal the Behavior of Places and People
Tony Jebara (Columbia University & Sense Networks)
As more of us generate GPS data with our mobile phones, how can this aggregated information give us an unprecedented new understanding of the people, places, and rhythms that make up our cities? Location data combined with learning algorithms lets us cluster different places and people into social categories and tribes.

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ETech Hardware: Arduino, XBee, RepRap, Hi-Tech Crafts, Manufacturing & Materials

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Who wants to be stuck just working in software? At ETech we're going to discuss domestic and overseas manufacturing, the latest materials and open-source electronics for creating the physical computing device of your dreams. Here are some of the talks:

Holistic Service Prototyping: Sketching Hardware and Software
Matt Cottam (Tellart, Rhode Island School of Design and Ume� Institute of Design), Maia Garau (Dynamic Diagrams), Jasper Speicher (Tellart LLC), Brian Hinch (Tellart)
The Economist has defined services as “products of economic activity that you can’t drop on your foot.” Where businesses once viewed services as a necessary but inconvenient accompaniment to their product offerings, they now increasingly look to designers to develop holistic, human-centered and innovative service solutions that can help expand profits and cement brand loyalty. Read more.

LilyPad Electronic Fashion
Leah Buechley (MIT Media Lab)
Come build a shirt that sings when you're squeezed, a purse that sounds an alarm when someone touches it or a jacket that shines and sparkles at your command. This workshop will guide you through the process of building an interactive garment that incorporates touch sensors, light, and sound

Printing in 3D
Zach Smith (RepRap Research Foundation)
An exciting 3 hour workshop led by Zach Smith featuring RepRap, the open source self-replicating 3D printer. The workshop will consist of discussions of the RepRap technology, 3D printing and digital fabrication techniques, and 3D modeling. We'll also have the RepRap fired up and making your creations real.

High-Low Tech: Democratizing Engineering and Design
Leah Buechley (MIT Media Lab)
People knit scarves and solder radios together in their homes and garages. In contrast, companies produce high-tech things by high-tech processes. A host of new tools is making many of the resources previously available only to companies accessible to individuals, empowering people to design, engineer, and build devices that integrate high and low technology

Socializing Stuff: a Wireless Objects Workshop
Rob Faludi (NYU)
Objects are beginning to socialize. A new era of low-bandwidth, low-power wireless networks is enabling a revolution in device communications. In this DIY session we'll insert you into those conversations and introduce you to device communications technology that could change our homes, cars and clothes.

Hands-On RFID for Makers
Tom Igoe (Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU), Brian Jepson (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Ever wanted to get a real understanding of how RFID works? In this workshop, you'll learn about the different classes of RFID devices. We'll discuss what RFID can and can't do, what devices are already on the market, and what kinds of future applications are possible. $70 materials fee required.

Out of China: Manufacturing the Chumby
Andrew "bunnie" Huang (Chumby Industries)
China is one of the US's biggest trading partners, and is one of the premier regions for manufacturing electronic goods of all types. When startup Chumby Industries needed to migrate their US-built chumby device prototypes to production, they sent bunnie to China to build the chumby supply chain.

New Materials
Andrew Dent (Material ConneXion, Inc.)
True innovation in materials takes on many forms, and for 80% of the worlds population means the effective use of often scarce resources. ‘Technology Transfer’, a term used to refer to the process of converting academic research into useable products, is just as important when between the developing and the developed world or between two disparate industries.

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ETech Mobile: Crowdsourcing, Reality Mining, Sensors, India, & Sync

by Brady Forrest on  

Mobile is alive at ETech this year. We're featuring talks on location, sensors, multi-screen worlds and developing markets. Here are some of them:

txteagle: Crowd-Sourcing on Mobile Phones in the Developing World
Nathan Eagle (MIT)
txteagle is a mobile crowd-sourcing application that will be launching in Kenya on the Safaricom network. It enables people to earn and save small amounts of money by completing simple tasks on their phones for companies who pay them either in airtime or cash. http://txteagle.com

Mobile Phones Reveal the Behavior of Places and People
Tony Jebara (Columbia University & Sense Networks)
As more of us generate GPS data with our mobile phones, how can this aggregated information give us an unprecedented new understanding of the people, places, and rhythms that make up our cities? Location data combined with learning algorithms lets us cluster different places and people into social categories and tribes.

