It will continue to be a community-supported, volunteers-driven, unaffiliated event. At least two prestigious research organizations will support the event, and any (non-financial) support that will raise the industry’s participation to it will be welcome.
It will encourage new voices and fresh perspectives, it will value experience and real-world case studies, and it will have (I hope) a robust international participation.
What’s new this year:
- 2 or 3 keynote/invited contributions
- digg-style voting mechanism to choose the top 3 entries
- live events (example: a daily live BlogTalk Radio show)
- a daily event in Second Life
- video, in addition to podcasting
- daily summaries of the most discussed topics
- real-time updates for the number/titles/authors of entries submitted for each category
Also, we’re going to have:
- a more effective communication about the rules
- clear guidelines for accepting/rejecting the entries
- strict enforcement of deadlines for submitting entries.
Now, before discussing more about the nitty-gritty of the event, I’d like to ask you:
How do you see this event?
What do you expect from it?
What would you like to read/ see/ listen to?
What it will make it most valuable for you, and for the industry?
I have bombarded Constantin with my ideas, send him yours.