Schedule: Conversation sessions

As part of the conference this year, we’re trying something new. Instead of holding just traditional speaker-and-audience sessions, we’re also creating a handful of 50-minute round-table conversations that you can join. But space is limited! We’re signing on an appealing list of Web 2.0 experts, each of whom will introduce a topic and then facilitate a discussion for up to 30 people—which is all the room holds. If you get into one of these sessions, you’ll be expected to lean in and join the conversation, not just sit back and listen. We’ll announce the moderators and specific topics as we add them.

Due to limited space, these sessions will be first-come first-serve. Please plan accordingly.

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Location: Liberty 3
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
Memes have gone from inside joke to marketing gimmick to worldwide cultural phenomena, and the key to understanding them is in our own practice. Join Kenyatta Cheese and Ellie Rountree of the web phenom 'Know Your Meme' in a conversation about internet phenomena, and the communities from which they emerge. Read more.
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Location: Liberty 3
Average rating: **...
(2.80, 5 ratings)
Social media has caused a fundamental shift in our culture. Whether in the areas of personal identity, doing business, leisure time, charitable efforts, or civic engagement, we are increasingly influenced by the emergence of social technologies. In this Conversation, we'll discuss the interplay between social media and culture and how our everyday lives are impacted. Read more.
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Location: Liberty 3
Charlie O'Donnell (First Round Capital)
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)
People love your application, but how can you prove it? The market is big, but what do you mean exactly? There are lots of facts and figures you can throw into a pitch presentation when talking to investors, but which ones are the right ones to be keying off of to convince them of your potential for success? Read more.
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Location: Liberty 3
Hilary Mason (bitly)
Average rating: **...
(2.75, 4 ratings)
This conversation is for people who regularly think about, learn from, and visualize data sets. We'll focus on techniques for investigating new data, tricks for dealing with large amounts of data, common questions, and tools for creating useful visualizations. Data geeks encouraged to join. Read more.
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Location: Liberty 3
Jeremy Edberg (Netflix)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
A discussion of what online reputations means to you and your business. Read more.
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Location: Liberty 3
Whitney Hess (Self-employed)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
With tight budgets and big dreams, startups often sacrifice good design for technical innovation. Consideration for the user experience is neglected, and a robust product is created that no one wants to use. Let's talk about how to use UX practices within the scrappy environment of a startup in order to define a vision, develop a product strategy, and make a real change in people's lives. Read more.
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Location: Liberty 3
Michael J. Wolf (Activate)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
To create growth, companies have recognized the need to drive innovation: new products, new businesses, new brands and new technology. However, there are few examples of success. Michael J. Wolf will lead on discussion on the key question for large companies: do they need to buy start-ups or can they act like one on their own? Read more.
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Location: Liberty 3
Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 6 ratings)
Covering theory, practice and real-life case studies, this conversation will be led by Jonah Peretti, a master of viral hits. Peretti, founder of BuzzFeed and co-founder of The Huffington Post, has not only created a number of successful media properties, but he's also studied online social behavior. Join him for what promises to be an unusually thought-provoking session. Read more.
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Location: Liberty 3
Tobias Peggs (OneRiot)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
This Web 2.0 Expo “Conversation” is ideal for brand managers and media executives to learn how to build brand awareness, community engagement and drive viral social sharing. This conversation will help the attendees explore, debate, and discuss new advertising and monetization models of the realtime web to help them get in front of the trends. Read more.
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Rob Koziura
(415) 947-6111
rkoziura@techweb.com

Kaitlin Pike
(415) 947-6306
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