Europe, here I come!

May 26, 2007 at 8:45 am

Tomorrow I’m off to Europe for three weeks. As usual, it’s a combined business/pleasure trip. My tentative itinerary is:

Yes, this trip is a continuation of the ongoing Plone4Artists roadshow with talks at LinuxTag, DZUG and possibly an impromptu talk at Podcamp Europe. The purpose of these talks is to promote the Plone platform as a viable tool for building online communities and managing and publishing multimedia content such as audio and video. My particular interest is to build artist communities and to facilitate networking and the exchange of ideas among a highly niche audience.

I would have liked to go to the Reboot conference in Copenhagen, but by the time I found out about it, the tickets were already sold out, and I had already booked my ticket to Berlin. While visiting the OLPC headquarters in Cambridge, I also found out about the iCommons Summit which is taking place in the beautiful seaside town of Dubrovnik in Croatia the last weekend that I’m in Europe.

Anyways, it would probably have been too much to try to do all of this in 3 weeks. I want to have some downtime to hang out with friends and just enjoy the delightful Danish summer. It’s been two years since I was last in Copenhagen, and I’m really looking forward to visit again.

I’ve got my Plazes profile setup, so you can now track my whereabouts. It’s not GPS but almost as good!

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Bicycle taxis come to New York City

June 11, 2006 at 12:00 pm

200606111234New York City is finally getting bicycle rickshaws as an alternative to traditional motorized taxis. Copenhagen has had these for years (Cykel Taxi, Copenhagen Rickshaw) and they’re a great way to see the city.

It would be interesting to see if the wildly successful free city bikes program which was started 11 years ago in Copenhagen, would work in NYC.

“Taking the bikes beyond central city limits releases a hefty fine, but some of the bikes have reportedly been seen as far away as New York City and the French Riviera. One bike even made it on board Air Force One – a special gift from the city to President Clinton when he visited in 1997.” (Source: The Copenhagen Post 4/28/06)

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