My speaking schedule for late 2008

Every few months I like to give people an update on where I expect to be over the next few months. I apologize in advance if I have to decline other speaking invitations, but I’m genuinely trying to travel less and speak less these days to get a better work/life balance. Here are my tentative plans:

This week: In-laws are visiting, so I will be posting less and slower on email.

August 11-15, 2008: I’m planning to attend SIGGRAPH 2008 down in Los Angeles. I haven’t been in 8-9 years, so I want to see what I’ve missed in the computer graphics field and maybe catch up with a few folks from grad school.

August 18-22, 2008: I’ll be at SES San Jose on a keynote panel about the future of search with Robert Scoble, Danny Sullivan, Tim Westergren of Pandora and others. It should be a lot of fun. :)

Added: November 5-7, 2008: I spoke on a panel at the Web 2.0 summit on the subject of “Preventing Virtual Blight”.

November 11-14, 2008: Gotta be PubCon in Vegas! A family member has a birthday near the beginning of the conference, but I’ll be there in time for the traditional Search Engine Super Session.

January 19-21-ish, 2009: I don’t have all the details yet, but I’m planning to be in Washington D.C. for the presidential inauguration and maybe an inaugural ball.

February 3-7, 2009: I’ll be down in Long Beach, CA for TED 2009, just to soak up what TED is like as an attendee.

I’m skipping Black Hat and DEFCON, even though I wanted to see what they’re like. It looks like I’ll probably miss WordCamp because of SIGGRAPH. :(

By the way, if this sounds like a lot of stuff to you, just be glad you’re not watching as many conferences as Robert Scoble does on Upcoming:

Rober Scoble's schedule

Sheesh. :)

33 Responses to My speaking schedule for late 2008 (Leave a comment)

  1. Harith

    Matt,

    Matt,

    You might have noticed recently that there are misconceptions (even among some popular SEO names :-)) about filing a DMCA to Gogle.

    I wish you consider speaking in one of the nex SEO/SEM conferences about the DMCA process and why its necessary to file such notice.

    Thanks.

  2. Jag

    Hello Matt,

    Good schedule down the line :) , how about a visit to India, even though you have said “trying to travel less and speak less” :)

    Thanks,
    Jag

  3. presidential inauguration woo your well connected then matt :-)

    BTW I saw a job add a round a month back for a SEO to work on Obamas Campaign which would have been an interesting Job

  4. Thanks Matt for your schedule! This is a nice list of upcoming conferences, hopefully I will make it out to some of them in 2009 (08 is way too busy :o) Thanks again.

  5. If you are coming to a presidential inauguration, you should contact your Congressman ASAP to get tickets to the actual swearing in ceremony. Each office is given XX tickets ‘in the seats’ and then a ton of tickets out in standing room. Needless to say, you want the seats.

    Also if you want to see the parade, spend the money and buy the tickets. Fighting for the few standing areas available along the parade route starts early in the morning.

    As for the balls, they’re a bit overblown. The President only attends about five or six of the 2 dozen plus balls and then only for about 3 minutes before they are whisked out again.

    Anyway, it’s kind of neat. I’ve been to three or four (honestly, I’ve lost count) but now I just pick one thing or another instead of trying to do it all.

  6. Ian M

    What – no public Google Calendar for the Cuttletts to subscribe to? :D

  7. @Matt Cutts:

    Maybe I will see you at Obama’s swearing in?

  8. rka

    @panzermike:

    Lets not get ahead of who is going to be president yet!

  9. @rka:

    Look. This guy has it won. The most liberal senator in U.S. history with little experience domestically, and none foreign.

    With the MTV generation and modern education system….he’s a shoe in!

  10. If you have time while in LA and want to see any sites, hit me up and I’ll be happy to show you around or share a list of potential to do’s that are nearby the event.

  11. God help us all if obama wins.

    Matt; And I expected to see Ohio and visiting Doug Heil on that list. Sheesh.
    ;)

  12. Looking at Scobles schedule – it is understandable about the tone of his recent post regarding blogs becoming more business oriented than tech.

    He made a point about losing invites to important events.

    The networking potential of his schedule is awesom

  13. Doug Heil, I believe you’ve already visited the Googleplex back when it was only one building. :)

  14. Enough politics chat. There’s a reason that I leave politics off my blog. :)

  15. Thats a pretty busy schedule. At least you get to travel around and meet new people and see new sights – can’t complain about that.
    -Jessica

  16. Well . . . the whole inauguration thing. :-)

  17. Harith

    Matt,

    “Enough politics chat.”

