World Summit Awards 2013: Colombo, Sri Lanka
by Madanmohan Rao
Research Projects Director, MobileMonday; Juror, World Summit Awards
[ See my compiled tweetnotes from World Summit Awards Mobile 2013 (#AbuDhabi, February): http://mobile.techsparks.com/?p=394 ]
Off today for the World Summit Awards 2013 – best #eContent from around the world! http://events.wsis-award.org/
An honour and delight to be a juror & speaker at the World Summit Awards 2013 – world’s best #eContent! http://events.wsis-award.org
Looking forward to meeting the winners of the World Summit Awards for Youth – the world is in safe hands! http://www.youthaward.org
Panels and workshops at: digital creativity, marketing, jobs, #entrepreneurship, policy, education, activism, mobility, investment!
Special highlights: winners panels on e-health, education, business, gov, culture, entertainment, inclusion, journalism!
Want to make the world a better place? Try your hand at digital activism & #entrepreneurship! Find out more at World Summit Awards
World Summit Awards 2013 kicks off in Colombo! See list of award winners at http://events.wsis-award.org – world’s best e-content!
Professor P. W. Epasinghe, http://ICTA.lk chairman: Winning World Summit Awards has helped put #SriLanka on the global #ICT4D map
Reshan Dewapura, CEO #ICTA: #SriLanka also uses World Summit Awards process for its own national digital awards www.eswabhimani.lk
Peter Bruck, chairman, World Summit Awards: The device/connectivity gap in the world is closing, but the content divide needs to be bridged
Dorothy Gordon, Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Ghana: Governments need to be open to digital innovators and scale up their initiatives
Elisabeth Quat, Legislative Council Member, Hong Kong: eContent initiatives have helped preserve Chinese culture, WSA awards helped raise funds
Manar Alhashash, Secretary General Kuwait eAward, Kuwait: Open data and analytics can help Arab governments improve service
Ralph Simon, CEO Mobilium International, UK/USA: Sri Lanka’s excellence in cricket should translate into e-content excellence as well!
Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of #SriLanka: Every country likes to tell the story of its digital award winners and is proud of them
#Rajapaksa: ICTs should be inclusive, and benefit villagers as well. Creative #ICT4D will help #SriLanka in the post-civil war phase
RT @PresRajapaksa “Our #ICT Literacy which was a mere four percent (4%) in 2002 is over forty percent (40%) today.”
RT @PresRajapaksa President: “We have also established over 3500 IT labs in #schools, across the country.”
World Summit Youth Award Winners 2013 presentations – see winners list http://youthaward.org/taxonomy/term/65/
The Content Economy; Women and ICT; panels: digital inclusion, health, learning, culture
Morning breakfast workshops with WSA Award 2013 winners: business models, customer development, ecosystem partnerships
Conference opening by Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to President of Sri Lanka, Peter A. Bruck, WSA Chairman, Reshan Dewapura, CEO ICTA
Always a pleasure, thanks! @digitlk @MadanRao Good to see you back in Sri Lanka Madan! Look forward to you moderating few sessions at WSA Global Congress 2013
Prof P.W Epasinghe: ICTA has supported and coordinated many #eGov projects across departments and organisations in #SriLanka, eg. online insurance+banks+telcos+emission testers
Prof. P.W. Epasinghe traces history of ICTs in Sri Lanka (also see http://NetChakra.net for Internet history in India)
Peter A. Bruck, WSA Chairman: You are a wave, the ocean is ICT
Tools change the way you use technology, but also change the business environment
Technology changes not just your business features but also your business models
Technology becomes a major force when it is embedded in routine daily work for the masses
Technology helps preserve culture (hear hear, see @IndianProverbs and @SGproverbs!)
To get more feedback, there are ‘feedback trees’ for responses/suggestions to questions and themes, stick your responses on post-its (fruits!)
Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to President of #SriLanka: ICTs play a pivotal role in driving economies, changing industries, transforming societies
Divides are influenced by geography and socio-economic factors. ICT skills not equitably distributed in society
Laudable initiatives like World Summit Awards help people think more innovatively
Pay attention not just to gadgets and gizmos, but the content you can experience and create
Governments should not just serve rural communities but empower them, eg. set up their own businesses
SriLanka examples – telecentre network (gyanashalas: ‘knowledge centres’ – in under-served areas)
Skills + locally relevant content & services are success factors for telecentre network
English is a global language for learning, development, networking and growth
Case Study 1: Entrepreneur in Sri Lanka developed productivity information services for fishermen at telecentre, helped improve work/life balance
Smartphones have the potential to bridge the digital divide like no other device before
Session 1: The Content Economy – Facts, Visions and Employment. Innovation, business development, green ICTs, network society
Reshan Dewapura, CEO ICTA: Sri Lanka’s involvement with WSA began with Osama Manzar and Manthan Awards www.DEFindia.net
Got questions for our panels coming up? Tweet away at the hashtag ! Thanks…
Reshan: ICTs should also become citizen centric, not just industry/consumers
Reshan: High-profile events like WSA Awards help boost ICT innovation in Sri Lanka
RT @PresRajapaksa Video: Mr. Lalith Weeratunga’s speech at #WSA #GlobalCongress2013. http://goo.gl/tWiZo5
Session 2: Women and ICT – speakers from Ghana, Kuwait, Egypt, USA, Sri Lanka
Dorothy Gordon, Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Ghana: Women dominate ICT usage in US, Hungary, Australia, Singapore, Romania
Factors that stop women from using ICTs – illiterarcy, poverty, time, cost, access, fear, perception that ICTs is mostly for men
Your kids will be educated by women (teachers are mostly women), so don’t hold the women back!
Women being locked out of ICTs are a continuation of trends of patriarchy and violence against women
@JanineWarner, Author + Design Guru, USA – shows cover of Wired magazine – photo of Paloma Noyola Bueno from Mexico, next Steve Jobs?
As a kid, my mom gave me a toolbox instead of a Barbie Doll for a Christmas gift! I appreciated it later
My mom gave me a Barbie Doll as a toy only last year! Goldie Blox – toys for girls which appeal to girls
Need to encourage girls/women to study and take up ICTs, do coding. There are now women’s organisations for women in ICT
Venus Williams shamed the tennis industry till they gave women same prize payouts as men did
Women make more purchase decisions than men in the US (eg. shirts for men and kids)
Make sure that your marketing team is not just made of men. Determine the brand equity that you have in the women in your customer base
Janine recommends books like Blink (reveals instinctive biases of men), and Don’t Think Pink
Manar Alhashash, SecGen Kuwait eAward: ICTs help women stay in touch with work and learning courses from home (eg. post-maternity phase)
RT @NeomalW Equal opportunity is more important than equality: Eng. Manar Alhashash #gender #women
Effat El Shooky, Technical Director, Women Business Development Centre, Egypt: Need to address concerns of women at the grassroots, rural areas
Need to go beyond bias of teaching women only textiles, pottery skills – need to add ICT skills
Chitranganie Mubarak, Senior Programme Head, ICTA, Sri Lanka: There are discrepancies here in ICTs; 79% of the workforce is male. BPO, ITES sector has more representation of females.
Audience Q: Some women also are unfortunately internalising the biases that men have against women
Prof. Govind Nair: South Asia has had more political women leaders than other countries; need to tap more of this potential
David Shelters: Mixed men-women teams can perform better than all-men or all-women teams
Dorothy Gordon calls for more data on representation of women in ICTs sector, ICT training programmes
@JanineWarner: Men try things even if they are not fully confident, women wait till they become more confident to try things – this should change
Effat: Set up communities of practice of women in ICTs
Chitranganie: Sri Lanka has majority of population in rural areas; needs of rural women need to be addressed through ICTs
Winners Presentation, World Summit Awards: e-Inclusion & Empowerment; e-Health and Environment
Winners Presentation: e-Inclusion & Empowerment: Blindsquare, Finland; TAMHub, Saudi Arabia; New Urban Mechanics, USA; Sheeplive.eu, Slovakia; eContent for children with special needs, Romania
BlindSquare, Finland: Mobile solution for blind people. “Close your eyes for a minute. Now keep them closed your while life. What does it feel like?”
