Bicycle parking gadget

If the bicycle parking area is too large, people will forget where they left their bike.

veloparking basel

Like at the Velo Parking at Basel SBB.

This evening a young woman was looking for her bicycle. A couple of days ago a young man was wandering up and down the aisles in search of his bike.

And the same has happened to me as well. I was extremely tired and couldn’t remember in which aisle I had left my bike.

In almost all cases, people grab their cell phone and call someone.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could call your bike and it would identify itself by ringing out loud or flashing a light?

Which reminds me of another cool presentation I saw at Lift 11:

The web of things

Revolutionary times

Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Iran…

I read a quote to the effect that the technology invented 10 years ago, will change society profoundly in the next 10 years.

I wonder about the progress that could be achieved if a developing country would provide free and open access to the Internet and computers for its entire population over a long period of time.

Meanwhile Germany is discussing the PhD thesis paper of the Minister of Defence and the missing references. In my humble opinion, the university professors are to blame as well. Why accept a thesis paper or dissertation if it doesn’t cite sources correctly? I am missing this aspect in all of the discussions. If this is your area of research, you’ll be familiar with the various sources and recognize copycats. Right?

And I stumbled across this article on information overload.

Lift11 in Geneva

I am back from Lift11. This time I took part as a volunteer. I was a runner, helping out with errands, bringing things from A to B, and general troubleshooting.

I like the idea of giving back.

Again the mix of topics and people at Lift was inspiring.

All of the videos are online:
http://www.livestream.com/liftconference/folder

Some highlights:

Social CapitalBrian Solis suggested scenarios where we are/will be assessed according to our online reputation or digital credit rating. Scary.

Tiffany St. James provided a practical guide to online communities.

Hasan Elahi explained how he used his calendar, photos and full transparency to escape from the US suspected terrorist list. He has turned his digital tracks for the FBI into an awesome “Document your life” art project.

I really liked Etienne Mineur’s presentation about a book that wanted to be a video game.

Downtime at Lift11:
The wifi went down on Thursday as Lifters connected to the Internet all at the same time, with numerous devices. 2 to 3 IP addresses per person. I left the charger for my cell phone at home. My Blackberry to keep in touch with my work emails would not recharge despite having the correct charger with me. And I managed to forget my PIN number for my data sim card. And I forgot to take my digi cam.

Things I had forgotten about Geneva:
Shops close early – only open on Thursdays until 8pm.

Customer service is (still) an unknown concept in some places. At the counter of a cafe, the sales person insisted on selling the coffee pour emporter cos the coffee place was closing soon. It was 20:10 and the place was closing at 21:00.