Last year, we launched a new mesh event called meshU — a one-day series of speakers and workshops for developers, designers, project managers and anyone who builds online properties (or wants to) — and we got a great response to it from the Web community. We’re doing it again this year, and we think we’ve got a fantastic lineup of speakers, including some real rock stars in the design, development and project management areas. So if that kind of thing is up your alley, you should probably drop what you’re doing and go register now (and while you’re at it, check out the great new website for meshU designed by the amazing and talented Jeff Sarmiento). meshU is April 6th at the MaRS Centre.
Here are some of the highlights:
— Ryan Singer of 37signals on Value Judgments in Interface Design
— Bruce Philp of GWP Brand Engineering on Ten Keys to a Branded User Experience
— Chris Wanstrath of Github on Building a Business With Open Source
— Ilya Grigorik of AideRSS on Event-Driven Architectures
— Pete Forde of Unspace on Is That An iPhone In Your Pocket?
— Ezra Zygmuntowicz of Engine Yard on Building Scalable Web Architecture
— Dominic Bortolussi of The Working Group on Experiments in Selling Agile Development
Immediately following meshU, of course, is the main mesh conference. Speaking of which, we are pleased to announce our fourth keynote, who will be kicking off the media stream: Mike Masnick, the founder of floor64 and chief blogger at Techdirt, one of the top sources on the Web for thoughtful commentary and analysis about how media is being disrupted by the Internet.
Mike’s theories about scarcity and abundance in the media industries are changing (or at least should be changing) the way that content-related businesses of all kinds — from movie studios and record labels to newspaper companies and book publishers — think about their future in an online, always-on world. Mike’s presentation last year was a highlight of the conference for many attendees, and we are delighted to have him keynote the media stream this year. If you care about the future of the media, you need to be there. Register now by going here.