Puja Gubbi.Sarah Hubbard.Ross Smith

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Puja Gubbi is a software engineer at Microsoft who recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. At Microsoft, she gets to solve technical challenges that enable people to achieve more. Currently, she is working on collaboration in Excel. She is also passionate about creating inclusive and accessible workspaces and opportunities and has worked on several initiatives as such--from helping lead recruitment of women in UT's computer science program to working with entrepreneurs in impoverished communities. Find her on LinkedIn here.
 
Sarah Hubbard is a Program Manager at Microsoft and recent graduate of the University of Washington. Her interests primarily lie in how technology intersects with society through topics such as human-computer interaction, technology policy, computer science education, and diversity initiatives. She is one of the authors of "Toys That Listen: A Study of Parents, Children, and Internet-Connected Toys" featured in CHI 2017 and ACM DL. Previously, Sarah worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she collaborated with Senior White House Officials to launch the Climate Education and Literacy Initiative, White House Women in STEM webpage, and a variety of computer science education initiatives such as having President Obama write a line of code. She enjoys speaking on the issue of diversity in STEM in a variety of capacities including the Womenetics Global Women's Initiative panel, Girls Who Code organization, and through several collaborations with Microsoft. Sarah is excited about exploring some of the more interesting developments in the world of human-computer interaction, and where we might find ourselves in the future.  
 
Ross Smith really enjoys getting a paycheck to “play” with software for 25 years now, over 20 at Microsoft. In September, 2014, he was nominated and accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is one of the authors of “The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention” and holds six patents. 42projects has aspired to promote cultural change, “bring buzz and laughter to the hallways”. He is a member of the leadership council for the Anita Borg Institute. He was also part of the organizing committee for TEDxSeattle, and has recently been working closely with iUrbanTeen.org and Spreeha.
 
In addition to his passion for creative techniques to improve the quality of the experience of using software, he’s explored organizational trust, enterprise gamification, management innovation, diversity and the future of education through games and with the Skype in the Classroom program. In December 2011, he was invited to the White House for a discussion on women in STEM. He was the keynote speaker for the American Road and Transportation Builder’s Transovation event in Fall 2014. The work of his teams have been mentioned in Forbes, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, PSFK, the American Journal of Play, Harvard Business Review, and the London School of Business. He is a blogger for the Society for Human Resource Management's SHRM Blog and regularly posts on management innovation. He is most excited by the current work on Skype Translator.

 

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