There are not many things more annoying about working in the communications space than the constant email invitations to big conferences that offer too little for too much. With few exceptions, I don’t go to them.
Some of the more promising sessions at the third annual eComm at the Marriot Hotel at San Francisco International Airport, April 19-21, include:
MIT’s Assaf Biderman on “What Can Cities be Like When Everything Talks,” focusing on the research work carried out at the MIT SENSEable City Lab, which aims at exploring how inter-networked devices of all types could impact future life in cities.
Telio’s Alan Duric on “Telio Launch.” Duric’s an uber-geek with a vast array of skills, which include entertaining audiences when talking about things that induce sleep when handled by others, like launching a VoIP start-up across spanning Scandinavia.
Brian Harris, an Assistant Attorney General in New Mexico on “Yesterday’s Wire for Tomorrow’s Apps?” Harris is a consumer advocate in New Mexico’s AG office, and he has extensive telecom knowledge. He’ll talk about how government, through regulation and incentives, can encourage innovation from sluggish and intransigent communications mega-corps.
Carlos Kirjner, advisor to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Julius Genachowski on “The National Broadband Plan and the Future of the Internet.”
Martin Geddes on “Cloud Communications (and How to Destroy a $700bn Industry for Fun and Profit).” Geddes is one of the brighter minds of the international telecom scene, and his take on how the still-hyped internet cloud will change everything is not to be missed.
eComm runs about $1,600, not an easy amount these days but, compared to the other communication fests that offer much less for a lot more money, a real bargain.
Unfortunately, other than watching the planes land at SFO from the hotel bayside patio, there’s not much to do within walking distance of the conference.
Fortunately, America’s greatest city is only about 15 minutes (and a $25 cab ride) to the north.