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    Rough notes and links from Day #2 of Gnomedex 2010

    Saturday August 21

    Bill Schrier


    @billschrier – CTO City of Seattle. Grew up on a farm in Iowa – John Deere. "Steve Ballmer has come to Gnomedex!" The Chief Geek of the City of Seattle. City is a hotbed of innovation. Dam powered electricity. Boeing. Starbucks. Microsoft. Amazon. Startup community. Government has not gone untouched., – published government data. Future: crime, police 911; already have fire dept 911 dispatches. It’s data – it’s not information. Someone has to turn that into something useful for citizens. Open Government hack-a-thon – Tropo & Socratta.

    Perspective: lot more interesting stuff comes when private companies / people do it.

    Amy Karlson


    Amy Karlson is a researcher in the Computational User Experiences (CUE) subgroup of the Visualization and Interaction for Business and Entertainment (VIBE) research area at Microsoft Research, focusing on HCI and user experiences within mobile and multi-device environments.

    She received a B.A. and M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. She received her Ph.D. from University of Maryland, College Park in Computer Science, where she specialized in HCI and one-handed interaction with touchscreen-based mobile devices, and for which she was awarded a Microsoft LiveLabs Fellowship. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Ms. Karlson worked for several years as a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

    Looking at improving work-flow. Visualization & Interaction Group. Review of all the devices touched during the day – the transition from one device to another is an opportunity. Can you improve these transitions. Each device is still sort of isolated. How do you, for instance, make the relationship between phone, laptop, and desktop better. Logged usage for two weeks.

    Different across people but internally consistent to an individual.

    "How many times have you read an email on your phone and then forgot to respond when you get back to your desktop?" 75% of the audience. Come back to your inbox and those emails are undistinguishable from all the emails you’ve already read @ the desktop.

    "Mark as Unread" is something very common that we do. Amy: once the user has to do something like that then the system has failed to bridge the worlds between devices.

    Slide Overview of disruptions uses devices: Network | Output | Input | Missing Function | Environment | Cost/Benefit

    Cloud as part of solution: push back. Email is the cloud. Still have to step in regarding actions between devices.

    Shauna Causey & Melody Biringer



    Tech Mavens: Women in top technology positions are scarce — but they’re out there. They just need a safe space to rock out, rally the troops, and share success stories. The vision for Tech Mavens is to create a crashpad. A launchpad. An inspiration station, advice center, event hub and force for social change.

    Shauna Causey – Co-Creator of Tech Mavens and Digital Evangelist for Ant’s Eye View. Her pervious roster includes the Comcast, FOX, Fox Sports Net and the Seattle Mariners Baseball Team.

    She is the creator behind Voluntweetup, she leads Twestival Seattle, speaks around the country helping non-profits with social media and serves as the Vice President for the Social Media Club Seattle board of directors. In the last year, Shauna has been featured in TechFlash as one of the 100 Top Women in Tech, as well as in The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post.

    Melody Biringer – Co-Creator of Tech Mavens From strawberry shortcake to home furnishings to a fitness business, she has trotted down virtually every entrepreneurial trail in existence. With 23 business ventures under her belt — a few of them even successful! — you might call her a lifelong “start-up junkie.”

    She’s the founder of the CRAVEcompany, which connects savvy business owners with stylish consumers through networking events, symposiums and a series of smash-hit city guides. Melody was recently featured on and on the cover article of Seattle Woman Magazine.

    @TechMavens – "How many people have had an idea to help the community" Entrepreneur Girl meets Corporate Girl. Biringer’s Farm. Schlepping around strawberry short-cake – took into wholesale cookies @ QFC. Latest with Crave. Support small women business – in 20 cities. Bring small-biz like-minded women together and talk about why to be, say, on twitter.

    Start-up Weekend: – whole bunch of programmers need markets etc. Both went. 20 women out of 100. Friday: do a big pitch, get into teams of 10 each and then by Sunday night launch it live on stage. Won @ Digree -> Crowd Hop. Talking with Monica Guzman – writing a book, Monica is on board of directors. – create as non-profit. Created mindmap. Slide: Gender & The Internet – women are ruling a number of online experiences. "There aren’t enough woemen entrepreneurs because they don’t see enough woemen extrepreneurs ahead of them that are successful." – The need for role models. (Video)

    Betsy. Carol Tran – Chic Meets Geek – science geek. Kathy. Robin. Shauna: "Not a dating site."

    Website launched – looking for mentors, speakers, and nominate profiles for women in tech.

    Larry Wu


    Larry Wu brings over 27 years of brand and business development experience to the SmartCup Board of Directors. He is currently the VP of Product Development for SK Food Group in Seattle, and most recently served as COO for Bossa Nova Beverages.

