Kevin Werbach sweet-talked Michael Arrington of TechCrunch into creating a "Top Connected Innovators" showcase at this year's Supernova. Here's the quick list of the award winners, apparently selected via a hyperdrive-submission process a la the usual TechCrunch review, and why they were deemed relevant:
Most folks are familiar with centralized data - information kept in a central location, in a proprietary format, and possibly within a walled garden. We explored implementations of decentralized data at Supernova 2006 - specifically, data which is portable and follows the user, rather than the service, and is often shared via a hosting service.
Andy Baio demonstrated a brand new feature for Yahoo! Local at today's workshops for Supernova 2006. All Yahoo! listings are now tagged with microformats! When you bring up a Yahoo! Local map, starred locations use an hCard to show review information. Here's a sample result showing microformatted information on the restaurants near my house, as well as what happens when you drill down for aggregated information on a single restaurant.
When you post information, do you realize who else you are giving rights to? Patrick Reilly from the Intellectual Property Society spoke to this question at today's Vloggercon. The session ultimately devolved into frustrated questions and conflicting answers, leading the moderator to pull a steaming Creative Commons attendee out from the audience and onto the stage. (Disclosure note: Omidyar Network is a funder of Creative Commons.)
Andrew Baron, Amanda Congdon, Ruud Elmendorp, Steve Garfield, and Chuck Olsen of Rocketboom showed up at today's Vloggercon to share the history of how Rocketboom got to where it is today: 300,000 downloads/day across all formats. They also shared a PR teaser: Rocketboom is working with Boing Boing to launch a new video blog.
Instead of a lazy Saturday slurping down chai, my weekend kicked off with a panel on political blogging and social change at Vloggercon in San Francisco.
As a PS to my previous post seeking LINES General Manager candidates, here's a short video (3:13) providing a glimpse of Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, including a voiceover from internationally renowned choreographer Alonzo King on his philosophy of creation.(UPDATE 6/08: Since VideoEgg has ceased hosting videos, here's a replacement from YouTube.)