There comes a time in the life of an underdog when a corner is turned; when the outsider looks more like an insider, when Apple became cooler than Microsoft. BIL isn’t exactly there yet, but after the first weekend in March, it will be substantially closer.
The 2012 BIL conference opens at the Queen Mary in Long Beach on Friday March 3nd and by its close on March 4th, that defining moment will have passed, but before it does, now is your chance to register to hear from some of the most engaging, idea-oriented speakers from a wildly diverse set of backgrounds.
Since its inception, BIL has garnered media attention from the Wall Street Journal, Wired, NPR, and many other national media outlets. With the list of speakers already slated, this year will be no exception.
Speakers of note include: George Whitesides and Will Pomerantz of Virgin Galactic, Beverly Hills mayor Jimmy Delshad, author Aubrey de Grey, Barney Pell of Moon Express, neurobiologist Jonathan Toomim, Space Tourism Society founder John Spencer, and technology evangelist Jamais Cascio. (full disclosure: this writer plans to speak at BIL, as well.)
The unconference, headed up this year by co-founders Reichart Von Wolfsheild and Simone Syed, began with a simple mantra, Where TED goes, BIL goes. BIL was always meant to be different, to counter TED’s hefty ticket prices and exclusivity with modestly-priced tickets and democratic inclusion.
If you do decide to head down to Long Beach that first weekend in March, perhaps you might also be so bold as to give a talk. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and speaking slots are divided up on the morning of each day, so I’d recommend arriving early.