BlindSquare is available in 15+ languages. Developed and tested in cooperation with blind users
BlindSquare: Examples of services: Turn-by-turn navigation, record a journey. Now reached 60 countries.
TAMhub, Saudi Arabia: Tap talent, passion in untapped locations/communities in society. Showcase via Tam
TAMhub showcases interesting issues and talent, and rewards them through competitions and sponsored awards
TAMhub.com is a way to engage broader society to get involved in posting problems, rewarding solvers
TAMhub is expanding to 5 Arab countries. Next steps – include crowdfunding?
SheepLive.eu (Slovakia): For impaired children – curriculum change via offline/online tools. EU supported
Sheeplive: We have developed 652 tools; 2M downloads in two years. Quizzes, ebooks, games, wallpapers, cartoons
Romania project on IT for pedagogy: eContent for Children with Special Needs: Tech is tip of iceberg: process, people, culture
Romanian professor: Teachers know about methodology of teaching, but not methodology of learning, especially for children with special needs
My Q to award winners – What was the best moment during your project and why; what was the toughest challenge and how did you overcome it?
A1: The toughest moment is when you have a seed of an idea but no one believes it can become a tree. But don’t give up!
A2: The toughest moment for a teacher is when you realise you have students who are not gifted, and whose parents are worried about them
A3: The best moment for a teacher is when a parent of a differently abled child thanks you for teaching them
A4: The best moment for an entrepreneur is when wave after wave of partnerships starts falling into place
Winners Presentations, World Summit Awards: eCulture and Tourism!
Winners: SeeCult.org, GorillaHighlands.com, Enajori.com, Verkami.com, Jumieges 3D
SEEcult.org, Europe: There is less and less ‘culture’ in the mainstream media; need online alternative
Gorilla Highlands has team members in Solvenia, Germany, Ireland, UK and Uganda – to showcase the life of gorillas!
Advice to #startups – in your pitches don’t waste too much time on the context, move quickly to the problem and your solutions + impacts!
GorillaHighlands: for revenues we look at those who appreciate tourism content (eg. tourism industry), rather than generic government departments #SL
Enajori.com: Change the perception of Assam not by complaining about mainstream media but by creating online content/communities
Enajori.com: Bilingual magazine, with digitised books, poetry, folk songs, traditions, tribal resources; international audience
Verkami.com, #Barcelona: Crowdfunding for creative projects. 181,000 members, 1,500 projects funded, Eur 7.13M raised!
Verkami.com’s contributions are specially relevant in Spain today where budget cuts are slashing cultural programs
Jumeiges 3D, #France: using mobiles/tablets + GPS + architecture maps to show how old/destroyed buildings actually looked like
Audience questions: Who is the core team of these projects, who owns the content, how will they be sustainable, how is quality maintained
My Q to winners: Which online strategy worked best for you? Which offline strategy worked best for you?
An honour to moderate two panels of WSA 2013 award winners! And a delight to anchor the mobile strategy table of the World Cafe!
Spectacular closing party of Day Two near the new Parliament House in #Colombo: after-hours networking is as important as boardroom networking!
Key success factors for WSA events: topics, speakers, formats, diversity, passion, local partners (ICTA!), mood, core team, music, moonrise!
Up next: Day Three – Social entrepreneurship, knowledge society, PPPP; parallel sessions with winners – eBiz, eGov, eNews, games
RT @YucaTrotamundos RT @LoQuePublicas: ‘You Are What You Post’ at the WSA Global Congress in Sri Lanka @youthaward / Felicidades @RobertoRuz!!!
