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Designing for the K-12 Digital Classroom: Ten Influential Elements To Consider

In a recent frog program, I was part of a team that explored how educators in the U.S. K-12 education system are incorporating new technologies in the classroom to improve teaching and learning. We interviewed teachers, principals, and state leaders to understand the needs of educators in the changing education landscape. We found that new companies entering the K-12 space are likely to face several challenges. State and local budgets are still recovering from restrictions in federal funding during the 2011-2012 school year. The selling cycle is long and often requires a custom approach for specific student populations, meaning that scaling up quickly as a new entrant is difficult. Buying at the school level is being squeezed between centralized technology mandates coming down from the district and requests for new digital technology tools bubbling up from teachers.

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From Code the Future to Al Jazeera Canvas

People join hackathons to meet and mingle with other passionate developers, exchange ideas, experiment with technologies, and challenge themselves with new ideas. We like to think of a hackathon as a moment when the seed for a new opportunity is planted.

Expanding National Service: Franklin Project Service Year Platform

Expanding National Service: Franklin Project Service Year Platform

To meet increased demand for national service year opportunities, the Franklin Project is developing an online platform to match young people, nonprofits, and funders. frog helped imagine what this new 3-way marketplace could do and created a video demo that secured funding for a $6 million development phase of the new platform.

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Strategy as a Creative Act – Making Space for Radical Ideas

Sometimes I envision this scenario: a meeting room at Google a few years back and someone raising their hand during a brainstorming session to say “I think we should take photographs of every street in the world.”  I can imagine the initial reactions of others in the room, particularly smart, rational, MBA-trained strategists who would instantly see the problems with this idea.  How on earth does that fit with search?  We would need a fleet of cars with cameras and a large labor force to drive them!  How would this create value anyway?  Won’t the public freak out?

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Roam Ropes Headphones: Reflecting on the Design Inspiration

Fluidity and motion are what we experience in real life. The best moments are split seconds in time when we careen aimlessly like tumbleweed, and suddenly realize, with stunning clarity, that you are going somewhere. Usually, for me, these moments come with a soundtrack. So my ability to quickly access music should be able to keep up with my journey.

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Mobile Design Will Enhance the Lives of Smallholder Farmers

Approximately 500 million underserved smallholder farmers (small single family farms) around the world lack access to critical information, financial services, and markets needed to support their livelihood. With mobile phone penetration in the developing world exceeding 70%, the mobile channel presents a compelling market opportunity to deliver life-changing services to these marginalized farmers. 

Code the Future

Code the Future

On July the 19th frog Milan hosted, a hackathon calling all coders who would like to work on the cutting edge of design and technology.

As a designer (Laura L.) and a computer scientist (Alex) at frog, we often discuss the opportunities we encounter to bring the tech and design communities together by creating a collaborative, hands-on experience under the flag of creativity and innovation. After several successful design events hosted by the frog Milan studio -- such as the World Information Architecture Day, the Milan Design Week open day, and the Creative Mornings chapters -- we thought it was finally time to experiment with a cross disciplinary event.

We decided to embrace the hackathon format and giving it a “frog twist” – an offer to developers to experience frog’s unique process by providing them with intensive mentorship and guidance on UX, design, and technology, and creating hybrid teams in which designers and technologists can work side by side.

Music by: "Twinkie" by Podington Bear

Designing Your Future With The Connected Car / SXSW

Designing Your Future With The Connected Car / SXSW

Join frog designers, program managers & car lovers in a workshop to explore possibilities for the connected car of the future. #SXSWfuturecar
SXSW 2015 PanelPicker Submission

Healthcare Design Advice

Healthcare Design Advice

Backpack PLUS Toolkit

Backpack PLUS Toolkit

Unicef, MDG Health Alliance, and frog worked with more than 60 organizations to design a comprehensive toolkit to empower and activate Community Health Workers (CHW). Backpack PLUS promises to improve CHW effectiveness and engagement, resulting in more lives saved.

The Vision Behind Project Ansible

The Vision Behind Project Ansible

Business starts with a conversation. We're about to change the conversation.

