No doubt many of you are either in attendance at Where2.0 (@where20) in San Jose, CA this week (along with Google CodeCamp) or, perhaps you’ve been enjoying the Twitter stream (#where20) or catching some of the sessions via live stream… FYI, you can watch live this morning starting at 9:30 (PDT) by registering here. Please note, O’reilly Media has been gracious enough to post video recordings of all the fabulous presentations on their Blip.TV Channel – see where.blip.tv – thanks O’reilly!
A few interesting tidbits I picked up on yesterday include the following: from Tim O’reilly re location tech “Not enough people are thinking big enough about where all this is going”. An interesting presentation regarding the City of San Fran. and their use of technology, the City’s leaders encourage their team to innovate and to not be afraid of failing… cities need to give their staff permission to fail and remember… Fail Forward!! From Tim O’reilly, government needs to start acting like a platform… (luv it!) Michael J0nes (Google) “maps aren’t just driving directions.. they are about our planet and educating people about our planet.”
The idea that location is becoming a platform is truly exciting or should be exciting to anyone playing in the location technology sandbox!
A number of interesting newsmakers have been busy this week and getting our attention; Coming out of San Jose yesterday, deCarta announces a partnership with SimpleGeo – deCarta mapping services will provide customers with easy access to SimpleGeo’s Data Layers; Skyhook Wireless Announces Local Faves for iPhone Developers – the new SDK brings location features to new categories of apps including music, video, reference, news, and more; SimpleGeo Launches as the Easiest Way to Add Location-Based Services to Any Application – More than 4,000 Partners Already Developing Location-Based Applications with SimpleGeo – watch these guys!!