Phillip Smith

Learning lab schedule: week-by-week. Plus: new lecture by @iA CEO Oliver Reichenstein

Oliver Reichenstein, CEO of iA Inc

First the great news, then the good news. (FYI: There is no bad news in MoJo-ville.)

I’m excited to let you know that we’ve confirmed that Oliver Reichenstein, CEO of iA Inc, will deliver a lecture for the lab in July.

For those who are not familiar with iA (Information Architects, Inc.), let me just say this: very few organizations have had as much impact when it comes to modern-day information design. Not only is iA “one of the best-known design agencies in the world,” but it is also an organization that is not afraid to take some risks by developing its own products – from the ubiquitous iA³ Template for WordPress, to ultra-minimalist writing software iA Writer for the Mac and iPad.

I should also note that iA worked with our news parter Zeit Online to produce the innovative HTML5, tablet-friendly, version of – if you have a tablet (or know how to change your User Agent settings), you should take a moment to check it out.

Welcome aboard, Oliver.

Learning lab schedule

Now the good news. After months of hard work – planning, organizing, and cajoling – I’m happy to be able to unveil the (almost final) schedule for the learning lab (all times are listed in Pacific Time):

Week 1 - Design thinking and product development

July 11 - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Aza Raskin is a renowned interface designer who recently held the position of Creative Lead for Firefox.

July 13 - 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Speaker: Burt Herman is an entrepreneurial journalist. He is the CEO of Storify and a co-founder of Hacks/Hackers.

July 15 - 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Special guest: To be announced. Topic: Data visualization.

Week 2 - New capabilities in the browser and new ways of building community

July 18 - 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Speaker: Chris Heilmann is a geek and hacker by heart. In a previous life, he was responsible for delivering Yahoo Maps Europe and Yahoo Answers. He’s currently a Mozilla Developer Evangelist, focusing on all things open web, HTML5, and working open.

July 20 - 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Speaker: John Resig is a programmer and entrepreneur. He’s the creator and lead developer of the jQuery JavaScript library, and has had his hands in more interesting open source projects that you can shake a stick at. Until recently, John was the JavaScript Evangelist at Mozilla. He’s currently the Dean of Open Source and head of JavaScript development at Khan Academy.

July 22 - 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Special guest: Jesse James Garrett, co-founder and president of Adaptive Path, is one of the world’s most widely recognized technology product designers. Topic: Focusing on the users.

Week 3 - Technology meets news production: new challenges in the newsroom

July 25 - 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Speaker: To be announced.

July 27 - 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Speaker: Mohamed Nanabhay, is Head of Online at Al Jazeera Egnlish based in Doha, Qatar.

July 29 - 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Special guest: Oliver Reichenstein, CEO Information Architects Inc.

Week 4 - The future of journalism

August 1 - 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Speaker: Evan Hansen is the Editor In Chief of

August 3 - 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Speaker: Jeff Jarvis is the author of What Would Google Do? He blogs about media and news at He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program and the new business models for news project at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.

August 5 - Time TBD

Speaker: You! Participants will present their final projects.

There you have it, in all it’s shining glory. Let me know if you have any questions about the speakers, the format, or the topics to be covered.


Hi, I'm Phillip Smith, a veteran digital publishing consultant, online advocacy specialist, and strategic convener. If you enjoyed reading this, find me on Twitter and I'll keep you updated.


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