Lunch 2.0 ‘Web Expo’ Blowout at Hitachi Data Systems

Yesterday, I attended the Lunch 2.0 event at Hitachi Data Systems in Santa Clara (Isn’t everything better with “2.0” after it?).

Jeremiah Owyang organized and hosted the event and credit also goes out to Mark Jen for starting the Lunch 2.0 event series.

Your host, Jeremiah Owyang – Photo credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Similar to STIRR and the SV and SF NewTech Meetups, the concept is really about bringing together the people behind the new “Silicon Valley” economy to network, see some cool tech demos and enjoy lunch – 2.0 style. Over 200 attendees ranged from entrepreneurs, CxO’s, programmers, bloggers, podcasters, vloggers, and curious tech folks from various companies.

10 companies showcased their tech as part of the “relaxed” Web Expo:

Pandora – Photo credit: jeremiah_owyang

Owyang quoted, “I’ve got a few things to brag about, the entire event was spread via blogs and emails, and we didn’t spend any money on getting the word out. That’s social media/community marketing at work! Gotta love that.”

Scott Beale and Jeremy Pepper – Photo credit: jeremiah_owyang

Liz Gannes from Gigaom – Photo credit: jeremiah_owyang

Jeff Nolan, Gabe Rivera, and Robert Scoble – Photo Credit:

Me – Photo credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

September Lunch 2.0 - Scott Beale & Vic of HotFromSiliconValley
Scott Beale, Laughing Squid and Vic from HotFromSiliconValley – Photo Credit: b_d_solis

September Lunch 2.0
The Room – Photo Credit: b_d_solis

I was able to stay long enough to meet and catch up with some incredible people before I had to bolt to Downtown SJ for a meeting.

The list of people that you should know includes:
Gabe Rivera of TechMeme
Robert Scoble
Scott Beale of Laughing Squid
Jeff Nolan
Jen McClure of Society for New Communications Research
Jeremy Pepper of Weber Shandwick and Third Thursdays
Vic from HotfromSiliconValley

Kudos to Jeremiah Owyang . I would say that the event was more than a success, and yet another example of the excitement and enthusiasm that’s driving the new economy in Silicon Valley. I look forward to the next one!

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Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He is an avid keynote speaker and award-winning author who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation.

His most recent book, What's the Future of Business: Changing the Way Businesses Create Experiences (WTF), explores the landscape of connected consumerism and how business and customer relationships unfold in four distinct moments of truth. His previous book, The End of Business as Usual, explores the emergence of Generation-C, a new generation of customers and employees and how businesses must adapt to reach them. In 2009, Solis released Engage, which is regarded as the industry reference guide for businesses to market, sell and service in the social web.

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