Who invented Email? This guy!

June 18, 2009


It’s a part of our everyday lives, home, work or on the phone – we’re all addicted to email. Today, The Boston Globe reports that the man that started this revolutionary form of communication is recieving a very nice reward for his efforts.  Article is re-printed below, or you can read it here. Oh, and the guy that invented the mobile phone got his dues as well.

Facebook is great but these are the guys we should be celebrating!

A Boston engineer who is credited with the development of e-mail was honored with an international award.

Raymond S. Tomlinson, a principal engineer at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, was presented with the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research for his “advancement of human communications.”

Martin Cooper, who created the first mobile telephone, was also honored with a twin award. He is shown (left) with Tomlinson in this image from the foundation’s website.

The accolade, meant to honor achievements in technology and science, is funded by the Prince of Asturias Foundation of Oviedo, Spain. It accompanies a cash prize of more than $69,000.

“It is a privilege to have my name associated with this prestigious foundation and added to the very impressive roster,” Tomlinson said.

In 1971, while working for BBN, Tomlinson developed a program that allowed messages to be sent between users on different computers, according to the foundation’s website. He chose the sign @ to separate local from global e-mails.
(By Sean Sposito, Globe correspondent)

Goodbye Analog, TV Goes All Digital

June 12, 2009


So today is finally the day. After being re-scheduled, debated in Congress, and some unwarranted anxiety TV goes all digital today in the U.S.! Bottom line, unless you have ears sticking out of your set (i.e. you have cable or satellite) you’re already digital.  If you do have an antenna and waited until the last minute to get your coupon and go get the box!

What happens now? The big significance is more wireless specturm. So, more wireless hits the grid while the TV world keeps trying to innovate and figure out how to keep you glued.

Canada 3.0: The Best Conference I’ve been to this year

June 9, 2009

Just as the title says. I just got back from the two-day Canada 3.0 conference. To say it best, it kicked ass.

The conference was billed as a discussion to define a digital media startegy for Canada and all were invited, government, education, industry, and even the public was invited to here the keynotes and walk the showroom floor. On the second day there were even high school students who’s goal it was to visit and learn from each exhibitor and get a letter. Once they had all their letters they finished their scavenger hunt (if they got a prize for the teacher I have no idea), but it was a great way to get the next generation  experiencing what’s happening outside of Facebook and learn from their perspective as well. Have you ever heard of a conference giving young minds this kind of opportunity?

It was great to not know who was in the room or who might be coming by the booth (ya, we kicked some ass ourselves with our three screen booth!). Instead of the pitch you give over and over when you’re at an industry/trade show, it forced exhibitors to tailor their message to whoever the audience was at the time; something we all should be doing in digital.

I can say enough about the event. Full marks to OpenText and the University of Waterloo  for sponsoring/putting on a great show, for the Ontario government’s involvement. Yes, the government! Sure some gov’t speakers put me to sleep but others like Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minsiter of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson delivered very dynamic and relevant talks. The government really is working diligently to promote all things digital in Ontario.

Now the important part, it was out coming out party! Sure, we’ve had some great success over the past few years but it’s all been quiet, networked, word of mouth business based on the work we do (thanks everyone!). At Canada 3.0 we stepped up our game and for the first time, had a dynamic, interactive 3 screen experience booth! We had our upcoming social media tracker (you can get it here:  getsocialseek.com (invite code: canada30)) running on a mac, the very cool Digital Wall (sensidea.com/digitalwall) on another screen, and a our multimedia show running  on a huge TV behind us. Thanks to everyone that stopped by, played with the apps, and engaged in great discussion. We met some great folks and business prospects. An amazing experience!

My only regret is that it was such a busy two days I completely forgot to take pics or video! Luckily the very cool Stephen Edgar (stephenjedgar.com) took our pic and I’ll update it here once it’s published.

I recognize the importance and need for focused industry conferences, but those looking to openly engage a diverse audience can take a note from Canada 3.0:

1. Invite everyone because we all learn from each other

2. Have great leaders, great innovators, and aspiring students and people in the room

3. Make it an open discussion filled with great content and companies

Great job Canada 3.0, looking forward to next year!