Friday, November 08, 2013

Cultural Apps from TEDXAMS - 2

TedXAmsterdam had a number of premiers this week. One was during a presentation about cultural differences given by management consultant Fons Trompenaars. He has a Dutch father and French mother and grew up being fascinated by how cultural heritage leads to misunderstandings - and lost business. 

Fons mentioned a website with more information about an Android app they have developed, but the URL seems to have been cut out of this version. is the address you should head for.

Bas van Abel, who is the Creative Director of the Waag Society's Open Design Lab shared a project they are working on to built a "fair phone", a modular smart phone that can be repaired and upgraded without throwing everything away.

Flights of Fantasy.

Dutch filmmaker and animator Floris Kaayk has been playing games on the media, treading the fine line between fact and faction. One of his most recent projects has been to create the character 'Jarno, the flying Dutchman'. He wrote blogs and made movies about Jarno, a guy who decided to build his own birdwings to become the first guy in history to fly like a bird. It was a great hoax, but it makes it all the more difficult for Floris to do a serious project in the future. 

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