Category Archives: Geek Events

Lunch 2.0 at Oracle (CTIA gadgets coming tonight)

I love the Lunch 2.0 movement. Every few days there’s a different Lunch 2.0 event around the world. Today was one at Oracle’s headquarters. These are great events to network at and see some new stuff (Oracle was showing off how it is Web 2.0-izing some of its Enterprise-focused stuff and privately I got a demo of how Oracle is building its own internal social network which is very cool).

Anyway, here’s some quick videos I shot at the lunch.

1. Matt Galligan told me about his company, Socialthing, which will aggregate all sorts of friends networks. Alpha coming later in October, public release expected later this year. He called it a “digital life manager” and compared it to Jaiku.
2. Justin Kestelyn gave me a little tidbit of why Oracle was hosting Lunch 2.0. His blog with reports on the event is here.
3. Dominik Grolimund of Wua.la shows me this very cool Peer-to-Peer online storage service. I’m going to try this one out. He’s visiting Silicon Valley from Switzerland.
4. Jeremiah Owyang just came back from Hong Kong and explains Cyworld’s homepi to us. Rich Mangalang, of Oracle, was showing us their internal social network (sort of like Facebook, but only for Oracle employees). He wasn’t able to demonstrate it on camera, unfortunately.

Everytime I go to a Lunch 2.0 event I meet interesting people and learn a lot. Why don’t you come next time?

Watch my Kyte channel tonight. I’m headed to the Showstoppers CTIA event where I’ll find you some cool mobile gadgets and post them up instantly as long as there is some bandwidth.

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Pop!Tech next week: don't miss it

I’m talking with Andrew Zolli. He is the currator of the highly-regarded Pop!Tech conference, coming up next week.

Some things they are just announcing:

1. Pop!Casts. Really cool little video snippets. Includes “embedded ability to create open source subtitles in 100 languages.” You can subtitle as much as you like of a particular video. There are already eight videos translated to eight languages. “The data behind it is even more interesting than this.” I’m playing with this right now and it’s f***ing awesome. You can switch back and forth between english and a bunch of other languages. It compiles a new video when you add a new language. Unbelieveable. Done by Dotsub.com, which has other videos. Why YouTube doesn’t do this? Here’s the English versions of the eight videos (play them and in the player you can switch back and forth between the other languages). Zolli says this
2. Pop!Tech carbon offset initiative. Last year they invested an amount to offset the amount of carbon dioxide generated by the attendees in attending PopTech — that turned into a project with (solar electric light fund self.org) where they are replacing diesel generators with solar generators. This year with eBay they are coming up with a new Web site (exclusively announced here) http://www.ebay.com/poptech where they picked three projects that are doing social development work in several communities in the 2/3rds world (Brazil, Nicaragua, and Africa). They used to call that the “developing world” but now we call that the majority world or the 2/3rds world.
3. National Geographic Photo Camp: they are outfitting several kids from poor countries with cameras and they’ll capture the event and share their photos (they also are paying for National Geographic photographers to teach several of these kids how to be professional photographers in their communities).
4. Mobile empowerment is a big theme. Nokia will show off Mosh. Peer-to-peer sharing platform. Subscribe to packages of content that are peer produced on your device. Pop!Tech is doing a bunch of talks and the participants will interview each other using mobile devices, etc.
5. All on stage content will be shared live at poptech.org/live and will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday. Unlike other events of this caliber (TED and Davos) they broadcast all their content live to the world, which really is great.

Thanks to Seagate for giving all speakers a free hard drive. The speakers at this event aren’t paid, so that really is great. Thanks to Buzz Bruggeman who arranged this interview. I’ll do a separate interview with Andrew after the conference is over.

I wish I were going.