This blog post was written by Alec Miller, Manager of Measured Innovation at TechAlliance
This week, I’ve rounded up some highlights of recent conference presentations that do a good job of describing some of the bigger trends in the tech and innovation space right now including the maker movement, context-aware computing, and big data.
First up are a few videos from the World Maker Faire which was held in New York City on September 21 and 22. This annual event profiled speakers and innovations from within the Maker community. The first talk that I found particularly interesting was David Lang’s “Getting Up to Speed with the Maker Movement,” where he shares his experience building the world’s first open source remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV).
The second talk from the event, given by blogger and tech evangelist Robert Scoble, describes some of the current and future applications of context-aware computing. Our smart phones and the coming wave of cheap, connected sensors makes it possible to create a new class of applications where actions are dependent upon the environment in which the user finds him or herself. As Scoble concedes in his presentation, some of the potential applications are “a bit freaky.”
Another recent conference, put on by the tech research and media firm GigaOM was more focused on the trends in cloud computing, big data and IT architecture for the enterprise. Although many of the talks were rather technical in nature, there are still a few talks that are worth checking out if you aren’t a computer or data scientist.
The first one that stood out for me was a panel discussion with representatives from PayPal, MailChimp, and import.io on the role that data plays within their organizations. If you’re pressed for time, skip to the end of the video for each of the panelists take on the most overhyped aspect of big data and data science (hint: visualizations and infographics aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be).
The other talk that I found thought-provoking was given by Dave McRory, a Senior Vice President with Warner Music Group. His talk is about “info economics” and goes into the differences between data, information, knowledge and action. I spoke about this idea of a “knowledge hierarchy” in a previous blog post, but I thought McRory’s take on the subject was really interesting.
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