Today at ETech we announced details about Web 2.0′s sophomore edition. Once again we are doing the event in San Francisco, and even on the same dates: Oct. 5-7. We’ve upgraded the hotel to the Argent, which is right across the street from SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena center. The program is in very early stages of development, but we’ve got a great initial lineup of speakers committed, including Jeremy Allaire, who’s doing some interesting things with video over IP over at Bright Cove, Stewart Butterfield at Flickr, Tom Barton at Rackable (the company which literally builds the web platform – the computers for Google and many others), along with Scott Cook, Mark Cuban, Rob Burgess, Mary Meeker, Microsoft’s new CTO Ray Ozzie, and many more.
Our initial thinking behind this year’s event reflects an evolution of Web 2.0′s original theme, which was “the Web as Platform.” This year we take that as a given, and focus on what the opportunities and challenges are in this new web ecology, in particular services and businesses which run over the platform. Hence the tagline “revving the Web” – both adding power and features, as well as the idea of building the Web’s next iteration. Broad areas of focus included media & entertainment – an area which is clearly accelerating this year, communications (including Mobile and VOIP), and computing and OS (including the whole Web OS concept).
Here’s where you come in, much as last year, except we have more time this go round. I’m looking for amazing ideas, companies, and people to feature in High Order Bits and workshops. Last year we had more than 90 speakers by the time all was said and done, and I’m sure we’ll have just as many this year. Send any and all ideas to me at jbat at battellemedia dot com, and I very much look forward to seeing you in SF this Fall!