Video Production by UnifyCo

Design+Engineering: Sound United

Design+Engineering: Sound United

Sound United partnered with frog to design the next generation of personal audio products for their 3 brands - Polk, Boom, and Definitive. This short discusses the the key design principles, signature features, and mechanical engineering for the first wave of new products.

Aging In Place: Part Two

Aging In Place: Part Two

What are the best ways to take care of someone you love as they age? Frog conducts primary research to better understand an aging population.

Product Experiences

Product Experiences

The way people relate to products is is changing so quickly, it can be hard to understand what's happening. Mark Rolston, Chief Creative Officer, muses on shifts in user experience and value.

Aging In Place - Part 1

Aging In Place - Part 1

What does it mean to grow older? frog went into the field to better understand the experiences of seniors and caretakers who are choosing to stay in their own homes as they age.

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Jan 13

WHO/ITU Workshop

Fabio Sergio and Thomas Sutton will moderate a workshop on using mobile technologies for the prevention and management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

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Why Wearables Should Be Free

Hans Neubert, Chief Creative Officer, writes about why brands should rethink their value proposition, make wearable devices free, and monetize the data or risk losing out on the possibility of mass-market adoption.

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Nov 20

Social Innovation Summit

frog Executive Creative Director Denise Gershbein will speak on the panel, "Doing Good is Good Business."

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Nov 18

Forrester's CMO&CIO Forum

frog VP of Global Technology Joe Murray and ECD Scott Nazarian will speak on "The 'Persistent Bespoke': Customer Obsession and the Power of UX."

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Jan 21

WEF Davos

frog President Andy Zimmerman, VP of Global Marketing Emily Chong, Executive Director & Head of Business Development EMEAI Stefano Nardo, and VP of Creative Fabio Sergio will attend the 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

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Dec 2

Autodesk University 2014

frog Executive Creative Director Denise Gershbein will join a panel to discuss the importance of design thinking as a tool for change.

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Nov 8

Harvard xDesign

frog Executive Creative Director Jason Severs will speak on "Unpacking the design process behind the products we love."

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Oct 22

Smart Industry

frog VP of Creative Tjeerd Hoek will speak on how design can support innovation in times of pervasive change.

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Nov 11

Open Mobile Summit

frog Executive Director of Strategy & Innovation Daniel McCallum will speak on the panel, "Connected Home: Dreams of Seamless Automation."

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Feb 23

AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium

frog Director of Global Insights Jon Freach will speak on Aging by Design, frog's research of the life experiences and care ecosystems of seniors and caregivers.

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Oct 22

Rethinking Healthcare

frog Executive Creative Director Thomas Sutton will speak on, "Real-world effective: designing human-centered services for what happens in real life."

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Oct 7

Expo Real

Todd Taylor, frog Head of Marketing EMEA, will join reps from Seestadt Aspern and the City of Vienna for a panel on smart cities.

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Oct 11

City by Numbers

frog Interaction Designer Adam Pruden will speak on the panel, "Manifest Data-city."

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Oct 10

Sogeti Executive Summit

frog VP of Technology Strategy Patrick Kalaher will talk about designing for disruption at this summit for technology executives.

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Nov 18

Gigaom Roadmap

frog's Fabio Sergio and UNICEF's Erica Kochi will speak on creating shared value through design.

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Oct 6

SXSW Eco

frog Executive Creative Director Denise Gershbein will be speaking on the panel, "Solving Big Problems Through Creative Design."

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Oct 4

Maker Faire

frog Executive Creative Director Thomas Sutton will speak on frog's Collective Action Toolkit.

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Oct 3

ReDefine

frog Vice President of Creative, Fabio Sergio, will speak about "Creating shared value through design" and frog's Social Impact work.

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Oct 1

WIRED by Design

frog VP of Venture Design, Ethan Imboden, will speak about the power and danger of design in entrepreneurship.

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Sep 18

IDZ

frog Executive Creative Director Holger Hampf will give the talk, "Can design save the world? Ecodesign influences and limits."

