As I reflect back on this course, I can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude to you, my fellow #ISYS8621 classmates. With Twitter being the real star of the show, helped along with blog posts, presentations, and in class discussions of course, I can honestly say I learned just as much from the people sitting next to me as I did from the professor standing at the front of the room (sorry, not sorry @geraldckane).
I think one of the biggest takeaways for me this term came from the very first class – this notion that the crowd can be a great source of information and wisdom as long as it doesn’t succumb to groupthink by ensuring some conditions are met. Despite all of us being BC students, our little ISYS8621 crowd is definitely full of diverse opinions, and acted in a decentralized and independent manner through the completion of individual assignments/contributions. Through this class I learned how to learn about things I’d never heard of and teach others about digital trends I’m passionate about. I am better equipped at sharing information in digital spaces on varying platforms (who else was new to Twitter AND blogging?), as well as mask-to-mask. While these skills potentially could have been gained through other courses, the content covered when discussing digital transformation necessitates stepping out of the comfort zone, stating you just don’t get it if you still don’t understand a concept (here’s looking at you blockchain), and admitting that some things at this point are just conjecture and open to debate.
To show my appreciation, and to really acknowledge the amount of knowledge every single one of you provided me this term, I reflected on some of the things I’ve learned from you. Think of this as my small thank you cards to every student in the class:
Andrae Allen: From your unbeatable movie and TV references on Twitter, to your willingness to go on a deep dive through webpage ads – you provided some much needed humor, as well as insight and information, on some seriously creepy things going on the digital world. I’m extremely appreciative of that and hope to take that humor with me as I continue to explore digital trends in the future.
Samuel Brand: Thank you for clearing up the remaining confusion I had about NFTs and making me a believer that they might just have a place in the world (just not the art world). Despite SNL’s skit, the countless Twitter convos, etc., it was one of those things I couldn’t quite wrap my head around. I appreciate that you saw the potential confusion people have in understanding the concept and took it upon yourself to explore it deeper.
Alexandra Carey: Alex, I’m still thinking of AI home gyms after your tweet about Tempo! I think the technological implications of utilizing AI in the health and fitness space are HUGE. Also, after reading your blog post on Henn-na Hotel, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be keeping a really close eye on how IoT and robotics plays out in hospitality industry (I say while daydreaming of when I can travel again).
Erin Deadman: Erin, where do I even start? Your active Twittering (is that the right word?) has not gone unnoticed and has led me to follow numerous other accounts on Twitter so I can keep the knowledge flowing after the course completes (I especially enjoy @MorningBrew). I am also still awaiting your DM to get our robotics based landscaping business plans finalized ;)
Abigail Holler: From your tweet about google maps’ lower carbon footprint trips to your presentation on food waste – I’ve definitely come out this class with a renewed faith in technologies ability to help people live more sustainable lives. Tech often gets a bad rap when it comes to sustainability, and rightly so when you think of things like the emissions needed to mine cryptocurrency, but as consumers begin to demand more environmental responsibility from corporations I can only see the green-tech space growing.
Divya Jha: I have really enjoyed your blog posts and presentation on how AI is changing the beauty industry and how brands market their products. It never occurred to me that digital transformation would be happening in the beauty industry the way it is, but consumer’s desire for customization/personalization and how unique and different everyone’s complexion, skin tone, etc., make it a perfect fit. Thank you so much for opening my eyes to the developments happening in this industry.
Richard Kelly: Rich, thank you for showing me how sports have changed as a result of data analytics. I’m really interested in seeing how basketball in particular will continue to develop based on the data-based observations you presented to the class and if this might lead to another change in the rules/structure of the game. Your presentation actually made me finally succumb to watching Moneyball and I was not disappointed!
Courtney Lester: You’re blog on meditation apps is something I will remember for years to come. As someone who does well with the gamification of healthy habits, it made me search outside of my comfort zone and try apps that I wouldn’t have thought to try before (and yes I was inspired to try a meditation app while drunk after reading that post).
Olivia Levy: Your Twitter has been fire this term (is fire still something the kids say?). From the location of tech offices to the Will.i.am face mask, it has sparked so many interesting class discussions. Your blogs on the digital afterlife, mass shootings, and misinformation on social media have been so informative about issues that we not only have to face today, but will also have to face in the future.
