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Women Talk Design Speaker Stories: Tricia Wang

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Join us for a Q&A with a Women Talk Design speaker!

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About Women Talk Design Speaker Stories

There isn’t one singular path to public speaking. Folks decide to speak for a variety of reasons, get started in different ways, and have their own techniques for preparing for talks and dealing with nerves.

Learn about the journeys and experiences of incredible women and nonbinary speakers with our new series: Women Talk Design Speaker Stories. Join us each week as we interview one of our speakers to learn the topics they are currently speaking about and why, how they find speaking opportunities, their advice for getting started with public speaking, and more.

You’ll have the opportunity to ask your own questions and connect with folks from the Women Talk Design community. We hope you’ll leave inspired to share your own ideas and experiences, and get out there and speak.

Stick around after the conversation for breakout discussions. During this time you can connect with other people in the Women Talk Design community and discuss what you learned.

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  • 5 minutes | Welcome
  • 20 minutes | Conversation with Tricia Wang
  • 20 minutes | Audience Q&A
  • 15 minutes | Breakout conversations

Come with your questions! We’ll see you soon.

About our Speaker

Tricia Wang is a tech ethnographer who is driven by the belief that technology must serve humanity. Tricia’s work spans the corporate, academic, and nonprofit worlds. Organizations turn to her to help them see the unexpected human behaviors that can radically shift their business. She is the co-founder of Sudden Compass, a consulting firm that redesigns the way companies leverage data to serve their customers. She is also the Chief Research Office of Maiden Labs, a group devoted to accelerating mainstream crypto and digital currency adoption. Her focus on tech has always been in adoption amongst marginalized communities from China to Mexico and Peru. She studied the sociological network effects of the internet, cellphones, social media, and currently, cryptocurrency.

She is a frequent conference keynoter, a pioneer in bringing the human voice to data science with what she calls Thick Data, which she describes in her TED talk. She is a leading authority on digital transformation, building data teams, customer experience, and economy of personal data. Her most recent work is on the importance of hyperlocal forms of interaction and control of personal data. Her work has been featured in Quartz, New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Techcrunch, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Slate, Wired, The Guardian and Fast Company.

Tricia is a fellow at Geo Tech Atlantic Council, affiliate at Data & Society, and sits on the World Economic Forum Global Futures Data Council. Tricia has held affiliate positions at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Data & Society, and New York University’s ITP Program. She is a Fulbright Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow.

Tricia has spent decades researching youth culture, social media, and Chinese Internet culture. She has spent 20 plus years researching the social evolution of the Chinese internet, and written about the “elastic self,” an emergent form of interaction in a virtual world. Her writings on China cover her time living with migrants to spending nights in internet cafe and working with internet policy-makers. She was the first Western scholar to work at China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), China’s equivalent to the USA’s FCC (Federal Communications Commision). Through extensive fieldwork in China and Latin America from living in internet cafes with migrants to working undercover alongside street vendors, her style of hyper-immersive ethnography gives her a unique perspective on what is actually happening on the ground, an outcome that she believes is critical for organizations to understand if they want to form a lifelong relationship with their consumers as people. During her projects she has pioneered ethnographic techniques such as live fieldnoting, which uses social media tools to share real-time fieldwork data.

She began her career as a documentary filmmaker at NASA, an HIV/AIDS activist, and an educator specializing in culturally responsive pedagogy, and has continued to wear many hats over the course of her career. She pours her energy into projects that support and connect humans that strengthen communities, including building after-school technology and arts programs for low-income youth at New York City public schools and the Queens Museum of Arts. Tricia co-founded the first national hip-hop education initiative, H2Ed, which is now housed at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education.

Her most recent work during the COVID-19 pandemic through Last Mile reflects the insights she gained from her 10+ years of living and researching in China. She is also on the California COVID-19 data taskforce. She is based in Peru and NYC. Her life philosophy is that you have to go to the edge to discover the center. For more information, go to her website www.triciawang.com or follow her on twitter or instagram @triciawang.

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The $5 USD ticket fee goes directly to our speakers. We don’t want anyone to be turned away due to lack of funds. If the ticket fee is a barrier, please use the code WTDcommunity to register for a free ticket.

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The event is open to everyone. Please take a moment to read through Women Talk Design's Code of Conduct before RSVPing. You can see a complete list of Women Talk Design's upcoming events here.

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