Book Freaks and Tech Geeks

I want to alert people to two events, one on each coast of the US, that might well be of interest to readers of this blog,

The first is the inaugural San Francisco edition of the Enterprise 2.0 conference, which has to date taken place only in Boston. It’ll be held from November 2-5 at the Moscone North Convention Center. The Twitter feed for the conference is here. I’ll be speaking on Tuesday the 3rd about “What E2.0 Champions are Doing Right… and Wrong,” but that’s really not why you should go.

You should go if you’re at all interested in Enterprise 2.0 for your organization for one simple reason: you’ll learn a lot about how to do it from other companies who have been exploring the phenomenon. I always take away a huge amount from the examples and case studies presented (see, for example, this post summarizing what I got from the June event in Boston) and walk away with a much richer understanding of what’s going on, what’s working and what’s not, and the types of benefits reaped by adopters.

I also learn a lot from pundits and vendors at the conference, but for me the core value comes from listening and talking to companies at every stage of deploying emergent social software platforms. Conference organizer Steve Wylie and his colleagues do a great job of making the E2.0 conference valuable for all participants, and I hope to see you there.

You’ll also see wandering around like a kid in a candy store at the first annual Boston Book Festival, which will be held on October 24 in Copley Square (Twitter feed here). It’s astonishing that a city as bookish as Boston has not had its own literary festival, but thanks to the hard work of founding president Deborah Porter, executive director Emily D’Amour Pardo, and many others that’s about to change (hopefully permanently).

The Festival will feature Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, humorist and PC personification John Hodgman, the launch party for the book Boston Noir, and other cool people and events too numerous to list.

The final schedule will be announced soon, but I wanted to call attention to the tech-y sections of the Festival, which look amazing. They include the New York Times’s David Pogue hosting “an e-reader variety show (with music!), which will showcase many of the new electronic readers on the market,” a discussion with Nicholas Negroponte and Iqbal Quadir on technology’s contributions to the fight against global poverty, and Brewster Kahle on making knowledge more widely available.

I suspect that I’m not the only Bostonian whose geek interests extend to both literature and technology, and I want to encourage all the like minds out there to come to the Festival. I’m a member of its technology advisory board, and can attest to how hard Deborah, Emily, and everyone else have worked to make it a bang-up event.

What are the other must-attend events of the fall?  Leave a comment, please, and let us know.