Amsterdam confab draws U.S. dot-coms

Amsterdam, Holland's cultural melting pot, will host a cadre of technologists this week at a new annual confab that throws U.S. dot-coms in the spotlight.

Amsterdam, Holland's cultural melting pot, will host a cadre of technologists this week at a new annual confab that throws U.S. dot-coms in the spotlight.

Executives from MySpace, Google, Craigslist and Linden Lab's Second Life will be among the keynote speakers at the city's first-ever Picnic '06, an informal summit and workshop hosted by the international networking association, Cross Media Week Foundation. Organizers expect about 3,000 attendees at the three-day gathering.

Eckart Wintzen, a board member of the Foundation and founder of green investment firm Extent, said the conference will bring together technologists, city planners, politicians, and media executives from various industries to network and generate new ideas.

"The virtual use of (digital) media is international and multi-continental, so the physical meetings and socializing between the players should follow that pattern," he wrote via email.

"As developments are going with the speed of light, so it is paramount that the players in disciplines (like mobile, TV entertainment, cinema and new broadband networks) meet regularly, get inspired and inspire each other," he added.

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