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MuseumNext 2014 - Masterclass: Opportunities for digital excellence with a little help from Michelangelo

Chris and I gave a Masterclass workshop today at MuseumNext 2014 in Newcastle. Thanks to everyone who came along. We hope you enjoyed it and got some value from the takeaways.

Enjoy a Storify of the workshop, our slides on Slideshare and some of the best brief confessionals below:

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Prototyping for Mobile Development: Options, Tools and Techniques

 This is post for a talk I gave at Museum Next 2014 in Newcastle. 

Design Learning

At Museum Next, Dana Mitroff Silvers gave a great talk about the Design Thinking process that she implements. The process involves using multi-disciplinary teams to gather insight into user requirements, ideate, prototype and test, in a cycle that leads to improved solutions.

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I’m In Love With My Computer

Technological advancements in artificial intelligence, and how they can affect you on a personal level.

My mother was crestfallen when Siri on her iPhone had been updated, declaring that she missed him and his voice. It was the same system, but a different sound; no longer being able to hear that voice evoked a feeling of loss.

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Cogapp goes to jQuery UK 2014

Our highlights from the recent front-end developer conference in Oxford. 

One of the many great things about being part of the Tech team at Cogapp is Tech Tuesdays. This is a weekly opportunity for the team to share expertise on a whole range of topics, and tuck in to some japanese food.  

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Bluetooth Low Energy Devices Part 2: iBeacons explained

Following on from an earlier post about iBeacons, I thought that before we go into details of any experiments we've undertaken, I'd explain fully what iBeacons are and how they work.

An iBeacon is a small piece of technology that broadcasts network signals of a Bluetooth flavour. Essentially a battery and a circuit board (and some optional sensors depending on the use case) in a very compact form factor.

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Changing how we work

I just saw this graphic from Toothpaste for Dinner shared on LinkedIn by a fellow digital professional and it made me angry.

The Creative Process: work begins, f*** off, panic, all the work while crying, deadline. By Toothpaste For Dinner .

I got angry because all the comments were along the lines of:
"Ha ha. It's funny coz it's true."

and

"Yeah, I'm crying right now"

but actually, if you find this "funny coz it's true" or you're "crying right now" then you're doing something very, very wrong indeed, and I want to share some work we have been doing to avoid these pitfalls.

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Tech tools at Cogapp

At Cogapp we like to stay on the cutting edge. Well, as close as it's safe to be. We like exploring new tools especially when those tools promise to make our lives easier.

Everyone knows the stereotype that programmers are inherently lazy. Is it laziness or just programmers' preference for abstracting away and automating repetitive tasks? A predictable and repeatable process in place of a hand-cranked one will also reduce errors, but it's all about the indolence, surely? So how can front end developers follow the lead of other programmers and stop working so hard?

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Bluetooth Low Energy Devices

 iBeacons (or Bluetooth Low Energy devices) are all the rage at the moment; could they be the internal GPS killer app we are all hoping? We’ll report back soon on experiments we have running within Cogapp towers, but in the meantime, here’s some interesting links from the world of BTLE:

(Most of these started life on Kickstarter)

StickNFind $50/two. Stick them to your keys, never lose them again. Has an App, you can see your keys on a radar, and page them to play an alarm.

https://www.sticknfind.com/

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The road to Museums and the Web 2014

Oh Museums and the Web. It's been a long and winding road that leads us back to your door. Let me count the ways I have travelled to thee...

MW logo

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This Week at Cogapp

This week at Cogapp saw our Head of Production, Gavin Mallory and Head of New Technology, Joe Baskerville head stateside for the Museums and the Web annual conference (MW2014) in Baltimore. On their way there they visited our friends at the Baseball Hall of Fame, The Barnes Foundation, Hillwood Museums and Gardens and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Phew!  

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