Sustainable Design for a Multiscreen, Info-Overloaded World
Kevin Lynch (Adobe Systems Incorporated)
Understanding how humans can better interact with and consume information is critical as we work to solve the increasingly complex challenges before us. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch will explore three aspects that will shape the next generation of computing applications.

Enabling Citizen Science
Eric Paulos (Carnegie Mellon University)
From communication tool to “networked mobile personal measurement instrument”. Mobile phones as “personal measurement instruments” enable an entirely novel and empowering genre of computing usage called citizen science. Through the use of sensors paired with personal mobile phones, citizens are invited to participate in collecting and sharing measurements of their environment that matter most

Shared and Sometimes Stealthy: Urban India's Mobile Phone
Molly Steenson (Princeton University School of Architecture)
We typically think of the mobile phone as a device belonging to and used by an individual. Yet in urban India, people share their mobile phones in unique ways, regardless of class and depending on where they are in the city

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ETech 2009 Schedule Posted; Early Registration Ends Monday

by Brady Forrest on  

ETech is a technologist's playground. We specifically design the conference to expose new ideas and learn from the people behind them. This year the focus is on how the way we live is changing -- through policy, technology and ideas. The proliferation of sensors, advances in materials and manufacturing, the changes in government and the financial market will all have a profound effect on our industry.

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ETech is a four-day conference that runs from March 9-12 in San Jose, CA. Early registration ends on Monday. Use et09rad at checkout for an additional 10% off (this will work even after early registration pricing ends).

ETech is a broad conference. The first day is filled with three-hour tutorials that range in topics from Refactoring Your Wetware (by Andy Hunt), Lilypad Arduino (was sold-out, but we were able to free up some new spots), an RFID-Arduino project, mapping with Stamen Design, 3D printing with the Reprap, and programming with MIT's Scratch. The following three days will be mix of plenary and breakout sessions. Here's a listing of all the talks and speakers. They'll be focused on:


I hope to see you there.


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ETech 2009 Schedule Posted; Early Registration Ends Monday

by Brady Forrest on  ETech is a technologist's playground. We specifically design the conference to expose new ideas and learn from the people behind them. This year the focus is on how the way we live is changing -- through policy, technology and ideas. The proliferation of sensors, advances in materials and manufacturing, the changes in government and the financial market will all... read more

Inauguration Special--25% off ETech Today Only

by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal on  

January 20 is a historic day, and O'Reilly is celebrating by offering 25% off ETech registration fees (and that's on top of the extended early registration discount!). Technology's future has never been brighter, and ETech is the place to be to bring that future into focus. Register by 11:59 p.m. using code et09obama and join us at one of the most inspirational, insightful, and *fun* technical conferences of the year. ETech happens March 9-11 in San Jose, California.

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Extracurricular Excellence & Discount Extended for ETech

by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal on  

In addition to the formal program that includes the likes of Leah Buechley (MIT), Greg Elin (Sunlight Foundation), and Eric Rasmussen (InSTEDD), Brady and the ETech team have also been busy lining up extracurricular events that add a new dimension to the ways we'll be able to connect during the conference:

MAKE Room: Brian Jepson and some of his fellow Makers will have their own room during ETech to spread out and help you get your DIY on.

FreeTech: an unconference, ETech style.

Zoe Keating: a cellist and composer, Zoe fuses layers of music into an incredible sound using her cello and her Mac.

LateTech: This is still in the noodling phase, but we're thinking of an after-hours open-mike-meets-lightning-talks kind of event

Ignite will be back, too.

And news for the pocketbook: we've also moved the early registration discount deadline for ETech to January 26. We know times are tough and unpredictable, and we hope keeping the discount active longer will help more people attend what's shaping up to be an amazing event this year.

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News Release: O'Reilly Reveals ETech 2009 Program at Web 2.0 Summit

by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate on  

Sebastopol, CA, November 6, 2008—Registration has opened for ETech, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, scheduled for March 9-12 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. Conference chair Brady Forrest has unveiled the program, which explores the technology of abundance and constraints to discover ideas that matter.

ETech is O'Reilly Media's flagship "O'Reilly Radar" event. Since 2002, ETech has put onstage ideas for radical innovation, bringing to light the disruptive yet important innovations that we see on the horizon, rather than the ones that have already arrived.

Read the full press release.

