Hype cycle

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According to Wikipedia (11/2016), “the hype cycle is a branded graphical presentation developed and used by American information technology (IT) research and advisory firm Gartner for representing the maturity, adoption and social application of specific technologies. The hype cycle provides a graphical and conceptual presentation of the maturity emerging technologies through five phases.”

The Gartner Hype Cycle curve, drawn by Jeremy Kemp
A detailed explanation by an anonymous Wikipedia contribuer

The relation to other innovation curves

The hype cycle curve does not display adoption. Altough there is a relationship, the curve looks very different, i.e. is cumulative until the items drops out of history.

Relationship between hype curve and diffusion models

Items that remain in the curve but do not progress

Dave Algoso in the context of ICT for development developed the following curve showing situations where failed technology is still being used.

Hype cycles in educational technology

Gartner does produce hype cycles of interest to educational technology, however for copyright reasons these cannot be reproduced as such.


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