NetHui 2011

NetHui 2011So – the Net Hui is on at Aucklands Sky City Convention Center and, given the line up of people and the subjects being discussed it’s something I decided I need to be at so, startig tomorrow – I am taking 3 days of Annual leave and heading off to the conference as “Rob – Interested Internet User” and certainly not as “Rob – [Employee of Company]“.

Since I first made the decision to attend, I’ve been relieved to learn that at least two of my collegues will be attending in their  official employee capacity – so I’m sure that we’ll compare notes at some point in the ensuing weeks.

Given the nature of these conferences, I will be trying to take notes as best that I can, but for future readers of these entries (myself included) the NetHui is showing some excellent intentions to make note-taking collaborative and also release materials from the conference in addition to the live video streaming of the session they are planning on.

For more details on the event – click here, for my notes on each day, follow the links below:

Enjoy, and feel free to comment below, or against the relevant article. I’ll also work on providing links to others coverage of the event from this post.

Chrysalis Cam – Using Open Source to Open Minds

The kids in Room 3 had a problem, all of the caterpillars that went into the pupa stage of their metamorphosis were emerging when the students were out of the classroom.

The solution was to setup a laptop with a web camera programmed to take a snapshot of a waiting chrysalis once every minute. These images were stitched together into a time-lapse which captured the butterfly emerging in this video.

Feel free to skip over rest of the content in this article as what is of interest will vary greatly between viewers – but I wanted to present the whole story in one location in case it is useful to others who are studying similar processes.

The Lesson

Before getting into the detail of the ‘how’ the project was done, it was fascinating to watch the kids go through the journey of:

  • Identifying the problem of missing the butterflies emerging
  • Strategising what they could do to overcome the issue
  • Discarding ideas which were unworkable
  • Agreeing on using the computer / webcam
  • Thinking about what other things time-lapse would be useful for

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Tots Corner – A Magical Place

When my wife and I first learned we were having our first son, we asked around our friends in the childcare industry for recommendations for pre-school care. The answers unanimously came back “Tots Corner” they all gave glowing accounts of the staff and the atmosphere there and, when we had our first look around we couldn’t help but agree.

Fast forward five years and #1 son has moved on to Primary school, while his younger brother is busily enjoying his time at Tots.

The staff are fantastic, the atmosphere is welcoming and the kids are loved, cared for and taught in the most amazing ways. The teaching methodology is the Reggio Emilia Approach which I am hugely interested in after seeing the incredible effect it has on our boys problem solving skills and thirst to discover. We feel like we are part of the Tots Family and, once I got over the shock that these guys had no internet presence, I decided to register the domain totscorner.co.nz and, since then – we have set them up with domain based emails and a website.

I still have much to learn from the wonderful people at the center – how they engage, the teaching method and their reactions to the introduction of an online presence. I hope to write more on this as we all learn.

Visualising Public Data – Auckland Transport

Chris McDowall is a very, very clever person. In addition to all the other cool stuff he’s done in the NZ data space, he has just released this post on taking the Maxx public transport data feed of movements over a day, and plotting it out on a map. It’s hypnotic and astounding in the sheer volume of movements – but you need to see it to appreciate how cool it is.


An animated map of Auckland’s public transport network from Chris McDowall on Vimeo.


Well done Chris, my hat is (once again) off to you sir – keep creating…

How to kill that pesky creativity in your business

This video by Harvard Professor Youngme Moon has been sitting in my open tabs for a couple of weeks now as a irreverent reminder of the safe-play bingo phrases which find their way into so many meetings…

My Anti-Creativity Checklist from Youngme Moon on Vimeo.

 

I’ve got *my* personal favorites (being one of the guys mentioned in rule #13) – what are yours?

PS – Anyone want to buy me Youngmes book ‘Different‘ ? I want to build up my shelf-help library… (yes, SHELF – I need a good excuse to take some time to read AND implement 🙂 )

youngmemoon.com

Organizing, Getting Things Done, (N)Evernote…

With a recent move to a new working environment, I’ve needed to re-address how I’m working to compensate for the loss of an ability to leave my workspace setup ready for action each day.

Part of this change has been to start using (then consolidate) ‘To Do’ lists. As as assistant for this – I’m returning to ‘Evernote‘ to help keep track of things across the platforms I use in both my professional and personal life.

Evernote / NevernoteThe basic premise of Evernote is “Capture Anything > Access Anywhere > Find Things Fast” and, while that is true for the popular platforms such as Windows, Mac, iPhone, Blackberry and Android – it’s sadly lacking in two of my every day devices. Continue reading “Organizing, Getting Things Done, (N)Evernote…”

Barcamp Auckland 2010 – Redux

The following is intended to be a summary of various links covering Barcamp Auckland 2010 as my notes only capture what I was able to attend.

Much of the discovery was done via a twitter search, so I’m not expecting it to be an exhaustive list – please let me know if I’ve missed anything so I can update to include you [Note: I’m using your shortened links wherever I can to retain your ability to track clicks, so let me know what links you’d rather I use…]

Thanks once again to Ludwig Wendzich @Ludwigw for doing the hard yards to make it such a successful day.


Slide Packs:

Flickr Shots (please tag yourselves): Here & here

Coverage / Notes:

Notes from Barcamp Auckland 2010

Barcamp Auckland is an annual gathering of developers, designers, start-ups and social-media types. It’s a full day event held in an ‘unconference’ like style, where the attendee (see my attendee & interested folks list on Twitter) set the schedule – and people turn up to discuss topics which interest them.

The following are the session notes I took during this years Auckland Barcamp

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Google Maps Navigation

Oh very very cool… and if you are lucky enough to be able to source an Android 2.0 based phone (like the Motorola Droid) it’s also very very free.

Couple this with the just announced Google Music service and Google Voice and you have a take everywhere, contact, entertain and communicate solution – Not much else to add apart from, what will this do to the dedicated GPS device market?!