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Engage 2020

Engage, UTO’s third annual all-UTO gathering was September 23 & 24, 2020!

Each day from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

UTO’s annual internal gathering, Engage, will follow up on the momentum of the ideas constructed by the ASU IT community at Empower 2020. This is an exciting opportunity for the UTO family to lend its voice and share its passions. Like last year, we will host an “idea hackathon” where we collaboratively plan for future strategic efforts...but with a twist!

Engage 2020 will be all about mashups. What is a mashup? It’s the blending of two creative products...just like Danzig and Donna Summer.

But what will we be mashing up? Culture and innovation, of course. They may sound like they go hand-in-hand already, and they do, but across two days, the UTO family will focus on how to combine authentic human connection with the technology - the High Tech and High Touch mashup. On day one, attendees will collaborate to hack some of these mashup ideas. 

And in the spirit of mashing things up, even more, day 2 will provide participants the opportunity to switch over to a different working session, bringing fresh perspectives on the work from day 1. Ideas are not the only things being combined; combine forces with your UTO peers to get new a new outlook on both culture and innovation!

The kitchen can get crowded, cluttered, and loud sometimes, so let’s put some roles in place to ensure that the hackathon is as positive, productive, and fun as possible!  Working together to innovate while creating a thriving culture is what we do every day, and Engage is no different! Each idea team will include the following five roles: 

Engage Masher
Masher

The Masher is the head chef of the group! The Masher sets the team up for success by preparing before heading into the Engage kitchen and leading the team to produce a thoughtful, innovative mashup recipe.

An excellent communicator who is respectful, helpful and creative, the Masher motivates the team as they consider the ingredients, leads the recipe brainstorming, encourages the flavors to simmer and develop, and finally presents the masterpiece to the UTO Family.

Engage Recipe Writer
 Recipe Writer

What good is a top recipe if you can’t remember the steps you took to make it or the ingredients that are in it to share with others? Need tips? Check HERE for more information. 

 The Recipe Maker keeps notes during the hackathon and shares action items with the team to ensure everyone is on the same (cookbook) page. Don’t just say what happened...tell the story.

Engage Sous Chef
 Sous Chef

Beside every brilliant Masher is an amazing Sous Chef to help the chef lead.

Good under pressure and encouraging to all, the Sous Chef moves the topics/recipe building along when it gets quiet and helps ease the recipe writing process.

Engage Timer
 Timer

With just two hours during Engage to boil, braise, and barbecue ideas, a Timer is needed to keep track of the clock. The Timer is thoughtfully assertive to ensure the team is kept on track.

Engage Chef
Chef

At Engage you can’t have too many chefs in the kitchen! 

As a chef, you will roll up your sleeves and work with your fellow chefs to create actionable outputs for the workstreams. Besides coming to Engage with an open mind, rest easy knowing the rest of your kitchen team, as described above, will help facilitate and report out your workstream’s findings. These final results will be part of the Engage Cookbook.

An internal UTO IT Professional Development Event

September 23, 2020

 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

Welcome and opening remarks from UTO Leadership

 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Culture + Innovation Mashup Workstream Pitches

 10:00 a.m.  and beyond

Break into working sessions (your choice!)

Zoom links can be found on the Culture + Innovation Mashup Workstream Tab

September 24, 2020 

 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Break into idea hackathon working sessions (your choice!)

Zoom links can be found on the Culture + Innovation Mashup Workstream Tab

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Culture + Innovation Mashup Workstream final readout and Closing

Engage 2020 will be all about mashups. What is a mashup? It’s the blending of two creative products...just like Danzig and Donna Summer.

But what will we be mashing up? Culture and innovation, of course. They may sound like they go hand-in-hand already, and they do, but across two days, the UTO family will focus on how to combine authentic human connection with the technology - the High Tech and High Touch mashup. Attendees will collaborate in focused workstreams in Zoom rooms to hack these mashup ideas:

Accessible Dashboard of Dashboards

Masher: Elizabeth Reilley
Data has become a key vehicle for storytelling across ASU, and the more dashboards the greater transparency around our work and its impact. For example, how are we tracking all the XR work taking place across ASU? How can create more windows and doors into data at ASU that can benefit students, faculty and staff?

