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Internet Week New York : 24 Seven’s Top Picks

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Photo : Michelle Kinney

Over the past several days, members of the 24 Seven Talent team attended Internet Week New York.  We sat in on many panels and fireside chats led by professionals from a broad spectrum of industries.  Technology, mobile, advertising, government, television, film, recruiting — you name it.  From big data, social media, women in tech, wellness in the workplace, and digital surveillance — there were a myriad of discussions about how far we have come, where we are today, and what our future may look like.

We were lucky enough to absorb an abundance of information at Internet Week New York 2015. So we wanted to share some of the wisdom with our 24 Seven Talent Thread readers.

Here is a list of our favorite moments from Internet Week New York 2015 :

Nate Silver in Conversation with NY1’s Pat Kiernan

From NY1 to FiveThirtyEight and numbers in between, Pat Kiernan and Nate Silver discussed how the explosion of available data has impacted journalism – not only how stories are being told but what stories are being told. (Via IWNY)

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“Homepage traffic is flat. People aren’t going through the front door.”  Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) on the importance of social media and site traffic. | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)

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“Treating the reader as an intelligent individual is important to us.” Nate Silver (FiveThirtyEight) | (Photo : Michelle Kinney)

 

#Rokertalk: Weather Gets Digital with TODAY’s Al Roker

Host and weatherman of NBC’s Today Show, Al Roker sat down with Mashable Science Editor Andrew Freedman for a wide-ranging chat about the impact of digital innovation on weather forecasting, his passion for apps, and how digital tools are enhancing his personal brand. (Via IWNY)

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“Just because it’s on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true.” – Al Roker |  Photo : Michelle Kinney

"I think twitter, is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast." - Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“I think Twitter is the most significant tool. Not just for weather, but for real-time information to verify a forecast.” – Al Roker | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The worst thing you can do is read the comments section.” – Andrew Freedman talks about the topic of climate change on social media. | Photo: Michelle Kinney

 

Protecting the Digital Self in the Age of Surveillance

Nuala O’Connor President and CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology gave a presentation about how to protect the “digital self,”  and how we must develop an approach that carefully balances law, policy, and individual choice. (Via IWNY)

"There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet." - Nuala O'Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“There has never been a moment in history that has influenced self-expression like the Internet.” – Nuala O’Connor | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

The Workplace Experience : Inspiring Talent Today and Tomorrow

Recruiting the best and brightest talent—and retaining them—goes far beyond a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. An innovative workspace can boost employee happiness, too. Inspiration by the forward-thinking spaces today’s most forward-thinking companies have designed to inspire creativity among employees. (Via IWNY)

"The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment." Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“The office needs to feel like home for hundreds of people & its important to give them a diverse environment.” Noa Santos (Co-Founder, HomePolish) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

"What we're seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments." Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE)  | Photo : Michelle Kinney

“What we’re seeing more of is the idea of activity based work environments.” Lenny Beaudoin (Senior Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, CBRE) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

To Lean or Not to Lean?

Empowering Women to Challenge the Gender Gap

Today, a mere 27 percent of technology jobs are held by women. While there’s talk around the issue, action must be taken now. Our community needs to ask not why, but how can we make this change. This was a lively panel discussion at Internet Week, focused on how we can challenge the norm, influence change, and shape future opportunities for women in the tech industry. (Via IWNY)

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“Driving a change is going to be through people like us having conversations like this. All of us encouraging the next generation. We need some heroes!” Shenan Reed (President, Digital, MEC) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“You don’t have to study computer science to work in technology.” Nicole Ellis (Manging Director, Solutions, Teach for America) | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The only reason I did it was to make a difference.” Ari Horie (Founder/CEO, Women’s Startup Lab) on overcoming stage fright to be a female keynote speaker at SXSW. | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Communicating with #CocoRocha

The world of technology has transformed just about every aspect of our lives and fashion is no exception. Supermodel social media savant Coco Rocha communicates with her audience, with a world of poses in her arsenal. (Via IWNY)

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“Thirteen years ago you were supposed to know me for my cheekbones, not my personality.” Coco Rocha talks about modeling before social media. | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“When I first started playing with social media I was told, ‘don’t!’ – Coco Rocha | Photo : Michelle Kinney

 

Chelsea Clinton in conversation with Ben Fry

Chelsea Clinton and Ben Fry (Founder , co-founder ,) discussed the recently released findings of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report , which compiles and analyzes data from more than 190 countries to identify the progress women and girls have made over the last twenty years, and the gaps that still remain. (Via IWNY)

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“Progress cannot be mistaken for success.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“The United States is one of nine countries worldwide that does not have paid maternity leave.” Ben Fry | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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“It’s important to have humility and realize we still have work to do in our own country.” Chelsea Clinton | Photo : Michelle Kinney

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Wearable Wednesday!

We’ve been keeping our eyes out for the latest in Wearable Tech. We’re not trend spotting, but alerting our candidates, clients and other readers to useful gadgets that serve to enhance their lives. This week some great ones caught our attention.

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1. OMsignal is wearable tech’s gift to hypochondriacs. Embedded sensors monitor your breathing and heart rate and send real-time reports to your mobile. It also has a climate control function where the user is able to stay cool in warmer temps. I’m sure we can all think of someone that this would be a perfect gift for!

2. Walking Hotspot that doubles as a music library! It’s called the “BB.Suit” for anyone willing to rock a onesie in public.

