Schedule

Below are the confirmed and scheduled talks at ETech 2008 (schedule subject to change).

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Create your own ETech schedule using the personal scheduler function. Mark the tutorials, sessions, keynotes, and events you want to attend at ETech by clicking on the calendar icon next to each listing. Then click on "personal schedule" at the top of the page and get your own customized schedule generated.

Marina Ballroom D
Add How to Kick Ass to your personal schedule
8:45am Announcements and Keynote
Room: Marina Ballroom D
How to Kick Ass Kathy Sierra (Creating Passionate Users)
Add An Open Source Platform for Personal Robots to your personal schedule
An Open Source Platform for Personal Robots Steve Cousins (Willow Garage)
Add Ride the Fire Eagle: Open Location for All to your personal schedule
Ride the Fire Eagle: Open Location for All Tom Coates (Product Club)
Add Futuretainment: The Asian Media Revolution to your personal schedule
11:00am Breakout sessions
Futuretainment: The Asian Media Revolution Mike Walsh (Tomorrow)
Add Beyond RIAs: Rich Internet Experiences to your personal schedule
11:50am Breakout sessions
Beyond RIAs: Rich Internet Experiences Eric Freeman (The Walt Disney Company), Jason Davis (Disney Online)
Add Computing for Socio-economic Development to your personal schedule
2:00pm Breakout sessions
Computing for Socio-economic Development Kentaro Toyama (Microsoft Research India)
Add Of Necessity and Humanity: What Cuba Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Our Own Technology to your personal schedule
2:50pm Breakout sessions
Of Necessity and Humanity: What Cuba Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Our Own Technology Gwendolyn Floyd (ind), Joshua Kauffman (REGIONAL)
Add Coding Against Corruption to your personal schedule
7:00pm Evening Keynote
Room: Marina Ballroom D
Coding Against Corruption Lawrence Lessig (Creative Commons)
Add Emerging Arts Fest to your personal schedule
8:00pm Evening Event
Room: Marina Ballroom D
Emerging Arts Fest Regine Debatty (We Make Money Not Art), Kati London (Area/Code), Natalie Jeremijenko (NYU), Scott Varland (NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)), Adam Simon (Socialbomb), Michael Dory (Socialbomb), Paul Torrens (Arizona State University), Ryan McManus (Barbarian Group LLC), Andrew Bell (Barbarian Group LLC), Andrea Vaccari (Senseable City Lab, MIT), Tucker Balch (Georgia Tech), Stewart Tansley (Microsoft Research), Eric Kabisch
Marina Ballroom E
Add Brain Imaging for Fun and Profit to your personal schedule
11:00am Breakout sessions
Brain Imaging for Fun and Profit Daniel Marcus (Washington University School of Medicine)
Add Hackers Built My Motorcycle to your personal schedule
2:00pm Breakout sessions
Hackers Built My Motorcycle Pablos Holman (Turing AI)
Add Really, Really, Really Intimate Interfaces to your personal schedule
2:50pm Breakout sessions
Really, Really, Really Intimate Interfaces Kyle Machulis (Nonpolynomial Labs)
Add Personalized Genomics: Benefits and Risks to your personal schedule
4:05pm Breakout sessions
Personalized Genomics: Benefits and Risks Pauline Ng (J. Craig Venter Institute)
Marina Ballroom F
Add The EFF's "On A Brighter Note..." to your personal schedule
11:00am Breakout sessions
The EFF's "On A Brighter Note..." Danny O'Brien (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Cindy Cohn (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Kevin Bankston (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Emily Berger (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Tim Jones (Electronic Frontier Foundation), John Perry Barlow (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Add Context Hacking: Some Examples of How to Mess with Art, the Media System, Law and the Market to your personal schedule
11:50am Breakout sessions
Context Hacking: Some Examples of How to Mess with Art, the Media System, Law and the Market Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom, and University of Applied Sciences Graz)
Add Connecting Your Life to the Web, with Android to your personal schedule
2:00pm Breakout sessions
Connecting Your Life to the Web, with Android Dan Morrill (Google)
Add Awareness: Artistic Experiments in Revealing Invisible Networks to your personal schedule
2:50pm Breakout sessions
Awareness: Artistic Experiments in Revealing Invisible Networks Kati London (Area/Code), Regine Debatty (We Make Money Not Art), Brooke Singer
Add Using Computer Vision and Machine Learning with the Open Source Computer Vision Library to your personal schedule
4:05pm Breakout sessions
Using Computer Vision and Machine Learning with the Open Source Computer Vision Library Gary Bradski (Stanford and Willow Garage)
Mission Hills
Add Project Sun SPOT: Inspiring Future Gadgets to your personal schedule
11:00am Breakout sessions
Project Sun SPOT: Inspiring Future Gadgets Roger Meike (Sun Microsystems, Inc.), Arshan Poursohi (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
Add Web Visualization: Beyond RSS Lava Lamps to your personal schedule
11:50am Breakout sessions
Web Visualization: Beyond RSS Lava Lamps J. C. Herz (Batchtags LLC)
Add Disaster Tech: What is working and what is coming  to your personal schedule
2:50pm Breakout sessions
Disaster Tech: What is working and what is coming Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), Mikel Maron (OpenStreetMap)
Add When Applications Work Better with Voice…And When They Don’t to your personal schedule
4:05pm Breakout sessions
