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Students who complete the Managing Technology and Innovation Concentration are eligible to have the Concentration noted on their transcripts (please see the Bulletin for the list of requirements). Take advantage of this focused set of courses to deepen your overall understanding of: the innovation context, organizing for innovation (both large firm issues and start-ups), the process of innovation (team and project management), and systems design.
I am the MTI Concentration Advisor and host this blog to keep SCU Technology and Innovation students connected with current events related to the Concentration, and to events of general interest to our community. I also host a personal blog focused on technology and organizations. Welcome.
Title: A Post-Rational take on People and Computing
John Canny, Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Director, Berkeley Institute of Design, UC Berkeley
George E. Pake Auditorium, PARC,
3333 Coyote Hill Rd, Palo Alto, California, USA
This presentation is FREE and open to the public. There is free parking, and
the venue is handicapped accessible. No registration is required. Seating
is on a first come first served basis.
This talk is one in a series focusing on novel applications of mobile technologies. Mobile computing has been gradually progressing for decades. With the recent emergence of highly interactive smartphones, mobile media players, netbooks, and e-readers, we are now seeing an explosion in new paradigms of mobile information generation, delivery and use. In the coming series of presentations, you will see a range of applications that exploit some of the unique aspects of having computing devices with you everywhere, all the time.
Most people - engineers or not - think of computers as *useful* tools, and of people as purposeful actors who use them as a means to an end. We critique this perspective and propose an alternative model where purposeful, rational behavior is not assumed. Our starting point is design for users in developing regions. Here, the factors that drive user choices, including their approach to computing systems, are far more complex, political and irrational than one would expect. Design in this space is less about providing tools for tasks, and much more about persuading and motivating users to overcome the challenges they face. We discuss two recent projects on technology for developing regions, one on teaching english, and the other on maternal health care. The experience from these projects raises a natural question: Are users in developing regions really so different from users in the economic north? Or should we also rethink our models of computing and their role in the everyday lives of northerners as well? Attempting to answer this question has led us to piece together a framework called "postrationalism" which will sketch at the end of the talk.
John Canny is a Professor in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. His earliest interests were in theory, mathematics, computer vision and robotics - on the interaction between computers and the physical world. Since the 1990's he has focused on the democratization of computing, and what it means to design systems for the everyday. In 2002, he founded the Berkeley Institute of Design, an interdisciplinary, human-centered design research lab. BID now houses 30 researchers from 8 departments. His research priorities are IT for health care, educational technology, sensing and actuation technologies, persuasive technology, mobile HCI and CSCW, and understanding people. He still lacks focus, but has best paper prizes from CHI 2007, Persuasive Technology 2008 and ACM KDD 2009, and was a winner in the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media and Learning competition in 2008.
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A center for commercial innovation, PARC works closely with our
clients to discover, test, and deliver new business opportunities,
turning ideas into impact. Enterprises and entrepreneurs alike can
gain new insights into customer needs, extend technical capabilities,
and acquire valuable new technology assets.
Celebrated for innovations such as laser printing, the Ethernet, the
graphical user interface, ubiquitous computing, blue lasers, MEMS,
and large-area electronics, PARC has invented and contributed
technologies that have helped launch more than 30 companies. PARC was
founded in 1970, and incorporated in 2002 as a subsidiary of Xerox
Speaker: Professor Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School; Co-Founder, Berkman Center for Internet and Society; and Chair in Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford University
Cloud computing is not just for computing anymore: you can now find as much mindshare as you can afford out in the cloud too -- a new range of projects is making the application of human brainpower as purchasable and fungible as additional server rackspace. What are some of the issues arising as armies of thinkers are recruited by the thousands and millions? A fascinating (and non-scare-mongering) view is offered of a future in which nearly any mental act can be bought and sold.
Jonathan Zittrain's research interests include digital property, privacy, and speech, and the role played by private "middlepeople" in Internet architecture. He has a strong interest in creative, useful, and unobtrusive ways to deploy technology in the classroom.
Hi folks, I've added this blog to Facebook's Networked Blogs application. Apparently the feed from the offical university site to Facebook has been broken since around May -- let's be a little more communicative this year. Info that was missed included a new eligible elective, a consulting opportunity, and a great Google presentation annoucement.
I'll be tracking the page to see if the feed is working and trying to find the best way to incorporate it to our wall.
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The 2009 Laureates have been named. Santa Clara's Center for Science, Technology, & Society provides the judging and then hosts the winners on campus after the award dinner. Stay posted for information on their visit to campus.
You can be part of the process. Nominate an organization for 2010 here. Criteria include:
The technology application significantly improves the human condition in one of the five award areas: economic development, education, environment, equality, or health.
A serious problem or challenge with global significance is addressed by this use of technology.
The application of this technology, which may be either a new invention or an innovative use of an existing technology, makes a noteworthy contribution that surpasses previous or current solutions.
