Tony Shaw

Tony Shaw is the program chair of the Semantic Technology Conference (SemTech) and the co-founder of both the SemTech Conference and (which is now, following it's sale to WebMediaBrands in September 2010). Tony is the president of Wilshire Conferences and facilitator of the TTI/Vanguard strategy program for senior technology executives.

Conference Program Released for SemTech 2011

The initial agenda for the educational conference at the 2011 Semantic Technology Conference (SemTech 2011) has just been published and is available here:

SemTech 2011 Full Agenda

I hope you can join us.

Tony Shaw
Program Co-Chair

PS: Discounted early registration rates expire on March 9.

New Dates and Cities announced for Semantic Technology Conference and MediaBistro are pleased to announce the expansion of the Semantic Technology Conference to additional cities and dates in the near future. Following is the schedule of 2011 events in San Francisco, London, and Washington DC: Read more

SemTech 2011 Pre-Agenda Rates Expire Tonight!

Register by January 31 and save!Now in its sixth year, SemTech is the world’s largest educational conference for the community of
executives, technologists, researchers, investors and customers involved with semantic technologies.

SemTech 2011 features five days of presentations, panels, tutorials, announcements, new companies, product launches, and conversations. It’s a place for new learning, professional networking, and
business development. Register to attend before midnight PST tonight, January 31 for early bird rates.

The program is shaping up to be another not-to-be-missed event. While the formal agenda will not be announced until next week, we can give you a sneak peek at some highlights.

Confirmed Keynotes:

Dennis Wisnosky
Chief Architect and CTO, Department of Defense

Bill Guinn
CTO Product Enablers, Amdocs Product Business Unit

Case studies and presentations from companies such as:

  • Amdocs
  • Amsterdam Fire Department
  • Avis Budget Group
  • Best Buy
  • Cisco
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
  • NASA
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Sallie Mae
  • O’Reilly Media
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Elsevier
  • PayPal
  • …and many, many more!

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Frank Fazio.

Share your Knowledge and Experience at the next SemTech Conference (and meet these organizations)

Next Monday (January 10) is the deadline for making a speaking proposal to the 2011 Semantic Technology Conference. You can start the submission process here.

I’ll reiterate my invitation from a few weeks ago, inviting everyone who has business and/or technical experience working with semantic technologies to put yourself forward and share your expertise. We want – in fact we NEED – your first-hand stories and lessons. We need stories from all industries, in any application area, and from the largest to the smallest scale. We’ve received lots of terrific speaking proposals thus far, but there’s plenty of room left for you and your presentation.

If selected, you and your work will be exposed to the richly diverse group of individuals and organizations that SemTech brings together each year. Here for example is a small sample of the organizations who attended SemTech in 2010:

  • 1060 Research
  • 3 Degrees Holdings
  • AAA
  • Accenture Technology Labs
  • Access Communications
  • AdGlean
  • Adify
  • Adobe Systems
  • AgileDNA
  • ai-one
  • Air Force Research Lab
  • Amdocs
  • American Systems
  • Amgen
  • Anboto
  • artfuture
  • AT&T
  • Austral Capital Partners
  • Band of Angels
  • BBN Technologies
  • BC West Audit Div
  • Bechtel
  • Bell Labs Research
  • BIKO Publishing House
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas
  • Boeing
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Bosch Research and Tech Ctr
  • Breakpoint Books
  • British Telecom
  • Business Process Engineering
  • CA Technologies
  • Cambridge Semantics, Inc.
  • Cambridge Tech. Ventures
  • Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley
  • CBS Interactive
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Charles River Ventures
  • Chevron
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Cisco Systems
  • Clark & Parsia
  • Clear Blue Water
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • CNN
  • Coca Cola
  • CognitionTechnologies, Inc.
  • Computas AS
  • Computas
  • Core Analytics, LLC
  • Creative Commons
  • Department of Defense
  • DERI, NUI Galway
  • Det Norske Veritas
  • DOCOMO Euro-Labs
  • eBay
  • Edison International
  • El Paso County Health Dept
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Elsevier / Collexis
  • EMC Consulting
  • Eqentia
  • Eurescom GmbH
  • European Bioinformatics Inst.
  • European Commission
  • European Environment Agency
  • Evri
  • Exadel Inc
  • Excellus Health Plan Inc
  • Extractiv
  • Facebook
  • Factual, Inc.
  • Fair Isaac
  • FamilySearch
  • FAO of the UN
  • Federal Computer Week
  • Financial Management Service
  • First Retail Inc.
  • Forrester Research
  • Franz Inc.
  • Gartner
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • Glisson Capital
  • Google
  • Guidewire Group, Inc.
  • Heart + Lung Research Institute
  • Heuer Media
  • Hewett Research
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • IBM Research
  • IBM
  • IDG Ventures
  • Impact
  • Indian Inst. of Adv. Research
  • Infochimps
  • Informatica
  • InfoWorld
  • Intel
  • Intellidimension, Inc.
  • Intelligent Software Solutions
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Intuit
  • ion interactive
  • Jafco Ventures
  • Japan Biological Informatics
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kapow Technologies
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Tech.
  • KazzaDrask Media
  • KLM
  • KMI, The Open University
  • Knowledge Based Systems Inc.
  • KONA
  • Language Computer Corp.
  • LexisNexis
  • LH Telecom
  • Library of Congress
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Link TV/
  • Linux Gazette
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MarketingProfs
  • MarkLogic Corporation
  • Mashery, Inc.
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Media Research Associates
  • Menlo Ventures
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • MGH / Partners
  • MHS Capital
  • Microsoft Research
  • Microsoft
  • MIT
  • Morgan Stanley
  • MyContextualAds
  • NASA
  • Nat’l Research Council Canada
  • Nat’l Library of Medicine
  • Nat’l Renewable Energy Lab
  • Nfuse Partners
  • NHS National Innovation Centre
  • NIST
  • Nomura Research Institute
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Norwegian Defence Research
  • Novartis Pharma AG
  • Novo Nordisk A/S
  • ON24
  • ontoprise GmbH
  • Ontos AG
  • Ontotext
  • Open Data Registry
  • OpenLink Software
  • Oracle
  • Orbis Technologies, Inc.
  • Oxford University
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab
  • Pfizer
  • Phase2 Technology
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Powerset Division of Bing
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Primal
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Public Library of Science
  • Purdue University
  • Raytheon
  • Razorfish
  • ReadWriteWeb
  • Recognos Financial
  • Recognos
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Revelytix
  • Ritchie Capital
  • Saltlux
  • San Francisco Examiner
  • San Jose State University
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • SAP
  • SAS Institute
  • SavantMD
  • Semantic Arts, Inc.
  • Semantic Engines
  • Semantic Seed
  • Semantic Systems
  • SemanticClarity
  • Semantifi
  • STI International
  • Shell
  • Siemens Ltd. China
  • Silicon Impact
  • SiliconAngle
  • SLAC National Accelerator Lab
  • Smartlogic
  • Social Media Club
  • SocialPulse
  • SocialWhiteboard
  • SRI International
  • Standard & Poor’s
  • Stanford University
  • Structured Dynamics
  • Swedish Defence Research
  • Swissnex San Francisco
  • Syntactica
  • Talis
  • TechWeb
  • Ted Ventures, Inc.
  • Teradata
  • TextWise
  • The Angels’ Forum
  • The Cloud of Data
  • The Idea Travel Company
  • The New York Times
  • Thomson Reuters OpenCalais
  • Thomvest Ventures
  • TigerLogic Corporation
  • Time Inc
  • TopQuadrant
  • TripIt, Inc.
  • True Knowledge
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Bolton
  • University of Latvia
  • University of Lodz
  • Univ. of Manchester
  • Univ. of New Brunswick
  • Univ. of New Hampshire
  • Univ. of Technology Sydney
  • University of Texas
  • University of Tokyo
  • University of Toronto
  • US Army
  • US EPA
  • US Government
  • VentureClef
  • Ventures Technology Watch
  • VI investments
  • Vulcan Inc.
  • W3C
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wikimedia Foundation
  • World Bank Group
  • Yahoo! Research
  • zAgile Inc
  • Zemanta

Go on, add your name to this list. Make a killer speaking proposal that we just can’t turn down! But do it by next Monday, January 10!


Tony Shaw
SemTech Program Chair

SemTech 2011 Call for Presentations Now Open

The Call for Presentations (CFP) for the 2011 Semantic Technology Conference is now open!  Full details on the CFP requirements and process are available here:

SemTech 2011 Call for Presentations

Presentations for the conference will be reviewed by the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) – a group of semantic technology experts who have offered their time and expertise to help ensure that the educational agenda is once again representative of the best work in the field.  I’m grateful for the assistance of all the PAC members, who are listed here:

SemTech 2011 Program Advisory Committee

We’re interested in all sorts of presentations, from business and consumer applications through to fundamental technology discussions.  With each year, the emphasis of the program gradually shifts more towards practical experience as semantic technology matures and is more widely deployed, so we’re very much looking for semantic case studies and project experience. If you are developing a tool, or using semantics to create an exciting new start-up company, we want to hear your story as well.  And having said all that, we still keep timeslots available for cutting edge research and thought-leadership.  So SemTech really is an all-inclusive program for the entire community.

Feel free to email me with any questions at  And I’ll reiterate something I said a couple of weeks ago – if you know someone who is doing interesting work, please tell me about him or her so I can invite that person to participate.  We don’t claim to know everyone in the field so your assistance in finding good speakers is invaluable to the process of creating a great educational forum.

Tony Shaw
SemTech Program Co-Chair

Time to start thinking about the next Semantic Technology Conference

2011 Semantic Technology Conference, June 5-9, San Francisco, CA

Any day now we will be announcing the Call for Presentations for the 2011 Semantic Technology Conference.  It’s the first step in an annual cycle that involves reviewing hundreds of speaking proposals from individuals in all corners of the globe.  Frankly it’s a fabulous vantage point from which to see what’s happening in terms of semantic development and deployment.

Despite this fortunate position, we want more.  Even though we’re in touch with lots of semantic case studies and advanced technology projects, I’m certain there are many more great stories out there that should be told at SemTech but aren’t, because we never hear about them, or we learn about them too late for inclusion on the program.   For that reason I am now asking for your assistance. Read more

Why did we sell the SemTech Conference? The brief story behind the deal

A little over a month ago, Dave McComb and I announced that we had sold the Semantic Technology Conference, as well as the web site, to WebMediaBrands. Lots of people sent congratulatory messages, which was gratifying and much appreciated. Thank you again to all of you who have wished us well.

Of course people also ask questions like:

  • Did you do well out of the deal?
  • Why did you sell?
  • What’s going to happen with the show in future?

Read more