Web 2. 0 Expo sponsored an event called Ignite! earlier this week. Ignite! was a free-for-all in which anyone could prepare a five-minute pitch of Something Interesting. The audience-selected winners were given a shot at the big stage this morning:
Joost is a free, full-screen television application that you download to your PC. The programming guide and on-demand controls behave much the same as does a cable set-top box. An embedded web browser can be brought up for more detail on a particular program.
Architecture for Humanity creates sustainable, low-cost housing for
both impoverished and disaster-hit communities. James Baty of AFH is here at Web 2.0
Expo to evangelize 'Architecture 2.0,' which is an exciting and
innovative example of Web 2.0 principles:
Astia (FKA the Women's Technology Cluster) today presented its Third Annual National Venture Capital Awards. Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal was the evening's host, and let slip some choice bits such as "Don Imus remains an asshole, even if he's been fired." There were also a few sharp statistics shared - for example, the
national average of investment funding for women-led or women-founded
companies is only 4%. Tonight's winners far outstripped this with an
average of 25%. Here's who was celebrated:
The Antonio Pizzigati Prize, awarded by the Tides Foundation, recognizes outstanding public interest computing. Specifically, the award process seeks open source software developers that help nonprofits to be more effective in their efforts for social change. The first annual winner of the prize (and its $10,000 honorarium) is George Hotelling of CitizenSpeak. (Flickr photo by kathryn.) CitizenSpeak is a free e-mail advocacy service for grassroots organizations, and is available for download as a CivicSpace module at CivicSpace Labs.
Making an encore appearance at this year's Nonprofit Technology Conference....the PICnet penguins. Lucky attendees woke up this morning to find a bouncy inflatable penguin waiting at their hotel door, with an encouraging note to bring their new friend to open source sessions. A great way to start the day!
It's a well-established Web 2.0 trend that people are gathering themselves into
online social networks. Mobilizing these individuals and communities into action, however, is still an emergent practice. At N-TEN's 2007 Nonprofit Technology Conference, folks gathered to share best practices on how to not only effectively spread a message using social networks, but also drive people to take action. These seven tips are worth noting: