GigaOM Bunker Sessions bring together 50-75 thought leaders to engage with each other, in a town hall meeting format, on an emerging technology topic. Each session dives deep into critical business issues to share findings, tactics and strategies among the participants. Everyone who attends is invited to contribute, it is a “town hall” meeting for influencers in industry.
Each of the eight planned sessions is streamed live to GigaOM Pro subscribers, but participation in these half-day events is by invite only. The series concludes with an overnight retreat for 150 invited executives – The Bunker Summit. The invite-only retreat promotes collaboration, knowledge exchange, insight and networking through an interactive, highly-engaged program. Participants will leave with new contacts and new insights from new sectors of the media and technology industry.
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Is App TV coming next?
CHANGE: November 9th, 2010
Internet-connected, processor-powered digital televisions are shipping today, and the move to TV app-marketplaces and platforms – like Android – are not far behind. It has been stated that one of the killer apps for the iPad is the Netflix application. Will app-enabled TVs and marketplaces follow the smartphone app-store market in upending traditional channels for content delivery and radically shift consumer media consumption? If so, what will the impact be on content owners, multi-channel operators, and the consumer?
Past Bunker Sessions
The Completely Open Source Enterprise
29th September 2010
Free, open-source software (FOSS) is now trusted as a solution in the enterprise. The completely open source enterprise is nigh, and there won’t be a dime spent on the site licenses, either. But will it work? New business models are appearing that bridge the old world of enterprise software with the promise and customizations of open source. In this bunker we bring together buyers, investors and project leaders to discuss what the next opportunities would be.
Disintermediation in Publishing
25th August 2010
In 2001, Apple disrupted the power balance in the music industry and empowered the musician with the release of its ubiquitous iPod. Nearly a decade later, the same is about to happen in book publishing, as electronic books and portable reading explodes. In this Bunker Session, we assemble key thinkers from various parts of the ecosystem to discuss during what timeframes this is likely to happen, whether or not this spells trouble for publishers, and going forward, what business models will support the ecosystem.
Future of Work: Crowdsourcing, Cloud Computing and Mobility
28th July 2010
How many times have you worked from a coffee shop or from home? Ten years ago that would have been unimaginable, technically and culturally. The easy access to broadband, mobile computing and cloud based software services is impacting the way we think about building companies. It affects the way we employ people, the meaning of talent and how employees will think about employers. The aim of this session will be to lay a groundwork for debate about the changes coming up.
Monetization Models for Location, Augmented Reality and Context Services
April 28, 2010 -
The investment into the next generation of location and augmented
reality applications is as big as the buzz around them. Novel and
clever applications are appearing that connect the applications
environment into the vast pool of content on the web. While we see
amazing apps and demonstrations, investors are still not seeing
compelling revenue models. In this session, we will explore what
revenue models will work in the near term, and what timelines we might
see for the realization of further revenue.
The Impact of Cloud Computing On Open Source
March 31, 2010 -
The rise of cloud computing has been in no small part due to the
availability of enabling platforms and applications in the open source domain
- names like Hadoop, Xen and Puppet to name a few. In this meeting,
we will explore whether such successes will help legitimize and find funding
for further open source innovation and how industry can prevent the exploitation
of open source by giving back.
The New Broadband Build Out
February 24, 2010
At GigaOM we are seeing activity among the investors, technologists and
entrepreneurs who created the first broadband buildout. Our early
indicators are that we are on the cusp of another wave of build-out
and capacity increases. Who will pay for the second wave and what will it really
enable? With the rise in usage of SaaS, cloud computing, video and
other broadband-dependent activities, we will discuss what the
timelines for milestones are likely to be, where the costs will be met and what
impacts there will be for the tech ecosystem around us.
The Smart Grid Economy
The smart grid will be a bigger opportunity than the Internet, according to the rush of companies racing to sell networking gear, smart meters, and software and services to the world’s utilities. That’s why the companies that built the computing and Internet industries — from Intel to Cisco to Google to Microsoft — are working hard to get a piece of it, and tech startups have been on a rush to develop the next-generation of smart grid services. It’s also why the Obama administration recently allocated the single biggest investment in smart grid technology that the world has ever seen — some $3.4 billion in grants — to U.S. utilities. This session convenes the leaders from energy supply companies, smart metering companies, government and IT services giants to talk about what is the next stage for the smart grid.
Session 1 — Beyond the Banner: Innovating Media Revenue
May 20, 2009
More than ever, the leaders of modern media organizations need to “think different” about creating income and growth for their enterprises. The modern media CEO needs to focus on only two things: formats that engage audiences and income generating products that customers buy. This workshop will look at how pioneering leaders in media are rethinking their business models to cope with the drastic changes, both in the medium and the advertising markets. The session will try to uncover long-term strategies and short-term tactics.
Tod Sacerdoti, CEO, BrightRoll;
Keith Pieper, Universal McCann;
Rajeev Goel, CEO, PubMatic;
and Peter Caban, CEO, Mekanism
Session 2 — Succesful IPOs and M&A deals in a Down Market
June 18, 2009
Om will convene a private meeting of Silicon Valley’s finest financial minds for this invitation-only session. The goal is to consider the unthinkable: successful venture exits during a global downturn. Gain advice and strategic guidance from those who have survived and succeeded in some of toughest markets ever. This is a rare opportunity to have an intimate conversation with some of this generation’s finest financial minds. Attendance to this closed-door session is by invitation only.
William R. Hambrecht, founder, WR Hambrecht
Session 3 — The Next Web
October 19, 2009
Indicators are appearing that the web is growing out of the Web 2.0 phase and is about to enter into its next phase of maturity. Will it be business as usual, or a time to reap new rewards? Om Malik convenes some of web’s most successful entrepreneurs to discuss the coming confluence of location, metadata, bandwidth, wireless and audience behavior. Will this confluence create a new platform for innovation?
Session 4 — Video Rights Roundtable
November 11, 2009
Content owners, video sites, and copyright and syndication service providers will gather for a discussion about the state of online video distribution. Internet video has exploded too quickly for copyright laws to react, and in the meantime these three stakeholder groups have developed interim and constantly evolving approaches to monitoring, regulating, spreading and monetizing content online. However, it’s rare that they’ve had a chance to sit down to talk to one another constructively. Topics of discussion will include: the challenge and opportunity of live video, the promise of viral distribution as marketing, the state of fingerprinting technology and DMCA, and reflections on learnings from the music industry.