JP Rangaswami of BT and “Confused of Calcutta” discusses his learning from Supernova’s Real Time Flow track, including the challenges in both standards and technical connections, as well as the social interactions that connect us. While there’s lots of focus on the “network” part of social networks, it is the Social part where there’s a lot of room for new learning.
JP appreciates insights from Danah Boyd’s talk, as well as those of John Hagel and Umair Haque.
Towards the end of the discussion, JP gives some of his predictions for the future of telephony and communications.
Linda Stone‘s history of working at the cutting edge at places like Apple and Microsoft has lead her to recently coin the phrase “Continuous Partial Attention” – the constant shifting of attention so a person doesn’t miss anything going on. The millennial generation who grew up watching this are not in sync with this value, and are looking for different balance in their lives.
In this interview, Linda tells us about their value system, and how this may affect the future of work in the Network Age.
Deputy US Chief Technology Officer Andrew McLaughlin spent some time after his panel on Day 2 of Supernova 2009 talking with me about the President’s agenda on technology in Health Care, IT part of the Smart Grid, the Role of Technology in Education, and CyberSecurity, as well as Patent Reform and Net Neutrality. He describes his interaction with the entrepreneurs at Supernova, seeking new ideas for solutions to the government.
He also gives insights as to what new projects the Government is working on to help taxpayers better understand how their money is being spent, and what projects are connecting the Federal and State governments to improve communications.
Thanks again to Andrew for taking time to speak with us at Supernova.
Dr. Karl Ulrich spoke to me after his Wharton Talk at Supernova on the subject of Innovation Tournaments (which is also the title of his most recent book.) He describes innovation tournaments, and how companies are already using this format to help find more ideas that can be funneled and used to drive new products and services. The key is generating as many ideas as possible at the top of the funnel. Interestingly enough, Innovation Tournaments and American Idol have common elements, leading to a discussion of Kelly Clarkson versus Sanjaya.
Craig Walker, the Group Product Manager for Realtime Communications spoke on the “Telecom as Software Panel.” In our talk he describes Google Voice for those who haven’t yet seen it. As telephony increasingly becomes IP (Internet Protocol) based, and more able to be manipulated like data, the innovation we’re seeing now with products like Google Voice, Ribbit, Skype, and others will continue to increase.
We also discuss what things are going to happen over the next 3-5 years in the telephony industry, including how to innovate with the user as the center of your innovation.
John Hagel of Deloitte spoke to me after his opening plenary on day 2 of Supernova about his research on the Shift Index which “highlighted a core performance challenge …: return on assets for U.S. companies has steadily fallen to almost one quarter of 1965 levels at the same time that we have seen…modest, improvements in labor productivity.”
John and his team interviewed employees about many factors during their research, and in our talk he discussed employee passion for work as a key indicator of company performance. He also mentioned in his talk a recommendation to reach out to the “smartest people in your industry” and figure out how to collaborate, and we discuss this further as well.
After the final plenary session at Supernova, Supernova Group Founder & Conference Organizer Kevin Werbach interviews Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Senior Advisor for Innovation Alec Rossabout the most important changes they’ve seen, and their predictions for the biggest changes to come.