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Imagining and Inventing New Technologies

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Published on Nov 3, 2015

Speakers: Jason Kozemczak, software engineer and David Rose, entrepreneur, CEO, and author
Moderator: Elizabeth Segran, staff writer for Fast Company

Jason Kozemczak
Software Engineer, Instacart, and former Technical Lead, Twitter
Greenville College
Class of 2007, Physics and Mathematics

Jason Kozemczak is a software engineer and entrepreneur who specializes in global-scale consumer mobile applications. He was a technical lead at Twitter from 2013 to 2015, working on Twitter’s iPhone and iPad product that became a “Top App” in 2013 in the App Store and an overall top free app worldwide. He also taught fellow engineers in Twitter’s in-house training program. During his time at Twitter, the company went through an initial public offering and expanded to nearly 300 million monthly active users. In 2012, Kozemczak co-founded iOhYes, a podcast that focuses on iPhone and Macintosh software development. In early 2015, iOhYes joined the 5by5 podcast network, one of the premier tech podcast networks in the world. Kozemczak co-hosted the podcast during that time. Today Kozemczak is an engineer focusing on consumer iPhone products at Instacart, an on-demand grocery delivery service that operates in more than 15 cities in the United States. He is a 2007 graduate of Greenville College with a BS in physics and a BA in mathematics.

David Rose
Entrepreneur and CEO, Ditto Lab, and Author of Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things
St. Olaf College
Class of 1989, Physics and Fine Arts

David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information. Rose also is the CEO at Ditto Labs, an image-recognition software platform that scours social media photos to find brands and products. His new book, Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things, focuses on the future of the internet of things and how these technologies will affect the ways we live and work. Earlier, Rose founded and was CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging now used by CVS, Walgreens, and Express Scripts. He also founded Ambient Devices, which pioneered “glanceable technology” that embeds internet information in everyday objects such as lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. In 1997, Rose was the first to patent an online photo sharing service, and he holds patents for interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. Earlier he founded and was president of Interactive Factory, which still creates interactive museum exhibits, educational software, and smart toys, including the award-winning LEGO Mindstorms Robotic Invention System. Rose’s work has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, covered in the New York Times, WIRED, and the Economist, and parodied on the Colbert Report. He earned bachelor’s degrees in physics and fine arts from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in technology in education from Harvard University.

Moderator: Elizabeth Segran
Staff Writer, Fast Company

Currently a staff writer for Fast Company, Elizabeth Segran has published articles in a range of publications including the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Nation, New Republic, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Salon. Her book, The River Speaks, which is a translation of ancient Tamil poetry, was published in 2012 by Penguin Books. Segran is a global nomad who grew up in Brussels, Paris, Singapore, Jakarta, and London before moving to New York to attend Columbia University, where she studied English as well as Middle Eastern and Asian languages and cultures. She is an expert on India, having devoted a decade to studying its history, literature, culture, and gender dynamics. Segran earned a BA in English, Middle Eastern, and Asian languages and culture from Columbia University and a master’s and PhD in South and Southeast Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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