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Schedule: Computing sessions

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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.
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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.
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Location: Gold Room
Matt Cottam (Tellart, Rhode Island School of Design and Umeå Institute of Design), Maia Garau (Dynamic Diagrams), Jasper Speicher (Tellart LLC), Brian Hinch (Tellart)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
The Economist has defined services as “products of economic activity that you can’t drop on your foot.” Where businesses once viewed services as a necessary but inconvenient accompaniment to their product offerings, they now increasingly look to designers to develop holistic, human-centered, and innovative service solutions that can help expand profits and cement brand loyalty. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Crystal Room
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.
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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.
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Location: Valley Room
Sameer Padania (WITNESS)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
WITNESS founder Peter Gabriel had a vision - a place online where anyone anywhere could upload and share video footage or stories about human rights, and where this video would kept safe, and used to create action. Read more.
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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.
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Location: Empire Room
Sharon Biggar (Path Intelligence), Toby Oliver (Path Intelligence)
Average rating: **...
(2.40, 5 ratings)
If I were to tell you that someone can observe where you go, what you look at, where you spend your time, and where you spend your money - would you be concerned? Even if it was anonymous? Read more.
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Location: Crystal Room
Aaron Koblin (Gray Area Foundation for the Arts)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 5 ratings)
Aaron Koblin will discuss the process of turning data into visual expression. As director of technology on Radiohead's latest music video for "House of Cards," he worked with sensor technologies as an alternative to traditional video. Koblin will also discuss his role at Google's Creative Lab in San Francisco, and discuss some of his other data-visualization software. Read more.
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Location: Empire Room
Mike McKay (Baobab Health Malawi)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Malawi has a population of 14 million. One million have HIV and there are just 280 doctors in the country. Baobab Health deploys touchscreen computers to clinics that guide nurses through the complex process of HIV treatment. The combination of hacked hardware and open source software is challenging conventional ideas about what is possible in a place without doctors or electricity. Read more.
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