Get to know more of our Geekend Speakers! They’ll help you ask better questions and provide some answers well.“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” (Anthony Robbins)
Do you have questions about entrepreneurship, technology, or innovation? Of course you do, we do too. Our next group of Geekend speakers can’t wait to discuss them. After Geekend ends, better questioning begins! Below we highlight some of the questions Geekend sessions will address.
Have you ever seen an innovative product or feature and think –
Why didn’t I think of that?It’s not always easy to come up with innovative features or products. What if “thinking outside the box” is a skill rather than a talent? The good news is: Skills can be learned!
Ben Sykes (@bensykes) is a Design Director and Experience Strategist in San Francisco. In his session you’ll have the opportunity to craft an original feature and product concept using multiple design gaming techniques.
What is the craze that is virtual reality?
What is going to happen once it actually hits the consumer market? As virtual reality enthusiasts, consultants and program developers, we know how big this is going to get and we want you to know too. The future is here and it wants to make your acquaintance. Virtual reality exists and we want to put it on your face (or at least tell you why you should)! The competition is intense and the timeline is fast in an industry that is evolving every second of every day. Learn why you need to keep up with this cutting edge technology and how it will touch and shape the future of every industry. We’re ready for it. Are you?
Annie Eaton (CEO) (@anniearete) , Jake Lance(Creative Director) (@GoRobot) and Peter Stolmeier (CTO) (@WackoMedia) have been evangelizing virtual reality for quite some time. Annie has experience in marketing, project management and entrepreneurship. Peter has been a virtual reality enthusiast since the early 90’s and frequently hosts sessions at conventions. Together, they formed ATLvr, an organization that reaches a variety of audiences and clients, giving them a wide view of the industry.
Their most recent project touched the fashion industry, where they developed and executed the world’s first interactive virtual reality fashion show. Successfully presenting to industries that don’t even know this technology exists is what makes them stand out. Their enthusiasm on the subject has been called contagious.
How to create a dynamic and meaningful relationship with consumers?
Jillian Stafford (@jillystaff), Creative Director/CEO at Jam Social Media Lab, is an award winning, nationally recognized social media specialist. Jillian’s list of clients include some of the most recognizable brands in the Savannah area. From a 500 million dollar company like Parker’s Convenience Stores, to a community-loved non-profit like The Creative Coast, she tailors her services to each unique brand. Jillian is joining Lindsey Johns for a Social Media panel at Geekend.
How can entrepreneurship and constantly changing technology be taught? How can technology improve teaching & learning?
How can it reduce the digital divide and mitigate barriers? How does the Maker and DIY culture fit into learning? What does it all mean once students enter the workforce? Explore case studies and learn about potential tools, many of which are low cost solutions during a panel with Robin Fay, Jeremy Boeh and Bree Thomas.
Robin Fay (@georgiawebgurl) is a creative technologist with over 10 years experience in higher education focused on technology and training. Most recently she works with virtual reality (digital 3D) in a consortia of technical colleges. Her book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Search for Librarianswas published in 2012 (Neal Schuman/ALATechSource).
Jeremy Boeh (@jeremy_bay) Is the Entrepreneurship Director of NEXT High School in Greenville South Carolina. Where he is responsible for the Entrepreneurship Program, Seminar Series and Brand and Marketing. NEXT High School’s mission is to prepare students for life after school.
Bree Thomas (@BreeThomas33) Developer with an affinity for front-end development and UX/UI design and product definition. Prior to becoming a programmer, Bree spent over a decade leading brand and digital strategy for a variety of large global clients, including Audi, Oakley, The North Face, Vans and Happy Madison Productions. Her expertise includes product and brand strategy and integrated marketing.
How can I build my own mobile app without any technical knowledge?
Not one but, two Brians are joining Yvonne Jouffrault for an informative panel discussion about Mobile App Development. Brian McDonaugh, Creative Director at Zubie, is a Designer/Animator with professional experience in mobile apps, responsive websites, and video games across almost any phone/web platform you can think of. He prides himself on his ability to fill multiple roles in environments of near-break-neck speeds. Brian Criscuolo, member of Technical Staff at eBay, a professional software engineer focused on providing solid solutions to mobile device platforms using innovative tools, techniques and years of experience.
How to build a community with Social Media?
By day, Jim Nickerson (@NickInSFO) is the Lead Instructor for Digital Marketing atGeneral Assembly in San Francisco. By night, he sings Lower Bass with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the world’s first and largest LGBT chorus. Hear and see Jim talk about being an SFGMC chorus member for the last 14 years, the lessons he has learned while singing and performing, and how these experiences translate into his day job of teaching great Digital Marketing concepts and executing creative, award winning social media campaigns.
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Originally posted on The Creative Coast Blog, June 25, 2015 By Anna Tóth