    Larry joined Bossa Nova from Iconoculture, Inc., where he served as VP, Consumer Strategist. There he led food and beverage consumer consulting projects for key Fortune 500 clients in the Consumer Packaged and Restaurant industries. Mr. Wu also spent two years leading research and development at CH Guenther and Son, Inc. where his team was responsible for the development, production and launch of key foodservice products such as the McGriddle.

    Consumer-Based Innovation – Chris introduction: discussing the Smart-Cup mini-French-press disposable coffee experience. One of Larry’s billion inventions. Food geek – 27 years. Starting work w/ Safeway to build-up store eateries.

    Products: please go to for more slide background. Metatrends < macrotrends < trends < observations. Been working for the man, now on own. Watch things happen in the worlds and put 2 & 2 together and get 5. When you can link threads / trends together it becomes macrotrends – and when they collide that’s the end of the world. Trending-watching framework: time vs. stability. Observations from the world are coming in and being tagged.

    Creature Kingdom: 50 years in the making. Pet cemeteries / urns. K-8 Water / Pet Urns / Doggie Daycare. Trend: Humanization of Pets. Healthcare for pets, travel, etc –> Creature Kingdom: pets controlling human behavior. Next? Eateries for pets. Social networking for pets (Facebark).


    • Artisan: return to handcrafted one-of-a-kind objects etc.
    • Cultural Fusion: experience cultural hybrids – people want to experience more than just their own culture (easiest: food + music). Trying to figure out the growth of different ethnic food love in USA. Historically is post-war and soldiers wanting to re-enjoy food they had experience. Now? Internet: can read about food from all over.
    • Fingerprinting: personalization – why Starbucks works. Psion: you can build your car online.
    • Health Monitor: light / low-cal / high fiber / anti-oxidant. Self treatment.
    • Hyperlife: multitasking barrage.
    • Memory Marketing: history as an active resource to take a nostalgic trip through time.
    • Merit Badges: people are collecting experiences – mission trips.
    • Read, Set, Go! Innovation + convenience.

    Celebri-Me: four years ago. Look at me, listen to me, but don’t get too close. Consumers creating their own 15 min of fame. Consumers who don’t want to wait for fame to find them. How do you market to that?

    Food truck trend. Mexican + Korean. – and there’s a line etiquette and the crowd will boo you if you break etiquette.

    Scott Draves


    Scott Draves a.k.a. Spot is a visual and software artist living in New York City. Draves is best known as the creator of the Electric Sheep, a continually evolving abstract animation with over 60,000 daily participants. Draves’ award-winning work is permanently hosted on, and has appeared in Wired and Discover magazines, and even as an official skin for Google Chrome.

    When not working as a full-time artist, Draves has worked for a series of technology start-ups. Draves is now an engineer in the mapping division at Google Inc. Spot started VJing at underground parties in the early 90s and still performs live.

    Screensavers – Electric Sheep. Requires network connection. Started programming in 78. Working on computer graphics. 1991: Fuse – takes some images as input & creates images as output. Creates tiled mosaic. Tries to make overlap between tiles match – visual associative memory search. Could also take a gold image to reconstruct an image out of other images. Now a plug-in to GIMP – "Patch-based Texture Synthesis." http://draves.og/fuse – galleries there, too.

    Flame: open source visual language – 1991 – organic + fluid. Expressive. Working in Tokyo at the time and had a supercomputer to self. Play video – The Open Source Culture of the Flame Algorithm.

    Bomb: interactive visual musical instrument. VJ performance tool.

    Youtube user: spotworks.

    Electric Sheep: – distributed supercomputer. 1999. Based on Flame Algorithm. Voting into genetic algorithm. AI learning to satisfy human desire. Editor for editing existing sheep.

    Play Generation 243 – commissioned by CMU. Problem: flashy, trashy sheep got the most votes (Las Vegas effect). "Dreams in High Fidelity" – go through 1,000s of sheep and pick out the few he think is beautiful – send out to network for re-render in high-def.

    (Compare to neon @ )

    Interference patterns: Geometric resonances between planes.

    Would love to get an installation / show in Seattle (gallery, museum).

    Scott Mueller and Alex Mueller


    Scott Mueller is a quirky-smart thinker with leadership experience ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He’s passionate about helping people see their true potential and getting them to places they never thought possible.

