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SXSW has transformed. Interactive has ended and everything has moved into purely Music and Film. Walking 6th street at night, which was somewhat crowded on previous nights, turned into a sea of humanity, all with their own tastes and agendas. As I was making my way through the crowd to find my own escape I noticed that the ground was littered with little cards, fliers and, most surprisingly, CDs.
Now, all week I've seen hirelings handing things out to passsers by. Much of it was some little QR-code encrusted slip of paper that pointed... [More]
I'll have some more live video later today, but I got the chance to do some old-fashioned typing on my laptop. The phone with Bluetooth is pretty good, but because it doesn't work so well with the developerWorks Community tools it's a little tedious. It's nice to be able to just free-flow my thoughts without having to mess with HTML tags. (As I write that I notice that I don't have a style tool on the editor tool bar and end up switching to HTML mode anyway. *sigh*)
If we're all social is every day a party?
I finally got to hit the... [More]
Random tidbits of wisdom, offered in no particular order, overheard during a lively and raw discussion (#SXAdvisors) about how an entrepreneur might find and select Advisors to help run a startup: 1. Advisors are more useful when adding fuel to an already burning fire. In other words, they can help build a small, fairly well-run business into a large, well-run business much better than they can fix a broken business model. 2. Know exactly what she wants
out of the Advisor. Be clear on what you expect from the Advisor; it is
not always... [More]
For my final SXSW 2012 panel, I attended the solo presentation by Dr. George Friedman of Stratfor. Recently, Stratfor has been in the national news because their web site and emails were hacked by a somewhat notorius hacking group, Anonymous. As if that weren't painful enough for Stratfor, Wikileaks then posted 800 of Stratfor's emails on the WikiLeaks web site. To my knowledge, this SXSW panel was Dr. Friedman's first public discussion on what happened to his company last December. It was a very powerful and politically charged event at... [More]
OK so, during SXSW, I've gotten to know one of the presenters at this SXSW panel discussion: Susann Keohane. Now, you have to understand, I've heard of her before; she's a Master Inventor for IBM. What that means is she has like at least 17 patents under her belt at IBM. Not too shabby! And just in talking with her, I could tell she's really highly intelligent. She and Brian Cragun (also an IBMer) talked about the importance of making large quantity of data accessible to all. Like in previous panels on accessibility, they both stressed that... [More]
This is a panel. As the rise of iOS, Android, and the Mac App Store brings more web developers into the world of native applications can our existing processes and best practices survive the transition? How can we release early and often in an environment where each update must pass through a review process? How do we aggressively refactor code when outdated clients must be supported? Can we iterate efficiently on features when design changes require more than a stylesheet update? What is essential to iterate quickly on mobile apps - Tools that... [More]
A panel discussion. Mobile devices are changing how we communicate today just as fundamentally as the web has for the past decade, and businesses of all types are rushing to embrace their potential. Thanks to the success of the iOS and Android app stores, "mobile" has become nearly synonymous with "native" in most peoples' minds, while the mobile web is usually dismissed as a poor cousin of the app. As mobile browsers improve, however, the user experience gap between native apps and mobile web apps will continue narrowing,... [More]
As designers take on new problems of convergence and ubiquity, we find ourselves facing new challenges. The products we create are accessed through multiple devices, different channels and a wide audience. How do we accommodate the context of use? Whether you design mobile apps, services or web experiences, you know that people have different needs and desires. Those issues are complicated further by a landscape of technology. This discussion highlights new challenges and offers solutions based on years of design experience. Context is the... [More]
This was a fantastic panel discussion. Do you believe the geek shall inherit the earth? Technology is changing our world and geeks are reaping the benefits. This innovation is built on a foundation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This session addressed how can we get kids excited about math, make science cool and inspire kids to pursue careers in STEM. We need to cultivate innovation among youth to inspire them to develop STEM skills to be the problem solvers of the future. We must focus on the long term to work on... [More]
There are a few sessions that I've attended where I haven't had a chance to share or write an entry. (A lot of these sessions are close together in time, but far apart geographically.) So, I'm going to try to catch up with a few thoughts here.
Gamify and Socialize
Bing Gordon , an icon in the video gaming industry, talked about the current concept of gamification and socialization that is going on in the technical world. A lot of changes are going on in the video gaming world as people are moving to the Internet for... [More]