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Materials, Objects
Location: Empire Room
Leah Buechley (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Come build a shirt that sings when you're squeezed, a purse that sounds an alarm when someone touches it, or a jacket that shines and sparkles at your command. This workshop will guide you through the process of building an interactive garment that incorporates touch sensors, light, and sound. Read more.
Materials, Objects
Location: Empire Room
Tom Igoe (Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU), Brian Jepson (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Ever wanted to get a real understanding of how RFID works? In this workshop, you'll learn about the different classes of RFID devices. We'll discuss what RFID can and can't do, what devices are already on the market, and what kinds of future applications are possible. $70 materials fee required. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 14 ratings)
Tim O'Reilly shares his views on technology's latest trends. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you pitch a project? Launch a website? We'll find out at Ignite ETech. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 7 ratings)
Opening remarks by Program Chair, Brady Forrest. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Alex Steffen (Worldchanging)
Average rating: ***..
(3.91, 23 ratings)
The American family consumes resources vastly beyond its "share"--more so than other nation's family. However, due to technology, increasing environmental awareness, and a changing economy, it is also the best poised to make a course correction. Worldchanging's Alex Steffen returns to show the results of his latest project about how to make us more sustainable. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Sameer Padania (WITNESS)
Average rating: ***..
(3.28, 18 ratings)
WITNESS works at the intersection of human rights, media, and technology, and was founded in 1992 by musician and activist Peter Gabriel. Our mission is to use video and new technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Mary Lou Jepsen (Pixel Qi)
Average rating: ****.
(4.18, 17 ratings)
The key to developing low-cost computing in developing markets is power consumption. An often overlooked aspect of that is the screen. Mary Lou Jepsen, former CTO of the OLPC, has started a new company aimed at a low-cost, low-power screen. She will share insights gained in manufacturing, developing, and deploying this new technology. Read more.
Location: California Room
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
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! Read more.
City Tech, Developing Markets, Health
Location: Empire Room
Gavin Starks (Open Data Institute)
Average rating: ***..
(3.43, 7 ratings)
As we progress to a post-scarcity society, either you'll measure your consumption or someone else will. More data is becoming accessible than has ever existed. Whether driven by climate change, peak oil, or economic change, sustainability is now a fundamental factor of your business and your life. We'll unpack and map the dramatic changes coming to industry, markets, politics--and you. Read more.
Health
Location: Crystal Room
Reshma Shetty (Ginkgo BioWorks), Barry Canton (Ginkgo BioWorks)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
Come learn about synthetic biology and watch a fun hands-on demo where we build a genetically engineered organism! It's like Spore, only real. No experience necessary. Read more.
Developing Markets
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Lane Becker (Get Satisfaction), Thor Muller (Get Satisfaction)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 10 ratings)
Consumerism is crashing, but the logic of digital, networked products promises a path forward. The emerging sustainable economy connects a renewed "repair culture" to reputation systems for companies and customers. It leads to the platformization of everything, ultimately allowing digital products to drive an overwhelming share of economic activity. Read more.
Nick Bilton (The New York Times R&D Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.56, 9 ratings)
We are currently in a time when sharing and social networks are changing the way we consume editorialized media and the definition of "'content" is increasingly blurred. In the R&D Labs at The New York Times we are exploring some of the questions around how we will consume information in the next 2 to 20 years. Read more.
Materials
Location: Crystal Room
Tom Igoe (Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Recent innovations in materials and processes have radically changed how stuff is made. There's not much talk, though, about how stuff is un-made. In this talk, Igoe will explain where stuff goes when you throw it away, how that's affecting the environment, and how sharing some of the intellectual property of the making process can facilitate the un-making. Read more.
City Tech, Geek Life
Location: Gold Room
Jeremy Faludi (Worldchanging, Stanford, Project Frog)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 6 ratings)
Does paper vs. plastic even matter compared to how you got to the store? Everyone today is aware that there are looming environmental problems, and many are looking to create change. This talk derives a list of the industries and areas of our lives that most need change, in order of priority, and suggests what some of these changes should be. Read more.
