I’m an undergrad in an industrial design program at Carleton University in Ottawa. While I’m being Properly Educated I’m also working part-time for a company called Blindside Networks on a project called BigBlueButton
BBB is working to develop an open-source software platform for online conferencing. Currently, our focus is on education; distance-ed students can participate in classes through this online environment. The ethos of this project, and also the company’s namesake, is, “giving an online presentation should be as easy as pressing a big blue button.”
The Catch (or where ID comes in): I’m trying to simplify the setup procedure and integrate the components into one device, which we’re calling the ReadyToPresent.
As the software is being developed as an open-source project, so too is the industrial design. I’m sure all of you have seen the BUGLabs+IDEO collaboration. We’d like to do something similar. If you are interested or have a few minutes, come around and check out our design blog. Who knows, maybe we’ll all become BFFs.