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The Unusual Suspects

i love unconferences because i usually run into cool folks doing interesting things quietly on and off of the radar. i was not disappointed this weekend when i attended the second day of podcampnyc (april 25 and april 26) at polytechnic university in brooklyn, nyc.

i enjoyed john herman’s presentation on using multi-media in school. the most interesting part of the lecture centered around challenges faced when attempting to integrate popular, feature-rich web applications in the classroom; often due to “i don’t get it” attitudes by administrations in youth-serving entities including public schools and libraries.

perhaps my favorite presentation was the very last session i attended. hip hop association presented a podcast demo using us, the audience, as the live recording guinea pigs (in a good way). it seemed most people were familiar with how to create a podcast, but it was a fun activity.

personally speaking, the most interesting portions of dialog came after the “official” recording. for instance, we all noted the unusually large presence of black, tech-savvy entrepreneurs, connectors and activists in attendance (at least for the session), which too often seems lacking in respectable numbers at similar conferences. post-dialog interaction touched upon the one laptop per child initiative, open source, equity investing in black-owned enterprise, social enterprise, community development and incubation. of course, given the sean bell-shooting verdict had been released the previous day, there were discussions around viable solutions in addressing community concerns through the resources we already provide or could be created.

a very unassuming, humble and baby-faced bill cammack recorded the session which is available here. thanks bill!

April 27.2008 at 2:27 pm 2 comments

I, Robot. I, Spy.

honeywell international’s mav (micro air vehicle)dead or alive?

does anyone remember the swarm that was seen in parts of d.c. last year? you know, the one no one could explain and certainly couldn’t tell if the “things” that were swarming were real or mechanical? well, you won’t have to wonder down in miami. if the faa grants approval, mechanical pilot-less drones could be hitting the miami skies in an effort to assist in crime fighting. the drones weigh 14 pounds and are manufactured by honeywell international. perhaps we aren’t so far away from irobot-meets-minority report technology after all.

March 25.2008 at 10:40 pm 1 comment

The Guitar Zeros Prefer Red And Yellow Over D Minor.

the guitar zeros

the guitar zeros have taken applications of the popular music game, guitar hero, to another level. members have configured the plastic guitar game controllers to create their own music through computer connections. they actually perform before live audiences. perhaps gibson will reconsider its patent infringement lawsuit against mtv and ea over guitar hero and make nice for the sake of novelty band visionaries worldwide.

wanna rock? check out the guide here.

March 25.2008 at 6:47 pm 1 comment

Why Spoil It For One When You Can For Two?

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by now, you’ve read in every business and tech section of the net that yahoo! has said “Heck no!” to microsoft’s unsolicited acquisition bid. a posting in digital media wire stated yahoo! is now reconsidering merger talks with aol (it credits the report to the times of london. so, basically, microsoft got slapped for getting fresh with yahoo! and when you think about it, also got google in the process. after all, wasn’t google looking to counter the potential yahoo!- microsoft merger with a purchase of aol? i can’t keep up with the rumor mill these days. does it mean that indirectly, google is interested in acquiring yahoo!? and does aol really seem like a sensible acquisition target in 2008?

in other news, aol announced its open mobile platform should be available this summer. if google really were interested in acquiring aol, would announcing this initiative earlier have made any difference?

February 11.2008 at 9:36 pm Leave a comment

Women Who Tech…

womenwhotech.jpgin addition to socon ’08, i am looking forward to checking out women who tech, a “tele-summit” for women in technology this spring. women who tech plans to bring women involved in technology, the nonprofit and political arenas together for virtual workshops, dialog and a good time.

the tracks are pretty wide and i am hoping they will include serious gaming and persuasive technology in there. i would also like to see something on public diplomacy, ephilanthropy/social venture capital and engineering and technology as social enterprise.

while scanning the resources page, i discovered an interesting site covering mobile technology for activists. in a previous post, i noted that i am not focused strictly on mobile phones as i see mobile technology and applications moving away from what we currently experience. i also mentioned rising interest in mobile application and network development overseas, pondering potential impact on america’s ability to be a leader in the area. i think the race for leadership from an industrial perspective is wide open.

January 21.2008 at 11:28 pm Leave a comment

Mobile Web and Community Benefit…

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for the record, i am not just focused on phones. i do think web media will look different from what we see today with web media in terms of devices and applications.

one thing i am noticing is a huge interest in development of networks and services in developing regions. the interest makes sense given that those regions skipped traditional telecommunications networks due to poor infrastructure. indeed, some of the population is being trained in computer science and technology to address it. nathan eagle is doing work in africa that seems particularly interesting. a guy i used to work for wrote an article on grameen bank’s phone program running into a wall. for the most part, it’s a product life cycle issue (i believe). i think interest and investment in mobile tech and web could be the solution, especially if platforms like android by google make their way across the pond. btw- android aka open handset alliance is google’s effort to create an open source platform and network for mobile phones and applications. it’s going to be interesting to see if apple’s approach of working with streamlined design for mobile apps will survive or go the way of the dinosaur. i think they were counting on iphone to pretty much do what windows and microsoft did in the 90s but the open source movement should have taught everyone a lesson about the power of closing things off too tightly. there’s a fine line between protecting ip to remain competitive and becoming a resented juggernaut in industry.

so this brings us back to the u.s. i sense we are dramatically behind when it comes to prevalent deployment of innovation in these areas because we expect to offer higher end, pricier services. this could end up hindering us as a top-level producer of such and things could get worse without a home-grown brain-talent pipeline to draw from.

the links:

http://eprom.mit.edu/
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/25/technology/25proto.html
http://mobileactive.org/
http://www.womenwhotech.com/

January 21.2008 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment


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