Nominate a Keynote Speaker for Career Week

Attention Students!

The F. David Fowler Career Center is holding a Career Week from September 30 through October 4, involving a series of networking functions with employers and career-focused activities.  On Wednesday, October 2, they have scheduled a keynote speaker’s presentation which will be followed by a networking reception.  The career center staff is seeking student input/nominations for an industry/company leader or author who could share insights on the topic of successful careers as a keynote speaker.  Help tailor your business school experience to your specific needs and interests by helping the Career Center staff choose the keynote speaker! If there is a particular individual that you would like to hear speak, please submit your nominations via this survey, no later than Monday, August 5.

Second Year GMBA’s to Develop yAPPer, a Location Based Social App

Hey everyone,

There is an exciting new mobile application in development by some GW GMBA students we think you should be aware of.

Second year GMBA’s Justin Lichtenstaedter, Dane Hinnen, and Robert Wyant are currently building yAPPer, a location-based chat app that allows users to communicate with others nearby about whatever they want.  Think 30 minute message boards, searchable by topic, centered specifically on the active interests of other yAPPers and limited to users within 750 yards of you.

yAPPer is intended to answer the age old question, “Who is right here, right now, and what are they doing?”  With yAPPer, you can see and join running chats that are physically going on around you, whether you are at the Nationals game, the campus toga party, or the MBAA BBQ happening this weekend.  Oh and for all you privacy-heads, the chats end and delete themselves after 30 minutes so nothing gets stale.

Pretty neat, huh?  Find the guys on twitter @YAPPERapp and give them some encouragement.  Or perhaps you want to invest.  I’m sure they are interested in money too.

 

GW Hatchet Blogs About MBAA And Glass

The GW Hatchet wrote about the MBAA’s work on #projectglass over the weekend.  Here is a link to the blog article in case you missed it.  Thanks is due in large part to Dr. Tarabishy and Dr. Solomon of the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence at GWSB.  Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 10.02.16 AM

The George Washington University School of Business Brings Google Glass to Campus

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The George Washington University School of Business Brings Google Glass to Campus

Announces partnerships to sponsor crowdsourcing opportunities throughout academic year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 11, 2013 – The George Washington University Masters of Business Administration Association (MBAA) today announced it has received Google Glass hardware as part of a joint effort between the MBAA and the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE). Glass – a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display not currently available for consumer purchase – was obtained by recent George Washington University graduate Lindsay Murphy through Google’s “If I Had Glass” Explorer competition.

In February 2013, Google offered the general public an opportunity to become a Glass Explorer by submitting via Twitter and Google+ bold and creative ideas for how they would use the hardware using the hashtag #ifihadglass. Sensing an educational opportunity, the MBAA and CFEE offered to sponsor any George Washington University student receiving a coveted invitation from Google to obtain Glass.

Murphy – a student in the Graduate School of Political Management’s Strategic Public Relations Master’s Degree program at the time – was one of only 8,000 chosen as a Google Glass Explorer in March with her tweet, “#ifIhadglass I would document PR outreach for students to see real world applications of theory and tactics taught in class #GWU @GWMBAA.”

“As a media professional and recent graduate of The George Washington University, I am thrilled Google saw promise in my idea to use Glass as a tool to foster learning in higher education,” said Murphy. “We are truly at the forefront of an exciting new technology, and with the help of bright minds at this stellar university the possibilities are endless.”

MBAA and CFEE will soon invite the George Washington University community to view and learn about Glass and its capabilities.  From there, students and faculty campus-wide will have an opportunity to join efforts to develop an application of their creation through various campus events.

“Now the real fun begins,” said Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Entrepreneurship Professor at the George Washington University School of Business. “Since news broke last month that we would be bringing Glass to the university, I’ve had inquiries from across the George Washington community asking how to get involved.  There is great promise in the enthusiasm we are experiencing.”

