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Enrollment for TED 2009 is open.


It’s quite humbling; I’m willing to spend 10% of my annual salary to go but the only person I ever spoken to who’s been is Loic Le Meur and that was to complain that David Weinberger had missed his speaking slot at LeWeb3.

I wonder is there is a way to buy references on eBay???

This could be massive…

Apparently is going to launch into Open Science…

Google To Become Open Source Science Repository

At Le Web 3 in 2006 Hans Rosling made a call for all data to be open and for someone to build better tools to analyze the data. He’s now at Google and in his 2007 keynote he talked about the need for technical people and presenters (he classed himself as a presenter). It seems that he’s getting his wish; this really could be a world changing project!

Wonder if they’re hiring!

Fon Fails!

It sucks!

First Fon sent an email offering three Fon routers as Christmas presents! Fantastic idea and I ordered within hours. I started planning who were going to get them; in fact, they were going to three different countries (Holland, the USA and France).

But they didn’t arrive. No word from Fon about if they were shipped. I sent an email to their support but didn’t get a reply. I’m now missing three routers; do I have to pay the 100€ to get them?

This really sucks because I have no idea about what to do now!

LeWeb3 07 Looking Back

Jort is a collegue from Accenture in Amsterdam who I met for the first time at LeWeb3. I learnt a lot from sitting next to him for a couple of days. His notes are here…

Accenture BlogPodium /entrepreneurial-marketing/jortpossel/le-web-3-07-looking-back/

Of course, he’s missing the photo of himself…

Jort at LeWeb3

Review: Le Web 3

Last year it took me a while to recover from Le Web 3. There was the blog war and I never got around to writing what I thought of it all. This year it’s taken a week.

In summary; Le Web 3 has become the best couple of days in the year for me. I loved last year but this year I actually felt comfortable and had a real ball.

There are still areas to improve;

  • the panel discussions are often too laid back and the “on the sofa talks with Loïc” need more preparation. Otherwise, the time time slips by without any real discussion occurring. As good as the discussion with Janus Friis was, Dave Winer’s chat never really got off the ground.
  • Q&As never really happened and the mobile microphones just don’t work. Can’t we just have somewhere to queue? And please limit the number of questions per person otherwise we get the same four people over and over again.

Otherwise, all the organization was better. The speakers were fantastic, although I think that we can invite a politician back; maybe someone from the UK to talk about data privacy!

Special appreciation goes to:

– Scoble for chatting at 8am about his Kindle and being so nice. He’s far nicer in person than via his writing and videos.

– Starck for proving that you don’t need to know a language to speak it!

– Joi Ito for a fascinating talk that I’ve referred to seven times in the last week.

– Evan Williams for reteaching the importance of Zen in design without knowing it.

– JP Rangaswami for proving me wrong about BT.

– June Cohen for reminding me that it’s about the story not the technology. Interestingly, I signed up for LeWeb3 last year after seeing the TED Talks films. Everything is a circle!

I saw him there; but I don’t think he actually arrived…

Jason Calacanis talked about LeWeb3 on the latest episode of TWiT.

Before today I had him down as a generally intelligent person with a big mouth (not that a big mouth is a bad thing; I hope). And then on TWiT he said that about 5% of people at LeWeb3 were French.

Seems he wasn’t at the same event as the rest of us. If he looks LeWeb3 site here he’ll see that over half the people who listened to his talk were French. Or at least came from France.
He also said that Mahalo announced something at the conference but that was it. Erm, didn’t GooJet announce something and win a prize? Didn’t Dave Winer announce something?

If I hadn’t seen him with my own eyes on stage and wandering around on his blackberry I’d have to assume that he’d not attended.

BTW – I was dying to ask him after his talk about if he considers his behavior on the Gillmor Gang as SPAM.

Le Web 3: One Man & H is Blog on the Rose love-in

Having sat through the “interview”, this made me laugh…

Le Web 3: Kevin Rose of Digg – One Man & His Blog

There was no substance in the talk and this was the professional journalist. Cover story of Newsweek no less. It says something that the professionals play such softball.

I predict a wedding before next Christmas!

Winer and the iPhone

I sat and watched Dave Winer tale this photo this morning.

Geraldine and Loic on Flickr

What was great to see was how easy it was; and how natural.

It reminds me of the quote that any sufficiently good technology is indistinguishable from magic. Watching Dave this morning was like watching Merlin.

I however will be posting photos a lot more slowly simply because the Wi-Fi sucks and I need to sync the camera with the PC etc.

Bloody hell this is early.

I’m witing this from my mobile phone in the metro on the way to LeWeb3.

Last year this trip was five minutes on my bike. This year it’s out of bed at six and a metro across town.

Hope the coffee is worth it!