5 Women Who Changed The Tech Game

If you couldn’t live a day without relying on Wi-Fi or your GPS, you’re not alone. Some of technology’s coolest and sometimes taken-for-granted inventions have women to thank for its creation. Celebrate Women’s History Month by taking a look back at some of the revolutionary women technologists who weren’t afraid to break boundaries in the tech scene and help pave the way for our future generations.

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1. Hedy Lamarr: Hedy created a secret communications system during WWII which eventually laid the foundation for Wi-Fi to GPS. She also just so happens to be a world famous actress.

 

 

2. Dr. Grace Murray Hopper: Dr. Grace Hopper created the system that translates English commands into computer codes. She is also known as the “Mother of Computers”.

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3. Chieko Asakawa: Being blind since the age of 14, Chieko developed a voice-recognition web browser, which opened up the doors to the Internet for the blind.

 

 

4. Radia Perman: Much of modern day Internet would be different if it weren’t for Radia Perman. Begrudgingly answering to the title “Mother of the Internet,” Perman invented the “Spanning Tree Protocol” that lead to the creation of large networks.

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5. Susan Kare: If you’ve followed Apple’s journey from Steve Jobs’ garage to one of the most prominent companies in the world, you’ve come across the designs of Susan Kare. One of Apple’s original user interface designers responsible for many of its early desktop icons, she will always have a page in Apple’s history books.

 

The next time you go to pull up your email on-the-go, be sure to extend your gratitude to the women technologists who broke the mold of this male-dominated industry.

Meet some amazing women and tech, plus other IT professionals and industry game-changers, at a Tech in Motion event near you. 

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The Future of Virtual Reality

1097723620Written by Arthur van Hoff, CTO at Jaunt

Virtual reality is something many people have heard of, but few have experienced. Yet trying to put it into words is, as one blogger stated, “like trying to take a picture of your favorite song.” Poised to disrupt the way we see, live and engage with the world, the fully immersing experience of VR has the potential to change the face not just of gaming or entertainment, but has implications for education, travel, healthcare, real estate, and more.

Today, you can put on VR goggles and have an immersive experience beyond your imagination – with high-definition 360-degree, 3D video and binaural audio, you can feel as though you’re in the world’s most spectacular places, on stage next to your favorite musician, or on the field cheering on your home team, even when you’re thousands of miles away.

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The truly exciting part about virtual reality is that this is just the beginning. The potential applications for this technology is something that excites us tremendously and we are continuously exploring.

Much of the content that is currently being developed for virtual reality goggles is simulated or digitally produced, along the lines of video games. At Jaunt, we’re building the full-stack technology to create cinematic VR. This includes the camera, software editing, and content production. Instead of exploring a simulated world, you can be transported to other places in the real world.

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This also means exploring new means of storytelling beyond the current capabilities of traditional film-making. We’re discovering new ways to use the technology, and it’s opening up huge new doors for writers, directors, actors, artists, and other content creators.

We shared some of what we’ve discovered and created at the Tech In Motion event this week. We enjoyed sharing the experience of cinematic VR with you and you’ll see some action photos in an event recap posted later in the month.

Tech in Motion Silicon Valley is also proud to announce their September event, Security & Technology: BYOD, Home, & Mobile {Sponsored By Microsoft & Appvance}. You can RSVP here.

arthurAbout the author: Arthur van Hoff is serial entrepreneur and was most recently CTO at Flipboard. He started his career in Silicon Valley at Sun Microsystems where he was an early developer of the Java programming language. Since then he has started several successful companies. Arthur has expertise in machine learning, big data, mobile applications, 3D printing, and computational photography. He is originally from the Netherlands and has a master’s degree in Computer Science from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Technology’s Influence on the Coaching World

Over the past couple years, we’ve seen an influx of technology in the sports world. People and companies across the world have developed amazing products and services that have revolutionized the way we watch and play athletics.

I wanted to touch on an area that has seen significant growth, but may not have gotten as much attention. Specifically, I’m talking about the way in which technology has impacted the coaching world.

Although it may not be obvious, here at CoachUp, we live and breathe technology in the coaching world everyday. Our mission is to help athletes reach the next level in both sports + life and we believe that private coaching is the secret to doing so. If you take a look at our platform, we aim to revolutionize the private coaching industry in a way that has never been done before. Early on, we realized that the private coaching industry was ripe for disruption. Primarily because there was no governing body of private coaching and the industry itself was fragmented (i.e. there was no place for people to consistently find great coaches and compare the quality of coaching they received). So CoachUp set out to use technology to fundamentally change the industry.

We did this in several ways: First, we needed to allow athletes to find their perfect private coach. We solved this problem by launching the world’s first online marketplace devoted entirely to connecting with safe, vetted, private coaches.