MBAA President Sean Murphy agreed. “Glass is not just wearable technology, it presents a real opportunity to disrupt the status quo. In time, this hardware will allow the human mind and technology to seamlessly interact.  That’s why we are looking forward to crowdsourcing application ideas from our peers in the George Washington community, and I’m confident our efforts will pay dividends down the line.”

For more information or to follow the MBAA Glass blog, visit http://www.gwmbaa.org/projectglass or follow on Twitter at @GWMBAA.

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Getting Glass

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When we arrived for our Google Glass tutorial in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market, I was impressed to find that all of the Google staff were really young, eager, and understandably tech saavy. Our guide for the day was Risa, and she was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful in teaching us everything we needed to know about this exciting technology.

To learn more about how we obtained Glass, read #ProjectGlass and GW, How It All Started. 

Risa first fitted Glass onto Lindsay’s head and demonstrated the near total flexibility of the frame materials.  IMG_1998These frames were not like standard glasses frames and could be manipulated nearly 180 degrees backwards seemingly with no wear.  The glass screen is not a screen, but a glass cube fixed above the right eye. It connects through wifi and mobile tethering, and its platform is run through Google+.

The user engages the device by touching the small touch pad fixed to the right frame and saying “OK, Glass…” at which point the user is shown a list of things it can do.  IMG_2019Commands include: Send a message, make a call, make a video call, take a picture, record a video, get directions to, and, Google. Even with these few options, the possibilities seemed endless.

If anything, Glass is very intuitive. Within minutes, Lindsay was snapping photos, recording videos, posting updates to her Facebook page and making phone calls – all through voice activated Glass commands. With Glass, users no longer have to pull out their phone and type. It’s as simple as speaking a command or asking a question.IMG_2020

After the thorough demo, we chatted with other Glass Explorers about writing code, new projects, and of course, the headache associated with keeping yet another mobile device charged up.  But these conversations reinforced why Glass will be such an excellent learning opportunity for the GW community.

The MBAA and CFEE can’t wait for you to try them.

Special thanks to Google and our technician, Risa

#ProjectGlass and GW: How It All Started

IMG_1977Earlier this year, Google announced its #ProjectGlass program, whereby technology enthusiasts were invited to share ideas over Twitter and Google+ explaining what they would do #ifihadglass for a chance to obtain a coveted pair of Google Glass.  Google’s plan was to run a promotion that effectively drummed up interest in the wearable technology amongst the press, crowdsourced application ideas over social media, and designated enough people to serve as customers that would be invited to buy Glass and serve as beta testers.

Naturally, the MBAA jumped on board, and in partnership with the GW School of Business Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE), Screen Shot 2013-07-11 at 11.23.16 AMwe began our mission to bring Google Glass to GWU. Though we were pretty confident the GW community would generate some cool ideas for the Twitter campaign, we knew because of Glass’s limited availability that obtaining a pair would be a challenge.

The MBAA and CFEE were genuinely impressed with the ideas that came out of our campaign, but as Google began rolling out invites I was starting to lose faith that Glass would come to GW.

Then it happened.  One random night in March, Lindsay Murphy – a student working toward her Master’s in Strategic Public Relations – received the message we all were waiting for. She had been selected as a Google Glass Explorer. Then, a few days later, Hugo Scheckter – an undergraduate business student – sent word that he too received an invite.  This was cause for celebration!

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Though Google has been reasonably tight-lipped about the hardware capacities and its future plans for them, the MBAA and CFEE saw tremendous opportunity.  I myself felt that Glass presented a true alternative to hand held mobile computing.  The mere idea that the user could simply interact online without having to type on a keyboard seemed to substantially cut the distance between the human mind and the internet.  We really didn’t know what to think, but we were sure of the potential.

IMG_1987In June, Lindsay and I traveled to Google’s offices in New York City to acquire Glass and receive a personal tutorial on its capabilities. For more on that adventure, read Getting Glass.