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Digital City Mechanics June, 2009
Engage and Learn <ul><li>Only by doing something </li></ul><ul><li>Can someone really learn </li></ul><ul><li>We’re using ...
Digital City Mechanics  is building a  Digital City Project <ul><li>Technology  – offer a free dashboard </li></ul><ul><li...
Digital City project <ul><li>Focused on developing Tech Jobs that work in conjunction with software infrastructure </li></...
Using Tech job skills for Health and  Local Foods <ul><li>Once the trainees are comfortable using computers and our enviro...
2 entities <ul><li>Digital City Foundation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>501c3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solicits funding from g...
Builds on PeopleAggregator <ul><li>Broadband Mechanics social networking platform </li></ul><ul><li>4 years old, mature, s...
Distributed Regional alliance <ul><li>Pilot program = Northern Ohio region </li></ul><ul><li>Each city has it’s own bureau...
Citizen Dashboards – for all <ul><li>Integrate </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate </li></ul><ul><li>Customize </li></ul>
Dashboards offer an Integrated environment <ul><li>Live Video Help built in </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul>...
Dashboard aggregates all the info you’re interested in <ul><li>RSS, Activity feeds, any accessible data </li></ul><ul><li>...
Dashboard is highly customizable <ul><li>Design it to suit your needs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People, Services and Content ...
Our secret sauce <ul><li>A process of getting trainees to utilize social media software </li></ul><ul><li>To alleviate the...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Many elements to a Digital City <ul><li>Internet connects the Digital Cities together </li></ul><ul><li>Dashboard is a com...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Day in the life of a Digital City
Digital City Content <ul><li>Seniors project (video interviews) </li></ul><ul><li>History of the Region (via shared timeli...
Digital City services <ul><li>Type2 Diabetes video conf sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Medical digitizing historical research ...
Webcams and Location pages <ul><li>See top 16 webcams, editorially selected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rotate throughout the da...
Business and Services directory <ul><li>Listings of local storefronts, businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Independent contractor...
Digital City ID system <ul><li>Connect different ID systems together </li></ul><ul><li>Single sign-on with all participati...
Software as infrastructure <ul><li>Dashboard is persistent, throughout the region </li></ul><ul><li>Dashboard adapts itsel...
Municipal Apps & Services <ul><li>Webcams, club cams, traffic cams, security cams </li></ul><ul><li>Maps, GPS, mobile soci...
Shared Constructs for all to use <ul><li>Digital City ID system </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul>...
Open Digital City platform <ul><li>Any vendor can provide their own compatible ‘Citizen Dashboard’ </li></ul><ul><li>Many ...
Future experiences <ul><li>We’ll watch TV shows or Movies together </li></ul>
What makes a GREAT Digital City? <ul><li>When services and content are persistent </li></ul><ul><li>There all the time </l...
 
Connecting humans together <ul><li>All software is about people </li></ul><ul><li>So conceivably  wherever  you are – is w...
A Digital City is the combination of: <ul><li>People  – the citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Access  – Wifi, Wimax, Gigabit band...
Focusing on Solutions <ul><li>Build Apps and Services on top of Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Build Solutions on top of...
Solutions <ul><li>Put technology to use </li></ul><ul><li>Make it relevant </li></ul><ul><li>If they build it – will they ...
Learning by Doing <ul><li>By building great on-line content projects </li></ul><ul><li>By putting on live events which con...
People <ul><li>All software is about people </li></ul><ul><li>Loosely coupled relationships </li></ul><ul><li>User’s ident...
The Open Stack <ul><li>Open standards for an Open Web </li></ul>
Finding things in common <ul><li>When everyone is doing it, make it a standard! </li></ul><ul><li>Find common constructs a...
Open Digital City Standards <ul><li>Multi-vendor solution </li></ul><ul><li>Shared servers and resources  </li></ul><ul><l...
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Digital City Mechanics

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This is a presentation on my new company - Digital City Mechanics. It will complement Broadband Mechanics as a system integrator, producer of content and services and innovator in the workforce development arena.