?RT @skobbekaduwe Wish had more time to browse through the content winners stalls
?RT @digitlk RT @uepaa Fascinating round table discussion with international experts at ‘s Business Matching World Café now ongoing
?RT @uepaa Voilà: the creators of the “world’s best eContent” gathered for the Global Congress in Sri Lanka: http://twitpic.com/dilez6
RT @WSAoffice “You can literally watch the tree of content growing here” – a participate trying to catch the atmosphere
My June 2010 tweet: People power = Telecom power: pre-mobile sculpture outside SriLanka Telecom #Colombo! http://twitpic.com/1viptw
RT @sameeraw For the benefit of all WSA conference participants; latest M4D Country Overview of Sri Lanka Report http://tinyurl.com/od8d5px
Media coverage of World Summit Awards 2013 http://www.asiantribune.com/node/66102 http://pctechmag.com/2013/10/interactive-ebook-about-south-western-uganda-receives-world-summit-award/ http://www.osundefender.org/?p=128442
RT @WSAoffice The opening note will be delivered by Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Scientific Affairs, Sri Lanka @icta_srilanka
Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Scientific Affairs, Sri Lanka: Need to go beyond individual technologies to convergence
RT @digitlk Everyone must be drawn in, ICT provides this opportunity, where we have the knowledge base at our finger tips – Prof Vitharana
INNOVATION SESSION 3: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Activism, Millennium Development Goals
Winners of World Summit Youth Awards on stage now from Tanzania, Mexico, India
RT @youthaward Gloria Silas, Roberto Ruz and Maninder Singh Bajwa representing the #WSYA 2013 winners on stage
David Shelters, Author & Startup Mentor: “How to move from an exciting product to success in the marketplace?”
Great to have David Shelters here as speaker at WSA, see my interview + #BookReview: http://yourstory.in/2013/06/interview-the-hottest-consumer-internet-and-mobile-markets-are-here-in-asia/ http://yourstory.in/2013/05/book-review-startup-guide-for-the-technopreneur-financial-planning-decision-making-and-negotiating-from-incubation-to-exit/
Startups need to create a balance between financial value as well as social value; these evolve at different times in short/long term
Social impacts usually emerge in the long term.
We are in an age of information overload; need to work harder to access quality content
Content is becoming a differentiator for online #startups; the value of tech as a differentiator is decreasing in shelf-life
Success factors for good content: original, actionable, empathetic, community, engaging, current, accessible
Rich and diverse content helps create value for viewers, achieve sustainability, bring global perspectives to problem solving
African Queens Project (Tanzania): Content should be consistent. Connect Web content to social media
You Are What You Post (Mexico project): Use content to link to, comment on, and improve other content
iScuela (India): Content partnerships with other countries can help scale up a startup venture
Rita O´Sullivan, Country Director, Asian Development Bank: “ICT, Youth and Smart Analytics – ADB’s Experience”
ADB has 67 member countries; $16B year in grants per year in the Asia region, help achieve MDGs
Civil war has adversely impacted education system in Sri Lanka; distance learning can help (eg. translating useful lessons)
Need to analyse value chain; not all teachers like elearning, many make money via tuitions!
ADB is creating an SME online database to help address their needs in capacity building and skills acquisition
Peter Bruck asks youth award winners to explain to ADB how the bank could help scale up their projects and ideas. Bravo!
ADB is promoting models of mobile payment in emerging economies.
ADB has capital funds, but bankers find it hard to assess startups
Vishnu Swaminathan, Country Director Ashoka India: Large financial institutions don’t know how to deal with young social entrepreneurs
Social entrepreneurs should use hybrid models of funding; grant + revenue streams.
Tech can help mobilise communities.
RT @hishamshehabi ROI should be re-engineered for not for profits. Getting stakeholder input on the KPIs is key to their future adoption as metrics
RT @hishamshehabi Investors can be governments instead of venture capital funds bcoz solving these issues reduces the burden on them in the long run
African Queens Project: http://africanqueensproject.com Share the stories of African women who are making a difference; inspire, motivate others
David: Social ventures can focus on gathering high quality data; this can be a source of revenue from those who want intelligence
Big banks should focus on incubators if they are unable to handle smaller transaction flows of individual startups
Startups should cultivate relationships with key stakeholders in the social/financial ecosystem
INNOVATION SESSION 4: The Knowledge Society – Facts, Visions and Employment
Reshan Dewapura, CEO ICTA: Sri Lanka won the Outsourcing Destination of the Year award in London last night!
Govindan Nair, George Washington University: “Demographics of the Future: Millions of Youth and Creation of Digital Content”
I don’t like the term ‘developing countries.’ Hear hear!
Developing countries have been growing much faster in the last decade than mature economies.
But only a few developing countries will rise to the top of the economic pile and have high wages
Look not just at population growth but ratio of productive population overall
Productive people can contribute only if they have right tools and skills. Need to create entrepreneurs at the age of 5
Mano Sekaram, CEO, 99X Technology: “Jobs of the Future: Best practice profiles, educational capital and sustainable careers for millions”
There are 200M unemployed people in the world; 40M new entrants of workers will be from Africa and Asia
9 out of 10 jobs are created by the private sector. Entrepreneurs hold the key to jobs and wealth creation
Key is to create thousands of $1,000 startups
Next big job driver – combination of social, mobile, cloud and content
RT @janinewarner The “informal economy” is the second largest economy in the world, after the USA
RT @janinewarner Viral Entrepreneurship is emerging as cloud computing + informal economy + crowd soucing = a new way of doing business
Tiit Paanen, former CEO Skype Estonia: “Skyping Estonia: Lessons learned for the development of an innovation ecosystem”
Estonia – population 1.3 million. No.2 ranking in Internet freedom. Innovator in eGov
Skype is now 10 years old. We had many social media features before they appeared on sites like Facebook, but we did not launch them
As Skype grew it became less risky and innovative in culture
Skype’s contribution – it made entrepreneurs in Estonia dream big, anything is possible
Every country is looking for that unique inspiring #startup #story. Hard work is important – so is luck!
RT @ReadMeLive @skype was bought by @ebay for $2.6billion just 2 years after it started says @parasiil
Suresh Anandappa, 3M Lanka: “Driving Growth Through Innovation.” Innovation is coming up with ideas and bringing them to life to deliver value
Innovation in 3M is planned, purposeful and relentless. Principles + practices + infrastructure. 85 labs, 35 customer tech centres.
7 practices of 3M innovation – customer inspired, leadership commitment, broad base of tech, sharing/collaboration environment, quantification of efforts, corporate culture (storytelling: 100+ stories per year)
Organisational knowledge creation is the key to how companies innovate
Nair: Many innovations emerge from the fringe and then become mainstream #wsaSL
The book on 21st century innovation has not been written yet; beyond hierarchical corporate/gov innovation #wsaSL
INNOVATION SESSION 5: Teaching Future ICT – The New University: Academic and Market Visions
RT @stolz2000 strong sessions about startups, play, research and failure
Adam Montandon: “Play: New Formats for University Learning” – A sense of play, exploration and experimentation should be nurtured
Let developers act out the actual roles in a game (eg Space Raiders), they will program and design the game much better
We take students to hospitals and let them dress up as doctors/nurses/staff to understand their roles; immersion
Impacts of play approach to learning – transformation, empathy, creativity
Adam shows hilarious poster – “Don’t grow up, it’s a trap!”
