I’ve used this blog to often talk about Apps for Good and other initiatives that are designed to get kids more interested in technology and software as a potential career. I also often speak about the gap that I see around STEM graduates in the USA as well as the UK. One of the bigger initiatives that I’ve seen on this front is led by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft amongst many others to promote Code.org. Fundamentally, the issue is simple: No matter what career choice you take in life, having a fundamental understanding of computer programming should be a part of your educational upbringing. I’m thrilled to see that countries like Australia and the United Kingdom are taking very proactive steps to make computer programming part of the core curriculum, but stunned to have read recently that in the United States, computer science does not count (!!!) towards math/science graduation requirements in 37 states.
Next week, Code.org is promoting a project called “Hour of Code” during Computer Science Education Week from 9-15 December. Although you will see a distinct American slant to the website, the intent is to see this replicated across the world in 20 different languages. As of today, over four million students and 31,000+ teachers have signed up across 166 countries!
I’d love for you to share the details of this with your own schools. If you’re interested in learning more about computer science, sign up for the Hour of Code yourself. You might find that you enjoy it and want to explore it more!
By Scott Manuel, Head of Mobile Product Delivery, Thomson Reuters
In the last three weeks, the Convene mobile app team had the opportunity to support two wonderful causes and their associated conferences – the Grace Hopper Celebration India and Out & Equal – with Thomson Reuters-developed mobile technology.
Thomson Reuters Convene is an easy-to-use mobile conferencing app. It pulls in all the event information you need – previously shared via hard copy or across various electronic programs – including the event program, directory, FAQs, maps, polls, handouts, reference materials, personalized event schedule, Twitter integration and much more. The app runs on both iOS, Android, and Blackberry 10.
The Convene team partners with all the business units to deploy Convene at their hosted conferences, and works with groups across Thomson Reuters that have a significant sponsorship or relationship with external organizations and conferences. As a result, we get the chance to place our cool mobile technology not only in the hands of our customers, but non-customer and professional influencers that will come to relate Thomson Reuters with great technology.
At both of these events we made quite a splash. Here are a few highlights: (more…)
The recent Twitter IPO is causing a tremendous amount of new interest in tech IPOs. Watch this video to see how you can track Twitter’s journey by using Thomson Reuters Eikon and learn what the Reuters journalist who covers Twitter has to say about other possible tech IPOs in the future.
The networked platform revolution: Why integrated systems are replacing stand-alone products and what it means for business.
29 Oct 2013Thomson Reuters
The era of stand-alone products is ending. Every “thing” will soon become connected to the Internet. Every piece of consumer electronics, home appliance, and medical device, and more conventional products such as cars, furniture, clothes, and even groceries will be connected to the Internet. We’re seeing not only physical products, but also online products and services, being integrated into systems.
The simple act of connecting products changes their very nature. Apple’s iPod is more than a music player. Amazon’s Kindle is more than an e-book reader. These tools are integrated systems of hardware, web-based applications, and human services. Facebook is more than an online social network. Google is more than an Internet search engine. They are product-service ecologies — networked platforms creating opportunities for organic growth.
The networked platform revolution requires us to rethink our assumptions about products. We must think about integrated systems in new ways, define new ways to measure their progress, and organize new development processes. Watch the video below to learn about models for thinking about, building, and managing networked platforms: (more…)
Inspired by a neighborhood of innovators and entrepreneurs, the Knowledge Worker Innovation Series consists of events that bring in thought leaders from industry and academia to discuss, dissect and explore technology topics and trends. The discussions helps us stay on top of and share the ideas that shape our approach to making information intelligent and delivering it to the businesses and professionals who depend on it.
We are pleased to announce the second event in our Knowledge Worker Innovation Series, proudly held in Boston’s Innovation District. Companies in all industries are doing fascinating things with new digital technologies such as Social Media, Mobile, and Analytics. But some companies – the ones we call Digital Masters – get more value from their digital activities. Digital Masters manage their initiatives differently. And they outperform their peer companies, averaging significantly higher revenue per employee and profit margins across industries. As knowledge workers, digital transformation impacts how we work and what we deliver every day. Although industries are moving at different speeds, no industry is exempt from the competitive effects of Digital Masters. (more…)
Twitter revealed fairly modest ambitions, saying its initial offering would raise up to $1.6 billion and value the company at up to about $11 billion. Today’s graphic compares key statistics from Twitter, Facebook & Linkedin based on the full year ahead of each company’s IPO.
25 Oct 2013Thomson Reuters
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I’ve not written much lately around user design, largely because I’ve been really pleased with the changes that the company has made in regard to taking design seriously in my 3+ years here. When I joined, there were a ton of apps I felt I had to apologize for when meeting customers; this is no longer the case. I owe a lot of this to the work of Marine Leroux, Andrew McGrath, Daniel Lewington, Chris Bassett, and Erin Feller. They have been real champions for the mobile team in setting standards, engaging with the business units on design, and helping build great products across the board.
24 Oct 2013Bob Schukai
I came across a really good article on the subject of design that I think illustrates exceptionally well the challenge that user design faces these days; the notion that great UI “looks great.” In other words, as the article puts it:
“Too many designers are designing to impress their peers rather than address real business problems…[with] perfect pixel executions of flat design, but work that doesn’t address real business goals, solve real problems people have every day, or a take a full business ecosystem into consideration.”