notes from MobilecampVancouver08, as it happens:
scheduling jam – lots of tech and business, but the turnout is a little more arsty than last time with a good showing from the Fearless community. huge iphone dev track. it’s split in two it seems.
10:30 – 11:30 Karen Fung on transit and cycling and Roland Tanglao on cycling ARGs – mashed together into one session.
public space, access to display space at trankslink/canadaline sites.
Roland wants to build an ARG using linux chipset and mobile cameraphones on bikes. how about with the
courier community – can this add value to their experience?
ituna – community bluetooth public transit – browsing others’ mp3 players.
why not start now? we have low hanging fruit – last.fm api, google earth as test bed, nokia sportstracker – proof of concept stuff doesn’t need funding yet.
myths about security with surveillance at transit sites. often result in crime being simply moved away from the sites where cameras are located.
11:30-12:30 Richard Smith on mobiles in education.
discussion not presentation. what is the problem? what are the possibilities?
context switching – managing multiple selves becomes more challenging.
but what are the opportunities? backchannel, projecting these on the screens, heat mapping from students who can indicate how much they’re absorbing the material.
how about mobiles outside of the classroom? scavenger hunts, etc.
well – look at media history and its impact on curriculum – (video and multimedia as substitutions for traditional writing assignments). what are the particularities of mobile that are conducive to learning?
how about edmodo.com? channels for twitter – students can consult their social networks over mobiles and then bring commentary in.
tagclouds – one for the instructor, and then one for the student tagcloud. collaborative notes. the aggregate of text msg notes from all students could combine to form a very useful study resource. could be used for interdisciplinary work, too – tagcloud mapping could help resolve issues of nomenclature/vocabularies of different disciplines.
laptop adoption is higher than expected.
access and democratization in education. third world uses of mobiles. making services accessible to all – sms and voice are the lowest common denominator.
Andrew Kumar – being a student in this milieu. how to stay engaged with the material – what system is needed? reflections on iphone use with podcasted courses.
engaging students, getting them to create the content and then posting it.
1:50-2:30 – Mobile Muse, Fearless City, SIFTTool session
I presented briefly on Mobile Muse’s role in community activation (my 3 words today were open mobile communities).
Irwin presented briefly about Fearless. Scott followed up about open handsets, open software, solar panels, etc. Swarm.
Mobile swarm – Roland and Scott. SMS comments, mobile live screen on shopping cart. demonstration of the the SIFTTOOL – Roland. live on the screen – inputs: sms, youtube, flickr, twitter.
Malcolm – why would people socially/culturally want to engage with the MUSE3 platform (not just how they’ll do it technically)? Swarm was a great test bed for this. it’s down to opinions.
how many people uploaded? 250+ .
Andrew on BOB. sponsors business dev programs, infrastructure. has 4 clusters, including an ICT cluster.
also offers loans and grants
2:45-3:15 – Igor Faletski on how there is no mobile internet
context aware network. today’s mobile web. war now btw those who’ve built the narrowband mobile web (e.g., admob, bango) and the new players coming in who are used to broadband (iphone). .mobi. smasung instinct, iphone are breaking this old model.
the one web. coined by tim berners lee. it’s indivisible. do you go to a mobile social network site or do you go to facebook? obviously facebook, cus that’s where everyone is.
goal is to minimize the work done by the end user. (?)
context aware stuff, examples:
fire eagle. location awareness for ads.
Q&A – is there going to be one web? is it about delivery of content and rendering it for whatever device? what about the fact that spectrum is owned, and the internet is not? isn’t that indicative that there are two webs? the intermediation of content seems relevant to me.
3:30-? – Translink on the iPhone
Translink has an API, but it’s still uncertain whether they’ll ever make it avail to public. google has an open transit sched spec that allows anyone to write their scheds to it. Translink prolly won’t do it. many transit systems use proprietary systems.