The Keller Center is pleased to welcome Mickey McManus, president, CEO, and principal of MAYA Design, to the Princeton campus on Wednesday, October 24th. Mickey will give a talk titled "Trillions: Opportunities at the Intersection of Technology, Business and Design". The talk is open to the public and will be followed by a light reception.
Mickey will also be a guest speaker (open only to enrolled students) in the Keller Center's popular course, EGR 498: Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship - Ventures to Address Global Challenges, taught by Professor John Danner.
MAYA Design is a technology design and innovation lab that tames complexity through human-centered design. In 2005, Mickey spearheaded the launch of MAYA's Pervasive Computing practice to help companies kick-start innovation around business challenges in a vastly connected world, where even now computing devices outnumber people. To maximize such opportunities for innovation, he leads a team of cognitive psychologists, ethnographers, computer scientists, mathematicians, visual and industrial designers, game designers, architects, and filmmakers. This interdisciplinary team collaborates to design products, services, and environments for people in a trillion-node world--a world whose scale and complexity will dwarf that of today's Internet. Mickey and his team work with a wide range of clients--from Fortune 500 global companies to foundations, government organizations, and startups.
To explore the emerging value at the intersection of design, technology, and business, Mickey co-authored Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology (Wiley 2012). The book is a field guide to the future, where computing will cease to be confined to any particular "box," but instead be freely accessible in the ambient environment.
Mickey holds a BFA in industrial design from the University of Illinois, with extended studies in communication design and mathematics. His work has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, Fortune, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. He is a frequent speaker on the topic of design, pervasive computing, and business innovation.