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Spencer Smith

Principal, Spencer X Smith Consulting in Madison, Wisconsin

How to Launch a Rocket from Your Smart Phone

PRESENTED ON FEB 18, 2016
IN MADISON, WI @ VOL 16

“They had state of the art technology… [but] an inability to communicate is what jeopardised their mission.”

In “How to Launch a Rocket From Your Smartphone” from PechaKucha Night Madison (Wisconson)’s 16th volume, speaker Spencer Smith debates an urban myth many know well. You may have heard that the smartphone you own is more powerful than the computers that put men on the moon. Do you think that's really true? Is raw computer power the most important component of this question? Once you hear the data from speaker, you could have a different opinion.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016. 

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The Power of Language : Tell YOUR Story

BY ROSS FISHER
@ VOL 22 ON SEP 15, 2015

Ross Fisher provides us with an inspirational talk about how everyone should get out there and do a PK talk...or just tell their story to anyone who will listen!

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Wearable Technology for All

BY JENSIN ELAINE
@ VOL 6 ON OCT 19, 2015

Jensin Wallace relates her trip to Slovenia to collaborate with a man suffering from tetraplegia to create custom smart clothing to assist him on a day to day basis - all controlled by his cell phone! Wow!

Jensin was trained as textile textile designer at the Rhode Island School of Design and experimented with how to make sound and emotions tangible. After getting some experience in the luxury fashion industry, she went back to school and received a Masters of Design focusing in fashion and technology. Currently she works as a sweater technical designer for a high end women's label in NYC.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, November 9th, 2015. 

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Science Communication Meets Social Media

BY HEATHER DORAN
@ VOL 130 ON NOV 25, 2015

"We do a lot of storytelling, get scientists on stage doing some stand-up comedy and trying out lots of new ideas to get them out and about"

Heather Doran, a city organizer from PechaKucha Night Aberdeen (Scotland) tells us how advances in technology and social media have added new dimensions to the public communication of science.

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Never Underestimate the Power of Your Inspiration

BY REUBEN MAY
@ VOL 5 ON DEC 01, 2015

"You need to rap for us the way you rap in your videos!"  

-Student of Dr. May. 


In Never Underestimate the Power of Your Inspiration from PechaKucha Night Bryan, Vol. 5, Dr. Reuben May talks about growing up disadvantaged and how he got to be a professor and award winning author, as well as a rapper featured in notable publications.

This was PechaKucha of the Day on Tuesday, Janurary 12th, 2015.  

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The difference between smart and intelligent

BY TOBIAS BERNETH
@ VOL 55 ON FEB 09, 2016

Tobias Berneth, Founder of Things to Be, discusses the question "Why can't smart technology be smarter?" he challanges this question by comparing technology. What is the difference between smart and intelligent products? We have smart products – products that can store, and deliver information. The intelligent product would be able to recognize redundancies and patterns of information.

Smart products await your input. Do you loose time by using smart products? By using intelligent products, would you be given time, as the product is constantly changing after your needs?

Berneth compares these intelligent products to making new friends. He asks, "How do you design something that collects your data?”. It’s like making friends, make products that people can communicate with in a human way and that can understand how you do it.

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Your First IoT Project

BY DOMINIC DIMARCO
IN MADISON, WI

There's a ton of buzz about the Internet of Things (IoT) and leave it to speaker Dominic DiMarco to fill you in on it. Smart connected devices are popping up everywhere including: 'smart' home (Nest, drop cam, connected appliances), heavy industry, manufacturing (M2M), agriculture, logistics and a zillion other places.

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Not so smart are you now?

BY RICHARD MULHOLLAND
@ VOL 15 ON SEP 21, 2016

Richard Mulholland presented about how technology is making us as a human race obsolete. We are becoming so dependent on computers and technology that soon they will outsmart us, perform better and think for themselves. 

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How smart is your city? Building an Internet of Things that people can trust.

BY NAOMI JACOBS
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 16, 2017

Naomi Jacobs is a Research Fellow with experience in design ethnography and how digital technology is influencing our lives in the modern world. Her presentation is about the Internet of Things, the TrustLens project, and why people should be at the heart of both.

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How Art can Help us Communicate and Reconnect with People

BY JEREMY KOCH
@ VOL 2 ON OCT 26, 2017

Jeremy Koch elaborates on how we, as a society, need to re-learn the art of communication in a world saturated with technology.