Be a good host – Open our doors to brainstorming to other people who are not UX designers. Allow other people to start sharing. Every single one has an opinion how it should be done, and itâ€™s going to come out at one point or other. Better earlier than ever.
Decorate your space – show your work as you work on it. People think of design as a finished product and donâ€™t understand that itâ€™s a process and that theyâ€™re important part of the process.
Clarify UX goals – Business needs + User needs = Design criteria.
We all know that itâ€™s not enough to have business needs, or just user needs. A great user experience itâ€™s something that tangible and draws us to get back.
As a country of Egypt, more than 50% of people are young generation. As we think about wikiâ€™s and ICT, we feel that we often donâ€™t know if we can lead the technology or does the technology lead us.
When we think about education, we donâ€™t know if better educations lead to innovation which leads to better technology or is it the other way around?
As an development country, is technology in classrooms, a luxury or a fundamental tool?
Education frameworks has lots of components – Environment, Administration, Tools, Curricula & Content, Assessment, Certification, Actors, Guardians, Recipients.
Pre-industry age; We had One to One tutoring. Teacher is the sole service provider. There is a small group of students. The education at that time itâ€™s based on Memorizing – reciting and dictating.
Small group of different ages. Single teach that knows everything. Blackboard and chalk with eventual books. We had different issues – Teacher to student ratio, etc.
New tools: Radio & TV. Broadcasting techniques. We can now reach great number of people and it opens up recipient area. Different types of certification emerges.
Content management system, â€œeditor – spletne komunikacijeâ€. Itâ€™s supposedly not Yet Another CMS, but something more. Itâ€™s called MyPortal – set your website free. Itâ€™s of course – â€œbetaâ€. Full of Not invented Here syndrome, everything built in-house.
Main differentiator is that itâ€™s available to all the developers that want to work with it. It has full multilingual support, totally adjustable rights for users, fancy administrator interface (doesnâ€™t look that fancy in screenshots).
Itâ€™s not public yet, but they promise â€œreal soonâ€.
They money by creating web pages, they intend to sell the application in two models:
Free license, to anyone who wants to use the solution for â€œnon-commercailâ€
Paid license, for other licensing agencies
They think that open-source solution do not have trust between solutions. They will compile it using proprietary Zend solutions, and they think this is better.
Klemen – Firefox 3 launch party / Kiberpipa
24th of June, â€œrelease event for Firefox 3â€, support from Mozilla Europe, Crea, Marand, Zemanta. Lots of important people from Mozilla Europe and a big party, together with in-depth lectures about Firefox, together with supporting the biggest download numbers.
Learn more about: http://www.kiberpipa.org/firefox
Fotosphera – space bed, a bed that is cheaper and better than your existing bad. A bad that you can put on the sealing and it stays there.
BoÅ¡tjan – Zemanta, the next interation
Heâ€™s demoing the next release from Zemanta. Zemanta had another release on Tuesday, he announces next release in September, and tells us that this is Zemantaâ€™s first incarnation. Itâ€™s a startup that makes an application for bloggers that solves two problems: not happy about appearance of blog and another enough traffic. Making interface easier is not that easy as it seems. The new incarnation thus upgrades the whole experience with new links Amazon, YouTube, etc. And users will be able to suggest their own blogs and help the system to learn.
Heâ€™s showing now zemanta.com/popular that is an aggregation of suggestions from within community,
There is also a third feature – â€œreblogâ€, that allows easy quotation that allows reader to easily select a piece of text and posts it to hers own blog.
Martin – Spletne novice.net
Spletne novice .net â€œonline news .newâ€, itâ€™s a free paper offline newspaper. They recently redesigned their design and business model, they will not give it away for free, but they decided to make a shift back to paid model. What they are trying to do is to take an everyday situation and research it online and then print it back in a common language and explain it to the readers. Itâ€™s very interesting to older people.
They supposedly have very innovative advertising spaces for their advertisers and have a great logo. Enjoble – Borislav
Starts off with a nice geek blogs, together with a long tail of them. He asks, what is the best way to monetize popularity on the Web? One way is advertising, but the biggest money making source is – Job Ads.
Enjoble – hosted platform for creation of custom job boards and their integration into any Web site
Advantages for site owners:
Free and simple creation of new boards
A number of APIs for painless integration
Fixed-price cost of service (as opposed to percentage fee)
Networking feature promotes to other related sistes
Simple and easy to use
And lots advantages also for job-seekers.
A juggling act. Quite fun.
Andrej – Juggling and entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship – needs relaxation; also juggling. When you relax and start concentracting everything starts to change and it becomes clear.
