Taking a cue from my daughters blog Playing in the Pages.
She did a post on her book centric blog which covers reviews and reading, and I didn't want let my answered only appear there, so here are mine ...
What Will Make Me Pick Up a Book
1- Short Horror Stories: Quick scary, thrilling or laughable reads. Try the Stephen King collections.
2- Detective series: Began with Encyclopedia Brown, entered the Agatha Christie stage, moved on to Travis McGee and others. John D McDonald was the forefather so give Travis a chance.
3- Set in the Northwest: Still like Seattle settings, but the city has gotten a little full of itself. If set in Tacoma I will give it a read.
4- Energy Solutions: Maybe it is non-fiction, but it is still escapism to me cause I doubt I will ever build that solar powered, rain filtering, trash compacting solution. Still, read “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”.
5- Origami: Give me a model and I will fold it.
6- Trendy economic books: Call me a slave to the news cycle, but if everyone is freaking out about a flat world economy driven by a creative community, I will likely feel compelled to read it. Try Freakanomics and Collapse.
7- Books for kids: If there is a kid to read them to, I will want to read it. Mine are now too old, but I can babysit and someday I may have grandkids.
8- Near future science based Sci Fi: Michael Crichton is my go to author for this, with the Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and Coma being three great ones.
9- Cyber Punk: William Gibson inspired from Burning Chrome through Mona Lisa Overdrive.
10- Detailed historic work written like a novel: Tom Wolfe did it with The Right Stuff and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Below is the Program for the South South Technology Conference 2013
Hope to see many of you there.
9 a.m. WelcomeAndrew Fry, Assistant Director of Industy Partnerships and Lecturer, Institute of Technology
Bruce Kendall, CEO, Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County
Debra Friedman, UW Tacoma Chancellor
Congressman Adam Smith -- Video
Congressman Derek Kilmer
9:15 a.m. Morning KeynoteSharon Wong
Director of Business Incubation, Emerging Technologies Group
It's "game on" for businesses and industries worldwide to begin their evolution to the Internet of Everything (IoE)—the intelligent connection of people, process, data, and things. Today more than 99 percent of physical objects in the world are unconnected. By 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected. As the number of connections between people, processes, data, and things continue to grow; businesses will define new markets and refine others. Those connections serve to benefit people by enabling improved quality of life, richer experiences, and faster and better business decisions. Hear how Cisco is using disruptive innovation to fuel the emergence of the IoE and to create value and opportunities for its customer and partners.
10 a.m. Panel Discussion: Big Data is a Big Deal
Moderator: Ankur Teredesai, Professor, Institute of Technology, UW Tacoma
Dr. Les Reed, Senior VP of Quality, Multicare
Bill Eklow, Research Scientist, Cisco Systems
Matt Tolentino, Research Scientist, Intel DuPont
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. Morning Breakouts
Cybersecurity and your Big DataCarwein Auditorium, Keystone Building
Moderator: DC Grant, ISSA
Darrel Bowman, CEO, Officeinanicon.com
Erik Stockwell, OpticFusion
Dave Vranizan, Benaroya Data Center
Healthcare and TechnologyGWP 212
Moderator: Alexis Wilson, Faculty, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
Kimberly Duffy, Multicare
Atif F. Mohammad, Internet Identity
Michael D. Ness, Virginia Mason
12:30 p.m. Lunch KeynoteMichael Hamilton
Chief Information and Security Officer
City of Seattle
Hamilton will discuss the Public Regional Information Security Event Management (PRISEM). The system is designed to offer an online early warning about everything from botnet incursions on compromised desktops to possible full-fledged cyber-attacks from terrorists. As Seattle's CISO, Michael Hamilton is responsible for governance and leadership in support of effective and consistently-applied technology security standards and methods across 20+ departments. Hamilton has more than 20 years as an information security professional, as a practitioner, entrepreneur, consultant, and in management. Formerly a NASA ocean scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, his BS and MS degrees in Geochemistry and Oceanography are from the University of Southern California.
1:15 p.m. South Puget Sound Sampler -- New and Young Tech Companies
Robert Bunge, South Sound Cyber Sport
Kevin Armstrong, Rich Geographic Internet Applications, LLC
Jeff Goodwin, eDiscoveryCloud.net
Erik Hanberg, Side X Side Creative
2 p.m. Afternoon Breakouts
Building a Cybersecurity WorkforceCarwein Auditorium
Bryan Goda, Professor, Institute of Technology, UW Tacoma
Jody Randall, Clover Park Technical College
Chris Richardson, Internet Identity
Dr. Jan Whittington, Center for Excellence in Cybersecurity
Entrepreneur Meet UpCherry Parkes 106
3 p.m. Closing Remarks
Conference ThemeBig Data is such a non-specific term that it may cause some confusion as to what it is and why it is important.
We are progressing further down the road as a data-driven society, so it is becoming imperative that everyone better understand the big picture of Big Data. How is it emerging as a technological solution set for business, community and how we evolve as a society.
