What's a Roflcon Summit?

ROFLCon Summit is a spin-off of the wildly awesome biennial ROFLCon. It'll bring together the leading generators, preservers and advancers of online culture so they can talk about where it’s all headed and what it means to everyone else. It's an open discussion about why the very same communities that are good at making dumb, funny things online are having a real impact on the world. Join us on October 1st, 2011 in Portland, Oregon for the first-ever ROFLCon Summit to address the incredible potential of the Internet, virality, the blogosphere, and beyond!!!

  • Brewster Kahle Internet Archive
  • Andy Baio waxy.org
  • Sherrod DeGrippo Ohinternet & Encyclopedia Dramatica
  • Biella Coleman NYU
  • Richard Esguerra Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Jamie Wilkinson VHX / Know Your MEME
  • Patrick Davison What We Know So Far & Memefactory
  • Ben Huh Cheezburger Network
  • Erik Martin Reddit
  • Mike Rugnetta What We Know So Far / MemeFactory
  • Sherwin Siy Public Knowledge
  • Tim Hwang ROFLCon
  • Chris Menning Buzzfeed
  • Chris Poole Canv.as
  • Danny O'Brien Committee to Protect Journalists / NTK.net
  • Jason Scott Textfiles.com
  • Aaron Peckham UrbanDictionary
  • Rob Beschizza BoingBoing

Moar Speakers Coming Soon

8:30 - 9:30
9:30 - 10:00
Welcome to Internet
10:00 - 11:00
Emerging Platforms
  • Nothing lasts forever - what will internet culture look like as new platforms enter the scene? What will the next powerhouse meme generators be on the internet? How might they be designed, and how might they interact with existing online communities?
  • Panelists:
  • Jamie Wilkinson, Co-Founder, VHX/Know Your Meme
  • Chris Menning, Viral Media Researcher, Buzzfeed
  • Chris Poole, Founder, Canv.as/4Chan
  • Ben Huh, CEO, Cheezburger Network
  • Moderator:
  • Mike Rugnetta, MemeFactory
11:05 - 11:30
  • Speaker:
  • Neetzan Zimmerman, founder, The Daily What
11:30 - 12:30
Internet Culture and Geopolitics
  • Whether it's Reddit's lightning-fast natural disaster relief efforts, or Anonymous retaliating for attacks against WikiLeaks, online communities are taking on roles traditionally associated with global nonprofits and governments. Where will this burgeoning role go in the future? What does the internet's foreign and domestic policy look like?
  • Panelists:
  • Erik Martin, General Manager, Reddit
  • Biella Coleman, Assistant Professor, NYU
  • Moderator:
  • Tim Hwang, founder, ROFLCon
12:30 - 2:00
12:30 - 1:00
lunchtime AMA
  • Speaker:
  • Darryl Gudmundson, Gatekeeper, Funny Or Die
1:00 - 1:30
lunchtime AMA
  • Speaker:
  • Eric Fensler, creator of the GI Joe PSAs/Fensler Films
1:30 - 1:55
lunchtime AMA
  • Speaker:
  • Syed Salahuddin, Kunal Gupta, and Daniel Alongi, Babycastles
2:00 - 3:00
  • The vibrant culture of the web wasn't a foregone conclusion. This session will bring together some full-time defenders of the internet to talk about the biggest emerging arenas of conflict in preserving the independence of the web, and how online communities might play a role in those fights moving forward.
  • Panelists:
  • Sherwin Siy, Deputy Legal Director, Public Knowledge
  • Richard Esguerra, Senior Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Danny O'Brien, Committee to Protect Journalists, NTK.net
  • Moderator:
  • Andy Baio, founder, Waxy.org
3:05 - 3:30
  • Speaker:
  • Bennett Foddy, creator, QWOP/GIRP
3:30 - 4:30
  • As the internet ages, the artifacts of defunct web communities increasingly disappear from the internet. Can and should we preserve this data? What should the policy be around archiving these cultural documents? What are the existing problems in this space?
  • Panelists:
  • Brewster Kahle, Founder, Internet Archive
  • Moderator:
  • Jason Scott, Proprietor, Textfiles.com
4:35 - 5:00
  • Speaker:
  • Ward Cunningham, CTO, CitizenGlobal
5:00 - 6:00
  • What of internet culture's newfound popularity? Is the idea of a web culture underground still relevant? Is a new underground taking shape, and if so, where is it? Did it ever really exist? Are the lulz a momentary thing in the culture of the web, or something inherent in the way the internet works?
  • Panelists:
  • Sherrod DeGrippo, Founder, encyclopediadramatica / OhInternet
  • Aaron Peckham, Founder, UrbanDictionary
  • Rob Beschizza, Managing Editor, BoingBoing
  • Moderator:
  • Patrick Davison, cofounder, MemeFactory
6:00 - 7:00
7:00 - Midnight
Travel Information
Wieden + Kennedy Recommended Accommodations
Hotel deLuxe
729 SW 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Ace Hotel
1022 SW Stark Street
Portland, OR 97205
Hotel Lucia
400 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Internet WebLog

ROFLCon Summit Introduction