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Professional Networking: How can I find on the internet an expert in a given field?

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We launched a speaker directory for Lanyrd recently that might help here—it lists the most prolific speakers for thousands of topics, based on our dataset gathered across many conferences around the world.

We have a tech focus at the moment, so it will give you the best results for tech topics. This also assumes that speaking on a topic is a proxy for being an expert on the topic, which may or may not be true!

Some examples:


You can find other topics by searching on http://lanyrd.com/speakers/

This is Professional Networking: How can I find on the internet an expert in a given field? by Simon Willison, posted on 3rd September 2013.

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