I hope that other conferences start experimenting with more environmentally-friendly approaches. It may not be possible for all conferences to go entirely virtual but they can at least go hybrid, with a mix of live and virtual sessions and hubs.
Brighton, UK (PRWEB) September 22, 2008
Internationally-renowned Flash developer Aral Balkan is organizing < head >, the world's first eco-friendly web conference, on October 24-26, 2008.
The conference is unique insofar as all sessions are streamed live over the Internet via an Adobe Flash client. Attendees can watch and interact with the sessions from anywhere in the world with just a fast Internet connection and a web browser running the Adobe Flash player.
"Instead of making you come to our web conference, we're bringing the web conference to you", said Aral Balkan, conference chair and creator of < head >.
The conference has drawn widespread support from the industry and boasts high-profile speakers including Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., Jason Fried, director of 37signals, Lynda Weinman, president of Lynda.com, Richard Moross, CEO of MOO.com, and Molly Holzschlag, group lead at the Web Standards Project and an invited expert at the W3C.
"Traditional web conferences take place in one geographical location and everyone - speakers, attendees, staff - fly to that location. That's thousands of flights for a popular conference. Multiply that by the thousands of conferences there are every year and the scale of the problem becomes apparent", said Balkan, adding "our conference is different, it's green, we're saving thousands of tons of carbon from ever entering the atmosphere."
In addition to experiencing the conference from the comfort of their own homes or offices, attendees can also attend at real-world meetings at various local conference hubs. Currently, < head > has confirmed local conference hubs in London, Brighton, and Manchester, sponsored by Yahoo! Developer Network and O'Reilly, The Werks, and BBC Backstage, respectively.
Balkan also called on other conference organizers to consider greener alternatives, saying "I hope that other conferences start experimenting with more environmentally-friendly approaches. It may not be possible for all conferences to go entirely virtual but they can at least go hybrid, with a mix of live and virtual sessions and hubs."
The < head > web conference will take place on October 24-26, 2008 and early-bird tickets are available until the end of September at $99.
For additional information on the < head > web conference, contact Aral Balkan or visit < head > web conference - October 24-26, 2008.
About < head > :
Formerly known as Singularity, the < head > web conference brings together over 70 of the world's top web developers, designers, and thought leaders in a seminal interactive web conference. < head > takes place live over the Internet and at local conference hubs around the world. The < head > web site is also one of the first commercial applications built on Google App Engine. Organized by world-renowned Flash developer Aral Balkan's production company Naklab, < head > is a smarter, greener web conference. For more information, see http://headconference.com
A note on the name:
The < head > conference is written with angular brackets, like the HTML tag. In this press release you will see spaces within the angular brackets. This is due to a limitation of the PRWeb system (without the spaces it recognizes the name as an HTML tag instead of automatically escaping them using HTML entities for display online.) When printing the name, please do so without placing spaces between the opening angular backret and the "h" or the "d" and the closing angular bracket. When printing the name for online display, please escape it using HTML entities as shown here: < head > (again, without spaces).
About Naklab :
< head > is a Naklab production by Yeah, Let's Do It! Limited trading as Naklab. < head > and Naklab are trademarks of Yeah, Let's Do It! Limited.
Aral Balkan, conference chair
< head > web conference
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