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The nerd festival, this year google is trying to pull off is something other companies tried and painfully failed. The only concept which is a succesful mariage between tech and festival athmosphere is the chaos communication camp which is known for its creativity, there might be more than just this one. Common is their message of creativity.

Google took this image and tried to use it for the #IO16 which painfully went wrong and i was curious why. There is a lot of organisation failure going on which isn't googles fault. Its their subcontractor. But still, if you take anything else away why it feels so wrong?

The athmosphere google chose is known for a dialog. And google took their corporate talks, question sessions and topics apart. People have the maximum experience for festival weather and the burden of discipline the corporate world has to offer. No QA, no dialog with speakers.

Take a bunch of nerds with astma, sun allergies, food allergies, wifi needs and then send them on a festival and tell them "not now". Of course it doesn't work out. And if you take the dialog away why being there? Office hours can be held on google hangouts and talks can be streamed. What is left? Sitting on asphalt and meeting people. The festival athmosphere is suggesting something which doesn't work at all.

I came to meet people i never meet in Europe and i wasn't able to enter one single session. When i go to the material design booth i do not know what they talked about. There is no basis for networking or a dialog we are here for.

The people I met here, I see in Berlin in about 5 Weeks. And i don't loose 3000€

Google should go with corporate styled experience design if they like to handle sessions that way. If they like to pull of a festival, you damn start getting creative and open for a dialog. We are all feeling 5 years old. In kindergarden everything is colorful and grown ups tell you how to behave. "Festival" is the wrong identity for this kind of event.

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Fun little read. (via +jason bergman)
An unlucky few have names that can utterly confuse computers, and it makes their life online quite the headache. Why does it happen?
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Well, the IPv4 party is over: http://bit.ly/1OwLWbW - perhaps it's time to seriously think about this IPv6 thing...
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"STEAM 4 LIFE will allow students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but not learn them in isolation. We must transform our dilapidated computer lab into a STEAM makerspace for students to Learn, Innovate, Find Solutions and Explore their future career possibilities. (STEAM 4 LIFE) This is a full-blown curricular elective course focused on hands on exploration at the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels.
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STEAM 4 LIFE will allow students to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but not learn them in isolation. We must transform our dilapidated computer lab into a STEAM makerspace for students to Learn, Innovate, Find Solutions and Explore their future career possibilities. (STEAM...
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Would you watch Jaws, in the dark while floating in the water?
 
Could there possibly be any scarier way to watch 'Jaws'?  I'm guessing no. http://goo.gl/TWi6OH
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Just when I thought I couldn't be more smitten with Henry Rollins, he writes this. <3 
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After signing the discriminatory House Bill 2 into law, I want North Carolina to reap an LGBT whirlwind.
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Tinker with a neural network directly in your browser: bit.ly/23V38NC - cool demo by the Tensorflow team!
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HTTP/2 support is now in nginx trunk: http://bit.ly/1KjBQ8k - woot.
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To be true to reality the nutritional facts should include data on if you just eat the marshmallows and throw out the cereal.
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Fabulous read from Thomas Piketty on Germany's own history of debt relief, vs its current stance towards Greece:

"We need to look ahead. Europe was founded on debt forgiveness and investment in the future. Not on the idea of endless penance."
In a forceful interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, the star economist Thomas Piketty calls for a major conference o…
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