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ETech CFP Ends Friday (9/19)

by Brady Forrest on  Hurry! The Call For Participation for ETech 2009 closes this Friday (9/19). We've got a lot of great submissions so far, but we'd like to see more. The submissions will all be reviewed by mid-October. Below are the major themes of the conference. If you've worked on technology in any of these areas submit a talk. City Tech: Our... read more

News Release: O'Reilly ETech Conference Invites Technical Visionaries

by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate on  

Living, Reinvented: The Technology of Abundance and Constraints
ETech Opens Call for Participation and Invites Proposals

Sebastopol, CA--The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference will explore the technology of abundance and constraints March 9-12, 2009, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. O'Reilly Media and Program Chair Brady Forrest invite proposals for ETech 2009 conference sessions, panel discussions, and tutorials, as well as brief and rapid-fire High Order Bits.

ETech will gather hackers, grass roots developers, researchers, strategists, makers, thought leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, business developers, venture capitalists, city planners, medical professionals, life scientists, CxOs and IT managers, doers, and other technical visionaries. These futurists will turn their energies toward reinventing the ways in which their lives, and those of the entire world, can use new technologies. Centered around the technology of abundance and constraint, the program will define how those technologies can intersect for a better world.

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News Release: Technology of Awareness and Perception Explored at O'Reilly Emerging: Technology Conference 2008

by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate on  

Sebastopol, CA--How does new technology help us perceive things that were barely noticeable before or draw attention to important issues, objects, ideas, and projects, no matter their size or location? These and many other questions around the future of technology were explored at ETech, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference. This annual gathering of people passionate about computing innovations brought together over 900 developers, technologists, geeks, researchers, academics, artists, activists, and makers in San Diego, California, March 3-6, 2008.

"ETech is a mental battery charge that will last all year, " observed Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired Magazine.

The seventh edition of ETech focused on the brand new technology that is tweaking how we are seen as individuals, how we choose to channel and divert our energy and attention, and what influences our perspective on the world around us. Just a few of the topics participants tackled during the four-day event included food, body, and sex hacking; DIY drones and survival techniques; technology lessons from emerging markets; visualization of data; energy, defense, and genetic policy; crowds and ambient data; gaming, both small group and massive; and much more.

Read about all the details.

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boingboing: ETech 2009 Call for Participation

by Jackie Hadley, Communications Associate on  

David Pescovitz's favorite geek confab of the year!

The presenters aren't usually celebrity types but just supersmart nrrrds making fascinating tech and thinking about the impact of innovation on our lives. I'm really excited to be on the program committee again this year. The Call for Participation is now open and we're looking for big ideas across a huge spectrum of tech/culture, from materials science and synthetic biology to nomadism and sustainable life.

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boingboing: ETech 2009 Call for Proposals: "Living, Reinvented."

by Jackie Hadley on  

ETech veteran Cory Doctorow's kind words on this year's conference and the Call for Proposals:

The call for proposals for O'Reilly Emerging Tech 2009 has just gone up: "Living, Reinvented." I was involved in every ETech from the first P2PCon in 1999 right up to last year (I'm taking a year or two off while I catch up on fatherhood and book-deadlines), and I have had some of my most mind-blowing, life-altering conversations and experiences at these events, which showcase the leading edge of (often impractical but never boring) experimentation, skunkworks, and passionate development. This year's theme sounds fantastic, too. Proposals are due Sept 17, and the event is next March 9-12 in San Jose.

Read the rest of Cory's post.

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Kits and Mortar: ETech goes sustainable

by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist on  

Kevin Charman Anderson explores this year's ETech theme and wonders about submitting a proposal. Read more of his thoughts here.

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ETech 2009 CFP: Living, Reinvented

by Brady Forrest on  ETech's CFP has launched. The theme this year is Living, Reinvented: The Technology of Abundance and Constraints. To that end I spent time with MITs Scratch Team (changing computer education) and the RoboScooter team (changing transportation). We're going to explore the following themes. Make sure that you get your submissions in by September 17th. City Tech: Our cities are... read more

O"Reilly Radar:ETech 2009 CFP: Living, Reinvented

by Maureen Jennings, Conferences Publicist on  

From ETech chair Brady Forrest:

ETech's CFP has launched. The theme this year is Living, Reinvented: The Technology of Abundance and Constraints. To that end I spent time with MITs Scratch Team (changing computer education) and the RoboScooter team (changing transportation). We're going to explore the following themes.

