PayPal Innovate conference Nov 09, RIP DevCon
PayPal have just announced a a two day conference in November – PayPal Innovate 2009. Running over two days it’s to be held in San Jose on the 3rd-4th November and is the first ever developer conference focused on the PayPal open payments platform.
Early bird booking is $299, with the regular price of $499 and it promises over 40 technical sessions, keynotes, labs, and networking events to “excite and inspire you”.
They’ve also got a secret – they’re offering something really cool to attendees as part of the conference package. No hints as to what it is but it’s promised to be one of the coolest conference giveaways ever.
PayPal have also announced “PayPal X”, the opening of their payment platform to third-party developers. By releasing new APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), PayPal is enabling the developer community to build new ways to pay and get paid. Twitpay, a Twitter-based payment service, LiveOps, a new on-demand workforce service and Microsoft’s Windows® Azure are some of the first applications.
You can follow the latest news at x.com which used to host PayPal Labs but is now the PayPal “Geek Out” blog.
It strikes me as interesting that PayPal, the long term jewel in the eBay portfolio, are launching a new conference. eBay Live! is dead and replaced with regional eBay: On Location events for 2010. I also hear a rumour that eBay’s DevCon 2009 was the last major Developers Conference, with that too being replaced by regional events in 2010 (although I’ve not had that confirmed).
Just how long will it be before “eBay, a PayPal company” becomes a reality?