Category Archives: #140conf

Born Today – Innovating for our future: #140conf (video)

Alice Wilder (@alicewilder) – Psychologist and maker of Kidos, Blues Clues, Super Why and Think It Ink It
Beth Blecherman (@techmama) – Cofounder of SiliconValleyMoms and Editor CoolMomTech
Maya Bisineer (@thinkmaya) – founder of @memetales
Stephanie Aaronson (@SAGalluch) – Senior Director, PBS Kids Communications:

Social Media for Social Good: #140conf (video)

Marc Sirkin (@autismspeaks) – Chief Community Officer, Autism Speaks
Ray Chambers (@Malaria_Envoy) – The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria
Stefanie Michaels (@adventuregirl) – Travel Expert:

A conversation with Andy Dixon: What the prison yard & twitter have in common: #140conf (video)

Andy Dixon (@andydixn) – ex-convict with convictions stopping cycle generational incarceration, spent 27 years in prison.
twittterer/singer/songwriter/author Geo Geller (@geogeller) – Artist, Photographer, Humanitarian

Book Authors Panel: #140conf (video)

Don Lafferty (@donlafferty) – Writer, Story Teller, and Social media Marketing Consultant
Imal Wagner (@imalwagner) – PR for 140 conf & Jeff Pulver
John Kremer (@JohnKremer) – Author, 1,001 Ways to Market Your Books
Michael Tasner (@tazsolutions) – Author, Marketing in the Moment 3.0 Marketing
Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) – Author, The Four Hour Work Week

Secrecy, Privacy, Publicy – Stowe Boyd: #140conf (video)

Stowe Boyd (@stoweboyd) – analyst, advisor, futurist, and researcher:

Augmented Twitter: A Conversation with Three Futurists: #140conf (video)

FakeJerry Paffendorf (@WELLO) – Artist, futurist, entrepreneur. joshua fouts (@josholalia) – Cultural relations futurist at the crossroads of emergent media, digital diplomacy, games, virtual worlds and storytelling.
Rita J. King (@RitaJKing) – Innovator-in-Residence, IBM Analytics Virtual Center, #SmarterWork project.
Tish Shute (@TishShute) – Transmedia Producer and enthusiast for our networked potential to make a better world.

Hashtag Art

I first saw Hashtag Art (on Twitter) at #140conf last week. These guys start with a picture, as a canvass. Then, as people tweet using a particular hashtag, their avatars become pieces of the mosaic, gradually building the image as event is happening. It took about two days, the duration of the meeting, to fill the entire image up.
The image, as it was slowly developing, was occasionally projected on the screen behind the speakers. The Hashtag Art guys were also set up in the side room (where coffee and power-strips were), projecting the image onto a screen.
When I approached them and they realized who I was they got very excited, to my astonishment, to meet me…..”Oh, you are @BoraZ!”. What?
Well, each person’s avatar is supposed to appear in the mosaic only once. But my avatar,, apparently, appeared something like 162 times. It was a glitch of some sort, and they had no idea how and why that happened. They asked me – but what do I know, I am so non-tech-savvy, I was more surprised than they were. But we agreed that if and when they discover what the bug was, they would tell me but would not remove the 161 extra avatars as that would leave an ugly black hole in the image. Good for me – by using the magnifying tool and placing the cursor over my avatar you can see a tweet of mine. If you then click on my avatar, you will go to my Twitter profile. Nice!
See for yourself!
I want this done at ScienceOnline2011 in January…..

Liz Strauss – Every Saloonkeeper Knows Monitoring Isn’t the Same as Listening: #140conf (video)

Liz Strauss (@lizstrauss) – Founder of SOBCon, brand strategist:

Twitter vs. Telecom: Friend or Foe? – Tal Givoly: #140conf (video)

Tal Givoly (@givoly) – Chief Scientist, Amdocs:

Why Twitter will Endure – David Carr: #140conf (video)

David Carr (@carr2n) – Writes Media Equation column, blogs @ Decoder & covers pop culture at NY Times:

Ann Curry: #140conf (video)

Ann Curry (@AnnCurry) News Anchor on NBC’s Today Show and host of Dateline NBC

Also watch her backstage interview:

Real-Time News Gathering – #140conf (video)