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Antigenic Cartography: Fighting the Flu with Maps

by Brady Forrest on  This guest post was written by Terry Jones, former antigenic cartographer and founder of fluidinfo. At the O'Reilly ETech conference in March I gave a talk describing Antigenic Cartography, a new method being used to visualize virus evolution and to aid in the design of vaccines, in the context of influenza. My slides from the talk are online. Having... read more

Antigenic Cartography: Fighting the Flu with Maps

by Brady Forrest on  This guest post was written by Terry Jones, former antigenic cartographer and founder of fluidinfo. At the O'Reilly ETech conference in March I gave a talk describing Antigenic Cartography, a new method being used to visualize virus evolution and to aid in the design of vaccines, in the context of influenza. My slides from the talk are online. Having... read more

Worldchanging: How to Become Energy Literate and Battle Climate Change

by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal on  

Alex Steffan shares some of his and Saul's thoughts from their time at ETech:


Saul Griffith is a remarkable guy: inventor, entrepreneuer, Squid Labs, ThinkCycle and Instructables founder, columnist, genius grant winner and now president of the clean energy start-up Makani Power. A couple weeks ago, I did a talk at eTech, and while I was there, I had the fortune to hear Saul give his presentation on energy literacy and climate change. Saul's essential point is that climate change is a problem we can choose to tackle: that the means are within our control, if we'll learn to think clearly about them.

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The Guardian: Is it Possible for Geeks to Fix the United Nations?

by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal on  

Wendy Grossman asks the question, and answers with:


Probably not - or not directly. But some of the same people that have 2 million people tracking their MPs' voting records via the site theyworkforyou.com and who, through farmsubsidy.org, got the EU to publish full subsidy data, have set up UNdemocracy.com, an attempt to shed light on the inner workings of the UN. The UN has for some time made copies of its resolutions and other information online at un.org, but like a lot of government initiatives the data published is hardly reusable in any meaningful way. URLs are not persistent, and data formats are not open. A small group led by Julian Todd, a "civic hacker" in Liverpool is seeking to change all that by laboriously scraping the data out of the site and republishing it with persistent URLs. That way, even if the UN removes the information it will be retained in Google caches or the Wayback Machine at the internet archive (archive.org). The site also links through to other decisions and debates. When you do that, said Stefan Magdalinski, Tom Loosemore, and Danny O'Brien at the Emerging Technology conference (conferences.oreilly.com/etech) last week in San Diego, some strange voting patterns emerge.

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Where 2.0 Launch Pad and Ignite Talks Announced

by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal on  

Program chair Brady Forrest has just posted the list of participants for Launch Pad and Ignite at Where 2.0. At Launch Pad, startups will have five minutes to show their new products--no slides, demoes only. Fast-paced Ignite talks will follow--20 slides that advance automatically after 15 seconds. (To get the Ignite idea, watch Ignite ETech presentations on YouTube.)

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Nikkei Electronics: OpenMoko to Commercialize Open Source Hardware Mobile Phone

by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal on  

Over at Nikkei Electronics, Tatsurou Hokugou reports on OpenMoko's announcement at ETech that it will start selling mobile phones to general consumers.

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Wired.com: Lessig Calls for Geeks to Code Money Out of Politics

by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal on  

Another post from Wired's Ryan Singel:

Stanford law professor and internet icon Larry Lessig called on geeks Wednesday night to be "heroes" who can help Americans believe in their government again, by creating tools to help drive the influence of money out of politics.

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Boing Boing TV: DIY Drones, Whistleblowers, and Party Crashers

by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal on  

BBers Cory Doctorow, Mark Frauenfelder, Xeni Jardin, and David Pescovitz were all at ETech in March and posted these items:

DIY Drones with Chris Anderson


ATT-NSA whistleblower Mark Klein, EFF legal director Cindy Cohn

Nikita Chrusov of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf crashes party

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InformationWeek: Stamen's Stunning Approach To Data Visualization

by Suzanne Axtell, Communications Gal on  

Fritz Nelson covered Stamen's presentation at ETech last month:


One of the most exciting concepts demonstrated during ETech was a data visualization concept, a phenomenally attractive and useful way to find information so quickly and thoughtfully, it seems at once elegant, clever, and obvious. The company: Stamen, a design studio in San Francisco.


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