My Q: How is this related to gamification? Adam: Gamification leads to a specific outcome, play is more – it’s an approach, attitude, way of learning
Ruvan Weerasinghe, Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo School of Computing: “Collaborative Research: New Formats for University Teaching”
Ruvan cites the work of Fred Haren, Ken Robinson. Important to re-arouse a sense of curiosity in students, it has been stamped out
RT @ReadMeLive Prof.Ruwan quotes Linus Pauling says “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.”
Felix Lee, Institute of Digital Media Innovation, NUS, Singapore: “Entrepreneurship: New Ways for University Learning”
University labs and corporate partners are important for entrepreneurship; need to compare and network univs
Nurture ‘intelligent fast failure,’ promote mentoring, engage successful alumni
Indika de Zoysa, Country Business Manager, Intel Sri Lanka: “Student Involvement: Learning for the 21st century”
RT @ttaaggooee The Cassette-pen relationship. You can only answer this if you were born before 1995! http://pic.twitter.com/fAaUvOfrYo
Indika shows graph of GDP growth of countries over 1,000 years, and huge spike at turn of century
Indika: Intel Science Fair draws 1,500 students from 60+ countries
My Q to panel: At what age are you teaching entrepreneurship/creativity to students, and what are the ‘segments’?
Adam: Don’t penalise kids for ‘failures’ in experiments, that’s the first step.
Different cultures have different comfort zones in dealing with failure and speaking out
Ruvan: Hard to offer personalised instruction and encourage/assess creativity in over-sized classrooms in developing countries
Adam: Everybody should be ready to offer the ‘teachable moment’ or experience to youth/kids, not just teachers!
Nurture the joy of tinkering; in British culture we celebrate the joy of locking ourselves up in a garden shed and tinkering away!
Audience Qs: What are the cultural differences in innovation?
A: Americans tend to market their innovations more and communicate more about it; more systematic than Asians
Audience input: Research is not just in corporate labs, can come out of simple associations, eg putting wheels on suitcases, happened only recently!
Felix: I often get asked by students: should I drop out and do my startup now or get a job and do startup later? Parental pressure in Asia!
Startup teams should have 3-4 core team, at least one woman. And you should know all of them well!
RT @digitlk Everyone who have learnt something is a teacher. This is one of the methods I use at back home. – Felix
RT @janinewarner Education isn’t about filling a bucket with drops of info it’s about sparking a flame that burns your whole life. @adammontandon
George Sharkov, Bulgaria: Startups should commercialise practical aspects of technology but also explore theory for long term
Up next: Winners Presentation: e-Entertainment& Games. Interactive dance, Aqua Lingua, Kinetic Stories, Making View, EVE Online
Up next: Winners Presentation: e-Business & Commerce. Springleap, South Africa. TransferWise, Estonia. Infoline, Ghana
SpringLeap, South Africa: Pool creative community to meet needs of agencies and brands
SpringLeap: Testimonials – better than global leading agencies! Creative + PR + social media.
@SpringLeap www.springleap.com ‘bridges’ conversation across sites, curates content, connects to the community
NandiMobile’s InfoLine (Ghana): Helps businesses connect to consumers via smart/basic phones
Audience Qs: Who owns the content, how do you guard against sudden changes by operator policies, how to pitch crowdsourcing in a positive manner
Winners Presentations: e-Government & Open Data: ETA and IBMS, GoSwift,
Saudi e-Gov, Transparent Nigeria, LobbyPlag
Winners Presentation: e-Media & Journalism: WATCHADO, Rural Visual Journalism Network, Observatory of Parliament Members, Teckler, MASRAWY.COM
RT @WSAoffice: Post your feedback with a post-it on the content tree! http://pic.twitter.com/NUDljBQFPJ
Sessions: App economy, mobile design & marketing, enterprise mobile, #mGov, #microlearning, youth #entrepreneurship!
Keynote: @HarshadeSilvaMP Harsha de Silva, Member of Parliament and Consultant Economist, #SriLanka
It’s great to be with the best of the best creative minds in the digital content industry (hear hear!)