Chang Liu: I am not what you would call a “finance person,” but your blogs and tweets have been critical to my continued learning in that sector. I had never heard of low code before your presentation, but see so much value in it across fields now, as well as the equity it can provide for those who aren’t software engineers by trade.
Chuyong Liu: Chuyong, I didn’t really understand what Smart Cities are before reading your blog, but now I can not wait to go and visit one! It sounds so futuristic and foreign, but he technology exists and the fact it’ll be developed within our lifetime is something that continues to amaze me. Really hits home that the future is really happening right now in a lot of ways.
Benjamin Long: Ben, while I can’t say I fully understand Blockchain – I’m a lot better off than I would have been without your presentation. Given that NFT are secured by Ethereum I would have totally lost out on the big picture of the NFT fad without the foundational knowledge you provided. Thank you for choosing a really difficult presentation topic to help ebb some of my continued confusion surrounding Blockchain.
William Moore: William, every time I see Travis Scott, I will think of you. From how Ticketmaster sells tickets to how amusement parks utilize the latest tech, you’ve highlighted the connection between entertainment and digital transformation flawlessly.
Michael Prendeville: Your presentation on drone delivery and your ability to stay natural during the presentation, allowing all members to formulate their own opinions on when and how drone delivery should be utilized, was amazing. Regulations surrounding the use of drones for delivery are coming down the pipeline and prior to your presentation I hadn’t thought about a lot of the issues surrounding this transport model.
Shane Riley: I had not known digital twins were a (virtual?) reality until you started tweeting, and finally presented, about them. Since then, I can’t help but think of all the potential situations and uses in which a digital twin would be a great tool to have. Thank you for also seamlessly pulling in knowledge from your military days and consulting which has really added to the wealth of perspectives in the class.
Ryan Ritell: Ryan, that Verge article you posted on Facebook’s moderators will likely haunt me for the rest of my days. BUT IT SHOULD. Understanding the bad that comes along with social media and the human price that comes along with these platforms is a must. It’s easy to blame platforms for controlling content, but when you realize why this is the case in certain instances and the scale at which many of them operate, it provides some clarity on why things are the way they are on those platforms.
Conor Ryan: I know this note will not compare to your “Fresh Prince of Digital Transformations” rap or your top notch ppt abilities, but I’ll have to try… It’s easy to forget that while Ireland is a western nation, in a lot of ways it is really different than America. Your comments in class and small group discussions often put light on how culture and location impacts digital transformation/adoption, from Paddy Power & coffee delivery via drone to Irish men’s need for AppleTags.
Lourdes Sanfeliu: COVID has turned the world upside down, but I’d say no industry has been disrupted the way the healthcare field has been this past year. Getting to hear from an insider in the industry through your presentation, blog posts, and participation in class, has been extremely beneficial to understanding the rapid advancements happening in that space, so thank you.
Scott Siegler: The watering hole metaphor you used to describe inbound marketing saved me in my Marketing Final. But more than that you have a way of using stories to communicate ideas that really stick – your blog post on AI and chess for example serves the perfect illustration of how machines can help humans grow and develop, but ultimately it is machines and humans working together that has the best output.
Lewis Xie: Since your presentation, I am dying to go to an Amazon Go. I’d never heard of it before (apparently I’ve been living under a rock), but you did such a great job describing the technology that it uses that I have a strong desire to go and see it for myself. Before this class, I’m not sure I’d classify myself as the type of person who wants to try the latest technology, but hearing presentations like yours really makes me want to experience these new ways of doing things first hand.
Sayo Yamada: Sayo, you have introduced me to so many “crazy” Japanese technologies this term (like robot friends). But you also made me realize they’re only “crazy” to my American brain. It really helped me understand how culture plays such a huge role in the creepy/cool line and Japan’s acceptance of technology probably means it’ll experience more technological developments in the consumer space due to that acceptance – cool things that us Americans probably won’t have access to.
Jie Zhao: Your presentation on telematronics and comments on how the insurance industry is changing in response to technological development were so interesting! I think this is something that impacts everyone in the class, Also, thank you for bringing back that Office clip (although I am Team Apple Maps).
THANK YOU ALL FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL LAST TERM OF MY MBA. Since I’ll be graduating this month, I’ll just depart with this…