Zeke Franco

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TEDx WindyCity 2013

I attended my first TEDx two weeks ago. The theme for TEDx WindyCity 2013 (videos) was contrast. If you’re in Chicago the next TEDx, TEDxDePaulU 2013, will be held at on April 6th. The theme for this TEDx is Creators & Curators. Chicago is also lucky enough to be hosting TEDx Midwest on May 2–4. I highly recommend finding a TEDx event that you can attend. TEDx events do a great job posting all the talks online, but attending forces you to be exposed to a range of talks that you wouldn’t watch online. When browsing online there is a tendency to just pick and choose TED talks we think we’ll find interesting. At an event you get exposed all the event’s content. I saw some great talks I probably wouldn’t have watch online. My favorite talks were “Shape Your Thinking” by Brandy Agerbeck and “Take the Red Pill” by Glenn Kelman. Shape Your Thinking Brandy explains how some people process information auditory-sequential and other process it visual-spatial. Of coarse there are some of us that do both. A lot of the tools she uses to facilitate discussion are very similar to the methods interaction designers use to facilitate design thinking.

Brandy talks about five steps to processing information visually.

Chunk: Break apart important ideas and concepts on post-its or index cards Sort/Group: Put together the ideas/concepts that are similar Connect: Diagram how groups of ideas are interconnected or how they flow into each other Scale: Use size to show importance or priority Grasp: Discuss and fiddle with the artifacts to find insight

The next important bit she talks about was making sure that participants are comfortable with sharing. The key is to create an environment that is safe to express ideas and to keep people focused on the substance of ideas not the style of their sketches or notes. Take the Red Pill Glenn Kelman talks how he believes that we should try use software to effect the real world. I’d love to see more software companies trying to affect the physical world.

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My Session Notes from Chicago Web Conf 2012

Today I attended the second year of the Chicago Web Conf at 1871. These folks threw a great conference and really elevated the whole conference. The folks running the event video recorded the presentations so hopefully they’ll get those up soon. In the meantime I thought I shared some of the rough notes I took with some of the links I was able to round up.

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SXSW ‘08: Friday Plus the Last 24hrs

This trip has been pretty crazy… Twenty-four hours ago I was in an emergency hospital. I was at work and suddenly became intensely dizzy and nauseous. After running back and forth from my cube to the restroom, HR called an ambulance. I stayed in the hospital for about five hours—they did some blood tests, blood pressure testing, and a CAT scan. Finally around 10pm last night I was released from the hospital with a diagnosis of vertigo possibly due to a viral ear infection. So I go home and pass-out due the be given large amounts of dramamine and valium. I luckily woke up at 5:40am and realized shit I have a flight to catch by 7:47am, and I haven’t even pack. So I through my laptop in my bag, through a bunch of clothes in my luggage, and scram out the door. As a side note that night my laptop and been dropped and know looks all ghetto. Before I left for the hospital I incorrectly packed my laptop away in my backpack, when my roommate went to put my backpack upstairs it flopped right out. I guess it will be a good excuse to buy a Macbook pro, when they come out with the new chipsets. Luckily Ontario airport is a very quick airport to get through so I easily made the flight to Salt Lake City. My flight to Austin was delayed an hour on top of my two hour overlay. So that was fun.

Once I got to Austin it has been smooth sailing. I got to my hotel at 7:30pm ran to the Convention center claimed my SXSWi badge and goodies bag. The goodies bag didn’t have anything great in it. The coolest thing was a Linux magazine and Create Magazine. I’m going to try to go to sleep early so I can enjoy all the great talks. I’ll be posting another entry tomorrow night about any activities that happen during the day, and which talks I attended.quasarkitten.net | twitter.com/quasarkitten

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