Headed to Helsinki for SLUSH?

Don’t know about you, but I’m getting on a plane tomorrow to Nordicland. Specifically, Helsinki, for the annual SLUSH conference, Nov 18 and 19. 10,000+ people expected, 1,000+ exhibitors. If you are attending or happen to be in Helsinki next week, let me know!

Surf Summit Recap

As the Web Summit ended, about 200 of us got on busses for Westport, Co Mayo, a cozy town on the West coast in throwing distance of adventure sports and outdoor activities. On the docket were a few talks by various professional surfers, politicians (the Taoiseach himself!), lots of drink, meeting new people, hiking, and of … Continue reading Surf Summit Recap

Web Summit Recap

Spent the last week talking startups, entrepreneurship, tech and Guinness in Dublin this past week. The 4th annual Web Summit attracted some 22,000 people, and while it was overall a great event, the sheer size and lack of planning experience led to a few major kinks with the event. Ditto with the weekend after-party, aka … Continue reading Web Summit Recap

Travel Update: Vilnius!

Coming to Lithuania for a few days to meet startups and attend the Silicon Valley Comes to the Baltics conference. Raise your hand if you’ll be attending or in the Vilnius area middle of October and I’d love to share tales of woe and hope.

Rewind: More from Ars Electronica–wearable hardware

Caught a session on the last day and I neglected (!) to post about it. Afroditi Psarra spoke about her “handcrafted future” project, a collection of textile and hardware hacking. Here’s a new spin on the old Roland TR-909 synth:  A pic from a live performance: and the NoisePad, the *very* softest piece of hardware you will … Continue reading Rewind: More from Ars Electronica–wearable hardware

Art as Provocation

I saw one piece that really made my eyes roll. But it won a Golden Nica, so clearly I’m missing something. Paolo Cirio’s Loophole for All clearly resonated with the judges. He scraped the corporation registry for the Caymen Islands to obtain names and tax IDs of all entities registered there. You can then “hijack” a company, … Continue reading Art as Provocation

Retro video

A sort-of video game retrospective was fun for all and made me think of the countless hours I spent watching big blocky pixels move across the screen.

Ars Electronica Recap

It’s always hard to write a collective summary of an event that involved thousands of people, hundreds of sessions and multiple venues over several days, and Ars was no different. That’s probably why I have a problem with the theme “…what it takes to change.” Just seems like a bit of a cop-out as people … Continue reading Ars Electronica Recap

Weird & Inspiring at Ars Electronica!

A few conceptual pieces made me smile. Below is a pic of me with Touchy from Eric Siu. The idea is to ‘force’ meaningful human interaction by making Eric’s shutters/eyes open…and it works! But not saying it’s practical, but that isn’t the point with the project. Those who know me understand the soft spot I have for lenticular. This … Continue reading Weird & Inspiring at Ars Electronica!

Performance Art Mystery SOLVED

For all one (or two) of you who were wondering, today I met the venerable man behind the food (see previous posts) and all has been revealed. The repeating mantra was  effektivität ist besser als effizienz or effectiveness is better than efficiency Talking with the artist’s performance avatar, Georgie Gold, all was revealed. The artist … Continue reading Performance Art Mystery SOLVED

Ars Eletronica countdown has begun!

I’m really excited to be be here. While I’ve met many people who have heard of the festival, I haven’t met anybody who has attended. A bit odd, but hopefully not foreboding. Ars is described as a digital art festival. Seems a bit Burning Man, a lot MIT Media Lab, a dash PS1. It’s the … Continue reading Ars Eletronica countdown has begun!