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berkeleyByte presents: The Social Impact of Technology, May 1

berkeleyByte Presents: The Social Impact of Technology, A Conversation Featuring Speakers from The Berkeley Foundation for Opportunities in Information Technology, Team4Tech, SocialCoding4Good, and VMWare Inc. berkeleyByte (http://www.berkeleyByte.com) is the leading design, innovation, and technology news blog on campus run by students.

As rising rents and increased income inequality exacerbate economic tensions in the Bay Area, we ask, what obligation does the tech industry have to our local and global communities? How are technology professionals exhibiting social responsibility and what role does their technology have to play? Please join our panelists for a conversation on these topics and more at 5pm Thursday, May 1st, in Soda Hall’s Wozniak Lounge.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Narayan Sundararajan
Chief Technology Officer Narayan Sundararajan is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Grameen Intel Social Business Ltd. He oversees technology and product development. He is also a core member of the emerging markets healthcare team in the World Ahead Program at Intel. Prior to this, Narayan has traversed various technical, business and management roles at Intel working in diverse groups such as the New Business Initiatives , Digital Health Group and Corporate Technology Group. Educated at the Indian Institute of Technology (B.Tech) and Cornell (M.S, PhD), he holds 17 patents issued, with 50 pending and has co-authored a book titled “Micro fabrication for Micro fluidics” published by Artech Publishers. He is also a freelance documentary and film-maker.

Andrea Ramirez is an Engineering Manager with VMware’s Ecosystem Engineering R&D. She has built a reputation for leading software teams in Silicon Valley throughout the past two decades. As a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in economics, her career in information technology began as a systems engineer at Bank of America; and in the ensuing years, she built cross-functional teams at Yahoo! Inc., VeriSign, Elemental Security, and a slew of innovative start-ups. She also holds a Master’s of Science degree in software engineering. Currently at VMware, Andrea oversees Ecosystem Engineering R&D, Interoperability Engineering and custom development projects. She is honored to be an active participant in VMware’s commitment to corporate philanthropy, bringing the examination of cloud technology to the fore in countries of emerging economies–most recently, Vietnam in 2014 and Africa in 2013. Her personal passion for advancing educational opportunity internationally was sparked as a high school exchange student to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and has continued in recent years as a volunteer with the Ponheary Ly Foundation in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Julie Clugage has more than 20 years of experience in the world of education, technology and economic development. Before founding Team4Tech, she served as global operations and communications manager for Intel Corporation’s Education Market Platforms Group. While in that role, Julie launched the Intel Education Service Corps, a service and career-development program that links Intel technology and 70 employees per year with non-profit organizations working to improve educational quality in developing countries. This successful program serves as a tested model for Team4Tech. Before joining Intel, Julie worked in economic development for seven years at the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, and a teacher training high school in rural Guatemala. She is the mother of three girls and serves on the advisory board of the Global Social Venture Competition, as well as the board of the Las Lomitas Education Foundation. She holds an MPA from Princeton University, an MBA from UC Berkeley, and an AB from Dartmouth College.

M Celine Takatsuno leads the SocialCoding4Good program, and is presently immersed in all things open source, volunteering, and corporate social responsibility. As the founder of Gracepoint, Inc., she focuses on emerging technology applications that open access, communication, and participation for the greater good. Previously, she’s led marketing, product, and revenue initiatives for media, mobile, and web companies including Keibi (now Lithium), Teracent (Google), and Commission Junction.