There is value in learning from ‘successful failures’ too #innovation #startup
Harsha’s challenge to entrepreneurs – use ICTs to improve Sri Lanka’s 130+ year old tea trading system!
MOBILE SESSION 1: The App Economy – The Big View. Mobile marketing, design, VAS, enterprise mobile
Dinesh Saparamadu, #MobileMonday Colombo founder, moderates the mobile panel
Gary Schwartz, CEO, Impact Mobile, Canada: “Mobile Marketing: What works in the US might also work elsewhere”
Media was so much ‘simpler’ in the early days of broadcast media. Look at the evolution of mobiles now!
Businesses are on the wrong end of the mobile screen, they need to make themselves relevant to customers in terms of relationship
Gary shows photo of Bill Gates launching Microsoft Tablet PC at Comdex in 2001! Real takeoff – later with #iPad
RT @stolz2000 smartphone: supercomputer or relationship-builder? gary schwartz
Gary: We have over 10 billion connected objects in the world; will reach 50 billion in 2020. Even diapers will transmit data!
Freud – “Man has become a kind of prosthetic God”
One-third of digital media spend is allocated to cross-media campaigns
Connectivity is ‘digital velcro’ – understanding that is the key to thriving in the digital economy
@JanineWarner, Bestselling author, Creator, DigitalFamily.com, USA. “Mobile Design: What works in the world, will work also locally”
Digital promise – “All the content every published anywhere will be available everywhere”
In Los Angeles, I wonder sometimes whether surfboards will also be connected! Shows pic of Intel-powered surfboard!
RT @digitlk Janine gives an example from Intel for putting a Computer on a surfboard and making internet available on the sea. A publicity act.
Janine: Internet evolution has spurred hyperlocal news. Buzzphrase – #SoLoMo – social, location, mobile
RT @janinewarner: @OsamaManzar Here’s a link to the article on the hyperlocal news conf http://www.netnewscheck.com/article/29460/optimism-reigns-at-hyperlocal-news-confab
Janine: Waze app helps me navigate LA traffic. Also TrafficMate from Sri Lanka
Flat design is about visual clarity, simplicity. No need to make things look 3D. Don’t use analogue metaphors like bookshelves
RT @ReadMeLive The idea of skeuomorphism makes things that are virtual look like things in the real world. You can get the crispness in a design when you remove the 3D effect says @janinewarner
iPolice from Nigeria has used flat button design for the Panic Button screen.
Janine to attendees in Colombo: Please spend some time at the ocean and wonder what the next big wave will be!
Suren Pinto, Founder and CEO Wavenet Group, Sri Lanka: “Mobile VAS to Mobile Apps – A transition”
Mobile VAS revenues are large but the growth curve is flat. Maintaining them has become a defensive strategy
RT @DhanikaPerera Mobile App revenue will surpass Mobile VAS revenue in 2013 – Suren Pinto
Suren: #Africa will overtake Europe in mobile VAS revenues in 2015
App store model is more favourable to developers than operator/VAS model
Apps will cannibalise mobile VAS. Easier, cheaper, faster discovery of apps.
Challenge in app world is differentiation – it’s a jungle out there
Harsha Purasinghe, Founder, CEO Microimage / WSO2 Mobile, Sri Lanka: “Enterprise Mobile – Next big frontier for Mobile App Developers”
Dinesh: Harsha is the best story of a college startup in Sri Lanka
Harsha: I was at #GITEX in #Dubai last week. Gov target – all services to be mobile-enabled in two years!
Hero of early mobile enterprise era was the Blackberry – disrupted by iPhone and its whole ecosystem, scaled by Android
There over a billion apps out there. It’s becoming harder to make money in consumer apps – enterprise apps are growing
APIs will be significant driver for enterprise mobile app development. Hybrid tools, blending HTML5 and native
Next trend is the rise of enterprise app stores. The world is moving towards a ‘mobile first’ enterprise (biz + gov)
Gary: The future of apps is not just about garage development and Apple selling them; it’s a complicated ecosystem
Carriers will no longer play an important role in services such as apps
We need to ‘unlearn’ what worked earlier and design/develop holistically and cross-screen
RT @digitlk I don’t think we will ever again to to carrier centric VAS anymore. That boat has sailed. – Gary #lka
Janine: Hybrid models will lead to creation of Web apps which can be searched by Google, improving discovery
Audience Q: How to make enterprise leaders aware of the importance of mobile apps?
