guest author 1 Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement ArtGame weekend is a creative and collaborative challenge that brings together developers, game designers, and artists to create mobile artgames. The first ArtGame weekend took place in Paris, France last month. By combining art plus gameplay plus open collaboration, nine ideas became nine artgames – and more than 40 artists, developers, and video game professionals an intense teamwork experience. As you can imagine, we learned a lot. Here are 10 lessons we’d like to share with you.Guest author Julien Dorra organized the first ArtGame weekend in Paris with Nod-a and Silicon Sentier. Charlotte and Howie Liu assisted in the editing.1: “With more time, we would have created a less good game,”Brice RoyHaving a tight time constraint forces you to find the core idea, the thing you can’t do without. Constraints are good for creativity – they make you create better artwork, better games, better projects.DIY color test chart with sticky notes for Balade2: Starting to build something answers all the questions about what to do next.Idea, prototype, test. Start to build something in small iterations, just like the Number32 team did. They started out with strictly no idea about what type of gameplay to use, but ended up adopting the one most appropriate to the small world they created. Iterate and you’ll end up answering your questions about what your creation must look like.3: You can build great teams out of complete strangers. Instantly.Here is the recipe for instant team building: Give each potential team member the opportunity to talk in front of everyone about what she likes and which ideas she wants to push further. Give some general directions about diversity and size in a team. Finally, just let everybody match themselves with the right team.4: Comfort, good food, and care help people focus on their creation.Create an environment where people don’t even have to think about getting food, Wi-Fi, and support because it’s already here when needed. When a full support team cares for you, you can focus more on your goals and how to attain them. Permanent test bench for Number325: “You need to lose a little time to gain more time,”Ebene ZolliEven when facing a brutal deadline, you don’t have to rush. Sleep and take breaks. You will more than regain the time spent. Jonathan Perret used the Pomodoro Technique to force himself to take five minutes breaks every 25 minutes. The result? He had an iPad artgame completed at the end of the weekend.6: Steps and goals are useful, but help people create ad-hoc processes as they go.You don’t need to set-up a full-blown methodology before starting. You do need to choose the right creative and organizational process for the task at hand. But as tasks change, you will need to change how you manage them too. Your methodology is an iterative creation.7: A team needs regular reality-checks by outsiders. Who is your coach?You will be blinded. You will lose sight of your core goals and objectives. Having an outsider asking you the right questions can help you stay on track. At ArtGame weekend, around 10 coaches and facilitators helped the teams get the most of the weekend.8: You can mix good competition with great cooperation. That is coopetition.Competing doesn’t mean working against others. Outcomes are far greater for everybody when you cooperate with your competitors — just look at the open source ecosystem. Find something that you and all your competitors can share and build in common, publicly.Sunday, presentation of Générations9: Hardware matters on mobile. Camera, accelerometers, multitouch changes everything.The hardware is the key to innovative software on mobile platforms, just as the browser is the key to innovative web apps. For example, gyroscopes will add a new level of precision in measuring how a mobile phone is moving.Keep an eye on hardware adoption. Beware of fragmentation.10: Working in the open brings help, attention, and fresh points of view.Obscurity is the real enemy for most of the new projects you want to launch. Be open and bring outsiders in. Working in an open way will get you more visibility, will push people to give you advice, and will make it easier to ask for help when needed.11: Bonus lesson: Networking is not exchanging business cards. It’s sharing views, goals, and experiences with people.Most networking events fail to really connect people. You gather business cards, maybe send an email or two… but really, you just don’t know the people you met, so what’s the point?When you share a real experience with others, be it at a Barcamp, online, or during an intense weekend of work and fun like the ArtGame weekend, you know the people, what they think, what they like, and what you could do together.You are networking at a far more profound level. Lead photo: The jury table, full of devices by Nirina Thibault. All other photos by Julien Dorra. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
In this world, there are few things as intricately and beautifully composed as a Thanksgiving meal.It gets down to the cornerstone of any real spread with the presence of meat and potatoes, which happen to be showered in yummy gravy. There is also a large, round and golden turkey, which is flanked by plenty of other goodies.Although there have been plenty of hiccups this season and the nefarious BCS system still refuses to rank the Wisconsin football team in the top 15 of the country, I still believe there are few teams as intricately and beautifully composed as the Badgers (maybe we can exclude the whole special teams part).To some degree, this season might seem like a disappointment to some fans, since there was once legitimate discussion of a national title appearance. But in a system where teams are more or less handpicked to contend for championships and when you consider just how the Badgers lost their two games, I’m not too bent out of shape about what Wisconsin may have missed out on.There is, after all, still the Granddaddy of Them All to chase down, and Barry Alvarez’s three Rose Bowl teams didn’t exactly have spotless regular seasons either. This team is just as deserving as those three.The 1993 edition lost to an unranked Minnesota team and later tied No. 3 Ohio State at home. Rose Bowl 1998’s squad