Announcing Web2Open 2008

Great news: On April 23 and 24, Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco will host Web2Open, an unconference that anyone can participate in.

To promote connections among attendees and complement the Expo sessions, this year’s Open emphasizes discussion sessions over presentations. That means your participation is really key, whether you share your successes, your challenges or your questions.

In addition to the traditional open-grid sign-ups where attendees fill in the sessions you want to discuss, we’re also pre-scheduling a handful of roundtables and seeding them with people who are passionate about the topics. These sessions include Social Responsibility for Web 2.0 Companies; Small Business Hacks; Troll Whispering; UI for Emerging Technologies; and iPhone Development. But wait, there’s more! We’re also organizing three Expo/Open hybrid sessions: presentations in the main conference that will be open to all Web2Open attendees, followed by discussions in the Open. Stay tuned for more info on those.

You need a badge to attend the Open, but you can register gratis using the the code websf08opw (this free badge will admit you to the Web2Open sessions, Expo Keynotes, Show Floor and Launch Pad). Thanks to TechWeb (formerly CMP) and O’Reilly for making this possible.

Btw, Tony Stubblebine and I are co-organizers. See you there!

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  • moya

    excellent – the web2open is where i met professor mike wesch last year. i thought it was definitely one of the most interesting (and diverse) parts about the show! can’t wait to participate again this year.

  • http://www.socialtext.net/web2open/index.cgi?web2open Sarah Milstein

    That’s great to hear, moya! Last year’s organizers–Chris Messina, Tara Hunt and Ross Mayfield, along with Jen Pahlka and Brady Forrest–did a fantastic job establishing the Open. We’re excited to carry the event forward.

  • Ray Gabler

    I’ve signed up for the Web2Open and received an email confirmation. But where/when do I get the
    physical badge to which you referred? Thanks.

  • http://www.socialtext.net/web2open Sarah Milstein

    Hi, Ray. Glad you’re signed up! You pick up the badge at the event itself.