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Press Release: 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 specific tracks:

  • 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

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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 most educative."
--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 ever.", 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 out."
--Megnut, February 13, 2002

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