lost one game on the road to lower-ranked Michigan by 17 points, and in 1999, Wisconsin began the year 2-2, losing on the road to unranked Cincinnati and at home to No. 4 Michigan.Still, those teams are remembered as wonderfully composed squads – the best Wisconsin has ever seen. This year’s Badgers could do the same, as they have all the ingredients of a Thanksgiving meal.Turkey – Running back Montee BallAs in the main course, a true pi?ce de r?sistance. Ball has carried the rock 239 times out of a total of 725 UW plays this season and has had a hand in 31 of Wisconsin’s 68 touchdowns.He’s covered more ground (1,699 total yards) than any running back in the nation and knows the endzone so well he could be a tour guide for anyone else in the country. Ball’s season has been so delicious that he’s gained more yards on the ground than Ron Dayne did in two of his four years as a starter. Ball has also scored far and away more touchdowns than the Heisman winner ever did in one season.Potatoes – The offensive lineEver hear the expression “meat and potatoes”? That is what a line is all about in an offense. It gets the big gears rolling and that is exactly what Wisconsin’s blockers have done this year.Travis Frederick, Josh Oglesby, Peter Konz, Ricky Wagner and Kevin Zeitler have all had imperfect games, but they’ve kept the quarterback’s pocket well-fortified this season, allowing less than two sacks per game.And, obviously, a good portion of Ball’s success is owed to this line. But here’s how good Wisconsin is at keeping defenders out of the backfield: on all rushing plays that resulted in yards lost, Wisconsin has lost a total of 59 yards on the season compared to a total of 2,125 yards gained (between Ball and James White). That comes to an average of 5.3 yards lost per game, which basically means UW allows a tackle-for-loss just once or twice a week. That is pure gravy.Stuffing – Linebackers Chris Borland & Mike TaylorWith their knack for stuffing the opponent’s run game and any receiver who crosses over the middle, Borland and Taylor earn the designation of Thanksgiving’s most delicious dish.Taylor is eighth in the country with 121 tackles and Borland is 11th with 118, and nobody has stalked ball carriers like this in recent memory for Wisconsin. Leading tacklers since 2005 have typically finished in the 50-70 range. Jaevery McFadden accumulated the most in one season over that time with 84 in 2008.Cranberry sauce – Safety Aaron HenryJust like the taste of this Thanksgiving relish, Henry’s play has been oh-so-sweet this season. The safety has amassed 51 tackles (a number that, in years past, might lead the team), nosed around for three tackles for a loss, grabbed three interceptions and denied nine other passes.Pumpkin pie – Quarterback Russell WilsonDessert: the luxury item. Wilson suiting up as a Badger proved the deus ex machina is more than just a plot device for movies and novels. On a team known for having game-managers rather than playmakers at quarterback, Wilson is putting together the best season any Wisconsin QB has ever seen, leading the nation with a 199.27 passer rating.He will likely finish inside the top three for most passing yards in a season for Wisconsin, and first in completion percentage, passing touchdowns and pass efficiency – the latter of which is likely to stand for decades.And that calls for some whipped cream on top.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. Do you think Wisconsin is as good as a Thanksgiving meal? Compare the team to your favorite foods by emailing him at [email protected] or tweeting @BHeraldSports.
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Two Harvard professors have won the Wolf Prize, considered the most prestigious award in science after the Nobel Prize and the Lasker Award. The Wolf Prize is presented annually by the Wolf Foundation, founded by Ricardo Wolf, a German-born inventor and Cuba’s former ambassador to Israel.C. Ronald Kahn, chief academic officer and senior investigator at Joslin Diabetes Center and the Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will share the 2016 Wolf Prize in Medicine with Professor Lewis Cantley of Weill Cornell Medical College. Kahn was honored for his “pioneering studies defining insulin signaling and its alterations in disease. This work has been essential to understanding the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.” Kahn also recently was honored with the Harold Hamm International Prize.“My mentors and colleagues have provided guidance throughout my career to help me navigate life as a scientist,” sais Schreiber. Courtesy of the Broad Institute“I am both delighted and surprised to receive the Wolf Prize,” said Kahn. “I am incredibly grateful for all of the support I have had throughout my career, both from the people in my lab and the many wonderful people with whom I have worked both within and outside of Joslin. While this is an international award and I have had some great fellows and colleagues from all over the world, a number of them have been from Israel, so winning the prestigious award in Israel is especially meaningful.”Stuart L. Schreiber, the Morris Loeb Professor in Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, will share the 2016 Wolf Prize in Chemistry with Professor Kyriacos C. Nicolaou of Rice University in Houston. They will split the $100,000 award. Schreiber is a founding core member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and is now director of the institute’s Center for the Science of Therapeutics. He is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.Schreiber was recognized for “pioneering chemical insights into the logic of signal transduction and gene regulation that led to important, new therapeutics, and for advancing chemical biology and medicine through the discovery of small-molecule probes.”“My mentors and colleagues have provided guidance throughout my career to help me navigate life as a scientist,” said Schreiber. “And the trainees who joined my lab have been fearless, dedicated, and determined to make a difference. They make it a joy to come to lab every day. I am extremely grateful for this group, and deeply honored to share this recognition with my friend K.C. Nicolaou.”Read more on Kahn’s work here; and Schreiber’s research here.