This September, an elite team of international bloggers will be travelling to the Silicon Valley to find out what makes this area such a special one with regards to technological innovation.
Throughout the week (September 17th-22nd), our experts will have a unique opportunity to meet with numerous companies, from emerging startups to market leaders such as Adobe end Eventbrite, and find out more about the way people work in the Valley, and try and get a clearer idea of where innovation is at today.
The goal of this trip is also to get a real feel of the Valley, and see what kind of people are behind the latest gadgets and applications that have become part of our everyday lives. Our team of bloggers will share with you their every move as we go along through posts, videos, photo galleries and interviews which you can access on the live Orange blog.
For such an expedition to be a success, Orange has handpicked an array of top-notch bloggers from various countries around the world to bring their expertise, enthusiasm and passion for innovation to the table. Without further a wait, let’s find out who they are :
Joanne Jacobs – Australia – http://joannejacobs.net – @joannejacobs – Joanne Jacobs is COO of word of mouth firm, 1000heads. She is an interaction designer and strategist with a history of technology consulting, and she has lectured extensively in strategic internet marketing. She was co-editor of Uses of Blogs (2006).
Dr Sue Black – England – http://sueblack.co.uk – @Dr_Black – Dr Sue Black is an award winning computer scientist. She is a Senior Research Associate in the department of computer science at University College London, UK. Sue sits on Council for the British Computer Society and the UK Foreign Secretary’s group on freedom of expression. Keen to champion women in computing Sue set up the BCSWomen online network in 2001 and has recently become a strategic advisor for ACM-W.
Eric Dupin – France – http://presse-citron.net – @pressecitron – Eric Dupin is an internet consultant and helps companies develop online. He edits several blogs and websites at a personal level and is a big fan of new technologies and mobile applications.
Dr Gang Lu – China – http://technode.com – @ganglu – Founder & Chief-Editor of TechNode.com (formerly known as MOBINODE.com), independent Asia/China Internet business observer and adviser, known speaker, Open concept/technology Evangelist, co-founder of OpenWeb.Asia Workgroup and co-founder of kuukie.com.
Xavier De Mazenod – France – http://zevillage.net – @XM – Xavier de Mazenod is a consultant and partner at Adverbe, a company which specializes in web communication and influence. He is also the founder of zevillage.net, an information website and a social network for telecommuters and coworkers.
Julien Fourgeaud – Finland – http://julien.fourgeaud.com – @JulienFourgeaud – Julien Fourgeaud is a Digital Native. He engages his audience on Tech and Mobile while travelling the world. Catalyst at heart, he loves making things happen, increasing awareness and speeding up the adoption of new technologies.
Timothée de Laitre – France – http://timdl.posterous.com – @TimDL – Timothée de Laitre is a French entrepreneur and blogger who’s been working in the digital customer relationship management space for 5 years. Founder & CEO of WizVille, a Mobile Customer Relationship Management Saas software for networks of stores.
Adrian Gabor – Romania – http://idevice.ro – @zaone – Adrian Gabor is a 25 year old blogger from Romania and he is an Apple fan. Born and raised in a small Romanian town, the love for gadgets brought him to Bucharest, and in only two years helped him develop the biggest Romanian technology/blog community.
Stewart Baines – England – http://blogs.orange-business.com/en – @stewartbaines – Stewart is a director of Futurity Media, a content consultancy firm that works in the IT & telecoms sector. He is also a blogger, journalist and analyst.
Glenn Le Santo – England – http://lesanto.com – @lesanto – Freelance writer, presenter, broadcaster, event organiser & amplifier, tweeter and speaker, Glenn is the team’s official buzzman and online video expert.
Yann Gourvennec – France – http://visionarymarketing.com – @ygourven – Yann has over 25 years of international experience in marketing, sales and information systems. He created visionarymarketing.com in 1996 and since then, he has practiced web strategy, e-business and web communications. He is now director, web, digital and social media for Orange. He is a lecturer at the Paris University and the Paris business school of management, a keynote speaker, an author and blogger.
Stay tuned on the live Orange blog !