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Where the magic happens

#throughglassAs if one inspirational day wasn’t enough we kicked in today with a nice Google Glass hack-a-ton. Todays program was as packed as a black fridays fashion shop or One Direction last performance (wished that were true) ticket venue. In the morning we got some inspirational speeches from our Google Glass prophet @Rhymo, conceptional thinking afterwards and after the lunch we started programming for the Glass. Around 4 o clock we had to deliver working code, so not much room left for error. I will give a glance at how the day went down, but most importantly what I picked up and learned from it. Continue reading

Get out more often

get-out-thereToday we had our kick-off day of one of the biggest projects in my career so far. The – and I will not call it a redesign – newest (nextlevelshit) version of NU.nl. The biggest and most popular news site of the Netherlands. So I am a little bit psyched to be honest. Not your everyday website if you consider that the most popular NU.nl article of 2013 beats the most popular article of The Guardian…. So it’s a good thing to have somewhat of kickstart to get us going. At first I was a little bit sceptic, wasn’t a whole day a bit too much? I mean meetings that takes more than an hour usually end up in my cancel/decline list. Same goes for meetings with more than ten persons. As you may have noticed I am an efficient and time boxed kind of person 😉 Continue reading

New ways to implement your “Page not found”

How annoying is it if you’re looking for something and you end up on a 404 (page not found) page. I always thought there must be better ways to tell your user the content isn’t there anymore. It seems that more people see the need to change that ugly thing. One way to do that is direct users to other content, even better; relevant content to the one you were looking for. But there are more possibilities and the organization Notfound really understood it well. They came up with the idea to advertise missing children on 404 pages.

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Gamification in Projects

(Project)managers tend to forget about thanking and rewarding their team members and instead focus on the work that has to be done and drill down on deadlines. Propstoyou a new teamboard platform, helps you giving these rewards to your team members and give them that extra motivation boost to go that extra mile. Propstoyou is a tool that mixes gamification into your projects. For those who do not already know, Gamification is when you add a gaming element to something that is in essence not a game, in this case projects. An example of gamification is whenever you post a lot on forums you notice that you will promote in rank and/or you are rewarded with badges. Same goes for Propstoyou within projects.

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The power of the masses

We all know the power of social media. With social media you create yourself a public stage where you can speak to your crowd (followers and/or friends) and best case they spread your word by retweeting, share or like it.

Now most of you are probably familiar with the term ‘crowdfunding’. A way to fund your ideas by the crowd in exchange for a share in your company. Continue reading

Huddle adds a cuddly feature

Huddle the cloud service for your online workspace – much like Google Docs – has added a new social feature. You can now leave comments with documents. A great moment for me to introduce you with this cool online service, for those not already familiar with.

When you enter Huddle the first time you will notice the clean and fresh blue white design. Now the next thing you will notice are the nice interactive demo’s and hint pop-ups which will guide you through the features Huddle has to offer. And I will tell you, they come in numbers. Where the focus for Google Docs lies – as the name suggests – with an online document space. Huddle steps beyond these boundaries and reaches out to your everyday employee which is in need of a cloud service which can deliver an online workspace.

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Why not Mash-Up?

MashupsThis generation of internet – as I like to call it the 3rd generation (dive into this at another chapter) – has brought us lot of possibilities. Think about Google, Spotify, Facebook and many more. Products that not only made our lives a little bit easier but also brighten up the future for upcoming products (or in particularly mashups). Facebook and Spotify does this by opening up an app environment, Twitter for example does this by opening up his API. Cool ways to collect valuable data and mash this up to make it into your own little product. Sad but true there are not a lot of those examples around. Let me explain why and why I think it should be worthwhile to at least think about the possibilities. Continue reading