PechaKucha Presentation

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Jeremy Koch

Sales Rep / Actor / Co-founder of Farmers Alley Theatre in Kalamazoo

How Art can Help us Communicate and Reconnect with People


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

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Apps to Improve Our Life

@ VOL 2 ON APR 19, 2014

Hamed AL Shameri talks about how we can maximise the use and benefit of smart phones and how useful applications can make a big difference in our lives. (in Arabic)

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Oklahoma Children's Theatre

@ VOL 4 ON OCT 29, 2015

With dramatic cuts to education and arts education funding across her home state of Oklahoma, Lyn Adams is passionate about providing access to creative theatre arts opportunities for all children. The mission of the Children’s Theatre mission is to provide extraordinary live theatre and interactive educational experiences for young audiences as well as inspiring young people to visualize their potential, enhancing family relationships, and investing in the future of their communities, could not be more significant to Oklahoma’s youngest citizens.

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Back to the Future

@ VOL 4 ON NOV 13, 2015

John Graf takes us through an entertaining history of the evolution of educational technology as he remembers it. Smart technology changes the way we access information and build knowledge.

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The difference between smart and intelligent

@ 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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How to Launch a Rocket from Your Smart Phone

@ VOL 16 ON FEB 18, 2016

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

@ 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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Steamed Up over STEM

@ VOL 22 ON APR 13, 2017

What's all the fuss and focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in our schools? It's spread beyond earlier efforts to proactively help our young women not feel stigmatized if they enjoy an equation or two, and now threatens to spread a cumulonimbus over our educational system. Where are the Arts in all this? Not even chopped liver -- that might qualify as culinary science. I believe that, when you get beyond all the flash of STEM's appeal, it's components can, upon reflection, be seen as progeny of the Arts. The necessary components of abstraction, classification and description rely on humankind's unique language abilities, as do the symbols in formulas and theorems. Science could not have developed without the fundamental dance of discourse and recorded evidence that developed from the advancement of oral storytelling into poetry to literature...and of course, how could we survive any of this without humor?

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What Is Smart?

@ VOL 11 ON SEP 30, 2017

"What does smart even mean?", Nadzirah Suhaimi felt the sit, stare, spoonfeed and memorize method of learning was hindering children's growth and development. After teaching in Laos with a dynamic learning method, she decided to open Creativate with two others and help children grow more active, social and be more inquisitive.

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Smart Mobility

@ VOL 27 ON FEB 22, 2018

Pete Westerholm talks about smart cities and how tech can be integrated into the built enviornment.