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Mickey McManus presents us with an interesting problem. The explosion of technology has created vast complexities that we do not know how to deal with. However, biology and millions of years of evolution inherently has the tools to deal with these complexities. How can we use the tools we have in our bodies to shape the next stage in technological evolution?
Mickey McManus is the CEO of MAYA design, an ubiquitous computing firm in Pittsburgh. As President, CEO and Principal, Mickey leads a highly skilled, interdisciplinary team that creates innovative ways to integrate information and technology into satisfying user experiences.Mickey graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in Chicago, School of Art and Architecture with a BFA in industrial design and extended studies in communication design and mathematics. In 2005, Mickey spearheaded the launch of MAYA's Pervasive Computing practice, which focuses on ways to design information objects so that all sorts of data can flow easily among vastly distributed devices, many hidden in the environment. MAYA's work in pervasive computing has been featured in the Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal. Mick's design awards include the 2005 Consumer Electronics Innovation Award, two Addy Awards for advertising and video production, the AIGA Communications Show Judge's Choice Award, SuperComm 2000 Best of Show in Design, and the Exhibitor Award for Best Conceptual Design. His articles and work have been published in Innovations, Graphis, and Space magazines.
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