Today ReadWriteWeb is excited to announce our very first event, as part of a month-long engagement with one of the most important trends changing the way the internet works - the rise of the Real-Time Web.
We're kicking off a series of inter-related projects that will culminate with the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit on October 15th in Mountain View, California. It's a 1-day event that will bring together some of the smartest minds doing real-time work for an industry-changing, face-to-face conversation. Throughout the next month there will be something for everyone, too, even if you can't make it to the Summit.
ReadWriteWeb is an industry leader in covering the changes the web is going through as it becomes a real-time experience. We're excited to leverage that expertise and help our community of readers and supporters grow our collective knowledge about the topic together through the following initiatives.
at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on October 15th. We've partnered with professional facilitator Kaliya Hamlin, a web-industry veteran from the bleeding edge of identity standards, who will facilitate the creation of the day's agenda in real-time.We're hosting a day of interactive conversations about the real-time web
Along with Kaliya, ReadWriteWeb Founder and Editor Richard MacManus from New Zealand, RWW COO Bernard Lunn from New York, and myself, will convene a gathering on that day of smart people with diverse experiences doing real-time work. We'll tackle some of the biggest questions our industries face as the Web undergoes this fundamental shift.
This isn't going to be talking heads, on-stage sales pitches or stale presentations that aren't as good as the conversation in the halls. This is going to be a participatory gathering of people engaging with the real-time web and responding to the most pressing issues and opportunities.
A selection of the topics we expect to see discussed include:
* The potential and pitfalls of real-time for social networking, media, financial services, humanitarian work and political advocacy.
* How will ubiquitous real-time information delivery change the web in the future? What will it make possible? How will it change user expectations?
* How can real-time information overload be dealt with, technically and culturally?
* How can small organizations use the real-time web to challenge market incumbents? How can market incumbents continue to thrive in a real-time environment?
Registration for the event opens today. We'll be highlighting select early registrants in the coming days, but we'll tell you now that this is a conversation you won't want to miss.
Companies interested in being a sponsor of the Summit should contact ReadWriteWeb COO Bernard Lunn.
The Research Report
In conjunction with the Summit, we'll be releasing our second original premium research report. This Spring we published a well-received Guide to Online Community Management and we aim to make our report on the state of the real-time web even better. It will include interviews with 30 organizations doing cutting edge work in this market, curated highlights from the best writing about the real-time web from around the blogosphere, professionally produced documentation of all the conversation sessions at the Summit (which will also be made available for free to all Summit participants) and a few surprise resources. Readers of the report will have a solid foundation to take action on the real-time web.
Watch this space for pre-ordering information about that forthcoming report and about discounts available to registrants for the Summit.
A Month of Special Coverage
The real-time web is changing fields like social networking, media, search, humanitarian work and financial markets dramatically.
In the month leading up to the Summit, we'll be highlighting one "article of the day" about the real-time web that we've uncovered using the same research methods we use to break news about the topic regularly. If that article happens to be yours, we'll link out to your blog and tell our readers why we think what you've written is so important.
We'll point readers to articles like Adam Tinworth's thoughtful To LiveBlog or LiveTweet? or Steven Bell's thought provoking post on the blog of the Association of College and Research Libraries titled The Real-Time Library and we'll put those writings by others into perspective for the wider real-time world. We hope you'll point us to the best articles you find on the topic as well, so we can share those with our community of readers.
There's an active conversation going on right now about the real-time web and we want to help our community of readers be as informed as possible about where the web is headed. We also believe that this series of highlights will help conversation at the Summit be all the better informed.
We're excited to focus on this big change the web is going through and to do it together with our community of readers and supporters. We hope you'll join us for the ReadWrite Real-Time Web Summit and participate in all the parts of this special area of focus.
Suggestions, questions and feedback can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We won't just see you in California in October, we'll see you on the real-time web.
Photo of Kaliya Hamlin by Bill Johnston