06

August

Top 10 Tech Trends in the past 20 years, according to my cat Tia

My 20-year-old cat Tia passed away recently, and during her lifespan, she witnessed a lot of changes in technology. As a tribute to my cat Tia, I have put together the top 10 changes in technology during her lifetime. This is not based on scientific information, but rather my opinion with input from my cat.

1999 – Birth of Tia

In 1999, we rented VHS movies from Blockbuster, played music from CDs, and paid by the minute for long distance calls. The ‘cool kids’ illegally downloaded songs from Napster. In 1999,

15

January

My Journey to the Front Page of Amazon’s Alexa Skill Store

I woke up at 4:30 am on November 30th to check the front page of Amazon’s Alexa Skill Store. I was informed the day before from Amazon that my Alexa Skill Cork Ornamentswould be featured. How did I get there?

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March

There’s NO Heavy Lifting in Electrical Engineering and Other Harsh Truths about Technology

Women in Wireless Special Interest Group (SIG) as a part of the Wireless Technology Forum volunteered for our first official service project, in partnership with GSMA and ChickTech. We helped teens from middle school to high school build their own Google voice assistants from Raspberry Pis and Google AIY Voice kits.

Check out the bright, happy, shiny faces of these teens at the event on March 24, 2018.

 

Behind the scenes

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July

4 Different Approaches to Innovation Centers but 3 Common Goals

The Wireless Technology Forum’s July panel moderated by Merrick Furst, Flashpoint Founder and Distinguished Professor at Georgia Tech, provided insights into innovation centers from Delta, First Data, Ericsson, and Dover Corporation. Rachel Ford provided insight into Cox Enterprises partnership with TechStars Atlanta.

Each innovation center took different approaches to innovation but their goals were the same.

Goals

Solve problems for the customer.
Position the company as an innovation leader in their respective industry.
Participate in the ecosystem, but maintain company secrets.

All goals aligned with the overall company goal of creating more revenue, and attract /

17

May

Leadership, Ethics, and Impact

Imagine you are CEO of a publicly traded company, and one of your employees has found an error in the books from the previous year. The error is that your company owes another company $1 million. The books from last year are closed and audited. There was no shady embezzlement on the part of your employees or the company, it was an accounting error due to complex contract agreements.

You have 2 choices:

Open back up the books, contact the other company, admit the mistake, and pay back the $1 million.
File away

03

November

Mobility Live Hackathon Recap (from the winning team)

We recently entered the 2016 MOBILITY LIVE HACKBACK sponsored by TAG in partnership with MobilityLIVE, a partnership between GSMA and Metro Atlanta Chamber. This hackathon benefited United Way Atlanta.

Challenge

Currently, the United Way Atlanta Board of Directors consists of 49 community advocates that meet 6 times a year to drive the most important United Way initiatives. They needed a better way to facilitate communication between board members and leadership teams by replacing their current process of printing out an extensive board package for every meeting for 49 board members. The solution would

09

August

SEO – Best Content, Best Experience – What does that really mean?

Google’s explanation of their SEO algorithm can be boiled down to, “Best content, Best experience.” What does that really mean? I finally got some answers, but I wasn’t at a presentation on SEO!

If you go to a restaurant and it’s dirty and no one greets you, the flavor of the food will already start to sour, and you haven’t even tasted the appetizer yet.

This photo of Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor

What does a dirty restaurant have to do with SEO? A website that is difficult to navigate and

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June

6 Harsh Truths for Entrepreneurs from Shark Tank’s Daymond John

On June 6, 2016, I had attended PLUGATL’s $10,000  Pitch Competition featuring Shark Tank’s Daymond John. This event was held at Woodruff Arts Center in the Atlanta Symphony Hall. Prior to the event, over 100 entrepreneurs applied to be a part of the $10,000 pitch competition. The top 20 start-ups were announced,  and the top 5 companies presented on stage to a panel of judges including Daymond John. Top 4 finalists were: Tydee, a mobile app trash pick up service for apartment dwellers; Make Music Count, teaching kids math via playing the