FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
Sean Murphy, MBAA