In this session, Phil McKinney, chief technology officer of HP's Personal Systems Group, will discuss new ideas for apps that could benefit people with autism. Hewlett Packard is working with the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation's "Hacking Autism" initiative to seek new ideas for software beneficial to people with autism by crowd sourcing ideas for apps. McKinney will discuss this open call for collaboration from all across the autism community, as well as the broader technology community.
About the Maker
Phil McKinney is a highly sought out speaker on creativity and innovation and its impact on business, industries, economies and society. The San Jose Mercury News dubbed him the "chief seer" and CIO Insight named his Killer Innovations podcast as a "must listen." For his day job, he is the vice president and chief technology officer for Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Personal Systems Group. He is responsible for long-range strategic planning and research and development (R&D) for all of the company's PC product lines, including displays, notebooks, desktops and workstations. Phil is also a contributing columnist at Forbes.
Phil McKinney is President and CEO of CableLabs. In this capacity he heads the research and development organization responsible for charting the cable industry’s technology and innovation roadmap.
Prior to joining CableLabs, he was the vice president and chief technology officer of the $40 billion (FY12) Personal Systems Group at HP. He was responsible for long-range strategic planning, research and development (R&D) and product roadmaps for the company’s PC product lines, including mobile devices, notebooks, desktops and workstations. In addition, McKinney was founder and leader of HP’s Innovation Program Office (IPO). The IPO was chartered to identify, incubate and launch adjacent and fundamentally new technologies, products and services that would become the future growth engines for HP.
Recently (February 2012), Phil released his first book on innovation and personal creativity titled Beyond The Obvious, published by Hyperion. The book is available in hardcover, digital and audio formats. The book will soon be available in Russian, Chinese, Portuguese (Brazil), Korean and Japanese.
Neurobiological disorder that affects physical, social, and language skills. First described by Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger in the 1940s, the syndrome usually appears before 212 years of age. Autistic infants appear indifferent or averse to affection and physical contact. They may be slow in learning to speak and suffer episodes of rage or panic; they may also appear deaf and display an almost hypnotized fascination with certain objects. Autism is often characterized by rhythmic body movements such as rocking or hand-clapping and by an obsessive desire to prevent change in daily routines. Autistic individuals may be hypersensitive to some stimuli (e.g., high-pitched sounds) and abnormally slow to react to others (e.g., physical pain). The disorder is three to four times more common in males. Though postnatal factors such as lack of parental attention were once blamed, it is now known that autism is the result of abnormalities in the brain structure. About 1520% of autistic adults live and work independently; high-functioning autistic people may have special abilities based on their unusual ability for visual thinking. See alsosavant syndrome.