Inspiration, Open Source and Sun SPOTs

Turning Vision into Value

Invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2009 Series.

SVII “First Wednesday”

Innovation Society Meeting

May 6, 2009
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Inspiration, Open Source and Sun SPOTs

Guest Presenter: Roger Meike, Director of Operations
Sun Labs, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Embedded computers are all around us. There are many more embedded computers than there are people on the planet. The implications of the growth of these devices is staggering. While the internet has more than a billion computers connected to it, there are several times that number of cell phones connected to the internet. Sun has created an open source technology called Sun SPOT to help create the “internet of things.” The mission is to inspire a community of developers to invent the next generation of connected devices using Sun’s technology. Roger will discuss strategies and tactics employed as well as the results of Sun’s activities so far in this area.

Roger Meike is Senior Director, Area 51 and Director of Operations, Sun Microsystems Laboratories. His background is in cognitive science and his career has lead him back and forth between new start companies and large research organizations. While his background is mostly in software, he also enjoys consorting with hardware folks. He has been accused of being many things including photo enthusiast, sailor, ham radio operator, musician and techno-geek/nerd.

Bring your curiosity, and your insights. See you there!

Program Schedule:

6:00 Networking
6:45 Community Buffet Dinner
7:10 Appetizer Story
7:15 Introductions
7:30 Feature Presentation
8:30 Showing Up in support of Innovation
9:30 Closing

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.

Event fee – $30. Pay at the meeting or use PayPal.


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Drive down Embarcadero East, past Ming’s, turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

Restaurant direct line: 650-856-0999

Please be sure to RSVP.
Bring cash or check, or prepay by credit card.

Need to reach us at the last minute? Call: 415-307-0645.

Outlook—What’s Coming Up Next Month:

A Silicon Valley Innovation Journey: from Semiconductors to Sustainability

Guest Presenter: Kevin Surace, CEO of Serious Materials


To find past program archives, and the current outlook for future programs, see the SVII “First Wednesday” group of SVII Society Online. While you’re there, sign up as a member of our online community of Innovation Advocates.

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One Comment

  1. Posted May 28, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    hey this is a very interesting article!

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