Let's Predict the Future: Amplified Events (G1)

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Slides for a workshop session on "Let us Predict the Future!" given by Brian Kelly, Cetis, UK at the SAOIM 2014 conference in Pretoria on 3 June 2014. See http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/events/ saoim-2014-lets-predict-the-future-workshop/

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Let’s Predict the Future!:

Let’s Predict the Future! A half-day workshop at the SAOIM 2014 conference held on Tuesday 3 June 2014 facilitated by Brian Kelly, Cetis Slides available under a Creative Commons licence (CC-BY) 1 G1 : Let’s Predict the Future: Amplified Events

What Is An Amplified Event?:

What I s An Amplified Event? An amplified event: The talks and discussions are 'amplified' through use of networked technologies in order to extend the reach of the event deliberations. Can include: Amplification of the speaker's talk : e.g. Video-streaming; video/audio recording; … Amplification of the audiences' voice : e.g. use of Twitter to ask questions and discuss ideas Can be carried out: Top-down Bottom-up 2 See http://en.wikipedia.org / wiki/ Amplified_conference

Evidence of its Significance:

Evidence of its Significance We are now seeing: Variety of tools used for curating an event’s digital content (e.g. Storify ) A new profession starting to emerge: the event amplifier Events managing event amplification e.g. video–streaming; hiring event amplifiers; producing guidelines; … Reports on best practices being commissioned e.g. “ Practices for Event Amplification: a Greening Events II Report ” 3

Why Is It Important?:

Why Is It Important? Event amplification can: Maximise impact of ideas at events Provide additional professional development opportunities e.g. see “ Open content and open events: Professional development in an amplified world ” Provide environment benefits due to reduced need to travel Provide marketing opportunities for events Provide learning opportunities related to use of distance learning, MOOCS , ... 4

Why is it Important Now?:

Why is it Important Now ? Event amplification is important now: Ubiquitous networks Proliferation of mobile devices Ability to make use of existing tools e.g. bundled in (Skype) or readily available & used in other contexts (Twitter) We’ve seen a gestation period before it became accepted as valuable Use is now mature e.g. less inappropriate content on Twitter walls 5

What Should/Could I Do?:

What Should/Could I Do? You can: Engage in event amplification at ILI by lurking Engage actively be participating in the back channel discussions Speakers can encourage tweeting during your talks Take a pro-active approach to amplification of your organisation’s events 6

Biases and Prejudices:

Biases and Prejudices Note: I wrote a paper on “ Using Networked Technologies To Support Conferences ” in 2005 I created the “ Amplified Conference ” Wikipedia entry Lorcan Dempsey, who coined the term, was my boss @ eventamplifier is a friend You would therefore expect me to be enthusiastic about amplified events! 7

Questions:

Questions Any questions? 8

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