Techonomy 13 Techonomy Events Video

180° Shift: How Games Help Shell Drill for Innovation Talent

Hans Haringa discusses how Shell's Game Changer program helps to identify successful idea proponents. Watch video and read the complete transcript here.   More

Techonomy 13 Startup Culture Techonomy Events Video

180° Shift: From Collector of Puzzle Pieces to Letting Go

Michael Smolens discusses his startup Dotsub and the challenges of communicating in a diverse world of languages. Watch video and read the complete transcript here.   More

Techonomy 13 Startup Culture Techonomy Events Video

180° Shift: Is Freemium Dead in the Enterprise?

Gaurav Dhillon of SnapLogic discusses startup business models and why his company abandoned the "freemium" approach. Watch video and read the complete transcript here.   More

Media & Marketing Opinion Techonomy Events

Risky Marketing

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The Techonomy 2013 session "Smart Media: Waste Not, Want Not" brought together marketing professionals from firms as diverse as Glam Media and YP (formerly Yellow Pages). They discussed how to make targeted advertising desirable by accurately assessing what people want and avoiding offending them. Alison Lowery, chief technology officer for Simulmedia, related how one consumer’s personal feedback to Jeff Bezos regarding her offense at receiving an ad for a “sensitive” product caused Amazon to rethink its ad strategy.   More

Techonomy 13 Bio & Life Sciences Startup Culture Techonomy Events

What the Dormouse Says Now

If the counterculture of the late 50's and 60's was the progenitor of the PC industry and all it led to, what kind of "culture" is driving the evolution of information technology today? Are those revolutionary ideals still at play, or have those counterculture values grown up and become a complacent establishment? Stewart Brand of the Long Now Foundation, Scanadu's Walter De Brouwer, Ina Fried of AllThingsD, and Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick discuss at Techonomy 2013 in Tucson, Ariz. Watch video and read the full transcript here.   More

Arts & Culture Learning Techonomy Events

Why STEM Isn’t Enough to Train Tomorrow’s Creators

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In this year’s State of the Union address, President Obama committed to “reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges and employers, and create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math—the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.” Yet employers realize that it’s not only hard to find good developers; good designers are big difference makers as well. If we want to make the next generation of “artrepreneurs,” we need to add A for the Arts to turn STEM to STEAM.   More

Cities Techonomy Events

Bankrolling the Metropolitan Revolution

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Some of our largest cities are caught in a paradox. As the federal government is paralyzed by partisanship and limited by budgetary realities, cities and metropolitan areas are taking more responsibility for policy innovation and economic revitalization. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he “will not tie this city’s future to the dysfunction in Washington and Springfield.” Bruce Katz and I have called this shift in mindset and action The Metropolitan Revolution.   More

Business Techonomy Events

How Soon Will Big Data Yield Big Profits?

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Big Data is “the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity,” says McKinsey & Company. But companies and executives rushing into data collection and analysis expecting immediate payoffs are bound to be disappointed. Most companies are years away from being able to effectively profit from data—and not simply for a lack of technology. Instead, at least three entrenched challenges need to be addressed before Big Data can have real impact.   More

E-Commerce Techonomy Events

Shutterstock’s Jon Oringer on Data, Disruption, and Network Effects

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At its core, our stock photography agency, Shutterstock, is a technology company. Forty percent of our nearly 300 employees are technologists—programmers, product specialists, and data scientists. People all over the world depend on us every day for images, videos, and instruction, or as a source of income for licensing their own creative work. But we’re essentially in the business of building two-sided marketplaces that are driven by network effects. Our business leverages data and network-effect mechanics to disrupt and grow.   More

Global Tech Techonomy Events

Data and Crisis: The Information Revolution in Humanitarian Response

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Almost nothing makes gathering robust information harder than a natural disaster. But new services and infrastructure emerging globally promise to revolutionize humanitarian response. The edge of the network is alive with open-source technologies, open data, mobile and social computing, cloud services, open GIS, microblogging, sensing, homemade unmanned aerial vehicles, open analytics, and visualization. These will all contribute to a revolution in humanitarian and development affairs over the next 10-15 years.   More