Second, we needed to professionalize the industry. We wanted to employ a set of standards to which all private coaches could be held accountable. CoachUp discovered that there were hundreds of thousands of coaches across the nation who loved working with athletes to take them to the next level. However, the problem was that the majority of these coaches were not business people. That is, they were not going to set up their own private coaching business, market their services, and create or maintain their own website.

Again, CoachUp stepped in by applying technology in order to solve the issue. We created an online dashboard that provided all the tools coaches needed to run a successful private business. Using the CoachUp platform, any coach can connect with athletes, view their schedule, manage their clients, view their training notes, and process payments. Furthermore, starting this month, coaches are now able to download the CoachUp mobile app (available on both iOS and Android) and run their entire business from the palm of their hand.

Although we’ve made a lot of progress, CoachUp is not the only piece of revolutionary technology affecting the coaching sector. Performance enhancement is another aspect that has been impacted by new technology. Video footage of practice and games has long been a tool utilized by coaches and trainers and I imagine this will continue. However, there are now many services that specialize in sports video analysis. Ubersense is one such company. Using their mobile app, coaches are able to record, annotate, measure, and distribute videos of athletes. This allows athletes to see exactly what they’re doing wrong in both practice and competition.  Hudl is another company looking to disrupt this market. Their technology allows coaches, athletes, and recruiters to coach smarter, create highlight reels, and recruit the best talent.

The college recruiting business is also an area that warrants mentioning. Recruiting has been widely disrupted by the creation of new technology. First, athletes are getting better exposure than ever before. Look no further than services such as BeRecruited, which allows coaches to connect with prospects in a way that was previously not possible. Not to mention the millions of highlight reel videos and pictures that flood YouTube and the rest of the Internet. Coaches are now able to find and interact with potential recruits merely by being active on the same social media channels.

The final area I would like to touch upon is the rise of wearable sports technology. Last weekend, the top award at the OnDeckCup hackathon was a project called the ‘No Brainer’ which was a safety device aimed at notifying coaches and trainers when a player has experienced concussion-level impact to the head. Devices such as this one seem to be on the rise. Another company growing in this sector is Hothead Technologies, which has developed small sensors for football helmets that notify coaches when a player’s temperature becomes too high.

When we look at the rise in popularity of products such as the Nike FuelBand and the JawBoneUP, I feel it is only a matter of time before these products find their way into the tool sets of coaches everywhere. While geared heavily towards the consumer market, a few tweaks and changes would make products such as these valuable training instruments for coaches everywhere.

The fact that technology has affected the coaching world is undeniable. However, we have only just begun to explore the ways in which technology can enhance the lives of coaches and athletes everywhere. As products and services grow and mature, it will be exciting to see the breakthrough technologies and disruptive products that evolve in the years to come!

Rahier Rahman, Founder of Pangea, Chats with Tech in Motion

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The team from Tech in Motion: Chicago sat down earlier this year to speak with Rahier Rahman, founder of Pangea Payments. He was gracious enough to sit down prior to one of our events and answer a few of our questions about running a start-up and how he came up with the idea for Pangea. Here’s our interview:

 

 

T.I.M: What was the inspiration behind your start-up?

RR:  The purpose of Pangea is to have societal impact and disrupt the world of money transferring. Basically we want to empower people to be able to send money. The only means that people can transfer money nowadays is if they have credit cards or bank accounts and can use services such as Western Union. But this ignores the “under banked” sector who tends to deal in cash only. There are over 200 million people that deal strictly in cash who send over 500 billion dollars annually. Our aim is to assist this group of people and make money transfers accessible to all people.

After growing up in several developing countries and traveling quite a bit as a child and young adult, I realized there was a piece of the market that was not being fulfilled. So we launched Pangea in September 2012 to make it possible for people everywhere to safely transfer money to friends and family throughout the world for a flat fee with no hidden charges. Eventually this will be able to be done through the web, on mobile devices and at various retail locations.

T.I.M: Do you think Chicago is a place with lots of opportunities for startups to flourish? What do you think of the Chicago tech scene? 

RR: Absolutely. There are so many companies headquartered here including giants like McDonald’s which draws great tech talent to the area. We’ve also seen the success of many start-ups that began right here in Chicago such as Braintree, Groupon and 37signals. It’s great to see the tech sector booming in Chicago.

T.I.M:  Tell me about some of the challenges of being involved in a start-up?

RR:  At the beginning you have a vision of what your start-up is going to look like and accomplish. But success isn’t determined by the vision – success is determined by the execution of this idea.

Thanks to the team at Pangea for presenting at our event and thanks also to Rahier for taking the time to give us some additional insight into his start-up!