Author: Sara Shields

Exploring a Holographic Mars

“Physicists ruin everything. All they want to talk about is limits, laws, and principles. They’re making space exploration challenging,” Jeff Norris, Mission Operations Innovation Lead of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said. The team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab are doing the unthinkable and bringing an amazing new tool to space exploration. This is not an...

Sucked Into The Story – VR and News

We experience news in different ways, but 2016 is bringing us a new revolution by immersing us in stories through virtual reality. Hayley Pappas, Head of Films for RYOT, discussed the success of VR content that has been published from RYOT. ROYT is an immersive media company whose mandate is to connect every story with...

Making Distributed Content Work In News

Many companies like Facebook and Snapchat are asking the media to forgo their websites and and publish directly to their platforms. Each of the panelist briefly talked about their companies and some of the opportunities and challenges of distributed content. Kim Bui, Deputy Managing Editor at reported.ly, talks about where the team is dispersed throughout the...

Nonstop Connectivity: Striving for Ubiquity

In the past, getting on a plane was a short getaway from the digital world. For a few hours, you were able to not have to focus on answering emails. But in today’s world, we get upset when we get on planes that don’t have access to wifi. This plugged in mentality has affected how...

Lessons from Top Companies for Women Technologists

If you’re a female, you probably wonder which companies are best suited for women in the technology field. You’re also probably wondering how these successful companies achieve this great workplace for women workers. Three of Anita Borg Institutes Top Companies for Women Technologists is IBM, Google, and Accenture. Nancy Lee, VP/People Operations at Google, talked...

The Psychology of Color Thinking for Better Design

Iconic brands have harnessed the power of color and produced strong emotional and psychological impacts on their business. We all know the Coke Red and Tiffany Blue. Some of the times we don’t even need to see the logo of the brand to know which company it is. “Color-related decisions are not so simple” Laurie...

Why We Crave Touch in Our Interactions With Tech

Have you ever rejected technology? Whether it be to choose a paper book or printed Polaroid over a digital book or photo. Whatever the reason, the panelists during this talk believe that humans are revolting from tech because they crave touch experiences. We have a need to feel objects vs interacting on a glass screen. Marianna...

Fighting Wildlife Crime with Tech Innovation

You’ve heard all the sad stories that relate to poaching and illegal trades in wildlife. But have you heard about the technology that is being created to help save wildlife? Science and technology have helped and can save wildlife, but we haven’t fully harnessed the power of it. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Wildlife...