Calm Technology at the Center for Civic Media on May 12, 2016

I’ll be speaking at the MIT Center for Civic Media this May! The speech will be a lunch talk on Thursday May 12th, 2016. It will be in Building E15 room 334.


When and Where


About Civic Media

The Center for Civic Media is a joint effort between the MIT Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing program. It represents a group of diverse people and inventors of new technologies that support and foster civic media and political action. The center coordinates community-based design processes locally and internationally. More about MIT Center of Civic Media.


You can RSVP for the talk here! The talk is open to more than MIT students and lab members. Please RSVP 24 hours in advance to ensure you’ll be able to get lunch.

Photo of MIT Media Lab by the Knight Foundation.

Upcoming Speech: Design Week Portland 2016


I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at this year’s Design Week Portland! Even better, I’ll be introducing one of my idols, anthropologist Genevieve Bell from Intel! She’ll be talking about the Internet of Beings! The internet of animals is more than just Keyboard Cat and animated gifs. Intel’s in-house Anthropologist will explore what we learn from data mining animals.

What is Design Week Portland?
Short answer: it’s amazing and you should definetely participate!

Longer answer: Design Week Portland is a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines. Our mission is to increase appreciation and awareness about design and its far-reaching effects on matters of cultural and social relevance, including community development, education systems, and the economy.



Main Stage: April 15-16, 2016
Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
Two days of core programming before the festival kicks into independently organized Events and Open Houses. Register for the Main Stage!

Independent Events
The heart and soul of Design Week Portland is in these events, conceived and hosted by the creative community of an entire city. Most are free or low cost to make design accessible to all. Register for each event separately – there is no central pass. See Portland Design Week Independent Events.

Open Houses
Studios and offices around the city will open their doors to us to show what they’re working on! I’d highly suggest visiting as many as you can!

Want to learn more?
Read more about Design Week from Portland’s must-follow startup and tech blog, SiliconFlorist!


Announcing the Web 1.0 Conference!


The Web 1.0 Conference is a celebration of old style static websites. It’s a place where you can trade your unused domain names then develop them the next day!

A conference celebrating the creative, original, static (no backend) web sites, both old and new, that stand the test of time. It’s time to rediscover and bring back the lost art of web site creation. Let’s build some weird, interesting, quirky web sites!



  • Vadio
  • 919 SW Taylor St.
  • Portland, OR 97205


A conference celebrating the creative, original, static (no backend) web sites, both old and new, that stand the test of time. It’s time to rediscover and bring back the lost art of web site creation. Let’s build some weird, interesting, quirky web sites!


Friday, Nov 6th ,2015

  • 5:30PM Check in
  • 6:00PM Lightning talks begin
  • 7:00PM Real world domain name exchange Have some domain names you own you’ll never do anything with? Bring them to trade with others!
  • 8:30PM Friday closing

Saturday, Nov 7th, 2015

  • 9:00AM Check in, breakfast, 玉露
  • 9:30AM 15-20 minute talks
  • 11:00AM Web site building / hacking begins
  • 12:30PM Lunch is served
  • 3:00PM Afternoon snack
  • 6:00PM Web site hacking ends
  • 6:15PM 2 minute presentations begin. Show everyone your awesome web creation!
  • 7:30PM Closing


Registration Tickets are $10, which covers expenses.

  • Don’t have a web provider?
  • New to making websites?
  • Free web hosting will be provided by Neocities!

IPFS Meetup this Wednesday during OSCON!

Join us!
Are you interested in IPFS? Will you be in town for O’Reilly’s OSCON? Come to a meetup Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 in North Portland! Join us at CtrlH for food, drinks, discussion and a talk by Juan Benet on IPFS during OSCON week!


What is IPFS?
IPFS is a distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files. In some ways, this is similar to the original aims of the Web, but brings in the latest ideas from P2P and cryptography to form a distributed, permanent web.

Afterwards hang out, talk tech, hack, recharge your batteries, use our fast WiFi and get a tour of CtrlH, Portland’s newest, largest (and in my humble opinion, best) hackerspace.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 7pm.

7608 N. Interstate, Portland, OR 97217.

Getting to CtrlH is easy. From the Oregon Convention Center, walk to the MAX Yellow Line and take it northbound to the Lombard Street station. The address is 7608 N. Interstate Ave, look for the sign for the IPFS meetup (the middle door from Interstate).

Calagator Link

ctrlH backyard

ctrlH backyard

See you there!

Designing Calm Technology at O’Reilly’s OSCON!

I’m excited to present a talk on Calm Technology at O’Reilly’s OSCON in Portland, Oregon next week! With Designing Calm Technology from O’Reilly books due out later this fall, it will be fun to meet up and discuss what’s covered in the book.

Designing Calm Technology at O'Reilly's OSCON

Designing Calm Technology
5:00pm–5:40pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Design D137/138

Session Description


Calm Technology will be released by O’Reilly books in late October 2015!

Our world is made of information that competes for our attention. What is needed? What is not? We cannot interact with our everyday life in the same way we interact with a desktop computer. The terms calm computing and calm technology were coined in 1995 by PARC Researchers Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown in reaction to the increasing complexities that information technologies were creating.

Calm technology describes a state of technological maturity where a user’s primary task is not computing, but being human. The idea behind calm technology is to have smarter people, not things. Technology shouldn’t require all of our attention, just some of it, and only when necessary.


How can our devices take advantage of location, proximity and haptics to help improve our lives instead of get in the way? How can designers make apps “ambient” while respecting privacy and security? This talk will cover how to use principles of calm technology to design the next generation of connected devices. We’ll look at notification styles, compressing information into other senses, and designing for the least amount of cognitive overhead.

Who is this session for?

This session is relevant for anyone that actively builds or makes decisions about technology. Participants should have some experience building products or working on product teams in a design, engineering or management role.

Will you be in town for OSCON in Portland, Oregon next week? If so, I’d love to meet up! Reach out to me on Twitter @caseorganic.