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High-Tech Summit Includes Talk with Google, Other Companies

h.Innovation Summit

Michael Wang, Georgetown chief innovation officer, listens to Keaton Bedell (C'13), who helps run a student-run business, talk about creating an "ideal ecosystem" to inspire creative thinking among his co-workers.

April 20, 2012 – Georgetown hosted an innovation summit this week designed to bring faculty, students, university leaders to meet with companies such as Google and Dell together making better use of technology at the university.

The h.Innovation Summit April 19 and 20 brought more than 20 speakers from 17 companies.

The Office of the Chief Information Officer sponsored the two-day event, which is being webcast live on Georgetown.edu.

Just the Beginning

The summit consisted of a “Day of Ideas” centered around how to better innovate, collaborate and educate on campus and a “Day of Action” dedicated to exploring how those ideas can be executed at Georgetown.

 “This is just the beginning,” says Chief Innovation Officer Michael Wang. “The hope is to energize Summit participants not just with gizmos and gadgets, but with ideas that they find relevant and valuable to potentially apply to their classrooms, boardrooms or dorm rooms.”

“Innovation is nothing without implementation and integration,” he adds.

Fostering Creativity

Georgetown speakers at the seminar included Keaton Bedell (C’13), director of marketing for nonprofit student-owned and operated business, The Corp.

“What we try to do in our department is create the ideal ecosystem for [creative] thinking to really prosper,” Bedell explains.

Using collaborative spaces, office whiteboards and a Facebook group with active conversations are important in fostering creativity, he said.

Bedell says some of the group’s best ideas have originated during activities and field trips outside the The Corp office.

“And the most important thing about getting outside,” he says, “is that exploring different places breaks the idea that collaboration only needs to happen within this office.”

New App

Adrian Fenty  “The best thing I did and ever will do was try to fix the schools in the city I was born and raised,” says former District of Columbia mayor Adrian Fenty, keynote speaker at the h.Innovation Summit.

The h.Innovation Summit opened up with the launch of the new Georgetown Mobile web application, a service provided by University Information Services (UIS) in partnership with Modo Labs.

“This is the beginning of an improved mobile experience at Georgetown,” says Lisa Davis, chief information officer. “Additional services and improvements to feature will be made over the coming weeks and months.”

The Georgetown Mobile site is accessible at http://m.georgetown.edu.

Former Mayor Speaks

The keynote speaker at the summit was former District of Columbia mayor Adrian Fenty, who talked about his dedication to improving education in D.C. Public Schools during his tenure.

“The best thing I did and ever will do was try to fix the schools in the city I was born and raised,” Fenty says. “[Education] is key toward success for individuals. It’s key for success for organizations. It’s key for success for countries and states.”

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