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Press Release: March 27, 2007

2007 O'Reilly Where 2.0 Conference Adds New Speakers and Sessions

Sebastopol, CA -- Program planning is in the final stages for the Where 2.0 Conference, happening May 29-30, 2007 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. Location industry visionaries are scheduled to present their futuristic ideas and groundbreaking projects in two full days of keynotes, lightning talks, panel discussions, and demonstrations. Now in its third year, the Where 2.0 Conference will provide attendees with the opportunity to discover the technologies, trends, and developments making a difference in location-based technology.

Here is a sample of the high profile sessions included in the 2007 line-up:

  • Government Surveillance Using Location Technology
    Kevin Bankston, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Building a 3D Model of the Globe
    John Hanke, Google Earth
  • Why Physical Location Matters in Online News and Community
    Rich Skrenta, Topix
  • Learning Lessons from Neogeography
    Ian Holt, Ordnance Survey and Mikel Maron, World Kit
  • Building out a 3D World
    Erik Jorgensen, Microsoft
  • Where is Never Again?
    Michael Graham, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Mapping the Maximum City
    Schuyler Erle, MetaCarta
  • Getting into the Car: Geo-Located Information Breaks Free
    Eric Klein, Dash Navigation
  • Love in the Time of Cholera Maps: Mapping Communities from the Ground Up
    Steven Johnson, and author of The Ghost Map

Rounding off the conference will be a number of informal events including Ignite Where, a series of rapid-fire, five-minute presentations by geeks and techies that demonstrate how location-based innovations can improve any area of life. Another highlight will be the Where Fair, a science fair-style showcase of cutting-edge, location-based projects from research, academia, and yet-to-be-discovered entrepreneurs who are working out of garages and university labs. Finally, Where 2.0 will host an exhibit hall where the latest products and services related to location will be displayed.

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For an overview of this space, read "The State of Where 2.0" (PDF), co-written by program chair, Brady Forrest:

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Upcoming O'Reilly conferences:

  • Web 2.0 Expo, co-produced by O'Reilly Media and CMP Technology, April 15-18, 2007 in San Francisco, CA
  • MySQL Conference & Expo, April 23-26, 2007 in Santa Clara, California
  • RailsConf, May 17-20, 2007 in Portland, Oregon
  • O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference, May 29-30, 2007 in San Jose, CA
  • O’Reilly TOC Conference, June 18-20, 2007 in San Jose, CA
  • Ubuntu Live, co-produced by Canonical, July 22-24 in Portland, OR
  • O'Reilly Open Source Convention, July 23-27, 2007 in Portland, OR
  • O'Reilly Energy Innovation Conference, August 22-24, 2007 in San Francisco, CA
  • RailsConf Europe, co-presented by O'Reilly Media and Ruby Central, September 17-19, 2007 in Berlin, Germany
  • Web 2.0 Summit, co-produced by O'Reilly Media and CMP Technology, October 17-19 in San Francisco, CA

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