Slack  #uto-engage-dashboards VirBELAConference Hall 

Activating the Affirmative Pledge

Masher: Jean Squires & Fred Hernandez
In August 2020, UTO published our official affirmative pledge -- but it will require continual action to bring those words to life. In the vein of President Crow's announcement of 25 steps towards advancing social justice, this workstream will develop innovation plans of action for realizing our affirmative pledge.

Slack #uto-engage-affimative-pledge VirBELA Classroom 2

ASU Sync-Up: Applying Remote/Hybrid Student Success Tactics to UTO 2.1 Staff Success

Mashers: Michelle Watt & Allison Hall
We've learned so much in the pandemic era about what it takes to support our learners in remote and hybrid modalities -- what lessons learned can we apply to supporting our staff and setting them up for success in the hybrid and fast-paced world of UTO 2.1?

Slack #uto-engage-asu-sync-up VirBELA Lighthouse campus iconDH 208

Authentic Artificial Intelligence

Masher: Kyle Bowen
Artificial Intelligence has been one of the most-featured headline grabbers due to its vast potential -- and controversy. There is no shortage of research on inherent racial bias, for example. How do we ensure our next-gen AI tools and frameworks more authentically accomodate and honor the diversity of humanity?

Slack #uto-engage-authentic-ai VirBELA Auditorium

Block-chain chain chain of tools (See: Aretha!)

Masher: Ryan Hendrix
Blockchain has become a foundational element when we think about trust, but it is one consideration of many for empowering learners to record and showcase the breadth of their learning experiences. What other tools and approaches are we missing from the equation? What does trust look like in 5, 10, 20 years?

Slack #uto-engage-blockchain VirBELA Maroon Theatre

Emotionally Smart Cities

Mashers: Christine Whitney Sanchez & Chris Richardson
Over the past few years, UTO and ASU have been leading the way for smart campus, city and region advancements, leveraging technology partnerships and the latest tools. But a smart city is more than a tech-enabled city -- it's an emotionally connected one. How can we activate authentic connections in our tech-enhanced interactions?

Slack #uto-engage-emotionally-smart-cities VirBELA Soccer Field

Help Me Help You: Innovative Boundary-Winning Approaches

Mashers: Samantha Becker & Jess Evans
At ASU, we have a wonderful way of finding creative ways of doing more with less. Boundaries are something people take ownership of setting to ensure we are focused on authentic priorities. But as boundaries in an increasingly boundary-less remote/hybrid world become blurry, how can we empower each other?

Slack #uto-engage-boundary-winning VirBELA Gold Theatre

Next-Gen Z Networks

Masher: Kelly Mukherjee & Dawnyce Schutz
Next-Gen Z has entered our college campuses and will be disrupting the workforce in no time. Are our networks ready to handle the activities they'll be leading? What kind of architecture and thinking is needed, and how do we involve new generations in this architecture?

Slack #uto-engage-next-gen VirBELA Classroom 1

Zooming out of the Meeting Grind: UTO 2.1 and Conscious Collaboration

Masher: Chris Deaton
We spend so much of our time together in meetings, so how we can make them more constructive, productive and engaging?

Slack #uto-engage-meeting-grind VirBELA Beach

Gril with globe in front to technology

VirBELA

Remote, But Always Together

Of course, we’d rather be together for Engage 2020, but while the world has other plans, you’re invited to meet up in the virtual, interactive world of VirBELA!

As an immersive way to gather with your UTO family, we encourage you to meet and collaborate in this virtual environment. This is optional, so no pressure if you’d rather connect via Zoom! Just be sure your group collectively chooses either VirBELA or Zoom, as most computers cannot handle being in both environments.

How to Join VirBELA

  1. Download the VirBEL-ASU Campus
  2. After downloading the VirBELA-ASU application, open the application, and create an account (or log in if you have a VirBELA account already).
  3. Let the application download the required files. Once the application downloads all the necessary documents, it will ask you to design your avatar. (No dress code required!)
  4. Once you design your avatar, click “save,” then “exit” at the bottom right corner of your screen. You will automatically arrive at the ASU VirBELA Campus.
  5. Welcome and have fun!

See you at the ASU VirBELA campus!

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Need help? Connect with #uto-virbela-support on Slack. 

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Previous Events

Engage 2019
Engage 2018