Emerging and innovative technologies to take center stage at Yale Tech Summit

Yale alumnus and Fitbit co-founder Eric Friedman will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Yale Technology Summit, a celebration and showcase of innovative and emerging technologies used in teaching, research, and entrepreneurial and administrative activities at Yale University and beyond.

The summit will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Yale School of Management’s (SOM) Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Ave. It is open only to the Yale community.

The 2016 summit will bring together Yale faculty, students, alumni, and staff for lectures, panels, discussions, and displays highlighting the use of emerging and innovative technologies in five areas: Connected Health, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Internet of Things, Scholarship & Research, Teaching & Learning.

Twenty-three presentations and poster sessions will cover a diverse range of topics that include mobile and wearable technologies, STEM education, the future of the web, diversity in technology fields, information security, digital preservation, and much more.

The presenters represent a cross-section of the campus community and include faculty, students, and staff from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Yale Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Yale Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale School of Management, Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Nursing, Yale School of Public Health, Yale Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology, Yale Center for British Art, Yale Press, Yale Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale Center for Research Computing, Yale Information Technology Services, and other organizations.

Keynote address and hackathon presentations

Friedman, who holds a B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2000) from Yale, will present the keynote address at 11 a.m. in SOM’s Zhang Auditorium. The alumnus is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Fitbit, a San Francisco-based company in the global wearables market whose devices track and record personal health metrics such as heart rate, activity level, calories burned, and sleep. Friedman has also served as an engineer manager at CNET Networks, as a co-founder of Wind-Up Labs, a founding engineer of Epesi Technologies, and a technical member of the Real-Time Collaboration Group at Microsoft Corporation.

In addition, the top projects and winners from the Healthy Wearables Hackathon will be featured at a session at 10 a.m. in Zhang Auditorium. Held Oct. 21 and 23, the hackathon challenged Yale students, faculty, staff, and to create of apps for wearable technology that encourages or enables a healthier life style.

The Yale Technology Summit also will feature poster sessions, workshops, a vendor fair, and a catered lunch for attendees who register in advance.

For more information and the session schedule, visit http://its.yale.edu/techsummit

Mobile guide to summit

A mobile guide to the summit is available for both Android and iOS phones and devices. Download the free Yale Events app from your device’s app store and select “2016 Yale Technology Summit” from the event list.


The 2016 Yale Technology Summit is supported by Avaya, Citrix, Computer Associates, Dell EMC, Deloitte Consulting, HB Communications, Hewlett Packard, Juniper Networks, Lenovo/Connection, and Tableau.

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