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Health 2.0 Recap: New Approaches to Health Care Funding

The 7th Annual Health 2.0 fall conference kicked-off with the Health 2.0 co-founders Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya discussing how the future of health care lies at the intersection of consumer technology, enterprise and policy, highlighting the need for a holistic ecosystem.

The day was a mix of optimism and nervous energy.  Speakers, panelists and attendees touted advances in technology facilitated health care tempered by funding challenges that were magnified by the potential government shutdown, now realized. It should come as no surprise that in addition to the key topics of personalized care and big data, the subject of funding was a major theme of the day. Representing a wide variety of perspectives, from startup founders to investors to government administrators, speakers and panelists addressed the challenges of creating sustainable business models in an industry that is largely dictated by a reimbursement model that doesn't account for the current ways in which technology is transforming health care.

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frog at Frontiers of Interaction '11

In the age of information overload and data glut, where Americans consume about 1.3 trillion hours worth of data on a yearly basis, it is crucial for the field of interaction design to evolve. The Frontiers of Interaction conference in Italy has become the Mecca for interaction designers to converge and explore the latest trends and challenges in their field. The event serves as an inspirational hub for thinkers and doers alike and brings together innovators, academics, early adopters and loyal geeks.

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Design + Politics

DRS in Montreal

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iPlay, YouPlay, WiiPlay: frog goes to the Sandbox Summit

 

Can the Wii teach playground rules? Is an e-book the answer to the literacy challenge? What are today’s children learning from playtime and what do toy and game developers need to know to create play experiences that foster 21st century skills? As new technologies and media are embraced by younger children, it is crucial for designers to create tools and toys that will engage them while fostering creativity, education, and, of course, fun.

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An Emerging Divide: Some Thoughts from the IxDA 2010 Conference

While reflecting on the IxDA 2010 conference, I’m trying on various lenses of evaluation, and coming to a conclusion that the profession of Interaction Design is reaching an interesting and critical divide. The divide seems to break down around two forces of gravity, loosely identified as:

A. Design, as a discipline. A locus of study, similar to science or art in breadth and depth, and focused on criticism, behavioral change, craft, empathy, humanism, and reflection.
B. UX, as a form of applied design in the context of marketing, and focused on consumption, speed, innovation, and often, apparently, compromise.

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Am I [Still] Here…Yet? — Life after Pop!Tech

“For experience, when it is not communicated to another, must wither within and be worse than lost.” 
— Norman Mailer

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frog Partners with PopTech for Social Innovation Fellows Program

Today was the kick off of PopTech 2009: America Reimagined, the renowned ideas summit and unique innovation network dedicated to accelerating the positive impact of world-changing people, projects, and ideas.

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Pop!Tech - Design for Social Innovation

I'm reflecting on the first session from Poptech, and what promises to be the most intimate - a group panel discussion with William Drenttel, Sheila Kennedy, Kevin McSpadden, John Bielenberg, and Emily Pilloton, and an audience of fewer than thirty. The discussion wound its way around a loose theme of Designing for Social Innovation, but what stood out for me are the following main points: