February 19, 2006

Ticket Purchased - Heading to the IA Summit

In the interest of managing some of the outstanding details of my life, I've also booked my ticket to Vancouver for the IA Summit.

Year in and year out, the IA Summit is my favorite conference. The content is consistently good and the people are great. This is the one event that all other obligations must be planned around.

This year I'm honored to be giving the closing plenary. Honored, and terrified. And hopeful.

Here's my cheeky bio for the conference:

At the first IA Summit, in 2000, Peter Merholz was nearly booed off the stage for suggesting librarians were responsible for the tyranny of hierarchy demonstrated on most websites. He has attended every summit since, unexpectedly becoming an evangelist of information science thinking to the broader community.

In 2002, Peter publicly lambasted the announcement of the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture. Three years later, he became president of the rechristened IA Institute, which reminds him of the Vulcan proverb, "Only Nixon could go to China."

Professionally, Peter is the director of practice development at Adaptive Path.

See you in Vancouver!

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Tickets purchased: Heading to SxSW!

For the first time since 2002, I will be attending the South by Southwest Interactive conference (as I like to think of it: the best web conference with the worst web site!).

I am moderating a panel on Sunday morning, currently titled What's Hot in Web Applications. It currently features folks from three companies--Meebo, Zimbra, and YackPack (when I mentioned this to my girlfriend, she thought I suffered glossolalia.) Unlike Jeff's similarly-themed "Designing the Next Generation of Web Apps", I'm focusing on companies that are still pre-acquired and mighty small. I've also decided to take a focus on communication/collaboration, which each of my panelist products displays. I've also also decided to focus on the whole business -- so expect discussions of product design, technology development, and business strategy.

I'm on the lookout for one more product/company, and ideas are welcome. Preferably: companies not in the Bay Area.

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