"More than half the economy has NOT been disrupted by the Internet."Presumably he was talking about innovation in sectors that have been slow to embrace IT and its potential to enhance business processes and prospects, i.e., healthcare, financial services, etc. At the December New York Tech Meetup, several of the presentations reminded me of Steve Case's comments.
Leave it to Jessica and Nate to pull a few surprises for the 800+ live attendees at NYU's Skirball Auditorium and scores more via webstream at New Work City. The first was a live and remote appearance by New York City's digital doyenne Rachel Haot and her supreme boss Mayor Mike, respectively. Here's a (hand-held) video clip:
Mayor Mike's Call to Reinvent Payphones
Rachel and Mr. Mayor (smartly) tapped New York City's premier community of digital natives to source fresh thinking to "reinvent" the 11,000 payphone kiosks that pepper the city's five boroughs.
|Luci in Haiti|
Luci provides renewable light via an ingeniously-designed solar-powered, inflatable lantern. Take a look at the lightless voids in this newly released NASA image of Earth at night, and then contemplate the need Luci's creators at MPOWERD aspire to meet:
|Earth at Night (via NASA)|
In its mission, littleBits seeks to "create the next generation of problem-solvers, and interventions need to occur early. The time is ripe to create the pipe cleaner and the popsicle stick of the 21st century." What makes it diferent is open source, i.e., "...building a community of contributors who experiment, share online, and learn from each other’s creativity. Its designs are publicly available so that anyone can see and use them."
Other than these presenters bridging the physical world and virtual worlds, NYTM had more than its share of other compelling startups who succeeded in using their five minutes on stage to woo the discerning audience of New York technofiles. Among those that this attendee especially liked: Glide, a platform for seamlessly accessing one's files that's device and OS agnostic; Punch, a platform, now in beta, that makes app creation easy; rvl, a tool that let's one "author, present and share beautiful presentations," right in the browser.
The next NYTM is slated for January 8. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis ...but you need to first join the group to be alerted.