Bb Mobile Keynote



Kayvon Beykpour
General Manager, Blackboard Mobile

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  • Traffic and transportation innovation were mentioned in keynote opening… highlighting Uber and Side Car mentioned as innovative iPhone apps.
  • Commerce is also mentioned as the number of mobile devices and ubiquity of networks.  Transactionless payments.
  • Hotels and hospitality was another industry referred to as growing.  Airbnb was mentioned as an innovative app.  “Camp in my garden” is a startup… seriously… people can stay in people’s gardens.
  • Startups remove barriers that are often in place… they also focus on disruptive innovations.
  • Exec. “the world works for you” is a startup… It’s a personal concierge service. A San Fransico servicefor $25… you can ask and get service instantly!
  • Photography and smartphone enable amazing photos.  So many people of using their phones for photos now.  Every 2 minutes today we snap as many photos since we started taking photos.  27% of photos today are taken by smartphone.  Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram are the top 3 photo destinations.  This is a lot of data.  This is a prime example of a disruptive industry.
  • The motivator seems to be… how can we make it “easier”.  Barrier removal is the key to the evolution of these industries.
  • 40 exabytes of unique information will be generated this year!
  • Coastermatic will print stone coasters and send them to you.
  • “Invest in your Content”   but we can be “Future Friendly”… make APIs not war.
  • One of the biggest challenges in deploying apps is connecting to other systems to actually get the data.  Investing in APIs is incredibly important.
  • Junar and Socrata are 2 businesses that focus on providing access to public data.
  • It’s not just about content… It’s about design because it’s easy to get distracted by all the data.
  • “What is there is just as important as what is not there…” on design and UI.
  • Paper is a nice app for sketching.  It’s a drawing iPad app that is useful in drawing.
  • With Bb Mobile the focus was on cleaning up the test taking process via the interface.
  • Bb Mobile Central not includes augemented reality.  The data is already there… it’s just now there is an interface to it.
  • “e-Learning” what does it really mean?  It isn’t just Blackboard or Moodle, but Kahn Academy, Quora is powerful wikipedia, udacity (online classes), iTunes U, MIT OpenCourseware, MOOCs

About ekunnen
Eric has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate effective uses of technology in teaching and learning. He is an Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. His primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and learning. He also collaborates to research and support academic technologies used in the classroom and in eLearning. Previously, Eric was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at GVSU and a Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eric has a background in teaching Computer Science and Biology at the secondary level and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. I'm on mission to advance teaching and learning through the integration of emerging and innovative instructional technologies... More

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