    Scott and his wife, Alex, started an experiment in life and living, called Moosicorn Ranch, east of Spokane, WA. Through the help of friends and colleagues, they hope to make Moosicorn Ranch a sustainable home and farm. But there are even bigger dreams in the works including providing a place for workshops, seminars, and even a place for artists to live, learn and create.

    iPhone toting homesteaders. Can’t make phonecalls, but that’s not the iPhone’s strong-suit anyways. Going to build own cottages, including one for artist (free room & board). For advice, called out to twitter & ning. iPhone just as handy in a rural environment. Animal tracks / birds / recognizing wildlife. Makes experience more educational – become a better steward of the property.

    In phase micro-converter. Vs 20-30K mega-inverter investment. W/ this you can order one panel. Under $1K you have all the equipment you need. You can then organically grow your solar panel investment. Next device: can monitor power production & report it. Next: remote control switches for managing power in house… remotely.

    Tied to people w/ social media outright. Food movement: watch Food Inc.

    Things people can do: (1) throw a solar panel on your roof. (2) backyard gardens – start with the food. (3) home automation stuff – green things to your home. Smart Labs Inc. (4) CFLs / lights.

    (Great flickr photos – )

    Melissa Pierce


    Melissa Pierce is the producer of the interview documentary, Life In Perpetual Beta. Every day, she asks people questions to help them discover who they are and what they are passionate about doing, and then help them do just that, because that’s what she’s passionate about.

    Life In Perpetual Beta is about listening to your authentic self, unleashing your creativity, and living in the moment, every moment. It’s a documentary told by everyday people, about how technology has changed the way we think about ourselves and enabled our lives to be more spontaneous and less planned.

    (Another Prezi presentation – text 5 x 11). Text becomes context. We’re kind of in a revolution of somesort – a Contextual Revolution. Revolution review. You don’t realize you’re in the middle of it when it’s happening.

    Conclusion: revolution is about access – not just to information but to other people. "Every click is an act of co-creation. Every click reveals something about yourself."

    Previously a life coach. Game: what’s your preference. Decide between two things. Every preference matters. Interviews: got recommendations and asked to interview. And show up. No vetting. People flew me all over the world – get $30 at a time help from people passionate about what the project was. "Life begins when you get out of your comfort zone." – Neil Donald Walsh.

    "We really like your rough-cut and want to talk to you about a deal." "Rough cut? It’s fucking done, dude!"

    Violet Blue


    Violet Blue is a Forbes “Web Celeb”, a high-profile tech personality and one of Wired’s “Faces of Innovation.” She is regarded as the foremost expert in the field of sex and technology, a sex-positive pundit in mainstream media (MacLife, The Oprah Winfrey Show, others) and is regularly interviewed, quoted and featured prominently by major media outlets.

    Violet has many award-winning, best selling books; her books are featured on Oprah’s website. She was the notorious sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. The London Times named Blue one of the 40 bloggers who really count (2010).

    "What about if they’re bi?" (nsfw). Problems. Noticed in over 10 years – unable to make stable social media structures. (background – author, crisis help line, frontlines of sex education). Google tech talk on abstinence education. Kids are going to Google for sex education. Saw two perspectives on sex: (1) it’s a bad and scary thing, or (2) it doesn’t exist at all. Goal: sex positive message.

    Social media: best way to distribute message vs. via locked down traditional media. Had handcrafted blog. 2005: ended up in a bet w/ Adam Curry – ended up being the first female podcaster. Very popular. Reaction was strong. Podcast: @ this point, 8,000,000 strong. History: – social media hang-out: Smart Girls Porn Club. changed direction & became more conservative & the club was yanked. Fragile. To check the fragility of a facility: make a subject area about sex.

    Facebook is WalMart for your communities. Just had a page taken down on Facebook. Wrote a book: Smart Girls Guide to Porn (chapter three on Oprah’s site). Made page on FB – flagged by conservatives & gone. What happened to us that we’ve handed over the decision making to these gatekeepers? "All I get is Terms of Service."

    Harm reduction approach to Social Media – – letting groups decide what’s harmful & not vs. the gatekeepers.

    Jason Barger


    Jason Barger is the author of the book Step Back from the Baggage Claim: Change the World, Start at the Airport – featured in the NY Times, ABC, National Geographic Traveler, and many other wonderful spots.

    Before taking off to sleep in airports and observe human behavior, Barger led over 1,700 people to construct 125 houses internationally for families living in poverty. He also implemented the Streets Mission Project to serve the homeless on the streets of Columbus, Ohio. In 2004, he was one of five people in Columbus, Ohio, to receive a Jefferson Award, a national award given to “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”

    Baggage claim: travelers form a human wall of entitlement. It’s in the small actions that we solve the biggest problems in the world. Changing the world one small thoughtful act at a time. Pass out books and ask people to pass it on to others.

    Travel gracefully.

