Services like Facebook and Google+ have ingratiated themselves into our online relationships through our social graphs. The problem is that the methods we use for connecting to each other is so divergent from reality, where awkward connection models become the norm. New emerging open source initiatives are driving a new chapter of the social web. This talk will explore the successes and failures of online relationship and sharing models, as well as the emerging technologies that are working to unify social interactions online, such as the Open Graph Protocol, Activity Streams, WebFinger, PubSubHubbub and the Salmon Protocol. As we look into these technologies, we'll explore how cultural identity concepts like tribalism play into how people group themselves innately online. Through grouping and emerging social standards, we'll see how next generation personalization techniques can be applied to user interactions online.
Limited choices exist when kids seek to author, not just play, their own video games. If video games are on track to topple film as the last big media mammoth, how can we build a video game workforce that we need? Instead of reinforcing the divide between artists and programmers, can we get more kids interested in learning the complex work that game development involves, and foster a really great game development community? What kids like to use for game development may surprise you. Come hear what they like, why the like it, and how new tools need to be built to meet the demands of future game developers. Join a conversation about authorship, identity, creativity, and the tools kids really use for developing serious and social games. Gain insight on elements of game tools that kids would use--if they existed!
9th–13th March 2012