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Insights from Ethnographer

July 24, 2008

 

I was asking our Intel ethnographer, Tony Salvador, his thoughts on youth’s ideas of the future from the World Mural Project.

 

 

Tony has some thoughtful insights that made me even more appreciative of the youth’s ideas, here are some of his thoughts:

 

“It’s interesting to see that not too many of the concepts were self-centered.  Much of their care and concern is on world peace, greener environment, better healthcare, or improvements on issues around them in the community issues; not about their stereo system or their playstation.”

 

“I suppose these ideas reflect things they know or that are important to them: a strong sense of community and civic awareness.  There is relatively small number of entries on how computers affect them on a personal level.  I’m pleasantly surprised that most of the entries are not on selfish needs, but improvements about someone else, communication with one another or general issues in the world.”

 

“Many ideas seem readily attainable, for example, the small phone/watch that co-opts the hand signal for “call me.”

 

“You can clearly see a lot of influence of TV and movies from the responses of the youth and kids.”

 

“You can see there is a desire to go somewhere, aspirations of having or experiencing “the far away” – events they can’t get in person.”

 

Here’s also a video that Tony shared his thoughts on technology in classrooms that we did a couple of months ago:

 

 

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India’s part in the world mural project!

July 23, 2008

It was exciting to get an opportunity for being part of the “World Mural Project”, a web-based digital art work that will include visual and written content from the worldwide clubhouses/schools that are part of the Intel network. Each school/clubhouse were expected to submit a “digital tile” on the theme “How computers will empower us in 40 Years”.

  

The school that me & other Intel volunteers were involved in for this project was K.R.Puram government school in Bangalore, India. As you can see below, the imagination & effort put in by the 15 year old kid to create this art-work was really wonderful!

We also got good co-operation from the art-teacher & principal of the school, who together motivated the kids to unleash their imagination. We Intel volunteers helped in having a small recognition event at the school for the kid who made this art-work & also portrayed this at Intel campus during 40th year anniversary celebrations!

In the end, what really counted was the satisfaction in the face of the kid to be part of a world-wide project, involving ~70 countries!!

The World Mural Project Comes Alive!

July 19, 2008

Muralist and digital artist Favianna Rodriguez unveiled the Intel World Mural Project today amidst a group of young digital artists inside the Intel Computer Clubhouse nestled in the bustling East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club.

The University of California, Berkeley alumnus is now an Oakland, California-based Favianna. She helped Intel collect artwork from Computer Clubhouse students from 21 countries. She created an engaging digital romp through regions that opened up to artwork from students from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, the U.S. and other parts of the world.

All of this as a way to celebrate Intel’s 40th birthday. Looks like the future’s in good hands!

Here’s a video of Favianna’s unveiling, which I shot using my nifty Flip cam.

People and Technology Together

July 19, 2008

This is one of m favorites from the World Mural Project.  It draws out one of my favorite workds:  collaboration.

Stepping Into the Future Through the World Mural

July 19, 2008

This is a cool shot of the World Mural Project start page.  This was shot from inside the Intel Computer Clubhouse office at the East Palo Alto Boys & Girls Club.

Audio Podcast: Intel’s Rita Holiday Gets the Intel 40th Party Started

July 19, 2008

Social media man on the move Chris Heuer uses his phone connected to Utterz to talk with Intel’s Rita Holiday minutes prior to the kick off today celebrating Intel’s 40th birthday at the Computer Clubhouse inside the Boys & Girls Club in East Palo Alto.  The place was roaring with excitement, festooned with balloons, artwork Intel is 40 banners and two birthday cakes.

Listen to Rita’s Podcast interview as she talks about the unveiling the Intel World Mural.

The World Mural Project is Born!

July 18, 2008
  • >500 youth and kids
  • 70 computer clubhouses
  • 21 countries
  • 300 volunteers
  • >1000 volunteers hours
  • countless ‘oohs-ahhs’

That’s all shaping up to be the World Mural Project…it’s finally born!

Young people are very creative in telling us how they see computers in their lives in the next 40 years, but I’m still blown away by the great variety ideas coming in – some of them quite feasible in the foreseeable future, others very futuristic – but it’s 40 years away! Anything that seems impossible now could be something standard in our dailies lives 40 years later….the new norm.

And I’m excited to say the Intel researchers are already working on a number of technology areas that are similar with what the youth envisioned.

The World Mural Project won’t be possible if not for the creativity and enthusiastic participation of the youth and kids around the world, the mentoring by clubhouse coordinators, constant dedication from our volunteers and direction from our amazing artist Favianna.  THANK YOU THANK YOU ALL!

Happy Birthday Intel!  I hope you like this birthday present that our youth and kids have given you for your 40th birthday.