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Webstock 2009

Webstock, a design and technology conference held in Wellington, was once again packed with ideas, passion, inspiration and fun.

Highlights for me:

  • Fiona Romeo – how the Royal Observatory is using crowd sourcing to get people involved with science, making science easy fun and interesting, in turn people are actually having a significant impact on science. She showed several different projects, each of them was a brilliantly simple example of how to engage and harness the energy of thousands of people…
  • Ze Frank – finding fun ways to inject some humanity into technology and create ‘social resonance’. In the coldness of cyberspace people are discovering, creating and sharing their quirks , vulnerabilities, and moments of tenderness or absurdity. Ze is inspiring people to embrace their beautiful imperfections and he likes to challenge our collective beliefs.

Those are just a few of the big highlights. The list could just keep going for miles.

Whatever business you’re in, you could and should be applying many of these ideas in your work.

 

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