Tag Archives: Education Technology Innovation

Elon Musk-funded XPRIZE Is One Step Closer To Ending Global Illiteracy

The Global Learning XPRIZE has announced a new Impact Coalition to expand the testing of the five finalists.

7-Eleven CDO And CIO Creates Experiences Of The Future For Customers

In this interview, Peter high interviews Gurmeet Singh, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, and Chief Information Officer of 7-Eleven. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • 7-Eleven’s multi-year journey to become a digitally-enabled organization, including Gurmeet’s “full stack transformation” approach which encompasses consumer-facing technology, back-end technology, infrastructure, and the organizational stack
  • How digital is a strategic pillar at 7-Eleven, mandated directly by the CEO
  • The critical importance of technical talent to 7-Eleven’s future, and Gurmeet’s strategy for attracting top talent – such as highlighting his credibility as a leader and telling a compelling story
  • The ways in which Gurmeet is redefining convenience with software, such as the recognition that the closest store to a customer is the phone in their pocket, and 7-Eleven’s use of APIs and new interfaces to create delightful experiences
  • The expansion of 7-Eleven’s loyalty program from its initial focus on beverages to as a full-fledged loyalty offering that is available on mobile, web, digital loyalty card, and even chatbot
  • 7-Eleven’s approach to experimenting with emerging technologies, including their distinction between technologies that are ready to scale and technologies that are still in the proof of concept phase, a new R&D center, and a CTO function that reports to Gurmeet

An Interview With Toomas Hendrik Ilve, The Architect Of The Most Digitally Savvy Country On Earth

Peter High interviews Toomas Hendrick Ilves, the former President of Estonia. Among the topics they discuss include:

  • How President Ilves’ international upbringing shaped his worldview, including the influences of growing up bilingual, being a child of refugee parents, and learning to program at a young age
  • The role that President Ilves played in pushing the digitization narrative, both before he was President as part of the underground Communist resistance, as well as during his presidency
  • The impact that becoming a newly independent nation around the time that the internet was exploding had on Estonia’s ability to recognize the power of a digital society, and Estonia’s early digitization efforts such as e-identity and the X-Roads distributed architecture which was implemented in 2001
  • The collaboration required between the government, the private sector, and the public that was required to digitize the nation, why the private sector and general public have been more enthusiastic than the government due to the business efficiencies and personal conveniences, and how thee digital system is decoupled from politics in the mind of the Estonian people
  • Estonia’s cyber-war with Russia, which was the first of its kind, and how it resulted in the creation of the NATO Center for excellence in Cyber Security, which is located in Estonia
  • The features of Estonia’s e-residency program, such as being able to become an e-citizen and set up an online business registered in the European Union, and how that helps Estonia’s economy compensate despite its small geography and population
  • President Ilves’ focus since leaving office, including his academic focus on threats to democracy in the digital era, and work with other nations that are interesting in emulating Estonia’s digital society

Ken Xie, Founder and CEO of Fortinet

In this interview, Ken Xie, discusses World Class IT Principle One, People and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Staying agile and innovative in a dynamic field
  • The three elements of Fortinet’s culture: openness, teamwork and innovation
  • Fortinet’s Five Stages of Security
  • Forming an ecosystem of external partnerships to mitigate risk for customers
  • The significant impact Stanford’s entrepreneurial culture and industry connections had on Ken’s career path
  • Ken’s complimentary relationship with his brother and collaborator, Michael Xie
  • Attributes of an effective entrepreneur

Andrew Ng, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman of Coursera

In this interview, Andrew Ng discusses World Class IT Principle One, People, and World Class IT Principle Five, External Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Andrew’s unique, evolving, and passion-driven career path
  • The impact of AI on existing industries
  • Recommendations for CIOs and CEOs starting their AI journey
  • Advantages of implementing a centralized AI org structure
  • Opportunities for smaller organizations to leverage AI
  • How lifelong learning can minimize jobs displaced through AI
  • The importance of building strong teams and cultures
  • Key cultural components for success: work ethic and lifelong leaning
  • Chinese verses US business culture

Yvonne Wassenaar, CIO at New Relic

In this interview, Yvonne Wassenaar, CIO of New Relic, discusses World Class IT Principle Two, Infrastructure and World Class IT Principle Four, IT and Business Partnerships. Some of the topics discussed include:

• Being a CIO in a cloud based company
• Taking intelligent risks
• IT departments as integrators and collaborators
• The role of CIOs on corporate boards
• The internal and external functions of a modern CIO
• Diversity in STEM fields
• Eye on the trends: cloud technology, fast innovation, cybersecurity, machine learning, block chain

Mark Settle, CIO of Okta

Mark Settle, CIO of Okta
Peter High interviews Mark Settle, CIO of Okta. They discuss the importance of setting up talented teams with strong leaders without creating single points of failure; how financial management within IT helps build credibility with various business functions; how IT should build towards non-transactional relationships with business partners to influence collaboration; and how IT helps Okta to build and leverage relationships with CIOs at different companies, as well as a variety of other topics.

The 30 Under 30 Woman Behind Clara Labs Pushes The Boundaries On The Digital Personal Assistant

Maran Nelson, CEO of Clara Labs
Peter High interviews Maran Nelson, Founder and CEO of Clara Labs. They discuss Maran’s background and the companies ambitions, among a variety of other topics.

Harvard’s Education Technology Pioneer CIO, Anne Margulies

Anne Margulies, CIO of Harvard University
Peter High interviews Anne Margulies, Chief Information Officer of Harvard University. They discuss innovation, her approach to training, and the future of online education

Education Technology Innovation Series Summary in Forbes

This page is the hub to the ongoing Education Technology Innovation series in Forbes
Peter high discusses strategy and the industry landscape with leaders in online education and massive open online courses (MOOCs).