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ETech 2009 Schedule

Below are the confirmed and scheduled talks at ETech 2009 (schedule subject to change).

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Imperial Ballroom
Add Welcome and Announcements to your personal schedule
8:45am Plenary
Room: Imperial Ballroom
Welcome and Announcements
Add Jackhammers, Polymers, and Diamonds: New Applications in Explosives to your personal schedule
9:40am Plenary
Room: Imperial Ballroom
Jackhammers, Polymers, and Diamonds: New Applications in Explosives Christa Hockensmith (EMRTC/New Mexico Tech)
Add Electricity 2.0: Applying the Lessons of the Web to Our Energy Networks to your personal schedule
11:00am Electricity 2.0: Applying the Lessons of the Web to Our Energy Networks James Governor (RedMonk), Tom Raftery (RedMonk)
Add Superstruct: How to Invent the Future by Playing a Game to your personal schedule
11:55am Superstruct: How to Invent the Future by Playing a Game Jane McGonigal (Social Chocolate)
Add Urban Homesteading: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Modern Making to your personal schedule
2:00pm Urban Homesteading: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Modern Making Mark Frauenfelder (Make Magazine)
Add High-Low Tech: Democratizing Engineering and Design  to your personal schedule
4:10pm High-Low Tech: Democratizing Engineering and Design Leah Buechley (MIT Media Lab)
Add QS: From Personal Data to Self-Knowledge to your personal schedule
5:05pm QS: From Personal Data to Self-Knowledge Gary Wolf (Wired)
Add Experimental Devices for Performance to your personal schedule
6:45pm Plenary
Room: Imperial Ballroom
Experimental Devices for Performance Andrew Schneider (Andrew Schneider / The Wooster Group)
Add Using a 17th Century Instrument to Create the Music of the 21st Century to your personal schedule
7:15pm Plenary
Room: Imperial Ballroom
Using a 17th Century Instrument to Create the Music of the 21st Century Zoë Keating (www.zoekeating.com)
Crystal Room
Add Cookie Scale Computing: Human-Computer Interfaces as Piles of Gesture Sensitive Displays to your personal schedule
11:00am Cookie Scale Computing: Human-Computer Interfaces as Piles of Gesture Sensitive Displays David Merrill (Sifteo), Jeevan Kalanithi (Taco Lab LLC)
Add Making Art with Lasers, Sensors, and the Net to your personal schedule
11:55am Making Art with Lasers, Sensors, and the Net Aaron Koblin (Gray Area Foundation for the Arts)
Add Collaboration for Disaster Resilience: InSTEDD in the Mekong Delta to your personal schedule
2:00pm Collaboration for Disaster Resilience: InSTEDD in the Mekong Delta Eric Rasmussen (InSTEDD), Eduardo Jezierski (InSTEDD)
Add Enabling Citizen Science to your personal schedule
2:55pm Enabling Citizen Science Eric Paulos (Carnegie Mellon University)
Add The New "Situation:" Frameworks for Spatial Mediation to your personal schedule
4:10pm The New "Situation:" Frameworks for Spatial Mediation Ben Cerveny (Stamen Design), Tod Kurt (AFK Lab, ThingM)
Add The Real Time City to your personal schedule
5:05pm The Real Time City Andrea Vaccari (Senseable City Lab, MIT)
Add LateTech to your personal schedule
9:30pm LateTech
Room: Crystal Room
LateTech
Gold Room
Add Uncommon Knowledge and Open Innovation: Building a Science Commons to your personal schedule
11:00am Uncommon Knowledge and Open Innovation: Building a Science Commons John Wilbanks (Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship)
Add Save the Programmer. Save the Planet. to your personal schedule
11:55am Save the Programmer. Save the Planet. Mike Mathieu (Front Seat)
Add Mobile Phones Reveal the Behavior of Places and People to your personal schedule
2:00pm Mobile Phones Reveal the Behavior of Places and People Tony Jebara (Columbia University & Sense Networks)
Add Japanese Tech Culture: Demystifying "Weird" Japanese Toys and Tools  to your personal schedule
2:55pm Japanese Tech Culture: Demystifying "Weird" Japanese Toys and Tools Lisa Katayama (TokyoMango), Fumi Yamazaki (Fumi Yamazaki)
Add Collaborative Play: Improving the World by Making Fun Stuff with Smart People to your personal schedule
4:10pm Collaborative Play: Improving the World by Making Fun Stuff with Smart People Rose White (City University of New York - Graduate Center / NYC Resistor )
Add Undesigning the Emergency: Against Prophylactic Urban Membranes to your personal schedule
5:05pm Undesigning the Emergency: Against Prophylactic Urban Membranes Benjamin Bratton (University of California, San Diego)
Empire Room
Add Shared and Sometimes Stealthy: Urban India's Mobile Phone  to your personal schedule
11:55am Shared and Sometimes Stealthy: Urban India's Mobile Phone Molly Steenson (Princeton University School of Architecture)
Add The Yahoo! Query Language (YQL): A Deep Dive to your personal schedule
2:00pm The Yahoo! Query Language (YQL): A Deep Dive Sam Pullara (Yahoo!)
