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GeoTech Cues

Dec 22, 2021

How DNA-reading technologies promise to boost social and economic trust

By Borja Prado

The expansion of non-medical uses of DNA-reading technologies promises to unleash the immense benefits of bio-technologies in our societies, while expanding the public’s trust in its capabilities.

Economy & Business Resilience & Society

GeoTech Cues

Oct 26, 2021

How public trust survives in the era of automation

By Borja Prado

Automation has the potential to displace millions of jobs, while creating new ones. Drastic shifts in the labor market should offer both hope and caution; they will impact each nation’s economy significantly, and alter the demand for skills in employees, but may also stir social structures and affect citizens’ trust in their respective governments, public institutions, and the private sector. How should global leaders react?

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In the News

Oct 25, 2021

The Federal Innovator Podcast 5: “Art, innovation, and storytelling”

Innovation comes in many forms. And while it’s easy to think of ingenuity in government as an upgrade to an aircraft or a new customer service, it could also look like an AI-powered light sculpture. This is exactly the case for The Smithsonian, which is on the verge of launching its “FUTURES” exhibit, the organization’s first major building-wide exploration of the future. In this episode, co-hosts Tim Irvine and Stephanie Wander are joined by Rachel Goslins, director of the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building.

Political Reform Technology & Innovation

Stephanie Wander is the director of strategic initiatives and partnerships for the Atlantic Council Technology Programs (ACtech) and its GeoTech Center, where she is responsible for the strategic growth of its partnerships and expert networks. 

A technology and innovation strategist with a track record of launching large-scale projects to solve global grand challenges, Wander previously was a lecturer at the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work where she taught graduate social work professionals in design, innovation, and disruptive technology. She is also a former senior manager of prize development at the XPRIZE Foundation, where she led the design of IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence XPRIZE and competitions for on-demand urban aviation and tissue engineering. Wander was also a contributing designer on the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE and the Global Learning XPRIZE competitions.   

Wander has written and spoken about disruptive technologies and processes, notably at the National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationO’s n-Demand Mobility Workshop, at South by Southwest, and on CXOTalk. She co-authored the chapter “The Power of Prize Competitions” in the book What Matters: Investing in Results to Build Strong, Vibrant Communities. She has also been quoted by various publications including Sports Illustrated, Wired Germany, Vice, Engadget, Digital Trends, Geekwire, Futurism, I Programmer, IFLscience, and the Verge.  

Wander is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management and Northwestern University. She is passionate about collaborating with experts and teams to identify disruptive change, create meaningful opportunities, and deliver high-impact results through innovation.