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Computing, Geek Life
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Andrew Hunt (Pragmatic Programmers, LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.12, 16 ratings)
Software development happens in your head; not in an editor, IDE, or design tool. We’re well educated on how to work with software and hardware, but what about wetware—our own brains? Read more.
Computing, Mobile and The Web, Objects
Location: Crystal Room
Seth Raphaël (MIT Media Lab), Jay Silver (Lifelong Kindergarten at MIT's Media Lab), Alec Resnick (stimulant), Amon Millner (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Scratch is a new, open source programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the Web. Scratch is often described as a tool to teach kids how to program. This workshop will introduce Scratch to programmers and non-programmers alike. Read more.
Michal Migurski (Stamen Design), Shawn Allen (Stamen Design)
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 6 ratings)
Designers and developers are advancing the state of online mapmaking at a dizzying pace. The introduction of global slippy maps in 2005 represented a new era of interactivity and sophistication in geographic user interfaces. Are we on the cusp of another such leap? Stamen says yes, and shows what new work and new advances are being made to push the envelope still further. Read more.
Computing, Objects, Wireless Signals
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Rob Faludi (Digi International, NYU ITP, SVA IXD)
Average rating: ***..
(3.27, 11 ratings)
Objects are beginning to socialize. A new era of low-bandwidth, low-power wireless networks is enabling a revolution in device communications. In this DIY session we'll insert you into those conversations and introduce you to device communications technology that could change our homes, cars, and clothes. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 14 ratings)
Tim O'Reilly shares his views on technology's latest trends. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 12 ratings)
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you pitch a project? Launch a website? We'll find out at Ignite ETech. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 7 ratings)
Opening remarks by Program Chair, Brady Forrest. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Alex Steffen (Worldchanging)
Average rating: ***..
(3.91, 23 ratings)
The American family consumes resources vastly beyond its "share"--more so than other nation's family. However, due to technology, increasing environmental awareness, and a changing economy, it is also the best poised to make a course correction. Worldchanging's Alex Steffen returns to show the results of his latest project about how to make us more sustainable. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Sameer Padania (WITNESS)
Average rating: ***..
(3.28, 18 ratings)
WITNESS works at the intersection of human rights, media, and technology, and was founded in 1992 by musician and activist Peter Gabriel. Our mission is to use video and new technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. Read more.
Computing
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Toby Segaran (Google), Jesper Andersen (Bloom Studios)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 6 ratings)
Financial technology – something we all thought was complete – has been upended. Fundamental assumptions have been exposed as faulty. And now we have the opportunity to recreate our finance industry from the bottom up. We have a choice: a path of openness and information sharing, or more opacity and secrecy. Read more.
Jennifer Magnolfi (Herman Miller)
Average rating: ***..
(3.57, 7 ratings)
The design and production of physical/digital spaces is at the heart of what we call the Programmable Environment. Instead of environments complete and fixed in time, subject to renovation or demolition when their purpose is no longer relevant, the result is a spatial system designed to evolve over time, in interaction with the users who inhabit it. Read more.
Geek Life
Location: Gold Room
Average rating: **...
(2.60, 5 ratings)
More and more we use biological metaphors for our technology. Cars break and are fixed, but computers get infected. Technology evolves, competes, exploits our emotions. We are the ecological niche for technology. And its uses of us may be no more benevolent than our uses of our own ecological niches. Read more.
Materials
Location: Gold Room
Carl Taussig (HP Labs)
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 3 ratings)
Flexible paper-like displays will replace the use of print on paper in many applications such as books, newspapers, and calendars. The required attributes of these new displays are readability in a variety of lighting conditions, low power consumption (bi-stability), light weight, mechanical toughness, and low cost. Read more.
Health
Location: Crystal Room
Chris Patil (Buck Institute for Age Research)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
Chronological age is the primary risk factor for lethal conditions such as cancer, yet we spend the vast majority of our resources on a disease-by-disease basis, "treating the symptoms" without addressing the underlying cause. Patil will describe and defend our efforts to understand the biological basis of aging, as well as efforts currently underway to intervene in the aging process. Read more.
Developing Markets
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Lane Becker (Get Satisfaction), Thor Muller (Get Satisfaction)
Average rating: ***..
(3.60, 10 ratings)
Consumerism is crashing, but the logic of digital, networked products promises a path forward. The emerging sustainable economy connects a renewed "repair culture" to reputation systems for companies and customers. It leads to the platformization of everything, ultimately allowing digital products to drive an overwhelming share of economic activity. Read more.
Nick Bilton (The New York Times R&D Labs)
Average rating: ****.
