If all the energy data in the world were accessible, what would you build? The Climate Change agenda measures the energy profile of everything. AMEE is an open aggregation platform aimed to dramatically accelerate change, because we need to.
Antigenic Cartography is a new computational method that allows a unique visualization of viral evolution. First published in 2004, the technique is now used to aid the WHO in recommending the composition of human influenza vaccines. It is also being applied to the design of pandemic influenza vaccines and to the study of a variety of other infectious diseases.
Exposing invisible networks and their effects, technologists, artists, social engineers, and scientists are unveiling the systems that surround us. Co-curators of ETech's Emerging Arts Fest will lead a panel discussion situating the work represented at ETech and the context in which that work is being created and experienced.
Brain imaging is entering economics, politics, and law. In this session we'll cover key concepts and directions in brain imaging, with a focus for DIYers on open source tools and open access data sets.
What value is computing technology to a farmer earning $1 a day? Questions like this will be discussed through a sample of work from the Technology for Emerging Markets research group seeking new applications of computing for the world’s least privileged communities.
Android will let developers build applications that don't just go with you, but become part of your life. We'll introduce the Android platform and show a few examples of applications that fit into your life so naturally you'll wonder how you ever got along without them.
Stop by to find out where Android came from, where it's going, and how you can take part.
CouchDB is a new kind of database that does not follow the relational paradigm
of traditional databases. This presentation is a low-tech, high-level overview
of CouchDB and the ideas behind it.
Everyone talks about Chinese manufacturing and how cheap that is. What few realize is that by converting manufacturing and shipping to JIT (Just-In-Time) a company never has to store the items it is selling. By reducing the initial cash outlays a smaller company can afford to make its own hardware and scale up rapidly.
Elephant 2000 is a proposed programming language good for writing
and verifying programs that interact with people (e.g. transaction
processing) or interact with programs belonging to other
organizations (e.g. electronic data interchange)
The world has known, calculable amounts of energy are available. We'll take a science look at all of the earth's energy resources, both stored and renewable.
An introduction to how recommendation systems have been built. Particular consideration is given to the ensemble approaches used in the Netflix Prize competition as evidence of the value of combining multiple approaches.
For the past decade, through sites such as TheyWorkForYou.com, civic hackers have been using the web to catalyse crowd-sourced reform of the UK's democratic institutions. Tom and Stef will discuss the application of these techniques to global challenges such as the UN and climate change.
Think gamers get emotional from boiling lava monsters? Think again. From fiero to schadenfreude emotions increase focus, memory, learning, decision making, and performance. Similar emotions drive participation from Flickr to Facebook.
Jeff Jonas, who has architected and built numerous casino systems, takes you behind the scenes to describe the scams and "trip-wires" that make it possible to detect the unwanted—even before the opportunist arrives at the casino.
In this tutorial, you'll learn how to make physical things talk using microcontrollers and networks in a hands-on project using an Arduino microcontroller, a variety of components, and a copy of Igoe’s book, Making Things Talk. Limited seating.
In the last 10 years, a wide range of location-based services have been designed and expected to reach huge markets. This session will review the reasons why in 2007 this remains to be seen as well as alternatives models and scenarios for the near future.
Open source hardware is a term slowly working its way into many new projects and efforts, but what is it? What new hardware projects are out, successful, and what's next?
The promise of Ubiquitous Computing has been with us for a few years, but have the goals really been achieved? In this talk we will explore the obstacles to Ubiquitous Computing, and why I believe the OpenMoko project can help further the development of true Ubiquitous Computing
From The 7 Habits to The 4-Hour Workweek, personal productivity comes in many packages, but finding the right techniques to make your life and work better is up to you. Here's what you need to know to overclock your workday.
Robots can be used as fun and effective tool and context for education. In this presentation we show how they can be used as part of introductory Computer Science courses.
Open innovation and advances in collaborative development will help usher in the era of user-generated hardware. This talk will focus on user-driven personalization and specialization as it relates to personal hardware devices.
The video games represent one of the largest entertainment industries in the world, and online games is its fastest growing segment. With this extraordinary growth comes the issue of building truly scalable, "massive multiplayer" solutions that are beyond what the industry deploys today.
Fitt's Law applies a lot of places in UI design, but sex isn't one of them. What can we learn from sex hardware interfaces? If an interface is inviting enough that someone is willing to have the most intimate of experiences using it, can we apply these ideas to, say, installing printer drivers?
Nintendo’s Wii and Apple’s iPhone introduced the power of using gestures to control devices and interactive systems. But how do you design for this interaction paradigm? Learn how to get started designing interactive gestures and gestural interfaces.
Dependence on mobile Internet access gives developers in Africa a unique perspective, free of the baggage of the desktop browser. Learn how we can reap dividends, new perspectives, and the potential for as-yet-unimagined applications.
We'll discuss and demo an innovative new service: Twine.com, built on a semantic web platform and designed to grow and enrich communities of interest. Semantics are used throughout as the system automatically annotates information with meta data, tags, and relationships.
This presentation gives a whirlwind overview of the shiny vizporn and kinetic data sculptures to date and explains what it takes to make synthesis and visualization of Web 2.0 data useful on a daily basis, for individuals and groups.
Smart Browsing is about wiring recognition of everyday things into the browser. Once the browser detects that user interacts with books, music, movies, people, recipes, etc., it can be smart and helpful about connecting user to related information. Learn how AdaptiveBlue technologies leverage a mix of standards and common sense to enhance everyday browsing.
Overpraised in 2006 then dismissed in 2007 by the media and Internet gurus alike, Linden Lab's user-created virtual world keeps growing, attracting companies and organizations and millions of accounts. How is this possible, and what does it say about the Internet's future? The company's former "embedded journalist" and author of *The Making of Second Life* explains.
MegaPhone makes digital signage interactive using a regular phone call. Learn about this phone-controlled, real-time, multiplayer collaborative gaming platform that can be used from ANY phone, ANY service provider, in ANY country as a game controller.