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Press Release: August 6, 2008

O'Reilly ETech Conference Invites Technical Visionaries

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.

ETech 2009 will focus on the emerging trends in the technologies that affect our everyday lives. O'Reilly Media and Brady Forrest invite proposals on:

  • City Tech
  • Materials & Mechanics
  • Personalized Healthcare
  • Mobile & The Web
  • Geek Family
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Nomadism and Shedworking
  • Sustainable Life
  • Life Hacking and Information Overload

Proposals about other technologies ahead of the mainstream are also invited. Most presenters talk about an actual implementation and share real data, bringing a physical example when possible.

In its eighth year of pushing the boundaries and finding the future, ETech 2009 offers attendees:

  • A full day of workshops led by experts and innovators.
  • Three days of single-track plenary sessions.
  • Demos, panels, presentations, interview-style conversations, "high order bits" demoing cool startups and applications.
  • A Sponsor Gallery featuring the latest offerings from leading-edge companies.

Past Sponsors included Sun Microsystems, Adobe, Amazon Web Services, The Walt Disney Internet Group, Google, Make, Yahoo! Developer Network, AdaptiveBlue, and Jaduka.

Proposals will be accepted through September 17, 2008, and early registration for attendees and media will open in November, 2008. Proposals may be submitted to:

For more information on ETech, visit:

If you have ideas about areas you'd like to see included at the conference, send a note to:

If you'd like to stay up to date on information relating to ETech, sign up for the conference newsletter (login required) at:

For articles, blogs, photos, and other coverage of last year's event, go to:

View presentations from ETech 2008 at:

To view select video and photos from ETech 2008, visit:

To read Tim O'Reilly's take on the future, go to the O'Reilly Radar at:

For information about sponsorship and exhibit opportunities at ETech, contact Yvonne Romaine at or (707) 827-7198.

For media inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at

If you would like to discuss forming a media or promotional partnership with O'Reilly for an upcoming event, contact

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