    Story: family with two smart carts that made a fortress right infront of the carousel. Frantically tried to keep people out of their zone while people were trying to get their bags. Observed behavior in seven cities in seven days. What does this reveal about us as people? "What we put out into the world changes the world."

    Study: 90% of our interactions with people are negative: we spend time & energy complaining about something. 80% of our self talk is negative. What would that mean to reframe the things we’re thinking about. Why do we do what we do and what is it we want to put out into the world?

    Plato: what is honored will be cultivated.

    Ideas can spread, but relationships is what flourishes.

    Spending time w/ lost boys of Sudan in Ohio: "I believe technology is going to save Sudan: a) more people are going to hear about what happened, and b) more people will help."

    "This isn’t the easiest thing to do in heels!" – travelling gracefully.

    Steve Fisher and Michael Dougherty



    Steve Fisher is co-creator and producer of Browncoats: Redemption and can’t believe he is actually making a film this awesome. During the day, Steve is Managing Director of AppSolve, a software application and online media development firm. He is a serial entrepreneur and has previous experience launching successful web and new media properties.

    Steve is an author of the upcoming book Rules for Entrepreneurs and writes about innovation and entrepreneurship at,,, and on his blog StevenFisher.TV. He currently resides in Herndon, VA and you can also find him on twitter @stevenfisher.

    Michael Dougherty is co-creator and producer of Browncoats: Redemption as well as the writer and director of the film. He spends most of his free time dedicated to this project. During the day, Michael currently is Emerging Media Manager of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a non-profit focused on promoting the Chesapeake Bay.

    Michael has background as an entrepreneur working in the interactive media and entertainment industry for the last 10 years.

    He has worked on many film and stage productions and this is first feature film. He currently resides in Baltimore, MD. You can find him on twitter @wickedjava or managing the Browncoats: Redemption twitter account @browncoatsmovie.

    Browncoats Redemption – . How we crowd-sourced our way to a feature film for charity! (movie preview trailer – new crew for a Firefly class ship.) Got community buy-in, now we need permission. Like our day jobs & not getting sued. Not going to use anything from the series at all other than a continuation. Studio: fine. Joss: call Fox to speak Joss Whedon – goes through 7 levels – "Natalie in Joss’ office – can I help you?" – send me a detailed outline about what you want to do. Give her two year plan, 45 days later got Joss’ blessing. Got Joss to sign @ comic-con.

    (memo: imdb Michael Dougherty)

    Chose charities relevant to the original Firefly cast/crew. 501 3c. Facebook group script review / table read. Production crew was 100% crowd sourced. 162 people showed-up. Got three weeks in frontier town.

    Opened selves up to what volunteers would bring. Leveraged social media to get Red-1 replacement camera. Jones Soda on bottle – Adam Baldwin with t-shirt & Jones Soda. "Gonna open a big old can of whoop-ass at Gnomedex." Fundraising without shame. Getting t-shirt out and pictures taken with former cast / crew. View video mash-up "I am a browncoat"

    DVD has gone to press. 9/4/2010 premier. "And what you can do…" get off your ass.

    This is more than a bunch of guys running around with lightsabers at the state park.

    Tim Hwang


    Tim Hwang is the founder and current director of the Web Ecology Project, a research community dedicated to building an applied science around measuring and influencing the systemwide flows of culture and patterns of community formation online. He is also currently working on Robot, Robot, and Hwang — a legal startup that seeks to bring quantitative analysis and geek methods to the practice of law.

    On the side, he is the creator of ROFLCon, a series of conferences celebrating and examining internet culture and celebrity. He Twitters @timhwang, and blogs regularly at He likes Choco Tacos.

    Chris: ROFLCon. Tim is an evil genius. Gathers together anyone momentarily famous on the internet. Founder of "The Awesome Foundation" – institute on higher awesome studies. Lasers & dinosaurs & such.

    Playing Databall: Online Influence and the Future of Social Hacking.

    Book: Moneyball – Oakland A’s: Bay Area b-ball. How do you become a winning team w/ a small amount of money? Vague: rules of baseball success. Subjective: to assess value – scouts would scour the country looking for new members – visual assessing of people.

    Social Wargaming: can you do it? Nice: graphing the distortion of social space connection caused by attempted influence. Identify promising clusters of people.

    Social as Data: underlying feature is a huge amount of data about people. Rise of the Quants. Start having both influencers and people that prevent influence. Implications? – – –

    Bots using Amazon Turk to get twitter messages – e.g., bot gives the context for the tweet and passes it on.

    Q: Looking for personal analytics.

    Matt Inman


    Using a combo of keen business sense and real-world comic familiarity, the man behind The Oatmeal— 27 year old Matt Inman — draws, sketches and codes his way to a successful business making people laugh.

