Staying inspired, up-to-date with latest technologies and work in the community is very important to me. Every year I try and go to at least one big conference, and as many small talks/exhibitions as I can. You can get a lot of out them, and also meet some nice people.
I've been going to the Reasons conference since it used to be Flash on the Beach, back in 2007. Every year I come away feeling refreshed, inspired and full of ideas. I always make notes on my favourite bits, and this it the first year I've actually typed them up, to share some of the wealth.
So, here are the notes of my best bits.
Jon Howard - The Future of Digital Creativity
Nice touch of using PollEV to get audience feedback, http://www.polleverywhere.com/
Ai - Watson being used to look over science papers.
A future with no more work? Kodak (63,900 employees 2003) - Instagram (7 Employees)
Mentioned watching this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc
He showed an HTML game builder aimed at kids, that's still in development. Looked great, worth keeping an eye out for.
Florian Schmitt - To hell with facts, we want stories!
Making up stories for his children using just 3 keywords
VIne film festival, 6 second films. http://mashable.com/2013/04/28/tribeca-film-festival-6secfilms-vine-winners/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Wiseman (Books on Luck and chance) & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness) in a car http://vimeo.com/8251184
James White - The Journey, not the Destination
Brendan Dawes - Everything Starts Out Ugly
Guardian Data blog http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog
Data Waffles - http://brendandawes.com/projects/dataasobject
Mail Chimp - Six monkeys project. Not released yet, looked great.
Kate Moross - Anti-Inspiration
Elevator Pitch - 20 speakers - 3 minutes each
Mocha AE tracking data - live interactive video.
Smile detection, Skype photo frame & Not so Secret Squirrel https://twitter.com/xsecretsquirrel
Bertrand Carrara & Yi-wen lin (Separate talks about the same game)
Interactive poem game based on a Chinese myth.
Talked about why the industry should be hiring more mums. They have super powers.
Touch screens with tactile response.
Finding images by colour
Mario Klingemann - Eigenartig
Code art is like music, but not like actual painting. Algorithms are similar to melodies.
Talked about the Dunning Kruger effect - This explains it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyOHJa5Vj5Y
His joy of order. He wrote a algorithm that would scan through the images on the British Library's Flickr, then sort them into image categories. Crazy stuff. http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/en_uk/blog/i-became-an-algorithm-at-the-museum-of-modern-art
Sara Blake - Be A Snortvart: Process, Creativity, Business, and Being Yourself
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Klimt - http://www.klimt.com/
Document your work, to allow you to look back at your progress.
Try to get lost in life, this helps you find new things.
"Don't wait for someone to hire you"
Yuri Suzuki - Sound Interjection
Road Melody http://www.noiseaddicts.com/2008/09/car-musical-instrument-melody-roads-japan/
Sounds of the Earth http://yurisuzuki.com/works/the-sound-of-the-earth-2/
Sound Taxi http://yurisuzuki.com/works/sound-taxi-2/
White noise calms down crying babies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANgLcpO6tiI
GMUNK - Come Take a Journey Through Time and Space
He made some of the original Flash titles.
OFFF titles http://vimeo.com/101587594
You've probably seen this too. http://work.gmunk.com/BOX-DEMO