2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight: The Next Mobile Experience

Written by Megan Simpson | January 24, 2014

Sung Kim covers the next mobile experience at SXSW Interactive 2014

Today’s Session Spotlight features Sung Kim, Founder of successful Kickstarter project, Gestures, Inc. and his SXSW presentation titled, “The Next Mobile Experience”. Sung is one of the many app designers who will present his idea at this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival, which features more than 800 sessions for digital entrepreneurs of all kinds. Find out more about him in today’s Spotlight and follow him @sungsgoogling.

SXSW: Please tell us what we can expect from your presentation at SXSW.
Kim: Today, we're still using our touchscreen devices like we used to use old computers with a mouse. Scroll, point, and click. It's no longer technical limitations that's holding us back, it's our habits and outdated expectations that's holding us back from truly taking advantage of today's touchscreen technologies. We need to revolutionize the way we interact with our digital space at the fundamental level, in order to elevate our digital experience to the next level.

SXSW: Why will SXSW-goers want to see your session?
Kim: I'm not just a professional presenter who simply talks about trends or what's happening in tech and design industry. I'm actually living and breathing what I'll be presenting about. I'm revolutionizing the way we interact with our digital space at the fundamental level, and I want to share this knowledge with the rest of the industry.

SXSW: Do you think a registrant who is unfamiliar with this topic will be able to follow along? What will attendees gain?
Kim: Yes. Even without basic knowledge, there will be plenty of visuals to keep people entertained. Attendees will take away the knowledge that our digital experience can be much more beautiful and efficient with simple gestures.

SXSW: How do you stay current with developments and news in this field?
Kim: I gain the most helpful information and ideas when I step out of the office and sit at the bar or walk around the mall. I get to see how people use their mobile devices in the real world, instead of reading what the surveys and articles say. People rarely do what they say they do.

SXSW: What speakers are you most excited to see at SXSW this year?
Kim: Joshua Fields Millburn and Joshua Becker. I'm a minimalist, and I'd love to meet up with these leaders in the minimalist community (and have a drink with them) after the presentation.

SXSW: A few fun questions – Favorite book? TV show?
Kim: Harry Potter. If you want to do something out of this world, read things that make you dream. The Big Bang Theory. It's the only show that my wife and I enjoy watching together without complaining.

SXSW: What do you think will be the biggest trend at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival and why?
Kim: Universal Touchscreen Gesture Language. There are currently no foundations or guidelines regarding how we should apply and use gestures on our apps. All of the tech companies are too busy patenting their own one-off gestures, and they are not talking to each other. Even apps built by the same company follow a different set of rules when it comes to gestures, if there is any rule at all. That's why we are working on creating a simple gesture language based on 1, 2, 3 finger rules.

Watch this website for more installments of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight. Click here for the complete list of programming for March in Austin. Register now to attend “The Next Mobile Experience”, and other programming at SXSW Interactive 2014.

Photo Credit: TheGestures.com & MicahAlexanderphotography.com