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I'm Going to FOWA

…but I still need to decide for sure what I’m going to go and watch. Here’s what I’m really looking forward to, and the choices I can’t quite decide on just yet.

Day One, Thursday 9th October

Obviously I’ll be first second (sorry, she’s ahead of me) in line to see Kevin Rose talk on The Future of News, but the choices for the rest of the day are:

  • Matt Webb talking on “What web design brings to products” or Blaine Cook (ex Twitter) and Joe Stump (digg) on how “Languages don’t scale”
  • “The future of enterprise web apps” by Kevin Marks of Google or something on Dopplr by Matt Biddulph

After lunch I’m looking forward to seeing Ron Richards from Revision3 talk on how to bring Internet television to the masses. At 5:50 that afternoon Mike Butcher of Techcrunch UK has an interview with three new startups which looks to be fairly good.

Day Two, Friday 10th October

Early morning we’ve got something from Sun Microsystems titled “The Fear Factor: What to be Frightened of in Building A Web Application”. After lunch I’ve got a couple of tough ones to pick:

  • Something called “Beyond Google Maps” or Jason Calacanis from Mahalo talking about startups
  • Cloud computing from Jeff Barr of Amazon Web Services or Meebo on Scaling the Synchronous Web

After a couple more talks, there’s a cosy little (ha, yeah right) chat with Mark Zuckerburg. You might have heard of Mark, he makes some tiny social networking site that nobody uses. And then… we have something a little bit special.


Kevin and Alex by Andrew (Creative Commons licensed)

Yep, those two jokers are back here again. I am looking forward to this so, so much. Oh, and there’s a party afterwards as well. Smile.

If you’re going to be there, let me know - it would be nice to meet up with some similarly inclined people. If you’re not going to make it along, take a look at the timetable of talks and give me your opinion on what’s hot.


By adam2z on 26 September 2008 at 15:39:

its a shame that webb conflicts with cook.

By Alex Muller on 27 September 2008 at 01:13:

Agreed - Matt’s talk will be interesting, but it won’t have any of the big name stuff from Cook or Stump. And as much as I might hate to admit it, big name stuff like Digg or Twitter draws me in…

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