What other conferences/events are out these like SXSW, Burning Man and TED?
July 10, 2007 8:11 AM   Subscribe

What other conferences/events are out these like SXSW, Burning Man and TED? I'm looking for events that encompass popculture, technology, film and/or music.
posted by brokekid to Media & Arts (22 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: I'm mainly looking for high-profile events.
posted by brokekid at 8:17 AM on July 10, 2007

PICA (the Portland [Oregon] Institute of Contemporary Art) sponsors an annual festival called TBA (Time-based Art) that sounds like something you'd be interested in.

Whether it's high profile enough to meet your standards is for you to decide.
posted by dersins at 9:57 AM on July 10, 2007

The question seems pretty vague. Is the Penny Arcade Expo something like what you are looking for? It's got music, technology and pop culture, but the audience is completely different from the three you list.

I don't know how high-profile it is, but I think it became a lot more influential after the demise of E3.
posted by Quonab at 10:02 AM on July 10, 2007

PopTech -- every fall in Camden, Maine.
posted by ericb at 10:14 AM on July 10, 2007

There's Bumbershoot every Labor Day weekend in Seattle. It's mostly music, but there's lots of other visual and performance arts too.
posted by sevenless at 10:37 AM on July 10, 2007

Burning Man and TED in the same category?
posted by rhizome at 10:42 AM on July 10, 2007

Response by poster: I'm looking for progressive venues to attend to gather ideas and bring life into a very large project I'm working on. I realize TED and Burning Man are very different, but these are the types of events that are outside the establishment.

The events I'm looking for don't have to be music AND tech AND film AND so on, but have elements of each or elements of one.
posted by brokekid at 10:59 AM on July 10, 2007

Bonnaroo is getting there.
posted by Roach at 11:21 AM on July 10, 2007

Response by poster: The working list:

posted by brokekid at 11:26 AM on July 10, 2007

posted by hydrophonic at 11:40 AM on July 10, 2007

Experience Music Project POP conferences, Seattle
posted by matildaben at 12:02 PM on July 10, 2007

Response by poster: Here's the list so far:

The National Peace Corps Association Group Leaders Forum
Nonprofit Technology Conference
O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
posted by brokekid at 12:07 PM on July 10, 2007

Idea City is a wonderful event. It is ridiculously expensive, but perhaps you can also find a way in by being a volunteer.
posted by perpetualstroll at 12:16 PM on July 10, 2007

are any of these available as video downloads (like TED?)
posted by k7lim at 1:39 PM on July 10, 2007

GEL is like a poor man's TED. I've gone twice and will likely go every year I can going forward. It's just a bunch of fun talks on some aspect of experience design.
posted by mathowie at 2:54 PM on July 10, 2007 [1 favorite]

are any of these available as video downloads (like TED?)

POPTech has their Pop!Cast videos here.
posted by ericb at 3:13 PM on July 10, 2007

There's also Scott Kirsner's Nantucket Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, held each May; Chris Shipley's DEMO conferences (videos); Jerry Michalski's Annual Retreats (this year in Oaxaca, Mexico | October 2007; invitation-only) and The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conferences.
posted by ericb at 3:27 PM on July 10, 2007

Mustn't forget the über-exclusive Herbert Allen retreat in Sun Valley each summer -- this year's is going-on right now.
posted by ericb at 3:42 PM on July 10, 2007

For interactive technology and music (and occasionally film and live video manipulation), it's hard to get much more fun than the Warper Party (NYC).
posted by mykescipark at 3:46 PM on July 10, 2007

The Edinburgh Festival(s), as well as comedy and theatre, has a film festival, a music festival (T on the Fringe, and more highbrow stuff as part of the main official festival), a book festival, a TV festival, and possibly a games festival too. Wikipedia also mentions an internet festival, predictably called iFest.
posted by liquidindian at 4:52 PM on July 10, 2007

Gotta add DefCon, the biggest conference of computer hackers anywhere, & also Maker Faire.
posted by scalefree at 9:06 PM on July 10, 2007

posted by dnc at 5:53 AM on July 11, 2007 [1 favorite]

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