    His site, receiving more than four million unique hits per month, was recently named in Time Magazine’s Top Blogs of 2010.

    Behind his wit and unassuming presence, Matt has a powerful story about his journey and how social media played a role in his success. His experience includes co-founder of SEOmoz,and founder and creator of an online dating website which he later sold, Mingle2 (the entire site from concept to launch was built in only 66.5 hours). He now focuses his energies full time on The Oatmeal. – @oatmeal – comedy website. Doing well – talk about maybe why. Started mingle2 on the side and got acquired. How did I do this & get attention? 100,000 users to 1,000,000. Started engaging polls / blogs: "How dating my ex was like playing Doom II on nightmare mode."

    "How Geek Are You?" – two minute quiz. Give you a badge for your site. "How Many Cannibals could my body feed?" The link in the html badge back to site caused high google results of "Free Online Dating". "How much is my dead body worth?"

    Started making comics – types of crappy kissers. "10 reasons it would rule to date a unicorn" Fake dating site: Zombie Harmony.

    "Is your cat plotting to kill you?"

    "8 ways to prepare your pets for WAR." "How to use a semicolon" "5 reasons bacon is better than true love."

    Tricks (to getting some viral love):

    1. Find a common gripe. "How to suck at facebook"
    2. Pick things everyone can relate to.
    3. Create easily digestible content.
    4. Create an infographic.
    5. Talk about memes and current events.
    6. Incite an emotion.

    Q: artful google bombing. How long did that last? Got #1 in "Cash Advance" in 6 weeks. Pisses Google off. Would not at this point recommend quizzes.

    Barbara Evans


    Seven months ago, Barbara Evans started tweeting about the wines she loves to drink and the people who make them. She had no intentions of marketing anything, and claims to not know what the heck she’s doing. However, in a very short period of time, she has become known as a “marketing guru” of sorts.

    She’s been interviewed on nationally syndicated radio shows and newspaper columns. She has been pegged to speak and appear at may local events. She is truly a success story of a self-made self-branded online marketing campaign. It doesn’t hurt that the woman loves a good glass of wine! You can connect with her @SeattleWineGal on Twitter and at

    How to enjoy wine. @SparkmanCellars and more. Borat: "How Not to Wine Taste" The 3 Components of Wine Tasting:

    1. Look – Tilt your glass and check for color and clarity.
    2. Smell – stick that Shnoz right into your glass baby.
    3. Taste

    How to Look Pretentious –

    1. Take a medium sized sip of wine.
    2. Hold it in your mouth
    3. Purse lip & suck a little air in.
    4. Swish the wine around your mouth.
    5. Swallow.
    6. Think about the finish of the wine.

    Tasting room etiquette

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    Quick notes from the first day of Gnomedex 2010 – very dry but with links.

    Friday, August 20

    8:00 AM Registration and continental breakfast

    8:30 AM Doors open

    9:00 AM Welcome to Gnomedex 10 by Chris Pirillo

    9:15 AM Brian Solis: Opening Keynote

    10:00 AM Trish Millines Dziko

    10:35 AM Break

    10:50 AM Charles Brennick

    11:30 AM Austin Heap

    12:15 PM Lunch in the Harbor Dining Room

    1:30 PM Announcements

    1:45 PM Tom Nugent

    2:15 PM Todd Welch

    2:45 PM Break

    3:00 PM Willow Brugh

    3:30 PM Johnny Diggz

    4:00 PM Rob Knop

    4:05 PM Audience-voted Presentations

    4:40 PM Surprise

    5:00 PM Announcements

    6:00-9:00 PM After Party sponsored by Banyan Branch, @ See Sound Lounge

    9:00 PM – ?? Tech Karaoke After-After Party @ Hula Hula

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    Day One of Gnomedex 10

    Just quick, light notes about what the presenters said that was interesting enough for me to write down.

    Chris Pirillo Opening Remarks

    Gnomedex Keywords: Influence, Ideation, Illumination, Inspiration, Interaction, Illustration – Human Circuitry

    On the Real Networks vuvuzelas distributed through the room – "Use those sparingly."

    Small idea: Star-tags: rating what you’re tweeting about: *0 (you hate it) to *9 (you love it) for Collab.

    The end of Gnomedex: This is it for Gnomedex. This is the last Gnomedex, without a major sponsor it can’t go on. Look forward to future geek events (e.g., Geek Week, Wine Geek, etc).

    Brian Solis


    Brian Solis is globally recognized as one of most prominent thought leaders in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has influenced the effects of emerging media on the convergence of marketing, communications, and publishing.

    He is principal of FutureWorks, an award-winning New Media agency in Silicon Valley, and has led interactive and social programs for Fortune 500 companies, notable celebrities, and Web 2.0 startups is ranked among the top of world’s leading business and marketing online resources.