The technology application has the potential to serve as an inspiration or model for further innovation.
The technology application is in the field and has demonstrated a measurable benefit.
This came from a Columbia MBA alumni --thinking we might have a better location advantage. Please share with your classmates. TG
Location: Palo Alto, California (prefer Northern California based resource)
Start date: September 14th, 2009
Duration: 6-8 weeks
Project details and scope
This is an exciting opportunity to join a high powered marketing, analytics, and CRM team with a focus on the customer intelligence / marketing function. This new project has a strong e-CRM and operations theme. The audience for the engagement is mid to senior level executives at the client in both marketing and online / digital-net. The deliverable will be focused on managing an assessment for this organization. Our client is a large technology company based in the heart of Silicon Valley.
The spirit of the assessment will be anchored around data, analytics, and use of analytics and insights to drive more quality traffic to the web site and increase conversion.
The project will be delivered with a focused small team (~4 experienced consultants) over the course of roughly 6 to 8 weeks starting mid-September 2009. There is an opportunity for follow-on work. The consultant would initially join the Method Partners team on a 1099 contractor basis.
We are looking to compliment our team with a strong web analytics, data, and technology person. Further, this individual should have experience and an understanding of online CRM from a strategy, programs, and tactics point of view.
The role will require exploration deep into analytical models and methods (e.g. response analysis, segmentation, look-alike-modeling, regressions, and other methods of analyzing and interpreting mass online data, research, and data append which is used for better targeting and creating a more compelling online user experience.
We prefer individuals who have a traditional consulting experience (big 4 or strategy firms) as these are heavy deliverable-focused projects that require creativity, polished communication, linear thinking, top quality content development, and presentation/slide work.
The business environment is dynamic, so flexibility and ability to adapt are important personal characteristics. Our team also places emphasis on having fun and enjoying the project work along the journey.
Method Partners is a professional services firm, with a focus on strategy in the sales & marketing functions.
Stephen M. Bulfer, Principal
Method Partners, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (please use my gmail for resumes / interest)
The course is designed as an introduction to the concept of integrated marketing communications (IMC). It provides a basic understanding of communication theory, marketing, branding, integrating marcom tactics, planning and coordination of IMC programs. The course also addresses marcom tactics of advertising, public relations, direct response, collateral, the Internet/WWW, and digital media. Business to business and high technology marketing communications will be addressed. IMC planning will incorporate a thorough understanding of objectives, strategies, tactics and budgeting.
Slumdogs, Social Entrepreneurs, and Sofware Gurus
Thursday, May 28, 4 pm – 5:45 pm, Benson Parlor B,
Santa Clara University
The success of globally connected Indian communities, such as those based in Silicon Valley, has received significant attention from media, policymakers, and businesspersons worldwide in recent years. These communities of entrepreneurs, engineers, mediapersons and other professionals of Indian origin have become an increasingly important and influential constituency from a global point of view. A panel of distinguished participants will address the impact of global Indian communities—on technology, economy, society, media, and culture—in the US and India. The panel will cover a range of issues including: Indian commitments to social entrepreneurship; visions of economic, social, and technological development among expatriate Indian communities; opportunities and challenges presented by transnational grassroots development ventures; and changing images and perceptions of Indians in US and diasporic media.
Radha Basu, CEO, Anudip Foundation, and Advisory Board Member, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara University
James L. Koch, Bill and Jan Terry Professor of Management, and Executive Director of the Global Social Benefit Incubator, Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara University
Ravi Rajan, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Provost of College Eight, University of California, Santa Cruz
Sandip Roy, Editor, New America Media, and host of the radio show, New America Now at KALW 91.7 FM
Rohit Chopra, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Santa Clara University
The event is sponsored by the Department of Communication, Office of the Dean, and the Center for Science, Technology and Society, Santa Clara University
Here is your chance to meet with Jim Green, CEO, Composite Software
Jim is a 30 year Industry Veteran and his experience includes serving as a CTO at webMethods, CEO of Active Software a start up in the valley. He was instrumental in development of CORBA during his tenure at Sun Microsystems.
Jim will share his insights to successfully promote your innovative ideas to the Venture Capital Community.
Time: 6:30 p.m
Location: Santa Clara University, Forbes Family Conference Center, Lucas Hall
Schedule: 6:00 - 6:30 - Registration;
6:30 - 7:30 - Guest Speaker
7:30 - 7:45 - Q&A, Raffle Prizes
Note: Refreshments will be provided.