When Applications Work Better with Voice…And When They Don’t Trevor Baca (Jaduka)
12:35pm Lunch
Room: Coronado Terrace
7:45am Continental Breakfast
Room: Marina Ballroom Foyer
10:30am AM Break
Room: Marina Ballroom Foyer
3:35pm PM Break
Room: Marina Ballroom Foyer
8:45am-9:15am (30m) Keynote
How to Kick Ass
Kathy Sierra (Creating Passionate Users)
What does it take to be really, really, really good at something? Are our tech tools making us smarter, dumbing us down, or...? The good news: having a "natural talent" for something is a lot less crucial for expertise than we thought.
9:15am-9:30am (15m) Keynote
An Open Source Platform for Personal Robots
Steve Cousins (Willow Garage)
In this talk we introduce an open source platform for personal robots that integrates the best technologies from various areas of robotics and work from top research institutions, within a flexible and lightweight modular architecture.
9:30am-9:40am (10m) Keynote
Ride the Fire Eagle: Open Location for All
Tom Coates (Product Club)
What would the world be like if everything on the network responded to your location? Social sites could become friend-finders, mobile devices could tell you about your environment, your home could respond to your proximity or absence. Fire Eagle is a new open geo platform designed to make this a reality.
9:40am-9:55am (15m) Keynote
Personalizing the Device: How Communities Will Help Actualize User-generated Hardware and the Long-tail of Gadgets
Peter Semmelhack (Bug Labs)
Open innovation and advances in collaborative development will help usher in the era of user-generated hardware. This talk will focus on user-driven personalization and specialization as it relates to personal hardware devices.
9:55am-10:20am (25m) Keynote
Elephant 2000: A Programming Language for the year 2015 Based on Speech Acts
John McCarthy (Stanford University)
Elephant 2000 is a proposed programming language good for writing and verifying programs that interact with people (e.g. transaction processing) or interact with programs belonging to other organizations (e.g. electronic data interchange)
11:00am-11:45am (45m) General
Futuretainment: The Asian Media Revolution
Mike Walsh (Tomorrow)
There is a new generation of connected consumers on the rise in Asia: Asian teenagers are voraciously reshaping the concept of media across the region. It's the future of entertainment—halfway between Shanghai and Seoul.
11:50am-12:35pm (45m) Products & Services
Beyond RIAs: Rich Internet Experiences
Eric Freeman (The Walt Disney Company) et al
Today a user can earn points playing Spectrobes on their game console, then use them to purchase digital goods on Disney.com, all while communicating with friends immersed in the Pirates MMOG or on their mobile devices. These combined experiences represent an application that is an evolution from simple RIAs into a full-blown Rich Internet Experience (RIE)
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) General
Computing for Socio-economic Development
Kentaro Toyama (Microsoft Research India)
What value is computing technology to a farmer earning $1 a day? Questions like this will be discussed through a sample of work from the Technology for Emerging Markets research group seeking new applications of computing for the world’s least privileged communities.
2:50pm-3:35pm (45m) General
Of Necessity and Humanity: What Cuba Can Teach Us About Ourselves and Our Own Technology
Gwendolyn Floyd (ind) et al
The Cuban people live in acute technological scarcity, yet illuminate strategies for living and creating in a society of excess. This talk will share inspiring adaptations and surprising interpretations of technology.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) General
Reality Mining: Inference in Complex Social Systems via the Mobile Phone
Nathan Eagle (MIT)
Teaching mobile phones to learn from people's behavior: predicting future activities, inferring relationships, quantifying organizational rhythms.
7:00pm-8:00pm (1h) Keynote
Coding Against Corruption
Lawrence Lessig (Creative Commons)
More info will be provided soon. Lessig has discussed corruption on his blog (lessig.org/blog).
8:00pm-9:30pm (1h 30m) Event
Emerging Arts Fest
Regine Debatty (We Make Money Not Art) et al
The first ever Emerging Arts Fest provides a showcase for artists to present their vision of the intersection of art and technology.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) General
Brain Imaging for Fun and Profit
Daniel Marcus (Washington University School of Medicine)
Brain imaging is entering economics, politics, and law. In this session we'll cover key concepts and directions in brain imaging, with a focus for DIYers on open source tools and open access data sets.
11:50am-12:35pm (45m) General
I Sing the Body Electric: How Our Bodies Are Changing Society, and Vice Versa
Quinn Norton (n/a)
Building on last year's Body Hacking talk, Quinn Norton looks at new subjects, new hacks, and new implications, with a little Walt Whitman thrown in for good measure.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) General
Hackers Built My Motorcycle
Pablos Holman (Turing AI)
The process of innovation begins with discovery. Hackers are constantly disassembling the world around them. Pablos Holman will show all kinds of delightful and surprising things that hackers are capable of.
2:50pm-3:35pm (45m) General
Really, Really, Really Intimate Interfaces
Kyle Machulis (Nonpolynomial Labs)
