Tuesday, May 19, 2009

TechLife update - week of 5.18.09

Kudos and shoutouts (click on item for more detail)

- Alvin Borromeo , Jason Blanton , and the organizers of WordCamp Columbus - great event
- COSI for opening their new "Labs in Life" - working research labs in COSI
- TechLife Community member - Ron Morgan - for all he does as Dean of Academic Technology & Innovation at Franklin University
- Thanks to Brian at Assist Data Recovery for his recent help to help yours truly with a laptop gone bad. Check them out for your data recovery needs
- John and Aladin at IT Martini for their incredible community building - (insider scoop - look for even better events in the future - they've got some great thing planned)
- TechColumbus for their Dublin TechStart event - it was a packed house (150+) - they really are doing some great things in Dublin to build the entrepreneurial community
- IT and data security experts Lee Ayres, Jack Freund, Brent Huston, and Jeff Schmidt for their recent talk on State of the threat - nationally recognized thought leaders here in Columbus

Request for assistance from a grad student Elly Searle - Research on Use of Online technology:

Hello! I am new to the TechLife Columbus group and I have really enjoyed following the blog and learning about all new technology coming out of Columbus. I am hoping you could help me with a project that will provide insight into how people are using some of that technology.

I am a graduate student at University of Washington working toward my degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering (formerly Technical Communication). I’m involved in a research group that is interested in the use of Internet-based applications to support work. I would really appreciate it if you would participate in my online survey. It’s completely anonymous and should less than 10 minutes to complete. Your quick contribution would be very valuable to my research group!

Survey URL: https://catalysttools.washington.edu/webq/survey/commprac/76265

Would be great to receive survey results from such an active Meetup group. It would be a significant contribution to the data we got from some New York and San Francisco groups last year!

Here's a link to some of the work product from this research: http://courses.washington.edu/commprac/publications.html

Ben's note: Kinda cool to be asked to be part of this study - please participate

Mark your calendars (click on item for more detail of just go to http://bit.ly/TechLifeColumbus1 for the entire schedule)- events:

Wed May 20 - TechColumbus IdeaPitch + Industry Forum (by Business Builders Club) - great way to connect business' and students

Wed May 20 - Columbus MBA Club Spring 2009 Event
Thurs May 21 - Jelly Columbus @ The DEC
Thurs May 21 - Columbus SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS w/ Professor Geoffrey M. Kistruck (Ohio State)
Thurs May 21 - COQAA- Establishing a Measurement Program - Improve your software quality
Sat May 23 - Asian Festival - a little off topic for this meetup - meetup Andy Sie is a major organizer of this

Have a great week.

Peace out,


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