For any questions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Science, Technology, and Society, the Food and Agribusiness Institute invite you join us for a presentation by Mike Harwood on
Future Prospects for Agricultural Biotech in Brazil and Argentina
Latin American farmers have seized agricultural biotech opportunities over the past decade faster than anywhere else in the world outside North America. In Brazil’s case, government approvals lagged and the result was a deluge of illegal biotech seed. In Argentina, government approval was fast, but farmers replanted soybean seed without payment of royalties. The next generation of biotech traits is likely to be even more attractive to the region’s farmers, especially in tropical regions of Brazil, with various soybean, corn, cotton and sugar cane biotech traits featuring prominently. However, as varieties carrying these new traits approach launch, this will add urgency to the still unresolved conflict between trait patent holders and farmers over the issue of how to pay a levy for growing biotech crops. The resolution of this question will have sweeping international ramifications for the global plant biotechnology industry, as well as for freedom of movement for Latin America’s agricultural exports.
The presentation will take place on Thursday, May 14, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The venue has been changed to the Viewing and Taping Room A, Harrington Learning Commons and Orradre Library. Lemonade and cookies will be provided.
To RSVP, please contact Eddie Lucas at email@example.com or call 408-551-6090.
We live in a period where it appears that everything from our fleeting thoughts and casual pictures to our professional output is being stored somehow, somewhere. on the web. In this talk, I question the reality of the web being a 'mirror' of society and discuss the etihics and morality of web memory.
The presentation will take place on Tuesday, May 19, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the California Mission Room, Benson Center. Lemonade and cookies will be provided.
To RSVP, please contact Eddie Lucas or call 408-551-6090.
Marked for Confusion:
Has the Internet Changed Trademark Law?
Join Santa Clara Law's High Tech Law Institute and Bingham for an interactive panel discussion on trademark infringement issues arising from Internet use. Topics to be discussed include the use of trademarks in keyword advertising, the recent Rescuecom decision, secondary trademark liability in electronic marketplaces, and emerging venue and jurisdiction issues.
1900 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law, Associate Professor School of Law and Director High Tech Law Institute
Mary Huser, eBay, VP Deputy General Counsel
Tom Kuhnle, Bingham, Partner
RSVP by Tuesday, May 26, 2009 to Dana Shelton at 212.705.7742
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for Advance's premier TEDx event with keynote speaker Ross Dawson.
Ross will share key findings from his recently launched book Implementing Enterprise 2.0. The discussion will focus on key facets of how the enterprise will change, including structure, staffing, funding, and the use of social and communications technologies.
*Verna Allee, CEO, ValueNetworks.com and author, The Future of Knowledge
*Sam Diaz, Senior Editor, CBS Interactive
*Melissa Varzon Morel, moderator
Future of the Enterprize
Tuesday 5 May, 2009
6.30pm - 9.00pm CBS Interactive
235 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Advance members free; Non members $20 Wine and appetizers provided
Prof. Howard Aldrich (University of North Carolina) will join us for a discussion of his extensive research and experience with start-ups and small businesses. This presentation serves as the Winter quarter Managing Technology & Innovation Concentration event, as well as a final opportunity for SCU MBAs to meet with our international students completing their Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship.
Prof. Aldrich is the:
* Kenan Professor & Department Chair at University of North Carolina, Department of Sociology
* Adjunct Professor of Management at Kenan-Flagler Business School
* Visiting Faculty at AILUN
Aldrich Honored for Pioneering Work in Study of Entrepreneurship
UNC Kenan-Flagler management professor Howard Aldrich was honored for his pioneering impact on the evolutionary approach to the study of entrepreneurship with a special volume of the Journal of Business Venturing, slated for July 2004 publication.
He is an expert on social conditions for new businesses, evolutionary theory, social networks and startup teams.
In his influential book, “Organizations and Environments,” Aldrich established a framework for evolutionary investigations of entrepreneurship. In both that book and his current book, “Organizations Evolving,” Aldrich has worked to systematically establish entrepreneurship as an evolutionary field. “Organizations Evolving” won the Academy of Management’s George Terry Award as the best management book published in 1998-99.
Aldrich, who also is Kenan Professor of Sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology, was tapped by the Swedish Foundation of Small Business Research in 2000 as the Entrepreneurship Researcher of the Year. The Organization and Management Division of the Academy of Management presented him with a Distinguished Career of Scholarly Achievement Award.
In 2002, a conference on “Evolutionary Approaches to Entrepreneurship” was held at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in honor of Aldrich. Papers from the leading scholars of entrepreneurship and evolutionary theory at that conference are included in the special Journal of Business Venturing volume.
“Readers of this volume will no doubt see the imprint of Howard Aldrich on all of the articles. Not only can the development of the evolutionary approach to entrepreneurship be attributed to Howard, but also the specific arguments in each of the papers can be directly related to his work,” writes Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in the journal’s guest editorial.
Great grandniece of Thomas Edison and Mina Miller Edison, Sarah Miller Caldicott has been surrounded by creativity and innovation throughout her life. Her great grandfather, Lewis Miller, was an agricultural equipment inventor, was the recipient of 92 patents and inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.
Join us for an informative presentation during which Caldicott, will share Edison's Five Competencies of Innovation(tm). These five competencies propelled Edison to a record 1,093 US patents as well as 1,293 international patents.