    YAY…lets talk Gadgets or the good old Kentuky stories :)

    I’m glad to see you fully booked for late 2008. Maybe you wouldn’t have the time to post more iPhone things :)

  18. Yep. Wow; that was quite a few years ago. I’ve heard the Plex has grown just a tad since I visited last. Ok then; your turn to come to Ohio. Many good people are from Columbus, but it doesn’t get any love. :(

  19. Don’t be so sure about the outcome of the election, there is no such thing of a must win. I was sure that Bush would not get his second term…but he did

  20. Doug Heil, you know that George Clooney is from Kentucky just up the road a piece from where I grew up? Of course, I think Billy Ray Cyrus is from Kentucky too. :)

    panzermike, I debated not mentioning it, but it will be travel. I want to see the Newseum when I’m in D.C. :)

  21. No wordcamp? Say it isn’t so!

    I will be hitting Defcon this year for the first time.

    I have been seriously warned to bring nothing but a little cash, no computer, no credit cards, nothing!

    I am seriously questioning if it is even safe to use my blackberry in that environment.

    Siggraph looks rad. I am getting more and more into art and graphics as a way to develop sites. A little comment spam =>http://tinyurl.com/comicon

    There is a whole world inside Illustrator and Photoshop, and I haven’t even made it over to the animation side yet.

    How long before text is obsolete?

    That is the trillion dollar question?

    (Oh geez, as I read this back it looks like late night ramblings!)

  22. I just read up on TED.
    O.M.G.!

    This blog has been such an amazing source of exposure to things, places and groups I never would have come across.

    It is great that we all have a friend, up near that top at Google, to let us find out about the absolute best things on this planet!

  23. Hesoyam

    You should also add to shedule visiting bridges, where people, who have lost everything because of google lives.

  24. @Cutts:

    Ahh yes the Newseum. Cool. I am trying to get out of this crazy legal business and be an SEO guy. Perhaps I will start being a Google Groupie and hang with you.

    Already bought a Google hat and shirts. Need to gain some weight too :-)

  25. Dave (original)

    Ok Matt, time to boot the outlaws out and start blogging ;)

  26. Harith

    Dave (original)

    Psssssssssssssst :-)

    The in-laws, Mrs. Cutts and Matt’s Dad and Mom read this blog daily. We don’t wish to upset them, do we ? :-)

    So. We need to be nice and doplomatic, like this:

    Dear In-laws,

    We heard in late news that CA might get a new Earth Quick (5.3), and we read too that the weather is great at this time of the year in Nebraska. What are you waiting for :-)

  27. Dave (original)

    …and I thought smilies were International. Silly me.

  28. Of course, I think Billy Ray Cyrus is from Kentucky too.

    Hey now, no slaggin’ Billy Ray. He spawned a legion of mulletheads that still exists to this very day. ;)

    Seriously, and no one ever believes me when I say this, but Billy Ray puts on a really good live show. I’ve seen it with a friend of mine, and he interacts with the crowd very well and doesn’t rush his set. I don’t know if I’d go to see it again, but it was a pretty good thing to watch.

    So take a little home-state pride in Billy Ray, Matt. Admit it, too… you want your mullet back!

  29. H

    Hi,

    Why dont you spend sometime handling all the sites that steals content instead ? After all most of the sites is found on Blogger (internets slum). And the search results your search enginee deliver starts to look really dependent on links from scrapper sites at least looking at UK english and Germany.

    A lot of us not in the spam business as your usually readers and personens blog you comment on. And we är getting really tired.

  30. Matt,

    Do you have time while you are here in LA for a casual video interview? Please let me know if you do.

    Thanks,
    Sean

  31. Michael Lisse

    Hi Matt – if your schedule allows, contact me when you’re in DC – Newseum is good ($$ to get in tho :( ) but happy to give you an insiders tour at the Air and Space out by Dulles (not the one one the Mall, the one that makes your jaw drop in amazement when you walk in).

    MEL

  32. Matt, it’s been a dream of mine (for the past 6 years) to one day attend TED.. Right on!

  33. How about a new schedule – I’m looking for you in Sweden!

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