Add Project Yggdrasil: Flexible Data Collection for Wireless Sensor Networks to your personal schedule
2:55pm Project Yggdrasil: Flexible Data Collection for Wireless Sensor Networks Arshan Poursohi (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
Add Smart Energy and What Lies Ahead to your personal schedule
4:10pm Smart Energy and What Lies Ahead Rob Faludi (Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD)
Add Augmented Reality: From Science to Mass Market  to your personal schedule
5:05pm Augmented Reality: From Science to Mass Market Stefan Misslinger (metaio, Inc.)
Valley Room
Add FreeTech to your personal schedule
11:00am FreeTech Christine Herron (Intel Capital), Kevin Epstein (Entrepreneur Magazine Press)
California Room
7:45am Breakfast
Room: Market Street Foyer
12:40pm Lunch
Room: Market Street Foyer
Add ETech Fest to your personal schedule
8:00pm Plenary
Room: Market Street Foyer
ETech Fest
10:15am Morning Break
Room: Regency Ballroom
3:40pm Afternoon Break
Room: Regency Ballroom
8:45am-9:00am (15m)
Welcome and Announcements
Opening remarks by Program Chair, Brady Forrest.
<div class="en_popup_content"> <div class="en_popup_time"> 9:00am-9:25am (25m) City Tech </div> <div class="en_popup_name">Urban Futures</div> <div class="en_popup_speaker">Chris Luebkeman (Arup) </div> <div class="en_popup_desc">When we look at the world around us we see many examples of places and spaces that we both love and hate. What would you &quot;cut and paste&quot; from different parts of your city to create the ideal sustainable urban environment? Arup has spent a number of years discussing what the eco-city would need to look like if we are going to move towards an Ecological Age.</div> </div> <div class="en_popup_content"> <div class="en_popup_time"> 9:25am-9:40am (15m) Mobile and The Web </div> <div class="en_popup_name">Creative Commons: Creating Legal and Technical Interoperability</div> <div class="en_popup_speaker">Joichi Ito (Creative Commons) </div> <div class="en_popup_desc">TCP/IP and The Web were open standards and specifications that created an explosion of innovation by lowering friction and transaction costs for interoperability. Creative Commons is creating a new layer of open standards and specifications for interoperability and to lower friction at the legal/copyright and semantics layer.</div> </div>
9:40am-10:05am (25m)
Jackhammers, Polymers, and Diamonds: New Applications in Explosives
Christa Hockensmith (EMRTC/New Mexico Tech)
Explosives are usually linked to military uses or mining. Today there are other uses for explosives on a large scale (diamond manufacture) or on a small scale (cartridges to operate instruments or machinery) or somewhere in between.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) City Tech
Electricity 2.0: Applying the Lessons of the Web to Our Energy Networks
James Governor (RedMonk) et al
For too long, power distribution has been a top down, subscribe-only model, but the electricity grids of tomorrow will be read/write, just like the Web.
11:55am-12:40pm (45m) Geek Life, Mobile and The Web
Superstruct: How to Invent the Future by Playing a Game
Jane McGonigal (Social Chocolate)
What are the five biggest problems the world will face in 2019 – and how can we get a head-start on solving them together? Find out in this talk, which presents the results of SUPERSTRUCT, the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) Geek Life
Urban Homesteading: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Modern Making
Mark Frauenfelder (Make Magazine)
In 1900 about 40 percent of Americans (40 million) lived on farms, and a similar percentage worked on farms. People were makers by necessity, and as a result they acquired many useful DIY skills that they applied to their leisure activities as well.
2:55pm-3:40pm (45m) Mobile and The Web
Sustainable Design for a Multiscreen, Info-Overloaded World
Kevin Lynch (Adobe)
Understanding how humans can better interact with and consume information is critical as we work to solve the increasingly complex challenges before us. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch will explore three aspects that will shape the next generation of computing applications.
4:10pm-4:55pm (45m) Materials, Objects
High-Low Tech: Democratizing Engineering and Design
Leah Buechley (MIT Media Lab)
People knit scarves and solder radios together in their homes and garages. In contrast, companies produce high-tech things by high-tech processes. A host of new tools is making many of the resources previously available only to companies accessible to individuals, empowering people to design, engineer, and build devices that integrate high and low technology.
