Interview Richard Giles: Why go to O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference?

This is the next interview in the continuing series of Computing Canada’s (CC) Blogged Down (BD) which is featured here “first” in the Canadian IT Managers (CIM) forum.

In this blog series, we talk with Richard Giles, an industry leading authority and pioneer in blogging, podcasting and new media (Web 2.0). Richard is also the founder of Clique Communications.

Today I put this question to Richard:

Stephen--Opening Comment: Richard, we thank you for sharing your deep insights and passion about "new media."

Richard: It's a pleasure. It's changing so rapidly these days it's a fascinating area to discuss.

Stephen: What attracted you to O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference?

Richard: I became aware of the conference at about the time of the 2004 event, which happened to be the one where Flickr launched their public beta. Emerging technology was such a fabulous way to sum up my areas of passion, and the attendees and presentations all focused on the future. So many conferences focus on the past, present, or simply product announcements that I felt an affinity straight away for O'Reilly's concept.

I decided during the 2005 event, (while reading blog posts and watching the Flickr ETech photostream), that I would ensure that I attended the 2006 conference. Not only did I believe I'd learn some valuable information, but I knew I'd have the chance to network with some of the world's thought leaders in new Internet related technology.

Personally I'm on the verge of launching a new service online and I also thought both the knowledge and the contacts would come in mighty handy.

Richard Giles’ Profile:

Richard has been in the technology industry for more than 15 years. He started his career in the early nineties with the largest cell phone provider in the UK, and he was one of the first to demonstrate that thieves could steal people's phone numbers to make free phone calls.

When he returned to Australia in 1992, Richard discovered the Internet and worked with organizations to build intranets and extranets before most knew what a Net was. After working for Sun Microsystems for almost 10 years, Richard set up his own consultancy, Clique Communications (, to focus on authoring, consulting, and entrepreneurship.

Richard now specializes in online social software, like Flickr, weblogging, and podcasting. He consults with many organizations, explaining the ramifications of technology on society and business.

He is the author of How To Use Flickr: The Digital Photography Revolution, and a coauthor of the Podcasting Pocket Guide. He also produces The Gadget Show podcast (, which was voted Best Australian Podcast in The 2006 Australian Blog Awards, and is a founding member of 2web, a group of Australian bloggers and entrepreneurs who are passionate about Web 2.0 (

In the next blog, Richard will discuss his pick for the top five featured speakers at the Emerging Technologies Conference; special “gems” from their presentations that Richard wants to share with you, and their impact on business. These five are: Danah Boyd, Charles Armstrong, Amy Jo Kim, Jeff Han, and Ray Ozzie.

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Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P.

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