Creative design

Creative design expert to speak on campus to promote INNOVATE contest – Jagwire

The campus community is invited to experience creative design and innovative solutions at the next event leading up to the INNOVATE 2022 competetion.

Greg Thomas, a creative design and user experience expert, will speak at the University of Augusta at 3 p.m. on February 15 at University Hall, room 170 on the Summerville campus.

His presentation is open to all Augusta University faculty, staff, and students, but registration is required. Students can earn Paw Points for their participation the speech.

This event is the second of three speaker presentations ahead of the INNOVATE 2022 competition on March 31, which is sponsored by the Educational Innovation Centerthe President’s Office and the Provost’s Office.

At the event, Thomas will introduce creative design thinking, the iterative process that many businesses and problem solvers use to understand the intended audience of a product or service, challenge assumptions, and create innovative solutions.

Thomas is the Director of User Experience at TaxSlayer and is a design industry veteran with extensive experience in creating user-centric customer experiences. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies such as Walgreens and Motorola, among others.

Thomas earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Butler University and his master’s degree in human-computer interaction from DePaul University.

The INNOVATE competition, held annually at Augusta University for the past three years, challenges students to use their education, innovation, and creativity to solve a relevant social problem. Interdisciplinary collaboration, that is, the collaboration of students from various disciplines and colleges, is strongly encouraged in the competition.

The theme of this year’s contest is to meet the needs of the community in the CSRA. Significant social issues in the CSRA include homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, lack of gainful employment, high cost of child care, difficulty in retraining, and lack of transportation. Competition management believes that Thomas’ presentation can inspire student-led solutions to these issues.

“Greg’s years of experience with Fortune 500 companies make him a valuable inspiration to our community,” said INNOVATE 2022 Leadership Team Member Lynsey Steinberg.

“Design thinking skills are a human-centered approach to solving a problem. It focuses on using empathy and the perspective of customer needs to generate creative ideas, rapid prototyping, and collaboration. »

Register for the conference by email.

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