CAMDEN, Maine — The streets quieted as the leaves turned from green to red and the summer tourists fled, but starting Wednesday they’ll be busy again as 700 entrepreneurs, scientists, writers and thinkers file into the town for the 2010 PopTech conference.
The conference will feature Daryl Collins, who co-wrote a book about how the world’s poor live on $2 a day; Elizabeth Dunn, who studies happiness; and Heather Knight, who creates live robot theater performances. All in all, more than 50 speakers are scheduled for the Oct. 20-23 event at the Camden Opera House.
This year’s theme is brilliant accidents, necessary failures, and improbable breakthroughs.
The conference’s ticket price is $3,000, but for people who can’t come up with the cash, or would rather stay on their couches, PopTech will stream most of its talks live on its website.
“It is a way for people to experience what we are experiencing in the opera house completely free of charge,” said PopTech spokesperson Micha Thomas. “It is so unique, it’s completely free and its embed-able if someone wants to embed it on their own site.”