Mobile and design are shifting to the center of technology and work

Today I am giving a keynote at the The Youth Festival of ICT (YITcon14) in Melbourne, with participation from over 1,000 students and young professionals.

The Australian newspaper yesterday featured an article titled Mobile exposes need for design skills, programming languages: Ross Dawson based on an interview with myself and Alan Patterson, CEO of the Australian Computer Society, which is organizing the conference.

The article begins:

THE rise of mobile technology was accentuating the necessity for strong design skills and higher level programming languages, a leading futurist predicts. Speaking ahead of this week’s youth festival of ICT, YITCON 2014, Ross Dawson said design as a concept was shifting to become a large part of what the technology role was.

“Whilst there is still programming being done, it is as we are moving up the stack to where there is increasingly the use of frameworks such as Ruby on Rails or other frameworks on top of other programming languages,’’ he said. “This changes the nature of how work is done, the nature of the skills that are required and indeed to a certain degree the transferability of those skills from different platforms or languages across domains.’’


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