This week on the GeekWire Podcast we explore the world of gamification with guest Keith Smith, CEO of BigDoor, a Seattle company bringing the principles of video games — badges, rewards, leaderboard, etc. — to the world of online publishing.
In our weekly news roundup we dive into the big news of the week, Microsoft’s agreement to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion, including my attempt to explain Microsoft’s motivations from the perspective of a middle-aged dude. We also talk about the new Google Chromebooks and rehash the controversy over the fate of Western Washington University’s computer science program.
Stories and links related to the subjects we discussed …
BigDoor: Company site … Blog … BigDoor gamifies America’s pastime, strikes deal with MLB … Keith Smith’s recent commentary on the AWS outage … Keith Smith on Twitter: @chiefdoorman
Skype: It’s official: Microsoft adds new ‘Skype Division’ in $8.5 billion deal … Skype and Kinect could be Microsoft’s new killer combo … Microsoft banking on Skype brand, user base to justify gigantic deal
Computer Science at Western: Western Washington University computer science program faces the ax despite tech worker shortage … Western Washington Provost: Computer Science department needs to step up to the future … Pressure mounts on Western Washington University to preserve computer science program