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This is the fourth instalment of my predictions for big tech trends for 2011. You can read predictions 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

4. A Re-Focus on Non-Smartphones

Remember the days when you didn’t have a smartphone? I only switched over to an iPhone in Nov (let me add that this was after some cruel bullying by all the other geeks in Appleton Tower about how the screen on my Nokia N95 didn’t ‘work’ – peer pressure is harsh 😉 and I don’t think I could ever live without it. But sometimes it’s hard to remember that people with smartphones are the exception rather than the norm. According to a recent report published by Nielson (Jan 2011), just under 70% of the phones are non-smartphones – a statistic that is sometimes forgot when the discussions about iOS vs android (vs Web OS) are dragged up.

This really means there is a huge market out there for any startup that can make feature phone services. Hailed as the next big startup – GroupMe – is a service which allows people to set up little groups that they can text with a single number. These groups can be set up for an hour, a day or a week. It just makes communicating with a bunch of people fairly easy. One scenario would be being on a long weekend with a bunch of friends; you can set up a short number to allow people to communicate with each other when everyone is off doing their own thing.

I know that local mobile design company – Yiibu – is re-focusing on mobile web design. Bryan has an excellent presentation on this:

The web isn’t just about smartphones and I think this year, with the upcoming success of GroupMe, we’ll see a bunch of new startups which will shun away from smartphones only and tap into the huge market of non-smartphones.

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This is the third instalment of my predictions for big tech trends in 2011. Read prediction 1 and prediction 2 as well …

3. The Rise of Multi-user, Multi-device Tablet Applications

Multi-user games and apps are not new (just look at World of Warcraft), but alongside the rise of the new multi-touch tablets, a new type of user experience is possible: co-located, multi-user applications. In other words, apps which allow two or more people to simulatenously interact together over the same device. (more…)

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Yesterday I posted my first prediction for big technology trends for 2o11 – home entertainment embracing the 2nd screen. Today’s trend is …

2. Gamification of everything

I was first introduced to the concept of Gamification back in Nov by Alicia Dudek at one of the Girl Geek Dinners. In brief, gamification is the use of gaming priniciples for everyday life. 4square is often mentioned as an example, as well as Farmville/FrontierVille/CityVille. While the ‘theory’ behind gamification is drawn from the recent invention of video games, it can be applied to a number of seemingly unrelated fields such as marketing and web app design. Not convinced? Just look at loyalty schemes where (more…)

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So, the naugties are over and we’re heading straight into 2011. Over the next five days, I’m going to writing about what I think will be the next big tech trends this coming year.
1. Home entertainment embracing the Second screen

CES 2011 has already seen titles like “tablet wars“. The iPad has made the tablet form factor /the/ latest gadget to have back in 2010, and this year, a whole pile of Windows and Android based tablets are coming out making them even cheaper and more accessible. What does this mean? Well, most people have commented on how iPads are the perfect sofa companion. Its (more…)

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The advent calendar chocolates are all gone now, which can only mean one thing… Merry Christmas!! Ok, it could also mean I got hungry mid-month, but I’ve been good this year [Santa, take note].

Hmmm that brings me to thinking about the presents under the tree this morning, both for me and from me. Anything notable you’ve been secretly or not-so-secretly hoping for? If you’re still pulling together some final presents, or if you have any IOU slips to cash in on, I’ll share some of my favourite geeky finds & requests this year for inspiration.

My Geeky Christmas Wish List (more…)

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My dad is full of good lessons. I’m sure I didn’t appreciate it as a kid, but I am starting to pay better attention to our breakfast conversations. Yesterday’s lesson was the following:

The only reason to have a job as an employee is so you can learn the business and go out and do something with it.

Hmmmm… as if the eggs and hash browns weren’t enough, that certainly offered some food for thought. So, I just wanted to throw that statement out there. I could think of a few other reasons for having a job as an employee – such as a steady paycheck, sleeping regularly, having a real weekend – but I think the novelty of those factors would wear off pretty quickly.