Partner Insights Techonomy Events

Ericsson: Mobility Report Tracks Global Interconnectedness

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This report is more than a bunch of stats about cellphones. It is a window into the transformation of our planet. The growing interconnectedness of the human race is a historic turn. We are entering an era of inclusiveness, in which the vast billions of humanity, most of them heretofore sequestered in their villages away from progress, from health, from education and information, and critically, from earning power, are suddenly being thrust into the thick of the global economy.   More

Global Tech

Weibo: Google’s Schmidt Eyes China Gadget Market

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The microblogging realm has been buzzing these past few days with speculation on a brief China visit late last week by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, who checked out counterfeit goods at a gadget market in Beijing’s Zhongguancun high-tech area. Equally interesting was the inclusion in Schmidt’s group of two former Google executives who now work for Xioami, the fast-rising smartphone maker that hopes to someday become China’s equivalent of Apple.   More

Cities Techonomy Events

Open Sourcing the Neighborhood

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Rapid change in cities creates highly legible moments: the material reality of new buildings, expanding transport systems, modest shops replaced by luxury shops and modest middle-classes displaced by the rich professional class, or a bike-path where there had been none. And when rapid change happens simultaneously in several cities with at least some comparable conditions, it makes it possible to see how diverse the spatial outcomes can be in spite of similar underlying dynamics, such as the rise of mega-structures or of one-way streets.   More

Techonomy Events

Nanosatellites Will Give Everyone Access to Space

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In the future, everyone on Earth will have ubiquitous access to outer space. That might seem to be a bold statement or to border on science fiction, yet a glance back in time at the influence and trajectory of technology in our lives makes it seem almost inevitable. The nascent commercial space industry is reliving the exact same pattern seen during the late 20th century computer revolution.   More

Government Techonomy Events

U.S. Elections Face a Crossroads on Rights and Technology

Most of the American electoral system functions as it has for hundreds of years, relying on manual processing of paper records.

Most Americans believe that voting is their right, like freedom of speech or freedom of religion. But the right to vote doesn’t appear anywhere in the Constitution. Americans have historically faced legal obstacles to voting based on race, property ownership, gender, or age, while others were limited based on procedural confines such as poll taxes and literacy tests. Regardless of when or how certain groups have won enfranchisement, election administrators, voters, and advocates need to consider how technology can be an empowering force to ensure eligible voters have easy access to the process.   More

Government

The Unhealthy Truth About Obamacare’s Contractors

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On July 16 of this year, Sarah Kliff posted a prescient piece on the Washington Post's Wonkblog. The post, “Meet Serco, the private firm getting $1.2 billion to process your Obamacare application,” reported that 90 percent of Serco’s U.S. business is with the federal government and that the 25-year-old firm pretty much owes its existence to government contracting. She also noted that Serco's experience is in paper pushing, not healthcare. Nonetheless, Serco won a contract that will pay it $114 million in 2013 and that eye-popping number of $1.2 billion over the next five years.   More

Jobs Techonomy Events

Why Millennials Won’t Become Corporate Serfs

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Whatever the recession rendered Millennials—cautious, cynical, underemployed, overeducated, boomerang kids who couldn’t be more grateful that debtors’ prisons have gone out of style—most of all, it made us aware. It showed us just how disloyal corporate America can be, no matter how loyal its staffers have been. It proved that security doesn’t exist, however prestigious your background or business card. And it forced us to interrogate the motives that had pushed our economy past its breaking point—to ask ourselves what work ought to be and mean and yield.   More

Bio & Life Sciences

Should You Have the Right Not to Know Genetic Information?

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Affordable genome sequencing has brought with it a host of ethical debates. Who owns the data? Who can access the data? Should we sequence children? But the debate most likely to directly affect you in the next few years is this: what happens if your physician has your genome sequenced and finds something that she wasn’t looking for?   More

Internet of Things Partner Insights

Beyond Things: The Internet of Everything Takes Connections to the Power of Four

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Many people are familiar with the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT). Not only does it have its own Wikipedia article, but last month the Internet of Things was added to the Oxford dictionary, which defines it as “a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.” So it’s not surprising that people might be confused when we start talking about the Internet of Everything. What’s the difference? Is IoE simply a rebranding of IoT?   More