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New speakers announced!

We are so pleased to have Jason Calacanis and Euan Semple with us at this years FOWA!

They will be joining speakers such as Kevin Rose, Tim Bray and Erick Schonfeld to create an amazing line up.

Jason is the CEO of and previously the co-founder of Weblogs, Inc. with Brian Alvey, and the GM of Netscape. He was also the editor and CEO of the Silicon Alley Reporter magazine and is known for his insight into the media industry. He is quoted widely in trade and consumer media outlets and keynotes industry conferences worldwide. His views can be read daily on his own blog,

For all you guys attending the workshops, Euan Semple has agreed to host a session on Enterprise 2.0 which is proving to be very popular.

Euan is an independent advisor on social computing for business. He is a well known writer, thinker and public speaker on the subject and has worked with a large number of global corporations including BP, Nokia and The World Health Organisation. Euan pioneered the use of weblogs, wikis and online forums while at the BBC.

Check out Enterprise 2.0 and our other 7 workshops here. As usual you have a choice of 4 morning sessions and 4 afternoon sessions. Don’t forget you can still enjoy the slides and plenty of tips/tricks and handy hints from all workshops in the Survival kit which is sent out to all workshop attendees.

So more of you can benefit from the Early bird discounted passes they wont run out until 4th August! Passes are flying because of this so don’t hang about.

Click here to get yours then you can relax, take a look at what FOWA Uni sessions you would like to attend and plan your outfit for the parties 😉

There are plenty more announcements to come including some amazing giveaways, more speakers, Uni info and party news so watch this space.

Bye for now!


Matt Mullenweg confirmed for FOWA

By Mel Kirk

It’s with much excitement that I am able to confirm that Matt will be speaking at FOWA Miami next month. Matt’s presentation went down a storm in London last October. If you haven’t yet had a chance to listen to the MP3 – you can check it out here.

Matt is known of course as the founder of WordPress and has recently introduced Prologue which is his latest project. Prologue is much like a group Twitter and adds to the vast array of projects undertaken at Automattic.

Matt Mullenweg

Our speakers are confirmed!

By Mel Kirk

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added a further 3 great speakers to the line up for FOWA Miami. Erick Schonfeld from TechCrunch, Kevin Marks from Google and Emily Boyd from Remember the Milk will now be joining us in Miami and we’re looking forward to hearing their presentations.

In case you haven’t checked out the site recently, we’ve added a whole new section dedicated to all things social. As if that wasn’t enough to keep you busy, given the great feedback we had from London, we have decided to use the social network again which enables you to meet up with those that you have a lot in common with, business interests or even your complete arch nemesis. Why not check it out – ooh and if you want to connect and say hi, feel free! 🙂

Future of Web Apps Miami Social Page

 We’re really proud to be able to another installment of BarCamp Miami, which will be taking place at the Carnival Center on 28th February (BarCamp attendees get 50% off the Conference day). Over the past few weeks weve been blown away bt the friendliness, generosity and thanks we’ve received from the local people – all of whom seem really excited to have such an event in their back yard. This is the first time we’ve hosted FOWA on the East Coast and we can’t wait to see what it brings.


The Schedule’s Going to Burst!

By Mel Kirk

OK, OK, we don’t have room to confirm any more speakers – but just before I go ahead and say that’s the final line-up, I’ve got two more fantastic speakers to add.

If you’ve been anywhere with a computer recently, you’ll know that Facebook has been dominating the world since the launch of the new app platform. As such, it gives me great pleasure to let you know that Dave Morin, Platform Manager for Facebook has agreed to speak for us and will be giving us insider information about how they launched the platform, challenges faced and where they see the future lying. We’re looking forward to it already.

Dave Morin

Of course, no line up would be complete without a world-class designer and who better than Daniel Burka, Creative Director at digg and co-founder of Pownce. Daniel is going to be focussing on how user feedback influences design. Given digg’s vibrant and established community in comparison to that of of Pownce, which is still in it’s infancy, we hope that Daniel will be able to give us lots of insightful tips and experience and we’re already counting down the days until his presentation (8 to be precise)…

Daniel Burka

Well now that the FOWA Expo train is fully boarded and we’re all set to go, the next time we’ll be in touch will be to confirm those essential details – like where to get your pass, buy food and more importantly purchase beer! Until then – toodlepip!


