CeBIT Australia 2013 plenary session

A foggy Sydney morning, admitted considerable daylight into the subject of the immense power of social media.

The impact of the CeBIT Australia 2013 conference and exhibition, (titled ‘The Digital Economy’s Most Important International Event’), was reflected in presentations from the heads of all tiers of government: the Prime Minister (on video), the NSW Premier and the Lord Mayor.

However, at the opening plenary session, the thousands of business people in attendance were most fascinated with a bespectacled, shaggy bearded, Gen Y engineer. Harper Reed’s distinctive red hair and beard and large stretched ear loops, were highly distinctive in a room full of suits. But what he had to say, was at the same time, both blunt and incisive.

In his role as CTO of the Obama for America campaign, he was a key player in a massive machine which raised and spent over 440 million dollars in the 19 months between the announcement and the election. The 2006 Obama campaign had dominated the online space and understood it far better that any other candidate. The second term Obama campaign was even more effective in getting out the vote, by using technology to identify voters, and in capitalizing on growing segments of the voting population.

Harper stated that they had a very limited and entirely finite timeframe. The objective (getting a man a job), was critically focused on getting voters sufficiently committed to vote, in a country where voting is optional. In an organisation with the turnover and size of a Fortune 500 company, producing any component that was perfect, was less critical than just deploying it and learning from the real-time feedback, then refining and reiterating it the same day.

Disparaging “Big Data”, as a term which applied to a volume of statistics exceeding your storage capacity, Harper said the cloud had eliminated that restriction. “Now it’s just data”, he concluded.

As a boy, Harper started his engineering career by physically wiring circuit boards. He sees great value in this activity, as a tool to understanding engineering. He mentioned the NYC initiative littleBits, a collection of snap in modules. Easy to use, one objective is to introduce young girls to engineering, with the aim of increasing the number of female engineers in the workforce.¬†Peter Himler of Forbes called littleBits: “LEGOTM for the future wired set”. As with any contemporary brand, littleBits allows fans to connect with each other through social media:¬†Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and Vimeo.

The scope if the engagement in social media attained by the Obama for America campaign, is reflected in figures which contributed to the funds raised and voters who attended the polls: 35 million likes on Facebook and 32 million followers on Twitter.

 

CeBIT Australia
@CeBITAus
Harper Reed
@harper
http://www.barackobama.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/barackobama
Tumblr: http://barackobama.tumblr.com/
Twitter: http://www.barackobama.com/twitter
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/organizingforaction

From Our Clients

Quotation Mark

When I need a comprehensive online strategy and innovative solutions to achieve results for an important client, Andrew is the only person I need to call.

Sean Aley
Director
North Sydney, NSW, Australia
Said Studio
Quotation Mark

We were very happy with the development process and the outcome. The objectives have all been achieved, in terms of usability and ease of use in updating the site. You definitely nailed both of these.

Rupert Blatch
National Sales & Marketing Manager
Port Kembla, NSW, Australia
Quotation Mark

Andrew W Morse and the Digital Tsunami team are world class, creative professionals in the challenging and highly competitive business of web page design and utilisation.

He understands business, he understands marketing, he understands communication and he understands design. And most importantly, his web pages pay for themselves within weeks of going online.

Laurie K. Gilbert
Director
Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Quotation Mark

Andrew and the team at Digital Tsunami are an absolute joy to work with, going above and beyond to design and host an amazing website for Cameragal Montessori School. Their work has led to an increase in enrolments and greater visibility within the community. They are always quick to make suggestions for improvement and implement changes - the embodiment of great customer service.

Kellie Beumer
Marketing Officer
North Sydney, NSW, Australia
Quotation Mark

.. organised, meticulously detailed and yet flexible - always serving client needs to the highest standards. From a client perspective, you can expect high quality, timely completion and minimal fuss.

Michael Ney
Director
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sensory Image
error: We appreciate that you value our content. You are welcome to link to this page, but content is copyright protected.