Exploring Opportunities E Week Talk


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How do you find opportunities? By scanning information being generated globally and tracking trends. In this talk we discuss several ways to find opportunities and how we can use emerging technology trends.

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Exploring Opportunities E Week Talk

  1. 1. Exploring Opportunities in Emerging Tech Dorai Thodla iMorph, Inc., USA/India Twitter: dorait [email_address]
  2. 2. Your Opportunity Space? Your Opportunity Space
  3. 3. Where Do Opportunities Come From?
  4. 4. Challenges – Pick One <ul><li>Poverty and Quality of Life </li></ul><ul><li>Illiteracy </li></ul><ul><li>Education (Current Model Not Scalable) </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Ignorance </li></ul><ul><li>… . </li></ul>
  5. 6. From the Millennium Project – The World Future in Next 25 Years
  6. 7. Disruptions <ul><li>Make things better, faster, cheaper, different </li></ul><ul><li>What iPod and iTunes did to music </li></ul><ul><li>What Netflix did to movie rentals </li></ul><ul><li>What Google is doing to apps, search, advertisement </li></ul><ul><li>To cause disruption you have to think different </li></ul>
  7. 8. Gaps <ul><li>Gaps in products, services </li></ul><ul><li>Find gaps and bridge them </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Readiness Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer Literacy for Senior Citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Using Mobile </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Applications of Technology <ul><li>Leverage Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate the Middle Man </li></ul><ul><li>Make something simpler </li></ul><ul><li>Lower cost </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Leverage (fisherman story) </li></ul>
  9. 10. Trends – A High Level View
  10. 11. A Few Tech Trends
  11. 12. Mobile Computing Trends
  12. 13. Emerging Technology Trends
  13. 14. A Few Trends to Explore <ul><li>Literacy Through Entertainment Play To Learn Organic User Interfaces Adaptive User Interfaces Web2.0 Semantic Web Data Web Wiki Mining Web Mining Blogging/Micro blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging and Micro formats Multi Core Parallel Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Scripting Languages Cloud Computing Virtualization Laptops For Children Wiki Trends Wikis as Knowledge Bases Enterprise Social Networks Enterprise Mash-ups Sensor Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Multi Agent Systems Interaction Design Speech Interfaces Software Agents Knowledge Management , Intelligent Databases Complex Event Processing Stream Computing </li></ul>
  14. 15. A Few More <ul><li>Virtual Worlds Multi Touch Smart Boards Web Frame works </li></ul><ul><li>Open Mobile Platforms Continuous Partial Attention </li></ul><ul><li>GenerationY Tools eBook Readers Ubiquitous Connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>On Demand Computing Peer Nets Rich Internet Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Web Feeds Semantic Wikis FreeBase DbPedia Collaborative Search Contextual Search Semantic Search AIML </li></ul><ul><li>Information Visualization Text Analytics Web 3.0 </li></ul>
  15. 16. Job Trends - Absolute
  16. 17. Job Trends - Relative
  17. 18. Job Trends Relative
  18. 19. Programming Language Trends
  19. 20. Validating Trends
  20. 21. Validating Trends <ul><li>Find the Connections – Follow the Money </li></ul><ul><li>Investment Trends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: Intel Investments http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archive/releases/20080603corp.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Job Trends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends.jsp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.indeed.com/jobtrends?cat=wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Programming Language Trends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Trends – What are people searching for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Trends </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Book Trends, Social Bookmarks, Blogs, Micro blogs, Tag Clouds, Conversation Networks </li></ul>
  21. 22. Trend Spotting - Resources <ul><li>Google Alerts, Yahoo Alerts and TopicMinder </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A service to receive alerts based on certain keywords </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yahoo Pipes, Popfly - RSS aggregation, filtering, search </li></ul><ul><li>Digg , del.icio.us , Techmeme , reddit or any of your favorite social bookmarking service </li></ul><ul><li>Technorati or Google Blog Search tools </li></ul><ul><li>Tag Clouds (many of the services mentioned above provide tag clouds that tell you the more popular trends) or you can create your own tag clouds. </li></ul><ul><li>Google Trends - A product from Google that allows you to see trends based on searches </li></ul><ul><li>A set of high level Text Mining and Tech mining tools ( a subject that deserves almost a talk of its own) </li></ul><ul><li>Custom Trend Tracking and Visualization tools </li></ul><ul><li>iMorph Tools – InfoPortal, InfoMinder, InfoStreams, InfoTools </li></ul>
  22. 23. Resources <ul><li>My Blogs - http://www.thodla.com </li></ul><ul><li>Periodic Table of Visualization Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NewsMap (HeatMap) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki Mind Map </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://dorai.wordpress.com/?s=wiki+mindmap </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Trends </li></ul><ul><li>Job Trends – www.indeed.com </li></ul><ul><li>Programming Language Trends - http://www.tiobe.com/tpci.htm </li></ul>