(4.56, 9 ratings)
We are currently in a time when sharing and social networks are changing the way we consume editorialized media and the definition of "'content" is increasingly blurred. In the R&D Labs at The New York Times we are exploring some of the questions around how we will consume information in the next 2 to 20 years. Read more.
Materials
Location: Crystal Room
Tom Igoe (Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYU)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
Recent innovations in materials and processes have radically changed how stuff is made. There's not much talk, though, about how stuff is un-made. In this talk, Igoe will explain where stuff goes when you throw it away, how that's affecting the environment, and how sharing some of the intellectual property of the making process can facilitate the un-making. Read more.
City Tech
Location: Crystal Room
Ashwini Asokan (User Experience Group, Digital Home Group, Intel® Corporation )
Average rating: **...
(2.80, 5 ratings)
Four phrases come to mind while summarizing the last decade of computing: “anywhere and anytime,” “always-on,” “open source and available to all," “social networks that reach beyond geographical borders.” This talk explores the importance of localized experiences with technology, using a variety of examples from India, China, Brazil, and many other countries. Read more.
Computing, Developing Markets
Location: Empire Room
Derek Lomas (The Playpower Foundation), Daniel Rehn (Playpower Foundation), Jeremy Douglass (U. California San Diego)
Average rating: **...
(2.50, 2 ratings)
Half the world lives on less than $2.50 per day and has minimal access to education. The Playpower Foundation is using a radically affordable $12 computer, based on an old video game console technology (now in the public domain) as an 8-bit platform for learning games. Global poverty meets 8-bit design constraints--with only an open source community of 8-bit hackers in the middle? Read more.
David Calkins (Robotics Society of America, et. al.)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 5 ratings)
What coming in robots? More than just the butler bot, we can expect to see many robots in all aspects of our life - home, work, hospitals, schools.... Single task robots will permeate our lives, as will telepresence bots giving us the ability to truly bi-locate. Noone can predict the future, but we can get a sneak peak. Read more.
Materials, Objects
Location: Gold Room
Andrew Dent (Material ConneXion, Inc.)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
True innovation in materials takes on many forms, and for 80% of the world's population means the effective use of often scarce resources. "Technology Transfer," a term used to refer to the process of converting academic research into usable products, is just as important whether between the developing and the developed world or between two disparate industries. Read more.
Health
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Drew Endy (Stanford & The BioBricks Foundation (BBF)), Jason Schultz (Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic, UC Berkeley School of Law), Jennifer Lynch (UC Berkeley School of Law)
Average rating: ***..
(3.33, 3 ratings)
Three leaders in the technology and law of synthetic biology will present a crisp and accessible briefing on new cooperative efforts to make tens of thousands of open source standardized DNA parts. Discussion to follow. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Average rating: **...
(2.25, 4 ratings)
Opening remarks by Program Chair, Brady Forrest. Read more.
City Tech
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Average rating: ***..
(3.93, 15 ratings)
When we look at the world around us we see many examples of places and spaces that we both love and hate. What would you "cut and paste" from different parts of your city to create the ideal sustainable urban environment? Arup has spent a number of years discussing what the eco-city would need to look like if we are going to move towards an Ecological Age. Read more.
Mobile and The Web
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Joichi Ito (Creative Commons)
Average rating: ***..
(3.13, 15 ratings)
TCP/IP and The Web were open standards and specifications that created an explosion of innovation by lowering friction and transaction costs for interoperability. Creative Commons is creating a new layer of open standards and specifications for interoperability and to lower friction at the legal/copyright and semantics layer. Read more.
Mobile and The Web
Location: Crystal Room
David Merrill (Sifteo), Jeevan Kalanithi (Taco Lab LLC)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)
We've built a new type of interface that brings computation into our physical and gestural world: a set of cookie-sized, gesturally aware, neighbor detecting wireless displays that act together as one interface. We call them Siftables. People live in and know about the physical world. Computers should too. Read more.
Health
Location: Gold Room
John Wilbanks (Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Research generates huge data sets. New formats in the semantic web bring great promise to convert portions of the scientific canon into machine-readable formats, at the same time that new collaborative lightweight methodologies allow us to represent scientific arguments and knowledge formation in real time. The Science Commons hopes to provide the infrastructure to make this happen. Read more.
Geek Life, Mobile and The Web
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Jane McGonigal (Social Chocolate)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 5 ratings)
What are the five biggest problems the world will face in 2019 – and how can we get a head-start on solving them together? Find out in this talk, which presents the results of SUPERSTRUCT, the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game. Read more.
City Tech, Mobile and The Web
Location: Empire Room
Molly Steenson (Princeton University School of Architecture)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)
We typically think of the mobile phone as a device belonging to and used by an individual. Yet in urban India, people share their mobile phones in unique ways, regardless of class and depending on where they are in the city. Read more.
