Somebody's been earning their keep in the IBM speaker's bureau.
I just received an email about a killer keynote coming up at the IBM Impact Smart SOA event being held April 6-11 out in Las Vegas: Wikipedia.org founder Jimmy Wales.
Though I'm not personally slated (yet) to head out to this WebSphere and SOA customer event, Wales' speaking gig certainly makes the proposition that much more alluring, as I'm a big fan and frequent Wikipedia user.
If you don't know the backstory, Wales started Wikipedia.org in January 2001, which grew like an Internet wildfire (and is now used by graduate students around the globe!).
Global Wikipedia usage statistics defy description, but feel free to stop here for a snapshot.
More recently, Wales started Search Wikia, a "human-powered" search engine based on the same open, community-driven principles of Wikipedia.
To learn more about Wales and to see some of the other excellent speakers being lined up for the Impact event, go here.
To learn more about and register for the Impact Smart SOA conference, go here.