[Foundation] i am mankins

Matt Mankins mankins at media.mit.edu
Mon Apr 28 17:29:20 CDT 2003

Hello, I am mankins.

I am honored to be a part of the JSF, and look forward to the opportunity 
to serve the Jabber Community.

I'm chiefly interested in nudging Jabber into application domains beyond
IM, specifically in realms that straddle the physical/virtual border.  So
far this has meant using Jabber as a means of addressing and recalling
information based on latitude/longitude coordinates.  I desire to continue
this work (embodied in my LLI component, a pubsub implementation), and
contribute its experience to the community.  I also expect to contribute
several JEPs along the way, turning this geographic research into

Perhaps this is fun too:


Matt Mankins is a M.S. candidate at the MIT Media Lab.  Mankins is a
founding member of the Smart Cities group which explores the opportunities
and problems that arise when technologies such as computation capability,
pervasive networking, and sensor arrays intersect with the urban scene and
timescale.  His current project, Location Linked Information [1], builds
an infrastructure for coupling physical location with virtual information.

Previous to joining the Media Lab, Mankins was actively involved in the
deployment and generation of high availability, multi-user, shared server
technologies.  Most recently he founded the location aware signage company
Vert that bundled computers, global positioning, wireless networking and
taxi cabs to deliver targeted, relevant information to the city streets.
Prior to Vert [2], Mankins' first company, EmuMail [3], brought email
technologies to the masses (1.5+ million addresses) via branded webmail
sold to companies like NetZero, Intel, Rackspace.com, and Marvel Comics.

In his spare time he enjoys getting press for weird things, which thus far
has included a Wall Street Journal article on dying your hair with
Kool-Aid and a Boston Globe [4] piece on performance art using pickles.  
His other hobbies include co-producing the documentary "The Faithful" [5]
which explores the making of the media icon through the examination of
Lady Di, Elvis Presley, and Pope John Paul II.

[1] http://web.media.mit.edu/~mankins/lli/
[2] http://www.vert.net/
[3] http://www.emumail.com/
[4] http://www.boston.com/globe/calendar/features/performanceart/
[5] http://www.the-faithful.com/


Or perhaps not.

Email me with any questions/ideas, etc.

Matt Mankins
MIT Media Lab
+1 617 283 8668

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