GigaOM Special Event: What Comes Next for the Web? October 19, 2009: 9:30 AM

bunker_logoOn Monday, Oct. 19th, today’s leading web entrepreneurs, thinkers and scientists will gather at the GigaOM office here in San Francisco for a special event that we will stream live: a discussion about what comes next for the web. Attendees will include Caterina Fake (co-founder, Flickr & Hunch), Tom Coates (Yahoo), Bret Taylor (Facebook & co-founder, Friendfeed), Jeff Veen (TypeKit), Doug Bowman (Twitter) and Dave Winer. (More attendees.) 

Select attendees for the event
Douglas Bowman Stop Design/Twitter
Tom Coates, Yahoo
Matt Mullenweg, WordPress/Automattic
Marc Davis, Ex-Yahoo/Invention Arts
Aza Raskin, Mozilla
Ted Morgan, Skyhook Wireless
Bret Taylor, Facebook/FriendFeed
Gabor Cselle, reMail
Nova Spivack, Twine
Sandy Jen, Meebo
Caterina Fake, Hunch
Narendra Rocherolle, 83 Degrees.
Kevin Marks, BT Ribbit
Jeffrey Veen, TypeKit
Joseph Smarr, Plaxo
Dave Winer, inventor and editor, Scripting News
Joe Hewitt, Facebook
Joshua Schacter, Google
David Recordon, Facebook
Jack Moffet, XMPP & Collecta

The 3-hour long event is part of our monthly GigaOM Bunker Sessions, a series of events which are held to discuss some of the most pressing technology issues of the day. This month’s event is being held to explore a topic that has been on my mind for some time.

I think most of us are getting too obsessed with the notion of the real-time web and in the process, are ignoring two major trends likely to have a major impact on the web as we know it:

1. The availability of super-speed broadband connections.
2. The growing pervasiveness of super phones such as the iPhone.

When taken together, these two trends represent a massive disruption to the way we create, consume and distribute information. We are on the verge of becoming a society of photo-snapping, social-networking, video-chomping, always-connected nodes.

As a result (and as I’ve argued before), sooner than later the search, seek and consume paradigm popularized by Google is going to come to an end. We’re going to need to think differently as we enter those uncharted waters.

To that end, some of the issues that we hope to discuss on Monday include:

  • How the social graph & geo-location services will provide context to all the information online.
  • Will activity streams the best way to consume information and how can we improve them?
  • What are the user interfaces needs for this new data-rich world?
  • Why we need a “push web” and other related technologies, such as Dave Winer’s RSS cloud effort.

The event is going to be organized into four 45-minute conversations around three broad concepts:

  • Context (Marc Davis, Partner at Invention Arts, and former Chief Scientist of Yahoo! Mobile, will lead this discussion.)
  • Consumption (Jeff Veen of Typekit will steer this talk.)
  • Serendipity (Kevin Marks will spearhead this conversation.)

Our fourth conversation will be with Caterina Fake, co-founder of Hunch, about human-computer interactions and how they are going to help shape the web going forward.

We will be streaming the event live on — we hope you’ll join us online. The streaming starts at 9.30 am and will end at 12.30 pm PST on 10/19/2009.