Presentations and other posts relating to mobile applications

Tuesday, January 8, 2013: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Responsive websites

 

The next Philly Net Tuesday, January 8, will be about how, why and what it means to make your website more accessible for mobile devices like iPads and smart phones.  As usual, doors will open at 6:00 PM at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street (and we’ll be streaming the event live via http://phillynetsquared.org/live). 

Internet usage on mobile devices is expected to surpass usage from desktop machines in 2014.  Making sure that your website is responsive to various devices is critical to staying relevant and accessible.  Our panel will discuss WHY this trend is important to understand and act upon, as well as WHAT it means to be mobile friendly and responsive – with lots of examples.  And, although we’ll touch on considerations of HOW your website needs to change, it will NOT be a deep technical discussion.   

Who should attend:

  • Nonprofit professionals and social change activists who want to understand more about the opportunities and challenges of having mobile-friendly and responsive websites.
  • Techies who want to learn more about the context of this topic and about the needs of nonprofit and activist websites.
  • Anyone who realizes that a profound shift toward mobile Internet access is underway, and will continue to have implications and opportunities that we are only beginning to anticipate.

Our panel consists of three Internet professionals who will talk about this topic from complementary perspectives:

Reed Gustow is an active member of the Philly WordPress Meetup Group, a board member of PANMA (the Philadelphia Area New Media Association), and a board member of the Philadelphia Area Computer Society.  His company, Delta Angel, makes WordPress websites and offers WordPress instruction.

Michael Tedeschi is an interactive user-interface, user-experience designer bringing a background in web and touch-screen platforms to cultural, corporate, and other digital projects. Currently, Michael is the Principal of Interactive Mechanics, a start-up interactive design consultancy specializing in exciting and engaging experiences through web, mobile and installation platforms.

Robby Perdue is a member of the O3 World’s Client Services Department and ensures that each of the agency’s projects suits clients’ strategic needs, organizational alignment, cause, and culture. O3 World’s mobile work includes solutions for the Travis Manion Foundation, Back on My Feet, Five Below, and Comcast.

This will be a fun, interactive and practical discussion about a topic that we all need to learn more about.  RSVP’s via Meetup or Facebook are appreciated for planning purposes (though not required).  Lite fare will be available.

Thanks to the American Friends Service Committee for sponsorship.

photo credit: HungryBrowser.co.uk

Tuesday, October 4, 2011: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

Whether checking in with FourSquare, finding the nearest Starbucks or reporting on violent events witnessed in Kenya, location-based services are becoming more common, more useful and more creative.  The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that 28% of American adults are using location-based services.

At our next Net Tuesday we’ll demonstrate and discuss these sorts of services, why they’re important, and how they may be helpful to you. 

We’ll begin gathering at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 4, at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.  We’ll also be streaming the event live over the Internet (see http://phillynetsquared.org/live) and supporting a Twitter backchannel (via hashtag #phlnet2) to welcome participation from those NOT based at our location.

Who should participate in this event?

  • Nonprofits and social activists can learn about and discuss opportunities for how this fast-growing feature of modern life might be used to engage their supporters and advance their causes.
  • Techies can learn about and share current tools for creating compelling, effective services.
  • All of us can discuss where location-based services are going and how they can enhance our lives.

We’ll have a highly interactive discussion with some local experts who are heavily involved in location-based services, including:

  • Robert Cheetham, President of Azavea, which specializes in geographic data, geospatial analysis and the web.  Robert will talk about Augmented Reality: seeing the city with location-based digital overlays.  He’ll present an overview of the development of an NEH-funded prototype for an augmented reality application that used photographs from PhillyHistory.org.  What works, what doesn’t work and where the technology is going.
  • Rachel Weeden, Solution Engineering Manager at Esri, which “is built on the philosophy that a geographic approach to problem solving ensures better communication and collaboration”.  Rachel will describe ArcGIS Online, an open data platform for maps and geographic information that allows geographic data to be delivered as simple, useful maps. It includes free applications that require little to no training and are great for non-GIS users. ArcGIS Online can be used within an organization, or to share information with a larger community and the public.
  • Cliff Stevens, founder of Lokadot, a brand new mobile application that serendipitously streams crowd-sourced audio files based on your location.  Cliff will talk about the trends for people using their mobile devices for listening to audio/music and video, what are organizations doing, and what location-based mobile solutions are they using, to engage with their constituencies so as to leverage these trends and new-found capabilities.
  • Gloria Bell is Principal of Red Stapler Consulting, and an active force behind numerous local social media groups and events (including the Social Media Club and the upcoming SocialMediaPlus web 2.0 business summit (for which Philly Net Squared members can get a 15% discount).   Gloria will discuss FourSquare, the hyper-popular service for checking in your whereabouts, and how it can be used effectively by nonprofits.

So, come and join the discussion, learn about some exciting new social applications and technologies, and consider new ways that location-based services may be able to help you achieve your own objectives.

Sponsored By: 
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Chevy Volt

Update: Thanks for everyone who came out! We’ll post slides and other websites here shortly. If you’re not already on our email list, sign up at left to be notified.


Happening now, Tuesday, Oct. 4: We’re hosting a live webcast of our panel discussion on location-based services for nonprofits and social causes. Featured speakers:

  • Robert Cheetham, President of Azavea, which specializes in geographic data, geospatial analysis and the web.  Robert will talk about Augmented Reality: seeing the city with location-based digital overlays.  He’ll present an overview of the development of an NEH-funded prototype for an augmented reality application that used photographs from PhillyHistory.org.  What works, what doesn’t work and where the technology is going.
  • Rachel Weeden, Solution Engineering Manager at Esri, which “is built on the philosophy that a geographic approach to problem solving ensures better communication and collaboration”.  Rachel will describe ArcGIS Online, an open data platform for maps and geographic information that allows geographic data to be delivered as simple, useful maps. It includes free applications that require little to no training and are great for non-GIS users. ArcGIS Online can be used within an organization, or to share information with a larger community and the public.
  • Cliff Stevens, founder of Lokadot, a brand new mobile application that serendipitously streams crowd-sourced audio files based on your location.  Cliff will talk about the trends for people using their mobile devices for listening to audio/music and video, what are organizations doing, and what location-based mobile solutions are they using, to engage with their constituencies so as to leverage these trends and new-found capabilities.
  • Gloria Bell is Principal of Red Stapler Consulting, and an active force behind numerous local social media groups and events (including the Social Media Club and the upcoming SocialMediaPlus web 2.0 business summit (for which Philly Net Squared members can get a 15% discount).   Gloria will discuss FourSquare, the hyper-popular service for checking in your whereabouts, and how it can be used effectively by nonprofits.

Follow along on the live webcast now!

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