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Dapper Speaking Events

October 7, 2008

Hello everyone!

I just returned from the Internet Marketing Conference in Barcelona where I presented Dapper’s MashupAds platform to a great group of marketing experts.  The crowd was engaging and provided a unique European perspective on our advertising offering.  A big thanks to Lennart and Jordi for inviting us to present.  The other presenters were particularly interesting.  I especially enjoyed a presentation about Avail Intelligence‘s offering, which is effectively giving e-commerce sites the ability to provide collaborative filtering services to their users and boost sales dramatically.  The IMC is held in various places around Europe and North America and always has quality presenters – I’d highly recommend attending when it’s in your neighborhood (upcoming events are in Stockholm, Helsinki, and Vancouver).

Up next, I’ll be participating in two panels at the Web 3.0 Conference and Expo in Santa Clara on October 16.  The first panel is called “A Little “mash-up” goes a long and smart(er) way” and the second is called “Monetization Implications of Web 3.0 (Semantic Advertising, etc.)“.  Both of these topics are highly relevant to what we’ve been working on at Dapper.  In the first session, we’ll be discussing how the technologies of the Semantic Web are continuing to evolve and are being applied to mashups.  In the second session, we’ll address business models of the Semantic Web (the other folks on the panel are all from interesting companies and will have great things to share).  I hope to provide a demo of dynamic ad creation using Dapper’s MashupAds.  For those of you interested in the emergence of the Semantic Web and the discussion around all of its various elements from a practical perspective, I’d highly recommend attending the conference.

Dapper in Bangalore

May 26, 2008

Last week, Dapper made its first visit to India. Having received a kind invitation from the folks at the Great Indian Developer’s Summit, I made my way to Bangalore to talk about the Semantic Web and Dapper’s new server-side mashup framework. Having been to India before, I knew what to expect – a vibrant country teeming with life and excitement, amazing street life, and a world entirely different than any other country.

A busy street in Bangalore\'s Magestic neighborhood

Yet, I had never visited Bangalore and was impressed to see the quality of the high-tech community. Everyone I met was working on great things and was eager to learn about the next great developments.

My first speaking engagement was at Cognizant. A large company with more than 55,000 employees, “Cognizant is a leading provider of information technology, consulting and business process outsourcing services.” I was given the opportunity to speak with a group of Cognizant’s brightest people about the “practical Semantic Web” (what we call “Web Plumbing 101”). Some of you have probably seen us present this talk in the past, but for those of you who haven’t, it focuses on how, using techniques like harnessing the user community and simplicity (REST instead of SOAP, Microformats instead of RDF, etc.), a bunch of companies are helping deliver on the promise of the Semantic Web. The Cognizant audience had great questions about the topics, which for me is always the best indication of interest and understanding. If video of the talk at Cognizant becomes available, I’ll be sure to post it online. For now, here is a photo from the session. Thanks to Dr. Kumar B.V. for inviting me and everyone at Cognizant who attended.

Jon at Cognizant

Following the session at Cognizant, I made my way to the Great Indian Developer Summit. This was the first GIDS and its success is sure to lead to many more. Run by the great folks at Saltmarch Media, Indu Britto and Dilip Thomas, the GIDS was really three conferences in one: two days dedicated to .NET, one day dedicated to the rich web, and another two days dedicated to Java. Hosted at the beautiful Indian Institute of Science campus, over 3,000 people attended throughout the week. I spoke twice on the rich web day, once about the Semantic Web and once about Dapper’s new server-side mashup engine (for those of you interested in the latter, just drop us a note and we’ll be happy to get you access before the official release). Speaking to a crowd of so many bright developers was fantastic. The people who attended the Dapper sessions asked some of the best questions we’ve heard. For those of you who were there, a great many thanks for making the sessions so truly interactive, and thanks as well to Indu and Dilip for the invitation to speak. When photos or video become available of the sessions, I will be sure to post them. In the mean time, here is a shot of some attendees from the main hall:

Attendees at GIDS

I look forward to my next visit to Bangalore.  For those of you who haven’t been, I encourage you to visit.  And for anyone in India or the region, I highly recommend attending next year’s Great Indian Developer Summit.

DapperCamp Wrap-Up

February 7, 2008

Dear Campers and Dapper fans,

DapperCamp was a huge success. People flew in from Boston, Portland, San Diego, Mississippi, and New York to participate in our two day event in San Francisco. The excitement in the air was fantastic and we really appreciate everyone’s help in making the event so great. Here are some photos to give you a taste of DapperCamp.

Gone Camping!

February 4, 2008

DapperCamp is upon us.  Monday morning, Eran, Paul, Ohad, Itai, and I will meet all of you who will be joining us at the Swedish American Hall.  We’re incredibly excited and can’t wait to spend a couple fun-filled days talking about Dapper with you. A lot of people have signed up, so it should be a good crowd. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you need anything and we’re looking forward to meeting you!

Come to DapperCamp: Win a MacBook, an iPhone, and more

December 20, 2007

DapperCamp is about six weeks away and we’re really gearing up. If you haven’t signed up yet, do so quickly as spots are limited. We’re looking forward to meeting all of you and for the opportunity to teach you a bit about Dapper and learn from your experiences.

As if two days of geeking out on Dapper wasn’t enticing enough, today we’re announcing a whole slew of prizes that we’ll be giving away. We’ve got a MacBook, a whole bunch of iPhones, iPod Touches, hard drives, and gift certificates with your name on them. Winning the prizes is easy: just complete one of the bounties we’ve described on the DapperCamp wiki. We’ll be happy to help you in your efforts to complete the bounties. So get started – we hope you’ll have fun working on the projects we’ve described and look forward to giving you some great prizes. Check the wiki for full rules and let us know if you have any questions.

See you at DapperCamp!

Edit: Mashable has kindly posted an article about the contests at DapperCamp.


November 26, 2007

You’re invited!  DapperCamp is a free two day conference for developers, partners, Dapper users, and anyone else interested in Dapper.  The conference will take place on February 4 and 5 in downtown San Francisco.  It will include technical tutorials, hack sessions, competitions, prizes, feedback sessions with the Dapper team, and more.  Mitch Kapor will be delivering the keynote address and our partners will be presenting the ways in which they use Dapper (if you’re interested in presenting, please let us know and we’ll get you a slot to present).

Visit the DapperCamp website at The website is still under development – you can expect a collaborative workspace to be put up in the coming weeks where you can share Dapper ideas with the team and with fellow attendees.

Attendance is free, but spots are limited so we ask that you register for the event (registration is available at the DapperCamp website).

We’re still fine tuning the schedule, so it may change in the coming weeks.  In the mean time, your input is highly valued so if there is something you’d like to see covered, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Defrag Conference Next Week

October 28, 2007

Eran and I will be presenting a talk next week at the Defrag conference in Denver.  The talk will be about the practical Semantic Web (what we call “Web Plumbing 101”) and how its being built up by companies (including Dapper) and the web community.  For those of you interested in attending, let us know in the comments and we can arrange a discount for you.  See you there!