At the invitation of Jessie Kawata (Creative Strategist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory), I had the privilege of serving as a guest speaker and panelist at the inaugural NASA Product Design Symposium at ArtCenter College of Design on September 23, 2016.  The audience was comprised of mostly JPL engineers, ArtCenter alumni, students and faculty.  

After sharing my story about the journey into innovation, the intersection of design+business and recent work with BCG Digital Ventures, I joined a panel of impressive folks from Microsoft's Inclusive Design program (Sarah Morris), IDEO (Albert Leung & Vinh Pho) and Google X Project Wing (Evan Twyford).  Their presentations and exhibited case studies were tremendously inspiring.

We rounded out the day with a hackathon where the attendees brainstormed and prototyped against a number of JPL's high priority missions.  The group left the day bullish on the need to foster more multidisciplinary and open-source collaborative relationships.

Photo credits:  Jessie Kawata


Thank you NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory!