The Economist's Technology Frontiers conference took place on March 22nd - 23rd 2012 in London. Over 250 business leaders attended thought provoking sessions, networking and exploration on advances in technology and how it transforms our work, lives and world. The summit was the first event to combine an exploration of cutting edge technology with The Economists insights into global trends. Technology Frontiers focused on the most exciting new technologies, but most importantly, it was about helping people understand how technology will affect business and society in the future.
This Saturday, for the 14th year in a row, we hosted the official opening party for SXSW Interactive in Austin. For the first time, we partnered with Microsoft’s Coding4Fun team to throw the ultimate “Maker Arcade” bash. Party-goers sweated it out, playing a variety of new interactive games such as Electro Tennis (think Pong, except bigger), Connect Four (a revitalized retro classic where each person represents one game piece), Light Trikes (a physical recreation of the Tron light cycle death race), and the highly popular Boxing Robots (Kinect enabled 6-foot Rock 'em Sock 'em metal bots go at it). The infamous augmented reality porta-potties from last year’s party could also be found as well as arts and craft/tech tables to make your very own LED throwies.
“Here it is. I’m dead, and this is the last post to my blog.”
Last week, frog took part in Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, the world’s largest gathering of the telecom industry (with a record 70,000 attendees this year) and an increasingly important forum for everything that falls under the rubric “Connected World.”
It is that time of year again. This week, the geek chic, the entrepreneurial start-uppers, the early adopters, and the social media mavens flock to tech Mecca: SXSW Interactive in Austin. It is a five-day socialpalooza packed with inspirational keynotes, heated panel debates, and, you know, the occasional party or two.
We’ve put together the annual, beta version of frog’s itinerary—an open attempt to tackle the 1,100 plus panels with some kind of finesse (and to save you from hyper curation fatigue).
frog’s own Vice President of Creative Robert Fabricant opens his legendary notebook to share his doodle interpretations of all the talks that he witnesses at TED 2012.
For those of you who aren’t attending the TED 2012 “Full Spectrum” Conference this week, there’s a bunch of ways that you can get the inside scoop on the speakers and spectaculars happening on the exclusive stage. frog’s own Vice President of Creative Robert Fabricant opens his legendary notebook to share his doodle interpretations of all the talks that he witnesses.
frog will of course be at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona again this year, and we are hosting a variety of events ourselves both at the main site and at the Hotel Arts, all of which promise to be thought provoking, insightful, fun, and often including libations.
frog Senior Principal Technologist Jared Ficklin isn’t your typical gadget geek (in fact, he was once on the PBS reality show, Texas Ranch, challenged with living the tech-free life of an 1867 cowboy).
When he isn’t designing user experiences and thinking about the future of interaction choreography, you might find him in the bowl of an Austin skatepark (he founded and codirects the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee) or you might see him creating sound visualizations in unlikely mediums.
Now, the man behind the edgy tech hacks at the annual frog SXSW Interactive Opening Party will be bringing his edgy presentation to a new stage: this year’s TED Conference in Long Beach. design mind caught up with Jared to discuss his journey to TED, what we can expect from a new presentation of fiery sound displays, and a sneak peak at the playful tech behind this frog's SXSW Interactive Opening party this year.
frog is excited to join the technorati at this year's Lift conference, an annual event that explores the cultural implications of digital technology. As a contribution to the event, we've created frogHub. What is it? You'll have to wait and see, but the idea is to bridge the physical and digital world to create an interactive experience for all conference participants.