As Walt and Kara wrote in their welcome to the Code Conference, “Thanks for once again taking a chance on us.” The name may be different, but the caliber of this year’s speakers and attendees was no less than previous years’ D: All Things Digital conferences.
You can find our news coverage of all three days of Code here, but in case you missed anything yesterday, here are a few highlights.
- Netflix CEO Reed Hastings spoke candidly about net neutrality, competition and how his company oversees its exclusive content pipeline. He also indicated that he’s not as wary of “euphoric” investors as he once was.
- As we acquire more Internet-connected devices (and use those devices more), finding reliable and fast Internet access is becoming an “interference avoidance game,” Artemis Networks founder Steve Perlman said. In an onstage demo, Perlman showed off his company’s attempt at a solution: Tiny “pCells” created around each device that deliver fast, unshared bandwidth.
- Getting to a vacation spot is one thing, but what do you do once you get there? Another product spotlight, Peek, wants to be the answer, with two mobile apps: One will tell you what kind of vacationer you are, while the other will let vendors take in payments and see new bookings.
- We heard plenty about “smart” things this week, ranging from cars to shirts to home devices. But what about a music speaker? The Aether Cone tries to learn your tastes and preferences as you use it, connects to Rdio for streaming music and to Stitcher for podcasts and Internet radio.
- LiveSafe CEO Jenny Abramson said most school shootings and suicides could be prevented if people who knew something was up ahead of time reported them — which, naturally, is what LiveSafe helps people do. Abramson demoed a free app that lets students anonymously contact campus police about situations that don’t necessarily qualify as 911 emergencies.