2006/02/21

Mashup Camp Concludes

Mashup Camp just concluded in the Computer History Museum.  A very nice, direct, simple mash-up -- PodBot -- won 'best mashup'; second prize went to the everyhing-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-Chicago-crime-statistics mashup ChicagoCrime.org.  PodBot does just one simple thing but does it for data around the world; ChicagoCrime does lots of things for just one city and subject.  Also, PodBot is all about having fun and ChicagoCrime is about not getting killed.  Sort of a yin/yang thing.

The unconference itself was good.  A lot of good sessions conflicted, so I had some quandaries; but I think I made the best locally optimal choices possible.  No regrets.  The WiFi was good (better than most conferences with 250 people in a single room) but still not perfect.  But it wasn't too bad since there was little need for a backchannel.