15 Must-See Presentations at C2SV 2013

by Dan Holden | September 25, 2013

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The C2SV Conference begins on Thursday, Sept. 26 and runs  through Sept. 29. In addition to a wide ranging musical tour de force that fills Downtown San Jose, the C2SV Conference features three days of keynotes, presentations and panels from some of the brightest minds in social media, technology, robotics, space exploration, web apps and more.

For example, the conference opens on Thursday at 9am with a keynote presentation by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, authors of the newly-released Age of Context, an encyclopedic swim through the “freaky” new world of sensors, software and devices that will define your interactions for years to come.

Right after that, Gary Kremen, founder of Clean Power Finance and Sociogramix, moderates a fascinating look into Bitcoin—one of several virtual currency contenders that could completely replace paper money systems and revolutionize finance.

Just before lunch, Meron Gerbitz of Meta and Wedge Martin of GeoPapyrus will explore augmented reality. It ain’t dead folks, it’s only getting better as new technologies like Google Glass and location-based apps move to the forefront.

After lunch, Metro Publisher Dan Pulcrano will explore how technology is leveling the playing field for startups and new market entries in a discussion with Rich Aberman, co-founder of WePay.

Probably one of the coolest and most sci-fi discussions of the day will take place at 2pm with Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired, as he illustrates new developments in both military and commercial robots and drones.

Does the concept of self-driving cars strike the fear of God into you? Or would you feel comfortable driving in a vehicle that is guaranteed never to get a ticket? Find out more at 3:15pm Thursday in a presentation by Brad Templeton, Faculty Member at the prestigious Singularity U.

On Friday, Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp CEO Jeff Stibel kicks off a look into the Web’s next 20 years—and how developers will have to take care not to leave the rest of us behind.

Are you a big data fan? Then check out the Friday, 10am discussion led by WalmartLabs CTO Jeremy King and eCommera president John Squire that looks into the convergence of big data with big retail. The net: ecommerce is getting better and smarter.

Right after that, you’ll have a chance to ease your mind a bit by listening to a presentation on privacy protection and personal data by Steve Kirsch, founder and CTO of OneID.

Then get to the lunch trucks fast so you DON’T miss the 12:30pm keynote by serial entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell, CEO of Brainrush and arguably one of the fathers of Silicon Valley. His topic: Finding the Next Steve Jobs.  Are you him? Her? Come find out. UPDATE: Nolan will be joined on the stage by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak…because, who  else knows the real deal better??

The ridesharing movement recently got a boost in California and that makes the next must-see session, “The Transportation Sharing Revolution,” just that much more interesting. Be sure to check out the panel with Andre Haddad of RelayRides, Jahan Khanna of Sidecar, Lesley Mottla of ZipCar and Rujul Zaparde of FlightCar.

On Saturday, join the fun as 10 new startups pitch their best at 10am to venture capitalists Nat Goldhaber of Claremont Creek and Zaw Thet of Signia Venture Partners, in a showdown moderated by Dafina Toncheva of US Venture Partners.

Alternatively—and if you can get in—there’s a special preview of Extreme by Design, a PBS documentary about a group of Stanford students trying to build a better world, one product at a time. Producer Ralph King will be there to discuss the film.

At 11:45am, the reigning sociologist of social media, Brian Solis, will take a look at how social media  conversations are changing as new technology comes online, the subject of his new book, WTF: What’s The Future of Social Media.

Who’s tooting his own horn? Possibly this moderator of what may be a lively interview with Silicon Valley bad boy John McAfee about his adventures after leaving McAfee Associates—including the creation of several startups, a foray into biotechnology, a close call with Belize authorities and a storied flight to the U.S. And guess what? He’s back with a new startup! Find out more at 1:30pm.

For information on C2SV tickets or the conference schedule, be sure to visit the C2SV Website.

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