Category: Accessibility

Moonshots Through Failure

Today Astro Teller talked about how to shoot for the metaphorical moon by failing up. “I fear thoughts that fear technology. You have to approach the changing world with knowledge and confidence, not fear.” Teller talked about bringing the internet to the world with balloons designed to fail… … and self driving cars that learn...

How Can We End Gamergate?

Can fandoms fix the gender gap in technology and computing fields? This was the question Jessica McDonald, CMO of SparkFun Electronics, asked at her Sunday SXSW Interactive panel of the same name. Fandoms are communities, often largely online, which come together in mutual admiration of various comics, anime and/or video games.  They may share fan-fiction,...

BIG Health Data & HIPAA

When trying to understand the many different view points on Health data being at a place like SXSW is very helpful. The panel Why HIPAA Won’t Save You covered a verity of topics ranging from the patients, the health care companies to the scientific researchers who will use this data. How to keep everyone’s health...

Well Designed: Creating Empathy-Driven Products

“Where do great products come from?” This was one of the first questions Jon Kolko, the Founder and Director of the Austin Center for Design and Vice President of Consumer Design at Blackboard, asked the audience at his Friday-morning SXSW Interactive panel, Well-Designed: Creating Empathy Driven Products. “Is it vision?  Process?  Or just hard work?” He continued...

Young Astronomers & JWST

At SXSW gaming expo NASA contractor Northrop Grumman has some young University of Texas Astronomy post docs and undergrads talking about the new James Webb Space Telescope. The JWST is launching in  2018 and will work with Hubble in our investigation of the cosmos. Eventually taking over Hubble’s role. Testing is going on right now...

Weekly News Roundup: March 1-7, 2015

  Dawn of the Harvest It only has taken us 214 years since Giuseppe Piazzi spotted the asteroid Ceres, but if everything goes correctly Friday, the Dawn space craft will enter in to orbit around Ceres. The space craft launched in 2007 and spent part of 2011 and 2012 around the asteroid Vista, a smaller...