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Sep 15

Smart Living City

frogs Todd Taylor and Kara Pecknold will lead the workshop, "Big Data For a 'Small World': Designing a New Urban Reality by frog"

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Sep 26

DECODE 2014

frog VP Regional Manager Carsten Wierwille will give the talk, "Design: Thinking or Making?"

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Sep 10

World Economic Forum

frogs Richard Vander Meer, Rainer Wessler, and Emily Chong will attend WEF Summer Davos in Tianjin, China.

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Aug 29

Experience Design Summit

frog Jason Severs will explore design's role in shaping reality in the talk, "Reality Is Optional: The Artificial Architecture of Orchestrated Human Experience."

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Sep 6

TEDx Berlin "The Next Step"

frog Executive Creative Director Thomas Sutton will speak on the power of design in untangling complex issues.

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Sep 9

IFA+ Summit - Design

frog VP, Creative Tjeerd Hoek will speak on a panel about the interplay of art, design and innovative technology within successful business models.

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Aug 20

CIID Open Lecture

frog Creative Director Steve Selzer will host an hour Q&A at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.

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Aug 15

The Exchange

frogs Meriah Garrett and Aaron Moulton will speak on the exchange between influences to design the future

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Aug 27

Wearable Wednesdays

frog Executive Creative Director Denise Gershbein will join a panel discussion on the future of Design in Wearables & IoT

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Sep 12

NewCo Festival

frog VP, Venture Design Ethan Imboden will host a provocative and participatory event to share observations on the evolving role of design in new ventures.

Red Dot

Product Design Winner

We are proud to announce that frog's design for the Eyelock myris, the USB Iris Identity Authenticator, is the Red Dot Product Design Award winner.

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Sep 8

UX STRAT

frog Vice President of Creative Fabio Sergio will speak about Backpack PLUS and frog's Social Impact work.

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Jul 20

IxDC Beijing

frog's Senior Interaction Designer Azure Yang and Marketing Manager Shine Chu will facilitate a workshop on Design for Engagable Objects.

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Healthcare Services

Designing innovative healthcare solutions for over 40 years. Here are some of the ways we can work together.

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Jul 24

IoT Learning Lounge

frog VP, Global Program Management Richard Vander Meer will join a panel to explore what the Internet of Things means for marketers.

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Jul 19

Code the Future

frog Milan hosts a hackathon for coders who want to work on the cutting edge of design and technology.

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Jun 19

Wearables For Social Impact Tweetup

Denise Gershbein, Executive Creative Director, will participate in the UNICEF Wearables for Social Impact tweetup at 10amPST.

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Jun 15

Interchange-ability

frog Principal Design Researcher Roberta Tassi will run a workshop about Service Design Tools.

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Jun 12

Sustainable Smart Cities

frog Senior Interaction Designer Jennifer Dunnam will speak on using sensors to map food and customers across a city.

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Jun 17

New Cities Summit

Ahmed Riaz will speak on the panel "Next Generation Concepts on the Contemporary City: Wellness, Happiness and Purpose."

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Jun 2

Quartz Next Billion

Brandon Edwards, frog Executive Creative Director, will participate in the talk "Business plans and infrastructure can't bridge the technical divide."

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in San Francisco through a New Approach to Social Impact R&D via our @medium page: http://t.co/eVNQEMbC5g

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RT @jamescortese: Fabio Sergio: Complex problems aren't solved overnight, but small thing like an SMS can tip the system to different state…

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RT @liasoon: "Passion is the new currency," Joe Murray of @frogdesign. "Passion is the ultimate vehicle in how you drive your customers." #…

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RT @emilyachong: HR execs and talent management are key to building a customer-obsessed enterprise -Bill Brand, CMO of HSN#ForrForum#futu

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A collection of stories on#Sensing and how designers must discover how to adapt new technologies to human life: http://t.co/4xNkxIxIVm

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RT @JasonSevers: In Boston, speaking at the "un" conference about design process for transforming financial culture in Brazil @harvardxdesi

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RT @g5member: At the @PublicJournal1 launch. Conversation turns to design + proven impact. Some honest answers about obstacles & ambiguity.…

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frog Executive Creative Director Denise Gershbein on#impactdesign. "All design has social impact."

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frogs know how to do#Halloween. Happy Monday, ya'll.

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Proud to announce award-winning designer, Alessandra Lariu, joins frog as Executive Creative Director: http://t.co/hKJupp1knp

26 days ago

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Our first#InsightsmAgri post from the field. One of the things we seek out to accomplish when we talk to our participants is to screen and capture the “extreme users” of any given industry. The reason being is that by identifying the fringes of such archetypes, this helps to inform what the average profile looks like much more precisely than just interviewing the most average at all times.

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Taylor Hamilton, Principal Film Designer, curates this month's internal#frogSF gallery.

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Ethan Imboden on relearning design through entrepreneurship, onstage at#wiredbydesign.

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frog Jonas Damon spoke at#WiredByDesign about what inspires him as a designer. Up next, Ethan Imboden...

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#frogSF competing in the 10th annual Design Dodgeball Tournament in San Francisco. Happy Friday.

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Custom kettle corn for our#NewCoSF event. Don't worry, we made some for all of you!#frogSF

3 months ago

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When smaller darts are no longer sufficient for studio battle, the frog industrial designers create their own upgrades.#frogSF

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#frogSF collage & assemblage workshops are back. Photo via @izaakb

4 months ago

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#frogNYC discusses design research methodologies and insights from the field at the weekly creative forum.

4 months ago

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#InsightsHDX From field notes and research insights, to an initial draft of the information architecture. The Humanitarian Data Exchange platform design is starting to take shape at the frog studio.#frogImpact

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frogs just wrapped work on our#SFDWTours chalk art. See ya'll at 8pmPST.

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Tomorrow.#SFDWTours. The Sticky Notes from 8-9pm at our frog studio in San Francisco.

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#InsightsHDX @UNOCHA_EA The frog team wrapped three weeks of research today, interviewing humanitarian partners in New York, Colombia, and Kenya. Following synthesis of the field work, the frogs will partner with OCHA’s development team in an agile process to design core features, functionality, and experiences for the HDX platform.#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX @iHub Lessons learned at iHub Nairobi this afternoon: Data privacy is an issue at both the detail and aggregate level. When scraping data from social media, analytics can attribute patterns of behavior (such as hate speech) to individuals. This raises an ethical question around where data visualization should be applied and which audiences are appropriate consumers.#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX Reports (rather than raw data) are primarily shared among partners in the Humanitarian community. This makes it challenging to disaggregate datasets, compare information, and build comprehensive analytic tools.#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX @UNICEFKenya frog wrapped research in Colombia last week and relocated to Nairobi to continue explorations of the data landscape surrounding humanitarian work. With each conversation and collaboration, the global picture of humanitarian data exchange comes more into focus.#frogImpact

6 months ago

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#uxforgood We visited a small educational center aimed at explaining the history of the genocide and of the reconstruction of Rwanda to children between 10-20 years-old. The humanization of the tragic events through real stories of perpetrators and survivors, and symbolic stories of the following reconciliation, help the new generation assume the critical thinking and empathy that are needed to run the country in the future. - Roberta Tassi

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UXFORGOOD team during the observation at the Kigali Memorial Center. The experience is an incredibly painful path that starts with a cold narration of the historical facts, moves into intimate rooms of portraits, objects and remains of the victims, continues through panels about other tragical genocides, and ends inside a children room dedicated to the death of innocents. We all felt oppressed, we all felt the physical need of space and time to recover along the visit flow, we all felt the absence of the whole reconciliation process in the narration.

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Yesterday at#qznextbillion, frog @bred Executive Creative Director Brandon Edwards and UNICEF Innovation Lab's Erica Kochi.