    Keynote, looking at Gnomedex and considering this age of digital privacy and contextual personal networks.

    If the Elite have Ted, the geeks have Gnomedex. "This is about #you" Welcome to the EGOsystem…

    Movie: "We Live in Public" – – hey, it’s on Netflix and available for Instant Queue: – added to my queue.

    Jeff Jarvis – privacy scare; writing a book.

    We cast a digital shadows with ever tweet, post, etc… Then we complain: how Facebook is invading our privacy. We are the last generation to know privacy as it was. Privacy is now something that will be taught. Private life, public life, secret life. Social "Me"dia

    Introverts as digital extraverts.

    Photo: hash tags as a gang sign.

    Social networks. Contextual networks. Niche networks. People are connecting around keywords / topics. Context becomes king.


    Dunbar’a number in anthropology.’s_number Average person on Facebook #130 connections.

    Social graph theory: believes numbers will double. Social currency based on how we behave – "Like" – reputation, trust. I follow you for a reason.

    "Now there’s a credit score for the fucking web." Klout Score. – oy, mine sucks. Andy Warhol: 15 minutes: this saying is now dead. Influence is the new metric of social authority. Klout: influencers get free flights w/ Virgin & free coffee from Starbucks.

    Fast Company Influence Project: not influence, popularity. "Vote for me, vote for me!" That’s not influence. You are more influential than you know. scientific analysis of how to get retweeted.

    "Anyone who says they are a social media expert is fucking lying to you."

    Keep Gnomedex alive in all you do.

    Trish Millines Dziko


    Trish Millines Dziko founded Technology Access Foundation in 1996 after spending 15 years as a developer, designer and manager in the high tech industry. Her successful career brought her to Microsoft in the mid-1980s, just as the pioneering software company was set to become a worldwide brand.

    In addition to her work at TAF, Trish remains a committed, proactive leader and serves on the boards of several organizations that focus on children and education. Trish has received dozens of local and national awards for her work improving the educational opportunities for children of color.

    How We’re Going to Reboot Public Education

    "Ah, this is a Mac… can you tell I’m not a Mac person?" @DegreesMatter #trishdex

    Public schools need some help. Want to know more & look at data? "A Right Denied" – presented by Whitney. Link below to PDF slide show.

    At Microsoft, moved into the Diversity Program, working with High Schoolers interning (e.g., Garfield High). Left Microsoft and started the Technology Access Foundation. Slide on data for US school achievement – our brightest students. U.S. ranks near the bottom in the world, particularly in Math & Science. However, students today "Seem to be very confident in their perception of how smart they are." but in college they have to take remedial classes, meaning they are paying for what they should have taken in High School.

    (@EricRi remark: GenY is full of overconfidence but typically mediocre skills / abilities.)

    Movie: "Waiting for Superman" – it’s an amazing movie.

    (Mac disruption moment: no graphs. "This is why you have a *PRINT-OUT*" – reviews graphs) Bellevue High is night & day compared to Cleveland High.

    What are the causes?

    "You can have a small class with a crappy teacher in front of them."

    Reviewing implications of being a high school drop-out: jail rate, mortality: their woe does affect society with a cost & impact (public assistance).

    Good slide: "We Know What Works" – raising expectations, Leadership, Measurement, Accountability

    (Switched to a PC: "Well I don’t have anymore graphs now…")

    TAF: social entrepreneurs.

    Goal: by 2020: on an annual basis, educating 20,000 kids to HG graduation, to college, & subsequent college graduation. Tiny org that can’t do on our own. Supporting elementary teachers, not replacing them. TAF Academy. Teach21: scaling up – located in White Center.

    Learn More: / subscribe to the TAF MediaLab newsletter / download "A Right Denied" and devour the data.

    "A Right Denied" PDF:

    Get Involved: volunteer, visit TAF academy, offer a high school internship, write legislators, talk to your network.

    Questions: roll of parents?

    "It is not an honor in the United States to be a teacher."

    Charles Brennick


    Charles Brennick is founder and director of InterConnection. Prior to founding InterConnection in 1999, Mr. Brennick worked as a park planner, an ecotourism planner in Costa Rica and as an environmental education teacher with the Peace Corps in Paraguay. Charles received a Masters degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. – Creating opportunity through computer reuse. Computers: 8% in S. America, 1% in Africa.

    Refurbishing: wow, really thorough.

    If you donate a computer, they wipe the hard drive. Some large companies insist donated drives to be punctured / crushed. Certificate of data destruction. Doing smartphones now.

    Donate a PC & email – drop off biz card, too.

