The next three months at the emerging technology group

by William Grosso

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A few months ago, I decided to found a new special interest group (or SIG) focused on new and emerging software ideas.

The idea is simple. I wanted to found a SIG for architects, CTO's (of small software companies) and senior software developers with an early-adopter mentality. I wanted to focus on emerging software ideas-- things that aren't commercial yet, but will be in 2 to 4 years. And I wanted to focus on the technical side of things and get the people actually building the future to say a few words about what it is they're building.

It's starting to come together. In September, we had R. Guha in to talk about TApache, which might become one of the cornerstones of the semantic web.

This month, on October 8, Chris Crawford is going to speak on Understanding Interactivity (to see what Chris has been doing recently, see his website).

In November, on November 12, Peter Norvig will be talking about trends in programming language design.

And things are only going to get better. There's a lot of interesting people out there, and a lot of ideas to explore.
So, if you're in the neighborhood, check it out. And, if you're not, the slides will usually be available from the web site.

P.S.-- To keep up with the emerging technology group, you can always go to our website. If you want to be on our mailing list, the mail server seems stable now. It's located here.

Got a speaker idea? Please share it.


2002-09-28 12:06:38
How did you put this together?
This sounds like a wonderful idea, and if I live in the Bay Area, I'd be an enthusiastic attendee. But since I live in Atlanta, I'm more interested in how to do this locally.
2002-09-28 18:36:31
How did you put this together?
Honestly? I'm not really sure. I've been running the Java SIG for a couple of years and once day I decided I wanted to do this.

I'm not really sure how to start user groups in other areas. My impression is that Silicon Valley is much more open to information sharing than other places. But I'm sure there's advice I could give, if uou asked more specific questions (say, by e-mail).