TiVo for Tech Conferences
Webcasting the full conference would certainly prove useful for attendees, who often have to make difficult choices between tracks and overlapping sessions. A TiVO for conferences would have to grapple with the same issues DVRs have to confront: diluted intellectual property rights, loss of exclusive content to the porous digital domain and reduced control of advertising and sponsorship. But opportunities for making up that revenue abound. Virtual subscribers could pay much less for authenticated access, or barter attendance fees in return for services rendered. A virtual Hydra group could produce collaborative transcripts more quickly across the full range of sessions, providing indexable and searchable material for Google, Technorati and RSS information routers.As technologies such as Technoratis attention.xml reach a critical mass of adoption, RSS subscription lists can be mined to identify qualified groups of influencers. Attention dynamicswho, what and when people read, route and respond towill initially supplement advertising and sponsorship venues, and then rapidly replace them with their superior predictive properties. Nothing will replace the magnetic reality of the best of our conferencesand ETech is surely one. But the network can augment the conference reality, accelerate its combinatorial efficiency and provide immediate feedback on the value of its cumulative progress. However good its gotten so far, were barely scratching the surface. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum eWEEK.com Messaging & Collaboration Center Editor Steve Gillmor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging and Collaboration Center at http://messaging.eweek.com for more on micro-content and collaboration technologies. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Messaging and Collaboration feed to your RSS newsreader:
These indexes could in turn drive video blog authoring tools, allowing participants to assemble news and opinion stories and post them to RSS enclosure feeds. This would let conference attendees get quick summaries of sessions they couldnt attend, or use material from earlier sessions as set-ups for discussions in later sessions.