I-KNOW 03 took place the first few days of July in the marvellous new conference center in Graz.
Graz is in eastern Austria, almost as far south as you can go without entering Slovenia.
The conference center was perfect. Generous windows brought nature indoors.
|At a multinational conference on knowledge management, everyone knows that social networking is important. We had plenty of breaks and delicious meals prepared by organic farmers and vintners from the region.|
|Scientist/professor/novelist/ and entrepreneur Hermann Maurer opened the general session.|
|Klaus Tochtermann described the mission, history, and structure of the Know Center, a practice-oriented research organization funded by both government and industry.|
Ben Shneiderman gave an inspiring opening talk, drawing on themes from his recent book, Leonardo's Laptop.
"The old computing is about what computers can do; the New Computing is about what people can do." The major advances: GUI, web, music, IM, photoblogs.
It's time for science, art, engineering, and aesthetics to converge: Renaissance Man 2.0.
|Jenny Preece, Keith Andrews, Ben Shneiderman, and I take a brief walk around the messeplatz.|
At one point in my keynote presentation, I asked how many in the audience had blogs. Of the 250+ attendees, only three of us blogged!
Lilia Efimova, a Muscovite now with Telematica Instituut in The Netherlands, is a fellow believer in blogging. We had a tough time understanding why others just don't get it. People asked, "Isn't blogging sort of the same as SMS messaging?"
People said they didn't have time to blog, but it's not as if blogging crowds out other activities like, say, parasailing or watching television would. Blogging is part of my work routine; it makes public what I used to do just for myself.
|The networking continued at an evening buffet followed by dancing to the music of Men in Black.|
It's eye-opening to see people one day presenting theories of knowledge nodes and the next dancing their butts off and playing with the band.
|The presentations are going up on the I-KNOW website, so I will not reinvent the wheel here.|
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