Andy Carvin (@acarvin) – Senior strategist at NPR;
Eric Kuhn (@CNN) – Audience Interaction Producer, CNN;
Jennifer Preston (@NYT_JenPreston) – Social-Media Editor of The New York Times;
Ryan Osborn (@todayshow) – Producer, NBC’s TODAY:

Hello New York! – Dave Winer at #140conf (video)

This is what Dave Winer planned to say. This is what he ended up saying:

The 140conf

As you probably know, The Bride of Coturnix and I went to NYC last week to attend the 140conference organized by Jeff Pulver who I finally had a pleasure to meet in person.
The speaker line-up and the program schedule had to be slightly modified as a few people got stuck in Europe under the volcanic ash and could not come in time. But there were plenty of smart people in attendance who could readily jump in and join the panels in their place.
There were a total of about 1000 people the first day and only slightly fewer on the second day. There were only a handful people there who I’ve met before, e.g., Jay Rosen, Joe Trippi, Dave Winer (who must have left after his talk as I did not get to catch up with him at all), C.C. Chapman, and the only other ScienceOnline2010 attendee there – Cassie Rodenberg.
So, this was a great opportunity to meet new people, including several who I have followed online for a long time, e.g., Tommy Jenkins, Jeff Jarvis, Alex Howard, Susanna Speier, Steven
Anderson, Lauren Rae Bertolini, Mary Wells, Eric Sheninger and many others. Angela Shelton was too popular and busy for me to get to meet in person, but we communicated on Twitter during the meeting. As she is a NC native, perhaps it will be relatively easy to invite her for one of the future events in the Triangle – TEDx, or Ignite, or The Monti…
I have already posted a few videos from the conference (check them all under the 140conf category) and will post a few more later, but you can check them all out – they are collected here.
There was a palpable energy in the air, lots of excitement, and a bunch of excellent – both informative and inspiring – talks and panels. Unlike last year, there was nobody talking about science. I hope that is remedied next time (there is a 140conf somewhere in the world almost every month) and I have offered to do it myself if Jeff is interested for one of the upcoming events (perhaps the one in D.C.). One of the often heard words was ‘serendipity’ and attending the various sessions was an exercise in serendipity. I may not be interested in, and thus not following, what is happening in the areas of fashion, sports, real estate or comic strips, but listening to people from these industries, hearing how they deal with the changes that the real-time Web has brought, seeing some of their practices, was most definitely useful for me – I could use some of that thinking and see how to apply it to what I do.
Of course, as a conference organizer, I kept watching the little details behind the scenes, comparing how Jeff organized things to what we do at ScienceOnline, see what he did better than we do so we can adopt it for next year (as well as being happy about the details where we do it better already).
You already know my thinking about organizing and presenting at modern conferences, but this one also provoked an excellent new post about it, pointing the strengths and weaknesses of the 140conf model using tweets by Andy Carvin. See also another related post. What they did better than we do is have everything livestreamed and then have each talk/session segment cut separately almost immediatelly and placed online for everyone to see – this is something we’ll try to do better next year. On the other hand, we had kick-ass wifi (#2 requirement for a successful conference) provided by SignalShare, while wifi was very scatchy at 140conf, especially the first day with more people in the audience, and everyone trying to get online (many gave up on wifi on the second day so there was more juice left for others). Coffee (#1 requirement for a successful conference) was flowing on the second day, but it was on-and-off on the first day, so in the end Cassie Rodenberg and I had to go accross the street to get some mocha for ourselves.
All-in-all this was a great conference, a very fun and useful experience, and a great networking opportunity for me. I’ll try to go again when it is nearby (e.g., DC or NYC or Boston) as well as try to bring it to the Triangle if I can find a good local venue and local sponsors.
Aside from the conference, Bride Of Coturnix and I had some time to just wonder around NYC as we like to do every year. My brother happened to be in town at the same time so we got to see him twice, as well as some of his friends I have been hearing about for 20 years and have not managed to meet in person until this week. And we have met our friends for two dinners, including Arikia Millikan (and her awesome room-mate), Cassie Rodenberg, Stacy Baker, Maia Szalavitz, Nancy Parmalee, Alla Katsnelson, Arvind Says and Byron Roberts – that was great fun.
[Jay Rosen speaking at #140conf NYC 2010]

