Some quotes from the Digital Future Summit:
(in quotes rather when they’re direct quotes, otherwise just notes)
Five years ago for teenagers, sitting in your room would be considered antisocial. For teenagers now, not being at your computer, not responding to Facebook messages is antisocial. ‘Facebook time’ rather than face time.
‘Word of mouse’ rather than word of mouth. Connecting to competencies rather than just having them is what counts.
Enabling young people to participate is great, but did the decision makers actually hear and act?
Economic transformation as the heart of our thinking. Necessary for us to achieve the things we wanted to do in education, health and the environment.
“No matter where we’ve gotten to now, it ain’t yet good enough by any means”
Now see ICT as a prerequisite for economic transformation.
Urging you to think of ways that we as NZ Inc can further accelerate the uptake of digital technologies. Let us please now demonstrate that.
Paul Reynolds said that fast broadband is necessary, essential. Finding ways to work together at the infrastructure layer.Rod Drury – “building billion dollar businesses from the beach”
Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief, Wired and author “The Long Tail”
The long tail of beer – Beer used to be very bad in the US, because to appeal to mass audiences it had to be very bland. Microbreweries are now enabling good beer in the US, even a gluten free beer. More is different. Zapos sells 750,000 different kinds of shoes. You can now get vegetarian shoes.
Is the world spiky? In terms of concentrations/critical mass of money, culture and opportunity. The long tail however, the Internet is the great leveller. It enables talent to be discovered, it’s easy to find talent in a global market.
Sam Morgan – Trade Me
“People send money to people they have never met for goods they have never seen”. This requires inherent trust within citizens in a country, something we have in NZ, but doesn’t exist in a lot of countries.
“Securing digital trade routes”
“How do we build a better x to be digital by design?”
Power supply is going to be a big issue. Green IT is essential for success for NZ. We have to find a way to make computing green, otherwise we’ll come up against enormous issues of power consumption.
We’re not training engineers and scientists fast enough to hit our ICT economic transformation goals.
4 rules for exponential enterprises:
- Start upstairs – it’s s 3lb problem (your brain)
- Timeshift (and placeshift) – it’s a 24/7 business world
- Focus – If digital trade routes are the future, SEO automates navigation
- Converse – figure out how to engage in conversations online. Figure out how to give people a way to talk about you.
Darryn Melrose, CEO Aim Proximity
“Wake up or die” how the age of connectedness is altering the way business markets, promotes and sells
Narrow casting – niche information at zero marginal cost.
Police Act Review – ran a public consultation process, interacted with 1,200 people. They used a wiki over 8 days and had 5,000 people involved.
Next step is igovt – secure, authenticated, identity management
“There’ll be no transformation without authentication”
Greg Carlyon, Horizons District Council – The Green Rig
The real truth – NZ 45% pure…
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not”