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Innovation: Its Changing!

August 13th, 2008

I’ve implicitly mentioned my research on crowdsourced innovations, and here are a couple insights worth a read.
Crowd Image by James Cridland on Flickr
One a forum discussion on What is innovation? which is part of discussion being posed by NESTA on : What should an Innovation Index contain?.
Which goes hand in hand with a recent report on The New Inventors: How users are changing the rules of innovation with a full report [pdf].
Although the question always being asked is where is the proof, the report above give some examples … here’s a couple of others
1) The crowdsourced restaurant Elements, which is a concept that has expanded from the original idea for a small cafe to a full-fledged, green-certified restaurant. Members earn points for their participation efforts, and are eligible to share in the profits allocated to members. {As reported in the Washington Post}
2) If you’re going to write a book about crowdsourcing why not get the crowd involved in the book cover design as was the case with Crowdsourcing: How the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe. The Top 20 designs that just missed out being the book cover can be seen here, and nicely enough the first 5 Chapters of the book can be seen on the site also.

A perimeter that’s revolutionising mobile communications

August 11th, 2008

The EU FP7 project Perimeter is well an truly up and running now.
EU FP7 project Perimeter
PERIMETER is really attempting to take user-centric strategies to achieve seamless mobility driven by actual user needs, we believe that putting the user at the centre rather than the operator enables the user to control their identity, preferences and credentials, and so seamless mobility is streamlined, enabling mobile users to be “Always Best Connected” in multiple-access multiple-operator networks.
A major part of the TSSG work will be in the testbeds, where we will interconnect with TUB and then help co-create and assess Perimeters middleware components and its integrated applications and services.
Which leads nicely to FIREweek September 10-12th in Paris. An interesting event launched on the 10th with a follow up strategy workshop on the 11th, the week closing out with the 2nd workshop on IMS Enabled Converged Networks: New paradigms for services delivery

What a week at the IETF

August 6th, 2008

How do you describe such a week long meeting …… its just mind shattering.
It started with an excellent new comers presentation by Scott Bradner

There were some highlights from MEXT such as the
The Global HAHA Operation at the Interop Tokyo 2008 & The Design Consideration of Correspondent Router [pdf]
RADIUS Mobile IPv6 Support [pdf]
Also from MIPSHOP
AAA-based Handover key for FMIPv6 [pdf]
and Netmod
NETMOD Architecture
But this is just to mention the tip of the iceberg of the many interactive sessions from IETF #72. And I say interactive, as at all the sessions I attended there were questions from the floor towards the speaker, something I’ve not seen before. And believe there were some very strong questions, if I remember rightly John called it a session of feeding someone to the sharks!
For me this made the sessions memorable.
A large number of the IETF 72 Meeting Materials can be accessed from this link provided.
The week ended with an Advisory Council meeting with ISOC. The TSSG are new organisational members to the AC and this was my first opportunity to attend such a session. One eye opener was the presentation by Arnoud Van Wijk, Disability Projects Coordinator, on the Real-Time Text Task Force, this is something definitely worth further investigation.

TridentCom 2009 call for papers

August 5th, 2008

Time just seems to roll around so quickly.[1]
For me TridentCom 2008 hasn’t finished and the 2009 call for papers has already been out for sometime now.
This is the 5th International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks & Communities (Tridentcom) which is being held April 6-8, 2009, Washington D.C., USA.
TridentCom 2009  Logo
The important dates (but always check the website) to hand are :-
Papers due (to be received by): October 1, 2008
Demo proposals due: November 1, 2008
Notification of acceptance: December 15, 2008
Submission of camera-ready papers: January 15, 2009