Gary: Don’t think of mobile as another vertical silo; create a horizontal strategy linking to other media
McDonald’s is using NFC to convert tables into racecourses and mobile phones into cars for kids
MOBILE CONTENT SESSION 2: Mobile Government as facilitator for the market
Moderator: Peter Bruck, WSA Chairman
Elizabeth Quat, Member of the Legislative Council, Hong Kong, SAR China: We have one of the highest densities of WiFi hotspots in Asia
Govs need to make more data open for public, and make it readable + useable
Govs should draft policies on sharing data between gov and private hospitals on health issues and treatments
George Sharkov, Director ESI Center Eastern Europe, Bulgaria: Need to factor in less computing power, smaller screensize, security risks when porting to mobile
Kanchana Thudugala, Programme Head, e-Services, Re-engineering Government Programme, ICTA, Sri Lanka: Prioritise services for rollout
Kanchana: Mobile gov in Sri Lanka – info about disaster management; pricing info; train/bus timetables
Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, Governor of the Sate of Osum, #Nigeria: ICTs can help monitor, track and block those trying to cheat the system
MOBILE CONTENT SESSION 3: Mobile as a Learning and Knowledge Device. Moderator: Dorothy Gordon, Ghana India Kofi Annan Center for Excellence
Badr Ward, CEO, ertica, Saudi Arabia: “Pre-school kids love learning on mobiles” – move from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’
Badr http://LamsaWorld.com: Children understand visuals better than adults do; better suited for tablet world
Badr’s advice – spend more time with children to better understand how they relate to ICTs and how the world of learning is changing
Great to see networking between startups and those who can find them new customers/partners in other countries!
Interesting model of twitterwall, with fade-in and fade-out of assorted tweets; good for events with slower tweetflow
Gregor Cholewa, CTO, KnowledgeFox, Austria: “Adults love building up knowledge with mobile devices” – #microlearning that works
Gregor: www.knowledgefox.net helps deliver micro-content for making employees knowledgeable about high quality service delivery
RT @bjasari Micro learning via mobile phone through “learning cards”
“Centre of Excellence” of the Government of the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi has made MicroLearning a standard application
Macedonian civil servants use microlearning for quality excellence, performance enhancement, knowledge retention
Corporate Training and Human Resource departments are using microlearning to ensure compliance and safety standards
Micro-learning helps employees and training organisations with certification requirements, refresher modules
Other countries with microlearning deployments: Guyana, Bahrain. New platforms and apps coming for domain experts/coordinators too
ICT4D : Young social entrepreneurs act to make a difference, locally, regionally, globally
Moderation: Peter A. Bruck
Concerns expressed: How will medical records be stored and created? How to promote local social entrepreneurship?
@OsamaManzar: It’s important to jumpstart/facilitate/catalyse local content ecosystems
Osama: We have used mesh + WiFi in addition to mobile operator networks; we have done this in remote rural areas in India
Osama: Mesh networks have been used in Nepal in 6,000 locations. Create a patchwork of networks; requires tech design skills
Q: Can you overlay mesh networks on top of dumb/basic mobile phones?
Osama: Kids are the best digital learners because they do not have to unlearn anything!
Good to see Sri Lanka and Indian social entrepreneurs teaming up for social media-based blood donor programmes!
Jeff/Nigeria: Need to show youth how to use mobile phones for more than just entertainment and how they can create useful apps
RT @HermanvanOorsch Good design drives engagement (and learning) @garyschwartz