The Easton Technology Leadership Program, in partnership with TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Southern California, organized a panel focused on Technology Innovations on October 29, 2014, at UCLA Anderson. Panelists spoke about technology innovations and how these innovations impact businesses and consumers.
Jory Wolf, the CIO of the City of Santa Monica, spoke about how the city's broadband initiative led to apps such as ParkMe, which enables users to find competitive parking rates and reserve parking. The initiative, which supports the tech hub, Silicon Beach, also made it feasible for startups and established tech companies to locate in the city. Julie Uhrman, the CEO and founder of Ouya spoke about how content is becoming ubiquitous. Uhrman and Benjamin Bryant, in web and commerce and among the first few people at Pebble Tech, spoke about raising funds on Kickstarter (crowd funding); OUYA and Pebble Tech are two of the three highest funded Kickstarter projects, raising $8.5 and $10 million respectively. Bryant spoke about new tracking features on wearables that help users stay healthier. Milo Crisostomo, Director of Enterprise Solutions Architecture at DirecTV, discussed the history of TV and how consumers have more control over content and HBO GO is the latest disruption in how people watch TV. Shiraz Akmal, who is head of Product and Business Development at DreamWorks Animation, discussed how DreamWorks Animation is creating content using virtual reality gear.
The distinguished panel concluded with three tech trends – Payments, Virtual Reality and the Internet of Things.
(L to R): Benjamin Bryant (Pebble Tech), Shiraz Akmal (DreamWorks Animation), Julie Uhrman (OUYA), Milo Crisostomo (DirecTV), Jory Wolf (City of Santa Monica), Guillaume Roels (Easton Faculty Director) at UCLA Anderson on October 29, 2014.