3. Glofaster is affordable, battery charged and designed to alert runners if they’re achieving their desired pace and goals all while signaling oncoming traffic that you’re on the road. Its functionality is to keep you safe and help you exceed your pace; this is a perfect example of where wearable tech is headed.

4. Studio Roosegaarde a company that created a look called “Intimacy 2.0”, made from foil that becomes transparent when the user’s heartbeat races. It’s not something you want to wear on a run in the park, but let’s just say you can make quite the sexy techie impression on someone in private. Like all good ideas, the company is busy creating the 3.0 version.

5. Pawda is a device that’s on our radar and is still getting funding. It’s for, as you may have guessed, your beloved BFF who walks on all fours. Designed to attach easily to your pet’s collar, it tracks your hound with GPS, so you can never loose sight.

Stay tuned for next week’s Wearable Wednesday where we focus on bringing you affordable, practical tech you can wear.

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Wearable Wednesday: CuteCircuit

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Our Wearable Wednesday spotlight is on CuteCircuit. We discovered the London-based fashion house while at SXSW this year. They have been in the design business since 2004, and in 2010 became wearable tech pioneers, creating the first-ever wearable piece. Creative Director Francesca Rosella, and CEO Ryan Genz, the brains behind the outfits, launched CuteCircuit’s Prêt-á-Porter line bringing wearable tech to retailers. Four years later, pop star Katy Perry is rocking their designs for performances and on the red carpet and Nicole Scherzinger just wore the first dress to feature Tweets, designed by CuteCircuit. Each piece made by CuteCircuit is RoHS compliant. This means that there is no lead, Mercury or hazardous material in the designs.

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The biggest challenge in wearable tech has been finding this emerging breed of “Fashion Technologists,” people who are tech savvy enough to understand how to integrate it into practical, wearable pieces. Wearable tech is useless unless it can be utilized by the masses. The genius behind it will never catch on unless it makes people’s lives easier. There’s a huge amount of responsibility on CuteCircuit being industry pioneers. Everyone is looking to see what they’ll do next. Sure, they’ve got pop stars sporting their looks, making technology look cool. But, people will be asking how wearable tech relates to them. Are you going to wear a dress that features live Twitter streams to your office? Maybe if you’re trying to rid the world of PowerPoint and create a new trend in delivering information in meetings. We’re looking forward to seeing what CuteCircuit does next. In the meantime we’ve picked this week’s CuteCircuit look for you! We’re looking forward to seeing what CuteCircuit does next.

Be the first wearable techie in the office with The Sparkle Jacket. You’ve spent your whole life dodging sequins because you don’t want to look like a disco ball. Now with CuteCircuit’s creation you can shine in the office without looking like a cabaret star, but the young, fresh professional you are. The technology works by combining an exclusive Italian fabric  and integrating hundreds of LEDs around the collar, creating a mesmerizing effect.

What’s your favorite piece in the line? What would you like to see made that would make your life easier in the world of wearable technology?

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Wearable Wednesday

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24 Seven has been diving into wearable tech. This year at SXSWi Wearable Tech dethroned social media as the most talked about. Wearable tech was trending on Twitter and those who were anyone in town were there to learn more about the latest buzz that’s set to takeover our interactive culture and change the way we live. At first Wearable Tech seemed like an untouchable concept, something you would see at the Javits Center and admire while making references to “Back to the Future.” But as a fashion and beauty leader we couldn’t ignore passing ten people on the street, all sporting Pebbles.

We had the opportunity to hear Billie Whitehouse, Art Director and designer of Wearable Experiments, speak at SXSW. Whitehouse is a pioneer in executing wearable tech’s biggest obstacle. If it’s going to fully integrate, wearable tech must have good design; something that’s super smart, yet sustainable in our everyday. Notably something that’s more ‘of the people’ vs. the stir Google Glasses cause whenever someone puts on a pair in public. What we’re seeing now is something Whitehouse calls a ‘design technologist’. “A design technologist understands what makes good design good and knows how to use it from a humanist perspective,” said Whitehouse. For the people! It’s a new dawn for a brand new job market of people who are tech experts, but even better at practical, yet sophisticated design.

If you’re thinking that you can’t wait for wearable tech to evolve to your design sensibilities – this CNET list of the hottest, most wearable tech is sure to make you a techie trend star.

Who’s your style icon or favorite fashion designer and what would you like them to make for you? Comment here or Tweet us!

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SXSW Envy?

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN THE SOUTHWEST TO HAVE THE BEST

24 Seven Talent has got our cowboy boots on and we’re on the ground at SXSW 2014 lookin’ to connect. This blog is dedicated not just to those attending the festival, but our clients and candidates who are busy working in their respective cities. We’ve brainstormed the best of what Texas has to offer and felt we should bring them home to you. Because who doesn’t like tacos, cowboy boots, and being called, “Sugar.”

Here are some great creative taco recipes you can make at home:

DOUBLE DECKER TACOS

CHOCOLATE TACOS WITH ICE CREAM

COBB SALAD TACOS

MAC AND CHEESE TACOS

THE TACONE (yes, it’s a cone!) 

INDIAN TACOS 

Fun things from South Under:

These boots were made for turning heads: Just because you’re not south of the Mason Dixon doesn’t mean you can’t rock a pair of boots. This here is the GIRL’S GUIDE TO WEARING COWBOY BOOTS.

Men, ya’ll think we forget you? Why no, Sir. This here is THE MAN’S MAN GUIDE TO COWBOY VACATIONS.

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