Once again LeWeb3 is offering a platform for Europe's hot new start-ups
to present their business and technology to some of the most
influential players in the technology market. Last year's program was
such a success that we have expanded our set-up for 2007, and will have
a substantial room (Dock Eiffel) dedicated only to start-ups!
Thirty companies will
be selected from the applications submitted, and will demonstrate in
front of a panel of expert judges in a room where any participant of the conference will be able to assist on Monday, December 11.
will be selected to then will also present on the main stage during the morning
general session on December 12. There is no fee to participate in this
competition, but you must apply to be considered.
The hardest part of putting together an event like LeWeb3 is that there are so many incredibly smart people doing so many exciting things in technology that deciding who and what to select proves a daunting challenge.
Thanks to great input from the LeWeb3 Facebook group, feedback through this blog, and of course the sage perspectives and suggestions from our superb long-time friends and advisors, we have crafted what we feel is a stellar first pass for this year's program.
In evaluating the market, we realized that we are facing incremental adjustment in technology but, in some cases, rather mercurial shift in its use. And so we have decided that the theme for this year's LeWeb3 conference will be: Evolution in technology, revolution in behavior
Before saying more, I'd be remiss if I didn't acknowledge several
long-time LeWeb3 supporters who are once again, stepping up to assist us with LeWeb3, helping
in various ways to address our key topics. Among them:
Rodrigo Sepulveda and Ivan Communod
all our partners and so many more friends...
About the program itself - We
have divided our sessions into five main categories. Those categories
and some of the current topics we're planning to address under them are
listed below along with a complete list of confirmed speakers, as well
as people and companies with which we are ironing out scheduling now.
There are some very important things to note about this edition of the program - You'll note that this does not indicate times for the sessions and
that is because this is not a final version. Some topics may move from
one day to the next and/or change a bit. We also will add topics and some topics may come off. This is a working draft and we
look to you - our audience - to help further shape and guide the
content with your input. We welcome suggestions for additional subjects
and speakers that fall within our overall theme. Feel free to post
comments about the agenda here, or email me directly.
Also, there is a strong chance that some of you were confirmed for the conference through a conversation with Loic. If that is the case and you don't see your name here, please don't take offense. It is an oversight on my part. Should this be the case, please just email me.
DAY ONE - December 11, 2007
The Power of social networks: Examples of "real" use - a Facebook executive presents case studies
your information social - a fireside chat with DIGG founder, Kevin Rose
- in conversation with Business Week writer and Author, Sarah Lacy
Web 2.0: The dark side - Panel discussion moderated by Laurent Haug, LIFT conference including Joanna Shields of Bebo
Social Media: Is it killing our society? - Andrew Keen, Author of "Cult of the Amateur" debates Guardian columnist Emily Bell
Personalization 2.0 - Jonathan Medved, CEO of Vringo on projection of personalization
Virtual worlds, gaming and music
The creator of the MP3 file format talks about what's next - a talk by Professor Karlheinz Brandenburg
Digital music: the future - Gerd Leonhard, Media Futurist
Digitized worlds - a presentation by Joi Ito
world economics - Sasha Frieze of Virtual World Forum moderates a
discussion with Clay Shirky, NYU; Marc Samwer, European Founders Forum;
with others to be announced
power of gaming - Chris Mellissinos, Chief Gaming Officer for Sun
Microsystems demonstrates next generation gaming for business
Casual v. Serious games - Mathieu
Nouzareth, Boonty debates with Kevin Slavin, area/code
DAY TWO - DECEMBER 12, 2007
Products and design and technology
Gadgets and gizmos - Dan Dubno, Garage Geeks and special guests
Personalization in investing: Different investors discuss strategy
Startup competition winners
Life and design - a talk by design guru, Philippe Stark
reborn - the new generation of video content a panel discussion led by
Jeff Pulver, Pulver Media including Benjamin Bejbaum, Daily Motion; Nir
Ofir, BlogTV and others.
High performance cars go green - special presenter pending
Taking flight: Personalized travel in the air - Esther Dyson in conversation with Vern Raeburn (pending)
Technology and society: looking out into the World
Internet Pollution and how to stop it - Jason Calacanis, Mahalo
Technology and Democracy: social behaviour in social networks - David Weinberger, Author "Everything is Miscellaneous"
An example of social networks tackling major social issues - a session in partnership with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
Is anything really open any more? - Marc Canter, Broadband Mechanics, tackles the topic with a panel of open source experts
A more detailed list of confirmed speakers/companies to-date:
Pending speakers Klaus Schwab - World Economic Forum Chris Pirillo - Lockergnome/Gnomedex Dave Winer Ben Hammersly Ben Metcalfe Niall Kenedy John Kennedy - IFPI.org Sabine Anger - Vivendi Eric Daugan - Warner Music Group Nikesh Arora - Google Vern Raeburn - Eclipse Aviation Microsoft - TBD Morten Lund - angel investor
Other companies with which we're speaking about confirming participation include: Habbo Hotel BMW Heineken Joost Ustream Virgin Galactic Nokia