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  1. 1. Digital City Mechanics June, 2009
  2. 2. Engage and Learn <ul><li>Only by doing something </li></ul><ul><li>Can someone really learn </li></ul><ul><li>We’re using social media to help produce on-line content, services and live events </li></ul><ul><li>Training workers in tech and health jobs, along the way </li></ul><ul><li>A new model for ‘Workforce Development’ </li></ul>
  3. 3. Digital City Mechanics is building a Digital City Project <ul><li>Technology – offer a free dashboard </li></ul><ul><li>System Integration – setup bureaus, produce events, manage services </li></ul><ul><li>Content – produce compelling multimedia on-line content and services </li></ul>
  4. 4. Digital City project <ul><li>Focused on developing Tech Jobs that work in conjunction with software infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Video Help available at all times in dashboard, live operators standing by </li></ul><ul><li>Digital bureaus house training, video call center and web site production facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Existing NEO on-line sites & content highlighted </li></ul><ul><li>Local organizations and businesses supported </li></ul>
  5. 5. Using Tech job skills for Health and Local Foods <ul><li>Once the trainees are comfortable using computers and our environment </li></ul><ul><li>We’ll show them how the tech can be used for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health oriented jobs and services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Foods projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Much of the work will be in producing compelling on-line tutorials, knowledge bases. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content to TEACH others about Health and Local foods </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 2 entities <ul><li>Digital City Foundation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>501c3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solicits funding from government and foundations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital City Mechanics: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>System integrator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develops unique I.P. and processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Builds and runs the system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinates with DCF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works with BBM (see next slide) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Builds on PeopleAggregator <ul><li>Broadband Mechanics social networking platform </li></ul><ul><li>4 years old, mature, stable </li></ul><ul><li>Used by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. Army ROTC program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nvidia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mondadori (Italy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>theTimesofIndia (India) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bell Canada (Canada) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Distributed Regional alliance <ul><li>Pilot program = Northern Ohio region </li></ul><ul><li>Each city has it’s own bureau(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Shared services across all cities </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight unique characteristics of each city </li></ul><ul><li>Unique populace, history, content of each city </li></ul>
  9. 9. Citizen Dashboards – for all <ul><li>Integrate </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate </li></ul><ul><li>Customize </li></ul>
  10. 10. Dashboards offer an Integrated environment <ul><li>Live Video Help built in </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Media gallery </li></ul><ul><li>Import friends from Facebook and MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>Points system </li></ul><ul><li>Tied into the Digital City Content and Services </li></ul>
  11. 11. Dashboard aggregates all the info you’re interested in <ul><li>RSS, Activity feeds, any accessible data </li></ul><ul><li>Updates automatically flow into the dashboard </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate your friends – from different social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate your photos or video – from all around the web </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregate your existing web accounts </li></ul>
  12. 12. Dashboard is highly customizable <ul><li>Design it to suit your needs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People, Services and Content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look and Feel, Designs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colors, background images, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Appropriate usage level – matched to what kind of ‘user’ you are </li></ul><ul><li>Choose from pre-built templates to start, and then customize to your fancy </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our secret sauce <ul><li>A process of getting trainees to utilize social media software </li></ul><ul><li>To alleviate their fears, build comfort level </li></ul><ul><li>Help them identify which kind of job they’ll excel in, what they’re interested in learning </li></ul><ul><li>Train skills which will be relevant for ALL jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Make work - fun </li></ul>
  14. 30. Many elements to a Digital City <ul><li>Internet connects the Digital Cities together </li></ul><ul><li>Dashboard is a common interface </li></ul><ul><li>Digital City ID system connects other institutions into our world </li></ul><ul><li>Our software infrastructure can be used by all </li></ul>
  15. 43. A Day in the life of a Digital City
  16. 44. Digital City Content <ul><li>Seniors project (video interviews) </li></ul><ul><li>History of the Region (via shared timeline) </li></ul><ul><li>Lead Poisoning education </li></ul><ul><li>Urban farm and greenhouse construction </li></ul><ul><li>Polymers construction simulations (and games) </li></ul><ul><li>Green Jobs knowledge base (‘how to guides’) </li></ul>
  17. 45. Digital City services <ul><li>Type2 Diabetes video conf sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Medical digitizing historical research </li></ul><ul><li>Business Directory promotions with partners </li></ul><ul><li>Help build Urban farms </li></ul><ul><li>Help produce local live events </li></ul>
