The ATLAS Speaker Series hosts distinguished visitors from academia, industry and the arts.
The series is an educational and experiential resource for students, faculty and the larger community
to discuss the challenges, opportunities and innovative applications of technology.
Talks are from 4-5 p.m. on Mondays in the Cofrin Auditorium, ground floor,
ATLAS 100 (enter from lobby), unless otherwise noted.
Google: Creating a Culture of Innovation
How do we create environments that encourage creativity and innovation?
Michele Weslander-Quaid will discuss Google’s culture of innovation and creativity as well as the successful approaches to complex issues that come when work environments encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary teams. She will share insights and recommendations drawing from more than 20 years of leading change and innovation in both industry and government.
Weslander-Quaid is Google’s Chief Technology Officer (Public Sector) and Innovation Evangelist. Before joining Google, her work included 10 years in industry as an image scientist and chief engineer. She also served in the U.S. government in various leadership roles. Read more of her bio and an Entrepreneur Magazine article that discusses her accomplishments.
4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, ATLAS 100
How User Generated Content (UGC) can Drive Sales and Build Strong Brands
Explore the creative, effective use of UGC in a top retailer’s eCommerce marketing strategy.
Launched in 2013, Free People’s fully shoppable iOS mobile app includes a program called FP Me, a social network that allows customers to share inspiration and styling photos, view an Instagram-like gallery and interact in numerous ways. Jed Paulson will discuss the role of the app in launching a social engagement program, as well as the effects of the FP Me program on the brand and its customers.
Paulson is a CU alum and Director of Marketing & eCommerce for Free People, a women’s specialty apparel and accessories retailer within the Urban Outfitters Inc. portfolio. He joined Free People in 2010 and previously held technology and marketing leadership roles at eBay and Accenture.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, ATLAS 100
Experience Design (UX): How do we build what people love?
When designing or building a new product, how deeply do you consider the behaviors of your user?
What emotions do they experience when holding your product? How do we build in more of what users and customers love? That’s what experience design (UX) is about: creating what people love.
Brian Baker began his career leading the number-one usability firm in San Francisco in the 1990’s.
Today, he serves as the Managing Partner of the experience design and product development
company First User Group in Boulder.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, ATLAS 100
Really, Why Are There Fewer Women in Tech?
Mythbusting and How to Shift the Status Quo
Look around your computing and engineering classes, your hi-tech startups and your tech departments. Chances are you will see very few women.
Wendy DuBow will share why many common explanations for the lack of women in techology are not true. Learn what research points to as key factors. Get a deeper understanding of the societal forces at work, information to dispel common myths, plus techniques you can use to help shift the status quo.
DuBow is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Women & Technology, NCWIT.org. Their gender diversity efforts help increase the participation of girls and women in computing.
4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, ATLAS 100
Computational Thinking and Thinking about Computing
Jeannette M. Wing is corporate vice president at Microsoft Research. She has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University since 1985, where she twice served as head of the Computer Science Department.
She was the assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.
Wing received her SB, SM and PhD degrees from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.
4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 17, downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2
Ruth West – The Integration of Art & Science
Ruth West is an interdisciplinary media artist/researcher working with emerging technologies. She envisions a future in which art/science integration allows us to open new portals of imagination, knowledge and communication across cultures. Her work has been presented or featured in SIGGRAPH, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest, UCLA Fowler Museum, CAA, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the American Journal of Human Genetics, Genomics, Leonardo, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, NPR’s The Connection, NY Times, Genome News Network, AMINIMA and Artweek. Learn more about Ruth West.
4 p.m. Monday, April 14, ATLAS 100
Drones, War & Privacy
presented by photographer Tomas van Houtryve and Harper’s Magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson
In the words of the Harper’s magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson (also a CU alumna):
“Tomas’ photo essay is 16 pages long—the longest in our history—and explores questions of domestic and foreign drone policy in an elegant and creative way.
Tomas made the work by attaching his camera to a drone he bought on Amazon and photographing landscapes across the US. As he explains, the technology for drone photography is ahead of the laws on it….so he has created this work in a moment when laws about drone usage are being drafted. The project is timely and forward-thinking.”
A text portion of the Harper’s Magazine article is available here.
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, ATLAS 100
Ann Mei Chang – Information Communications Technology for Development: Oasis or Mirage?
Ann Mei Chang, an eight-year senior engineering veteran of Google, spoke on information communications technology for development (ICT4D): policy, practice, and practicalities, during an ATLAS Speaker Series presentation on March 31. As chief innovation officer at Mercy Corps, she builds highly scalable social enterprises and leverages mobile/internet to improve the lives of the poor. Previously, at the U.S. Department of State, she served as the senior advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
There, she helped bridge the gender gap in access to mobile phones and the Internet, leveraging technology in improving the lives of female populations in developing countries and increasing the representation of women in the technology sector. At Google, she oversaw 20x growth of Google’s mobile business in just three years, delivering over $1B in annualized revenues.
For a video of her presentation, click here.
ATLAS Speaker Series
Jer Thorp – Making Data Beautifully Meaningful
Working at the intersection of science, art and design, Jer Thorp stretches the possibilities of infographics. He will speak about data visualization, information design and opportunities to make data more useful, meaningful and accessible. How do we dig through our increasingly vast terrain of data? How do we put data in a human context? How can data build empathy?