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Personal Clouds - Community Gathering
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
San Francisco, CA
This is the first event in the Bay Area for Personal Cloud hackers, builders and makers.
Doors Open 6pm Mix, talk, eat, drink.
Presentations 7pm No long preso's they have 5 min + 2 min questions
Networking 8pm Connect with all the prestors and fellow personal cloud enthusiasts
This first meeting is a space where people building personal clouds, developers building personal and community applications, and people intrigued by the possibilities can meet and talk. The agenda:
- Mix, talk, eat, drink.
- Brief overview: What is a Personal Cloud and why might anybody want one?
- Eight short talks (5 minutes each) presenting interesting applications and discussing challenges
- Discussion and breakouts
Let's connect pioneers and attract settlers to the new land of Personal Clouds so we aren't stuck forever with the dominance of our current Internet overlords.
The evening's schedule:
- Adrian Blakey: Brief welcome
- Johannes Ernst - Cloudstore: Setting the stage
- Kaliya: Introduction, moderator and Q&A.
- The speakers:
- Adam Spector - Virtrue, Brief intro to Virtrue, location, and logistics. Topic: "You are your cloud."
- Phil Wolff - Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium Topic: "Fiduciary Clouds"
- Johannes Ernst - Cloudstore - Topic: "Developer Opportunities for Personal Cloud apps."
- Phil Windley - Kynetx - Topic: "Personal Clouds Need an Operating System."
- Drummond Reed - Respect Network and Connect Me -Topic: "Why Personal Clouds Need a Network."
- Joe Johnston - - Topic: "Architecting Apps for Personal Clouds."
- Dan Lyke - Developer - Topic: tbd
- Joe Andrieu - - Topic: "Standard Information Sharing Label."
Want to present? We are seeking people in the community who want to present at the meeting. All our speaking slots for this event are taken, however we plan to host another event in February and if you'd like to speak at that event please contact Adrian Blakey at: adrianblakey AT gmail DOTCOM.
A Personal Cloud is similar to a personal computer that runs in the cloud. Just like a personal computer gave control over computing to individuals, personal clouds give control over cloud computing to individuals.
Contrast this to cloud application providers to whom we give up our data, like Google or Facebook, who monetized our data for their benefit – not ours. Just like in the age of the mainframe, the Googles and Facebooks of the world decide which apps we get to run on our data and what terms to dictate to us.
Many of us think we can do better. The core idea of Personal Clouds is to put control back into the hands of the individual: control over our data, our apps, and over the terms of service.
Many hackers have been running early forms of personal or community clouds for years on their own server because they did not want to turn over their data, or their branding, or any other aspect of control to others. Using open-source software such as blogging tools, forums, file and photo sharing and, often, custom code, they set up what's right for them, their families and their communities. Personal Clouds take this idea mainstream, where it has profound implications for a more user-centric, decentralized way of commerce and community. For example, personal clouds make Vendor Relationship Management possible. VRM is the idea that individuals will manage relationships to their vendors the same way vendors manage their customers via CRM. (VRM is courtesy of Doc Searls, one of the authors of the Cluetrain Manifesto, and a Harvard Law School fellow.)
Staying in Touch
If you'd like to learn more about Personal Clouds and stay in touch via a mailing list, take a look at the Personal Clouds Wiki.
When & Where
Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium
We're PDEC, the Small Data People. The Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium is a 501(c)6 NGO trade association and membership organization. Our Startup Circle members build personal control of personal data into their products and services. PDEC supports its members through community, education, advocacy, and research programs.