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by Julien Smith
When Microsoft released the Kinect, people thought it was a great gaming innovation. But it was the company’s decision to open up the platform that led to a Cambrian Explosion of innovation. The Kinect has won awards around the world, and it’s being used in dozens of new, and often unexpected, ways. In this session, Sheridan Jones, Director of Business and Strategy for Kinect for Windows, looks at some of the products and businesses around the world that have picked up the torch Microsoft lit, and incorporated natural user interactions into how they work. We’ll see how these creations are changing lives in often surprising ways. And ultimately, we’ll see that the dirty little secret behind any innovation is that while innovators are catalysts, it’s the ecosystem of businesses, developers, and end users that are the reagents producing real, lasting change.
by Mitch Joel
The world isn’t changing, it’s already changed. Dramatically. Technology is transforming what was once extraordinary into the ordinary. To survive, business has to reinvent not only itself, but the entire industry it serves. And you need a roadmap. It’s an iterative process that is not taking place year by year, but moment by moment. What are you going to do about it? This is your reboot.
Imagine you built a piece of software that everyone uses hundreds of times a day. It’s installed on every computer and mobile device. The entire Internet relies on it. It’s the cloud, thirty years ago. That’s what Paul Mockapetris did when he created DNS, the naming system on which the Web is built. Oh, and he also wrote the first SMTP implementation. That’s email. In this candid session, hear what it was like at the beginning, when a little piece of code could have a huge impact on the world.
by Stowe Boyd
We have to have some idea of the world we are headed for sowhat we do will matter. It makes no sense to build a better mousetrap unless there will still be mice to trap. In this session, Stowe Boyd will explore some deep trends to help today’s startup entrepreneurs head in a profitable direction, like these:* It is the business of the future to be dangerous * Whatever the Web touches, it consumes * Technology is everything that was invented after you were thirteen * The next frontier will be the ruins of the unsustainable * The central economic imperative of the new economy is to amplify relationships.
by Graham Hill
Humans are fundamentally social creatures. Sharing is the most basic form of commerce, of affection, or support. And there’s increasing evidence from moral psychologists that sharing isn’t just nice: it’s essential for survival. We evolved to share, and as technology becomes a platform for interaction, we need to create shared spaces within it for ourselves to flourish.
by Marc Gingras
The life of a startup is defined by little events that together make an unforgettable story – one that is not often known by outsiders. Come and live through some of these events that helped shape Tungle and made it memorable.
by Michael Baum
In 2003, along with co-founders Erik Swan and Rob Das, Michael Baum set out to solve a big problem. The world was filling up with machine data, and humans needed ways to mine through it quickly. Nearly a decade later, Splunk’s IPO gave it a market cap of $3B. There’s no doubt today that Big Data is big money; but how do you see that coming years in advance? Even today, it’s a confusing term. Ask ten people what “Big Data” means and you’ll likely get ten different answers. Splunk’s founding CEO will talk about chasing big ideas, growing a multi-billion-dollar business and changing the world – all starting with a simple idea.
by Jeff Lawson
Here you are, you’re a young software company and all you’ve got is a phaser. Target the Enterprise? Good luck with that. Until you’ve got your photon torpedos, set your phaser to stun and go after the redshits, they’re easy targets. Bag enough redshits and you’ll get Kirk’s attention and find your way onto the starship. SaaS is eating the traditional enterprise sales model… use your phasers wisely and you can be a part of the Next Generation of significant software companies.
It must have been amazing to live when the steam engine was invented. For millennia, human enterprise has tried to do one thing: overcome the friction of the physical world. From the first wheel and the earliest lever, to the structure of representative government and the design of broadcast TV, we’ve been fighting friction since we crawled out of the primordial ooze. That steam engine promised spare muscle, a beast of burden than never complained. Machinery would set us free. As it turned out, we were wrong. The answer wasn’t a better way to overcome friction—it was a move to the near-frictionless world of electrons. Today, every edifice we’ve erected to fight friction is crumbling in the face of a frictionless future. Join Alistair Croll for a wild romp through the economics of abundance, augmented humanity, home manufacturing, firing before aiming, coal supplies, education, and more, and see why there is simply no better time in human history to be a disruptor.
The best kept tech secret in Montreal is a company called Lightspeed. CEO, Dax Dasilva, will tell us how a relatively unknown tech company in Montreal got to where they are today – $30M of funding from Accel Partners announced this month and coined the fastest growing tech company in Quebec. The who and how they got to where they are, plus the reality of where they need to go now that they’ve received funding, will all be covered in this talk.
Get the chance to ask VCs all the questions you’ve been dying to for years. No topics off the table. Will address accelerators, Facebook IPO and future, importance of vision, where the puck is going, the funding ecosystem, traits of successful founders, etc.
by Lane Becker
Serendipity is one of the biggest drivers of success—being in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. But can you manufacture luck? Lane Becker has been putting serendipity to work for over ten years. He co-founding Adaptive Path, the first user experience design firm, and Get Satisfaction, an online customer service community platform used by over 65,000 companies. The co-author of Get Lucky, along with Getsatisfaction co-founder Thor Mueller, looks at getting lucky, with a mind-expanding romp that includes improv theater as a management technique, pop-up cocktail parties, behavioral neuroscience, modern network theory, and Buddhism.
by Cindy Gallop
Cindy Gallop, founder of IfWeRanTheWorld (changing the world through microactions) and MakeLoveNotPorn (changing the world through sex) provides some radically simple and highly subjective thoughts on why start up, what to start up, how to start up and becoming the next Steve Jobs. Bring hopes, dreams, doubts, fears, startup ideas and questions!
11th–13th July 2012