Teens in Tech Conference

The past couple of months, Sam Levin (@samlevin) and I have been planning a event called the Teens in Tech Conference. The Teens in Tech Conference, simply put, is bringing youth and technology together in San Francisco. We have some amazing speakers, Daniel Ha (CEO of Disqus), Eric Kerr (CEO of AppLoop), Adam Jackson (Evangelist at Yoono), Jessica Mah (Founder of internshipIN), Jake Jarvis (Facebook developer), Sam Purtill (Engineer at YouNoodle), Derek Johnston (CEO of Tatango) and many more amazing speakers. You can find the full list here. Here is the information on date, time, location and other details of the Teens in Tech Conference:

When: Saturday January 31, 2009
Where: Microsoft San Francisco – 835 Market St Suite 700 – San Francisco, CA 94103 (Map)
Time: Registration opens at 9:00 AM PST. Full schedule here.

The Teens in Tech Conference has partnered with the amazing Eventbrite for tickets to the conference. You can buy your tickets to you Teens in Tech Conference here, but for those lucky readers of The Weblog of Daniel Brusilovsky, if you use the code DANIELBRU, you get a $4.00 discount on tickets for the first lucky few! Prices are as follows:

Adult (18+) $30.00 USD
Teen (18-) $20.00 USD

If you do not want to order tickets via Eventbrite , you can also come directly on January 31 to Microsoft and get tickets at the following prices:

Adult (18+) $35.00 USD
Teens (18-) $25.00 USD

And we can’t forget about the amazing media folks! If you are media, please email Teens in Tech Media with your name, publication name, email address, URL, topics you cover for the publication, links to recent and relevant articles, and any other information you think is needed.

See you on January 31 at the 2009 Teens in Tech Conference in San Francisco!

Update: The Teens in Tech Conference will be streamed live via our service provider sponsor, Ustream.TV. The channel will be here. See you at the Teens in Tech Conference!

Free TV Show from Ustream

ScooterQuest 2008

A very good friend of mine, Sean Blake, is going on a 2 (two) week journey across the east coast. The journey this year is known as Scooter Quest ’08 and will start August 29th, 2008 from Minneapolis, MN ending in New York, NY.

This years route starts in St. Paul, Minnesota and ends in New York, New York with checkpoints in Chicago, IL, Indianapolis, IN and Pittsburgh, PA. What is really cool about this is that it will be live streamed via Ustream.TV the whole journey. You can tune into the live chat-room/stream over at ScooterQuest! Bellow is a promo for ScooterQuest ’08:

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WhereCamp 2008

Every year, with this year being the fourth in succession, there is Where 2.0 Conference by O’Reily. And every weekend after the conference, there is WhereCamp. Here is an excerpt from O’Reily’s website that describes the Where 2.0 Conference:

Now in its fourth year, the Where 2.0 Conference is where the grassroots and leading edge developers building location aware technology intersect with the businesses and entrepreneurs seeking out location apps, platforms, and hardware to gain a competitive edge. In the O’Reilly conference tradition, Where 2.0 presents leading trends rather than chasing them.

At Where 2.0, you’ll find source mapping tools, open standards for data and location web services, and sensors for obtaining location data. We’ll learn how the established geo industry is reacting to the first businesses making money from their grassroots geospatial projects. There’s no better place to meet the people behind the mash-ups, the people behind the platforms, and the people looking ahead to the future of geospatial. Join us at Where 2.0 to debate and discuss what’s viable now, and what’s lurking just below the radar

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Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to Where 2.0 Conference, but able to make it to WhereCamp! Originally, I was supposed to head to TiECon in Santa Clara, but didn’t have a ride to there, so I convinced my parents to let me go to the GooglePlex in Mountain View, CA, where WhereCamp 2008 was held. We spent night atthe GooglePlex, where they were handing out tents for those who didn’t have money to spend on lodging. Who knew that I’d be sleeping under the stars on the premises of my favorite search company?

Me at GooglePlex!

I got there at around 8:00 PM, and met up with two people, Robert Scoble and Rex Pechler.

At around 10:00, I started talking to the Poly9 folks. I met the CEO and Chief Architect. Then, without me even knowing, a much younger man (but still older than me) comes and sits next to me and Poly9 folks. We started talking about Press and Media Badges, when the CEO of Poly9 asked who he was. He had a Google badge on, so we though he was a Google Employee. The Poly9 CEO (Greg) quickly googled his name, and his blog, On the iPhone, comes up. We all looked at each other, and said in awe, that he was the first to unlock (to allow a phone to operate on a network that’s not the phone’s distributing carrier) the iPhone! George Hotz was sitting next to me and chatting with me for about 20 minutes before we realized who he was. Greg quickly asked him to sit down to talk, George sat down, and we ended up talking for about 8 hours, from 10:30 at night until about 6:30 in the morning. This had to be one of the best nights of my life. We were all asking questions, and of course, Qikking. Here is Rex’s and my stream:

This was such an amazing night. For more Qik Videos, please either go to my channel, or Rex’s. To conclude, here’s a photo with George and myself:

Me and George Hotz (iPhone Unlocker)

New Blog, New Start

Much like the Apple Universe Podcast re-launch resulted in, Daniel’s Blog will be underoing many fun changes. You are probably reading this from either the new site, or the old one. When I mean new, I mean at 1:00 AM PST, I was up with Michael Yurechko setting up WordPress (Thanks Michael!). After about 5 minutes of Yurechko magic, the site was up and running under a new domain and hosting!

In case you didn’t notice, I am still on the amazing WordPress platform, just using the self-hosted version (currently up to version 2.3.3). I have been wanting to make the switch for a very long time, and I had the chance to get 2 more domains with my 1and1 Package for Apple Universe.

The main reasoning behind the getting the domain name is quite simple. Raise your hand if you can spell “Brusilovsky” without having read it here. Mostly, only my really close friends know how to spell my last name (and even sometimes my editor spells it wrong, typing “@dbrusilovksy” in Twitter replies), and cutting down the number of letters to type was the best idea I could think of. In the end, danielbru.com fit the bill. “Bru” is certainly a lot easier to type regularly than Brusilovsky.

Additionally, I get more power! My WordPress.com sub-domain has been in service for over one year, and alas, it’s time to up the ante. On a self-hosted installation, I get to customize my web site as much as I want – I can upload my own themes and plug-ins, giving me more options to make your experience better.

If you are curious, the theme that I have up as of press time is GlossyBlue from NDesign-Studio. Its a great theme, and I’ll probably stay with it for a while.

On one last note, I have a new email address for this blog. If you would like to contact me regarding this blog, being on a podcast, starting a podcast together, or even just to say hello, drop a line either through the Contact Page or email me directly.

Thanks for the support,
Daniel Brusilovsky.