Can data improve the future of our humanity? You better believe it. “Big data” is more than just big businesses. Every day, social impact groups are finding new and creative ways to act upon the information that they’re generating. They’re using data to surface new information, uncover underserved communities, and track performance over time. Here are 5 very different organizations that are using data, in new and creative ways, to improve the lives of people around them:
Former Astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski addresses the crowd at General Assembly.
We recently hosted former astronaut, Mt. Everest climber, Emergency Medicine doctor, and entrepreneur, Scott Parazynski, at our NYC headquarters for a talk about leadership under pressure. The discussion was moderated by Jillian Bellovary, who studies black holes as a postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History.
Parazynski captivated the crowd with his daring tales of space missions, mountaineering adventures, and even how he met his wife. At the crux of these stories were battle-tested tips for managing risk, assembling an excellent team, and learning from failure.
General Assembly started as a small project in the heart of NYC—we set out to build a community of entrepreneurs and creators in our city’s burgeoning ecosystem. I’m in awe of the evolution we’ve seen take place—in 5 years we’ve become a global organization, now equipping tens of thousands of students with the skills they need to succeed in the new economy. At this time of great debate around the future of higher education and workforce development, our worldwide team has succeeded in creating and scaling a model solely focused on bridging education to employment. But we are even more ambitious about our future goals: To make a visible dent in the skills gap, clearly connecting education and employment to show an ROI positive model of higher education, and build our alumni community into one of the most powerful professional networks in the world.
Every day, more CEOs and business leaders are realizing the importance of a product’s design and user experience. UX is no longer an ambiguous acronym or secondary business concern, but a key piece of a product’s success. With so many fun, useful apps and products on the market, companies cannot risk having a poor user experience or uninspiring design anymore. Users demand great experiences, and it’s user experience designers who help products meet these high expectations.
User experience designers are positioned for success in today’s job market. They get to work in a growing and intellectually stimulating field, playing a key part in shaping a product’s success across a variety of industries—from finance to education to everything in between. Read below to explore why UX design may just be the perfect career for you.
Carey Anne Nadeau is the founder and CEO of Open Data Nation, which offers courses, trainings, and analytics about open, public data. She is also the course instructor for Data Analytics in DC and a mentor for the Data Analytics Circuit online course. Keep up with Carey on her mission to make open data more accessible @opendatanation.
General Assembly is thrilled to celebrate a historic initiative in computer science education. On Wednesday, September 16th, New York City Mayor de Blasio announced Computer Science for All: Fundamentals for Our Future, which pledges computer science education for every NYC student within 10 years. In a partnership with the Robin Hood Foundation, the AOL Charitable Foundation, and the Solomon Wilson Family Foundation, the move sets aside $81 million to make this program possible.
Mobile screens keep getting bigger, but our thumbs stay the same size. This is an unfortunate situation, and it isn’t going away. Designers have their hands full (pun intended) making sure thumbs feel comfortable and productive on this ever-expanding glass surface.
Steve Hoober conducted a defining study in 2013 on how users really hold their smartphones in which he and his team observed over 1300 people using mobile devices out in the real world. He found that 75% of users interact with their phones using their thumb, opposed to fingers alone. He also found that 49% of the people observed manipulate their phone with just one hand.
So what does this mean? Knowing that people prefer to use their thumb and that half of people use their phones one-handed will inform how user interface elements should be designed and laid out on the screen. With the ever-increasing phone size, our thumbs are getting much more of a workout than we ever intended. However, fear not! Designers are working hard to ease the burden on thumbs through innovative UX and UI patterns.
Are you keeping up with the latest social media trends? The world of social media and the Internet is continuously evolving. In order to stay ahead of the curve in your career or business, it is important for you to know what is on the rise. Fortunately, there are many new features and opportunities to be excited about in social media. In this blog post, we will explore the top upcoming four social media trends that you need to know.
According to an Altimeter report last year, 88% of companies are undergoing a formal digital transformation effort. As a part of these efforts, many are investing significantly in digital training, either internally or externally with corporate training programs like General Assembly’s.
In talking to many of these companies, we’ve noticed that investment in digital training begins and ends with the same groups—IT, marketing, and product teams.
For companies undergoing a digital transformation, there are usually very specific problems to focus on in these divisions. CIOs and CMOs are first in line, and we understand why. But to engender a real, comprehensive transformation, businesses have to focus on getting all teams up to speed, including some of the less obvious players.
Want a social media strategy that will help you in your career or launch a business?
One of the main benefits of social media is to establishing trust and credibility amongst your target audience. If people perceive your product or service to be useful and they trust your brand, they are more likely to purchase from you.
In fact, the University of London researched the impact of social media on consumers and found a positive correlation between trust and perceived usefulness linking to sales.
For any business, this is extremely important. The more engaged your target audience is with your brand, the more likely they are to choose you when making a purchasing decision. Because of this, implementing a proven social media strategy at your workplace or in your business will help you grow in your career. After working for a social media marketing agency, I’d like to share with you an effective strategy that can be implemented today.