David Calkins (Robotics Society of America, et. al.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 5 ratings)
What coming in robots? More than just the butler bot, we can expect to see many robots in all aspects of our life - home, work, hospitals, schools.... Single task robots will permeate our lives, as will telepresence bots giving us the ability to truly bi-locate. Noone can predict the future, but we can get a sneak peak. Read more.
Location: Crystal Room
Timothy Childs (TCHO ), Maribeth Back (FX Palo Alto Laboratory)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
What happens when high-tech chocolate factory meets high-tech research lab? TCHO of San Francisco is a new kind of chocolate factory, founded by a Space Shuttle technologist and a chocolate industry veteran. TCHO is working with FXPAL, a high-tech research lab in Silicon Valley, to apply emerging technologies in clarifying end-to-end chocolate production processes. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Average rating: **...
(2.25, 4 ratings)
Opening remarks by Program Chair, Brady Forrest. Read more.
City Tech
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Average rating: ***..
(3.93, 15 ratings)
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 "cut and paste" 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. Read more.
Mobile and The Web
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Joichi Ito (Creative Commons)
Average rating: ***..
(3.13, 15 ratings)
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. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Christa Hockensmith (EMRTC/New Mexico Tech)
Average rating: ****.
(4.28, 18 ratings)
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. Read more.
Mobile and The Web
Location: Crystal Room
David Merrill (Sifteo), Jeevan Kalanithi (Taco Lab LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)
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. Read more.
Location: Valley Room
Christine Herron (Intel Capital), Kevin Epstein (Entrepreneur Magazine Press)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
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. Read more.
City Tech, Computing, GeoLocation, Wireless Signals
Location: Crystal Room
Aaron Koblin (Gray Area Foundation for the Arts)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 5 ratings)
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. Read more.
Geek Life
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Mark Frauenfelder (Make Magazine)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
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. Read more.
City Tech, GeoLocation, Health, Mobile and The Web
Location: Crystal Room
Eric Paulos (Carnegie Mellon University)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
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. Read more.
Materials, Objects
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Leah Buechley (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
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. Read more.
City Tech
Location: Crystal Room
Andrea Vaccari (Senseable City Lab, MIT)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 2 ratings)
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. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Andrew Schneider (Andrew Schneider / The Wooster Group)
Average rating: *....
(1.83, 6 ratings)
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. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Zoë Keating (www.zoekeating.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.78, 9 ratings)
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. Read more.
Location: Crystal Room
Moderated by: Alex Shah
Mobile will be the way people use the Web of the future: the only debate is how quickly the transformation will happen: 3 or 5 years. An introduction will be provided on how to avoid the proprietary nature of new mobile platforms and leverage Web 2.0 to build killer, cross-platfrom apps. Those interested in mobile should attend and share their experiences. Read more.
Location: Market Street Foyer
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
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. Read more.
Location: Crystal Room
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 3 ratings)
Join us Wednesday for LateTech, our [somewhat] late night soirée where high tech meets comedy, magic, and more! Read more.
Location: Valley Room
Christine Herron (Intel Capital), Kevin Epstein (Entrepreneur Magazine Press)
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. Read more.
Location: Crystal Room
David Molnar (University of California, Berkeley)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
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. Read more.
Geek Life
Location: Gold Room
Chris Dunphy (Technomadia), Cherie Ve Ard (Technomadia)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
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. Read more.
Wireless Signals
Location: Empire Room
Nick Brachet (Skyhook Wireless)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
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! Read more.
Materials
Location: Crystal Room
Chris Spurgeon (spurgeonworld.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 2 ratings)
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. Read more.
City Tech
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
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. Read more.
Mobile and The Web
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Julian Bleecker (Nokia Design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
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. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Kati London (Area/Code)
Average rating: ***..
(3.38, 8 ratings)
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. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Nathan Wolfe (Metabiota, Global Viral)
Average rating: ***..
(3.57, 7 ratings)
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. Read more.
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