SXSW Creativity: Scott Belsky on fostering creative meritocracy

In yesterday’s SXSW session, Scott Belsky put forward his thoughts on connecting the creative world and empowering creative people to make ideas happen.. Scott Belsky is Adobe’s Vice President of Community and Head of Behance, the “leading online platform for creatives to showcase and discover creative work”. His SXSW talk acknowledged that new technologies and online platforms empower creatives ...

SXSW Games: Julie Uhrman, CEO of OUYA, on Kickstarting an open gaming platform…

This afternoon’s SXSW session saw game industry veteran Julie Uhrman, now founder and CEO of OUYA, discuss the future of an open gaming ecosystem.  Aiming to “crack open the last closed gaming platform – the TV”, OUYA is a “beautiful affordable console built on Android”, developed via a $8.6m Kickstarter campaign. The OUYA is essentially ...

SXSW: The future of data and maps with FourSquare CEO Dennis Crowley

At this morning’s SXSW session, FourSquare CEO Dennis Crowley discussed growing the company on data, maps and recommendations, and the future of location data as a utility…   With DodgeBall (a location-based social network acquired by Google in 2005) Crowley came to understand the value of geo-located check-ins, and conceived FourSquare using game mechanics (badges, ...

SXSW: Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky talks growth, success and scale

At this morning’s SXSW session Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky talked candidly about the challenges of growing and scaling a disruptive business model. Chesky began by charting the road to investment: from financing the startup on personal credit cards, to dabbling in breakfast cereal (Obama-O’s, making $30k to keep the company afloat), to securing investment. A year-and-a-half from launch, Airbnb ...

SXSW Content: Exploring Place with Cross-Platform Storytelling – Case Studies

Next up at SXSW was “Exploring Place with Cross-Platform Storytelling“: examples of how new technologies like geo-tagging, location-aware devices, interactive video and augmented reality are being combined with traditional storytelling methods to explore the world in richer, more in-depth ways than ever before… The panel was made up of: Mike Knowlton, CTO of Storycode; Danny Harris, Creative Director ...

SXSW Mobile: The $100bn mobile bullet train called Africa

This morning’s SXSW session, “The $100bn mobile bullet train called Africa“, revealed the scale and pace of change of all things mobile across the African continent, now the world’s fastest growing telecoms market. Gareth Knight, from Tech4Africa, and Toby Shapshak, Editor of ‘Stuff’ magazine, began by stating that more people have a cell phone than have ...

SXSW Content: OVEE, a case study of social video consumption

Today’s SXSW session “Lean Forward and Back: Social Video Can Have It All” explored how great technology and UX can engage audiences with online video as a social experience using the case study of OVEE, the social screening platform created by the Independent Television Service.  The Online Video Engagement Experience (OVEE) platform was created to present ...

SXSW Health: An Overview of the Aetna Healthtech Ecosystem

Today at SXSW’s Social Health Startup Bootcamp a panel of leading healthtech innovators and investors gave an interesting overview of the sector, and the opportunities for startups and investment. Charles Saunders, CEO of Emerging Businesses for health insurance giant Aetna, introduced Healthagen, the “innovation engine for Aetna”.  Healthagen acquires and builds new healthtech companies, aiming to be “a ...

BBC iPlayer: future of TV via online access

The BBC has reported usage figures for its web-TV on-demand iPlayer system in 2012, and they are rather startling: 2.32 billion TV and radio programme requests, and 36.5 billion minutes of BBC content accessed in a record-breaking year.   These figures equates to 70,000 years’ worth of material, making iPlayer a major contender even compared to efforts by ...

All change in 2013…announcing ZoneFutures

ZoneFutures is a digital products incubator founded to conceive and create brilliant digital ideas. The new venture is focussed on needs-led innovation across a range of sectors, from content to publishing, health to education. ZoneFutures will originate or co-create solutions which produce disruptive new models of working and revenue-generation, and/or have real-world social impacts. ZoneFutures ...

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