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SAP TechEd is a very successful conference getting high marks from the participants every year. Still we’re constantly introducing additional improvements to our conference. Our approach is to fine tune a good proven model.

Having three presentation slots earmarked for SDN Members is one example. Hope you heard the Call for Papers loud and clear, and yes the deadline has passed, there are Final Stretch Extended …. You’ll soon be able to vote for your favorite presentation. There will also be some Birds of a Feather sessions and there may be an SDN Club House, but that’s not official yet. We’ll also have Wifi Hotspots; just hoping that we don’t attract similar attention as Microsoft did this year.

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What Planetwork is doing this weekend in San Francisco is more on the radical side. After some keynote speeches it is a free for all, sort of.

Everyone participating in the conference can suggest a topic of interest, all participants have a chance to vote on the topics and they are selected based on how high they rank.

Clay Shirky is musing about the risks and social dilemmas of such an approach. As the conference is in San Francisco, instead of musing about it, I’ll check it out.

There are some really interesting topics listed already:

  • What Works: the Dynamics of Highly Effective Groups
  • Putting a Pattern Language for Cooperation into Practice
  • AdvoKit – OpenSource Social Software
  • Open Source Money and Collective Intelligence
  • Disruptive Media Technologies

I’ll let you know how it was next week.

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