I am honored by the invitation to blog for the coming Web Summit in Dublin in November. There are several simultaneous summits. I intend to spend much of my time at the Machine Summit focusing on Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices. There is so much happening in this space. I hope the dialog goes beyond utility and function. There is a far greater potential here. My hope it is to catch a moment with some of the great minds in this area to find out what is driving their vision and passion.
How do these devices and their founders’ visions connect to the greater social web? What is their potential for impact on the greater global system? How do they fit in the organizational context? Designing for the other 50% (No more ugly devices, please!! Thank you Sonny Vu for the beautiful Shine.) These topics will be a subjects for many a pub chat. (A visit to a real Dublin pub for some delicious cider and good music will be required while in town.) Just because I am doing scholarly research in a tech-based world, doesn’t mean we can’t make room for some real authentic engagement.
My dissertation research continues on the relationship between wearable technologies and presence of mind. By November, I should have some preliminary data to support lively dialog at the Summit (as well as the pub chats). It is from this lens I will be writing, and hope to extract some interesting food for thought.