Mobile = Cloud Sensors < Prof. Sivan at the Go Mobile 2012 Israeli Conference

Over 1000 people gathered in Israel to explore the 2012 meaning of Mobile.
I had the pleasure to host the Technological Track. Presenting key innovation.
For me Mobile is “a bunch of sensors that connect to the cloud” that was my main message.

My takes:
– Lots of new players in their field
– Lots of traditional players moving fast into the field (IBM. Tibco)
– Lots of Large and SMB customers were present
– Mix of new business and new technology
– Israel — relatively strong — but slow in LTE adoption
– I was missing Google and Samsung.. and of course Apple.

More about it later.

Video: Star Wars in my hand: Demo of Augment App

I was able to use bring a Star Wars stormtrooper figure to my house using Augment
I had the pleasure meeting @jfChianetta, one of the founders of Augment, a paris based firm in the area of Augmented Reality. Their application (for IOS and Android) works very well with a special marker.

I created a 2-min video demo. You can experience this by simply downloading the paper marker from Augment‘s site, after loading the app from the store (app name: Augment — search for it).

We will further explore this in the Augmented Reality at ICIS workshop in Dec 2012.

Smarting Government: From IT Doers to IT Leaders (ICA Open Keynote)

Left to right: James Kang, Government CIO, Singapore, Costas Agrotis, Director, Department of Information Services, Cyprus; Andy Nelson, Government CIO, UK; Nachman Oron, Executive Strategic Consultant, Government of Israel; Carmela Avner, Government CIO, Israel 

I had the great pleasure to give the opening keynote for the ICA conference which was held in Israel.

The International Council for Information Technology in Government Administration (ICA) is a non-profit international association founded in 1986. It promotes and facilitates the informal exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences on the management, organizational impact and use of information technology (IT) in central government administration. Annual conferences, study groups, regular publications and frequent contacts between ICA members and associates are used to achieve ICA’s goals.
My talk abstract:
Opening Keynote: “Smarting Government: From IT Doers to IT Leaders”
IT is moving from back office to the front office. In many settings — including Government and public services — the organization depends more and more on IT-based processes. In this talk, Prof. Sivan will cover 10 critical lessons that turn IT doers into IT Leaders. Examples include: What are the skills, and mental models needed for the Government CIO?  What are the governance models that match long term prosperity? And what does research tell us about short term vs. long term IT based innovations?
My key points:
  1. Understand the strategic cycle.
  2. Build IT as an innovation infrastructure.
  3. Use cloud as more than a new kind of servers.
  4. Learn and Use the language of CXO.
  5. Push “money” as tool.
  6. Disconnect Data and Applications.
  7. Do Not Fail!
  8. Work from a big picture view.
  9. Build from the centricity of IT.
  10. Get/Make good people (shameless plug!).
If you participated in the presentation please drop me a line and and I will share the PDF. (yesha.sivan AT g mail) [you know how it ends.. and want to make it hard for spam engines to find my email).

Augmented Reality in Information Systems: Setting a Research Agenda (ARatICIS2012) – Full Program


Augmented Reality Workshopt at ICIS 2012
Dear friends,

Augmented Reality in Information Systems: Setting a Research Agenda (ARatICIS2012) – Full Program

December 16, 2012 08:30AM-12:00PM
Orlando FL, USA

We are happy to share with you the full program for our workshop:
Journal web:

Event page:

Confirmed Speakers
Yesha Sivan, Jon Preston, Jeff Chastine, Dov Teeni, Arijit Sengupta, Shu Schiller, Lester Leavitt, Anna-Kaisa Sjölund

08:30–09:00 Breakfast & Welcome

09:00–09:30  Status of AR Today (followed by the “SIGHT” Movie)

Prof. Yesha Sivan, JVWR Managing Editor, Tel Aviv-Yafo Academic College, Israel
A review of the current state of the field, and its potential impact.

009:30–10:00 Augmented Reality: a Narrative, Symbiotic Approach in Combining Virtual and Physical Worlds

Jon Preston, Associate Professor,  Computer Game Design and Development, Southern Polytechnic State University, GA , USA; and Jeff Chastine, Associate Professor, School of Computing and Software Eng., Southern Polytechnic State University, GA, USA
Present a new breed of AR computing services and applications to explore collaborative, location-aware augmented reality. Such a system could be visually based, but could also be passive and be working within a user’s pocket while they go about their daily activities. We foresee applications of gamification and encouraging positive behaviors such as attending meetings, courses for students, and visiting stores from a marketing perspective based upon this system. Our approach is novel in that it explicitly asks what is possible via non-visual augmented reality and how far this passive computing system can be expanded with virtual interactions. We will demo this fully-functional system at the workshop and seek partners in expanding this research.

10:00–11:00 Submitted Presentations:
– Enabling Virtual Assistance in the Real World using Augmented Reality and Sensor-equipped Mobile Devices

Arijit Sengupta, Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, Faculty of Information Systems and Operations, Raj Soin College of Business, Wright State University, OH, USA;  and Shu Schiller, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Systems and Operations, Raj Soin College of Business, Wright State University, OH, USA.
The aim of this research is to create an augmented reality architecture and application, the Virtual Assistant, to link the real world and the virtual equivalent using mobile technology.  The presentation will cover the model, its underlying architecture, applicability and extensibility in current AR research, and provide a working demonstration of the developed application that implements this concept.

– Augmented Reality ICT and Governing: Imagining a Day When Elections become Redundant

Lester Leavitt, Graduate Assistant, School of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University.
This presentation outlines an augmented reality socio-technical governing institution that has been designed singularly for marginalized minority groups and global solidarity movements such as those witnessed in 2011. Beyond providing a simple virtual office environment or legislature, the ICT and database algorithms described in this presentation outline how the creation of a global, crowd-sourced, multimedia “institutional memory” that supports progressive “collectivethought” policy-making will serve to incubate comprehensive, community-sized, virtual collectives from which entire web-based economies might emerge, complete with brick-and-mortar extensions.

– AR-tools for Emergency Care – Education in Virtual World

Anna-Kaisa Sjölund, Doctoral Student, researcher at Digital Culture, University of Turku, Finland
This presentation is about creating AR–tools and describing how to use them in immersive way. Paramedic students and teachers from Turku University of applied sciences will have a course in Second Life to test AR–tools in two-way, to and from virtual world.

11:00–11:30 Augmented Reality in I.S.: Setting a Research Agenda

Dov Teeni, Professor of Information Systems in the faculty of Management at Tel-Aviv University, Israel

11:30–12:00 Review and Discussion

Please register soon; space is limited.
You can register to this event in three ways (a) as part of your ICIS registration or (b) just for the workshop (c) fax based registration.

(a) The registration for ICIS 2012 including the AR workshop (you will see it in the list on ancillary events) is now open at, choose the first option. You must use your AIS member information to log in and register.

(b) You can attend just the AR workshop — register here choose the second option.

(c)  If you need fax based registration go here: third option (this is NOT recommended).

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!

Yesha Sivan
Professor and Head of the Management Information System Program
Tel Aviv Academic College
Managing Editor, The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research

Shu Schiller
Associate Professor
Department of Information Systems & Operations Management
Raj Soin College of Business
Wright State University

Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah
Professor of Business & Information Technology
Department of Business & Information Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology

  Augmented Reality Toy by Frantz Lasorne

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