Memories from Atlanta’s Speed Mentoring

We had a great turnout and productive mentoring sessions at Speed Mentoring Atlanta earlier this summer. Take a look at the photos here. Thanks to everyone who attended and special thanks to our outstanding mentors for their guidance and support of the WICT Southeast mission.

Aug 8, 2018 10:40 AM
LIVE UPDATES: WICT SE Tech It Out

Were you unable to join all the fun at WICT SE’s Tech It Out event, sponsored by Comcast? No worries, our blog contributors, Elva Acosta, Jay Brown, Michelle Gilstrap, and Sylvia Carrillo shared live updates from the affair.

From Jay (4:55pm)

Speaker and Panelist, Jay Sexton from Georgia Tech is ready to kick off tonight’s event

From Jay (5:03pm)

Panelist, Forrest Pace from AIG, is ready to kick off tonight’s event

From Jay (5:08pm)

Panelist, Kelly Arehart from Kimberly-Clark is in Atlanta and ready for tonight’s event.

From Jay (5:25pm)

Dr. Karen I Matthews, the keynote speaker from Corning, and Dr. Paul M.A. Baker from Georgia Tech are ready for tonight’s event.

From Elva (6:16pm)

Shelley Hoffman kicks off the WICT Southeast’s Tech It Out Event!

From Elva (6:20pm)

Burunda Prince-Jones from The Farm kicks off our event! She’s awesome!

From Jay (6:25pm)

One of my favorite quotes from Buruanda Price-Jones of The Farm, “Better and richer experience when people are like ourselves..this company is diverse in ethnicity, gender, culture”

From Elva (6:27pm)

Dr. Karen Matthews, Technology and Market Development Manager, Science and Technology for Corning Incorporated, kicks off her presentation on the Internet of Things (IoT)

From Michelle (6:40pm)

This IOT information, that Dr. Karen Mattew is discussing, is amazing. I am so excited for the future. Our tablets will be able to control a lot more than lights. Corning believes that their high tech glass will shift how we use technology in the future. The gorilla glass she explained is what everyone needs for their phones.

From Michelle (6:59pm)

Dr. Karen Matthews is also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She firmly believes that the Internet of Things will be bought if we can find value in it. She explained that your phone can talk to a number of items and so can some houses. What if the two talked to each other. 😱

From Elva (7:11pm)

Comments from Dr. Matthews: How can we make it easier for the end user? Our proposal about the value of IoT is about being citizen-centric and putting the end user first.

From Michelle (7:19pm)

Next up, we have Panelist Dr. Paul M. A. Baker, Senior Director of Research and Strategic Innovation Center for Advanced Communications Policy at Georgia Tech. He’s sharing with the group more about CDAIT, a Georgia Tech Initiative. He’s explained how he’s an advocate for people with disabilities and passion for technology can be combined.

From Michelle (7:29pm)

Forest Pace, from AIG, is up next in the panelist group. He’s speaking about how security needs to be a top priority and we need to asses the difference between monitoring and controlling.

From Sylvia Carillo (7:38pm)

Jay Sexton is our next Speaker for New IoT based business models. He’s explained that there are four important variables to look at – Ethics, Profit, Intimacy, and Connectivity.

From Michelle (7:40pm)

Jay is speaking about EPIC. Why is this EPIC? I’m glad you asked! According to Jay, “THE EPIC analytiv approach is introduced to help municipalities review the opportunity and impact of investing in IoT.”

Up next, Panelist Kelly Arehart from Kimberly-Clark and their IoT product.

From Elva and Slyvia (7:50pm)

Interested in learning more about the panel and their collective paper on IoT? Here’s a link to their work

Their paper is a 100+ page paper and panelist Forest Pace said it’s a great late night read!

From Michelle (7:55pm)

One of my favorite quotes from the evening came from Dr. Matthews, “Do we have all the answers? No. That’s why it’s so important to learn and talk about IoT now.”

From Michelle (8:05pm)

After being asked about how IoT helps the blind, Dr. Paul M. A. Baker is talking about how vibrations and consistency make devices like the iPhone attractive to the blind. Forest Pace said Shepherd Center is also working on it too. The panelist went on to explain that eye strain is also an important problem that tech companies like Microsoft are addressing.