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Founder of T-1 Ventures, Visiting Research Fellow at Autodesk’s office of the CTO and Senior Advisor at BCG

Mickey McManus a visiting research fellow at Autodesk’s Office of the CTO and senior advisor to BCG. He is a pioneer in pervasive computing, collaborative human/machine innovation, human-centered design and education. Mickey holds 13 patents in the area of connected products, vehicles and services.

He was the president, CEO, and chairman of MAYA Design, a design consultancy and innovation lab that spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 with a mission of taming complexity. During Mickey’s tenure as CEO at MAYA the company won numerous Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) awards for product innovation, was selected multiple times as a top 20 “best small company to work for” in America by Fortune, Inc, and Entrepreneur magazines and spun-out, launched, or incubated five new MAYA organizations based on research done for the original “Department of Strategic Surprise”, DARPA.

He is the co-author of the award-winning book Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology. Trillions serves as a field guide to the future, where devices outnumber people and computing will be freely accessible in the ambient environment. John C. Abell, former New York Bureau Chief of Wired and founding editor of noted that, “With Trillions authors Lucas, Ballay and McManus belly up to the bar alongside futurists Alvin Toffler, Kevin Kelly and Arthur C. Clark, offering a vision so compellingly argued you’ll only be surprised if it doesn’t happen.”