Besides all twitter users of #devlearn, I would especially like to acknowledge the following people who became the biggest source for my learning via the backchannel:
Here is what I learned from the keynote sessions at #devlearn:
Keynotes at Devlearn 2013:
1) Unlocking Cool, Jeremy Gutsche, Author and Founder, TrendHunter.com
- Anything that's mainstream or popular is not cool anymore.
- Spot new opportunities and reinvent.
- Culture eats strategy for breakfast.
- Embrace change and focus in.
- Failure and customer obsession are areas where you need to be revolutionary.
- Make cultural connections.
2) The Real Power of Games for Learning, Ian Bogost, Author and Founding Partner, Persuasive Games
- Games Design vs. Gamification via Nancy Proctor
- Context vs. isolation
- Conditions vs. authority
- Transformation vs. engagement
- Discourse vs. quantification
- Understanding vs. compliance
- Relationship vs. reward
Read Cammy Bean's live blogging notes from this session here.
3) The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You … and Your Learners, Eli Pariser, Author and CEO, Upworthy
- There is no standard Google anymore. Everything is personalized.
- Filter bubbles - you don't know what you are not seeing. There are bigger unknowns.
- There is an invisible algorithmic editing of the web.
- Filters don't allow us to challenge our thinking and keep us away from diversity.
- We need to burst these filter bubbles and perhaps build better filters.
- Filters should allow us to see other points of view even if they make us uncomfortable.
See Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles” TED Talk
4) HackLab: Pursuing Progress Through Deviation, Joe Gerstandt and Jason Lauritsen, Talent Anarchy
- Innovation isn't about big changes. Small improvements and experiments lead to innovation.
- The changes that matter don’t happen overnight, they are the result of a lot of small, meaningful changes (hacks) over time.
- You need curiosity, experimentation and courage to be a hacker.
- Ask: Is it awesome? If the answer is Yes, then leave it alone. If the answer is No, then ask "how could it be better?" Pull it apart, then hack. Then ask: is it awesome.
If you are interested to learn more, check out the handouts and other conference resources that are available here.