Exponential Technologies and Societal Impact – May 31st 2019

The University of Washington’s Evans School for Public Policy & Governance and the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) are hosting a one-day conference: Exponential Technologies & Societal Impact (xT+I 19), on May 31st at GIX in Bellevue.

The conference is being supported by Avanade, City of Bellevue, Icertis, Meylah, Microsoft, Microsoft Alumni Network, TiE Seattle and ASKXXI.

Unlocking Learning

SMARTlab and Learning – Lizbeth Goodman, Professor, University College Dublin and Founder SMARTlab

Technology and Learning – Michelle Zimmerman, Microsoft Innovative Educator, Renton Prep

Expanding Tech Learning through Music – Thomas Swanson, Organization Development, Foundry10

Technology, Art and Environment – Genevieve Trembly, Xdisciplinary design educator, GIX Mentor, MIEE and ASXXI founder

Art and AR – Manish Engineer, Seattle Art Museum

Moderator, Ben Olsen, AI and Ethics Learning Lead, Microsoft


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Date: Wednesday, August 22nd.
Time: 2-4 pm (2 hours)
Location: SMARTlab at the Lightbulb Factory, Newstead, UCD
Remote login information: Will be streamed live on https://appear.in/smartlabwhip


The $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE is a four-year global competition focused on the development of a  robotic Avatar System that will enable anyone to see, hear, touch and interact with physical environments and people in real-time at a distant location in a manner that feels as if they are truly there. An Avatar System is defined as a physical Robotic Avatar operated by a person (Operator) and interacting with an environment or a person at a distance (Recipient).

The ANA Avatar XPRIZE seeks to incentivize innovators around the world to imagine a future with avatars and integrate several emerging and exponential technologies to create a useful and functional physical robotic Avatar System. Current investment and research tend to focus on the development and incremental improvements of individual component technologies, rather than bringing together synergistic technologies to support transformational leaps. A successful solution to this challenge will enable humankind to take the next step in transcending the limits of physical transportation, leading to a more connected world.

The winning team will develop and demonstrate a robotic Avatar System that allows a human’s senses, actions and presence to be transported to a distant location in realtime. Such a system will enable humans to connect to others, or to accomplish a need at a remote location, via a physical form.

This Avatar System will enable the person using it to actually feel that they are present at the distant location. This sense of presence in a physical embodied Avatar form is a key criteria by which the overall success of the winning Avatar System will be evaluated.

This workshop will introduce the ANA Avatar XPRIZE in more detail, the goals, expectations and timelines for the four-year effort. We will also take some time to ideate some examples of a future where robotic Avatars are an integral part of everyday life.

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SMARTlab director Lizbeth Goodman will be giving a speech at the Irish Research Council STEAM: A Workshop to Cultivate Interdisciplinary Research in Ireland. Her speech is titled “Full Steam ahead: on STEAM, R-STEAM,  G-STEAM and the need for Inclusive Design in Education”.

Other members of the SMARTlab team will be giving speeches in the same plenary session. Members and their titles can be found below.

  • Dr Shane Keaveney and Colin Keogh: “Disruptive Tech for New STEAM Applications”,
  • Dr Anita McKeown: “Water in the Desert: using a novel STEAM curriculum tool for creative placemaking’
  • Çağrı Çubukçu: “Creative Gamification”

If you wish to get more information about IRC STEAM, please follow this link.

The full programme of the workshop can also be found below:

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Global Education Summit, 26-27 March
SMARTlab is proud to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Global Education Summit in Istanbul, with the President of Turkey and senior Ministers, the Education Director of the OECD, Director of Intel EMEA, et al: http://ges.world/speakers/

21st: Dr David Prendergast of Intel on Lizbeth Goodman and Nicola Herbertson lead the hands-on training session on Communicating for Indsutry Impact, Virtual Worlds by and for People with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities – with participants including the six new SMARTlab-IDRC Marie Curie Fellows: Dr Cathy Dalton, Dr Kenn Kerr, Dr Yugos Politis, Dr Anita Yakkundi, Dr Aviva Cohen and Dr Nigel Robb

TED, 7-8 March
Valencia Spain- inTED: SMARTlab chairs the Panel with speakers including Prof Lizbeth Goodman (chair), Dr Joe Eyerman, Dr Jacki Morie, Camille Baker, Dr Ken Kerr, Prof Jutta Treviranus, Dr Eva de Lera, Nicola Herbertson, Laura Screpanti, Bo Zhang, Cagir Cubukcu, on VIRTUAL WORLDS & ROBOTICS FOR INCLUSIVE LEARNING

Profesor Lizbeth Goodman to speak on Innovation at the Leadership Forum, Croke Park Stadium, Dublin this Thursday 3rd March:





SMARTlab Winter Wonderland- Spring Forward: 2016 PhD Seminar!














