Tomorrow sees the start of LeWeb3, the largest innovation conference of its kind held in Europe. Devised by Loic LeMeur and now in its fourth year, LeWeb3 has attracted 1,793 registrants (at the last count). Unlike trade shows, LeWeb3 keeps its agenda close to its attendees' eclectic interests. For example Hans Rosling, whose TED Talks presentation on world health trends showed smart use of visualization techniques will be speaking. Tom Raftery will discuss environmental issues, focusing on his carbon neutral data center project.
Edgy topics like 'The Dark Side' will see Dan Rose of Facebook, legal eagle Michel Jaccard, Six Apart's Chris Alden and Daum Communications' Jaewoong Lee duke it out under Laurent Haug's moderation. Nelson Mattos of Google will talk about technology's impact on corporate culture while Broadband Mechanics' Marc Canter will moderate a session on bringing the social to software. Given the recent flurry of discussion about sex and sizzle in the enterprise (or lack thereof), this should be an interesting session - especially as Robert Scoble will be in the audience.
JP Rangaswami's 'Enterprise 2.0...isn't' should be a great session, especially given his most recent post where he said:
Enterprise 2.0 is already upon us, providing us attractive, usable, reliable and secure applications. We just haven’t made the move to adopting it. But it’s happening now, with Generation M, mobile, multimedia, multitasking and here. Now.
JP is out there walking the walk of delivering innovation at British Telecom. I'll be interested in knowing just how much he's managed to influence change since his involvement with the SocialText wiki project at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Silicon Valley may be where a lot of the innovation action is located but this week, there is only one place to be. The City of Lights.