eWEEKChat Dec. 11: Predictions, Wild Guesses for IT in 2014

eWEEK is ending its first year of eWEEKchats with a look ahead to 2014 and the new and different things we may expect to encounter.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKnews will host its 12th eWEEKChat event. The topic will be "Predictions, Wild Guesses for IT in 2014." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

Some quick facts:

Topic: "Predictions, Wild Guesses for IT in 2014."
Date/time: Dec. 11, 2013 @11a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT
Hosted by: @eWeekNews
Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz
Tweetchat handle: Use #eWeekChat to follow/participate in the chat
Chatroom real-time links: We have two: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat.

eWEEKchat Event news page: http://www.eweek.com/innovation/eweekchat-events/


Everybody enjoys hearing about what's likely to happen in the future -- not that anybody really knows exactly what's going to take place, that is. Guesses -- educated and wild alike -- can spark interesting discussions. But it's fun and entertaining to discuss the great things that are likely to happen, especially in the world of IT, where there's never a dull news moment.

With this in mind, eWEEK is ending its first year of eWEEKchats with a look ahead to 2014 and the new and different things we may expect to encounter. We will have a couple of very special guests online with us to offer their takes on all of this.

Here comes a prediction right now. We will pose questions such as:

--What new devices, software and services might we expect to see in 2014?

--How pervasive will wearable computing get, and will mainstream folks buy into it?

--Is the driverless car still a generation away? (Whatever happened to flying cars, anyway?)

--Can we expect any type of improvement in online personal data privacy in 2014?

A Bit of Background, Should You Choose to Use It

For a bit of background, here's how a Tweetchat works:

Who: All those who use the Internet.

What: A Tweetchat is an online conversation held at a prearranged time following a specific hashtag. In eWEEK's case, we will be using #eWeekChat for all of our Tweetchats. Chatroom real-time links: http://tweetchat.com/room/eweekchat or http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT.

Where: The chat also can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #eWeekChat. A link to the recap (so you can see a record of what everybody tweeted) will be posted on this blog the following Friday, Dec. 11.

Why: The whole idea is to facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing and problem solving. We also want your input on what you'd like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @eweeknews with topic ideas.

Participants will be able to ask questions of eWEEK staff members and special guests or simply add their thoughts to the conversation. The only restrictions are that we stay on topic and that you say what you need to say succinctly (140 characters).

For Those Who Haven't Done a Tweetchat ...

You may not have participated in a Tweetchat previously. They generally move pretty fast, but you can learn a lot. We'll also post a record of all the comments so that you can refer to it afterward. Here's the Storify page containing all of our previous eWEEKChat compilations.

Please note that to maintain a semblance of order, please prefix your question or comment with the number of the question we are currently discussing. As an example, the moderator may post: "Q1: Would you use a connected toothbrush if it helped monitor your overall health?"

To which you might answer: "A1: Maybe, but it also had better be good at getting my teeth clean." Or you might not answer that way.

A Tweetchat is a venue that is easy to use on any type of device, too. By the way, did you know that eWEEK is the only mainstream IT trade publication that has specific apps for Android and iOS devices?

Hope to connect with you Dec. 11, and use your collaboration network to tell your friends. Let's have fun with this.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 13 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...