This will be the overarching theme of this year's South Sound Technology Conference. We will explore what big data means and how it affects healthcare, business, and our national infrastructure. Most importantly, we'll discuss what it means to you.
Posted by Andrew Fry at 9:18 AM
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
We are progressing further down the road as a data driven society, so it is becoming imperative that we better understand the big picture of Big Data. How is it emerging as a technological solution set for business, community and how we evolve as a society.
Starting with the Wikipedia definition:
"In information technology, big data is a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. The challenges include capture, curation, storage, search, sharing, analysis, and visualization. The trend to larger data sets is due to the additional information derivable from analysis of a single large set of related data, as compared to separate smaller sets with the same total amount of data, allowing correlations to be found to "spot business trends, determine quality of research, prevent diseases, link legal citations, combat crime, and determine real-time roadway traffic conditions."
What does this mean to the South Puget Sound?
This will be the overarching them of this years South Sound Technology Conference. We will explore what big data means and how it effects healthcare, business, protecting our national infrastructure and most importantly what it means to you.
March 8th in William Philip Hall.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
There are around 30 presentations on internships, readings and research, as well as graduate students presenting on their capstone projects. As the number of students in the Information Technology and Systems, Computer Science and Systems and Computer and Engineering Systems programs grow, so does the event. Likely it will be split in the future with research on one day and internships on another.
But for now, here is the unofficial schedule for presentations.
Michael Satran (Internship)
Tom Rochat and Sambath Sok (Internship)
Alexander Kramer (Internship)
Dallas James Rosson (Internship)
Darrion Harris (Internship)
Zehra Vajeeh (Independent Study)
Maggie Liao (Internship)
Benjamin Kim (Internship)
Jayshree Agarwal (GRADUATE THESIS)
Posted by Andrew Fry at 12:00 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Now that I have caught my breath I just have
to say that the inaugural South Sound Entrepreneurs Weekend rocked. Twenty three company ideas were presented on Friday Sept 14th and nine well thought out business
initiatives were presented on the afternoon of Sunday Sept 16th. I would not be surprised if
several of those took serious root as companies in the future. At the very least sixty participants enjoyed the enthusiasm that accompanies the pursuit of taking an idea and turning it into a product or service, then pursuing that as a business.
The News Tribune did an excellent article on the event and summed up the participation nicely.
The participants included a wide range of entrepreneurs, from inexperienced students with just a glimmer of an idea, to those already in business but wondering how to take it to the next step.
Their ideas were heavy on high-tech applications but otherwise varied widely – from remotely controlled gardens set up in shipping containers, to a computer game design consortium and a national on-line debate forum that would lead to a final, hopefully compelling smackdown in what would be called “America’s Ring.”
Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/09/16/2298164/how-about-a-remote-controlled.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy
During the course of the weekend several prizes were awarded through drawings, including domain name registration, Starbucks coffee cards, books on innovation and entrepreneurship (The $100 Dollar Startup) and more.
My favorite was the drawing for the RR Anderson provided "One (1) Hour Logo" which was won by Otis Anderson and the team behind BoxCrop. What a perfect prize for that weekend. Someone has an idea, then 54 hours later they have a business concept, and now they have an awesome logo. You can see it at the top of this post.
Several of the businesses that came out of the weekend, either newly or further formed are moving forward including the aforementioned logo winner. Additionally, a solution for managing energy efficiency and code requirements, a social media management service and a game development collective are all still in play.
One company that was formed but participated in the weekend has recently opened shop a block up the street called FabLab which should be checked out. I may write about that next.
Things worked out well enough that there will definitely be another SSEW come September 2013.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Flash forward to tonight. The inaugural South Sound Entrepreneurs Weekend is kicking off at 5:30 in William Philip Hall on the University of Washington Campus. This three day event has nearly 60 people signed up so far. Most are attendees, but many are mentors and technical help that will be on hand to register domains, put together quick web sites and maybe even build a mobile app or create a company logo.
The number of attendees is exciting, but when you consider that this time we have a registration fee to cover food, coffee and a T-Shirt, it is even more impressive.
What will the outcome be? I don't know, but I hope that there is enough momentum from the weekend to make this into an annual event.
If you like your innovation conversation in a presentation format, with access to many of the states innovative forces, then plan on attending the Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit in Seattle, Washington September 17-19, 2012 as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Seattle World’s Fair. The Summit will focus on building dynamic collaborations in the Pacific Northwest, stimulating entrepreneurship, examining Washington state’s innovation ecosystem, and a look a financial resources in the region. The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and the Washington Economic Development Commission (WEDC) are the co-organizers of the innovation summit program.
Participants will include business, government and academic leaders in the states and provinces of the Pacific
Northwest interested in accelerating innovation and economic collaboration. The Summit will be held at Intiman Playhouse located at 201 Mercer St., Seattle, WA. The cost to attend the summit is $95, which includes meals.
For more information about the Summit, visit http://www.pacificnwinnovation.com.