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[kNews] WWW2006 roundup - a great success...
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- Subject: [kNews] WWW2006 roundup - a great success...
- From: kNews <k-news@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 12:39:19 +0100
WWW2006 was a really great event for our wee Kendra Initiative. There was
an underlying sense that people really wanted to make the world a better
place. Hence, the project received incredible exposure and press coverage
and, furthermore, it got people dancing. Many thanks to all of you that
made it possible...
1. The Ceilidh
2. Presentations at WWW2006
3. Press for Kendra Initiative
4. Thanks to our Sponsors
5. Next Year in Banff
1. THE CEILIDH
We had over a hundred people attend the WWW2006 Media Industry Special
Event (aka Ceilidh) on the eve of Monday 22nd May (
http://www2006.org/events/ ) and it was great fun, with fine food and an
unstoppable band! Many thanks to Google, BCSWomen, Women@CL for funding our
I took some photos that don't do the event justice - I was too busy dancing
with everyone else! ;-)
If you have any photos of the event (that you've published somewhere
public) then let me have the URL and I'll let everyone know.
2. PRESENTATIONS AT WWW2006
Many thanks to all the Kendra invited speakers. We had some really vibrant
sessions. The music session was especially interesting with Paul Jessop
providing a bit more depth on the whole DRM debate, while Scott Cohen and
Guy McCreery gave their individual perspectives on content distribution.
Thanks to Philip Haggar we have it all taped and hope to have these videos
I was invited to sit on a specially arranged panel session called "Freeing
the Data". The idea has great implications to content owners controlling
their content and data about their content (metadata). I'm told there is a
video of this session too, which I look forward to seeing. In the meantime,
you can read a little about it here:
A last minute change to the WWW2006 programme on Friday gave me the
opportunity to share a panel with Myles MacBean (Vice President, Technology
& Operations, Walt Disney Internet Group). He made a great presentation,
calling for a win-win-win for consumers, services providers and content
owners. I think he and I where both taken aback by how close our respective
visions really were. Myles said he'd take a look at Kendra...
3. PRESS FOR KENDRA INITIATIVE
We had a great story by Victoria Shannon published in the International
Herald Tribune entitled "The End User: Lonely quest for unity".
Victoria starts... "Daniel Harris is waging a brave, lonely quest to make
it easy to consume any kind of digital media on any kind of device through
any kind of Internet provider or portal. Did I mention anywhere in the
world, in any language?"...
I should point out that "brave, lonely quest" are not my words - though it
makes good press copy! I could perhaps see "persistence and gall" being
more apt. And of course, this is not a "lonely quest", we are a team moving
the Kendra vision forward.
For the full story see:
4. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Many thanks to Angela Eden for answering our call and sponsoring Neil's
flight to Edinburgh. This meant that Neil Harris could present Kendra Base
in the developer track at WWW2006.
Also, thanks to the WWW2006 organisers for paying for my accommodation for
the whole event.
5. NEXT YEAR IN BANFF
We are currently in talks with the WWW2007 organisers to bring the media
industry to W3C next year. With the knowledge that we gained from WWW2006
and with much more time to plan I think we can be far more ambitious for
WWW2007. If you're interested in being part of the WWW2007 team then get in
touch. And watch this space:
In the meantime: have a great summer! ;-)
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