Speaker Announcement: Paul Coulton

Paul CoultonDr Paul Coulton’s presentation on location-based games and applications (“From Frisbees to Silly Glasses”) was one of the highlights of last year’s event. We’re happy to announce that Paul will return to Over the Air with a session on “Mobile Games as Social Information Appliances.”

Although the original definition was unrestricted, the term ‘information appliance’ has become synonymous with personal hardware device specializing in information and designed to perform a specific activity in a simple and user-friendly way. In many respects many mobile applications if well designed provide the attributes of the information appliance through software as they generally perform a specific activity centered around information and are simple to operate. Due to the constraints of the mobile phone environment these attributes are also those most often associated with casual mobile games. Paul’s presentation proposes treating casual mobile game design as the creation of social information appliances. In particular he will research relating to social capital and draw parallels with knowledge of player behavior before defining how these can be applied within mobile games.

Paul has over 15 years experience in mobile as a developer/researcher and is at the forefront of creativity in mobile entertainment, particularly games and social networking. Paul has produced some of the world’s first mobile games utilizing location, proximity, and tangible objects/ interfaces and more recently mobile driven social networks. Paul devised the worlds first MSc in Mobile Games and Social Networks and has written a book on S60 development and the chapter on novel mobile game interfaces for the book on Symbian programming for games. He is internationally recognized as a pioneer in creating uniquely mobile experiences and was selected as one of the 50 most talented mobile developers worldwide from a community of over 2 million to be a Nokia Champion in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Speaker Announcement: Scott Weiss

Scott WeissMobile Usability expert Scott Weiss will be presenting a session at Over the Air entitled “Open Source User Experience?” Scott is passionate about mobile user experience. He looks after the user interface of the Symbian operating system. He chairs the UI Council and provides vision for the future of the OS’ user experience. Scott’s 20 years of user experience background have been spent at Apple, Microsoft, Sybase, Autodesk, and an agency he started and ran for 11 years in New York City. His first book, “Handheld Usability,” is widely known as the pioneering text on mobile phone design, prototyping, and usability. He can be found speaking about mobile user experience world wide, and has recently spoken at Create ’09, the European Information Architecture Summit, and Handsets World.

Scott’s session will describe the strategy for how the Symbian UI is being propelled forward, from the published roadmap to the UI Brainstorm blog to the UI Suggestions forum discussions. Other open source UI efforts will be compared and contrasted with Symbian’s strategy. The presentation will have plenty of time for questions and answers and of course an open invitation to explore and contribute.

Speaker Announcement: François Daoust

Francois DaoustAre you spending precious time testing your content on mobile devices? Juggling between Nokia, Apple, Google’s APIs? Playing with PhoneGap? Tiptoeing to application stores?

Standards do not always look good… but they are here to help! Learn how the online W3C mobileOK Checker service may help reduce testing times on actual mobile devices. Learn how the upcoming client-side APIs will merge the existing APIs into one. Learn about widgets, and check the mobile Web application best practices to speed up content development and delivery.

Before coming to W3C in December 2007, François Daoust helped develop an on-portal mobile search engine called MotionBridge from its first minimalist draft within a small French start-up to a full-featured version within Microsoft. This kept him busy for more than seven years.

Then he joined the W3C where he learned the theory behind all that stuff he had used in the past, and now happily tries to conciliate theory and practice within the Mobile Web Initiative. He maintains the online W3C mobileOK Checker, contributes as a tutor to the online training sessions on Mobile Web Best Practices and serves as Staff Contact for the Best Practices Working Group.

What’s Over the Air?

Over the Air is an event that defies easy description. It’s a celebration of creativity. It’s a festival of all things mobile. It’s a place where attendees can learn about technologies, trends and techniques. It’s a sleep-over. It’s a two day party. It’s an event where practitioners of creative and technical disciplines can come together to learn from each other. It’s about recognizing software development as a creative discipline. It’s an opportunity to build new relationships. It’s a space where you can build cool stuff and show it off to an appreciative crowd. It’s all these things. And by the way, it’s free. If any of this appeals to you, we hope you register and come along to Over the Air!

