Tag: Drumbeat

Hackjam Parking Lot

This past week, we ran a Hackasaurus/P2PU hackjam to implement functional changes to the P2PU platform and create challenges curriculum for Hackasaurus. It was a whirlwind three days. While we had specific goals, we also had a lot of ideas that aren’t in scope for this phase of the Challenges Project. Those ideas deserve some attention, so we put them… Read more →

10 Days til MOZFEST!

I’m volunteering at the Mozilla Festival in London on November 4th to the 6th. I’m pretty excited about it. I had a lot of fun last year, learned a lot of interesting tidbits, and met some wonderful, awesome, fantastic, strange people. We brainstormed. We talked. We made some neat things, had some unique conversations, and developed connections that led to… Read more →

Newsle Pitch

The 2 Minute Pitch The Problem Newsle addresses the problem that people aren’t very curious about what’s going on in the world. They’re curious about what’s going on in their world and how something affects them. The solution is a web-based platform that allows the organization and categorization of news to be crowd sourced and social. The Solution Imagine a… Read more →

Feedback Session

Last night I had a Feedback session with my fellow MozNewsLabbers. It was fantastic. They pointed out both the problems that I was already aware of (too much functionality, need for focus) and added some new ones (“Yeah, that won’t work on a mobile device.” Thanks Ted!) I maintain that these ideas are in flux and allow myself the space… Read more →

Overstimulating a User

Sounds kind of sexy, right? Overstimulating the user? Well, it’s not. It’s not sexy at all, it’ll lead to the systematic exodus from the usage of your app. This weeks talks from Shazna Nessa (Director of Interactive at the AP) and Mohamed Nanabhay (Head of Online at Al Jazeera English) highlighted some very important problems inherent in my idea. I’ve… Read more →

Melt My Brain

I’ve been called a “new media expert”, “technologist”, “programmer”, “web guru”, “creative software ninja”. I have a degree in design, but am a self taught webist. I love the Open Web, and I spend a lot of time staying up to speed on what’s new and exciting. I can make the code do what I need it to do (most… Read more →

Open Web and Why YOU Should be Paying Attention

Facebook opts you automatically in with their new facial recognition software, Apple is going to start taking 30% of revenues from developers, the US Border Patrol is searching and seizing laptops without a warrant, the government is entering people’s social network accounts. Not to mention the ridiculous media coverage of stuff none of us care about, like Anthony Weiner’s wiener.… Read more →