Archive for the 'Web Monday' Category

Operation Hyacinth

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Web Monday, a community I started on a trip to Germany back in late 2005 in an effort to spread some Silicon Valley goodness, has grown to become one of the major events there to focus on the people and startups who invent and build the future of the internet. Web Mondays are now being held in over 30 places in and around Germany.

For more than two years now, the website (consisting of just a wiki and — more recently — a blog) has remained unchanged. Time to give it a little overhaul.

A couple of days ago, I kicked off the relaunch project (codenamed “Hyacinth”). We’re looking for a few more people to help with screendesign, logo work, Wordpress templating, wiki sysadmin tasks and the like. If you’re willing to lend a hand, please sign up on the wiki: Relaunch 2008

If all goes well, we’ll have us a kick-ass new website by the end of April.

Meet me at SXSW Interactive, March 7-11, 2008 in Austin, Texas

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Just signed up for SXSW Interactive 2008.

Last year was a lot of fun, so looking very much forward to going again this year. SXSW 2007 was when Twitter really took off. See a list of Twitterers attending this year’s conference here: Given their recent performance issues during Steve Job’s keynote at Mac World, it’ll be interesting to watch whether the service will be as reliable and fun as it was last year. And fun it was, with half of Twitter’s then-userbase congregated in the same city (in a way, it almost felt like a location-based service). So here’s to hoping they can figure things out.

Also, if you’re coming to SXSW from Europe, I’m organizing Kraut by Southwest, a little get-together for the German and European community on Monday, March 11 (see Upcoming or Facebook for details).

SXSW will be my third event on this trip, following eDemocracyCamp (provided it actually happens, sign up on the wiki, Upcoming or on Facebook if you’re interested) and Politics Online Conference 2008, both of which will be held in Washington DC.

If all goes well, I will be able to share more details on a little project I’ve been working on over this past year, and which seems to finally be gaining some traction.

Meet me at Web Monday Frankfurt, July 2

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Might as well stop by, since I happen to be in Germany this weekend.

50+ attendees have signed up on the wiki so far.

See you there.

Web Monday Silicon Valley: June 18, Palo Alto

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

This will be a casual one — open mic, BYO demo-type event.

Please join us! You can sign up on Upcoming and on the wiki.

No specific topics as of yet (that might change over the coming days, though). Feel free to bring your own lightning talk or quick demo (simply sign up on the wiki to reserve a slot). Anything around the future of the web, internet startups, and/or transatlantic exchange should be interesting.

Hope to see you there.

Tonight! Tune in to Trackback radio show on Web Monday, Barcamp, others

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

If all goes well I’ll make it on tonight’s (Saturday) edition of Trackback. They plan to do a brief interview with me some time between 6pm and 8pm Berlin Time. We’ll be talking about Web Monday, Barcamp, pl0gbar, the upcoming re:publica conference (plus however many other unconferences, un-meetings or un-formats we can think of that have recently popped up in Germany).

Tune in, the Trackback blog should be open for comments. I might set up an IRC channel (if there isn’t one already). In addition, I’ll be available via Skype, Twitter etc. from about 5pm.

Web Monday Paderborn, March 26

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Web Monday Paderborn launches tomorrow, April 26March 26, making it the 18th city in Germany to join.

30 people have signed up, and the agenda is quite packed with all kinds of interesting topics.

Looks like it’s going to be fun.

Deutschlandradio on Web Monday

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

German public broadcasting company Deutschlandradio recently aired a nice little piece on Web 2.0 and related stuff: Web 2.0 - Update für das Internet (in German)

The report includes soundbites from a recent Web Monday Cologne, which — in my view — capture quite well the intended atmosphere.  Which, in turn, is why I think this was a good idea in the first place.

Web2Open: San Francisco, April 17/18

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Tara just announced that the Web2Open wiki is now up.

What is the Web2Open?

The Web2Open is a part of the Web 2.0 Expo, open to anyone who would like to attend. We do ask that you have a badge, but you may register for a free Expo Only badge using the code at the bottom of this page.

The Web 2.Open was conceived with FooCamp/BarCamp in mind. This open event blends some pre-scheduled content with an open grid where the attendees fill in the sessions they either want to discuss or present themselves. It is the perfect space to provide the community at large with a place to connect with other attendees, learn more about elements of Web 2.0, and share one’s knowledge and experiences.

An unconference hybrid, if you will (and free of charge).

On Monday, April 16, it’s Web Monday Silicon Valley (Upcoming) once again, and it just so happens that we will also be in San Francisco this time around.

Anyone flying in from Germany (other than Nicole)? Let’s meet.

Web Monday Hannover, March 5

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Web Monday Hannover kicks off March 5, bringing the number of cities in the Web Monday network to 20 (not counting Second Life).

Web Monday Innsbruck to launch February 26

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Innsbruck is the second city in Austria to join the Web Monday community. 11 people have signed up so far. Please help spread the word if you know anyone in that part of Europe who might be interested in the future of the web (and how to build it).

Vienna seems to be off to a good start, too, and with the recent Barcamp Klagenfurt getting rave reviews and all, maybe something is really going on in Austria with regard to that internet thing.

Welcome, everybody! Make yourselves at home.