Come Together: The Web+Everything.
September 4+5, 2008
8:00am – 5:00pm
Gerding Theater in the Pearl District
Portland, Oregon

What’s Next for the Web? The Web+Everything!

Inverge: the interactive convergence conference is a 2+ day interdisciplinary business+culture experience in Portland, Oregon that features over a dozen digital thought-leader presenters and explores emerging integration dynamics such as the convergence of media platforms (e.g. Web + TV + Mobile), convergence of virtual + physical, convergence of content + advertising and convergence of corporate content + consumer-generated content.

Members can receive a 2-for-the-price-of-1 discount on Inverge Full Conference Passes! Register 2 people for a Full Conference Pass on the same registration transaction and only be charged the price of 1 person (offer not valid on a One Day Pass). Use Discount Code: 2for1SEM. SEMpdx Members can save 25% by using Discount Code: SEMPDX.

Inverge brings thought-leader presenters and attendees together from a variety of disciplines together to explore innovation and opportunities presented by the increasing digitization of media, democratization of distribution and proliferation of connectivity into new areas. The big picture is revealed via the unique integration of disciplines at the event. The presentations are high-level, informative and conceptual, pointing the way toward the future and facilitating advanced professional development.

In order to create a unique experience for attendees, this conference starts on the same day as, and is integrated with, several other cultural events happening in Portland: the Time-Based Art Festival (performance : dance : music : new media : visual arts), MusicFestNW (over 100 indie bands), the Portland Creative Conference (exploring the creative process across multiple disciplines) and the First Thursday Gallery Walk.

Inverge also features a reception at Wieden+Kennedy after the first day of the event, allowing attendees to seamlessly move from the conference to the reception to First Thursday in the Pearl.

Presenters and Topics include**:

* Joshua Green, Research Manager, Convergence Culture Consortium, MIT
GENERAL TOPIC: Convergence Culture overview

* Renny Gleeson, Global Director of Digital Strategies, Wieden+Kennedy
GENERAL TOPIC: Transmedia storytelling

* Tony Uphoff, CEO, TechWeb, a United Business Media company
TOPIC: Media Business Trends In The Age of Convergence: What Happens Next…And How You Should Prepare

* Andy Mooney, Chairman, Consumer Products, The Walt Disney Company
GENERAL TOPIC: Convergence of physical + virtual

* Richard Rosen, originator and chief architect of the Brand-InteractionTM Marketing & Advertising method, author of upcoming book Convergence Marketing
GENERAL TOPIC: Convergence marketing

* Paul Matthaeus, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, DIGITALKITCHEN
TOPIC: Experiential Marketing: Creating Brand Theatre

* David Card, VP & Research Director, JupiterResearch
GENERAL TOPIC: General: Crossmedia Usage Research

* Michael Tchao, General Manager, Techlab/Nike+, Nike
GENERAL TOPIC: Convergence of physical + virtual

* Karl Long, Product Manager of and Games, Nokia
GENERAL TOPIC: Convergence of physical + virtual

* William Swartout, Dir. of Technology, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
GENERAL TOPIC: Immersive environments

* Chris Heatherly, VP/GM, Disney Electronics; CTO, Disney Toys
GENERAL TOPIC: Convergence of physical + virtual

* Marc Scarpa, director MySpace LIVE and also segments of the Verizon VCAST Mobile Performances series for Live Nation
GENERAL TOPIC: Convergence of live performance + virtual

* Ed Lantz, immersive art & entertainment expert, President & CTO, Vortex Immersion Media, Founder & Chair of Harmony Channel
GENERAL TOPIC: Immersive environments

* Scott Kveton, Chairman, OpenID Foundation, VP of Open Platforms, Vidoop
GENERAL TOPIC: Convergence of Web 2.0 apps and data

** Presenters and topics are subject to change.

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