Tech in Education at #140conf (videos)

This week in NYC, at #140 conf, I was most impressed by the talks and panels about education, and the use of online technologies, Web, and particularly social networks like Twitter in the classroom. You know I am interested in this – just search my blog for names like “David Warlick” and “Stacy Baker”, or dig through my “Education” and “Science Education” categories. These videos are all short – 10 or 20 minutes long, so I strongly recommend you watch all four clips:
Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) – Social Media + Education:

Real Time Communication and Education: Aparna Vashisht (@Parentella) – Founder, Parentella (moderator) Kevin Jarrett (@kjarrett) – K-4 Technology Teacher Lisa Nielsen (@InnovativeEdu) – Educational Technologist – NYC Dept of Ed Mary Beth Hertz (@mbteach) – K-6 Computer Teacher and Technology Teacher Leader in Philadelphia:

Twitter and Animal Farm (and some 8th graders) – George Haines (@oline73) – Technology Teacher, Sts. Philip and James School, and his students:

Real-time web and Education #2: Eric Sheninger (@NMHS_Principal) – Principal of New Milford HS (NJ) Kyle B. Pace (@kylepace) – Teaching K-12 teachers about technology infusion Steven W. Anderson (@web20classroom) – Technology Educator, Blogger, Co-Creator of #edchat Tom Whitby (@tomwhitby) – Professor of English in Secondary Education:

Related posts:
ScienceOnline’09: Interview with Stacy Baker
ScienceOnline’09 – Saturday 10:15am
There is no need for a ‘Creepy Treehouse’ in using the Web in the classroom
Removing the Bricks from the Classroom Walls: Interview with David Warlick
Is our children learning?
This is bullshit: TEDxNYED talk by Jeff Jarvis (video)
Education 2.0
ScienceOnline’09 – interview with Erica Tsai
Podcastercon2006 – the Teaching Session
ScienceOnline’09 – interview with Elissa Hoffman
Teacher-philosophers in a fast-changing world
Using Blogs to Promote Science Literacy
Very young people blogging about science
Very young people blogging about science – let’s welcome them
Making it real: People and Books and Web and Science at ScienceOnline2010

Unity without U is nity – Angela Shelton at #140conf (video)

Angela Shelton (@angelashelton), an Asheville NC native, gave a powerful talk at the 140conf in NYC this week:

Comments are backwards – Jeff Jarvis at #140conf (video)

In this talk, Jeff references his TEDx talk and a couple of his recent blog posts: The problem with comments isn’t them and News(paper) in the cloud:

The Self-Informing Public – Jay Rosen at #140conf (video)

This week we’ll be in New York City

The Bride Of Coturnix and I are flying to NYC early tomorrow morning and leaving Thursday afternoon. While we set Monday and Thursday to be “for us”, we are flexible if anyone wants to meet for coffee or lunch – just let me know and we can arrange something. We plan to meet with my brother late Monday night for dinner or drinks (depending how timely is his flight in) but we can meet earlier.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will attend the 140 Characters Conference organized by Jeff Pulver:

At #140conf NYC we will be taking a hard look at something Jeff Pulver calls “The State of NOW” and the continued effects the worldwide adoption of social communication platforms such as twitter is having on a number of industries including: Celebrity, “The Media”, Advertising, Politics, Education, Music, Television, Comedy, Real Estate, Public Policy and more.

This is the second time this conference is held in NYC (it was also held in Los Angeles, London and Tel Aviv last year and is planned for DC, Tel Aviv, Atlanta, Los Angeles and London later this year). When it was in NYC the first time, the Twitter stream and the subsequent videos and blog-posts revealed a level of energy and excitement, as well as wealth of information, that told me we should not miss this second one.
There will be an amazing list of speakers and an incredible schedule. The Twitter hashtag for this event is #140conf NYC so you can follow.
There is an organized dinner for attendees on Tuesday to which we may or may not go, but on both Tuesday and Wednesday we will go wherever people we most care about decide to go and I will tweet the location so you can join us – have to be flexible and up-to-the-last minute this time around (not my usual style – I tend to plan these events in advance, invite people to a Facebook Event etc.). So follow my Twitter feed if you are in NYC and would like to have a beer at some point that is good for you.