Lynne Heller: “Avatar Daughters: Envisioning a Spectrum between the Material/Virtual Through Feminist Theory”#


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Smart People - Smart Economy
The U.S. Embassy is hosting a fascinating workshop in Mabos on Hanover Quay on Thursday 3rd of April at 3pm titled “Innovative Citizenship: the New Civics”

The topic of the afternoon is “What opportunity does technology provide to help redefine civic education and public engagement? Experiments with games, online social media and civic projects explores what’s next in citizenship”

Panelist: Stephen Walter, Emerson Engagement Game Lab
Panelist: Fred Boss, NCCA
Panelist: Sean O’Gradaigh, NUI Galway
Panelist: James Corbett, Mission V
Panelist: Lizbeth Goodman, SMARTlab Digital Institute

Spaces are limited but If you’re interested in attending please RSVP: Angie Smith, Deputy Director, Office of Public Diplomacy, U.S. Embassy: smithac2@state.gov

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back row from left:
Paul Galvin (Tyndall Centre); Evert Jan Hoogerwerf (ausilioteca.org); Declan Kirrane (Intelligence in Science); Lizbeth Goodman (UCD); Brian J.P. Harvey (rcsi.ie); Bart Verkerke (SPRINT); Paul Whelan (dcu.ie); Pablo Rebaque Rivas (uoc.edu)

front row from left:
Geraldine Leader (NUI Galway); John Dinsmore (tcd.ie); Karola Dillenburger (QUB.ac.uk)

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Extra-Ability WorkshopFollowing on from the significant community interest we have received in the SMARTlab’s technologies, since the airing of the Science Squad programme on RTÉ 1: A Sense of Things to Come, we are hosting a special community engagement workshop on Extra Ability on Friday 13 July.

The Extra Ability open workshop, Directed by Dr Mick Donegan (European eye control expert/Director of SpecialEffect charity) and Professor Lizbeth Goodman (Chair of Creative Technology Innovation at UCD and SMARTlab Director), will feature an eye-control technology demonstration and show innovative methods and tools for communication with and by people with learning and physical disabilities.

RSVP to: Ms Ricki Schoen: email /+353 1 716 7970


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Because February 29 happens only once every four years, Beirut Art Center is putting on a special programme involving two pioneers of industrial and electronic music.  Pacific 231 is a project by SMARTlab PhD student Pierre Jolivet.  His concert is Wednesday 29 February 2012 at 8 pm.  More info…  Seminars by Philippe Blanchard and Pierre Jolivet are on Saturday 3 March 2012 at 4 pm, free entry.  More info…

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Lynne Heller with AvatarThis year’s Practice-based PhD Seminar ran from Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October 2011 at Nova Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre on campus at University College Dublin.

The main focus was on Practice and Practice-based Research Methods, and students presented on their research alongside seminars, lectures and visiting speakers. See images at our photostream on Flickr.  See schedule of proceedings here (pdf).

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A group of men put years of their lifetime experiences to good use to mentor secondary school boys and help create energy saving devices for an older people’s centre.

Members of the Geezers Club worked with Bow Boys School, artist Loraine Leeson, engineerToby Borland (SMARTlab, MAGICbox) and former rocket scientist Professor Steven Dodds to explore alternative means of energy production.

Together they created designs for wind turbines and developed small scale working prototypes under expert guidance. And the most successful design was selected to produce a wind turbine, which was launched at Appian Court, a centre for older people in Bow.

The Active Energy project takes an inter-generational approach to tackling some of the key issues facing communities in the borough. It addressed under-achievement amongst boys by giving them mentoring, master classes, providing inspiration and fostering their skills, creativity and innovation.

Ray Gipson, 70, a member of the Geezers Club and a former governor of Bow Boys School, said the project also energised club members who were able to reminiscence about the activities they used to do.

“We suggested the production and use of a windmill as we thought they hadn’t been used to their full potential,” Ray said.

“Now, we want organisations to adopt some of our methods to help people save on their energy bills.”

Also involved in the project was the arts charity SPACE which helped bring the different people together.

Spokeswoman Fiona Feber said: “Renewable energy is often seen as the remit of statutory institutions or those wealthy enough to afford the significant cost of the equipment involved. However, there is growing interest in the technologies involved amongst ordinary people living in east London.”

The Geezers meet on Tuesdays from 1.30-3.30pm at Appian Court, run by Age Concern Tower Hamlets, in Parnell Road, Bow. Call 8981 7124 for further information.

By Jessica Odubayo (29 March 2010)

(Original article from News at eastendlife at Tower Hamlets Website)

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