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Innovation & collaboration panel at VX2010: audio now available

During the Olympics here in Vancouver, the Digital Media and Wireless Association of BC (DigiBC) hosted VX2010 … the “Vancouver eXperience” … V for convergence; X for intersection.” They brought in many of the entrepreneurs and business leaders who were attending the Olympics and hosted mixers, conversations, and showcases.

I was fortunately enough to be asked to sit on the Innovation and Collaboration panel, held at Robson Square on February 25th (the day before my birthday, actually). We had a great conversation: Olivier Vincent, the CEO of Canpages, Par Singh, the president of Intellectual Ventures Canada were also on the panel, and the moderator was Dean Prelazzi from DigiBC.

The audio is now available – all 39 minutes and 43 seconds of it – on the VX Conversations blog.

I arrived early to take in the previous panel, and was pleasantly surprised to find Robert Scoble on-stage. We briefly chatted about dark fibre and Google and other geeky goodies, and then I was whisked away to prep.

Yeah, that's Bob

That night there was a reception at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The event was just perfect: we watched the Robson Square Olympic fireworks show, met dozens of smart creative people, and at cake:

The VX2010 cake and Michael Bidu, president of DigiBC

Powerpoint and notes from my ACE 2009 presentation

I recently chaired a session and spoke at the Asian Conference on Education (ACE 2009) in Osaka, Japan. I could hardly have enjoyed the experience more – thanks to UBC and the Master of Educational Technology program for making it possible! More details on that later.

But first, I promised during the talk that my presentation and notes would be made available online … so here they are.

Note that they are very text heavy. This is not at all my standard practice (I usually have very few words on a slide, if any) but is good manners for an international conference where English is often the second or third language of most participants. Many people I’ve met in business and academics around Asia and Europe who know at least some English are better readers than speakers or listeners … so providing the written words as well as the spoken presentation provides much greater opportunity to grasp the meaning.

Intel Google Ace

Because that may not make enough sense without context, here are my speaking notes:
Intelligence in the age of Google – speaking notes

And here is the paper that preceded them all:
Intelligence and Google

I must say I completely enjoyed this conference. Many conferences are wonderful because you have opportunities to meet so many different people from so many different places … but this one was special because of its international character.

For me, the highlight (beside the session, which went extremely well and was well-attended) was personally meeting and talking to people from Indonesia, the Phillipines, Ireland, Scotland, Japan (of course!), Taiwan, Turkey, Malaysia, Borneo, Canada (yes, there were a few other Canucks there), and the US. It’s a great pleasure to talk to people of all different backgrounds and perspectives.

I’m looking forward to doing it again!