Speaker: Mickey McManus

Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote:

What Happens When The Things We Design Wake Up?

In Mickey’s current research project, "Primordial," he and his team are exploring the impact on design when three inevitable technology trends converge. Often called the Internet of Things, pervasive computing is a game-changer that's on a collision course with two complementary trends: digital manufacturing and machine learning. In 2012, Mickey co-authored one of the essential field guides to the era of pervasive computing in his book, Trillions. He believes that taken together, these three trends give us the ability to shift to an entirely new set of design and business paradigms for the first time in history. The way we design for things that begin to 'wake up' is uncharted territory. If we don’t take into account our connected future and continue designing for disconnected things, we will design our way into irrelevance. The challenge designers face is how to surf these trends, what to do about them, and identify how designing "things" will change. Those of us that figure it out sooner rather than later, will have an unfair advantage while others will be reactionary and surprised at each turn of the screw. Please join Mickey in a discussion about Primordial, ecological design and the nature of things.

Speaker Bio:

Mickey McManus, Principal & CEO, MAYA Design

Mickey McManus - Chairman & Principal, MAYA Design 

Mickey McManus is a research fellow at Autodesk in the Office of the CTO, and principal & chairman of the board at MAYA Design, a design consultancy and innovation lab. He's a pioneer in the fields of pervasive computing, collaborative innovation, human-centered design and education. Mickey holds nine patents in the area of connected products, vehicles and services, and spearheaded the launch of MAYA's Pervasive Computing practice to help companies kick-start innovation around business challenges in a vastly connected world - where computing devices outnumber people.

In 2012, he coauthored the book Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology (Wiley) — a field guide to the future, when computing will be freely accessible in the ambient environment. Trillions was awarded the Axiom Gold Award in 2013 for best business book about technology and the 2013 Carnegie Science Award in the Science Communicator category.

Mickey speaks frequently about pervasive computing, design, and business innovation. He has lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Illinois Institute of Technology, LUMA Institute, MIT, Princeton, University of Illinois, UC Berkeley, and UCLA. His work has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review.