Agile Methods, Leadership and What's new in IT
Instilling a culture of innovation, collaboration and challenge based contests across a large and diverse organization is not an easy thing to do, but it is increasingly a critical competency in your organization. Technology is making it possible to gather and inspire 'like minded' internal 'spark plugs' to propose ideas, develop a following and evolve organizations from the inside out. Share how your organization is fostering innovation with micro-communities and project teams forming from disparate corners of your organization, coming together and effectively executing on new ideas and innovate at an amazing pace.
If you don't cannibalize your own products and services, someone else will. In a culture of 'Likes' and 'comments' share how you are forming the next 'coalition of the willing' to take your team to the next horizon.
Connecting and Collecting on the Go
Mobile devices today offer an unprecedented way to connect with our communities and collect data that run the gamut from community crowd sourcing (traffic hazards) to wellness health patterns and thus crowd source new knowledge. Almost every organization has a mobile strategy, but how do these strategies move beyond basic publishing to building stronger connections? This theme area offers an opportunity to share and learn about interesting approaches to enhanced connectedness in the research, education and health spaces.
Interfaces for the Modern User
Users expect interfaces that are responsive, relevant and performant. In a world of many devices, where web and native are both first-class citizens, how are practices changing to meet user expectations? This area explores modern concepts around UI and UX for the native and web platforms, covering topics such as adapting interfaces to the capabilities and expectations of specific devices, providing rich personalization options for our users, and implementing fast interfaces with new APIs for everything from graphics and networking to sampling and timing. It also discusses strategies for testing and feedback collection to enable continuous improvement.
A Semantic and Accessible Web
Content is everywhere and distributing it a complex endeavor. Modern web standards and practices offer us a publishing medium more accessible than any to come before. Today, webpages can be designed so that they’re intelligible whether accessed by a user leveraging assistive technologies or a machine crawling the site in an automated fashion. This area explores the rich semantics of HTML 5, the annotations with ARIA that make rich interfaces accessible for assistive technologies, and how microdata can encode machine-readable structures into the HTML. It will also discuss the evolving legal landscape for accessibility, and new policies and practices that have arisen as such, as well as look at evaluation tools and new standards like IndieUI.
Data APIs, Standards and Analytics
From the 'Internet of Things' to calls to 'Free the Data', our world is becoming ever more connected. Applications should no longer stand on their own in isolation but rather be willing participants in the broader ecosystem. This area focuses on design practices and interoperability standards to achieve the connectedness that our users expect. It also offers an opportunity to learn how others are leveraging open data and how this confluence of data improves what can be garnered with analytics, all while keeping in mind security and privacy concerns that only arise in such an environment.