City Tech, Mobile and The Web
Location: Gold Room
Tony Jebara (Columbia University & Sense Networks)
Average rating: ***..
(3.83, 6 ratings)
As more of us generate GPS data with our mobile phones, how can this aggregated information give us an unprecedented new understanding of the people, places, and rhythms that make up our cities? Location data combined with learning algorithms lets us cluster different places and people into social categories and tribes. Read more.
City Tech, GeoLocation, Health, Mobile and The Web
Location: Crystal Room
Eric Paulos (Carnegie Mellon University)
Average rating: ***..
(3.75, 4 ratings)
From communication tool to “networked mobile personal measurement instrument.” Mobile phones as “personal measurement instruments” enable an entirely novel and empowering genre of computing usage called citizen science. Through the use of sensors paired with personal mobile phones, citizens are invited to participate in collecting and sharing measurements of their environment that matter most. Read more.
Lisa Katayama (TokyoMango), Fumi Yamazaki (Fumi Yamazaki)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)
What do Japanese geeks, teenagers, and high school girls do for hours behind their computers and cell phone screens? Katayama and Yamazaki demonstrate several examples of web apps and gadgets that are fun, creative, and uniquely Japanese. Through these, we see how crucial, hard-to-grasp aspects of Japanese culture materialize as new obsessions when technology is thrown into the mix. Read more.
Mobile and The Web
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Kevin Lynch (Adobe)
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 3 ratings)
Understanding how humans can better interact with and consume information is critical as we work to solve the increasingly complex challenges before us. Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch will explore three aspects that will shape the next generation of computing applications. Read more.
Materials, Objects
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Leah Buechley (MIT Media Lab)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
People knit scarves and solder radios together in their homes and garages. In contrast, companies produce high-tech things by high-tech processes. A host of new tools is making many of the resources previously available only to companies accessible to individuals, empowering people to design, engineer, and build devices that integrate high and low technology. Read more.
Health
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Gary Wolf (Wired)
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 5 ratings)
This talk will trace the history of personal data collection from its surprising roots in the 18th century into its future as a form of self-knowledge. We will see some of the great self-tracking projects of the past and present. No products will be reviewed! This is a talk about the why of self-tracking, with illustrations from real experiments. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Andrew Schneider (Andrew Schneider / The Wooster Group)
Average rating: *....
(1.83, 6 ratings)
Schneider's multidisciplinary work attempts to investigate human and technological interdependence. Schneider sees this interdependence as both emotional and physical. We are all infinitely removed from everything, everyone, and from ourselves. Our inners do not connect to our outers with any sort of transparency. Language separates us from the experience of the real. All of us is filtered. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Zoë Keating (www.zoekeating.com)
Average rating: ****.
(4.78, 9 ratings)
Zoë Keating is a cellist. She plays solo, with rock bands, and writes music for film and ballet. Her musical process involves live looping and layering. Keating will demonstrate how to use a 17th century instrument and a laptop to make electronic music, and discuss the metaphysics of looping sound. Read more.
Location: Market Street Foyer
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 3 ratings)
ETech Fest, the ETech emerging arts showcase, will once again provide a platform for artists to present their vision of the intersection of art and technology at ETech 2009. Read more.
Geek Life
Location: Gold Room
Chris Dunphy (Technomadia), Cherie Ve Ard (Technomadia)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
Why wait until retirement to explore the world? Two Gen-X geeks decided to give up their conventional homes almost three years ago to create a conscious merging of life, work, sustainable living, and adventure. They share their adventures, practical advice, and insights to living nomadically on the road while utilizing mobile technology to operate their lives and tech businesses. Read more.
Health
Location: Crystal Room
Liz Henry (BlogHer)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Wheelchairs aren't any more complicated than bicycles, but they cost a ridiculous amount of money. They shouldn't. Neither should other simple accessibility and mobility equipment. You can't stand up all day at your desk, but you don't need a doctor to prescribe you a $6000 office chair. Open source gadget designs will help create a truly healthy industry and a culture of free invention. Read more.
City Tech
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)
Stamen has been extending its work with interactive mapping and data visualizations past the slippy map metaphor into new territory, allowing you to reach through the pins-on-a-map approach that characterizes most work in this field. By making the entire screen an active interactive surface, we're expanding the possibility of what online urban mapping can do. Read more.
Location: Imperial Ballroom
Nathan Wolfe (Metabiota, Global Viral)
Average rating: ***..
(3.57, 7 ratings)
Current global disease control efforts focus largely on attempting to stop pandemics after they have already emerged. This fire brigade approach, which generally involves drugs, vaccines, and behavioral change, has severe limitations. Read more.
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