BlogTalk comes to Cork

29th of November 2007 by conor

The fifth BlogTalk conference is happening in Cork on March 3rd and 4th 2008. This event is all about social software with the aim to bring together developers, academics, administrators in corporate and educational settings and others working in this space.

There is an impressive line-up of invited speakers and I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Nova Spivack, CEO of Radar Networks who writes with greath depth and insight about the Semantic web on his blog.

Sean McGrath of Propylon has announced that he will be speaking and chairing a panel on Mashups, microformats and syndication. That’s one I won’t be missing along with the workshop on Social Network Portability.

Whilst there does seem to be a distinct academic flavour to this conference, the topics are of great importance to many working on the web and it should be a rewarding two days. I was very impressed to see names like Stowe Boyd, Jyri Engeström and Kevin Marks on the various commitees.

Final deadline for proposals is December 7th.

Comment posted by Conor O’Neill
at 11/30/2007 4:06:50 AM

Yeah, I like that mix that you are looking for. Some of the more commercial ones can just end up being a litany of product pitches. Looking forward to it.

Comment posted by John Breslin
at 11/30/2007 3:20:04 AM

Hi Conor – thanks for the mention!

BlogTalk is less formal than academic conferences but a bit more academic-ey than events like Reboot, LeWeb, etc. What I think is good is that BlogTalk provides a nice mix, in that it allows practitioners to see what academics or developers are doing, and shows academics and developers what practitioners need. There aren’t that many events like it I think, and I’d hope that this mix can be sustained this year (going on the proposals we’ve received so far, I think it will be).


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