Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Music, Technology & the Pioneers of Social Media

photo: May 2009 summit; photo taken from an awesome blog review of the event.

If you are interested in the future of music & technology, then this conference's website alone might interest you.

The SF MusicTech Summit
Dec 7th, 2009 @ Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco

The SF MusicTech Summit will bring together over 600 visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce.

They'll meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to deal-making environment.

The program and audio recordings of all of the panels from the most recent conference are available for free on the conference's website. Start here by selecting a day's worth of panels to explore. Stumbled upon one that my friend Bear Kittay moderated at the last conference on "Music Activism as a Catalyst for Positive Change." :)

For more info on the conference, check out the coverage on CNET, here.

I'd read about the conference before, but it'd gotten lost in the clutter in my brain:) I was just reminded of it today by Meetup group SF New Tech, which hosts monthly events in San Francisco "to discuss and show-and-tell new technology: Web 2.0 to Nanotech, Digital content to video games. Cool new tech. Geeks, inventors, new companies with cool products and ANYONE curious about new tech is welcome."

Finally, while I'm talking about technology, check out another awesome upcoming event with a mind blowing list of participants -

The Future of the Forum: Internet Communities and the Public Interest

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 9am-7pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, University of California, Berkeley

Participants include:

* Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
* Jim Buckmaster, CEO of craigslist
* Mitch Kapor, Co-Founder, EFF
* Judith Donath, Fellow, Harvard's Berkman Center
* Howard Rheingold, Critic and Author of Smart Mobs
* Dick Costolo, COO of Twitter
* Reid Hoffman, Founder of Linkedin
* Seth Goldstein, CEO of SocialMedia Networks
* Lars Rasmussen, Co-Creator of Google Wave
* Hubert Dreyfus, Professor of Philosophy, UCB
* Jane McGonigal, Institute of the Future
* Laura Sydell, National Public Radio

The pioneers of Social Media will gather at UC Berkeley on Saturday, December 5th for a one day symposium. Public forums are evolving rapidly, producing dramatic changes in politics and social behavior. How will innovations such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google Wave expand participatory democracy and enhance public interest nationally and internationally? As a public research university with a history of activism, UC Berkeley will host a day of panels and opportunities for discussion about the future of the forum.

Presented by the UC Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM) with support from craigslist.org and The Institute for the Future. Symposium Chair: Gail de Kosnik (BCNM and TDPS). Symposium Co-Chair: Ken Goldberg (BCNM, IEOR, EECS, and School of

Seating is limited. Registration is $345/person, $295 through Nov 23. For details and registration, please go here.

* If you can't attend the conferences but they interest you, then check out Twitter on the day of - might be some tweets coming out live from the events:) But not from me - I won't be there:)

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