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China Foo Camp: On the Outside, Looking In

I thought I'd share a few reflections on our just completed China Foo Camp while they are still fresh. We organized the event in Beijing in conjunction with IBM and the Institute for the Future. Unlike our US Foo Camps, where we have a rich network of people we already know whom we want to introduce to each other…

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Opening up the Social Network Graph

LiveJournal founder Brad Fitzpatrick and Open Source Awards winner David Recordon just posted a manifesto titled "Thoughts on the Social Graph". Brad and David presented their work at Foo Camp and have been sharing it with interested parties over the last couple of months. Their project attempts to solve the problem of multiple overlapping social networks. This overlap makes it…

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Foo Camp Takeaways

As many of you know, we held our annual Foo Camp in Sebastopol this past weekend. Foo Camp is a weekend geek campout that's been described as "the wiki of conferences," because there's no program beforehand. The program is developed on the spot on Friday night by people swarming a set of big whiteboards with rooms and time blocks. (This…

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Playing in a Public Hall

If you ever get really excited about playing pool (and it would be fair to say that I spent a significant portion of my college years studying the physics of collisions of rotating spheres — a non-degree program, alas) you're likely to run into Robert Byrne's excellent books on the topic. They rank among some of the best educational texts…

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The birth of Chumby

Last night, we had our first ever "product launch" at FOO camp. (Joshua Schachter says he almost showed del.icio.us at the first FOO in 2003, but wasn't quite ready, and released it a few weeks later.) We normally try to focus on pre-commercial technology at FOO, since by the time there are lots of startups, you're much further from the…

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