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Back to the Future at When 2.0

December 26th, 2005 by Hans Bjordahl :: 4 Comments

Earlier this month, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend When 2.0, an Esther Dyson confab about time and sequence, calendars and calendaring, hosted at Stanford University. For me, the event was particularly relevant, as in one of my many lives, I’m known as “the calendar guy” for Microsoft Outlook.

The first notable thing about When 2.0 was the sheer amount of energy that’s surging into the field of electronic calendaring. Part of this is a reflection of the “rebirth of tech” in general, but it’s also driven by the fact that electronic calendaring is one of the most interesting (and still largely unsolved) problems in the technology space today.

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