The Right Place At The Right Time: My Panel at the Local Social Summit

I will be moderating a panel on day one of the next Local Social Summit happening in London on November 9 and 10 (it’s a two-day event this year). The panel is titled The Right Place At The Right Time: How The Real-Time Web Influences The “local” World.

Its description: The rise of the real-time Web is well documented.Propelled by both the social networking revolution and mobile device ubiquitousness, we’re seeing the birth of new user services and business opportunities. In this panel,  we will explore the time element in the local/social Web and will try to discover what kind of content works well in real-time, what are the benefits for consumers and what kind of business models can be deployed to leverage the
“time” dimension.

My panelists:

People that have been reading this blog and following my Twitter feed know that I’ve been interested in the real-time (sometimes called the Alive Web)and the temporal Web for a few years now.

On day two, I’m also on a panel titled Can Social Media Be Outsourced? headed by Jonathan Ewert from Codero. I’m looking forward to that discussion as well!

It should be an excellent conference with speakers from Yelp, Foursquare, European Directories, Decarta, Mueller-Medien, the BBC, in addition to Greg Sterling, Dennis Yu and Perry Evans.

The organizers have provided me with a 20% discount to my readers but I hear there are less than 20 tickets left. So, hurry up if you want to join us. I will be in London the whole week. If you want to meet, ping me at seb AT needium.com.

Attending the Following Conferences this Fall: JIQ 2010, IYP Searchmeet, Local Social Summit, ILM:10

Busy Fall season as always. Here is the list of conferences / events I’m attending or speaking to in the next two months:

1- Journée de l’informatique du Québec, November 10 in Quebec City, Qc, Canada

I will be in Quebec City to present my social media for SMEs 101 presentation titled “Le Web social, c’est pas obligé d’être compliqué!”. Agenda is here and you can register here.

2- IYP Searchmeet, November 16 and 17 in London, UK.

Organized by Stephanie Lemieux from Yellow Pages Group (Canada), it’s a great opportunity to discuss Yellow Pages-centric challenges related to search, data/content and taxonomy. Those topics are very actionable and are usually not covered in industry events. Colleagues from various directory companies will attend and includes representatives from Yell, Herold, Sensis, European Directories, Truvo, PagesJaunes Groupe (France), Yellow Pages Group (Canada), Mueller Medien, Seat Pagine Gialle, Eniro, and more. I’m keynoting the first day on the topic of “Opportunities with Real-time Local Search and Content. Industry rockstar Greg Sterling will also keynote on the second day. You can see the agenda here. You need to pre-register here before Friday this week. Event will be very affordable, tickets will be less than 100 GBP and include breakfast & lunch.

3- Local Social Summit, November 18 in London, UK.

Organized by Simon Baptist and Dylan Fuller, this will be the second edition of the event. The first one last year was a resounding success. The idea is to devote one day to hear presentations and panels talk about the intersection of local and social, something that’s very close to my professional heart obviously. I’m also keynoting this event with a presentation titled “What, Where and now When? Time and Local Search”. Greg Sterling will also be present along with Perry Evans, CEO of Closely (and a great friend!). Complete agenda can be found here and you can register here for 125 GBP.

Altogether, two very interesting events over three days in London in about one month. It’s a must-attend. Greg Sterling just wrote about these two events on his blog.

4- ILM:10 (Interactive Local Media) conference, December 7 to December 9 in Santa Clara, California, USA.

Organized by BIA/Kelsey, this is a must-attend event for anyone that works and/or is interested in “local” in North America. The speakers list looks extremely promising. You can see the complete agenda here and register here.

Don’t hesitate to ping me if you’d like to meet/chat at any of these events: sprovencher AT needium.com

On a related note, Sylvain Carle (Praized Media’s co-founder and CTO) will be demoing Needium at the BizTechDay conference in San Francisco this Saturday October 23rd. Needium was handpicked as one of the 20 companies allocated a demo slot during the day. You can read more on the Praized Media product blog.

Print Map Design Influenced by the Web

Map2 is a zoomable paper map of London, UK. Yes, zoomable. Yes, print map. See the video here (helpful to understand how the map works).

zoomable map of London

It’s sold at these stores in London:

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What it means: The Web has created new user standards and improved consumption of various offline content. In this example, a paper map can be “zoomed in” by folding and unfolding it. I’ve always said traditional media should look at user behavior on the Web, learn from it and improve their offline product. This is a great example.

Local Social Summit '09: Videos of My Panel and Presentation

I still haven’t had chance to blog about the first Local Social Summit but the organizing team has just published the videos of the event on YouTube. I was on a panel titled “Local Gets Social – UGC and the Promise of Real-Time Search” and ran a presentation called “What does the Perfect Local Media Company Look Like in 5 Years Time “.

Panel video in five parts:

Local Social Summit Panel Sebastien Provencher

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Presentation video in four parts:

Local Social Summit Presentation Sebastien Provencher

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

I’ve uploaded the actual presentation document on Slideshare. It complements the four-part video. The event was a definite success. Attendees were defining the future of local and social. Expect a repeat in 2010.

Local Social Summit '09: Videos of My Panel and Presentation

I still haven’t had chance to blog about the first Local Social Summit but the organizing team has just published the videos of the event on YouTube. I was on a panel titled “Local Gets Social – UGC and the Promise of Real-Time Search” and ran a presentation called “What does the Perfect Local Media Company Look Like in 5 Years Time “.

Panel video in five parts:

Local Social Summit Panel Sebastien Provencher

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Presentation video in four parts:

Local Social Summit Presentation Sebastien Provencher

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

I’ve uploaded the actual presentation document on Slideshare. It complements the four-part video. The event was a definite success. Attendees were defining the future of local and social. Expect a repeat in 2010.

Facebookcamp Toronto: Tonight!

I’m finally back from my vacation and caught up with my e-mails. Tonight, I’ll be attending the first ever Facebookcamp in Toronto (also called Facebook Developer Garage in Facebook).

Toronto was for the longest time the city with the most Facebook users but was recently overthrown by London. “Canadians account for more than 10 per cent of the site’s total population and according to web measurement firm ComScore, in June 2007, 11.4 million Canadians logged onto Facebook, compared with only 343,000 in the same period last year.”

Initiated by my friend Colin Smilie, who recently left Trader Media Canada to start his own business, the event has now grown into humongous proportion with 383 confirmed guests signing up by word-of-mouth in the last few weeks. The un-conference is at MaRS Discovery District. BTW, my friend Sylvain Carle is organizing a Facebookcamp Montreal this Fall.

What it means: yet another proof of the strength of social media. By starting the event, Colin managed to get the attention of the Facebook people (who will be presenting tonight and are sponsoring the conference) and signed up almost 400 people, a large crowd by any measure. If you’re attending and you’d like to connect with me, shoot me an e-mail ( seb AT praized.com).