A panel at the 2014 Adobe Education Leader Institute at the heart of Adobe’s corporate headquarters in San Jose, California – with; Joseph Labrecque of the University of Denver, Andrew Phelps of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Chris Campbell of Adobe Systems Inc.
A week from today I will be making the case for Flash Player and AIR in education (and really everywhere) at Adobe’s San Jose headquarters at the annual Adobe Education Leader Institute. I’m bringing along two others to form a panel to help educate “those who will listen”™ and make it clear that Flash is not a four letter word.
Andy Phelps is the Founding Director at MAGIC at RIT, Professor and Founder at School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT and Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. You may remember him from the spectacularly controversial session on gaming technologies research from Adobe MAX 2013.
Chris Campbell is the product manager and customer advocate for the Flash Runtimes product team at Adobe. The amount of awesome work that he and his team continue to do with the runtimes is outstanding – especially considering what a toxic environment we are in at the moment.
The primary point I want to spread throughout the general community and within Adobe itself is very simple. Great work still happens around the runtimes and no one should be dismissive of either their potential or application in the world today. Are web standards and other technologies up to task with many of the functions that Flash used to be the only answer for? Sure they are – this fact should not diminish Flash in any way and I would argue that current trending technologies have much to be thankful for when it comes to Flash historically paving the way for their very existence and widespread adoption.
In this industry – we often only have our eyes set dead forward – fixed upon a glimmering future. This is a mistake – we must embrace not only our history but this present reality as well. The Flash runtimes have conquered the universe… the core DNA is now scattered across the web and beyond – inseparable and inescapable – spectacularly spectral.
Here are the slides from the talk: