Yesterday I attended a technical event in Fremont organized by SIG web. The event was about wiki, the technology that is behind the popular wikipedia and that is becoming an important collaboration tool for the small to large companies.
The invitation came from Peter Thoeny, the founder of Twiki.org, co-founder of StructuredWikis LLC, and also the moderator of the event. I met Peter on August 2006 at an event at Swissnex co-sponsored by BAIA.
Peter is one of the few people that can talk about a topic apparently trivial as the wiki without being trivial. Having Peter as moderator was great, but we miss the opportunity to have him sharing his opinions and vision about the wiki technology. The event combined an impressive group of wiki experts, including Ben Elowitz (Wetpaint), Jon Silvers (Atlassian Software Systems), Jonas M Luster (SocialText) and Scott Johnston (JotSpot). Almost hidden among the public was Jeremiah Owyang blogging the event live.
I’m considering organizing a similar event with BAIA sometime in the next months. Do you think wiki as topic is too vertical to attract non-technical people or the concept of wiki is becoming mainstream and more people would like to know more about it?