So, what do you think? Have you taken key insights from employee life to entrepreneur life? If you could have worked anywhere else prior to your current startup, what employee experience do you *wish* you had? (more…)

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Recently, one topic I’ve been spending an increasing amount of time thinking about is how to encourage non-coders to code.

In my startup life, I am lucky enough to meet a variety of people from different backgrounds – some in management, marketing etc – some starting their own companies for the first time. Unsurprisingly, most of them are web-based. But one thing that it always strikes me is how quickly people are willing for someone just to take over the design and development of their sites without they themselves, having a go. Of course I’m not saying that you should build the whole web app yourself, that’s not the cleverest use of your time – after all, it takes YEARS to train as a good developer – but having some sort of background understanding helps to 1) articulating your vision in computational terms, 2) helps to understand what is and what isn’t possible, and 2) helps you to see where opportunities for innovation are.

So here are some awesome tools which you should look at if you are interesting in learning how to code, or if you’re looking to teach non-coders to code.

1. Android App Inventor

Android App Inventor is by far one of the coolest tools I’ve seen in graphical programming. The idea is, with a few simple clicks by dragging and dropping components, you can get a fully functioning app running on your mobile really quickly. Meaning that non-coders can get results, fast. And the ability to show off to their friends what they had built.

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Recently, one topic I’ve been spending an increasing amount of time thinking about is how to encourage non-coders to code.

In my startup life, I am lucky enough to meet a variety of people from different backgrounds – some in management, marketing etc – some starting their own companies for the first time. Unsurprisingly, most of them are web-based. But one thing that it always strikes me is how quickly people are willing for someone just to take over the design and development of their sites without they themselves, having a go. Of course I’m not saying that you should build the whole web app yourself, that’s not the cleverest use of your time – after all, it takes YEARS to train as a good developer – but having some sort of background understanding helps to 1) articulating your vision in computational terms, 2) helps to understand what is and what isn’t possible, and 2) helps you to see where opportunities for innovation are.

So here are some awesome tools which you should look at if you are interesting in learning how to code, or if you’re looking to teach non-coders to code.

1. Android App Inventor

Android App Inventor is by far one of the coolest tools I’ve seen in graphical programming. The idea is, with a few simple clicks by dragging and dropping components, you can get a fully functioning app running on your mobile really quickly. Meaning that non-coders can get results, fast. And the ability to show off to their friends what they had built.

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Andrew Scott from Rummble gave an amusing talk at a recent event aimed at entrepreneurial folk interested in mobile and tablet technologies.  He talked about the DIRTY DOZEN – the name he’s given to mistakes he has made – and offered some advice to those wanting to develop mobile apps.

Depending on your perspective, Rummble is Andrew’s 5th or 6th startup so he’s got plenty of experience to share!

Here is what he had to say:

  1. Don’t choose a cr*p name – Scott once chose Playtex, which seems ok but in the UK it’s known for bras and the USA it is known for sanitary products…!
  2. Build amazingly on one platform – then you can go to a VC and say ‘gimme £3million to do this awesome thing on everything else’ 🙂 (more…)

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If you are interested in:

  • building mobile or iPad apps
  • creating a startup company over a weekend
  • meeting designers, developers or other like-minded types
  • pitching a mobile or tablet based business ideas
  • listening to upcoming mobile and table tech chat from the likes of Adobe, Paypal and Microsoft

then count your lucky stars!

On Nov 26-28th, Launch48 will be holding a mobile and tablet based entrepreneurial event that will allow you the opportunity to pitch a business idea and build up a business in 48hrs!

I’ve been to a couple of Launch48 events now and have found them to be tremendous!  I’ve learnt new things, stepped out of my comfort zone, worked with a variety of people, made some cool friends, been under a wee bit o’ pressure and LAUGHED a lot!  If that’s not incentive enough to take part, what about the free beer and pizza?  Other members of the StartupCafe team who’ve (more…)

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