Archive for September, 2010

Details for tomorrow

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

We’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at the Open Video Conference! We have an amazing program for you, with 60 sessions ranging from open source to creative innovation to public policy and more. Here are some details for you ahead of the event.

Make sure you’re registered

If you haven’t registered yet, head over to the sign up page ASAP! We are filling up fast.

Where to go

OVC is taking place at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) on the corner of 28th Street and 7th Avenue (map). We’re occupying the entire conference center—please enter at 28th Street. To get there, you can take the 1 local train to 28th Street—when you emerge from the subway, you’ll be right there at FIT’s doorstep.

Event highlights

The conference is taking place Friday October 1st and Saturday October 2nd. You can pick up a copy of the entire conference program here, or just a handy pocket-sized reference. You’ll get a printed copy of both.Don’t forget that there are a ton of special events—like the OVC afterparty on Friday night (free drinks!), the OVC hack labs on October 3rd, and a special OVC edition of MemeFactory on Saturday night. Visit for full details.

SMS updates

We’ve set up an SMS alert network with our friends at Twilio. To get up-to-the-minute conference announcements, text or call (646) 583-3837. It’s free, you’ll get tips to make your conference experience smoother, and you could win a t-shirt!

Hash tag

The official conference hash tag is #ovc10. Go forth and tweet!

Live stream

If you can’t make it to the event, tune in at Make sure you have a browser that can play open video formats.If you have any questions, please drop us a line at See you in New York!-OVC planning team

Tim Wu’s”The Master Switch”coming next month

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Tim Wu’s next book comes out next month. “The Master Switch” weaves a brilliant narrative of 20th century media history and calls for new oversight and rules to prevent vertical integration in media.Catch Tim Friday morning at the Open Video Conference, and pre-order your copy right now.

Let’s Talk About Internet Memes (VIDEO)

Monday, September 27th, 2010

In advance of this week’s Open Video Conference, we take a look at a strange but revelatory phenomenon: internet memes. Check out the video below.The Gregory Bros., makers of some of the Auto-tuned goodness in the video, will join us at OVC.Also, don’t forget: as the capstone event to the second ever OVC, the hilarious gentlemen of MemeFactory present a survey — nay! a celebration! — of all things both open and video. Celebrate the rise of the bedroom producer, the remix and mashup artist, the copyright fighter and the fair use hero in these, the digital media halcyon days. (Can we call them that yet? Not sure.) They will do it in the only way we know how: with videos of people falling down, and adorable animals. Three dudes, thee projectors. Act now. [Facebook event]