The Web Is Here To Stay (Maybe)

The Web Is Here To Stay (Maybe)

The Web has been around for more than two decades, but it increasingly has to compete with native apps and walled gardens. Whether the Web will survive the next decade may be up to us web developers to decide.

Incentivizr: Make “Likes” Matter

Incentivizr: Make “Likes” Matter

Incentivizr is the winning entry from the RJI Hack The Future of Journalism hackathon, held the weekend of May 31 – June 1, 2014 at KQED in San Francisco. Incentivizr is a concept business model extension for content platforms with paid subscribers that lets them reward quality content financially, and aims to reduce the “need" for clickbait articles to achieve sufficient ad-based revenues.

Schooled in Feminism: An Ally’s Perspective

Schooled in Feminism: An Ally’s Perspective

This talk was given at the Dare Conference in London, September 2013. [photo: CC by Juliana Coutinho] A micro-aggression is telling young boys that they are very smart, and telling young girls that they are very pretty. We grow up in life picking up on the behaviors and actions of others. The more impressionable we are, the less critically we think about what kind of message certain actions may send. And we have little reason to examine or question these actions when they are tiny and seemingly innocent — which, if they were an isolated and rare occurrence, they would be.

The Beauty of Constraints

The Beauty of Constraints

Constraints, or “things that limit freedom," sound like a pretty bad thing. But in this talk I will explain not just that constraints are a good thing, but that they are beautiful—and important for great design, great software, and great products.

iOS 7: An Overview of Concerns

iOS 7: An Overview of Concerns

Read time: 3 minutesA lot has been said and blogged about the new iOS 7 beta released last week. While many people wrongly gripe about the brand-new visual aesthetic (wrong, wrong, wrong, and—sorry Mike—wrong), there are legitimate criticisms about the iOS 7. This online talk aggregates at a number of them and explores where the iOS 7 beta is going wrong.Note: all of these critiques acknowledge that iOS 7 is a very early beta release, and will significantly change before release (presumably this fall). That said, some of these issues are worrisome as they are counter to the typical Apple convention of designing for how it works before thinking about how it looks.

Presentations 101

Presentations 101

This brief presentation will go over the basic principles behind every presentation, and teach you a foundation of knowledge and skill to write and create better talks, and become a better presenter.

The Business Side of Going Web

The Business Side of Going Web

We all love the Web, yet many people love native apps. But what exactly sets Web apart from native? And why is that important to know whether you’re a front-end developer or a business owner? This talk will explore the business side of front-end technologies: responsive vs. “fixed” vs. mobile, tablet and/or desktop; when to use the fancy new and shiny, when not to; and lastly, why even when you make free open-source software, you should still know and learn more about selling your software to people.