They’ve teamed up for The (un)Wired Future of Bikes, an event that will be part of WebVisions when it comes to the Oregon Convention Center next month (May 19-20). The event will bring together “an eclectic lineup of bike builders, geeks, gearheads and inventors” who will share a series of short presentations ranging from the future of bike design to a look at new gadgets to “keep you connected while pedaling.” (Full rundown of presentations and speakers here).
(Photo: David Schloss)
I asked WebVisions founder and director Brad Smith for his perspective on the connection between bikes and tech. He said the skyrocketing growth of mobile technology and wireless, web-connected devices has led to a reinvention of the bicycle. “Location based applications, GPS and community-based content – sharing routes, favorite rides and activities – have shifted technology from homes and cars to handlebars and back pockets.”
Byron, who’s written extensively about how Apple’s new iPad integrates into a bike-centric lifestyle, is known for his role in bridging bike and tech culture. He says the bike/tech link makes sense simply because “the bike is a connector, especially in the web community.” Byron also figured Portland is a perfect place to push the bike/tech nexus: “We expect Portland cyclists will have much to say about the future of bikes in a city that’s about bikes.”
Byron says the event’s presentations are modeled after the short, engaging Ignite events made popular by tech company O’Reilly. There are still have a few slots available. If you have something to say about the future of bikes, submit your talk at BikeHugger.com/future.
- The (un)Wired Future of Bikes
Thursday May 20th from 1:15 to 2:15pm
WebVisions Exhibit Hall – Oregon Convention Center
Full event details here.