November 14, 2002
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference Call for Participation: The Future Has an Audience
Sebastopol, CA--If you know, or at least have a really good theory,
about the technology that will revolutionize the way we compute--and
the way we live--you are invited to submit a proposal to lead tutorial
and/or conference sessions at the 2003 O'Reilly Emerging Technology
Conference, taking place April 22-25 in Santa Clara, CA.
The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference attracts a varied audience,
composed of entrepreneurs, CTOs/CIOs, technologists, programmers,
business developers, policy-makers, researchers, internet strategists,
designers, journalists, and hackers. All conference participants become
a vital part of the conversation that explores and reinvents how we
communicate, work, play, and learn. Any innovative application that
harnesses the power of distributed computers, users or devices, and the
technical or business issues raised by such applications, are
appropriate subjects for this conference.
Program committee members and conference participants Rael Dornfest,
Cory Doctorow, Glenn Fleishman, and Clay Shirky have planned these
Rich Internet Applications--What happens when you turn web pages back
into their underlying applications? How much more is the "Rich Internet
Application" than simply taking the browser to the next level?
Social Software--The Social Software track explores work designed to
support two-way communications in groups, from retrofitting broadcast
mechanisms with conversational tools, publishing systems that treat
community involvement as central, to the integration of multimedia
and/or mobility into the communal repertoire.
Untethered--This track cuts across several aspects of no-wire networks
and systems, including community networking, location-based services,
opportunistic equipment, wireless electricity, and the dangers of
leaving portals open, however secure, to the outside world.
Biological Models of Computing--Sessions in this track investigate
work in any sort of evolutionary computing (genetic algorithms, neural
networks, cellular automata); systems that self-tune in response to
their environment (immune system models for security; swarm
intelligence); and systems that use biological materials as
computational tools (DNA computing).
Digital Rights--Digital Rights Management (DRM), copy-restriction, and
rights-expression tools are potentially dangerous but often-innovative
technologies. The Digital Rights track considers the nexus of personal
and legislated DRM. Can DRM work? How far along are these technologies?
Can DRM help the public? Can, and indeed, should you plug "the analog
hole"? What happens when tech meets law?
Hardware--Hardware hacks expand the machine in new and powerful ways,
using cheap, off-the-shelf technology. Proposals for this track should
address how to change the world today with Radio Shack parts and simple
schematics or how the world of tomorrow will be upended by clouds of
tiny sub-micro devices.
Business Models--We feature a range of technologies that are growing
just below the horizon of commercial viability, and place a spotlight
on projects and people who are likely to become very important to the
future of internet computing. Equally important is a careful study of
what the new business models will look like. Will they be a return to
the traditional, times being as they are? Or is there still room to
innovate? Who is putting a stake in the ground and attempting to build
the new applications, network, and online culture?
The submission deadline for all proposals is December 13, 2002.
Presenters will be notified of selection results by January 7, 2003.
For more participation details and to submit proposals, visit
Comments About the 2002 O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference:
"The O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference was the most worthwhile
business travel I've done: the most intellectually stimulating, and the
--Michael Muchmore, Associate Editor, "PC Magazine," May 20, 2002
"The O'Reilly Emerging Tech Conference was like four semester
beginnings all rolled into three days. Lots of stuff to think about,
digest, explore, etc. Most of all, I feel like this is my world, and
not just for the next 14 weeks. I've been given a syllabus to follow;
the future is uncertain but the path is clear. Best...conference
--kottke.org, May 17, 2002
"I had a great time and I keep hearing from people about how they did
too--or how much they wish they'd gone. It's incredible how many blogs
are talking about loving the conference and having a great time. I
can't think of a much better summer camp for geeks. Well done!"
--Marc Hedlund, May 2002
"Thanks very much for the outstanding ET conference last week. It was
the best conference I can remember being to, and I've been to a few.
The combination of researchers, geeks, and business types added a depth
to the conference that I've not seen before. I am so impressed that I'm
going to require that all of the researchers and analysts who work for
me attend next year's. Again, thanks."
--James Meacham, Vice President,
Manager, Emerging Technologies, Washington Mutual, May 20, 2002
"The show was excellent in many respects, and drew some of the most
important names in p2p, wireless networking, and web services--both
speaking and in the audience. Good job, thank you for letting me be a
part of it."
--Donald W. MacVittie, Contributing Editor, "Network
Computing" Magazine, May 21, 2002
"If the conference is anything like last fall's P2P and Web Services
Conference, it should be packed with great sessions, brilliant
speakers, and really interesting attendees. I was on a high for weeks
after the P2P conference; it got my brain buzzing again about all kinds
of exciting things, including the ideas for what may be the next big
thing in my life. I can't think of a better conference that I've
attended, ever, so I have high hopes for 'e-tech'...If it's at all in
your budget and is stuff you're interested in, you should check it
--Megnut, February 13, 2002
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