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The Yahoo! Big Thinkers India series 2009

Started in 2007, this is a series of quarterly lectures this year on science, technology and the internet in India. The lectures, under the banner of the Yahoo! Big Thinkers India series, bring together academia, scientists, the corporate world and the media. The speakers are acclaimed experts from the Yahoo! International team. They bring with them the expertise and global perspective of the constantly changing world of technology, online products & communities and the internet space in general. This time the topic is: Sociotechnical Design and Engineering: Putting People First The speaker is Elizabeth F Churchill, a Principal Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research, where she manages the research area of Internet Experiences. A psychologist by training, for the past 15 years she has drawn on diverse areas to consider how to design effective communication situations both face to face and technologically mediated. Applications developed and/or evaluated include cell phone interfaces, textual and 3d graphical environments, interactive digital posterboards and animated interface personas. Abstract: Sociotechnical design is concerned with understanding how users and technologies shape each …

Blogcamp 2006 is around the corner

Blogcamp 2006 is happening at Tidel Park in Chennai on Sept 9-10, a two day packed event that is bound to be informative, fun and will have loads of interaction, which is exactly what you’d expect from an event involving bloggers. Here’s a clip from the website: “Blogcamp hopes to provide a forum where bloggers can share their stories and be inspired by innovative and successful blogging experiences. In the spirit of blogging and no-barriers interaction, the two-day event will be in an unconference mode.” The list of topics is quite interesting and includes: Conversation and the Public Nature of the Medium Disaster Relief blogging Serious Blogging can change the face of Conventional Journalism Group Blogging strategies Professional Blogging Intranet Blogging: The Secret World Behind the Firewall Human Attention and The Future of Blogging Blogging for a Global Audience These are just a few I randomly picked up. The complete list is here. The organizers and volunteers have gone to a lot of trouble to get this whole ‘unconference’ happening and it will probably be …

Outsourcing woes

A really interesting two-part article, by Basab Pradhan, Sr. Vice President at Infosys Technologies, on why offshore outsourcing is good for the US and how Indian companies should respond to the backlash. Pradhan writes that the time has come for the government of India to step into the fracas: “Globalization is a two-way street. There is enough here to make a persuasive pitch. I don’t know if anyone is making that pitch today. It is up to our government to open official channels of communication between the two governments. For the US, this is not yet a big issue say compared to China manufacturing. Services exports from India at roughly $12 billion are less than a tenth of Chinese manufacturing exports to the US. But by not opening a dialogue on this, we are allowing the backlash to form opinion in Washington, uncontested by our point of view. The need for dialogue through official channels has never been greater. This is not just about protecting our industry from detrimental legislation. We should educate the US …