Welcome To The Techdirt Greenhouse: A Live Idea Workshop

from the come-and-join-us dept

A few years back, after getting sick of yet another conference that seemed more designed for the sponsors than the attendees, I wrote up a longer column on the conference I wanted to attend. It was a piece of wishful thinking that I tossed out into the world, hoping someone would create it. Over the past few years, as Techdirt has grown rapidly, we've expanded our product offerings in a number of ways -- all based around the idea of the value you get from adding smart people attacking interesting problems. We started to think about more ways we could provide value to our corporate clients, our readers and others in the tech business world. It became clear last year, that the two concepts were converging -- and so, we're proud to announce our first event, Techdirt Greenhouse: An Idea Workshop taking place March 11th, in Sunnyvale, California, sponsored by the great folks at Plug and Play Real Estate and Topix.net -- two companies who understand and support what we're looking to accomplish with this event.

It's a truly interactive event -- where everyone is expected to participate, contribute and learn. Very much like the Techdirt blog itself, ideas and products will be presented, but rather than leaving the presentations alone -- everyone will be split up into breakout groups where different ideas are workshopped, discussed and (hopefully!) changed for the better. Attendees will get to interact with lots of smart people in small groups, see cool new ideas -- and hopefully spark great new ideas of their own. Go ahead and read the details and register. Seating is limited, so register soon to reserve your seat. Also, if you are interested in being a presenting company, we are nearly full, but still have room for two more companies. Please feel free to contact us, if you're interested in applying for one of the open spots.



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    Max Messinger, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 12:07pm

    That sounds great...

    That really sounds great, I wish I could attend something like that. Why couldn't Silicon Valley be on the East Coast? Maybe that is an excuse for a road trip. The Tech Journals

     

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    Ben McNelly, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 1:01pm

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    This looks cool.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 1:31pm

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    Sunnyvale? The only good thing in Sunnyvale is its overabundance of easy, young Latinas...

     

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    Antimatter, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 2:01pm

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    I'm not sure I see the problem.

     

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    Smiley, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 2:37pm

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    Come again?

     

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    Sarah, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 2:51pm

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    There's lots of Latinas in Sunnyvale? I find that there's more Asians in Sunnyvale especially off of Wolfe Rd neighboring Cupertino (Apple Hqtrs). But besides the ladies the event looks interesting! Can't make it but would love to read a review of those who do attend.

    p.s. Don't be mislead by the whole ladies gimmick. The ratio in Silcon Valley is 5 geeks to 1 average looking woman. The actual percentage of silcone implants is roughly 2%.

     

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    WollyHood, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 4:48pm

    Oh look ... its totally unique

    Wow, I am so glad to see this breath of fresh air. It's been so long since someone in Silicon Valley got a bunch of Silicon Valley people together to talk about Silicon Valley stuff. So creative. Really.

    Why not try something really different and go where you aren't playing with the same old digerati. Find some new digerati with real live working business models and showcase something outside of Seattle or Sunnyvale.

     

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    Mike (profile), Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 5:06pm

    Re: Oh look ... its totally unique

    Wow, I am so glad to see this breath of fresh air. It's been so long since someone in Silicon Valley got a bunch of Silicon Valley people together to talk about Silicon Valley stuff. So creative. Really.

    You get points on that one. The sarcasm is so dripping you didn't even need sarcasm tags. However, I think if you look beyond the Silicon Valley aspect of it, what we're doing is fairly unique. Sorry if you don't think so.

    Why not try something really different and go where you aren't playing with the same old digerati. Find some new digerati with real live working business models and showcase something outside of Seattle or Sunnyvale.

    It's in Silicon Valley because (a) that's where we're based and (b) there's a lot going on here.

    I can assure you, however, that it's not "the same old digerati" that you usually see. Most of the companies and people presenting will be names you haven't necessarily heard of, but which are doing interesting and different things. We specifically are focusing on ideas that aren't overexposed.

    Still, we'll keep in mind other locations for future events, which I think was the bit of constructive criticism you were trying to suggest.

     

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    emichan, Feb 22nd, 2006 @ 5:31pm

    Re: Oh look ... its totally unique

    i'd love to see something like this a bit closer to the east coast, and i'm sure i'm not the only one!


    i know! you can please everyone (or no one) and have it in the exact geographic center of the continental US (in the middle of a field somewhere in Kansas, i think)!;)

     

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    Max Messinger, Feb 23rd, 2006 @ 1:49pm

    Re: Oh look ... its totally unique

    Or in NC. That would be nice, the center of the east coast.

     

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