Carmen Fontana!

Emerging Tech Lead, Centric Consulting

What I love: Inspiring organizations to Envision, Implement, and Optimize leading tech to create new business value I ramble about all things emerging tech in writing, on podcasts, and at conferences. With over twenty years of experience, my zen is when innovation meets data-driven decision making. By day, I lead Centric Consulting’s Modern Software Delivery practice, focusing on Cloud & Emerging Tech. I have a Bachelor’s in Systems & Control Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. I am an AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and have also completed the Microsoft Professional Programs in both Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. I am a member of the Rutgers University Design Thinking Advisory Council and a contributor to the IEEE Impact Creators program. Also: Cancer Survivor, Soccer Mom, and Donut Mile Champion

Improving the Hospice Experience with Virtual Reality (and Design Thinking)

End of life is a difficult time for patients and those who care for them. Hospice patients often exhibit anxiety and sadness. Centric Consulting partnered with Microsoft to develop and Azure-based app that pairs with Virtual Reality headsets to improve end of life care. By incorporating an empathy-based design approach, we were able to innovate both successfully and mindfully. In this presentation, you will learn how to incorporate design thinking to help your organization imagine and implement in a user-centered way.

Time: 1:00 PM

Room: HMB