Peer into the future at FutureVisions 2020

future-visionsThe CSU community will get a glimpse into the future April 24 at the ISTeC FutureVisions Symposium.

The biennial half-day conference features academic and corporate experts in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry. In keeping with this year’s theme of 2020 Visions, seven speakers will look into the near-term future (between now and 2020) and describe their visions of key trends in ICT.

Topics and presenters include:

  • The Future of Information — Opening keynote by Phil McKinney, president of CableLabs, on how computing advancements are transforming global communication
  • The Future of Mobility – Amy Prieto, CSU professor of chemistry and CEO of Prieto Battery
  • The Future of Intelligence Augmentation – Clive Thompson, author of Smarter than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the Better
  • The Future of Big Data and Climate Change – Nezette Rydell, Meteorologist in Charge, National Weather Service, Boulder
  • The Future of Transmedia and Gamification – Anders Gronstedt, president of Gronstedt Group and author of The Customer Century: Lessons from world-class companies in integrated communications
  • The Future of Social Media — Closing keynote by Tara Bunch, vice president of AppleCare, on the Social Web and how it might evolve in the future.

All sessions will take place in the Lory Student Center Theatre, beginning at 1 p.m. A dessert reception for speakers, faculty and students will follow the program at 4:30 p.m.

“FutureVisions 2020 provides six diverse perspectives on the future of information science and technology in brief 20- and 30-minute illustrated talks,” said Pete Seel, a CSU journalism and media communication professor who has helped organized the event. “We ask our speakers to look ahead five years from 2015 to 2020 and describe their vision. We want students to be thinking about their focus and how to plot their career trajectories to intersect with those visions. This event is designed for students and it’s about their future.”

The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. 

ISTeC (Information Science and Technology Center) is a university-wide organization for promoting, facilitating, and enhancing CSU’s research, education, and outreach activities pertaining to the design and innovative application of computer, communication, and information systems.

Talking about Women in Technology

Female students and faculty have a unique opportunity to discuss what it means to be a woman in the technology industry with Tara Bunch, vice president of AppleCare, 10-11 a.m. April 24, in the Morgan Library Event Hall.

Attendance at this free, informal talk is capped at 60 and pre-registration is required. Register here. 

Bunch and her team are responsible for delivering customer support and repair experiences for Apple customers worldwide. The technical support delivered through AppleCare advisors and online content reaches billions of customers in more than 30 languages.

Before joining Apple in 2012, Bunch was a senior vice president at Hewlett Packard, leading the Global Customer Service and Support Operations. In her more than 20 years at HP, she worked in various roles that honed both her technical skills and her passion for delighting customers.

Bunuch graduated from the University of California Berkeley, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. She later earned an MBA at the University of Santa Clara.

Bunch will also present the closing keynote at FutureVisions 2020 at the Lory Student Center Theatre later that day. FutureVisions begins at 1 p.m.; Bunch will speak at 4 p.m.

More information on FutureVisions at the ISTeC website.