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Getting our Drupal ON for DrupalCamp Pakistan – going to Lahore!

DCPKLHR Logo 1 Getting our Drupal ON...Its been four odd months since the first DrupalCamp in Pakistan was held in Islamabad and it was Epic. When I took upon my self and lumbered my team @Ikonami with the responsibility of bringing the Pakistani and other other Drupal communities into the fold of the Global community in earnest, we set ourselves a task… 3 camps per year visiting each major city wherever we engage the community.

Pakistan is our first port of call, Ikonami has a offshore Drupal Development centre based in Islamabad so logistically it made sense to be the spot for the first trench! but we have plans beyond its borders!

It is time for the second Drupal Camp Pakistan and its being held in Lahore, we have a venue a kick ass venue – the University of Central Punjab, we have 6 international speakers confirmed, an awesome trainer running 3 marathon sessions to introduce new blood and talent into the Drupal fold and several local Drupal Jedis taking time out to share their knowledge and experiences, we have three sponsors so far, two confirmed, one of whom is now becoming a regular sponsor we hope @AberdeenCloud and this time round we even got @Acquia‘s attention, And the tickets are flying off fast on EventBrite.com.

We still need to volunteers to come forward to help us on the day, a few more local sponsors, a few session slots are still open and available should anyone want to step in and share their journey and experiences and then we will be all set to rock Lahore!

…and once done with Lahore Drupal Camp Pakistan is going to the city of lights! Karachi in the Summer of 2013 and for that we are already connecting with Karachiites.

@DrupalAssoc  @timdeeson @UCPofficial @JacobSingh @Acquia  @Kubair @Dries @stevepurkiss @stefanvanhooft @DelishCreative

#DCPakistan #DrupalCommunity #DrupalCamp

Innovation 101 – best thing since sliced bread is sliced bread

innovation Innovation 101   best thing since sliced bread is sliced breadOpportunities to Innovate are more common than we think they are, when mentoring young budding entrepreneurs the question I get asked most frequently is along the lines of how did you come up with the idea to do this…. and the answer is almost always a surprise when I share that it was in front of me and everyone else and the only thing I did was improve it, adapt it to the market better than the incumbent had.

Innovation is about altering the status quo to meet existing needs of a market or creating new needs within market(s).

The best thing after sliced bread is sliced bread, simply innovated! instead of plain flour using whole grain, multi-grain, instead of a plain baguette it is a cheese baguette! it is adaptation that the current players in the market have not woken up to, have not considered or have been simply too lazy and content to introduce.

All of this could be explained elaborately using an Ansoff matrix but I want to keep it simple for it is a simple concept. Study what is there right in front of everyone, with existing demand, without the need for inventing a new market and analyse where it fails, it could be the product it self, it could be the service that delivers it or supports it post sale, it could be the need for a complimentary add-on that extends the existing product… the possibilities are endless!

My own tales from the trenches of the opportunities I jumped on, innovated on the existing, built businesses around it and exited will soon follow, for now the message to take away is: the best thing after sliced bread is sliced bread, and innovating is not the challenge, making it happen is.

#Innovation #Innovate #Doitbetter @Kubair @Ikonami

Natural interaction – its the next big thing… naturally!

Back in November 2010 Microsoft brought out a game changer – the Kinect controller for the Xbox (and for Windows in 2012), and yet we are waiting for the game to change! the adoption of natural interaction devices be it using the Kinect controller for Xbox, Windows or the ASUS Xtion has been painfully slow outside the gaming realm and as a geek working to make Sci-fi Sci-fact it is really annoying! For me the only real NI interfaces until recently were the MS Kinect, ASUS Xtion and Samsung’s Smart Interaction… everything else frankly is close but not quite there yet….. that was until Leap brought out the Leap Motion Controller which holds significant promise to take NI mainstream.

For the first time ever technology is closer than ever in adapting to the natural interaction abilities and practices of its users but adoption is slow. For which there are a number of reasons:

  • The tech has to mature but that is no excuse for its wider adoption for tech keeps evolving
  • Interaction adaptation has some way to go.
  • Sensor based devices are not ubiquitous yet but getting there (once again Leap’s Motion Controller at US$ ought to change that!)
  • Cross platform app development and cross platform sensors are yet to hit our desks and devices!

However the motivations for picking up the pace are there today and there is significant skin in the game! the immediate motivation is for designing for a a tech savvy ageing population, for kids in the education space, for researchers and scientists in industry… these are more immediate sells. Having said that the motivation for geeks like myself is making Sci-fi Sci-fact by designing consumer products that deliver a new generation of digital interaction experiences for the users in the home and beyond.

The virtual concierge designed by myself and developed by my awesome R&D team is a step in that direction, based on the MS Kinect it is a safer and somewhat restricted version of HAL, and since we could not call it HAL we call it AL! and you can see it in action below, it has an AI bot that learns and teaches an OS CRM to learn and adapt to the user’s behaviour and actions, it gathers feedback to zone in on its users comfort zone and it does not mind being turned off! unlike HAL!

AL 2012 from ikonami Technologies on Vimeo.

AL’s potential use is in the hospitality sector, care homes (community based care) as well as in digital marketing – making minority report styled billboards a reality today!

if you are interested in learning more about AL or would like to explore how it can be adapted for your needs… get in touch.

 

Putting on a most awesome DrupalCamp! Speaker experiences… The Sponsor Files!

The first sponsor for DrupalCamp PK was engaged and secured in Finland at DrupalCamp Helsinki! other than finding a sponsor I met an awesome dood (Lebowksi ref for the uninitiated) from Aberdeen Cloud and it all started in Munich with me meeting Sampo the visionary!

and without further ado I give you Aaron Porter from Aberdeen Cloud…

Drupal Camp speaker feedback interview series – Aaron Porter from ikonami Technologies on Vimeo.

and thank you for your sponsorship guys!  much appreciated.

Where I think Acquia missed a trick by giving the Camp a miss AberdeenCloud is the first Drupal Cloud platform to be known in one of the N-11 economies of the world!

@AberdeenCloud @DrupalCampPK @Kubair @Ikonami

 

Putting on a most awesome DrupalCamp! Speaker experiences… Tasty Backend!

Hope y’all had an awesome Christmas and are gearing up for a farewell to 2012… back to our speaker feedback series…

Jeni Tehan is an awesome backend developer who took time out to talk to the Drupalers at the camp about building a tasty backend or… how spending a small amount of time to polish your admin areas can keep you, and your clients, sane.

The sandbox for building a tasty backend can be found on

http://drupal.org/sandbox/jeni_dc/1555218

…and comes with caveats that you can enquire about and discuss with Jeni directly on https://twitter.com/#!/DelishCreative

Jeni Tehan’s feedback on presenting at the First Drupal Camp in Pakistan…

Drupal Camp speaker feedback – Jeni Tehan from ikonami Technologies on Vimeo.

and Jeni’s slides can be downloaded here: building a tasty-backend

@DelishCreative @DrupalCampPK @Kubair @Ikonami

stay tuned for Aaron Porter from Aberdeen Cloud…

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