Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest is Chair for O'Reilly's Where 2.0 and co-Chairs Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and NYC. Brady writes for O'Reilly Radar tracking changes in technology. He started Ignite, a geek event which has spread to over a hundred cities worldwide (including Seattle). Brady lives in Seattle, where he builds robots and cars for Burning Man and competes for Mayor of finer establishments. You can track his web travels at Truffle Honey or @brady. Recently, he has started blogging about Burning Man & desert fashion.

Facebook Places plays nice with Yelp, Foursquare, Gowalla and Booyah

In one move, Facebook appears to have both validated and claimed the check-in space. We take an early look at the functionality and impact of Facebook Places, the company's just-announced check-in / location tool.

Stepping it up with Transit Score

Where you live has a huge impact on how much you drive. If your neighborhood has easy access to public transportation or there are a lot of amenities nearby, you can walk more and drive less (thus saving money while getting a little exercise). Front Seat's Walk Score has become a well-known metric for determining a place's walkability (Radar…

Waze: Using groups and gaming to get geodata

Waze, the company behind the free turn-by-turn navigation app of the same name, is upping its game with their latest release. It has long made referred to itself as a community mapping app, but there was no really way to be a part of a community within the app — until now. Today’s release is going to add Groups to the Waze iPhone and Android apps.

Startup Showcase submissions at the Web 2.0 Expo NYC due 8/2

We are looking for startups to show-off at the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC. We always find a place to showcase them and this year is no different. This year we’re hosting our first ever Startup Showcase. Highlighting the startup ecosystem’s creativity and variety, the Showcase will give you a chance to get in front of hundreds of potential users and a couple of high-profile investors. The submissions for the Startup Showcase are open until next Monday, 8/2. Let us know you are interested now. The Web 2.0 Expo runs from September 27-30th.

Ignite NYC IX This Wednesday, 6/9

Ignite NYC is returning for its 9th edition during the third Internet Week; I'll be co-hosting with Igntie NYC Director Tikva Morowati. We've got a great set of speakers and we'll be holding the event this Wednesday at Internet Week's Headquarters (Metropolitan Pavilion; 125 W. 18th Street – register). As always each speaker will get just 5 minutes on…

Announcing The Emerging Languages Camp at OSCON

As new problems in computing arise, new languages are being created to help tackle those problems. We want to bring together programming language creators, researchers, and enthusiasts to share goals, experiences, and challenges. We are holding the first-ever Emerging Languages Camp Wednesday, July 21st and Thursday, July 22nd at OSCON. This is a free event. Both days will be a series of talks from the language creators.

Haiti tech meetup on Monday in DC

The earthquake in Haiti became a testing ground for disaster relief platforms. Ushahidi geolocated tens of thousands of mobile messages and provided critical information. Open Street Map and Google Mapmaker provided much needed maps. Digital Globe (amongst others) provided free satellite imagery. This Monday the U.S. State Department is pulling together many of these technology providers to review the…

Ignite Bay Area @ Web 2.0 Expo Tonight

Ignite Bay Area is happening tonight to help kick-off Web 2.0 Expo. We will be returning to the Mezzanine (444 Jessie Street, SF). As always these will five-minute, 20 slide presentations on geeky topics. We will hear from the likes of Jen Bekman, Derek Dukes, Jesper Andersen, and Tobias Peggs and we are sponsored by .CO. Expect to be…

Where 2.0: The Big Conversations

Where 2.0 is starting today. We have a full program with keynotes from Blaise Aguera y Arcas (Bing), John Hanke & Michael Jones (Google), Jeremy Stoppelman (Yelp), Danny Sullivan (Search Engine Land), Michael Arrington (Techcrunch), Dennis Crowley (Foursquare), Keith Lee (MyTown) and Josh Williams (Gowalla). Here are some of the topics that will come up over the next three…

Where 2.0: Ignite & NAVTEQ's LBS Challenge Tuesday Night

The Where 2.0 Conference starts tomorrow with workshops all day. In the evening we will have our kick-off event in the Ballroom at the San Jose Marriott. As always we start off with a series of Ignite talks. This year in the middle of Ignite we are going to host the NAVTEQ LBS Challenge Awards. The Ignite talks look…