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Speaker Announcement: Tom Hume

Tom Hume will be leading an interactive session titled “Many Paths up the Mobile Mountain.”

Says Tom: “It’s an exploration of an iterative design process. Working in small teams, you’ll go through two rounds of designing, testing, and evolving a real-world application for mobile phones. The output of this will be a small, tested design prototype of an application which you might want to go on and build.

When we ran this session previously, several attendees felt it’d be a great way to kick off a hack day. If you’re short on inspiration for something to build, or just want to collaborate with a few folks in an intense design session, do come by.”

Tom is MD of Future Platforms, a Brighton-based software company that’s been taking mobile products from concept to launch for nearly a decade. FP is a crack team of designers, developers and businesspeople and has worked for Microsoft, Nokia, Hasbro, Orange, the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel and many more.

Speaker Announcement: Phil Archer

Phil ArcherRepresenting the W3C, Phil Archer will present a session for web designers who will learn how to transfer their desktop skills to mobile.

Phil Archer joined the W3C team working on the Mobile Web Initiative in February 2009, specifically to work on developing and delivering training in this area. Before joining the team he’d been a participant in the Mobile Web Best Practices working group (joining at its inception in June 2006) with a particular interest in the mobileOK scheme. Previous careers include work in broadcasting advertising, education, countryside conservation and online child safety.

Separately from his W3C team remit, Phil is also involved with the Semantic Web activity as chair of the POWDER working group.

Speaker Announcement: Stefana Broadbent

Stefana BroadbentWe’re excited to announce that Stefana Broadbent will present a session at Over the Air on “How private communication is transforming the workplace.”

Stefana Broadbent is a digital ethnographer. In the last 20 years she has been investigating the evolution of digital activities both at  home and in the workplace. To monitor the changes in social practices that are happening over time, Stefana has developed observatories of digital usage in various European countries. All of her projects had in common an ethnographic approach  and a design intent to support the conception of new tools and services.  Her observations have spanned from air traffic control rooms to living rooms, always attempting to capture how people interact through technology.

Stefana is currently  an Honorary Visiting Researcher at the Department of Anthropology at UCL. Between 2004 and 2009 she developed the User Observatory at Swisscom. Previously, she was in the Management Team of IconMedialab a multinational digital consultancy listed in Stockholm and developed a global internet observatory with a team of 120 social scientists spread in 20 countries. In 1993 she founded CB&J, a company specialized in human factors and user research that was acquired by IconMedialab in 1999.

Stefana holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh, and a degree in Psychology from the Univesité de Genève. She has lectured in Anthropology and Ergonomics and has published on issues related to digital media.

Speaker Announcement: Younghee Jung

Younghee Jung

Over the Air is pleased to announce that Nokia design researcher Younghee Jung will be leading a session entitled “In search for natural interaction: design research for mobile gestural interaction.”

As sensor technology becomes more advanced and affordable, medical there is an increasing interest in incorporating ‘natural’ ways of interacting with technology products. However there are unique constraints in doing so with mobile technology products as they are used in various social, physical, psychological, and cultural contexts. This talk will cover how the user research was designed and conducted for understanding basic principles of designing gestural interaction with mobile devices, with the highlight of the findings.

Sponsorship Announcement – Yahoo Developer Network

We are thrilled to announce that Yahoo Developer Nework is a Silver Sponsor of Over the Air!

It is thanks to the financial support of our sponsors, that we are able to make this event completely free to attend.

The Yahoo! Developer Network (YDN) is Yahoo!’s central resource for developers and partners. YDN offers developer tools, APIs, web services, and resources that help developers build rich web experiences, integrate key data sources, and drive traffic. http://developer.yahoo.com

Yahoo Developer Network

Sponsor Announcement – Forum Nokia

We are thrilled to announce that Forum Nokia is a Gold Sponsor of Over the Air!

It is thanks to the financial support of our sponsors, that we are able to make this event completely free to attend.

Nokia’s global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at www.forum.nokia.com.

Forum Nokia