The Internet of Things, #leweb and other ‘zings’

Last week I was lucky to go to Paris for le web conference, which focused on the Internet of Things (IoT). This describes the shift to a time when all your devices are connected to the Internet, and talk to each other through machine to machine (m2m) communication. This has been big for a while,…

Can you donate using a banana? (Update – YES YOU CAN)

**Update 15th July 2013 - yes you can** Here's proof:   //instagram.com/p/bysL98QElR/ If you're interested, here's how I did it. *Here continues original post* Listening to the Guardian tech podcast a few months ago, I heard about a certain kickstarter project that sounded pretty interesting. Called makeymakey, some clever chaps had built a way of…

New presentation – fundraising events and social media, how to #win

Last week I had the pleasure of dusting off my clicker, wearing smart jeans and shirt and obsessing over the tiniest alignments. Yes, it was presentation time. Having not been 'on stage' for about 6 months, it was nice to get back in the groove and share our most recent stats and advice at the…

Open graph now open for service on JG

Back in October, I wrote about one of Facebook's latest BETA features and how I was quite excited about its potential (see Grammar as a platform and sentences as a service – Facebook’s new open graph). After the open graph (or Timeline apps, as they're known) went live in January earlier this year, there have been quite a…

Grammar as a platform and sentences as a service – Facebook’s new open graph

On Tuesday this week I went to the London edition of F8, the "on tour" edition of Facebook's flagship developer conference. I have to say (and I did say it), it was the most useful day at a conference I've ever had. Despite spending a lot of time reading through the docs for the new…

Great essay from Nick Aldridge on the role of technology in the “Big Society”

There are a whole host of essays related to the government's latest efforts to build a strong culture of giving. Naturally, the one I was most interested in was the paper by MissionFish UK CEO Nick Aldridge on the role of technolocy in the "Big Society". It's well worth a read: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/Nick-Aldridge_2.pdf I especially agree…