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We are doing a lot of new things for SOURCE Boston 2009. In addition to a brand new location, we are adding more activity based items such as round table discussion groups, contests, and so on.
A lot of the people involved with SOURCE have been bitten by the entrepreneur bug. Therefore, SOURCE is going to host a special event and reception that will provide an opportunity to present your company pitch to a panel of VCs, successful entrepreneurs, and other business professionals and, later, a reception.
Have you ever heard of Venture Capital Speed Dating? And yes, I’m sorry to say that there is no better name for it. Here is an article about one that was held in Seattle. We are still working on the logistics but it’s coming together nicely. We already have Jeff Fagnan from Atlas Ventures and Peter Kuper (who is also one of our keynote speakers!) serving as judges. Participants will be able to pitch their idea and receive feedback. The top pitch from each category will be recognized during our Entrepreneur Reception.
We will be posting more details and directions for submissions as we get closer to the date. For now – start thinking about your pitch!
SOURCE Boston 2008 featured some fantastic speakers, which made for a compelling event for both our attendees and even our board of advisors. In designing the scope and content for SOURCE Boston 2009 we realized that while we collectively have a great team of resources for filling speaking sessions we owe it to our attendees and our sponsors to cast a wider net and try to bring in the best speaking talent available. That said, today we’ve opened up a Call for Papers for next year’s event.
We’re still going to hold true to our focus of issues and trends relative to the business and technical scope of security, and we remain application security focused. CFPs will be reviewed by our advisory board and speakers will be notified before the end of the year.
The CFP really summarizes the details of what we are seeking but what I will say is that we are not looking for sales-oriented or vendor sales-oriented presentations. Those won’t even be considered. We want talks that focus in on the most pressing business and technology trends in security. Our audience last year was comprised of C-level executives, venture capital firms, security researchers and engineers. While there are many people in attendance who make buying decisions speaking sessions are not the time to reach them during SOURCE Boston. We believe in keeping the content as pure and educational as possible.’
Check out SOURCE Boston 2009′s current speaker list to see examples of what we’re seeking.
– Stacy Thayer