LeWeb’08 in Paris!
LeWeb’08 is the #1 Web conference in Europe with more than 1300 participants from 25 Countries on Dec 9-10th in Paris 2008. The founders of the conference are: Géraldine & Loïc Le Meur. The Bio of loic le Meur can be found here.
The theme of the conference this year is LOVE!
If you want to know why Love is the theme, what this seesmic video.
But apart from the classic ‘Love’ that we know, there is also the Love of Entrepreneurship. There are people who love to be entrepreneurs. If you fall in love, you completely become obsessed by the person. An entrepreneur creates the same obsession. He behaves with his company in exactly the way if you fall in love with someone. The Web itself, in general is about sharing, about blogging, social software etc. In the corporate world, there is also Love (even though companies do compete.) This is so because of Mashups. Public APIs are the love of the corporations.
The cool stuff is that:
Everybody will be able to follow live and for free LeWeb, as every year. The main plenary session, the startup competition the first day and the sessions in the 400 seats second room the second day will be streamed live thanks to our partners Ustream (live stream) and Swisscom (internet connection) oh and yeah some work from our audio/video team. Oh and the Ustream team will also have a mobile camera with a third dedicated stream.
Given that I live in Mauritius, I would not be able to attend it and maybe it would be a bit financially tight to buy the ticket (approx. Rs. 60659.92 – Euro 1495). 😦
30 Startups will also present in the startup competition room and there will be plenty of networking space, likely with a few beds, like last year.
So there will be the following activities during the 2-day event leWeb’08:
The cool stuff is that Paul Coelho will also be present at the event, this year and will talk about Internet, Love and all around that.
According the me, interesting presentation would be:
On Day 1
1. Amit Kapur – Chief Operating Officer, MySpace
Interviewed by Michael Arrington, Co-Founder & Editor, TechCrunch
Maybe questions like : How do people come to love each other on MySpace and eventually get married. Disclaimer: I don’t know what questions might Arrington ask to him.
2. Money Talks: Getting Financed in a Recession – Pane
3. Helen Fisher, Writer, author and anthropologist. That would be mega interesting to watch on Ustream. She has conducted extensive research on the evolution and future of human sex, love and marriage and gender differences in the brain and behavior. (hyper cool :D)
She has written four books:
- WHY WE LOVE: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love (Henry Holt, 2004);
- THE FIRST SEX: The Natural Talents of Women and How They are Changing the World (Random House 1999; Ballantine 2000);
- ANATOMY OF LOVE: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery and Divorce (W.W. Norton 1992; Fawcett 1994);
- THE SEX CONTRACT: The Evolution of Human Behavior (William Morrow l982; Quill in l983).
On Day 2
1. Platform Love: Getting Along
2. Marissa Mayer – Google, Vice President, Search Products and User Experience
Interview by Michael Arrington, Co-Founder & Editor, TechCrunch & Loïc Le Meur
3. Dr. Werner Vogels
VP & Chief Technology Officer, Amazon.com
Interviewed by Kara Swisher – Co-Executive Editor, AllThingsD.com; Blogger, Boomtown; Co-Executive Producer, D: All Things Digital
Last but not the least, another cool stuff is the pictures of leWeb’08 bloggers!
Happy leWeb’08! (lol, I guess it would be fun to hear the English of the French guys at the conference)