This is an exciting week — we’ll be attending the Lift09 Conference in Geneva. It starts on Wednesday Feb 25th, and runs through until Friday Feb 27th.

Lift is an unusual conference – its a mixture between TED, Web 2.0, and Barcamp – all mixed with a lot of creativity to boot. There’s an array of keynotes, open sessions, workshops and BOF type meetings.

This year Lift09 “…. will look back to look ahead, exploring topics like change, solidarity, love, or design, during three days of intense networking and inspiration themed around a simple question: ‘Where did the future go?'” Find out more about the why and what happens at Lift.


(taken from the Lift Flickr stream)

“Lift gathers international entrepreneurs, artists, managers, researchers, investors, CEOs, designers or ethnologist, people who come to be inspired and meet those who make a difference.”

Last year Mozilla’s Gen Kanai attended Lift08 and gave a talk on Open-source in Asia. Gen came back and shared his amazing Lift experiences, and explained to us how in many ways Lift is in tune with the world of open source and the way Mozilla operates. We are therefore, delighted to be attending Lift again this year. This time, Chris Hofmann, Director of Special Projects will give a talk on the Lift open stage on ‘The Mozilla Project: Core Values of a 230 Million Person World Wide Social Network’.

And we are thrilled three Mozilla Community members, Nukeador, Robert Kaiser (KaiRo) and Kadir Topal will also be attending the event. They will be blogging on, tweeting about and taking pictures of Lift — and I’ll be sure to add their experiences in summary on my blog too.

We are very keen to learn how working with community members to attend events together on this scale works. We think it makes a great deal of sense for more people to learn directly from the people behind Mozilla, and share experiences. Lift is certainly  a great event to try things out, and we are hopeful a good experience will be had by all.

I’ll keep you posted, and to any community members out there – I hope we’ll be able to do this again in the near future.