Monday, March 29, 2010

Where2.0 and WhereCamp 2010


After deciding to skip Where2.0 and go straight to WhereCamp for 2010, I have to eat my words from twitter describing Where2.0 as, "low signal to noise ratio, unless you count product launches as signal."  Since saying that, the Where2.0 program has proven me wrong and is probably one of the best conference schedules I've seen in a while. 

I'm really excited by the Where2.0 program and I'm having a tough time deciding which session to attend.  I'm happy that all the location based product launches occurred at SXSW, leaving Where2.0 more technically focused this year. Let the marriage of location and real time analytics begin.

That said, I'm also speaking at Where2.0, not once but 3 times.  I'm on two augmented reality panels and an Ignite talk.

Convene and lead a panel on requirements and specifications for an open software stack for augmented reality, based on the assumption that AR is both a discrete medium, and it is the intersection of many media, including web, CAD, mapping, games, virtual worlds... Read more.
This panel will discuss shared augmented realities, considering some of the essential possibilities and challenges inherent in this new class of social augmented experiences. The format is presentation and discussion of a small set of scenarios (defined in advance, with audience input) describing likely future forms of shared augmented realities at differing scales of social engagement. Read more.  
Tish Shute also has more detailed information on our panel session on her blog
Times are hard and your angel funder just told you that your non-profit open source org needs to feed itself. Great, but it also means change, in terms of process, organization, culture and people's expectations. The talk is about achieving a balance between profitability and the open source mission.
Since its start in 2007, WhereCamp has taken off with events happening Portland, Denver, Montreal, London, Quebec, and Africa as well as one in the Bay Area following Where2.0.  Google is once again hosting WhereCamp for 2010 and over 240 people have signed up for the event.  There are mentions of kites, cameras, and computers on twitter and Scoble has favorited WhereCamp.  Tish Shute and I are planning a session on the ARWave project which uses the Wave Federation Protocol to deliver augmented reality experiences. There will be camping on the Google grounds promising late night hacking sessions and geo-shenanigans.

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