I recently took many of the thoughts I had about gamification (that I’ve written about on this blog) and created a white paper:
It is available for download and described my view on some of the core components of gamification as well as describes an effort I coordinated internally.
HP once a year has a global Technical Innovation conference called Tech Con. I was the leader of this effort for the last couple of years and this year I tried to gamify the review process.
Since the only way to get invited to the conference is to create an abstract that describes the innovation and have it peer reviewed and accepted, ensuring that the review process is done effectively is important to the event.
This year we had about 1900 abstracts submitted and each one had to be reviewed by at least four individual. This means that at least 7600 reviews needed to be completed by a group of about 300 reviewers in a relatively short time frame. The paper provides details about the process and the impact of the relatively simple gamification activity. It definitely had a measurable impact and exceeded all the goals identified.
I was talking with an individual just this morning who was asking about innovative uses of mobility. Gamification instantly came to mind. Gamification is about goal oriented, metric driven, behavior modification.
If you can influence the individual wherever they happen to be, aligning their efforts to corporate goals, that seems to be a pretty innovative and valuable use of mobile devices. One important part of gamification can be to influence the decision at the time it is being made. A whole variety of examples fell out of our discussions, since the mobile device is the computer you have with you all the time.
My view is that the entire services industry is ripe for gamification.
After I got my Slate7 last week (which I have been very happy with by the way), I now see a whole new set of tablet-based platforms being discussed in the press. The Split x2 (for Windows 8) and the SlateBook x2 a serious tablet/laptop for Android.
It is clear there is a great deal of innovation and anticipation taking place in this space. When I think about how you use a tablet (e.g., less than an arm’s length away but a relatively fixed distance) it seems to by crying out for glasses free 3D – if you could only spare the power.
HP's internal, global, technical conference is taking place this week. It brings together many technical thought leaders from across HP to present and demonstrate their innovative ideas. I’ve been the chair for the last couple of years and this year brings the end of my tenure, so I may not be posting much this week.
When you bring together a technically diverse set of people like this, it can catalyze the creation of whole new approaches to solving problems, as the various perspectives generate solutions that none of the parties could have developed on their own (or at least not in the same timeframe).
One of the great things about HP is that there is always quite a bit going on in its various corners and this is a chance to bring them out and shine some light on them, even if it is just internally. Eventually, many of these ideas will see the light of day, for the public to see.
Recently NMC, ISTE, and HP launched the HP Catalyst Academy. The HP Catalyst Academy extends the work of the HP Catalyst Initiative, which was launched in 2010 to support innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teaching and learning. To date, 56 organizations in 15 countries have received grants from HP to explore how emerging technologies and great teaching can be combined to create powerful STEMx learning experiences for more than 130,000 students around the globe.
Beginning in June 2013, the HP Catalyst Academy will offer its first set of online mini-courses, covering a wide range of topics such as:
- Building a Framework for Digital Fabrication
- Social Textbooks
- Computational Thinking in Secondary Schools
- Connecting Students to their World
- Game Design for Learning
- Geospacial Tech for STEMx Learning
- Helping Students Change their World through App Design
- InkSurvey: Graphical Response Tool for Real-Time Formative Assessment
- Multi/Interdisciplinary STEMx Teaching
- Planning Enriching ICT-Mediated STEMx Experiences
- Polar Bears in a Changing Climate
- Project-based Learning with Real-World Problems
- Remote Labs
- Weaving Social Media into STEM Teaching
- Strategies for Formative Assessment though e-Portfolios
The mini-course leaders, known as HP Catalyst Fellows, are working to develop these innovative online professional learning experiences.
I’ll definitely see if I can find out more about the Digital Fabrication mini-course.
Helping educators prepare to both understand these subjects and their application in business is one way to ensure that we’ll have the kind of candidates needed for the workplace of the future.
I forgot to add that HP has announced that the RFP is now open for the next group of Fellows to lead mini-courses: http://hp.com/go/hpcatalystacademy.
The deadline is July 8th.
The HP Moonshot System is leap forward in infrastructure design that addresses the speed, scale, and specialization needed for a bold, new style of IT.
HP ProLiant Moonshot servers are designed and tailored for specific workloads to deliver optimum performance. The servers share management, power, cooling, networking, and storage. This architecture is key to achieving 8x efficiency at scale, and enabling 3x faster innovation cycle and bringing thousands of cores on target for projects. It uses 86% less energy, 80% less space, 77% less cost and is significantly, less complex to install and maintain.
After talking with other technologists, I believe that it is a start down a path that will change both how software is written and how solutions are envisioned. When I look at the initial product data sheet, I see a 4.3 U chassis that can hold up to 47 server cartridges. As the processing capability improves so can the cartridges. A full rack of these will replace the computational capability of whole data centers just a few years ago. Granted it excels at certain type of computing needs.
As the HP Pathfinder Innovation Ecosystem improves and continues to bring together leadings partners, a broader set of problems can be addressed:
This means having access to the latest technology and solutions at a groundbreaking, time-to-market pace measured in months rather than years. I can’t wait to see what next big thing will spring forth from this.