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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 2D, 3D... 2.5D? to your personal schedule
8:45am 2D, 3D... 2.5D? Mok Oh (Where Inc.)
Add WattzOn: Crowdsourcing a Solution to Climate Change to your personal schedule
9:40am WattzOn: Crowdsourcing a Solution to Climate Change Raffi Krikorian (Twitter), Jeremy Cloud (Synthesis Studios)
Add New Data Visualization: Reaching Through Maps to your personal schedule
11:00am New Data Visualization: Reaching Through Maps Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design)
Add Design Fiction to your personal schedule
11:55am Design Fiction Julian Bleecker (Nokia Design)
Add Freedom and Control: Lessons from China for the World to your personal schedule
2:20pm Keynotes
Room: Imperial Ballroom
Freedom and Control: Lessons from China for the World Rebecca MacKinnon (Global Voices)
Add How the Magic Circle Transforms the Commons: Games, Communities, and Civic Participation  to your personal schedule
2:45pm Plenary
Room: Imperial Ballroom
How the Magic Circle Transforms the Commons: Games, Communities, and Civic Participation Kati London (Area/Code)
Add The End of Free Space to your personal schedule
3:00pm Plenary
Room: Imperial Ballroom
The End of Free Space Jane McGonigal (Social Chocolate)
Add Viral Forecasting to your personal schedule
3:35pm Plenary
Room: Imperial Ballroom
Viral Forecasting Nathan Wolfe (Metabiota, Global Viral)
Crystal Room
Add Bug Finding by Solving Constraints in the Cloud to your personal schedule
8:45am Bug Finding by Solving Constraints in the Cloud David Molnar (University of California, Berkeley)
Add How New Materials Change History to your personal schedule
11:00am How New Materials Change History Chris Spurgeon (spurgeonworld.com)
Gold Room
Add Tales from Technomadia to your personal schedule
9:40am Tales from Technomadia Chris Dunphy (Technomadia), Cherie Ve Ard (Technomadia)
Add The Glass Bottom Float: Towards Civic Robotics to your personal schedule
11:00am The Glass Bottom Float: Towards Civic Robotics Marc Böhlen (University at Buffalo / Ailab Zurich)
Add Robot Cars Solve Everything. Well, Almost. to your personal schedule
11:55am Robot Cars Solve Everything. Well, Almost. Brad Templeton (EFF)
Empire Room
Add All the Ways to Find You: GPS and Other Wireless Signals to your personal schedule
11:00am All the Ways to Find You: GPS and Other Wireless Signals Nick Brachet (Skyhook Wireless)
Add Hacking Healthcare Technology in Africa  to your personal schedule
11:55am Hacking Healthcare Technology in Africa Mike McKay (Baobab Health Malawi)
Valley Room
Add FreeTech to your personal schedule
8:45am FreeTech Christine Herron (Intel Capital), Kevin Epstein (Entrepreneur Magazine Press)
California Room
7:45am Breakfast
Room: Market Street Foyer
10:25am Morning Break
Room: Market Street Foyer
4:00pm Closing Reception
Room: Market Street Foyer
12:40pm Lunch
Room: On Your Own
8:45am-9:30am (45m) City Tech, GeoLocation, Mobile and The Web
2D, 3D... 2.5D?
Mok Oh (Where Inc.)
Historically, 3D on the Web has always been associated with difficulties. Although 3D has been around for decades, from research labs to gaming to visualization of a 3D earth, there are numerous reasons why 3D is still having majority adoption challenges.
9:40am-10:25am (45m) Mobile and The Web
WattzOn: Crowdsourcing a Solution to Climate Change
Raffi Krikorian (Twitter) et al
It is clear that our lifestyles have become environmentally and economically unsustainable. The solution will need to include widespread power reduction. To this end, WattzOn provides a structured wiki-based tool to allow users to track personal power usage, understand steps they can take to lessen their impact, and improve the accuracy of the system by modifying the methodology and data.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) City Tech
New Data Visualization: Reaching Through Maps
Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design)
Stamen has been extending its work with interactive mapping and data visualizations past the slippy map metaphor into new territory, allowing you to reach through the pins-on-a-map approach that characterizes most work in this field. By making the entire screen an active interactive surface, we're expanding the possibility of what online urban mapping can do.
11:55am-12:40pm (45m) Mobile and The Web
Design Fiction
Julian Bleecker (Nokia Design)
Design is a kind of authoring practice, crafting material visions of different kinds of possible worlds. Design’s various ways of articulating ideas in material to create social objects and experiences is similar to writing fiction. This is a presentation about the relationship between design, science fiction, and the material elements that help tell visual stories about the future.
2:20pm-2:45pm (25m)
Freedom and Control: Lessons from China for the World
Rebecca MacKinnon (Global Voices)
Governments all over the world are moving to censor various kinds of online and mobile content, and to expand their capacity to spy on people's digital communications. While the problem is worst in authoritarian countries, democracies are by no means immune. Meanwhile companies and others trying to provide web and telecoms services are caught uncomfortably in the middle.
