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Heading NXNW…TO THE FUTURE

This week, 1X57 is heading North by Northwest to Vancouver for the World Future Society‘s annual conference, World Future 2011, to kick off a new phenomenon we’ve co-produced, Futurists:BetaLaunch – an innovation showcase slash tech petting zoo featuring 12 ideas in beta that offer an exciting vision of the future.

Although this is 1X57′s first time to World Future and we’re not really sure what to expect, we’re pretty stoked. Earlier in the year, we were invited as guests of the World Future Society to an exclusive reception and screening of the Ray Kurzweil documentary, Transcendent Man, with uber-futurist Ray Kurzweil himself and the Director/Producer Barry Ptolemy. Hearing Ray speak in person was tantamount to doing mental crack.  He didn’t talk about common DC hot topics like LIvingSocial or big data (not that these are inherently unexciting) but for me, they pale in comparison to contemplating the bigger picture of what life will be like once we can physically achieve immortality or once AI surpasses human intelligence. These are gnarly questions that like it or not, we as a race are moving towards having to answer.

In our adventure, we’re bringing some friends – Tech Cocktail and Disruptathon – who will be adding an additional layer of awesomeness to F:BL. Disruptathon will be providing the platforms and the technology to collect real-time feedback from World Future attendees about each BetaLauncher and Tech Cocktail will be hosting an evening reception that will feature the BetaLaunchers alongside 12 local Vancouver start-ups.

We’re also looking forward to meeting two special guests, Dale Dougherty and Brian Wong. Dale is the co-Founder of O’Reilly Media and editor and publisher of MAKE magazine and will be doing a fireside chat on the maker revolution as a lead-in to the evening Tech Cocktail event. And Vancouver’s own Brian Wong, touted the next Mark Zuckerberg and the youngest entrepreneur to receive VC funding (for his brainchild Kiip) will be joining us on Saturday evening at Tech Cocktail to check out the innovations and start-ups.

Then there’s the content of the conference itself. Steve and I will be joined by our friend, Kirby Plessas, to discuss living content and how open communication and content platforms are molding the future. And there are several talks we’re looking forward to attending, including the Sunday keynote by scientist and Biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Gray on the Prospects for Defeating Aging.

With everything that will be going on, I think I’m most excited about being in an environment that contemplates the future and asks not can we get there, but how - because ultimately that is how the future is made.

Who are the best in DC Tech?

Have you ever met one of those PhD’s from a third world country. You know someone that used to be well-esteemed and then their country fell apart. So when you meet them they are working as a security guard but telling you stories about human genomics?

That’s kinda how I feel leaving the Intelligence Community. For years I have been laboring away inside their networks, building them, growing communities, and finding success. Now I am leaving, branching out into the wider world.

My first step is to survey the DC Tech scene. I’ve found that the Facebook group DC Tech is pretty much awesome and we are on the verge of having our own twitter hashtag #DCTech.

To go beyond that I had to hit the numbers to see who’s dominating:

Top Twitterati in DC (by followers)

  1. Walt Mossberg (120k)
  2. Alex Howard (49k)
  3. Mark Drapeau (17k)
  4. Angie Goff (14k)
  5. Allyson Kapin (14k)

Top DC Tech Website ($)

  1. Viget Labs (58k)
  2. TechCocktail ($35k)
  3. Nclud ($21k)
  4. Jess3 (17k)
  5. iStrategyLabs (13k)

*website worth from cubestat.com

Top DC Tech Website (by Alexa rank)

  1. TechCocktail (16k)
  2. Viget Labs (29k)
  3. Jess3 (59k)
  4. Geoff Livingston (77k)
  5. iStrategyLabs (90k)

Top Women in DC Tech

Twitter:

  1. Angie Goff and Allyson Kapin (both have 14k)
  2. Debbie Weil (9k)
  3. Jill Johnson (8k)
  4. Kate Michaels and Pamela Sorenson (both at 4k)

Websites:

  1. Angie Goff (top website in Alexa rank)
  2. City Girl Blogs (2nd best Alexa rank)
  3. Pamela Sorenson (top website value in $$)
  4. Debbie Weil (2nd best website value in $$)

Full List (in alphabetical order)

Alex Howard writing on Gov 2.0 at Oreilly Radar

All Things D by Walt Mossberg

City Girl Blogs

CTO Vision by Bob Gourley

Debbie Weil

  • Alexa Rank #299,243
  • 1,731 subscribers in Google Reader at 0.5 posts/week
  • Website worth: $9,719
  • Twitter – @DebbieWeil: 9,561

Eye Traffic by Andrew Bates

Geoff Livingston

InfoVegan by Clay Johnson

  • Alexa Rank #1,073,678
  • 705 subscribers in Google Reader at 0.2 posts/week
  • Website worth $2,041
  • Twitter – @cjoh: 4,136

iStrategyLabs by Peter Corbett

  • Alexa Rank of #248,215 - “visitors tend to consist of childless, highly educated, higher-income women between the ages of 25 and 45. We estimate that 57%”
  • 52 subscribers in Google Reader at 0.5 posts/week
  • Website worth: $13,400
  • Twitter – @corbett3000: 6,910
  • Facebook likes: 1,237

Jess3 by Jesse Thomas and Leslie Bradshaw

  • Alexa Rank of #131,274 - “audience tends to consist of highly educated, childless men earning over $60,000″
  • 170 subscribers in Google Reader at 7.0 posts/week
  • Website worth: $16,800
  • Twitter – @jess3: 6,373
  • Facebook likes: 897

K Street Kate by Kate Michaels

Live Your Talk by Jill Johnson

Nclud by Marty Ringlein and Alex Giron

  • Alexa Rank #121,361
  • 84 subscribers in Google Reader at 1.2 posts/week
  • Website worth: $20,643
  • Twitter – @Nclud: 1,015
  • Facebook likes: 96

OhMyGoff.tv by Angie Goff

  • Alexa Rank – #150,295
  • 30 subscribers in Google Reader at 12.6 posts/week
  • Website worth $2,551
  • Twitter – @ohmygoff: 13,821
  • Facebook likes: 7,577

Pamela’s Punch by Pamela Sorenson

Pink Line Project by Philippa Hughes

Sector: Public by Mark Drapeau

Shashi.name by Shashi Bellamkonda

  • Alexa rank #2,052,581
  • 87 subscribers in Google Reader at 9.6 posts/week
  • Twitter – @shashib: 12,222

Shepherd’s Pi by Lewis Shepherd

  • 231 subscribers in Google Reader at 0.5 posts/week
  • Twitter – @LewisShepherd: 3,687

TechCocktail by Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo

  • Alexa Rank #61,955 – “Compared with the overall internet population, Techcocktail.com appeals more to users who are high-income”
  • 137 subscribers in Google Reader at 15.4 posts/week
  • Website worth: $35,600
  • Twitter – @Techcocktail: 6,763
  • Facebook likes: 4,176

Viget Labs by Brian Williams and Andy Rankin

  • Alexa Rank #28,793
  • 409 subscribers in Google Reader at 0.2 posts/week
  • Website worth: $58,004
  • Twitter – @Viget: 1,591
  • Facebook likes: 240

WomenWhoTech by Allyson Kapin

And for what it’s worth, a little evaluation of this site: