Here are a couple of Social media and Web 2.0 conferences in August and September 2008. It’s mostly European oriented since that’s my primary continent of work. It’s by no means a definitive list but mostly a list of conferences I plan to visit.
UX Week, 12-15 August, San Francisco – ~$2500 PICNIC, 24-26th September, Amsterdam – ~700-1500â‚¬ Blog World Expo, 20-21 September, Las Vegas – $400
From the neighboring countries to Slovenia there seems to be one Barcamp in Austria on 24th of September. There is also a big BlogFest in Italy, 12-14 September, but most of the information is in Italian which should make planning for this event interesting.
Some people are also mentioning rumors of possible Slovenian BarCamp in fall. It just might happen, but first the organizers need to figure out the time-slots and energy levels.
You have to get your business involved.
Itâ€™s all about being keen and up to it. If you are excited itâ€™s easier to convince them to do it.
You have to keep up with your everyday work.
Make sure you have a team. If youâ€™re the only one you want to do it within your organization, bring in other people that are as enthusiastic as you.
BarCamps are â€œnot commercialâ€. They are run in commercial organization because they have large offices.
Of about 150 people, ~120 showed up.
Ticketing is quite important, since it gives first impressions.
There is really no good ticketing management tool for BarCamps.
BarCamp people are very professional and so itâ€™s not that much a problem.
Itâ€™s easy underestimate the amount of water. What would be really good to have â€œwaterâ€ machine.
Donâ€™t forget the vegetarian food.
If you get people to sponsor, make sure they come down and mingle.
When you give out ticket, make sure there is more than one chance.
Donâ€™t be afraid to ask for sponsorship.
How to make the consultations process that we have now better, without changing it? HowÂ can we have more useful things within the system we have.
Second question is, if we start from nothing, whatâ€™s a sensible first step in the process.
Consultation is .. The government needs to do something, they need to go out and ask the public what they think. Theyâ€™ll publish a document with a bit of explanation and a bunch of questions, and if they feel like it you can answer the questions and tell them what they think. Then the government is going to produce a response which will hopefully summarize the input.
One of the problems with the process is that sometimes the consultations are phrased so narrow, that itâ€™s a complete waste of time.
The Site TellThemWhatYouThink is part of the first step, get all the consultations in one place, and it takes some of the work from you by screen-scraping the pages and make your life a bit easier.
There is a similar site in New Zealand called TheyWorkForYou. The discussion is now how the two sites can work together.
Music industry, and whatâ€™s going on around there. The general perception is that this is the industry in the flames. Internet has impacted music industry in the earliest stage. This is industry that believes that Sex, drugs and rock and roll is not going out of style. But they maybe missed on the style. They also donâ€™t believe in disruptive technology.
But music is unique. Oliver Sacks – Musicophilia. His book talks about the fact that music is in the different part of our brain than language and reason. There is something ancient about it.
Music is always about the technology. Musical devices are basic technological artifacts that change the way music is created and also received.
CDâ€™s are not selling anymore, but digital downloads are growing at 35% pa. But theyâ€™re not growing fast enough to compensate for CDâ€™s. They are not caching up, because P2P is much more convenient to get your music.
This is a fundamental change that happened, that is undermining the institutions that music industry has created. Usual example is the notion of copyright in the mashable world.
The worst possible PR campaign: RIAA suing downloaders.
But .. at the end of the day, the music industry is still funding the artists. The net affect of all this is that the industry is in flux.
Yet itâ€™s not all bad:
Mobile music is growing and all the operators are launching mobile music distribution services.
Live scene/shows are selling out. People want to go, and have that live experinece. They value increasingly the value of the moment.
People want to engage in the music themselves. Huge shift in the selling of music instruments. (3 millions guitars bought in â€˜07 in US; source: music trades). The sells of different equipment correlates with the currently popular style of music.
Music making in school. 75% of UK secondary school is using Sibelius 5, software for music composing.
We are not the edge of disaster, but we are the edge of incredible change. Itâ€™s an explosion of all the good new things.
The new environment music industry is working:
New talent approaching (slicethepie, sellâ€™aâ€™band). Both companies are leveraging punter leverages. Itâ€™s like fantasy football but with real band. You can invest 20 quid into the band and as they raise money they can get more famous and do better stuff.
Topspin.com – itâ€™s a cottage industry. Every artist just needs some online tools to promote yourself and theyâ€™re creating a platform for that.
Piracy – interact and consume. Piratebay/torrents, napster as a streaming service and what Radiohead is doing in the download space.
Discovery tools – last.fm, Pandora, AOL music etc. One llama – plasma view/their own point of view on how music connect to each other.
Blogging – MySpace, imeem, The Hype Machine, Music Bloggers United, Digital meltdown, Dr. Schlussâ€™s Garage of Psychedelic Obscurities
The bottom line is: there lots of new business models. This is a classical long tail market and there are plenty â€œWeb 2.0â€ opportunities in music space.
While the superstars are still important, the general trend is showing that national/regional artists are growing in relative to big guys. But they are big brands, and they can talk to old media. They also work with brick & mortar stores.
There is a new interesting place: â€œCutting edge obscurityâ€.