February 1, 2011

What we leave behind is our digital footprint… - Comments (2)

Lost In Translation

Our future is being documented by us in our present. Each and everyone of us who has a digital camera, a cellphone, a computer or even a camera phone has the task of creating our living digital history in real time. Our digital landscape has changed drastically from the meaningless dribble that once was in a stream of collective consciousness that is being contributed to by all of us. Collectively everything that we capture is part of our digital footprint that will exist as a living breathing legacy of ourselves online.

October 28, 2010

New Media and Web Development Class 001 – BCIT Comments Off

Notes for my first lecture at British Columbia Institute of technology…

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August 18, 2010

‘Vancouver’s Got A Posse’ at South By Soutwest Interactive 2011 - Comments (4)

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Once again that time of year has sprung upon us. If you haven’t noticed a strange influx of SXSW chatter on the internet, then you are one of the lucky ones. Geeks all around the world clamored for three strenuous weeks to pull together amazing and awe-inspiring proposals for potential panels during the 2011 SXSW Festival that takes place in Austin, TX every spring. This festival is a pure landscape of geek heaven with a 4 day Interactive portion of the festival geared specifically towards technology, geekery and all things ‘internet’.

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March 18, 2010

What do you do when someone lets you evaluate a product, & wants you to write about, & the product sucks, & the person is your friend? - Comments (4)

Having a blast here at SXSW with the awesome kids from Social Media Club. We’re staying at a palatial mansion on Lake Austin lovingly known as the Social Media Clubhouse. Lots of friends have been by and we’ve been having a blast both layin low out here by the lake and takin the Social Media Clubhouse bus into town for the myriad concerts and parties takin place all over Austin.

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January 25, 2010

Deadline Quickly Approaching Have Photographs Included in Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Comments Off

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The deadline is quickly approaching for the end of submissions to the Canada CODE website as part of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Canada CODE is part of the digital edition, CODE, of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. CODE is made up of four parts: CODE Live, an 18 music and digital media festival, CODE Screens 2010, an interactive journey that brings the art to your home computer, CODE Motion Pictures, which is a film line-up of commissioned short films from Canadian filmmakers and Canada CODE, a user-generated photo, text and remix experience. The coolest thing is that all of the content that is uploaded to the Canada CODE website, including remixes, will be put into a pool of potential material that could appear on the giant projection screens during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
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October 15, 2009

Social Media Tools & Strategies for Event Planners & Organizers - Comments (3)

I’m giving a talk tonight in Calgary to a group of event planners. They want to know how they can use new tools and strategies to plan and manage their events. I’m gonna start with a lil philosophical talk about citizen journalism & media making as well as particpatory group culture and principles and move on to a bunch of tools and tactics people can start implementing today. Here’s a copy of the slides I’ll use.

Gastown Photowalk Crew

Over the past 5 years I’ve been involved in various event planning and management activities as a part of my community development work. I’m on the organizing committee of Northern Voice & BarCamp Vancouver. I plan regular PhotoWalks and PhotoCamps for photographers in Vancouver and around the world. I helped organize the first BarCamp in China with Robert Scales and others in 2006 and advise and consult to a variety of other events from the Canadian New Media Awards to South By Southwest in Austin, TX.

August 19, 2009

FIELD GUIDE: SXSW Interactive 2010 Panel Picker - Comments (12)

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Mid-august can be exciting for a few things: summer vacation, hot weather, long days. For the geeks of the digital community, this is always a very exciting time of year. It is this time of year that the panel picker is released for panels submitted to the SXSW festival. This year over 2200 panels have been submitted, all of which 300 are selected for the Interactive portion of the SXSW festival. Of the voting system, 30% of community user votes count towards the final selection. The list is quite impressive but it can be a daunting task to sort through all the awesome submissions. I did a bit of wandering through the list and found a few rad ones.

August 18, 2009

TED Comes to Vancouver : Speaker Nominations for TEDxVan - Comments (10)

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TED is a great conference format that is focused on the theme of ‘ideas worth spreading’ in technology, entertainment and design. Showcasing the brightest and coolest minds our times, TED is an all around impressive event that videotapes all their speakers and puts the videos up for free on their TED talks list. They really stand behind their principles of sharing ideas, even if people are unable to attend the highly anticipated TED event.

August 16, 2009

Digital Footprint: From a web of pages to a web of streams - Comments (1)

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Our digital world is changing as rapidly as it is expanding. When the internet was first introduced to our world, the main concern was understanding websites and their proficiency in this new landscape of media. This was the first time ever that we had an online format to say anything and we were just figuring what to create for this new outlet. The idea of dialoguing was not even part of the picture of the internet for we were just learning to how to speak in this new way. Yet as the internet grew and the world explored new ways to communicate with each other, content management systems started to appear.

July 14, 2009

‘From a Web of Pages to a Web of Streams’ Presentation for SXSW 2010 - Comments (8)

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UPDATED: The Panel Picker for the SXSW festival has been released! You can vote for this panel here! Voting ends September 4th.

I often talk about the internet theory that the web is being moving from a web of pages to a web of streams. We are all familiar with the traditional method of internet content being hosted on sites specifically. The new method is how our identity is being dictated by the individual streams we leave behind on the web. I really wanted to give this talk in a discussion session at SXSW Interactive 2010.

