Archive for the 'Events' Category

Web Monday Second Life: February 5

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

Another Web Monday Silicon Valley: Tomorrow at 8pm German time (11am Pacific).  I hope to make it though I may be on the road.

Corecon has moved to a nice and shiny new facility. Sebastian will talk about Web3.D, and Erik will present LightPress.

Tonight! Web Monday Silicon Valley

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Welcome to the first Web Monday Silicon Valley in 2007.  Tonight’s talks will look at online communities, structured wiki, group problem-solving, some social networking, and an interesting mashup project.  Oh, and there’s free pizza and beer.

Sign up on the wiki or on Upcoming. Feel free to bring your friends and colleagues.

Jimmy Wales: Three principles for building the Wikipedia community

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

At last week’s Social Media Club meeting in San Francisco, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia shared some of the guiding principles used for building the Wikipedia community:

  1. “Assume good faith!”
  2. Intentional vulnerability
  3. Accountability rather than gatekeeping

He says these principles also apply to a wide range of internet or social media projects.

You can listen to his 6-minute speech here (starts at around 20′55).

More on AssumeGoodFaith on the Meatball wiki.

How to RSVP on Zvents?

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

I’m a very happy user of Upcoming. Upcoming is a social calendar (now part of Yahoo!). It allows you to find, share, and follow events online. It is social to the point where I now get more than half of my events via my 80+ immediate contacts: I follow their “event stream” and pick out the things that I also like — works like a charm.

Today, I wanted to RSVP for the Lunch 2.0 meeting in Mountain View tomorrow. You can RSVP on their blog or on Zvents. So I thought I give Zvents a try.

Here’s the event on Zvents: Lunch 2.0

Two questions which I couldn’t get answered so far:

  • Where on the page can I RSVP?
  • Who else is going?

Either I’m totally blind, or maybe I’m missing the point and Zvents is not a social calendar?

Anyone have a clue please fill me in.

FormCamp Munich, February 13-14

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Wow, totally hadn’t heard of this one: FormCamp is happening in Munich this weekend, February 13-14, sponsored by Yahoo.

At FormCamp, they are trying to build an easy-top-use form framework that will help build forms quickly while taking into account things like form validation and overall accessibility.

Via web output: Barcamps 2007 - es geht weiter ab!

Web Monday, January 2007: Bielefeld, Berlin, Kiel, Stuttgart, Vienna, Bremen, Cologne, Karlsruhe, Jena, Frankfurt, Silicon Valley

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

With a total of eleven Web Mondays, January is shaping up to be our busiest month yet.

You know what to do:

  • Mark your calendars, spread the word, bring your friends, bring your colleagues (heck, bring your boss)!
  • Share your insights, give a remarkable talk, or demo your hot, new, curve-jumping, paradigm-shifting, patent-pending, world-changing, revolutionary, first-mover app!!
  • Have fun inventing the future of the internet!

January 15:

January 22:

January 29:

One of my key goals for the development and further growth of Web Monday in 2007 is better sharing across what will soon be 20 different locations.

I would like to take the opportunity and encourage everyone to make sure their demos, presentations and talks at every event get recorded or otherwise properly documented (photos, podcasts, videos — you name it) so we can make them available online.

Yes, Web Monday is about to get its own blog shortly (and podcast, I assume).

Happy New Year!

Podcamp Berlin, January 12-14

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Since everybody really seemed to have liked the general concept, why not do another one?

Podcamp Berlin is upon us:

Podcamp Berlin is a free, two-day ad hoc conference on blogging, internet TV, new media, and podcasting. It will be the first event of its kind outside of the US.

Podcamp is an interdisciplinary event for media creators (amateurs and professionals), consumers, service providers, social scientists, lawyers, economists, entrepreneurs, consultants, and investors. Participants talk and learn about the essentials of content, business models, concepts, and advertising of today and tomorrow in the area of new media.

More than 100 people have signed up (a German who’s who in podcasting and social media), but there is still room for last minute campers.

Follow the blog for updates (in German).

Naturally, things kick off Friday night with a little party.

Have fun, everybody!

Events around Macworld in San Francisco this week

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Chris has a lot, if not all of’em: MacWorld events and Citizen Central

Any transatlantic bridge builders in town (other than Raju and Carsten)? Let’s get together. I’ll be in the city tomorrow for NetTuesday (Upcoming).

Connected Citizens — Enabling Common Ground

Friday, January 5th, 2007

The Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) 2007 Conference has been scheduled for November 12-14, 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada).

Three potential main themes are currently being evaluated:

  • Citizenship: the character of an individual viewed as a member of a democratic society; behaviour in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen.


  • Common ground: Some people say that an objective of dialogue and deliberation is to find common ground. In many cases, people with different perspectives can look beyond differences to see what they have in common. Common ground would be a great theme for the conference as this could be used to support many different concepts, such as:
    1. Bringing the community together on common ground for the conference;
    2. D&D approaches to finding common ground;
    3. Establishing common ground for the D&D community in Canada.


  • Interconnectivity: Interconnectivity is another idea being considered as a conference theme. The concept of being interconnected has many powerful interpretations and meanings. Many people are familiar with the concept of six degrees of separation. This is the idea that everyone on the earth is connected to everyone else through six people. This is a neat idea in showing that not only are people in the D&D community connected to each other, but we also use D&D to bring others together to increase understanding, address challenges, find solutions, etc.

I’m interested in all three, hence my suggestion for a combination: Connected Citizens — Enabling Common Ground

In order to help them better prepare the conference, you are invited to complete their online workbook and suggest your own topics or themes.

Via NCDD: C2D2 News - Online Survey & 2007 Conference

It's official: Ze Germans dig ze barcamp

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Remember earlier this year? Thanks to Google, we learned that Germans — for all we know — tend to take their work very seriously. They are best known for their brutal sense of order, their punctuality, their keen sense of logic, for being better dictators than listeners, for their formality, their stubbornness, and their imposing personalities. Not the best conditions for the unconference movement to flourish, you might think.


First of all, the aforementioned stereotypes are just that — bad, bad stereotypes, and so unfair (ok, they are partially accurate, I give you that).

Second, there seems to be a growing desire among people from the German web and startup scene to get together in informal settings to share, learn and collaborate.

After Barcamp Berlin in September and Barcamp Cologne in November, Barcamp Nuremberg took place the weekend before Christmas, December 16-17 — completing the round of three German barcamps in 2006.

For all three, feedback has been very positive. In fact, quite a few out of the 300 or so attendees seem eager to keep it up in 2007. A number of cities are being mentioned that may host future camps: Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Cologne.

My hope is that once people discover they can organize an entire conference, they may soon consider starting their own companies as well.

A big thank you to Sebastian, Raju, Franz, and Joerg, the main instigators and organizers, and the many who helped them. Very nicely done.

Pockets of resistance, indeed.