If you want to meet with the key players in the mashup space — the API providers, the developers, the investors, and a host of others — your next chance is in about eight weeks. Where? At Mash Camp 3 taking place January 17 and 18th at MIT. Registration is now open, as is the wiki for posting discussion ideas. The cost is still a very affordable price of free. Organizers David Berlind and Doug Gold did a fantastic job with the first two camps and this one looks just as promising.
A highlight of both past events has been the mashup competition including the speed geeking sessions and the big final announcements (see Camp 1 and Camp 2 summaries). The inaugural winner was the innovative Podbop, a mashup that combines band event data from Eventful with MP3 tracks — type in a city, get MP3s, discover a band you like, and go see them.
The winner in the last event was the richly detailed and useful Weatherbonk, a mashup that was recently upgraded with a lot of good new features (it’s the type of mashup with a lot of thoughtful details, a bit like a movie where you discover more on the second viewing).
In the two days prior to the Camp itself, on the 15th and 16th, there will be the second Mashup University where you can dig deep into mashup development techniques, tools and APIs. The first one, held in July just prior to the last camp, was a success and now thanks to ZDNet’s broadband group you can see some videos from those sessions online. Back in September I blogged about the release of the first video and just yesterday David Berlind discussed the latest videos in his column Interested in learning how to develop mashups? Welcome to Mashup U. Online. David will be posting more about these in a series of posts over at ZDNet.