February 12, 2002
The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference: Building the Internet OS from the Ground Up
Sebastopol, CA--Keeping pace with the momentum created by last fall's
energizing Peer-to-Peer & Web Services Conference, O'Reilly &
Associates unveils its latest conference creation: the O'Reilly
Emerging Technology Conference. The Emerging Technology Conference
delves beyond the P2P label to draft a blueprint of a distributed
Internet operating system--a new foundation that integrates
next-generation applications that are device- and location-independent,
and provides increasingly transparent services that transcend the
features and capabilities of today's web sites.
"We are at the beginning of a new era of network computing.
Peer-to-Peer, Web services, and frameworks are just the tip of the
iceberg," asserts O'Reilly founder and president Tim O'Reilly. Notes
conference program chair Rael Dornfest, "In planning the O'Reilly
Emerging Technology Conference, we asked ourselves, who is creating the
software and services that will change the face of computing and the
Internet as we know it? What are the key lessons we can learn from the
pioneers? The speakers and exhibitors at this conference are not only
inventing a new Internet, they are coming up with new ways of thinking
Examining innovative projects, approaches, and technologies at this
conference will be entrepreneurs, technologists, programmers, business
developers, policy-makers, and Internet strategists, all targeting
three aspects: distributed, untethered, and adaptive systems. Confirmed
Internet OS "architects" speaking at the Conference include Adam
Bosworth, Don Box, Steven Johnson, Lawerence Lessig, Clay Shirky,
Nelson Minar, Robert Morris, Richard F. Rashid, and Kelly Truelove.
Conference participants will spotlight the projects, people, and
cost-conscious business models that are likely to become very important
to the future of Internet computing, so that attendees will come away
with a clear understanding of what is viable and why.
The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference will follow four tracks:
distributed, untethered, and adaptive systems, and business models.
Some of the questions and issues that will be discussed within those
Distributed: network identity, presence, and addressing are becoming
ubiquitous, independent of the DNS, and adaptive to individual needs.
Is SOAP/WSDL/UDDI/HTTP a powerful enough platform to create killer
network services? What direction are .NET, Liberty, JXTA, and Gnutella
taking? How can open technologies contribute to the use of widespread
distributed computing and resources? Learn how to improve the standards
and infrastructure used to build the Internet OS, and how to build
distributed network services that rely on distributed data resources.
Untethered: 802.11b opens a whole new world of wireless
possibilities--how are service providers reacting to wireless community
networks? Why is Bluetooth regaining momentum? Wearable devices for
communication, entertainment, and network computing are reaching
pervasive use--how will content providers respond to intensified demand
for digital audio and video? Which platforms will be dominant in five
years? How can GPS/GIS services improve the untethered Internet
Adaptive: Biological modeling is becoming a viable means of solving
some of today's Internet computing and management challenges. How do we
use immune system computing models to build better software systems?
How can GPS and GIS be used to build more adaptive and autonomous
Internet applications? How can open standards and open source projects
insure that artificial architectural control points do not deter the
power of the Internet OS?
Business Models: As important as the technologies is a careful study
of what the new business models will look like. Who is attempting to
build the new network and routing infrastructure? Which rough new
technological solutions open up the watershed of pervasive utilization
of the new network? Where are the business opportunities?
Tim O'Reilly concludes that this conference is designed to help you
"'connect the dots' and see a more complete picture of the new world
that is emerging. We have comprehensive tutorials and over one hundred
sessions exploring the latest ideas about web services, peer-to-peer,
wireless networking, security and identity, distributed computing,
GPS/GIS and location-based computing, biological and autonomic
computing models, as well as the business models, standards, and
infrastructure required to make them work--right from the innovators
who are making it all happen."
For more complete Conference details and to register, visit
http://conferences.oreilly.com/etcon/. Early Bird registration ends
March 22, 2002.
For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the
conference, contact Andrew Calvo at (707) 827-7176, or
Check out O'Reilly's latest related release, "2001 P2P Networking
Overview," at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/p2presearch/.
Reviews of last fall's P2P & Web Services Conference:
"...Conferences drawing the doers and thinkers together in such a
useful way are certainly important to the maturation of the business.
We congratulate the O'Reilly folks on a solid success."
--imakenews.com, November 9, 2001
"Each day at the conference I get the chance to talk with brilliant,
passionate people who have done amazing work. I doubt that in the
course of my life I will ever be in a place where the average IQ or
level of dedication is any higher."
--Jay Greenspan, Principal, Trans-City Productions and Former Producer,
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