Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Inkling to speak at prediction market conference at Yahoo

David Pennock, who heads up the Yahoo buzz game and prediction market research at Yahoo has set up a "mini conference" on prediction markets hosted on the Yahoo campus on December 13th. The event will be MC'd by The Wisdom of Crowds author James Surowiecki and is open to the public although the announcement says it's being held in a classroom so we're not sure how much room there will actually be. Maybe Yahoo has big classrooms. In any case we're looking forward to meeting the other speakers, most of whom we've had multiple telephone conversations with, and hopefully a few of our users too.

Here's the official announcement: on
Prediction markets: Tapping the wisdom of crowds

5:30-8:00pm Wed Dec 13, 2006
Yahoo! Headquarters, Building C, Classroom 5
701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089 USA

Join us for a public "how to" session on prediction markets moderated by
James Surowiecki, New Yorker columnist and best-selling author of "The
Wisdom of Crowds". Speakers from Google, HP, Microsoft, and Yahoo! will
describe how they are using prediction markets to aid corporate
forecasting and decision making. Other speakers include the developer of
Zocalo, an open source prediction market platform; the co-founder of, a Paul Graham yCombinator startup; and Robin Hanson,
the visionary economist and inventor whose pioneering work paved the
way. The event is open to the public and will emphasize practical
lessons and hands-on advice. After brief presentations from each
speaker, Surowiecki will open up the session for discussion with the
audience. is Yahoo! TechDev’s new open microconference series. Join
academic and industry experts from across the valley and the country as
they discuss the latest technologies and their applications and see for
yourself what’s next on the web. Attendance is free and open to the public.

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