Today a user can earn points playing Spectrobes on their game console, then use them to purchase digital goods on Disney.com, all while communicating with friends immersed in the Pirates MMOG or on their mobile devices. These combined experiences represent an application that is an evolution from simple RIAs into a full-blown Rich Internet Experience (RIE) that spans applications, brands and platforms. In this talk, we’ll walk you through the growing connected digital universe that is Disney Online and touch on the mixture of creative and technical work required to build these experiences (a heavily multidisciplinary approach). We will also talk about the tools needed to develop these experiences and how we’d like to see the Web application stack evolve.
Eric Freeman is currently CTO at Disney Online. He’s also the co-author of two bestselling titles (Head First Design Patterns and Head First HTML & CSS) and previously the co-director of the Head First series at O’Reilly Media. Eric holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Yale University and Masters degrees from Yale and Indiana University. Eric lives in Los Angeles.
Jason Davis is currently the Vice President of Online Creative at Disney Online, managing the number one kids and family entertainment destination on the web, Disney.com. Jason has a background in new media design, specializing in advertising, content development and kids entertainment.