July 13, 2009

Intelligent Online Media Monitoring Tools & Strategies Panel for SXSW Interactive - Comments (4)

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UPDATED: The SXSW Panel Picker has been released! You can cast your vote for this panel here! Voting ends September 4th.

So it is a very exciting time of year when the official Panel Picker form is released for panel pitches for the Interactive section of the SXSW festival in Austin, TX every March. The crunch time, once the panel pitch form is released, is a mere two weeks which can cause quite a flurry of ideas. The chaos is worth it for I have had the chance of participating in some really amazing panels at SXSW.

June 18, 2009

China update: TED x Shanghai - Comments (1)

kk at TEDxShanghai TED is an annual event that pulls together some of the greatest and most innovative thinkers of our time. Defined initially as ‘technology, entertainment and design’, TED encompasses far broader topics than that, from the neuro-sciences, to cyborgs, to carbon footprints. Each event consists of a program of filmed talks that are later shared freely on the TED website. Daring in its protocol of limiting attendees to its actual events and revolutionary in its thinking of giving all the talks, presentations and lectures away free on the internet, TED is revitalizing the way we spread ideas.

April 27, 2009

Rad New Music Services I Learned About Today - Comments (3)

I’m over buying music. The industry is changing, I don’t know exactly where it’s headed, and I refuse to spend money buyin new stuff… especially music.

In light of this I had been spending a lot of time listening to SeeqPod. Seeqpod allowed you to search and then stream any and all music ever recorded and stuck online. It was amazing. You could create playlists of stuff you liked, save them, and share a link to them on Twitter or wherever.

Over the weekend Seeqpod stopped working. I am sad. I’ve heard they might be trying to sell their music search technology to the record companies instead of being sued of existence by them.

Either way I need to find a new source to get my fix.

December 30, 2008

China Business comes to SXSW Interactive Comments Off

The Raincity Studios crew is heading south again this year to the geek-tacular spring break conference SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas. We’ll have a trade show booth, make shows at the Studio SX, and of course throw the SxNW party with our pals. More on these topics later, today is to announce the China business panel.

China Business Panel

Last year I moderated a panel called "Blame Canada" and this year I’ve been selected to moderate another panel. I’ve assembled an all-star group and planned a choice of topics which I’ll get into. But first the details so you get it into your calendar now.

December 10, 2008

My Winners of the Best of 604 (Vancouver) Awards - Comments (16)

Now With More JamesI’m gonna piggyback off Bex’s idea of the Best of 604 Awards to hand out my own awards. One person from each of the winning sites wins a portrait photography shoot, at my studio, whenever they like. :) *drumroll* And my winners for the Best of 604 awards are:

April 22, 2008

Checkin’ In from CBC’s Digital Development Labs Comments Off

(cross-posted from my blog over at Raincity)

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Checking in from the basement of CBC‘s Vancouver headquarters as we kick off an event which is bound to be quite remarkable – the CBC Digital Development Labs.

This morning was introductions by the entrepreneurial-minded attendees chosen to display and refine their ideas for possible development by CBC. I’m participating as a mentor (along with others) here to advise, gut-check, collaborate with (and learn from) the emerging visionaries.

Our secret lair (which is very cool by the way – set up with a variety of workspaces, conversation breakout areas, Mac labs, gamer stations – feels like jPod) is also loaded with industry types acting more as observers to see how projects come together in the new media paradigm.

October 25, 2007

Facebook Launches Facebook Applications (F8) Comments Off

Here’s a Google Video of me talking about Facebook Apps on TV on the Lab with Leo show. I really like doing these kind of ‘expert’ segments. It’s fun and I meet a lot of awesome people. I think I’m going to pull a page together on this site that makes it easy for people looking for guests and experts to familiarize themselves with the types of things I can talk about and demonstrate. Today, Lab with Leo… tomorrow ???

Show description “(President, Bryght): Kris shows off some Facebook applications. Talks about opening up their API to third party developers, allowing them to launch their tools.”

October 1, 2007

Talking About Bryght on the Lab with Leo Comments Off

Here’s a recent segment of the The Lab with Leo show of me talking about Bryght. We cover Drupal, open source software, and our recently launched work on the Grateful Dead’s online community website. I’ve done 3 other segmants that haven’t aired yet and am scheduled to be in the studio to film 2 more this week including on our our new FreeTheNet.ca project.

August 7, 2007

Creative Commons on the Lab with Leo Comments Off

About a month ago I went on the Leo Laporte show to discuss Creative Commons. Below is the video (holy crap it’s already been watched online 1,600+ times!) . Since then I’ve also recorded sessions on Bryght and Facebook Apps but they haven’t aired yet. I’ll post them here when they do. Tomorrow I’m going back on the show (twice) to talk about 1) Social Software and Online Communities and 2) Protecting Your Privacy Online.

Posting this is a couple weeks overdue but I’m trying to play catchup and get my digital houses in order before embarking on Bryght World Tour 2007.

Also (Mom) here’s a couple pics of me on the Lab with Leo set.

May 30, 2007

Wikis in Plain English Comments Off

Check out this awesome video that explains how Wiki’s work by social designer Lee Lefever.

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