Francis X. Taney, Jr., a shareholder and chair of the Information Technology Litigation practice of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Philadelphia office, was featured in an article published in the February 19, 2010, edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal. The article, titled "IT lawyer Taney pitches for TrendCamp 'unconferences'," discussed three "unusual conferences" Taney will be participating in over the next five weeks.

As noted, Taney volunteered the firm's Philadelphia office to host the first event — TrendCamp Philly, which will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Feb. 26 and allows attendees to talk about what they see coming in the field or fields that interest them.

The article went on to note the second event that he will be participating in. "[S]ponsored by the American Society of Inventors, which Taney is a board member of, and held at the University City Science Center on the evening of March 24 … it doesn't yet have a name, but Taney hopes to make it a chance for organizations in the area that promote invention, such as MakePhilly, the Hacktory and Hive 76, to familiarize themselves with each other and his group, too."

The third, which also will be held at the firm's Philadelphia office, is called Chatbots 3.0. "It will deal with the current — and third, hence its name — wave of software programs called chatterbots, which are artificial intelligence software programs that simulate conversation with users. People can register for it at chatbots3.eventbrite.com."

As explained, "TrendCamp is an 'unconference,' so named because instead of having a set agenda beforehand, people interested in making presentations can show up, say what they want to talk about and schedule a time to talk about it."

"Not everybody is extroverted enough to get up in front of the room, but they are typically tech-savvy people nonetheless and they are in the audience and they generate some good discussions and questions," Taney said.