Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Announcement: Rodrigo Baggio to speak at Stanford


Rodrigo Baggio (founder of CDI, Brazil) will be speaking at Stanford in Cordura Hall, Room 100 on Monday, Feb 26 at 3pm.

He founded the Committee for Democracy in Information Technology (CDI) and opened CDI’s first technology school, called an IT & Citizens’ Rights School in Dona Marta, one of Rio’s oldest slums.

The innovative model garnered support from all spheres of society and rapidly spread throughout Brazil and then internationally. Today, CDI is an extensive network of 900 schools in eight countries – Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay and South Africa. More than a half million people have already benefitted from CDI programs.

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Saturday, February 03, 2007

Mobile Persasion Conference - Cross Cultural Storytelling

Mobile Persasion Conference

I attended the Mobile Persuasion Conference at Stanford yesterday -- it was a great event, all day at Stanford, covering lots of facets of how mobility is used in persuasive computing.

There were some great sessions from Nokia, Intel, Stanford, and others. Ian Bogost of Water Cooler Games had an amusing joke -- "If HCI people designed games, they would only have one button that you press to win."

Today, I'm at the Bar Camp, where I hosted the Video for Cross-cultural communication section. It was small, but very interesting. We had a bit of a rambling discussion, including a stop into storytelling in a corporate context, thinking about what videoconferencing means in differenct contexts, and my favorite puzzler: What would it look like to mix Alternate Reality Games and Flash mobs in a corporate context.