2:45pm-3:00pm (15m)
How the Magic Circle Transforms the Commons: Games, Communities, and Civic Participation
Kati London (Area/Code)
In his 1963 science fiction book "The Game Players of Titan," Philip K. Dick envisioned a form of government based on gameplay. Everything from real estate law to municipal policy to marriage contracts were not only derived from playing the game, but the design and sociality of the game had replaced government itself.
3:00pm-3:35pm (35m)
The End of Free Space
Jane McGonigal (Social Chocolate)
Our 3-day massively multiplayer thought experiment is over! Find out what exactly the ETech crowd decided to do with their personal cube satellites -- and what it might mean for our future.
3:35pm-4:00pm (25m)
Viral Forecasting
Nathan Wolfe (Metabiota, Global Viral)
Current global disease control efforts focus largely on attempting to stop pandemics after they have already emerged. This fire brigade approach, which generally involves drugs, vaccines, and behavioral change, has severe limitations.
8:45am-9:30am (45m)
Bug Finding by Solving Constraints in the Cloud
David Molnar (University of California, Berkeley)
Software bugs can let people take over your computer, but finding them is time-consuming. Learn how new advances in solving systems of constraints make it easier to find bugs by leveraging exactly how software works. Learn about Metafuzz, which uses Amazon's EC2 infrastructure to test Linux binary programs on a large scale. Finally, learn about other applications of solver technology.
9:40am-10:25am (45m) Health
DIY for PWD: Do It Yourself for People with Disabilities
Liz Henry (BlogHer)
Wheelchairs aren't any more complicated than bicycles, but they cost a ridiculous amount of money. They shouldn't. Neither should other simple accessibility and mobility equipment. You can't stand up all day at your desk, but you don't need a doctor to prescribe you a $6000 office chair. Open source gadget designs will help create a truly healthy industry and a culture of free invention.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) Materials
How New Materials Change History
Chris Spurgeon (spurgeonworld.com)
The discovery and mastery of new materials throughout history have caused societal upheavals that dwarf our more recent digital revolution. In this lively talk, history of science junkie Chris Spurgeon shows how breakthrough materials changed the world. He'll also explore how we can all prepare ourselves for the materials revolutions to come.
11:55am-12:40pm (45m) Health, Materials
Hearing the Light: New Technologies for Restoring Hearing via Regeneration and Implants
Shelley Batts (University of Michigan)
Can deafness be cured? Novel techniques such as gene therapy, cell replacement and regeneration, artifical cell creation, and emerging types of cochlear implants will be highlighted.
9:40am-10:25am (45m) Geek Life
Tales from Technomadia
Chris Dunphy (Technomadia) et al
Why wait until retirement to explore the world? Two Gen-X geeks decided to give up their conventional homes almost three years ago to create a conscious merging of life, work, sustainable living, and adventure. They share their adventures, practical advice, and insights to living nomadically on the road while utilizing mobile technology to operate their lives and tech businesses.
11:00am-11:45am (45m)
The Glass Bottom Float: Towards Civic Robotics
Marc Böhlen (University at Buffalo / Ailab Zurich)
A beach robot measures established and experimental water quality parameters and offers itself as a resting spot in the water. Life guards interview swimmers and send the results to the floating robot where the human input and the machine data are merged to a joint, the swimming pleasure measure, an extended water quality metric neither humans nor machines can generate alone.
11:55am-12:40pm (45m) City Tech
Robot Cars Solve Everything. Well, Almost.
Brad Templeton (EFF)
The story of how robot cars, no longer science fiction thanks to DARPA contests, will change cities, manufacturing, energy, and of course travel, not just by driving us (saving millions of lives and trillions of dollars) but also by delivering, parking, and refueling themselves to save the electric car and the planet.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) Wireless Signals
All the Ways to Find You: GPS and Other Wireless Signals
Nick Brachet (Skyhook Wireless)
Ever wonder why GPS isn't the one and only location technology you will ever need and use? Ever wonder how Skyhook Wireless WiFi Positioning System works? Come find out!
11:55am-12:40pm (45m) Computing, Health
Hacking Healthcare Technology in Africa
Mike McKay (Baobab Health Malawi)
Malawi has a population of 14 million. One million have HIV and there are just 280 doctors in the country. Baobab Health deploys touchscreen computers to clinics that guide nurses through the complex process of HIV treatment. The combination of hacked hardware and open source software is challenging conventional ideas about what is possible in a place without doctors or electricity.
8:45am-2:00pm (5h 15m)
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.
8:45am-2:00pm (5h 15m)
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
10:25am-11:00am (35m)
Break: Morning Break
4:00pm-4:45pm (45m)
Break: Closing Reception
12:40pm-2:20pm (1h 40m)
Break: Lunch
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • IEEE
  • Make magazine
  • Orange Labs