Playing with Location

by Daniel H. Steinberg

We've just returned from the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, California. Next week, you'll hear parts of some of the sessions. This week, you'll hear an interview with the Platial team about their "people's atlas" site, we visit the Where fair the second night of the conference and speak with exhibitors, Greg Trefry and Kevin Slavin talk to Brady Forrest about games, and we play Pixie Hunt with Microsoft's Jordan Schwartz. (DTF 06-19-2006: 22 minutes, 40 seconds)

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Distributing the Future June 19, 2006: "Playing with Location"

0:58 Talking to the Platial Team

Is location a good way to organize the things that are important to you? The folks at Platial think so, and they explain why in this interview. Di-Ann Eisnor, Chris Goad, Jason Wilson, and Jacob Olson talk about their "people's atlas" and share some of their favorite and unexpected uses of Platial. (Update: My apologies for refering to Jacob Olson as Jacob Wilson during the program) (5:44)

6:42 The Where Fair

After a full day of sessions at the Where 2.0 2006 conference, attendees were treated to BOFs, a pair of receptions, and the Where Fair. In this podcast, we hear from three of the exhibitors at the Where Fair: Ning, Onomy Labs, and MLB Company. (5 minutes, 0 seconds)

11:42 Mobile Gaming

The O'Reilly Radar's Brady Forrest interviews Kevin Slavin, managing director and co-founder of area/code, the New-York-based big games developer, and Gregory Trefry, who works as a game designer at gamelab and is the festival director for the Come Out and Play festival. (5:40)

17:22 Pixie Hunt

>Teams of Where 2.0 attendees hit the streets of San Jose last night on a high-tech scavenger hunt called Pixie Hunt. They carried camera phones and GPS pucks as they raced to complete their tasks quickly and creatively. We follow a team on their trek and talk to game coordinator Jordan Schwartz. The pictures taken by the participants have been posted to Flickr. (4:18)

Total running time: 22:40

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Production Notes

The initial montage is from Tim O'Reilly, recorded at OSCON '04 and in a phone interview with Doug Kaye of IT Conversations, and is used with permission. "The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed yet" is a quote from author William Gibson that Tim used with attribution.

The credits, including special thanks to David Battino for composing and performing the theme music. David can be found at and also edits O'Reilly's Digital Audio site. David provided a lot of help and feedback getting this program launched. We used Soundtrack Pro, Bias Peak, and Audio Hijack Pro to put it together.

Daniel H. Steinberg is the editor for the new series of Mac Developer titles for the Pragmatic Programmers. He writes feature articles for Apple's ADC web site and is a regular contributor to Mac Devcenter. He has presented at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, MacWorld, MacHack and other Mac developer conferences.

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