Matt Webb – Opening keynote: Escalante

Web Directions South 2009, Sydney Convention Centre, October 8 9.10am.

Session description

The long run to the turn of the millennium got us preoccupied with conclusions. The Internet is finally taken for granted. The iPhone is finally ubiquitous computing come true. Let’s think not of ends, but dawns: it’s not that we’re on the home straight of ubicomp, but the beginning of a century of smart matter. It’s not about fixing the Web, but making a springboard for new economies, new ways of creating, and new cultures.

The 21st century is a participatory culture, not a consumerist one. What does it mean when small teams can be responsible for world-size effects, on the same playing field as major corporations and government? We can look at the Web – breaking down publishing and consuming from day zero – for where we might be heading in a world bigger than we can really see, and we can look at design – playful and rational all at once – to help us figure out what to do when we get there.

About Matt Webb

Matt Webb PortraitMatt Webb is CEO of the design shop Schulze & Webb, which has a special focus on the social life of stuff. Projects include material prototypes for Nokia, Web strategy for the BBC, and an electronic puppet that brings you closer to your friends. Matt speaks on design and technology, is co-author of Mind Hacks – cognitive psychology for a general audience – and if you were to sum up his design interests in one word, it would be “politeness.” He can be found at and in London.

Photo credit Tom Coates

Follow Matt on Twitter: @genmon

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10 responses to “Matt Webb – Opening keynote: Escalante”:

  1. […] ESCALANTE: Matt Webb for BERG gave the keynote at Web Directions on 8 October 2009. A 50-minute mp3 at the link. […]

    • By: Colin Ashe
    • October 21st, 2009

    Any chance of video of this talk going up anywhere?

  2. Hey Colin,

    We don’t (yet) do official Web Directions video recordings of sessions, but you might be lucky if you run a search, or ask on Twitter.


  3. […] Matt Webb – Escalante (podcast only, slides to come) […]

    • By: tim
    • November 3rd, 2009

    any chance this podcast will go back up sometime? thanks!

  4. Hey Tim,

    The podcast is available either on itunes, or from the ‘Audio recording of session‘ link above.

    • By: Mark
    • January 9th, 2010

    Still we don’t do any web directions audio/video recordings of sessions..thanks to offering the way to think.

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