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Career talk and Q&A session

Date: May 22, 2017

Time: 2 – 3pm, followed by afternoon tea

Location: HIVE, Curtin University

Invention entrepreneurship and Innovation – Q&A session for graduate students and ECR

Prof. Ted Selker

When: Monday 22 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm, followed by afternoon tea.

Where: HIVE, entrance via the John Curtin Gallery



Startups are often hobbled by current trends in funding, limitations of team experience, technology concerns, and inadequate market information. At academic institutions, opportunities for taking innovations forward can be limited by academic stance and by project continuity. And large companies tend to be limited by the expectations of current revenue streams.

This talk explores elements of professionalizing new technology business creation. I introduce processes and components of invention, review and propose models of taking inventions to market and, end with an analysis of innovation; contextually responsible solutions as part of any path to any new technology business success.
The talk ends with examples from my career of working to create solutions that fit into constraints of existing product opportunities.

About the speaker:

Ted’s innovation has been responsible for profitable and award winning products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. For example, his design of the TrackPoint in-keyboard pointing device is used in many notebook computers. His visualization and visual interface work has made impacts in the performance of the PowerPC, usability in OS/2, ThinkPad setup, Google maps, etc. His adaptive help system has been the basis of products as well. Ted’s work has resulted in numerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the press. Ted was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50 in 2004, the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology in 2006 and the Telluride Tech fest award in 2008.