Join Earth2Tech in San Jose Tonight!

[qi:_earth2tech] Tonight, come join the Earth2Tech crew at a VIP Reception following the inaugural day of the 2008 West Coast Green conference. We have a packed house with a fantastic number of executives from smart energy and green building companies joining us, and we’d love to see the GigaOM audience there as well. Earth2Tech will also be launching the second GigaOM Briefing, “The Smart Energy Home,” which will highlight the latest startups and opportunities in smart energy monitoring, automation and networking.

Here are all the details:

Thursday, September 25
5:30 to 8:00 PM
Paragon Restaurant’s Garden Courtyard
221 South 1st St., San Jose, CA

RSVP here: http://earth2tech.eventbrite.com/

Don’t Miss the NTV Pier Screenings in L.A.

After the sizzling turn out at the San Francisco Pier Screenings earlier this month, we are looking forward to the first-ever NewTeeVee Pier Screenings Los Angeles edition. Join us on August 28 at Catchlight Studios for a night of online video-watching on a big screen accompanied by popcorn, beer and good people. We also have a special perk. Etchstar will be providing on-site etchings for attendees’ cell phones. NewTeeVee Screening in L.A. next week. It will be a great opportunity to meet the GigaOM and NewTeeVee teams, as well as other folks from the L.A. tech community. If you haven’t grabbed your free ticket, you had better do it quick!

This August, Get Up & Mobilize

So far, the promise of the mobile web has been just that — a promise. Despite big plans and grand visions, the untethered Internet has eluded us all, largely due to the slower-than-predicted rollout of 3G wireless technologies. But just like the world of wireless, that is all set to change, as many wireless industry insiders believe that 4G Wireless (also known as LTE or WiMAX) might arrive faster than expected.

Indeed, with the recent convergences in design, user experience, handset technology, and location and wireless network technology, the promise of the mobile web is finally about to be unleashed. Faster network speeds are powering devices with bigger screens, newer interfaces and an emphasis on delivering a new kind of wireless Internet experience. The standard operating systems — RIM’s Blackberry, Apple, Google Android, LiMo, Windows Mobile & Symbian — are opening up opportunities for new applications and new ideas. It’s hard not to get excited about the possibilities. In order to understand the implications of all this, we’re planning a new conference in August 2008: Mobilize.

Mobilize will be a one-day conference that brings together the thought leaders and practioners of what is essentially the mobile web. Through talks, demonstrations and debate we hope to get a better sense of the future and at the same time define opportunities for both entrepreneurs and those looking to back them.

Stay tuned for details on the schedule, location and speakers. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in speaking at the conference, email [email protected]. For sponsorship details, email [email protected].

Event: Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Road Show

Microsoft will hold its fourth Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Road Show at its campus in Mountain View, Calif., next Thursday, May 22. The event, which will showcase examples of all kinds of cool things the Redmond giant is working on, including an Xbox-based programming game for kids to program a virtual robot, is free to the public. But space is limited, so go here to register and enter the RSVP code “MSRMay.”

GigaOM PM: The Hadoop Meetup, May 1

As part of our renewed focus on technologies that matter, we are launching a series of events called GigaOM PM, occasional meetups at which we will gather to discuss topical and important technology breakthroughs. I will host these gatherings, and we will keep them small and focused.

To kick off the series, we will hear from Hadoop, which is quietly turning into one of the more important open-source projects out there, especially for startups looking for new ways to handle high-volume data processing. Hadoop is sponsored by the Apache Software Foundation, and is subsequently able to take advantage of huge clusters of computers to produce fast results for queries and more.

Here are the details of the event:

When: May 1, 2008, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: GigaOM office at Pier 38 in San Francisco

Who (the speakers):

1. Doug Cutting, head of the Hadoop Project

2. Eric Baldeschwieler, VP of grid computing at Yahoo

3. Larry Heck, VP of search and Advertising Sciences at Yahoo

4. Chad Walters, director of engineering, search and platform at Powerset.

The event is free; click here to sign up. We can only host 50 people, and spots will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. Our thanks to EventBrite for providing the event registration services.

If you’re interested in becoming part of the GigaOM PM series — that is, if you want to suggest some technologies on which to focus — please get in touch with us at info at gigaom dot com. For other inquiries, such as sponsorship opportunities, e-mail events at gigaom dot com.