Fitt's Law applies a lot of places in UI design, but sex isn't one of them. What can we learn from sex hardware interfaces? If an interface is inviting enough that someone is willing to have the most intimate of experiences using it, can we apply these ideas to, say, installing printer drivers?
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) General
Personalized Genomics: Benefits and Risks
Pauline Ng (J. Craig Venter Institute)
The revolution of personalized genomics is just beginning. Biotech companies have started to offer DNA tests that reveal a person's genealogy and disease risks. This talk will help the audience assess the benefits of looking at their own genomes versus the privacy issues at risk.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) General
The EFF's "On A Brighter Note..."
Danny O'Brien (Electronic Frontier Foundation) et al
A more-optimistic-than-usual Electronic Frontier Foundation reveals: near-future technology that will help defend your rights, policy initiatives that could help save the Net, and techniques you can bake into your work that will help preserve freedom online.
11:50am-12:35pm (45m) General
Context Hacking: Some Examples of How to Mess with Art, the Media System, Law and the Market
Johannes Grenzfurthner (monochrom, and University of Applied Sciences Graz)
The term "context hacking" refers to unconventional forms or intervention of communication. Johannes Grenzfurthner will present projects by monochrom, a worldwide operating collective from Vienna.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) General
Connecting Your Life to the Web, with Android
Dan Morrill (Google)
Android will let developers build applications that don't just go with you, but become part of your life. We'll introduce the Android platform and show a few examples of applications that fit into your life so naturally you'll wonder how you ever got along without them. Stop by to find out where Android came from, where it's going, and how you can take part.
2:50pm-3:35pm (45m) General
Awareness: Artistic Experiments in Revealing Invisible Networks
Kati London (Area/Code) et al
Exposing invisible networks and their effects, technologists, artists, social engineers, and scientists are unveiling the systems that surround us. Co-curators of ETech's Emerging Arts Fest will lead a panel discussion situating the work represented at ETech and the context in which that work is being created and experienced.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) General
Using Computer Vision and Machine Learning with the Open Source Computer Vision Library
Gary Bradski (Stanford and Willow Garage)
This talk will demonstrate computer vision and machine learning applications and get you up and running on them using the commercially free Open Source Computer Vision Library.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) Products & Services
Project Sun SPOT: Inspiring Future Gadgets
Roger Meike (Sun Microsystems, Inc.) et al
A new generation of gadgets is emerging that can wirelessly communicate, sense their environment and affect the physical world around them. Learn to use open source software and hardware to create everything from gesture-based interfaces to robot swarms to a rainforest monitoring system that may just save the world.
11:50am-12:35pm (45m) General
Web Visualization: Beyond RSS Lava Lamps
J. C. Herz (Batchtags LLC)
This presentation gives a whirlwind overview of the shiny vizporn and kinetic data sculptures to date and explains what it takes to make synthesis and visualization of Web 2.0 data useful on a daily basis, for individuals and groups.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) General
Antigenic Cartography: Visualizing Viral Evolution for Influenza Vaccine Design
Terry Jones (Fluidinfo)
Antigenic Cartography is a new computational method that allows a unique visualization of viral evolution. First published in 2004, the technique is now used to aid the WHO in recommending the composition of human influenza vaccines. It is also being applied to the design of pandemic influenza vaccines and to the study of a variety of other infectious diseases.
2:50pm-3:35pm (45m)
Disaster Tech: What is working and what is coming
Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.) et al
Twitter and Google Maps are being used in mainstream emergency management, and projects like InSTEDD will push them even farther. This session shows you what is working, what isn't, and what's next in Disaster Tech.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) Products & Services
When Applications Work Better with Voice…And When They Don’t
Trevor Baca (Jaduka)
Trevor Baca of Jaduka draws on mash-up analysis, behavior studies, and sociolinguistics to look at those times where voice can pull us in … and push us away. Baca considers the application effectiveness of notifications (both text and voice), voice search, text-to-speech, on-demand conferencing, and plain old DTMF in the automation and optimization of processes in different industries.
9:00pm-10:30pm (1h 30m) BoFs, Event
Wednesday Night Werewolf
Werewolf is a game of paranoia and group behavior and a fun way to get to know your fellow conference-goers.
12:35pm-2:00pm (1h 25m)
Break: Lunch
7:45am-8:45am (1h)
Break: Continental Breakfast
10:30am-11:00am (30m)
Break: AM Break
3:35pm-4:05pm (30m)
Break: PM Break
Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

  • Sun Microsystems

Gold Sponsors

  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Disney
  • Google
  • Make magazine
  • Yahoo! Inc.

Silver Sponsors

  • AdaptiveBlue
  • Jaduka

Premier Media Partner

  • ZDNet