Blogs and Streams From Sun's WWERC Annual Conference

This week in San Francisco, Sun Microsystems is bringing together thought leaders in education from more than 30 countries for its annual Worldwide Education and Research Conference. This year's theme, "The Power of Communities," encourages participants to discuss collaboration, better access to education, and innovation with green technologies.

The conference themes are defined as:

"Power of Communities: How technology, especially open source tools and learning platforms, create global communities for learning.

"Education 3.0: Examining the further erosion of boundaries between educational communities and new immersive technologies that bridge virtual and real-world environments.

"Eco Computing on Campus: With rising energy costs and heavier demand on power, space, and cooling, academic institutions are increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of their datacenters and are under pressure to reduce emissions, energy consumption and e-waste."

Speakers include Sun executives, government and education sector leaders, authors, and developers, and technology company leaders. Among them are Sun Chairman Scott McNealy, noted law professor and Creative Commons co-founder Larry Lessig, and Neil Howe, author of Millenials Rising... along with a host of others. A detailed agenda is available at http://events-at-sun.com/wwerc08/agenda.html.

Conference organizers are maximizing the reach of the conference through live broadcasts and blogs. To view a live stream during the conference through Wednesday, visit http://www.ustream.tv/sun (Note, pre-recorded videos play during conference breaks.) Full conference information can be found by navigating the links at http://events-at-sun.com/wwerc08/index.html.

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