    Austin Heap


    Austin Heap is one of the founders of the CRC and the organization’s Executive Director, as well as an entrepreneur, technologist and activist whose work centers on developing Internet-based technologies to facilitate the rapid transfer of knowledge between people, groups, and organizations.

    He is the recipient of several honors, including the First Amendment Coalition Beacon award. Prior to establishing the CRC, Austin was a Chief Technology Officer at an Internet firm serving Fortune 50 companies where he developed technologies that simultaneously optimized users’ networking and personalization within and between online communities and organizations.

    On recent cover of Newsweek.

    Twitter revolution – lot of hype, overused term. Record on video cameras – takes a while to get out of country. Gets out, eventually gets back into country via pirate transmission. Twitter allowed faster sharing of information.

    Slaying Dragons: playing WoW & seeing Iranian trending topic. Post instructions to setup proxies.

    Leveraging twitter – put out tweets for information / help: e.g., needed a pro-bono lawyer – w/in a few days had an excellent lawyer.

    Got internal doc regarding Iranian network – created Haystack:

    • Encrypt out going data
    • Obfuscate to look innocuous to the region

    Sanctions brought Haystack to a halt – time to go to DC.

    Don’t be a touron in D.C.

    Brought whole team – had problems (e.g., being a tourist, handing out unsourced tweets); had to lock down the team. All but one are gone.

    Hillary: One corporation given permission to export anti-censorship software to Iran.

    Not trying to get elected, so I can show up and not be diplomatic.

    Other project: Neda’s assassination. Family not interviewing. Train someone to look like Persian tourist & film an interview & get out of Iran. Got interviewer & partner out & get asylum.

    Trailer: Every Monday. HBO films. For Neda.

    "I feel like people look at Iran as 70 million terrorists."

    How to make this go viral in Iran?

    After Torrents, got access to satellites to illegally broadcast "For Neda" into Iran. Started: got reports that electricity was going out in Iran. The government didn’t want the story going out.

    Neda’s family is untouchable.

    "Lot of people I talk to in Iran are just scared."

    How people can help: work w/ government to update how we regulate technology.

    Work outside of the US? Considered Panama since they don’t answer US subpoenas.

    Tom Nugent


    Tom Nugent is the Co-founder of LaserMotive, where he is working to develop ways of recharging unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the “drones” used by the military. Tom previously served as Research Director for LiftPort Inc. –- one of the pioneers in the development of the modern space elevator concept. While at LiftPort, Nugent led the research team that outlined a realistic path to space elevator development, as well as working on a variety of milestone tests of robotic lifters.

    Nugent’s other space development work includes liquid-fueled rocket engine development through the MIT Rocket Team, and advanced fusion propulsion research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    Invisible extension cord to spaaaaaaaace. Dreams of Space interrupted by Reality of Economics. Space elevator: conclusion: "Not on Earth, Not in my lifetime." Nasa looked at competitions like Xprize. Space Foundation partnered with Nasa.

    Power beaming: 60-70s: Microwave. 70-80s: Lasers. 90-00s: lasers more capable.

    Competition: you had to have a robot vehicle climb a wire powered by nothing more than the power source you designed.

    2007: everyone failed.

    2009: a small laser can put out 3hp of light (what does that mean?)

    Nick on the team manually tracked pointing the laser on Otis the climber.

    Testing: built a vertical treadmill for the climber to simulate 1k, 2k climbing. Hardware on the cheap: eBay, industrial auction sites.

    Video: climbing up – 8x speed, with elevator music. Trying to get to faster than 5m/s: forgot the "million dollar nut".

    Todd Welch


    Todd Welch is the author of the book Trust, How to put “it” back in business. Shortly after Gnomedex 9.0, he started a thousand-day journey studying trust and learning from his experiences to share with others.

    He co-founded Charter Partners, a company that uses Cooperative Entrepreneurship to organize hundreds of entrepreneurs into creative teams. He also founded the Charter Partners Institute and WINGS to provide hands-on learning experiences that have taught thousands of high school and college students the concept of Cooperative Entrepreneurship.

    "it" – Integrity & Trust. Subject of the heart. Trust ecosystem. The lack of trust is the #1 issue in the world at this time. 1,000 day journey.

    Slide: corruption perception index of the world.

    Day 25: Seth Goldman Honest Tea: decided to create his own tea, brought to Whole Foods & got subsequent orders. Now #1 organic tea in US. What is the brand? Trust.

    Day 102: Joe McDonough. Started organization B Positive (son’s blood type was B+):

    Day 104: Larry Holmes.

    Day 160 / 161: Prudence. Best documentary – former producer knocked winner off stage. Tell me about this disrespectful experience. The real story is Prudence.

