DaVinci’s Faire and BarCamp 2015! Save the DATES: Saturday,…

DaVinci’s Faire and BarCamp 2015! Save the DATES: Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 at the Manatee Technical College on SR 70.

A place where life-long learners of any age across technology, business, education and funding have the opportunity to interact. Where robotics teams and makers and inventors and entrepreneurs and game enthusiasts ALL share in the midst of this open space un-conference called BarCamp. 

After eight “conferences” and 15 days of BarCamp, we are looking forward to our second year of BarCamp DaVinci’s Faire – a better space for the incredible talent and interests of our community to be more thoroughly represented.

Register here: http://goo.gl/ubIUMy

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the likely coming arrival of the closed internet

patriciahandschiegel:

The internet seems like its an open platform that is wide and free, and in some ways it is. Not to the degree that everybody thinks it is, by any means, but its a lot better than the other information delivery platforms in this context to date.

Things people would have never been able to know or see, filtered by the media, governments, etc., are pretty widely available. It’s brought justice to the world, solved problems, saved people and animals and life of all kinds, a lot of things.

We would never have likely seen or known of these things, and moreso been able to do anything about it, if the internet platform didn’t exist. For example, did you know that most of our country’s forests are gone? Or that things in our food supply would put someone in jail in other countries if used in food there? That’s the kind of stuff that without a huge effort in the past wouldn’t have likely been heard about or learned, leading to the option/opportunity to do something about it as many are.

This isn’t going to stay that way, because the internet is ultimately a corporate platform owned by corporations, and it’s not free because you pay for it to access, you’re data and information is sold for what you do get for free, and everyone’s given brands (corporations) a larger foothold and control than they ever have.

That’s not really freedom, or free. But, we are in a relatively unique time where information is flowing freer than ever before. This too will likely soon change as the internet platform becomes the dominant delivery platform for information. The more corporations and various groups, governments, etc. see this shift, you can be sure the more the clamp will come down (or try to) on what happens and doesn’t with the platform, as it has with every platform in existence to date. It’s already happening and will likely to continue to. Six to ten years, depending. 

Before it happens, you can be sure that many legacy industries beyond the platform will be disrupted entirely due to consumers having knowledge they never had access to in the past. It’s going to be a fascinating future ahead.

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Teachers Get Techy: Education-Focused Startups Are Making In-Roads into Classrooms

Teachers Get Techy: Education-Focused Startups Are Making In-Roads into Classrooms:

Sit in on one of Jeannine Eddleton’s chemistry lectures at Virginia Tech and you’ll see a couple hundred students hunched over their cell phones, iPads and laptops. Rather than texting and checking Facebook, though, they’re using their devices to answer problems posed by Eddleton using Top Hat Monocle. Whereas traditional response systems, or clickers, require […]

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nasdaq: springwise: Platform offers roadtrip directions to…

nasdaq:

springwise:

Platform offers roadtrip directions to help tourists find unique experiences

Getting away from popular attractions and onto the road less traveled is the aim of many tourists and we’ve seen a number of ideas catering to more personalized travel, from boutique hotels offering tailored packages to sites that challenge holidaymakers to find unique experiences. Now, a new platform called Roadtrippers is offering driving directions through the US not based on the most efficient journey, but the most interesting route. READ MORE…

Check out Roadtrippers for tips on the best places to get lost during your next road trip!

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