Star Wars tour at The Future of Web Apps

Lucas campus

This Thursday I will lead a tour of the Letterman Digital Arts Center during the lunch break of The Future of Web Apps summit. The Letterman center is the new home of Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, and LucasArts. The 23-acre campus had design influence from George Lucas and is one of the most technologically advanced offices anywhere.

Every artist has fiber to their desk for the fastest possible connections. The building includes a 13,500 square-foot data center and render farm for processing special effects, and every desktop computer can be added to the computing cluster for after-hours crunching. Once the movies are completed they are shown off in either two 65-seat theaters or the main 300-person theater with digital projection and THX everywhere.

Yoda statue

We will visit Yoda, Boba Fett, and Darth Vader. You’ll see lightsabers from just about every Star Wars and a few other pieces of Lucas props and memorabilia.

Perk Presidio logo

After our short walking tour we’ll visit Perk Presidio Cafe for lunch and sit outside if the weather is nice. The cafe serves sandwiches, salads, smoothies, health bars, and chocolate as well as coffee and tea.

Spots on the tour have already filled up but I wanted to let conference attendees know what to expect. Our short walk will be a fun way to spend your break while surrounded by sci-fi.

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Commentary on "Star Wars tour at The Future of Web Apps":

  1. Dave Winer on wrote:

    I’m tempted to sign up for the conference, primarily for the schmoozing. Are a lot of people going?

  2. andrew on wrote:

    oh we’re all going Dave. Weren’t you invited?

  3. Jeremiah Owyang on wrote:

    Thanks Niall, wow you’ve expanded your role to include tours at famous locations now! Looking forward to it, I hope we’ll be able to take pictures.

    Dave yeah, you should be on the VIP list.

  4. jeneane on wrote:

    Are any women coming? ‘Cause they sure aren’t speaking there.

    p.s., this is a “summit” now? weee!

    The tour sounds fun. What an opportunity to see an amazing place.

  5. John Dowdell on wrote:

    And there will be vegan lunch options too, I hope…. ;-)

    (Seriously, even though I won’t be there, I appreciate how you set up events like this, Niall… a series of great contributions, thanks.)


  6. Ryan Carson on wrote:

    Hey Dave, feel free to shoot me an email (ryan at carsonsystems dot com) about the conference :)

  7. Jude on wrote:

    Is there a waiting list that I can join?