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.

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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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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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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Congratulations to SpaceX – Bruins, Now It’s Your Turn…

By the FuturizeX team

Last year, Student Challenge winners, Jonathan Massachi, Sohom Paul, and Mitchell Zia, had the amazing opportunity to explore SpaceX HQ and witness the future of space travel first hand. Today, our partners at SpaceX unveiled their Interplanetary Transport System, a system putting Mars, for the first time ever, within our reach. Bruins, now it’s your turn. Here are a…

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The 2nd Annual Student Challenge is Now Open

By the FuturizeX team

On Sept. 20th, we invited students out to grab a t-shirt, travel to another world in seconds with our virtual reality headset, and sign-up for our 2nd annual FuturizeX Student Challenge that is now officially open to submissions. Over 300+ students registered within just a few hours! Bruins, are you a problem solver? A creative…

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Catch the Future of Augmented Reality on Oct. 13th

By the FuturizeX team

Join us on October 13th as we host game designer and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television alum Raza Ahmad, MFA ’12. We will sit down for a fireside chat on the future of augmented reality, his work on Pokémon GO and Ingress, and much more. It’s an evening you won’t want to miss. Admission…

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Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek

By the FuturizeX team

Star Trek introduced a future full of possibilities. At our Future of Medicine Forum, attendees got a glimpse of the technology making those possibilities a reality with the Qualcomm Tricoder XPRIZE, a mobile, wireless, user-friendly medical device that can accurately diagnose 15 medical conditions. That’s right. Healthcare diagonsis when you need it, wherever you need it.…

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Disrupting Disruption: Our Need for Evolution in the Music Industry

By Gigi Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Music Innovation

We live and create in a transformative time.  Our relationships with each other, devices, and our creative work are undergoing massive, permanent transformation. The recorded music business has shifted from selling physical recordings to “selling” access to digital files. Instead of owning music, we “rent” recorded creative content in exchange for our personal data and…

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