Juggling takes lots of time and practice, years and years. The same is within enterprenourship, going from Slovenia to other regions – it took about 8 years for them; going on global market is something that they started now.
Juggling takes stamina, the same thing in entr. You have to keep pushing and donâ€™t let you loose stamina.
Make sure you keep going.
The best ones are ones that are creative, so even if you donâ€™t have lots of requisites you make magic out of it.
Andrej giving a quick juggling demo with a â€œflower stickâ€.
David, 5 SEO myths
Telling a quick story about how he got involved with SEO.
1. Meta-keywords do not work
3. Links yes, but you have to know how to make them
4. PageRank is not that important anymore => TrustRank is new buzzword, also hiltop
5. SEO = spam
Jure – Itâ€™s complicated
Talking once again about how gender is not a binary option in web pages and that we have to fully embrace wikiâ€™s and user generated content
Andrej – Looking for patterns in series
They have lots of discrete data sources, series like music, amino-acids etc.
They do lots of cool stuff with it, like:
Looking for motives in DNA sequences
Automatic tagging of series
They used this initially in 2005 for Spam filter, got very good results. They moved on to finding interesting news. Following with text-to-speech with automatic location of intonation levels.
Heâ€™s looking for interesting datasets and would like to analyze your data, and is also looking for people who would be interested in research on this topic.
Foto-Grafija – Ciril
Talking about his life story. Heâ€™s explaining how in 8 years he discovered his style of photographing and is now successful in business in this area. He shows us some of his photos that look very nice.
Independant media studio, online portal and upcoming video portal. Itâ€™s core is content based approach to video:
Making quality of living better
Support to organizations
Too much information
Problem of independence
They have over 230 content pieces, mostly in Slovenian.
They are working on distributing this content into other TV networks and with time, their own TV station/channel.
Their business model is to make enough quality content to be able to sell it to different TV stations, and with time on global market.
Davor – Jacob and his skiâ€™s
There is Jacob that wants to get some skiâ€™s. He doesnâ€™t know yet, but we as marketers we can use lots of different approaches to approaching him but most of it fails.
So the solutions to this problem (partially through ToboAds):
Interaction with banners within the page
Showing how ToboAds know when the advertising is in within the visible field, so advertisers pay only for ads that get showed.
David – Odpiralni Äasi
Opening times database. Http://www.odpiralnicasi.si
Who are the most influential bloggers – Jure Leskovec
Obscure technology story is discovered by a small tech blog, it propagates to bigger blogs, and then big media finds it. So the question is, who is really influential here? (Shoing nice network graph)
Blogs – allow for detecting big stories early. Itâ€™s easy to detect all stories, but we figure it out late. Data, itâ€™s possible to get with a simple crawl. Give a budget (e.g. Of 3 blogs), select the blogs to cover the most of the blogosphere? Bad news – Solving this is exactly NP-HArd. Good news: Theorem: Our alhorightm can do it in linear time and we have guarantee for this.
You have to get your business involved.
Itâ€™s all about being keen and up to it. If you are excited itâ€™s easier to convince them to do it.
You have to keep up with your everyday work.
Make sure you have a team. If youâ€™re the only one you want to do it within your organization, bring in other people that are as enthusiastic as you.
BarCamps are â€œnot commercialâ€. They are run in commercial organization because they have large offices.
Of about 150 people, ~120 showed up.
Ticketing is quite important, since it gives first impressions.
There is really no good ticketing management tool for BarCamps.
BarCamp people are very professional and so itâ€™s not that much a problem.
Itâ€™s easy underestimate the amount of water. What would be really good to have â€œwaterâ€ machine.
Donâ€™t forget the vegetarian food.
If you get people to sponsor, make sure they come down and mingle.
When you give out ticket, make sure there is more than one chance.
Donâ€™t be afraid to ask for sponsorship.
How to make the consultations process that we have now better, without changing it? HowÂ can we have more useful things within the system we have.
Second question is, if we start from nothing, whatâ€™s a sensible first step in the process.
Consultation is .. The government needs to do something, they need to go out and ask the public what they think. Theyâ€™ll publish a document with a bit of explanation and a bunch of questions, and if they feel like it you can answer the questions and tell them what they think. Then the government is going to produce a response which will hopefully summarize the input.
One of the problems with the process is that sometimes the consultations are phrased so narrow, that itâ€™s a complete waste of time.
The Site TellThemWhatYouThink is part of the first step, get all the consultations in one place, and it takes some of the work from you by screen-scraping the pages and make your life a bit easier.
There is a similar site in New Zealand called TheyWorkForYou. The discussion is now how the two sites can work together.