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Reflections and Sketchnotes from SxSW Interactive 2014


SxSW Interactive is wrapping up and I head home with food for thought. I am excited about the progress in both the development of and integration of social technologies. We’re not there yet, but things are certainly looking up. One always has to be reminded after an event like this that these are early adopters. We must not be myopic as to our understanding of who is using and how they are using social technologies and media. Here are some quick recaps of the highlights and sketchnotes from my SxSW this year…

Brand Innovators Summit with Ted Rubin, Ajay Ramachandran of Dynamic Signal, Bryan Kramer author of Human to Human, Jon Peters Digital Sniper (love this title), Susan Emerick author of The Most Powerful Brand on Earth, Tiffany Tuell of Hitachi Data Systems and Sabrina Stoffregen Director of Intel Ambassadors. Changemakers discussed how social can humanize communications and organizations. Understand your advocates and ambassadors, listen and give them what they want and help them share well.

Yahoo! Flickr designers Andy Law and Shaun Forouzandeh. Flickr moving to more dynamic interactive community with photoshop in your pocket for sharing your best side.

Nilofer Merchant and Rachel Sklar‘s session on Hacking Privilege. Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In opened the dialog by laying the cards on the table. Play wisely by believing, belonging and becoming. Listen and create value that only you can provide – Onlyness. Be extraordinary!  Great continuing the conversation with these dynamic ladies.  Check out Nilofer’s book  New Social Era.  Nice work Rachel with  li.st and Change the Ratio and kudos for your passion for visibility and opportunity for women in tech & new media.

Neil de Grasse Tyson keynote of Cosmos on the Cosmic Perspective. We are special because we are the same. Be curious and never cease wonder.

The future of wearables and evolution of communication with Christina Mercando of Ring.ly, Koichi Yamamoto, Takahito Iguchi of Telepathy and Marco Tempest the virtual magician. Marco, love the magic! Christina, gotta have the ring! Takahito, looking forward to experiencing your discreet device. Wow! Impressive work that brings much thought to the future of wearables. Discreet, Funtional, Magic – BRINGING BACK PRESENCE

Hardwiring the Brain with Ariel Garten of Interaxon, Andrew Smith Lewis of Cerego and Jan Plass from NYU had a great session on tools for understanding the brain’s processing on inputs evolves the development of user design and mindfulness to superpower our brains.

Sketchnotes Flickr designers SxSW by @forbesosteMalmö in Austin at MashBashSketchnotes on Hacking Privilege at SxSW by @forbesosteSxSW 2014 by @forbesosteSketchnotes Neil deGrasse Tyson from Cosmos keynote at SxSW by @forbesosteSketchnotes on Next Evolution in Communication at SxSW by @forbesoste
Sketchnotes on Hardwiring the Brain at SxSW by @forbesosteJess3 ever present at SxSW 2014 by @forbesosteBefore the onslaught SxSW 2014 by @forbesosteSketchnotes Brand Innovators Roundtable SxSW by @forbesoste

SxSW 2014, a set on Flickr.

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#skechnotes Next Evolution in Communication: What Will Happen #sxsw #CommTech #wearables

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Great Presentation at SxSW Interactive 2014 on The future of wearables and the impatient on communication with Christina Mercando, Koichi Yamamoto, Takahito Iguchi and Marco Tempest. Marco, love the magic! Christina, gotta have the ring! Takahito, looking forward to experiencing your discreet device. Wow! Impressive work that brings much thought to the future of wearables.

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Sketchnotes: Hardwiring the Brain: Batter, Faster, Stronger #SXMindtech

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Great session with Ariel Garten, Andrew Smith Lewis and Jan Platt at SxSW Interactive 2014. Exciting to think about how this can be used for future development of user interfaces and optimizing our amazing brains by understanding them better and how they interest with input.

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SxSW 2012 “trends”

Another year another South-by-Southwest, a dense gathering of techies, creatives, educators and businesses in the delightful city of Austin, Texas is almost over. After nearly a week of intense panels, networking, trend spotting, eating, learning, blogging and creating I am left with a sense of inspiration from the people, excitement at the opportunities and, well yes, relief that it is over.

I took part in PepsiCo’s Livescribe team, pulled together by Maya, documenting the conference with our Livescribe smartpens. It was a great opportunity to test this wonderful tool, which is definitely an incredible innovation on the hardware side of things, recording pen strokes as vector drawing, while simultaneously capturing the audio. I look forward to testing this further on my return.

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You and Your Avatar

After two very real face to face events in the last month with completely contrasting groups, I am struck by the challenges and the opportunities they present.  My peers come from a highly technical world .  My clients and students come from two communities that are vastly different in their technical capacity and access to technology (for economic, education, cultural and infrastructure reasons). In one they are traditional senior leadership who are resistant to change.  In the other they are eager, often young, entrepreneurs and business students from both developing and developed markets.


  I am always seeking tools to bridge their issues. My last post, in which I experimented with a tool that creates avatar based movies from text script, got some very interesting responses.  Some liked the simplicity, others bored by seeing the same tool used for games thought it less helpful, and then there was the human factor.  That is what struck me the most.  Here I am trying to bring out the human element, the people behind the machines and the tools, and I was just as guilty of creating a tool that replaces the human factor with avatars.  Shame on me.  


So I will say, thank you again for the great commentary received both online and off.  It was fun playing with the text to video tool.  I agree it is not the best to complement the message.  As to the avatars, well I have never been very fond of them.  I prefer the real faces and bodies: blemishes, wrinkles, bulges and all.   I am sure I will experiment with more and I will make more mistakes, but I hope you will call me on them and continue to be real.  That is what it is all about.  If you have suggestions of tools that I should try, please do share.  I am experimenting with many others that are used more for my classroom and clients.  But I am happy to learn of new ones that make knowledge sharing and teaching more interactive.


Here are some fun pictures of the REAL people in the last month that inspire me:


Women for Sustainable Growth


South by SouthWest

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