Ignite Google IO Line-Up; 5 Passes to Give Away

I will be hosting an Ignite at Google IO on 5/27 from 4:15-5:15 at Moscone. I did an open call for speakers and I’m happy to announce the following will be joining me onstage:

Leo Dirac – Transhumanism Morality

Why only geeks and hippies can save the world.

Michael Driscoll – Hacking Big Data with the Force of Open Source

The world is streaming billions of data points per minute. This is Big Data – capital B, capital D. But capturing data isn’t enough. We need tools to make sense of it, to help us better understand — and predict — what we click and consume. We want to make hypotheses about the world. And to test hypotheses, we need statistics. We need R.

Pamela Fox – My Dad, the Computer Scientist: Growing up Geek

Tim Ferriss – The Case for Just Enough: Minimalism Metrics

Looking at how removing options and elements gets better conversions, etc., looking at screenshots of start-ups I’m working with and real numbers. Some humor (I hope) and fun, both philosophical and tactical.

Nitin Borwankar – Law of Gravity for Scaling

Why did Twitter have scaling problems? I spent 6 months thinking deeply about this and derived a simple formula that a high school student would understand. It demonstrates where the center of gravity is moving in the “Next Web” and why this aggregation of CPU’s is even bigger than Google’s. And oh yes it explains how to build a service that scales to 100 million CPU’s.

Kevin Marks – Why are we bigoted about Social networks?

Andrew Hatton – Coding against Cholera

I’ll examine what IT life is like on the front line with Oxfam, a humanitarian agency, and how good code can make a real difference to people’s lives in all sorts of ways..some of them surprising..

Robin Sloan – How to Predict the Future

OK, back in 2004 I made a video called “EPIC 2014,” predicting the future of media (and Google). It turned out to be 100% CORRECT. No, just kidding. But it made a lot of people think, which is really the point of talking about the future. Turns out there’s a whole professional discipline of future forecasting. And there are certain ways you can think about the future that will give you better odds of being right than others.

Kathy Sierra – Become Awesome

Everyone who submitted a talk has a pass already so I am left with 5 free ones to give away. Google will be releasing a lot of products and APIs in the next two weeks between Where 2.0 and Google I/O. Put your wishlist in the comments by Wednesday morning. My top 5 will get the passes.

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  • @Brady,

    I would love to have one of your passes for Google IO as I will be in San Francisco.

    I will also be speaking at SMX Advanced in Seattle the week after.

    ,Michael Martin

  • A true realtime stream of information that google is indexing with an api for streaming it out of them and into your service.

    Perhaps some Google AppEngine hooks into their services so you can quickly and easily grab streams of data real-time.

    Oh, and the 27th, yeah, that’s my birthday.

  • Daniel

    Would love a pass if still available!

  • Daniel

    Would love a pass if still available!

  • hey brady.. i’d love a pass.


  • My no 1 wish for google app engine is the ability to fork subthreads. it’s such a pain that they restrict that.

    other than that.. um.. more support for standard apis rather than custom ones we are required to use.

    the url fetch is not standard and is difficult to use.

    and i still want the pass. :)


  • jeff lorton

    I would like a free pass

  • andre williams

    hey there! i would love to get a pass if available.

    um my wish is for google to get into creating “information gaming for cultural advancement”.

    i’ll let you think about that while you consider who gets the free passes…


  • Hey Brady, I met you in Web2.0 expo NY last year and it was nice talking to you.
    I’d love to have a pass for the Google I/O if is still possible.

    I’d fly from NY to go there ;)


  • Co-founder of bootstrapped startup that already integrates with Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Gadget…a free pass would be appreciated so we can add more stuff that customers want!

    I’d like to see Google App Engine tied closely to Gmail for email services.

  • Cody Tolmasoff

    I’d love to get a pass.

    I’d love to hear about when You Tube will upgrade their video player to AS3 and where they plan to go with it.

  • Hi,

    I’d like READER to be able to save both as google docs and to the desktop PDF copies of some feed items I think worth it.
    Being able to classify them online, of course.



  • My wishlist/crazy ideas for Google “products and APIs” would be…

    * A wider install base for Google Android (and dev phone availability in Norway)
    * Development of Dalvik vm as a general purpose competitor to the Oracle/Sun JVM.
    * Full Opera support in all google apps.
    * Ogg video support on YouTube (using the tag).
    * Online courses for google products/APIs along the lines of Sang Shin’s work for Sun http://javapassion.com/

  • Michael Bailey

    My wishlist:

    1. Turn-by-turn directions(GPS) app for android, even if it can’t free, it would be worth whatever Google had to charge for it.

    2. Full AJAX API access to gmail account (mail, filters, setting, etc.)

    3. Guice with servlet support (maybe warp) included in the AppEngine4Java SDK.

    4. Google plugin for IntelliJ IDEA (App engine/GWT support)

    5. More GWT widgets. Acquire Ext GWT and integrate it.

    6. More native mobile apps (iphone/Android) for Google products (Reader, Tasks )

    7. Make Google analytics “Real-time” (i.e. I can immediately see stats for visits that happened seconds ago.)
    6. An ActiveRecord like API for AppEngine4Java

  • Hsalvor


    My Google developer wishlist:
    1) Storage service similar to AWS S3
    2) Simplify pricing on Google App Engine

    Would love to get the free pass!


  • Michael Bailey

    I would of course love a free pass (see wish list above).

  • Brady,
    I’m not currently I/O bound and I’d like to go (that pun is probably going to cost me).

    – better integration with google sites
    – better user object that includes roles.
    – user roles are accessible in google sites a well as app engine
    – workflow engine for app engine and google sites
    – Django 1.0 in app engine
    – a widget set that looks/feels like GWT but resides on a CDN and is callable from any language.

    Since we are dreaming….
    – map reduce available to GAE for at least some of our data.
    – secure search based on user roles.
    Thank for this opportunity
    Tim Nash

  • Herman A

    Hi Brady,

    My wishlist:

    1. Support for the Ruby language in the Google App Engine.
    2. Tracking for how many people are searching and clicking on one’s personal Google Public Profile.
    3. Gmail contact list syncing with Blackberry and other mobile devices (only for Android right now).
    4. A web-based suite of vector and bitmap editing tools for Google Apps.
    5. Live quotes from the NYSE in Google Finance. Also, a notification system for when a stock reaches a specified price.

    If a free pass remains, I would really appreciate having it. Thanks!

  • Leslie Chicoine

    Hi Brady,

    Better late then never I say. I talked to my more technical co-founder and here’s the ensuing wish-list item:

    * Access to more Google APIs (especially maps!) via REST calls. The AJAX API is oriented towards in-browser single-user cases; opening these interfaces to server-side access might allow for more creative and varied applications.


  • Thanks everyone!

    Passes were given to Mary Hodder, Jonathan Share, Michael Bailey, hsalvor – unfortunately i had miscounted and was only able to give out 4.

  • Team SP

    i would like to see google app engine suport more languages, and some interactive interfaces.