BruinsInTech

Discover the latest life changing breakthroughs now within our reach, and hear directly from the faculty and tech pioneers of the Bruin community making them happen.

Digital Tools for Resistance

By the FuturizeX team

On May 10th, in partnership with the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin, we presented a special two panel conversation on digital tools for resistance. Students from the UCLA Department of Information Studies also gave audiences the opportunity to take part in an interactive demonstration on how to install and use Signal, a…

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MLK Remembrance Day at UCLA

By the FuturizeX team

On April 25th, we welcomed hundreds of high schools students to UCLA, in partnership with UCLA Community Programs Office, UCLA Advocacy, and UCLA Undergraduate Admissions, for a special screening of Hidden Figures🚀 to learn the incredible story of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, three brilliant members of NASA who stood up against adversity to…

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UCLA is No. 1 In the Nation for Commercializing Campus Research

By Rebecca Kendall, UCLA Newsroom

UCLA is No. 1 in the nation when it comes to the number of startup companies launched as a result of campus research, according to the rankings by the Milken Institute, an independent economic think tank based in Santa Monica. The report, published today, also ranks UCLA No. 15 overall when it comes to commercializing…

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FuturizeX Student Challenge Winners Speak on their Ideas for Shaping a Better LA at TedXUCLA May 20th

By Andrea Henthorn, Daily Bruin

Three UCLA undergraduate students will speak about dance, air pollution and waste disposal among a lineup of professionals and experts at the sixth annual TEDxUCLA event in Royce Hall in May. TEDx organizers invited the students to apply after learning about their experiences. Coordinators chose about 20 speakers in total for the TEDxUCLA lineup after…

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Always Game: Q&A with Niantic Labs Game Designer and UCLA Alum, Raza Ahmad

By Jennifer Shaklan M.F.A '02, UCLA Magazine

On October 13th, FuturizeX invited UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television alumnus and Niantic Labs game designer Raza Ahmad to UCLA to discuss his work on Ingress, Pokemon GO, and what’s next for augmented reality for a forum on “The Future of Augmented Reality.” In this month’s April Edition of UCLA Magazine, Raza Ahmad shares the story behind his love…

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Built for Mars: UCLA Architect’s NASA Award Winning Design for a Sustainable, High-Performance Habitat

By architect and artist Guvenc Ă–zel, a lecturer in the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design

NASA called for designers in 2015 to envision a 4-astronaut Mars habitat for their 3D printed habitat competition. The challenge was to create a plan to 3D print and build a design that used primarily resources indigenous to the Mars planet. I saw this competition as a perfect platform to develop new techniques for re-creating…

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NextFest 2017, UCLA’s Inaugural Summit of Tech and Ideas

By the FuturizeX team

On March 2nd, UCLA’s groundbreaking faculty and today’s leading tech companies came together at NextFest 2017, UCLA’s inaugural summit of ideas and tech, presented by FuturizeX and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Over 600+ guests attended the sold out event, and we were thrilled to see so much excitement throughout the evening.  Made up…

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March 2nd. The Biggest Names in Tech and UCLA’s Best Join Us for a Look Into the Future.

By the FuturizeX team

Join us March 2nd for NextFest 2017, UCLA’s inaugural tech summit, brought to you by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and FuturizeX. From Netflix to Daqri to Virgin Galactic to Google’s Self-Driving Project, we are bringing together today’s leading tech companies and UCLA’s groundbreaking faculty and alumni to give the greater Los Angeles community…

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2nd Annual FuturizeX Student Challenge

By the FuturizeX team

Kicking off the new year on January 26th, we awarded three student innovators in the 2nd Annual Student Challenge. The challenge asked undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA to submit a new and amazing idea for an invention or technology to address a problem in Los Angeles. The grand prize? $4,000, a Google Daydream Virtual Reality…

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UCLA Students Bridge Campus Gap Between Sciences and Humanities with New Cross-Discipline Agency

By Mihir Mathur ’19, Co-Founder of Creative Labs

Connecting people passionate and skilled in different fields brings a multitude of creative ideas to life – it’s this premise that inspired a handful of UCLA students from the Bruin Entrepreneurs Club to create Creative Labs, a new platform that connects UCLA students from both north and south campus together who are passionate about technology, design, entrepreneurship,…

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The Future of Autonomous Vehicles in the City

By the FuturizeX team

On December 1st, we invite you to join us for a special conversation on the future of autonomous vehicles in Los Angeles with Emily Castor, Director of Transportation Policy for Lyft, Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Jessica Meaney, Managing Director for Investing in Place and Laura Nelson of the Los Angeles…

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The Robot is at Your Service: Meet LARA, L.A.’s 1st Robot Concierge

By Jessica Wolf, UCLA Newsroom

Internationally renowned UCLA professor of engineering Dennis Hong gets excited about robots — downright giddy at times. He’s instilled that excitement, along with a palpable sense of creative promise in the students with whom he works most closely, through RoMeLa, the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory Hong founded that is now housed in the mechanical and engineering…

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Tesla and SolarCity Unveil the Future of Clean Energy in L.A. – Bruins, Now It’s Your Turn

By the FuturizeX team

Tesla and SolarCity unveiled the future of clean energy in L.A. this past weekend with the announcement of their new integrated solar panels and Tesla’s PowerWall 2.0. The combination of these two inventions will allow residential homeowners to go off the grid by replacing their entire roof with solar panels. Bruins, now it’s your turn to…

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Teleportation Not Required: A New Approach to Classify Planets in the Galaxy

By Jean-Luc Margot, Astronomer, Professor, and department Chair for the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences

The International Astronomical Union defined in 2006 what it takes to be a planet: the object needs to be in orbit around the Sun, it needs to be a nearly round shape, and it needs to gravitationally dominate its neighborhood – or what astronomers like to call “clear its orbital neighborhood.” The catch? This definition…

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Witness the Future of Robotics on Nov. 9th

By the FuturizeX team

On November 9th, we invite you to join us for the launch of the new robot concierge hospitality experience at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center and a special conversation on the future of robotics with Professor Dennis Hong, Director of the Robotics and Mechanisms Lab at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering. It’s an evening you won’t want…

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Mitchell Zia On How Star Wars Helped Him Win the FuturizeX Student Challenge

By Mitchell Zia, FuturizeX 2015 Student Challenge Winner

As a freshman at UCLA, I had yet to master the various techniques of dodging endless streams of flyers and avoiding overly aggressive solicitors on Bruin walk. Hands full of advertisements and earbuds blasting Ariana Grande, I began to position my eyes directly ahead and slightly towards the sky to avoid making eye contact with…

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Jonathan Massachi On What It Takes to Win the FuturizeX Student Challenge

By Jonathan Massachi, FuturizeX 2015 Student Challenge Winner

The FuturizeX 2nd Annual Student Challenge is a competition all about ideas that have the power to change the future of Los Angeles. But how are those ideas formed? Where do innovators get the inspiration to come up with the big ideas that challenge the status quo? We’ve all heard the story of the apple falling…

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Sohom Paul On Refining Your Idea for the FuturizeX Student Challenge

By Sohom Paul, FuturizeX 2015 Student Challenge Winner

Entrepreneurship is a dynamic means of identifying a real problem in the world. It involves producing an apt strategy to solve a problem, creating an optimal solution for that problem, and then executing that solution to perfection. The 2nd annual FuturizeX Student Challenge is an incredible platform for you to exercise the concepts of entrepreneurship.…

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