As I prepare for the NVTC Vision 2020 Panel – I thought of putting my musings and ideas in writing as well.
Let me begin by putting out a disclaimer that my claims and thoughts below are based on my understanding of today’s technologies, trends and innovation.
I am basing my “speculation” of future technology trends on my readings, musings and public information. My thoughts are not a reflection and insiders info of the ~$9 billion that Microsoft spends on R&D every year.
I strongly believe that the future innovations in technology will be based on four fundamental drivers that we see today.
1) Moore’s Law – ever faster increasing cycles of hardware innovation
2) Cloud Computing - efficiencies, low friction to computing enabling fast fail innovation and scalable computing
3) Data Explosion – exponential growth in data and enabling services to consume that data
4) Ubiquitous connectivity – high speed connectivity and increasing bandwidth
With the above four enabling drivers, the key trends on innovation will be accelerated by human habits of
1) Constant urge to participate in online communities and social interaction
2) Blurring the divide between work and play, personal and professional networks
3) Access to information and heightened sense of instant gratification
4) Challenging the status quo and increasing desire to change the world
What will work
- Moore’s law is in play, not just limited to chips but extends to other hardware innovations
- Storage prices continue to plummet
- Computing is becoming more affordable and form factors are shrinking
- Ubiquitous connectivity and increasing bandwidth
- Proliferation of devices and communication channels
The Limiting factor
- We still have 24 hours in a day
- Our senses are limited in how much information we can process and multi task
- Access to technology and information
The key question that we need to ask that will influence and drive innovation is
“How can technology empower us, extend and amplify our human capabilities?”
The goal of technology is and should be
- to extend our capabilities,
- help us to manage our time more effectively,
- focus our attention to most important things and
- foster meaningful relationships.
The future of tech innovation is not to just get our “things” done but help humans to do the right things, do them well and enjoy the experience.
It should help us to learn, grow and take pride in the work that we do.
Key innovations that we will see and will perfect in coming years to achieve the above goals
· Screens everywhere and On Demand
Transparent thin film displays that can make any surface an interactive screen.
· Biometric sensors to light up screens and environment to display personalized information
Personalized augmented reality
Spatial layout and organization of content
· Wearable computing to extend human sense
Natural user actions and interactions as inputs
Voice, gestural inputs
· Consumable Information
Contextual and personalized content
Task and role based user experiences
Content usage analytics and in-context communication
Semantic entity extraction
· Virtual Workspaces and playgrounds
Multiuser authoring and editing
Spatial layout and content organization
Auto Scheduling and semantic entity extraction
Content Summarization (text, video, audio)
There will be much more, while my brain hurts thinking about the possibilities but I am controlling the urge and being more practical and reasonable.
Lastly I am sure we will also see
Colonies on Mars and Moon
Flying Cars and People
Alien invasion to speed things up (just to clarify - from other galaxies)
Some innovation that enables us to understand – why humans act and behave in a certain way J
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March 24th-26th, Microsoft Reston Office
(Across from Reston Town Center)
LEARN: how to come up with good business ideas and what it takes to put together an effective business plan and pitch. You can also learn new technologies and tools that will help you create your idea.
BUILD: your solution from the ground up using the latest tools and technologies. You’ll also be building experience and your network of friends and business relationships.
PITCH: your startup to a panel of judges (and the overall audience) - sharpening your presentation and communication skills, and giving you the opportunity to inspire others with your idea.
WIN: cool prizes, as well as the attention of people who can help you make your idea a reality!
Sunday, March 24 (Microsoft Reston office)
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Developer training (optional, but recommended)
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Startup ideation and team formation.
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Design and Development (stay as late as you want)
Monday, March 25 (work at home, then Microsoft office at 5pm)
Morning – 5:00 PM: Feel free to work on the projects through the day at your own location or just enjoy the day off – you don’t need to come to Microsoft until 5pm (we may have some room available during the day if you need it, though – ask about it on Sunday).
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Training on startups, business plans and creating/presenting a pitch.
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Design/development at the Microsoft Office (stay as late as you want)
Tuesday, March 26 (work at home, then Microsoft office at 5pm)
Morning – 5:00 PM: Feel free to work on the projects through the day at your own location or just enjoy the day off – you don’t need to come to Microsoft until 5pm (we may have some room available during the day if you need it, though – ask about it on Monday).
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Pitch Competition, awards, and prizes
Who should come? High School and college students interested in learning how to design and build apps, how to create business plans and cultivate startup ideas, how to work in teams, and how to present a compelling business pitch.
Can I invite my friends? Absolutely… but space is limited, so sign everyone up as soon as possible.
Do I need to stay until 10pm on Sunday and Monday? No – you can leave any time in the evening, we’re just keeping the office open so you can use the facilities. We’ll have food and beverages available each night, too.
How much does it cost? No charge… only your time and energy are required.
How do I sign up? Send an email to Dan Kasun (email@example.com) with the names and email addresses of everyone who will attend.
Where can I get more information? Send an email to Dan Kasun (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or comments you have.
Startups, Entrepreneurs join me to learn more about BizSpark, Plus, Windows 8, Azure and anything Microsoft and startups
Create Windows 8 app to tap into huge opportunity - http://aka.ms/mywin8app .
Windows 8 App Madness Challenge.
If you need in person help, guidance on how to develop a Windows 8 app please join Ashish Jaiman to office hours in and around DC http://ohours.org/ashishjaiman or @ashishjaiman
Join us for breakfast and an opportunity to experience Windows 8
and Surface Pro this coming Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Tysons Corner Microsoft retail store.
Microsoft at Tysons Corner Center
1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102
We hope to see you there.
Surface Pro Launch
Saturday, February 9, 2013
at 10:00 a.m.
Be the first to get the Surface Pro.
Enter to win prizes!
To RSVP, email
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Come and Learn about Microsoft technologies with Ashish Jaiman, Director, Startup Strategy at Microsoft.
Ashish will be holding open office hours at the below times and locations.
113 South Columbus St. Suite100
Alexandria Va 22314
February 7th 2013
11:am – 2:00 pm.
If you have any technical question related to Microsoft platform, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Windows Azure please come and see Ashish who can help answer the question for you.
Ashish can help solve and discuss technical architecture of your solution, business models, go to market, business opportunity and any other start up related queries that you may have.