Tony ShawTony Shaw is the program chair of the Semantic Technology Conference (SemTech) and the co-founder of both the SemTech Conference and SemanticUniverse.com (which is now SemanticWeb.com, 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.
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.
Chief Architect and CTO, Department of Defense
CTO Product Enablers, Amdocs Product Business Unit
Case studies and presentations from companies such as:
- Amsterdam Fire Department
- Avis Budget Group
- Best Buy
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Sallie Mae
- O’Reilly Media
- Cleveland Clinic
- …and many, many more!
For sponsorship opportunities, contact Frank Fazio.
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:
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!
SemTech Program Chair
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
SemTech Program Co-Chair
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
A little over a month ago, Dave McComb and I announced that we had sold the Semantic Technology Conference, as well as the SemanticUniverse.com 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?