To The Moon And Back: Taking The Leap Towards Solving Big Problems – Front Porch Front-End Developer Conference, Dallas, TX

Presented by Julia Elman

 The Past

  • 1960: The Cultural Decade
  • Kennedy “get to the moon” speech
  • 1969 moon landing
  • New found awareness (earth’s atmosphere, etc.)
    • 1970 – EPA founded, Comprehensive clean air act, Earth Day founded
    • 1971 – Doctors without borders
    • 1972 – DDT was banned
    • “We went to the moon, but discovered the Earth for the first time.”

The Present

MIT Technology Review – You promised me Mars colonies, instead I got Facebook. (Buzz Aldrin)

Why aren’t we solving global problems with technology any more? We tend to over-engineer solutions.

Malaria, Cancer, etc.

We can solve big problems with 3 things aligned.

  1. Our institution supports solutions
  2. We actually understand the problem
  3. Active political leader and public working together to solve the problem.

The Future

Education – Logo programming on Apple IIe

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Context Aware CSS – Front Porch Front-End Developers Conference, Dallas, TX

Presented by Matthew Carver

Content needs context

defining contextual awareness

@media(sensor){adjustment}

Disseminating Active map information to mobile hosts

  • Historically the web takes its cues from traditional media
  • Google uses available data to extend contextual awareness across its products – Facebook does this well

 contextually aware web

  • user
  • task
  • environment

What can we tell about a user? Don’t confuse a user with a device.

Example users:

  • physically impaired
  • specific objectives
  • limited/meaningful scope

Example tasks:

  • repeated interactions
  • implied relationship

Example Technology

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  • mobile/tablet/pc
  • hardware limitations
  • input types

 Paul’s notes

Content is critical.
But content needs context.
  • Defining Contextual Awareness
  • Applications in web design
  • level 4 media queries
  • Summary

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