Behind the Music

By Brian Oberkirch

So I’m thrilled to get to fill out the batting order (part of it, at least) for the Future of Web Apps, London in October. (The short version: it’s going to rock. You should so show up. You will come crying to me later if you miss it. So don’t.)

Since I’ve made some noise before about how we should put together events, it’s only fair that I talk a bit about the thinking behind the speakers and sessions we’re booking. I also liked the ‘warts & all’ approach Ryan took blogging the creation of Amigo.

So, the future of the Web. Wow, that’s a challenge to program against. So many ways we might go with this thing. Even now, there are groups of kids we don’t know that are building stuff that is going to rock our world. So here’s how I thought about this:

What would I want to hear about?

Who can we get that’s not speaking all the time and kind of giving the same spiel?

Is there a larger story that we’re trying to tell?

I started wish lists. Filled with all-stars, rookies, utility players, all sorts of Webby people. Then a funny thing happens when you try to book a conference. Life intervenes. Maybe some of your speakers have already done a number of Carson events. Maybe they’ve been speaking or are going to speak in the UK or Europe right around the same time. Or they’re already booked. Just as you might have noticed that Web development & design talent is scarce right now, speakers are in much the same demand. So, lots of folks simply aren’t available.

Factor all that in when you go to review a speaking list next time. Much more logistical legwork goes into making your dream list of speakers.

But, for you, good people, we have an amazing line up of some of the most interesting Web thinkers around. I’ll be going through and posting extensive thoughts about each speaker in subsequent posts, but here’s a preview:

I’m excited about the balance and diversity of this group of folks. People from big companies, startups, product designers, biz folks, community advocates, marketers, new speakers, seasoned vets, women, men, Bay Area types, Non Bay Area types. I’ve made the argument that diversity is integral to the future of the Web because empathy, understanding and creativity are going to be necessary ingredients for creating the niche experiences the Web is ideal for. I hope we’re going to help add to the ecosystem via our speakers and via the kind of folks we attract to the event.

I’ll talk more in future posts about the sessions and the kind of story (stories?) I think might emerge from the stage, the hallways, the photos and blog posts.

Speaker Spotlight: Daniel Waterhouse (3i)

Continuing with our series of FOWA Expo speaker interviews, we take a look at Daniel Waterhouse of 3i…

Daniel Waterhouse

1. What did you want to be when you grew up? (ie. did you ever think you’d end up doing what you’re doing now?)

A. I did not imagine I would end up doing a job where I spend most of my time asking people what they want to do when they grow up!

2. What’s a typical day in the working life of Daniel?

A. There isn’t one. Only common thing is my head hurts a lot and my mind cannot keep up with the wild number of different things that happen each day.

3. What’s the best thing about working in the web industry?

A. Having to mess about with websites and pretending it is work – really tough checking out what is happening in the online dating industry

4. And the worst?!

A. The results from checking out what is happening in the online dating industry

5. In terms of technologies, what do you think is really exciting right now that could have a big impact on the future of web apps?

A. Semantic web technologies, silverlight/AIR

6. Whose work do you admire?

A. All of the successful entrepreneurs I meet – unbelievable

7. Messy desk or clean desk?

A. Er, clean

8. Beer or wine?

A. Both please

9. Mac or PC?

A. PC – all credibility destroyed I know

10. Do you have a secret talent?

A. Yes – but I’m not telling until after we get through Q8

Kevin Rose & Om Malik added to the line-up!

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, it’s true! We’re really pleased to let you know that Kevin Rose and Om Malik have been added to the already fully packed schedule. We’re hoping that Kevin will be able to give us an insider’s look at launching a new web app, following the recent launch of Pownce, whilst Om will take a look at what the future of web apps actually is.

We can’t wait!

Pownce and GigaOM websites

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