“Now, it sounds like kind of a joke,” Jonathan Gottfried warned us before launching into an explanation of Drunkspotting, an app that lets users upload photos of drunk people and then draw on them. (Think Instagram meets DrawSomething meets jello shots.)
Mr. Gottfried, a developer evangelist at Twilio, also served as a conductor for Read More
By now you’ve probably heard about Homeless Hotspots, a “charitable” initiative spearheaded by marketing firm BBH Labs that turns homeless people into wifi hotspots at SXSWi. The project wants to bring “Street Newspapers into the digital age” by attaching a 4G hotspot to homeless Austin residents and encouraging passersby to pay for access. Homeless participants then get to keep any profit they make from their hotspot.
Unsurprisingly, the project has encountered some serious backlash following its launch. “It is a neat idea on a practical level, but also a little dystopian. When the infrastructure fails us… we turn human beings into infrastructure?” writes David Gallagher on the New York Times SXSW Tumblr.
“It’s the Kony 2012 of SXSW,” tweeted writer Helen Walters.