Web Monday Silicon Valley follow-up

Last night saw the first Web Monday Silicon Valley. It proved to be a little bit of an experiment due to the fact that the agenda is still emerging and remained somewhat blurry. That’s because in addition to the fairly clear web 2.0 focus of Web Monday in Germany, the Silicon Valley edition also wants to talk about how we can better connect the two sides of the Atlantic. How to best do that within a format like Web Monday hasn’t been defined yet and things were taking shape as we spoke last night.

All in all, I’d say the experiment went well. Thirteen people showed up, and we saw three pretty cool presentations: the new Flex 2.0 (in use at Adobe/SAP), the future of Plazes, as well as a brief overview of Yahoo! Mail beta. While we certainly weren’t able last night to fully answer all the questions on how we can bring Germany closer, we agreed that it’s a challenge worth pursuing over the coming months. There are still a few ideas out in the open as to what we can do to make things better. To that effort, there will most likely be another Web Monday in this area, most likely some time later this summer. In the meantime, I plan to bring some of the most active Web Monday contributors in Germany into this discussion as well. During my upcoming visit to Germany, there will be another Web Monday Cologne where we will focus on next steps and our plans for 2006/2007.

Thanks to Benay, who co-organized last night, and thanks to the numerous people who helped spread the word (many more than were actually able to attend in person). It became clear once again that so many connections exist already at an individual level, it almost seems like it shouldn’t be too much of a problem to take this to the next level.

For anyone who is not yet familiar with Web Monday, I have posted my slides, which give a brief overview of how Web Monday has evolved over the past 7 or so months.

As always, your feedback is most welcome. Go to the wiki or contact me directly with your concerns, questions, or just plain whacky ideas.

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