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How can high-speed ubiquitous connectivity can make an immediate impact on our residents, neighborhoods, tech scene, music scene, universities, and more? What will and could you do with Google’s new service to transform our city?


Austin’s Creative Media Future

Rebecca Campbell, Executive Director at Austin Film Society

Austin boasts the strongest film community in the US outside of New York and Los Angeles. One of our best assets is Austin Studios, a 20-acre film production facility in the Mueller neighborhood. The founding generation of the Austin Film Society worked with the City of Austin to create Austin Studios when land opened up at the old airport. The studios have been home to some 300 productions and brought $1.35 billion into the local economy.

The reputation, expertise, crew base, and culture that this community enjoys will not disappear with this generation; on the contrary, it will continue to grow and flourish as we embrace the evolution of tools that facilitate creating and sharing creative media. AFS will continue to develop Austin Studios to include a public face with screening rooms, classrooms and space for artists in addition to movies and movie support businesses. Fueled by Google Fiber, both producers and consumers of media will be able to do more, better, faster to bring Austin to the world and the world to Austin.

Are You Getting Enough Fiber? Austin 5 Years After Fiber

Ruben Cantu, Owner at Core Media Enterprises

Google fiber will not only help connect the city to massive data and new business opportunities but it will fundamentally change the way we operate and think about productivity. This talk will talk about how current productivity habits and hacks can and will be enhanced by being on fiber. We will build a whole new infrastructure and way we live our daily lives. We will take current initiatives and lay out a roadmap on how we plan on using Google Fiber to enhance our lives and businesses. We explore how mobility will be enhanced in more ways than one.

The MoPac’alypse: The Obvious Answer to Austin’s Horrendous Traffic Problem

Simon Dudley, Video Evangelist at Lifesize

Austin is the greatest city in the world. Please don’t move here.

It’s no secret that the traffic congestion in Austin is getting worse and worse with each passing day. Couple that with the skyrocketing city population of nearly 1.8 million which is set to double in the next 25 years, and it’s a living nightmare for native Austinites and newcomers alike. What if I told you that the answer to this horrendous traffic problem was obvious? In fact, the answer is all around those of us sitting at Ignite Austin: Google Fiber. Telecommuting through the power of high-speed Internet is the future of the modern workforce. As LifeSize’s Video Evangelist, Simon Dudley will explain exactly how flexible working arrangements can have a positive impact on the city’s traffic problem, but also promote a healthier, happier population through work/life balance. This alternative commuting solution is the fastest, easiest and most effective way to combat the dreaded MoPac’alypse.

Austin’s newest highway is Google Fiber.

Building Mobilized and Collaborative Communities for Education

Sean DuffyELA Content Specialist at Pearson North America

If collaboration is truly the key to success, why is it so hard to create collaborative communities in education? We’ll explore the demands placed on classroom teachers, district administrators, parents and others involved in the education sphere that make inter-community collaboration very difficult and explore some of the solutions to overcoming these challenges that have worked in cities around the country.

Google Fiber > Austin Transportation Problems

Hugh Forrest, Director at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival

I will talk about the various transportation challenges in Austin. On the one hand, direct flights to London and other destinations are making it easier to get from Central Texas to other spots around the US and around the world. On the other hand, getting from place to place within Austin is still very difficult because of our very congested roadway system. While more asphalt will likely mitigate some of these problems, is Google Fiber an even better solution to this mess?

Keep Moving – Don’t Stop Believing

Joe Iannello, Chief Information Officer at Capital Metro

This talk will feature the following themes:
1. Google Fiber
2. What Gigabit Means For Austin
3. Capital Metro
4. Change – Opportunities & Challenges

The Maker Generation

Dan Magaha, Director of Operations at GameSalad, Inc.

Games are rapidly becoming the dominant media form of today’s generation. Simultaneously, generational expectations of how we expect to interact with our media are shifting. This talk makes the case for encouraging kids to become young game developers.

Taking a Gigabyte Out of the Digital Divide in Education

Emily Morrison, Development Director at Austin Achieve

In recent years the Digital Divide has been coined as a catchphrase to represent the disparity between those who have access to technology and those who lack resources or infrastructure to effectively activate digital tools. This divide is largely impacted by location, socioeconomic status and race. In urban environments, the digital divide is most clearly linked to income level and race.

At Austin Achieve, we will utilize a gigabit Internet connection to further establish the organization as both a home and a hub for our families, many of whom suffer from a lack of access to the equipment and connectivity required for effective digital participation. A gigabit internet connection will allow us to provide interactive computing classes to students and their families, aligning with our commitment to college readiness through parents as partners in their child’s education. Google Fiber will increase our capacity to teach internet-based computing skills to large numbers of students and families without lag time. This increased access will help to decrease the digital divide between low-income families and their more affluent counterparts through heightened interest in computing and computer science.

Lights, Fiber, Action.

Wade RowlandPresident at Quixote Entertainment LLC

One of the challenges of filmmaking is that the burden of defining the creative vision for a film rests almost entirely on the shoulders of the director. Therefore, she must see, hear, read, review, and then approve nearly every creative decision. And though this is a necessary component to ensuring a coherent vision for a film, it can greatly slow the process of making a picture due to the bottleneck effect it creates.

Google Fiber can effectively widen that bottleneck by giving everyone on a film crew the ability to channel information to the director instantaneously. With Google Fiber: a scout can stream live video of a location to the director; a prop master can stream video of a prospective purchase at the vendor; a director could attend a casting session via remote video without worrying about drop outs and screen freeze; the possibilities are nearly endless. Add Google Glass into the mix, and the opportunities to streamline each stage of production broaden even further.

And saving time in film production translates directly to saving money. This benefits filmmakers at all levels, to be sure, but for an independent filmmaker, a few thousand dollars saved can mean the difference between a “green light” and grinding to a fatal halt.

Actually Closing the Digital Divide

Casey Smith, Adult Workforce Director at Skillpoint Alliance

Learn how we, as a community, can close the invisible barrier that has been called the “digital divide” for at least 10 years. See the steps taken so far, what the barriers have been, and why our city continues to have this fight after two decades of consumer access to online resources. See a timeline for a real closure of the divide and how Skillpoint is making that happen, and what the community at large can do as well to ensure the milestones are met.

Play To Learn

Alexandra YoungInstructional Technologist and Implementation Coordinator at Famigo, Inc.

This talk is centered on how the integration of the internet, wifi, and education is transforming the lives of low-income preschool children and parents around Austin, Texas. Play To Learn is a preschool intervention program designed to help those on the fringes of the Austin, Texas educational system. During weekly, bilingual, two-hour sessions, children and parents are guided by a skilled instructor in a general subject area (e.g. Geometry, Social Emotional, and Language Development, to name a few) using apps, books, centers, and videos. Throughout the program, parents are also given guided instruction on how to use tablets, access the internet, and connect to wifi to access these educational resources. Parents are then given tablets and a data plan to keep at the conclusion of the program. Research has found that Play To Learn parents feel fewer depressive symptoms at home and have children who feel better prepared for school. Parents in the program are also more likely to use tablets to download apps and use the internet for their child’s education while at home. Overall, internet-based resources are helping to close the digital divide in Austin, Texas by bringing the school day into the homes of those who would not have had the resources to do so before.

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