Supernova launched its seventh edition here at the spiffy new "Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF" south of south of Market, in, well, Mission Bay. The conference, born in the midst of the Internet investment "winter" following the bursting of the bubble in 2000-2001, has been among our perennial favorites - edgy, open and full of dynamic format experiments.
In fact, this year's opening afternoon constitutes the main plenary session of the three day conference, allowing participants to delve into work groups for the next two days - reversing the format of some previous years and concentrating more on creative, participatory involvement.
This year's theme "Challenges for the new Network Age," is as appropriate as ever, since we are still in so many ways at the dawning of the consciously networked world.
"We aren't really wired to grock networks," notes Kevin Werbach, the founder and grand maestro of SuperNova, noting despite his own telecoms expertise, etc., we are still developing our understanding of network science, to some extent a discipline he notes hardly existed a decade ago.