Report from the KillerApps Expo, attended on May 2, 2007
10:30 – 11:15pm -
Online Video Communication – Calling, Conferencing, and Collaborating
Very interesting software that reduces the barries to entry for video teleconferencing. Locally I can see this being useful for job training, education, government instruction, etc. The Adobe Connect product is very exciting and very configurable for small to large applications. Especially exciting though was the SightSpeed product which offers a free version that could allow not-for-profits and small business to make use of this new technology. One example he gave was to do a video teleconference, one of their customers had sent a low cost ($35) video camera to their interviewee and using the free software, was able to have a face-to-face interview.
11:15 – 12:00pm -
Hosted Applications for Business and Government
Salesforce.com is very much a business app, but local not-for-profit and government agencies may be interested in the permission-based e-mailing communication and marketing opportunities being offered by ExactTarget - a growing Indianapolis company. Any local organization that depends on electronic records would be interested in the services of rBAK or the Indiana Data Center, both local to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
3:00 – 3:45pm –
Broadcasting Online for Government
Alan Shark with PTI discussed on-demand video and their new creation GoGovTV. The true "KillerApp" in this session was the product by Granicus that offered on-demand government video that could be indexed, searched (so you only need to watch the 3 minutes that are of interest - not the 3 hours of boring government procedural process). This product assists city clerks in creating quick, detailed minutes of meetings that are also indexed. It appears that the City of Indianapolis uses this product. This is one I will share with both the Richmond City Clerk and the WCTV folks as it would be a great way to increase the distribution of these meetings to the public.
4:15 – 5:00pm –Engaging
Your Community with Broadband
Very interesting programs. One Economy has taken the idea of a community network nationally - offering programs that cross city, county & state borders. They get a lot of national funding but are very interested in low-income areas. I will be following up to see if we can take advantage of some of their programs.
Connect Kentucky is exciting on a state level. They went from being 48th in the nation in 2004 for those who had access to broadband to 1st in 2007. They claim to have 92% availability.
Net Literacy is a program that could be replicated locally. They use students to refurbish old computers, use those computers to outfit computer labs in public areas and those students then train seniors and other adults in the use of computers and the Internet. This offers training not only for the adults, but increases adult presence in the lives of the students.