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Gadget Night with Fred Davis

The Holidays are coming.  Award winning tech journalist Fred Davis will again this year present "Gadget Night".  Fred is a fascinating speaker and well known entrepreneur and journalist.  He will show us some of the latest tech gadgets, and will add his insights into the significant trends in consumer and business technology.

Back for a fourth year!


Fred Davis

Fred Davis, entrepreneur, award winning tech journalist, and gadget enthusiast

Fred was on the founding teams of a number of startups including Wired, CNET and Ask Jeeves. Prior to that Fred was a top executive at Ziff-Davis Publishing where he served as editor of PC Magazine, PC Week, MacUser, and A+, as well as running and leading the industry-leading product testing laboratories at those publications. Fred has been named one of the most influential people in the industry by several publications in both the U. S. and Japan, and is listed in Who's Who in America. He has been widely quoted in publications such as Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and the Atlantic Monthly, and has appeared on many radio and television programs, including NPR's "All Things Considered," "CBS Evening News," and "ABC News." Fred may be reached via fred at grabbit dot net.

More about Fred at


Arrive at 6:30 for pizza and networking

Nixon Peabody

One Embarcadero Center, Sacramento St. between Front  & Battery, Suite 1800

San Francisco

Note - The doors lock at 7:15 PM - arrive by then (see Pre-registration below). Thank you!

We recommend Pre-registration


Pre-registration will connect you into the evening's community, and may get you in if you arrive later than the building's 7:15 lock-down:

Check out the blog on the Emerging Technology SIG web page for Emerging Tech related events, news and cool stuff! 

As with all SVForum SIGs:

   free for members

   $20 for non-members

(or join SVForum, our parent organization, for only $145 for 12 months -- and then attend all its great SIGs free and get discounts to its conferences and programs).


No registration required, but ...

pre-registration will connect you in to the evening's community:

As with all SVForum SIGs, we open with a half hour of networking and free pizza.


6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A

Sponsors: IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Nixon Peabody

Thank you to our Facilities Host: Nixon Peabody

San Francisco: One Embarcadero Center, Sacramento St. between Front & Battery, Suite 1800,

We're meeting at Nixon Peabody in SF, just off the confluence of Market and Embarcadero streets as well as of BART, Muni Metro, and the Market and Fisherman's Wharf historic streetcar lines. And after 6, you can even drive there and park!  


doors lock at 7:15pm - you must arrive by then (but pre-registering at may get you in after then - we advise pre-registering)

Parking: below-ground lot below Embarcadero 1 (I'm told $10 or $12 at that timegreg); parking garage on Clay Street (about a block away) at about $7 for the whole night; parking on the street, but may be metered (SF is changing its meter rules every month, it seems)

BART: Embarcadero Station

Muni Metro: Embarcadero Station


4) About the Emerging Technology SIG:

Peter Hallinan, Ron Lichty and Srini Srinivasan are proud to be co-chairing this monthly forum focused on the future. Typically, we either zoom in on a specific new technology and its applications, or we step back and look at trends and opportunities across a market or industry. We don't mind if a technology has one foot in the lab; we do avoid those that are "established."

Peter has led the creation of new products, services and ventures in domains including healthcare, communications, digital entertainment, energy and finance. In past years, he co-directed a course in biopharmaceutical innovation and entrepreneurship at Stanford, and served as a vice president at Analysis Group / Integral, helping multinationals solve problems in growth strategy, disruptive technologies and the management of innovation. His publications include a book on face recognition entitled “Two- and Three-Dimensional Patterns of the Face".

Ron's most recent book,Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams, was published by Addison-Wesley,

Reviewers are comparing it to the classic, The Mythical Man Month, and to DeMarco's Peopleware. Ron consults to untangle the knots in software development and make it hum. He also mentors software managers. He is frequently called on to orchestrate creation of technology roadmaps, as well as to train teams (and managers) in agile processes, practices and frameworks. He was previously VP of Products and Engineering at Forensic Logic, Socialtext and Charles Schwab. He also unknotted software development and led technology change at Apple, Berkeley Systems, Fujitsu, Check Point, Stanford, and Razorfish.

Srini Srinivasan has over 25 years of experience in developing and managing early stage technologies, startups, and advanced engineering projects in a wide variety of roles: engineering, product management, marketing, sales, customer development and support, finance and general management. His experience spans diverse domains of Internet, devices, networks, control systems, consumer, financial markets, medical devices and data analytics. While consulting for the Advanced Technology Labs of Lockheed Martin in collaborative R&D, he is incubating and serving as an advisor for various bay area startups. Previously, he was the founder of EASI, which provided analytics products for wireless networks and embedded real-time systems. He was the founding CEO of TimeSys, a leader in the embedded Linux market with applications in industrial automation, telecommunications, networking, consumer devices, aerospace and defense. Earlier in his engineering career, for Westinghouse Electric, he co-led an engineering team that delivered an automated online tester for the world’s first digital safety system for a nuclear power plant. Srini holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and Masters and Bachelors of Engineering respectively from the University of Houston and the IIT Madras in India.

Our goal for the Emerging Technology SIG is to talk about technologies that aren't quite ready for prime time, to expose trends in software technologies, and in general to examine what's on the horizon. Since almost every technology contains some software, we range widely and fearlessly.  :)

Share your speaker thoughts, wishes and desires with us!

Ron Lichty and Peter Hallinan and Srini Srinivasan


Emerging Technology SIG



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