5:05pm-5:50pm (45m) Health
QS: From Personal Data to Self-Knowledge
Gary Wolf (Wired)
This talk will trace the history of personal data collection from its surprising roots in the 18th century into its future as a form of self-knowledge. We will see some of the great self-tracking projects of the past and present. No products will be reviewed! This is a talk about the why of self-tracking, with illustrations from real experiments.
6:45pm-7:15pm (30m)
Experimental Devices for Performance
Andrew Schneider (Andrew Schneider / The Wooster Group)
Schneider's multidisciplinary work attempts to investigate human and technological interdependence. Schneider sees this interdependence as both emotional and physical. We are all infinitely removed from everything, everyone, and from ourselves. Our inners do not connect to our outers with any sort of transparency. Language separates us from the experience of the real. All of us is filtered.
7:15pm-8:00pm (45m)
Using a 17th Century Instrument to Create the Music of the 21st Century
Zoë Keating (www.zoekeating.com)
Zoë Keating is a cellist. She plays solo, with rock bands, and writes music for film and ballet. Her musical process involves live looping and layering. Keating will demonstrate how to use a 17th century instrument and a laptop to make electronic music, and discuss the metaphysics of looping sound.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) Mobile and The Web
Cookie Scale Computing: Human-Computer Interfaces as Piles of Gesture Sensitive Displays
David Merrill (Sifteo) et al
We've built a new type of interface that brings computation into our physical and gestural world: a set of cookie-sized, gesturally aware, neighbor detecting wireless displays that act together as one interface. We call them Siftables. People live in and know about the physical world. Computers should too.
11:55am-12:40pm (45m) City Tech, Computing, GeoLocation, Wireless Signals
Making Art with Lasers, Sensors, and the Net
Aaron Koblin (Gray Area Foundation for the Arts)
Aaron Koblin will discuss the process of turning data into visual expression. As director of technology on Radiohead's latest music video for "House of Cards," he worked with sensor technologies as an alternative to traditional video. Koblin will also discuss his role at Google's Creative Lab in San Francisco, and discuss some of his other data-visualization software.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) Developing Markets, GeoLocation, Health, Mobile and The Web
Collaboration for Disaster Resilience: InSTEDD in the Mekong Delta
Eric Rasmussen (InSTEDD) et al
Diseases are spreading faster. To detect them we need to enable faster and accurate communication that can create life-saving responses. How do you do this without Western infrastructure in the jungles of South East Asia? InSTEDD has been building SMS and mapping applications while figuring out multilingual issues, ad-hoc team creation, and data integration of disconnected systems.
2:55pm-3:40pm (45m) City Tech, GeoLocation, Health, Mobile and The Web
Enabling Citizen Science
Eric Paulos (Carnegie Mellon University)
From communication tool to “networked mobile personal measurement instrument.” Mobile phones as “personal measurement instruments” enable an entirely novel and empowering genre of computing usage called citizen science. Through the use of sensors paired with personal mobile phones, citizens are invited to participate in collecting and sharing measurements of their environment that matter most.
4:10pm-4:55pm (45m) Wireless Signals
The New "Situation:" Frameworks for Spatial Mediation
Ben Cerveny (Stamen Design) et al
What does the platform look like that allows digital architects to layer interaction models from massively multiplayer gaming and Wii-like gestural performance onto urban-scale environments? We are building software, initially for an amusement park in Dubai, that integrates the datastreams from thousands of modular sensor nodes into a high-resolution realtime spatial model of people and objects.
5:05pm-5:50pm (45m) City Tech
The Real Time City
Andrea Vaccari (Senseable City Lab, MIT)
Discover MIT SENSEable City Lab latest research in urban informatics and discuss our projects, from the analysis of social dynamics in urban environments, to the development of prototypes of future interfaces and services for the city and its inhabitants, up to the deployment of urban furniture that crosses the boundaries of architecture to explore the impact of new technologies in urban life.
9:30pm-11:00pm (1h 30m)
LateTech
Join us Wednesday for LateTech, our [somewhat] late night soirée where high tech meets comedy, magic, and more!
11:00am-11:45am (45m) Health
Uncommon Knowledge and Open Innovation: Building a Science Commons
John Wilbanks (Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship)
Research generates huge data sets. New formats in the semantic web bring great promise to convert portions of the scientific canon into machine-readable formats, at the same time that new collaborative lightweight methodologies allow us to represent scientific arguments and knowledge formation in real time. The Science Commons hopes to provide the infrastructure to make this happen.
11:55am-12:40pm (45m) Developing Markets
Save the Programmer. Save the Planet.
Mike Mathieu (Front Seat)
Mike Mathieu outlines the emerging civic software movement where tech-savvy heroes leverage rapid development and improving web infrastructure to build projects and services focused on social impact. You'll come away with a new understanding of some key players in the space, as well as some specific ideas for actions you might take with your professional skills.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) City Tech, Mobile and The Web
Mobile Phones Reveal the Behavior of Places and People
Tony Jebara (Columbia University & Sense Networks)
As more of us generate GPS data with our mobile phones, how can this aggregated information give us an unprecedented new understanding of the people, places, and rhythms that make up our cities? Location data combined with learning algorithms lets us cluster different places and people into social categories and tribes.
