The Selfie Manual: Design Thinking For Storytellers
In an era of personalization, the appeal of the selfie and the fabrication of our online profiles can reveal vast amounts for independent creators and major distributors alike. If we consider the selfie a “manual” for media makers, we come to see content sharing as part of identity formation, or curation, on social media. The content people post is a reflection of how they want to be seen by their digital communities; it is both representative and aspirational. What does that mean for storytellers? Ramona argues it’s not enough to blast the same content across diverse platforms. In this presentation, she helps media makers understand what makes someone like, comment, view, or share media in each environment.
The Story of Analytics: Finding Truths in Big Data
Data mining is an analytic process designed to explore data in search of patterns. In an era of big data, there is a story for everyone, and by understanding the nature of how narrative works, businesses and analysts can identify the stories within large data sets that will help them succeed, plan and innovate.
We’re Not Addicted to Technology, We’re Addicted to Each Other
Social media, connective devices, networked technology. For over a decade, mainstream media has warned us that technology is isolating us, making us lonely. Since the 1950’s – the era of family values – there’s been a decline in face to face connection. But is technology really the culprit? Or are we using our digital tools to find what we’re missing?
Avatar Secrets: life and love lessons from video games
Life and love lessons from video games – what is the appeal of massive multiplayer online games, and what can that allure show us about what we’re looking for and longing for in real life? How can we get the most out of our digital pursuits, for increased happiness, purpose, success, and love?
What happens when we spend more time gazing into glowing screens, than looking into the eyes of another human being? Innovators are abuzz about artificial intelligence, but what about emotional intelligence, that which makes us uniquely human? This talk examines our relationship with technology, going beyond just gadgets and apps and instead focusing on the human relationships that make our tools matter and keep us coming back for more. Featuring insights from Rdigitalife, the online portal examining life the intersection of technology and the human experience.
Ramona has a wealth of experience hosting events throughout North America, including OMDC Digital Dialogue Conference, Buffer Festival, NXNE and more. She's also hosted events made for digital consumption including CBC’s pop culture show The X, and the webcast of Idea City.
Ramona has interviewed musicians, actors, directors and athletes, on location from Toronto and Los Angeles. Some of her favorite interviews have been with Jim Carrey, Billy Connolly, Anne Hathaway, Good Charlotte, Alexisonfire, Sugarcult, Dave Matthews.
Canada's 10 to Watch | Playback Magazine
Digital Media Personality of the Year | Digi Awards | Nominee
Digital Media Woman of the Year | Digi Awards | Nominee