Defrag 2014 Is Happening in November

A little over eight years ago, Eric Norlin and I decided to start Defrag. It all started with an email exchange, wherein Eric thought one of my posts would make a good conference, I told him how much I disliked tech conferences, and we resolved to go build one that was done the right way.

Since that point, Defrag has grown into what I think is one of the most influential conversations in technology. Several years back, we consciously decided to limit Defrag’s size (number of attendees) because we were afraid of losing the intimacy of the networking. The result has been the growth of a community that gathers every year at the Omni Interlocken for two days plus of really amazing ideas, relationship building, and conversations.

Along those lines, just take a look at some of this year’s speakers:

Chris Anderson, 3D Robotics (ex-editor of Wired)
George Dyson (author of “Turing’s Cathedral”)
Amber Case (Esri)
Penny Herscher (FirstRain)
Helen Greiner (CyPhy Works)
John Wilbanks (Sage Bionetworks)
Shireen Yates (6Sensor Labs)
Paul Kedrosky (Bloomberg)
Kin Lane (API Evangelist)
Laura Merling (AT&T)
Danielle Morrill (Mattermark)

In short, drones, robots, APIs, big data, mobile, and history all coming together in one compact place.

Defrag is a unique experience, and if you’re local to Colorado, it brings some of the most influential names in tech into your backyard.

Lastly, I’d like to recognize how much work Eric has put into achieving some level of gender parity on the agenda, especially at the keynote level. Far too many conferences these days are doing a horrible job at this. Defrag has been out in front of this issue for a long-time, and I know that we work every year to get better at it. And, if you’d like to apply for a “Women in Tech” scholarship to Defrag, you can do so here.

Don’t miss out. Register now. Use the code “brad14″ to get $200 of the registration.

  • RBC

    Good luck with the conference, and thanks for posting the speaker names. I’ve been banging on about APIs at my company and starting to have a little traction so did a google on Kin Land and will be following his blog!

  • Joy Kennelly

    Hi Brad & Eric, Just wanted to say thank you for being sensitive to the gender parity that exists in Tech and putting your money where your mouth is to facilitate more women participating. Thanks! Looks like an amazing conference, but your scholarship ended 10/1 so guess I won’t be promoting it to the women I know…:)

    • Thx – if you email me, I’ll send Eric a note and connect y’all to see if we can do something special on the scholarship front. brad@feld.com