While I’m very enthused about the TED conference, I’m also interested in other similar conferences that bring together passionate, innovative, and articulate people. Here’s a list of a few other conferences you may want to consider attending or watching the available online videos…
BIL – Minds Set Free. Benefficient. Intelligence. Logic. New this year, BIL is a free, un-conference also held in Monterey starting on the last day of the TED. “…an open, self-organizing, emergent, and anarchic science and technology conference.”
GEL – Good Experience Live in New York City in April. GEL “is a conference and community exploring good experience in all its forms — in business, art, society, technology, and life.”
LIFT – “LIFT is a series of events intended to facilitate and promote discussion about new technologies and their impact on our society.” Recently held earlier this month in Geneva and covered well by Bruno Giussani’s blog. LIFT Asia is coming in September.
Pop Tech! – Held in Maine during October, Pop Tech! “is a one-of-a-kind conference, a community of remarkable people, and an ongoing conversation about science, technology and the future of ideas.” Video content found here.
ETech – coming in March, “at the 2008 version of ETech, the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, we’ll take a wide-eyed look at the brand new tech that’s tweaking how we are seen as individuals, how we choose to channel and divert our energy and attention, and what influences our perspective on the world around us.”
SXSW Interactive – also held in March. “Attracting digital creatives as well as visionary technology entrepreneurs, the event celebrates the best minds and the brightest personalities of emerging technology.”
Innotown – To be held in October in Norway. “The aim of InnoTown is to move people’s minds, both rationally and emotionally; to inspire and enhance creativity and innovation, to help motivate people to think new thoughts and dare to fail – to succeed.”
Web 2.0 Summit – Held last October in San Francisco, the Web 2.0 Summit “focuses on emerging business and technology developments that utilize the Web as a platform and defines how the Web will drive business in the future.” Videos available here.
I’m sure there other related conferences, but this is the list I know of at the moment. Several of these conferences offer videos of the presentations for free on their websites. I’ll be viewing some of them and posting what I find most interesting to emansviews.