Software Innovation Against the Odds
Tuesday, March 17
12:30PM - 1:30PM
110 E 2nd St
In the world outside of SXSW, many businesses and organizations are ready to innovate and know that it is necessary for survival. But when the vision for digital transformation moves into reality at non-tech companies, the processes, culture, and skills of the organizations clash with the practices of rapid software development and deployment found at start-ups and within the software industry.
In this panel, you will hear first-hand accounts of innovation failures and successes at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, and Boston's MBTA. These panelists are leading technological transformations within bureaucratic, long-running enterprises through culture-challenging projects -- find out how they have done it.
Design Lead Student Health & Wellbeing
Center for Innovation/Mayo Clinic
Barbara Barry has 15 years of experience developing social programs and new technologies to dramatically improve health care and education. She is an interdisciplinary research scientist who uses a...Show the rest
Barbara Barry has 15 years of experience developing social programs and new technologies to dramatically improve health care and education. She is an interdisciplinary research scientist who uses applied anthropology and computer science to fuel innovation in industry, public and humanitarian sectors. Barry has a PhD and MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Barry is currently leading the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation's efforts to understand the health needs of college students and design programs to encourage healthy behaviors for academic success and the foundations of lifelong health.
Prior to joining Mayo, Barry led a five-country UN effort with to improve refugee education. In the health care arena, she has worked with neuroscientists and psychiatrists to develop computer-aided psychotherapy, and led fieldwork to understand trauma care as a member of an mental heath response team in Haiti.Hide the rest
Dir of Policy, Performance Mgmt & Process Re-Engineering
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Brian Kane is the Director of Policy, Performance Management & Process Re-Engineering at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. In this role, he works on the development of the MBTA's annual $1.6...Show the rest
Brian Kane is the Director of Policy, Performance Management & Process Re-Engineering at the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. In this role, he works on the development of the MBTA's annual $1.6 billion operating budget and works with MBTA department heads to develop and evaluate management plans and practices.
Kane works directly with start-up companies to bring innovative tools, techniques, and products to the MBTA's customers. A major component of this collaboration is navigating how start-ups must comply with government rules. A significant technology collaboration underway at the MBTA is to bring real-time tracking to the Green Line, the largest light rail system in the nation, and also the oldest.
Kane is a committed public administrator with over 10 years of experience in Massachusetts politics and government. He has been a local elected official and holds a Masters of Public Administration from Northeastern University and a BA in History from Boston College.Hide the rest
Sr Design Lead/ Human Interfaces Group
Jesse Kriss designs and builds tools for artists, citizens and scientists. His past work includes Many Eyes, a collaborative visualization platform, at IBM Research, tools for artists and performer...Show the rest
Jesse Kriss designs and builds tools for artists, citizens and scientists. His past work includes Many Eyes, a collaborative visualization platform, at IBM Research, tools for artists and performers at Figure 53, makers of QLab, and web platforms for online organizing and voter protection on the Obama 2012 tech team. He is also the creator of MaxLink, free software connecting Processing and Max/MSP as well as several music-related visualizations including the History of Sampling and Visual Scratch.
He currently works in the Human Interfaces Group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designing and developing tools for space mission operations, spacecraft systems engineering, and Earth science, while practicing and promoting user centered design.
Kriss holds a Master's in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and BA in Music from Carleton College.Hide the rest
VP of Digital Customer Experience
Joan DiMicco is a strategic innovator in the design and use of new technologies for social networking, visual analysis, and group collaboration. Her driving desire is to make communication and coll...Show the rest
Joan DiMicco is a strategic innovator in the design and use of new technologies for social networking, visual analysis, and group collaboration. Her driving desire is to make communication and collaboration easier and more intuitive.
She joined Forrester Research, Inc. in 2013 as the VP of Digital Customer Experience to lead the company's digital strategy, defining the web and mobile experiences of their customers. Previously DiMicco was a Research Scientist at IBM where she led the Visualization & Behavior Group, at the IBM Watson Research Center, building social, collaboration applications and tools for visual analytics.
She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and has been written about in press such as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Discover Magazine. She speaks at conferences and academic venues such as Enterprise 2.0 and ACM's CHI conference.
DiMicco has a BS in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and a PhD and MS from the MIT Media Lab.Hide the rest