Always connected 24/7/365 everywhere, at any time? What does it mean? As technology and the social web continue to advance, what are the trends and what do they mean to the individual? Connectivity is becoming seamless with our lives, the locations where we reside and the destinations we choose. Whether connecting through your computer, smart phone, tablet and now your car – There is always a question: How plugged-in do we need to be?
Join Nick Pudar VP Business Strategy OnStar as he discusses with thought leaders in the connectivity space Robert Scobel (Scobelizer, Rackspace) and Daniel Jacobson (Director Engineering API, Netflix) on the etiquette in the social space and how personal technology and value added web services can help make connectivity safe and relevant for consumers.
Nick Pudar, Vice President of OnStar Planning and Business Development, is responsible for managing OnStar’s planning, business development, and service evolution. He has responsibility for future services development and for management of the overall service portfolio. He assumed the business development role in 2005.
Pudar started his General Motors career in 1981 in manufacturing, and held various positions in GM of Canada’s Windsor Transmission Plant. In 1986, he joined the Stamping Plant Modernization team as part of the Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada Group and worked on metal-fab automation systems. In 1990, he joined the Industrial Engineering department in the Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada to coordinate cross-plant throughput improvement efforts for GM’s newly modernized stamping plants. In 1993, Pudar joined the Corporate Strategy staff as a business analyst. Three years later, he was appointed Director of Corporate Strategy and Knowledge Development. In 2002, Pudar was named Director of GM Strategic Initiatives. In 2004 he became Director of Global Planning and Strategic Initiatives.
Pudar received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) in 1986, and his Masters of Science in Management degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in 1990.
Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger and is also co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.
Daniel Jacobson is the Director of Engineering for the API at Netflix, responsible for delivering Netflix content to hundreds of devices. Prior to Netflix, he was Director of Application Development at NPR, leading the development of NPR’s custom content management system. He also created NPR’s API which became the distribution channel for getting NPR content to mobile platforms, member station sites throughout the country as well as to the public developer community. Daniel also co-authored the O’Reilly book, “APIs: A Strategy Guide.”
Amber Case is the director of Esri’s R&D Center in Portland, where she works on open source developer tools and next-generation location-based technology. Previously, Amber was the CEO of and cofounder of Geoloqi, a location-based software company acquired by Esri in 2012. She is an advocate of privacy, data ownership, and calm technology. You can follow Amber on Twitter or at Caseorganic.com.
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