Information Overload Awareness Day (August 12)

On Wednesday, August 12, 2009, the inaugural Information Overload Awareness Day took place.

Information Overload Awareness Day, a new workplace observance that calls attention to the problem of information overload and how it impacts both individuals and organizations, will take place on August 12, 2009.

Information overload describes an excess of information that results in the loss of ability to make decisions, process information, and prioritize tasks. Organizations of all shapes and sizes have already been significantly impacted by it; the problem costs the U.S. economy $900 billion per year in lowered productivity and throttled innovation according to Basex, a knowledge economy research firm. (source)

As part of the celebration, three of Toronto’s knowledge meetup groups merged for a series of presentation on the topic of Information Overload and its impact on us and the technology that surrounds our daily lives.

In celebration of Information Overload Awareness Day (no, I’m not making that up, click the link) smile Knowledge Workers Toronto, The Toronto Semantic Web Meetup Group, and Toronto Wiki Tuesdays are overloading you with information, and another opportunity to socialize and share information. (source)

My Thoughts Enclosed…Rb

The event took place at Fionn Maccools on University Avenue from 18:30 to 21:30 on August 12, 2009.

The Toronto Information Overload Awareness Day event comprised of six presentations (My Thoughts Enclosed…):

  1. Information Overload – More Personal Than You Think (by Karl Dawson) (****)
  2. Information Overload in Law Firms (by Kathleen Hogan) (***)
  3. Hunters and Gatherers in Fancy Clothes (by Vwodek Wojczynski) (***)
  4. Guided Navigation(by David Suydam) (**)
  5. Yakidoo (by Victor Bensusan) (*)
  6. Information Overload vs. “Underload” from an Enterprise Perspective (by Gordon Vala-Webb) (*****)
    • Best Presentation as voted by the audience

The presentations were structured based on the Pecha Kucha format (My Thoughts Enclosed…):

  • 20 slides
  • 20 seconds per slide
  • 6 minute and 40 seconds of total presentation
  • 3 minutes and 20 seconds of questions and answers
  • 10 minutes total per presentation

Overall the event was well attended as many late arrivals had to contend with sitting on the floor.  Each speaker provided their own views with mixed interest by the audience. My thanks to Stephanie Barnes, Martin Cleaver, Connie Crosby, and William Mougayar for organizing the event.

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