Preview: Upcoming tech events summer 2012

VidCon, a huge annual video conference featuring YouTube stars like Phillip DeFranco, will take place in Anaheim, CA from June 28-30. Photo credit: VidCon

As the semester wraps up here at Purdue, it’s a good time to preview all of the awesome tech events that will be taking place over the summer.

There are likely to be more events added to the summer schedule at Purdue, so be sure to check the Purdue Newsroom for updates.

A great site to check for events on the national/international level is tech enthusiast site CNET.

Here are some of the events that are happening around the Purdue/Lafayette area:

  • April 28: 3rd Annual Purdue electronic vehicle Grand Prix takes place at 1 p.m. at the Purdue Grand Prix track (Free and open to the public)
  • May 12: 2nd Purdue Collegiate evGrandPrix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

If you’re not around the Lafayette area, here are some of the large-scale events to look out for this summer:

  • April 26 – 27: TheNextWeb Conference will be taking place in Amsterdam. Events include a hack battle, speakers from prominent companies like YouTube and Reddit, and info about new tech start-ups.
  • June 28-30: 3rd Annual VidCon 2012 in the Anaheim, Calif. Convention Center. Huge video conference to meet and greet with YouTube stars like LiveLavaLive, MeekaKitty and Nanalew. Full list of guests on VidCon website.

What tech events are you looking forward to the most?

Microsoft Executive sings her resignation on YouTube

Former Microsoft executive Karen Cheng decided to leave the company in style by singing her resignation in a video that was posted to her YouTube channel.

A project manager from tech giant Microsoft decided to go out in style by singing her resignation in a video that was posted to YouTube.

Executive Karen X. Cheng, posted the video to her YouTube account on April 16.

Cheng is moving to another company called Exec, which is a new company that was started by the creator of the popular broadcasting site, Justin.tvaccording to TechCrunch.

The video is very creative but I had mixed feelings as I was watching her sing about all of the things that she worked on while she worked at Microsoft.

There is an element of sadness because it can be sad to leave your job, but I was also laughing a little as I was watching, because the lyrics are quite clever, and she smiled a lot as she was singing.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the video:

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SourceFed: the awesome new YouTube channel

SourcedFed is a YouTube channel created under YouTube's $100 million dollar investment to create original content for the site. Photo credit: Tumblr

If you’re not up to speed on YouTube news, they recently decided to pump $100 million dollars into creating  new channels of original content for the website.

One of my new favorite channels from that multimillion dollar investment is called SourceFed.

SourceFed is essentially a video series on YouTube that delivers short video clips about newsy-type topics ranging from politicians to dinosaurs.

It’s sort of like a short version of The Colbert Report for YouTube.

Or as SourceFed describes their channel:

“everything that should and shouldn’t matter to you explained and broken apart by people who vomit words.”

Their flagship show is called 20 Minutes or Less, and it’s all kinds of awesome.

Why?

SourceFed is based on a blog of the same name by Phillip DeFranco, who is one of the biggest celebrities on YouTube. His show, The Phillip Defranco Show, is equally hilarious as well. I watch his show on a daily basis. [Edit: I should note that Philly D’s show is not family friendly (it contains explicit language), but SourceFed keeps it clean – for the most part.]

The writing for 20 Minutes or Less is really great.

The editing is fast paced, the hosts for SourceFed, which include Phillip DeFrancoJoe Beretta, Lee NewtonElliot Morgan, and Kevin Brueck do a really good job keeping the topics interesting with snarky commentary and using a lot of humor throughout the show.

What do you think about YouTube’s investment in original content? Do you watch any YouTube shows on a regular basis?

Here’s an episode of 20 Minutes or Less from last week where the hosts learn that a new species of dinosaur was discovered.

Mobile World Congress 2012 hints at future of tablets, smartphones

Mobile World Congress, a large convention for tech companies to reveal their latest and greatest phones and tablets, kicked off today in Barcelona, Spain. Photo credit: Pocket-Lint

Did you know that every year, there is an event called Mobile World Congress where the world’s top technology companies (like LG, Samsung and Nokia) show off their newest phone and tablet designs?

Well, if not, today was the first day of the huge event for companies to show off bigger, better, and smarter phones and tablets at MWC in beautiful Barcelona, Spain.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is expected to host about 60,000 people this year.

Virtually the only major company that does not make an appearance at this event is Apple. They just like to do things their own way.

Some big news from the first day at Mobile World Congress:

It looks to be an interesting year for mobile computing, with devices at both ends of the spectrum getting more advanced. B2G phone and iPad 3 anyone?

I’m particularly excited to see what happens on the less expensive end of the smartphone and tablet markets.

Making them available to more people around the world should be interesting for the future of the content that people view on them.

Here’s a great example: YouTube spending $100 million to create original content for the site.

Are you looking forward to any mobile tech products this year?

Or is all of it just getting too confusing?

I’d love to know what your thoughts are about all this mobile tech, so please let me know in the comments!