Human in the Digital Age

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UMKC hosted UM System Research Summit

More than 100 innovators and leaders came together to collaborate, engage and learn from each other at the University of Missouri System Research Summit, “Human in the Digital Age,” hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The topic is timely as there has been plenty of discussion lately about how digital technology is incorporated into everyday lives, said UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal.

“In addition to how we use digital technology in academia, it has become an integral part of how we connect and engage with the world around us,” Agrawal said. “Whether its healthcare, cybersecurity, or travel, much of what we do – if not all these days – involves some kind of connectivity.”

“The true impact of doing digital work is that it brings our work to a much broader audience,” said Jeff Rydberg-Cox, curators’ distinguished professor of English language and literature at UMKC.

In a TEDx-style format that included time for questions and answers, UM System faculty from the four universities that are part of the UM System covered diverse topics such as technology, social media, travel, design, computer science and more. They shared the groundbreaking discoveries they make on a daily basis.

“Technology impacts every person,” said Michelle Reynolds, associate director, Institute for Human Development at UMKC. “Technology improves our lives. But we need to also think about how technology can segregate us. Technology needs to be usable by all. Making things more inclusive is the right thing to do.”

Presentation topics and speakers are listed below. To view their presentation, click on the presentation title:

Panel One Discussion

Panel Two Discussion

Panel Three Discussion

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