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#InsightsHDX Sketching (and re-sketching) the cycle of Humanitarian Data. The iterative design process begins in the field and evolves with each conversation and observation.#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX Data flow models, affinity mapping cards, screen design worksheets, and coffee. Critical elements within frog's Design Research toolkit.#frogImpact @ochacolombia

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#InsightsHDX The team arrived in Pasto, Colombia yesterday to meet with OCHA’s field office, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Victim’s Unit of the Govt. The region of Nariño faces many humanitarian issues including drug production and trafficking, homicides, and crime, as well as natural disasters from flooding to volcanic activity.#frogImpact @UnidadVictimas @ICRC

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#InsightsHDX When multiple partners in the humanitarian community collect data on a crisis, digital tools are needed to standardize the information for efficient sharing and analysis.#frogImpact @OCHAColombia @CruzRoja_Col @OIM_Colombia

6 months ago

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#InsightsHDX “We are information brokers. If we’re not on top of the information, the field office will go somewhere else to get what they need.” OCHA Section Chief, Kiki Gbeho#frogImpact @UNOCHA

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#InsightsHDX “We haven’t yet closed the circle in reporting on humanitarian aid. Our datasets show need and response, but we struggle to report on impact.” Reporting & Analysis Group @OCHAColombia#frogImpact

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#InsightsHDX The frog team begins field research this week at OCHA's regional office in Bogota, Colombia. Collaborating with local teams to better understand needs surrounding collection, analysis, and reporting of humanitarian data.#frogImpact

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frog Simone Rebaudengo on "Memoirs of an Object" and suicidal Roombas at#OReillySolid.

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Bot & Dolly with a disco ball. We are at#OreillySolid where hardware, software, and everything in between are thoroughly examined.

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frog CCO Hans Neubert talks about people, passion, and lasting purpose during his keynote at#MirrenLive

7 months ago

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Denise Gershbein, frog Executive Creative Director (middle), talking about wearables and social impact with UNICEF's Erica Kochi and others.#UNICEFfrog

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Our frogLabs in Amsterdam. Looking so fresh.#design

8 months ago

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Sometimes you just need to walk around the office with a mustache on. Happy Friday!

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TED fellow William Kamkwamba, from Malawi, paid a visit to frog SF to share his story. When he was 14, he built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap, working from rough plans he found in a library book called Using Energy and modifying them to fit his needs. Thanks for being an inspiration!

8 months ago

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Visiting from Myanmar, Point B co-founder @rochelleardesher stopped by the frog Global HQ to chat about education. Learn more about her work at www.pointb.is

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frog Global HQ in SF enjoys a little ice cream in the sunshine. Happy Friday!

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Regram from @karapecknold and frog Milan. "frogs who eat together, change the world together..."

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micro-urbanism + mega-urbanism need to co-exist if this city of the future will define the future of the city.#tokyo @bred

9 months ago

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Today we jumped on flights and wrapped up our#sxsw14 experience. Thanks for the amazing time, Austin!

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frog Tim Morey, AVP of Innovation Strategy, on stage at#BBWDesign.

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frogs David Sherwin and Alejandro De La Cruz peruse the#sxsw14 schedule. So much#FONGI (fear of not getting in)!

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#sxsw14 sighting: Pot belly piggy on a leash. You're welcome, internet.

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Robert shows off his hexoskin wearable.#sxsw14

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#sxsw14 frog Robert Tuttle kicks off his quantified artist chat.

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frog Lindsey Mosby talking about Aging in Place with the internet of things.#sxsw14

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First night of#sxsw14 under our belts. What are you looking forward to tomorrow?

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Senior strategist Diego Depetris and senior interaction designer Jennifer Dunnam taking a little break at#sxsw14.

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An exhibitor at#sxsw14 shows off his wearable smart toy, Moff.#zap#boom#zow

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#sxsw14 It's a beautiful day in Austin, TX. Interested in frog panels? Here's the list: frogdesign.com/sxsw

9 months ago

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#InsightsO2 : what initiatives will grow demand for O2 amongst nurses, doctors and admin? Kisumu stakeholders brainstorm on it.

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#Insights02 : Diving deep into possible O2 ecosystem models with Rwandan Health Care System Stakeholders and partners.

10 months ago