  18. 46. Webcams and Location pages <ul><li>See top 16 webcams, editorially selected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rotate throughout the day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Click on webcam, go to a location page </li></ul><ul><li>Location pages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who lives by </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photos, videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other webcams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leave comments, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reviews, Media, Links </li></ul></ul><ul><li>On shared servers </li></ul>
  19. 47. Business and Services directory <ul><li>Listings of local storefronts, businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Independent contractors, professional services </li></ul><ul><li>Tied into sponsor’s promotional campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>Match local businesses to movie launch contest </li></ul><ul><li>Reviews, Ratings, Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Tied into Video Help services </li></ul>
  20. 48. Digital City ID system <ul><li>Connect different ID systems together </li></ul><ul><li>Single sign-on with all participating members </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use your same username/password – everywhere! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SAML based federation </li></ul><ul><li>Build data portability and interoperability solutions </li></ul>
  21. 49. Software as infrastructure <ul><li>Dashboard is persistent, throughout the region </li></ul><ul><li>Dashboard adapts itself to the city it’s in </li></ul><ul><li>An ‘operating system’, that knows it’s context </li></ul><ul><li>Features and services available to all </li></ul>Hardware, Bandwidth, Servers, Access Applications and Services Solutions, Compelling Experiences
  22. 50. Municipal Apps & Services <ul><li>Webcams, club cams, traffic cams, security cams </li></ul><ul><li>Maps, GPS, mobile social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Bus and Train schedule </li></ul><ul><li>School, Hospital, Fire, Police services </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh food market prices </li></ul><ul><li>Weather, Tides, Sunset cams </li></ul><ul><li>Federal, State, County, Municipality info </li></ul><ul><li>Laws, regulations, forms, small biz info </li></ul><ul><li>Pay taxes, fines </li></ul><ul><li>Vote </li></ul>
  23. 51. Shared Constructs for all to use <ul><li>Digital City ID system </li></ul><ul><li>Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Locations (webcam pages) </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses and Services Directory </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline of Local History </li></ul><ul><li>Points </li></ul>
  24. 52. Open Digital City platform <ul><li>Any vendor can provide their own compatible ‘Citizen Dashboard’ </li></ul><ul><li>Many institutions, agencies and corporations will support the Digital ID system </li></ul><ul><li>Based upon Open Stack standards </li></ul><ul><li>Shared resources, servers and constructs can be used by any software platform </li></ul><ul><li>Reusable applications and services provided to empower solutions </li></ul>
  25. 53. Future experiences <ul><li>We’ll watch TV shows or Movies together </li></ul>
  26. 54. What makes a GREAT Digital City? <ul><li>When services and content are persistent </li></ul><ul><li>There all the time </li></ul><ul><li>Available 24/7/365 – wherever you are </li></ul><ul><li>As assessable as water, gas and electricity </li></ul>
  27. 56. Connecting humans together <ul><li>All software is about people </li></ul><ul><li>So conceivably wherever you are – is which ‘digital city’ you are in </li></ul><ul><li>The physical place connected to a virtual place </li></ul><ul><li>Each person is a member of their own ‘distributed architecture’, the own ‘virtual city’ </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting cyberspace to meatspace in their own context, relevant to THEM </li></ul>
  28. 57. A Digital City is the combination of: <ul><li>People – the citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Access – Wifi, Wimax, Gigabit bandwidth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cloud services (storage, computing, distribution) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Businesses and Services (local) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Live Web (Twittter, IM, activity streams, video) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Live Events, Recommendations, Opinions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creativity, Expression, Socializing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content + Applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Solutions = relevant for each citizen </li></ul></ul>
  29. 58. Focusing on Solutions <ul><li>Build Apps and Services on top of Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Build Solutions on top of both </li></ul><ul><li>Help change people’s lives </li></ul><ul><li>Help feed people </li></ul><ul><li>Help connect people together </li></ul>
  30. 59. Solutions <ul><li>Put technology to use </li></ul><ul><li>Make it relevant </li></ul><ul><li>If they build it – will they come? </li></ul><ul><li>You can lead a horse to water, but will he drink? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the point of offering the software if no one uses it! </li></ul>
  31. 60. Learning by Doing <ul><li>By building great on-line content projects </li></ul><ul><li>By putting on live events which connect meatspace to cyberspace </li></ul><ul><li>By getting over their fears of technology </li></ul><ul><li>We create a new model for workforce training </li></ul>
  32. 61. People <ul><li>All software is about people </li></ul><ul><li>Loosely coupled relationships </li></ul><ul><li>User’s identities must be controlled by THEM! </li></ul>
  33. 62. The Open Stack <ul><li>Open standards for an Open Web </li></ul>
  34. 63. Finding things in common <ul><li>When everyone is doing it, make it a standard! </li></ul><ul><li>Find common constructs and elements </li></ul><ul><li>And at LEAST agree on common notions </li></ul>
  35. 64. Open Digital City Standards <ul><li>Multi-vendor solution </li></ul><ul><li>Shared servers and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Open schemas and protocols </li></ul>

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