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Geek of the Week: Jean Paoli, president of Microsoft Open Technologies

There was a time when Microsoft and “open technologies” were diametrically opposed, but the Redmond company has increasingly been changing its approach, and philosophy, when it comes to open source technologies, interoperability and standards. One sign of that change: The creation of Microsoft Open Technologies in 2012. The subsidiary is led by Jean Paoli, a Microsoft veteran… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Software engineer Eli White makes the world his workspace

Software engineers are in high demand, and Eli White had no shortage of opportunities upon graduating from University of Washington in December 2013, after interning at Google and Airbnb, and spending almost two years at Microsoft. His experience also included a wide range of personal projects — including a World of Warcraft bot, light tubes that flashed… Read More

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Geek of the Week: ‘See Jane Fix’ founder Alex McConnehey fixes devices with a personal touch

Getting a tablet or smartphone fixed by Alexandra McConnehey is not your ordinary repair shop experience. No dropping off your device at a counter, or sending it in the mail. The 24-year-old founder of “See Jane Fix” makes office calls, and she actually prefers it to be a social experience, talking with her customers and showing them what… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Lytro Illum lead designer Markus Wierzoch, Artefact design director

Camera technology company Lytro is getting lots of headlines this week for its second-generation light field camera, called the Illum — a DSLR-style device that creates “living images” designed to be refocused after taking the shot. As it turns out, the design of the new camera has roots in Seattle, at the Artefact product design and development company, and a… Read More

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Geek of the Week: GlobeSherpa co-founder Michael Gray, from mainframes to mobile

Ready to pay for your bus ride on your smartphone? Sorry, Seattle, not yet. But the service has taken off in Portland, powered by the technology developed by Michael Gray’s team at Portland startup GlobeSherpa — part of the company’s broader push to innovate in mobile ticketing. Gray is GlobeSherpa’s chief technology officer and co-founder — a native… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Wayne Bishop is bringing art to the masses, and the iPhone

Wayne Bishop has spent his entire career in technology, working as an entrepreneur, project manager and software engineer — bridging the divide between business and technology for companies including Microsoft and non-profit groups in the Seattle region. And he has immersed himself in the world of fine art. Working with his wife, Karen Bishop, he… Read More

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Geek of the Week: David Mattes is bringing security to the ‘Internet of Things’

David Mattes was a research engineer for Boeing for more than 13 years — playing a key role in the aerospace company’s transition to wireless networks for the connected systems and machines used to assemble airplanes. That shift from wired connections opened up new technological possibilities, and resulted in fewer cords on the factory floor,… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Julie Kientz, UW researcher and one of the world’s top innovators under 35

There are talented, hard-working, young people doing good work all over the planet. And then there are the MIT Technology Review’s 35 innovators under the age of 35 that are simply on another level. Julie Kientz is one of those visionaries. The University of Washington professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering was just… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Microsoft researcher David Heckerman is tackling some of the world’s biggest problems

What do spam email and HIV have in common? They’re examples of the range of problems that longtime Microsoft researcher Dr. David Heckerman has battled during his career — applying his background as an MD and his work in computer science to make advances in some surprising areas. The spam battle dates back to 1997, when Heckerman… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Zachary Cohn is spreading the startup mindset

Zachary Cohn is involved in the startup world in a variety of ways — working with startups, organizing meetups and helping established companies learn to think more like startups themselves. As Zac puts it, he “loves making things happen, organizing people and communities, and solving problems that matter.” He’s also an early adopter of technology,… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Splunk’s Brad Lovering on big data and ‘disruptive transitions’

Brad Lovering is a veteran of the tech industry in the Seattle region — having worked at Microsoft for more than two decades, rising through the company to join the elite ranks of Microsoft technical fellows. He was known for his work on products including Biztalk Server, .NET, Visual Studio, Windows Communication Foundation and Visual Basic, among other… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Dr. Rebecca Gardner is reprogramming blood cells to kill cancer

Dr. Rebecca Gardner and her colleagues at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are altering the body’s infection-fighting blood cells to attack cancer in the same way those cells fight viruses. The researchers take a patient’s blood, reprogram the T-cells, and infuse the blood back into the body to find and destroy cancer. How’s that for a… Read More