Just to update you, o faithful blog readers, I thought I'd mention what conferences I'll be blogging from in coming weeks and months. First of all, I'm happy to report I've been accepted again as a press registrant at the DEMO 2007 event, which is January 30 - February 1. This will be about my fourth DEMO event. The venue this year was switched from Phoenix to Palm Desert, California, which should be a glorious locale at this time of year (especially when I'll be escaping Minnesota winter!). I always look forward to this conference, not only because 70 of the hottest startups in the country pitch their businesses here, but because it attracts so much buzz and media attention, more than virtually any other event all year long. The media list is like a who's who. As always, companies you'll be reading about a year, two years, three years from now will first be heard from at DEMO. And I'll do my best to report the highlights for you... [See categories to the right for my coverage of both DEMO events in 2006.]
Another event I'm thinking about covering (but not sure yet if I can break away) is the big momma of 'em all: CES ...which used to stand for Consumer Electronics Show, but now wants to be so much more (see theme). Being a content guy, how could I not like this one? Haven't been to Vegas in a while -- caught an Interop show there a couple years ago, and of course attended many Comdex events back in the day. CES, by the way, may be big, but it still doesn't draw as many people as Comdex did in its heydey. Nonetheless, the show is today the "world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology and North America’s largest annual tradeshow of any kind." Get this: it will feature 2700 exhibitors covering floorspace the equivalent of 35 football fields(!), and will have 140,000 attendees -- 25,000 of them from other countries. Those attendees will include manufacturers, retailers, content providers and creators, broadband developers, wireless carriers, cable and satellite TV providers, installers, engineers, corporate buyers, government leaders, financial analysts and the media. [How could I not like pal-in' around with those installers, huh? Cable guys attend this thing?? Maybe I should reconsider....] Anyway, there will be a ton of press at this one, and the bloggers will outnumber them -- guaranteed. The combined total will easily be in the thousands. Robert Scoble, the well known author and former head blogger at Microsoft, who's now VP of Media Development at Podtech, will even have his own suite where bloggers can hang out. Here's what he said on his blog: "By the way, our BlogHaus at CES will be open to ANY blogger, not just those 'blessed' by Microsoft or some other company. You just need to have me put your name on the list so you can get up to our suite." I did.
Finally, I'm looking out to March and thinking I'd love to blog ETech again. O'Reilly is my favorite publisher and conference producer. [You'll note I recommend many of its books under the "Reading" subhead at the right. Disclosure: I do get free books from time to time, but only post those I really find of value.] I've really enjoyed reporting on this conference in the past, and love running into my old blog buddies there, like Doc Searls and David Weinberger. Sure, it's a developer event. But, as I've said before, some of my best friends are developers.... :-) And this event draws an awesome, a-list of attendees, too, at all levels, and many other great bloggers. Anyway, it would be fun to capture it again for y'all, and I hope to get out to San Diego for it in late March. [Okay, it's an excuse to hang out again at my favorite beach, too :-) ... ]