    Day 249: Kenny Moore – was in monastery for 15 years.

    Day 266: Admiral Grossenbacher. Ran entire nuclear sub fleet.

    Q: Where’s the space for forgiveness?

    Trust Tour videos on vimeo:

    Willow Brugh


    Willow Brugh is a transhumanist, a traceuse, and an organic chat client. She believes all systems are malleable, and should be acted upon. She also believes in dirty hands; community; and the inseparability of neurons, bits, and atoms.

    She has organized and moderated transhumanist discussion groups since 2006, is director of Jigsaw Renaissance (an emerging member-based maker space), and has just started a motorcycle courier service called Va-Va-Vroom.

    Prezi presentation. Free at – @willbl00 – – Russian Cosmism

    (Holy Frak, Prezi is really freaking different!) –

    Integrated augments.

    (This is pretty information rich – there’s no way I could keep up typing – Prezi slate is the way to go.)

    Modafinil – keeps you awake – developed for narcolepsy.

    (Wow, this is a Mondo 2000 flashback)

    Nootropics –

    Embedded magnets:

    See follow-up slide for various sites / topics.


    Johnny Diggz


    Johnny Diggz is a musician, filmmaker, entrepreneur and the Chief Evangelist at In 1995, Diggz launched iPost Universal Messaging, the world’s first Internet-based unified messaging platform. In 2001, he co-founded Voxeo, the industry leader in unlocked communications.

    He produced the indie feature film, The Karaoke King, a musical comedy which premiered in 2007 at the Cinema City International Film Festival. Since 2008 he’s performed as dueling piano player at Howl at the Moon in Orlando and is the co-host of the award-winning Drew Show Podcast.

    In 2010, Diggz launched Geeks Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization of geeks working together to assist people whose survival is threatened by lack of access to technology or communications due to violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

    IRDG – made iPost – universal messaging system. Gobbled up. Started voxeo. Huge network of data centers around the world. Tweet3po – making twitter useful. E.g., taking police response XML feedback and mapping from district to neighborhood & tweeting it out.

    +) Geeks without Borders.

    Launch date: 10/10/10 @ 10:10 AM PST.

    (10-min Break)

    Open Presentations

    Darrin Barefoot:

    Bringing the Open Source Philosophy to Activism.

    Approach revolutionized by

    Kyle – how social media is affecting the volatility of decision making

    "The Challenger Accident" – the Wisdom of Crowds was able to quickly react. W/in 5-15min the trading of the companies started to shift. Thiokol Propulsion (manufacturer of the faulty o-ring) dropped much more.

    Frank – "Why is my digital privacy a marketable commodity?"

    No way to get free stuff w/out consequences. You can lie. You can hide. Your biggest enemy is cut-and-paste.

    Mr. John Donolly – What Can Non-Geeks Do to Have a Clue?

    Omni-Tech News young men – Why should we pay attention to kids in Social Media?

    15% of twitter are teens.

    Social media makes lifelong friendships.

    Kids don’t obey the laws of logic as much as adults do.

    Rob Knop

    Seattle Rep. A play about Steve Jobs. "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs" – includes going into China and gaining access to FoxConn electronics & talks to the workers. April 22nd – May 22nd 2011.

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Eric Richards – Resume 2010: HTML, PDF, and Word.

I finally took my own advice to update your resume during the annual Microsoft review cycle. I hadn’t updated it since moving internally inside of Microsoft from Office over to Windows Live, some three and a half years ago.

As always for me, it’s pretty wordy for a resume. One page? Nah. Anyway, the time in Windows Live has resulted in some very condensed experience: three releases in just over three years! I joined in the middle of Wave 2, and have been there for all of Wave 3 and the soon-to-be-done Wave 4 (out in Beta as I write this). We’ve managed some exceptional features during that time, the big one being adding People to Photo Gallery, up-to-and-including Face Recognition. I’m also thrilled by the excitement that Photo Fuse is generating.

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Wow, here I am getting ready to attend Gnomedex 10 and seeing that my last post here was about Gnomedex 9.


Well, there was this little interruption known as Kendell.

He’ll be eight months next week and is doing great. That certainly took time over posting anything substantial. As for sharing non-substantial things, hey, that’s what Twitter is for!

During my leave I did active the Linux site that’s part of my domain and install WordPress and import all the old posts over. Now it’s just a small matter of updating the old posts to permanently redirect to here.

And see if I can get in a few more posts before writing about Gnomedex 10 – which would seem to be the last of its kind of Gnomedex’s (-dexi?) so I’m going to do my best to enjoy it to pieces. I’m even thinking about lugging the Canon 7D along with me and snapping a bunch of candids.

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