Monthly Archives: August 2011

Getting Things Done

Every since a former colleague of mine introduced me to the Getting Things Done system over a year ago, it’s been a crucial tool in my life. What I love most about it is that you can implement as much or as little of the system as you’d like, and it will still make a big difference in your productivity. When I got started, I only implemented GTD to my email, and got my inbox down to ZERO – which by itself was a major win.

What is GTD? It’s turning all your stuff into real, actionable items that you can DO and be done with.

I recently gave a presentation introducing GTD, so I thought I’d share my deck here. Let me know @marialangat if you have any questions about the presentation or GTD in general!


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AppCircus in Nairobi

App CircusThe traveling showcase of the most creative and innovative apps, AppCircus, will be hosted by the iHub and Akirachix on the 10th of September 2011.

Developers can pitch in front of an international jury, formed by industry experts. The winner of the AppCircus will get an opportunity to be nominated for the Mobile Premier Awards 2012, which are held during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The deadline to participate is the 22th of August!

Akirachix will be taking the lead in this event as part of their Mobile Social Networking activities that are to be done in Kenya.

The location will be at the *iHub_Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community at the 4th floor of the Bishop Magua Centre on Ngong Rd.directly opposite the Uchumi Hyper.

Here are the rules for participation:

  • Submissions and presentations to the AppCircus are FREE and open to any high school/college/university student.
  • Applicants must send one representative person to present the app live on stage.
  • Apps are submitted through the platform.
  • Registration and membership on appcircus is FREE!
  • members need to add the app to their profile before applying to an AppCircus.
  • Each App can only present in one AppCircus, except if it receives a Runnerup Waiver.
  • One app in each AppCircus will be nominated for the pool of apps from which the 20 finalists for the Mobile Premier Awards 2012 will be selected.
  • The app with most votes after the nomination winner, will receive a “Runnerup Waiver”, which allows it to apply again to be selected at another AppCircus.

To join in AppCircus register here.

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Google Plus, now what?

So … now what?

I got my G+ account back when it was invite only. I felt cool. I felt like one of Malcolm Gladwell’s early adopters. I was won over by the innovative look and feel – all that white space has to be a good thing, right?

I added new friends. Well, since it was invite-only, there weren’t so many of my actual friends on there. Only other early adopters. Other internet and social geeks. Who were already my friends on Facebook and Twitter and FourSquare. Even when membership opened up to the public, my actual friends and family didn’t want or need another Facebook, so I found myself adding former school mates and really, anyone whose name I recognized, however tenuous the relationship. But that’s Ok! There were Circles! The Circles feature is supposed to be the Facebook killer, cleanly solving all the privacy issues that have confounded Facebook and frustrated it’s users.

So now, a couple months later I have a social network filled with people I don’t really know, and I triple-post my status updates on Twitter, Facebook and now Google Plus.  Um… now what?

So far, G+ does what FB does, and sometimes does it better. But it really must go above and beyond, and give us something that is not available on all the other existing networks. Otherwise, it will die a slow boring death. I’m already bored. And I’m an early adopter!

How do you use Google Plus?

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