ETech 2008 Keynote Speakers

Location: Marina Ballroom E Level: Novice
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Tim shares his views on the technology's latest trends. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Saul Griffith (Other Lab)
The world has known, calculable amounts of energy are available. We'll take a science look at all of the earth's energy resources, both stored and renewable. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Jury Hahn (MegaPhone), Dan Albritton (MegaPhone)
MegaPhone makes digital signage interactive using a regular phone call. Learn about this phone-controlled, real-time, multiplayer collaborative gaming platform that can be used from ANY phone, ANY service provider, in ANY country as a game controller. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design)
Information visualization is emerging as a medium with a wide range of expressive potential. Stamen Design’s work in visualization and mapping is among the most high profile online. Eric Rodenbeck will provide an overview and insight into the studio’s working process. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Chris Melissinos (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
The video games represent one of the largest entertainment industries in the world, and online games is its fastest growing segment. With this extraordinary growth comes the issue of building truly scalable, "massive multiplayer" solutions that are beyond what the industry deploys today. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Elizabeth Churchill (Yahoo! Research)
This keynote describes public community displays in social settings that are connected to online social networking sites, allowing socializers to push content between physical and digital spheres. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Kathy Sierra (SeriousPony)
What does it take to be really, really, really good at something? Are our tech tools making us smarter, dumbing us down, or...? The good news: having a "natural talent" for something is a lot less crucial for expertise than we thought. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Intermediate
Steve Cousins (Willow Garage)
In this talk we introduce an open source platform for personal robots that integrates the best technologies from various areas of robotics and work from top research institutions, within a flexible and lightweight modular architecture. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Tom Coates (Thington Inc.)
What would the world be like if everything on the network responded to your location? Social sites could become friend-finders, mobile devices could tell you about your environment, your home could respond to your proximity or absence. Fire Eagle is a new open geo platform designed to make this a reality. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Peter Semmelhack (Bug Labs)
Open innovation and advances in collaborative development will help usher in the era of user-generated hardware. This talk will focus on user-driven personalization and specialization as it relates to personal hardware devices. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
John McCarthy (Stanford University)
Elephant 2000 is a proposed programming language good for writing and verifying programs that interact with people (e.g. transaction processing) or interact with programs belonging to other organizations (e.g. electronic data interchange) Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Lawrence Lessig (Creative Commons)
More info will be provided soon. Lessig has discussed corruption on his blog (lessig.org/blog). Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Alex Steffen (Worldchanging)
If everyone lived like a typical prosperous American, we'd need ten planets to sustain our way of life. What might a sustainable future look like? How do we use ingenuity to design a future that's both bright and green? Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Lew Tucker (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
We'll discuss and demo an innovative new service: Twine.com, built on a semantic web platform and designed to grow and enrich communities of interest. Semantics are used throughout as the system automatically annotates information with meta data, tags, and relationships. Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Micah Sifry (Personal Democracy Forum)
Four years ago, at ETech 2004, O'Reilly hosted a seminal one-day Digital Democracy Teach-In, focused on how internet technologies were "putting power back into the hands of the people." In 2008, the internet has become a central battlefield for the presidential campaigns, but how much are they actually using the net to empower their supporters? Read more.
Location: Marina Ballroom D Level: Novice
Timothy Ferriss (The 4-hour Workweek)
More information coming soon Read more.
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