Google is spearheading a new type of media event, the Ignite. Here is an explanation about how the event works:
From the Google Code blog: "Geeks like to share. At Ignite events, we've found that a speaker can impart a lot of information to a curious audience in just five minutes. So we went out and found ten geeks to each share some slice of their life. The talks are going to range from life hacks and online experiments to histories of technology. They each get 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of five minutes on stage. We find that the constraints make the event a lot more energetic than you'd expect."
It seems to me that an Ignite event isn't just limited to geeks and computer stuff, it would work very well as a special event for a computer conference, highlighting the speakers at the conference or giving a lot of others the opportunity to talk. Just an Idea.