Some of the highlights from this inspired and thought provoking conference.
The format of TR35 presentations was fantastic. Each of the 35 young innovators had the stage for 90 seconds to give a high level overview of their research, company or application. It was refreshing to hear from scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs from outside our own industry niche, surely a fertile ground for collaboration. We heard from fields of nanowires, self assembling systems, synthetic biology, molecular biology and more. Well done.
Other noteworthy talks included (but of course we couldn't attend them all).
Charles Simonyi, Co-founder, Intentional Software Simonyi’s work at Microsoft revolutionized technology as we know it. Can he do it again with Intentional Software?
The summary of the talk was about getting the domain expert more involved in the software process, making room for the domain expert and the programmer to work more effectively.
Social virtual worlds such as Second Life and mapping tools such as Google Earth and Microsoft's Virtual Earth are beginning to overlap, perhaps foreshadowing the advent of an immersive, 3-D “metaverse” similar to those described in the science fiction of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson. How do today’s projects relate to the ultimate vision of an information-rich metaverse, and how could that metaverse change the way we do business?
Panelists: John Lester, Boston Operations Director, Linden Lab; John Hanke, Director, Google Earth and Maps; Gur Kim Chi, Software Architect, Microsoft Virtual Earth; Jerry Paffendorf, Cofounder, WelloHorld
Intensely interesting and relevant. Jerry continues to lead the thinking on the integrated future of maps, virtual worlds and more. John is always interesting and shows how Google Earths work is impacting the world for good in real world application.
Gilberto Gil Moreira, Minister of Culture, Brazil. How can technology influence and strengthen culture? Minister Gil addresses topics like Brazil ’s commitment to “free culture,” open-source software, and the $100 laptop.
OK if all of the noteworthy talk were meant to inspire than this was the highlight of the entire show. When was the last time we in the US had a chance to hear a politician talk about open science and technology in such poetic and terms. He talked of civil culture in ways we consider historic but believes in a new Athens of open discussion. Makes me think we should add Brazil to our Platial Tour Map.
AND HERE's OUR HUMBLE PANEL...
Keynote Panel: Creating Media
From personal Web pages and blogs to podcasts and video sharing, what’s next in personal publishing? Leaders from the top content-creation companies discuss their technologies, with live demonstrations. Di-Ann Eisnor, CEO, Platial; Carlos Garcia, CEO, Scrapblog; Guillaume Cohen, Founder and CEO, VeodiaThose are two of our movement aking users behind us; Kahleen Weldon from New England Grown and Pauric O'Callaghan from 3Com and Make Magazine. Thanks so much for using Platial in your important efforts and for representing us so well. The best part of this entire conference is that I got the chance to meet and collaborate with these two people.