A quick note to let you all know that the start-up competition deadline has now officially passed and we are no longer accepting applications.
In the next week we'll be reviewing applications and if there are any questions or we need further information from you we'll be in touch.
We intend to screen the applications and make our final selection to be announced on November 5.
Thanks to all of the great companies that took the time to submit their companies and products for consideration ... We have a GREAT pool of candidates. It may sound cheesy to say, but even on a brief first read, you're all winners and we only regret that there's only room for 30 of you.
As we near our deadline for the start-up competition applications, there's a very important reminder for all companies that have submitted. In order for your company's application to be considered, at least one person from your company must be registered to attend the conference.
Companies whose applications are submitted and who do not have a registered attendee will not be considered.
Stuffing a great volume of content into two mere days is a daunting task. Invariably subjects get left out in the programming process, and so we have done our best to compile a wide range of topics, perspectives and voices for this year's conference.
It bears mentioning that this is not the final version of our program. Some sessions will change, a few may shift times, a couple may drop off and there is certainly room to add some more. So if there are session topics or speakers you have mind that fit within our theme ("Evolution in Technology ... Revolution in Behavior") by all means, send them along.
We also are still coordinating with several speakers for sessions that, because they are still only partially baked, have been left off the program at this stage. But from here on out things will start moving fast and furious so fasten your seat belts and get ready for rapid acceleration with updates on the program - including audio and video interviews with some of our speakers - as well as details of our evolving start-up competition.
With that, I give you version 2 of our conference program for LeWeb3 2007.
DECEMBER 11, 2007
08h30 - 08h45 Welcome to the Evolution/Revolution - Loic Le Meur
08h45 - 09h15 The global village reconstructed: Evolution of social networks and changes behavior Matt Cohler - Facebook
15h00 - 15h45 Bringing social to software: Radical change is coming. Are we ready ? Marc Canter - Broadband Mechanics (moderator) Tariq Krim - Netvibes Hans Peter Brondmo - Plum Patrick Chanezon - Google additional speakers TBD
18h30 - 19h15 Is there reality to a virtual world economy ? Sasha Frieze - Virtual Worlds Forum (moderator) Clay Shirky - NYU Marc Samwer - European Founders Fund Mattias Miksche - Stardoll additional speakers TBD
The applications continue to come in for the 2007 Start-up Competition at LeWeb3.
Please note that we will be closing the application process on October 19, 2007. Applications received after that date will not be eligible for the competition, but may have the opportunity to participate in an open session for start-ups on December 12.
Keep your eyes on this space for a more detailed update on the Start-up Competition - including an introduction to our illustrious panel of judges - in the next few days.
It's been a couple of weeks since we opened the application process for the start-up competition at this year's LeWeb3 conference and we have had great response! This year's competition will have space for 30 companies on the start-up stage. All of those companies will present in front of our panel of judges, which to-date includes: Saul Klein, Index Ventures; Erik Stuart, eBay; Chris Shipley, Guidewire Group; Jason Calacanis, Mahalo; Julien Cordornieu, Microsoft as well as Om Malik and Michael Arrington. We will be confirming a slew of additional judges in the next several days so keep your eyes on this space for more details.
Each of the 30 companies will get 7 minutes to present. They will be restricted to showing only 5-7 slides (if they use Powerpoint at all), and unless it's impossible to do so, the session also should include a demonstration of the product/service. If you miss the company presentation on stage, you can visit them in a small exhibit area that we will set up in the LeWeb3 networking lounge.
After the day of competition on December 11, the judges' scores will be tallied and we will select three winners. Those winners will be announced from the main stage on the morning of December 11 during a session in which the judges will discuss the trends and themes they saw from the presentations the day before.
In terms of the criteria for submitting an application, it's pretty simple. If you have an early-stage start-up that will have some news to share in early December - that can be a product launch or a company launch - you're welcome to apply. And it's simple to do so. Go to this form, fill it out, and you're on your way!
If you have any questions, please email Cathy Brooks, LeWeb3 co-producer and content curator.