2:55pm-3:40pm (45m) Developing Markets, Geek Life, Mobile and The Web
Japanese Tech Culture: Demystifying "Weird" Japanese Toys and Tools
Lisa Katayama (TokyoMango) et al
What do Japanese geeks, teenagers, and high school girls do for hours behind their computers and cell phone screens? Katayama and Yamazaki demonstrate several examples of web apps and gadgets that are fun, creative, and uniquely Japanese. Through these, we see how crucial, hard-to-grasp aspects of Japanese culture materialize as new obsessions when technology is thrown into the mix.
4:10pm-4:55pm (45m) City Tech, Geek Life
Collaborative Play: Improving the World by Making Fun Stuff with Smart People
Rose White (City University of New York - Graduate Center / NYC Resistor )
A "hacker space" and a "community center" sound like different places, but spaces organized in the last year, like NYC Resistor and HacDC, have merged the two. These are cross-disciplinary, self-organized, adult-education centers, mostly focused on technology, with heavy detours into related sciences and crafts, and they are alive with learning. You could build one in your city, too!
5:05pm-5:50pm (45m) Developing Markets
Undesigning the Emergency: Against Prophylactic Urban Membranes
Benjamin Bratton (University of California, San Diego)
Constraint--the Conference's theme--is not only a set of conditions against which design must struggle, to constrain is also itself a design strategy. Cambrian lurches forward in design ecologies tend to occur in response to an emergency, often a war.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) Computing, GeoLocation
Sense and Sensibilities: What Happens When You Can Measure Our Offline Reality Like You Can the Online World?
Sharon Biggar (Social Point) et al
If I were to tell you that someone can observe where you go, what you look at, where you spend your time, and where you spend your money - would you be concerned? Even if it was anonymous?
11:55am-12:40pm (45m) City Tech, Mobile and The Web
Shared and Sometimes Stealthy: Urban India's Mobile Phone
Molly Steenson (Princeton University School of Architecture)
We typically think of the mobile phone as a device belonging to and used by an individual. Yet in urban India, people share their mobile phones in unique ways, regardless of class and depending on where they are in the city.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) Products and Services
The Yahoo! Query Language (YQL): A Deep Dive
Sam Pullara (Yahoo!)
One of Yahoo!'s major goals is to become more open through the Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS). At the heart of Y!OS is an open and extensible platform that allows developers to rapidly access Yahoo! network data and develop applications with access control using an open authentication standard.
2:55pm-3:40pm (45m) Products and Services
Project Yggdrasil: Flexible Data Collection for Wireless Sensor Networks
Arshan Poursohi (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
The collection of networked notes and devices in our environment is growing rapidly. These nodes and devices, already collecting and generating massive amounts of data, must be programmed and managed.
4:10pm-4:55pm (45m) Geek Life
Smart Energy and What Lies Ahead
Rob Faludi (Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD)
A few words about monitoring your power; followed by a few more in regard to Lord Kelvin, gadget-driven tasks, behavioral fantasies, paradigm breakers and trying to pass the grandma test.
5:05pm-5:50pm (45m) Mobile and The Web
Augmented Reality: From Science to Mass Market
Stefan Misslinger (metaio, Inc.)
Augmented Reality (AR) has been around for a while in Academic Research. Today, AR is being used for industrial, marketing, and mobile applications. This talk will present metaio’s timeline of AR applications, as well as the advancement of the technology. And, what is yet to come.
11:00am-6:00pm (7h)
FreeTech
Christine Herron (Intel Capital) et al
A community organized event designed to share and improve the essential skills required to participate in collaborative and innovative projects. The event features a mix of educational presentations and hands-on coaching from experts in participatory communities, and will run 11:00am – 5:50pm Wednesday and 8:45am – 12:40pm Thursday.
11:00am-6:00pm (7h)
ETech Maker Shed
Come and check out MAKE at ETech 2009. We'll have the Maker Shed on site where you can purchase electronics kits, participate in demos, hack your own creations, and customize your official ETech Conference T-shirt!
7:45am-8:45am (1h)
Break: Breakfast
12:40pm-2:00pm (1h 20m)
Break: Lunch
8:00pm-9:30pm (1h 30m)
ETech Fest
ETech Fest, the ETech emerging arts showcase, will once again provide a platform for artists to present their vision of the intersection of art and technology at ETech 2009.
10:15am-11:00am (45m)
Break: Morning Break
3:40pm-4:10pm (30m)
Break: Afternoon Break
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • IEEE
  • Make magazine
  • Orange Labs