ASU’s UTO staff cooks up fresh, innovative ideas at Engage 2020

October 5, 2020

This year’s third annual Engage event brought together more than 300 ASU University Technology Office (UTO) staff members across nine work streams to take on leadership roles, brainstorm ideas and gain and exercise new skills.

The two-day internal professional development event was held virtually Sept. 23–24.
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Following up on the momentum of the ideas constructed by the ASU IT community at Empower 2020, UTO staff spent two hours each day learning, growing and collaborating with colleagues in the form of an idea hackathon. This year’s nine hackathon work streams – submitted by UTO employees and centered around innovation and culture – included:

  • Accessible Dashboard of Dashboards.
  • Activating the Affirmative Pledge.

  • ASU Sync-Up.

  • Authentic Artificial Intelligence.

  • Block-Chain Chain Chain of Tools (See: Aretha!).

  • Emotionally Smart Cities.

  • Help Me Help You: Innovative Boundary-Winning Approaches.

  • Next-Gen Z Networks.

  • Zooming Out of the Meeting Grid.

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Alexa improvements and innovative tech

Amazon finally unveiled its 2020 hardware lineup with several project refreshes and introductions. The tech industry and consumer already have an idea of what products to expect, but the online retail giant normally sneaks in a few surprises. Aside from its collection of Echo devices, there were several gadgets that supposedly stole the show. Alexa also gets a performance bump along with some upgrades that should allow it to function faster and better. Then there’s the official launch of the brand’s own game streaming service.

Echo

Similar to most major tech companies, Amazon follows an annual product showcase that serves as a launching point for new services or technology. Given the popularity of its smart speakers, these are usually what consumers are eager to learn about. This year, the company appears to be doing away with the cylindrical shape of its older models and ushering in a revamped look. The

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Accurate Group Helps Credit Unions Grow Real Estate Lending Business through Faster Loan Cycle Times, Lower Costs and Innovative Technology

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Accurate Group, a leading provider of technology-driven real estate appraisal, title data, analytics and e-closing solutions, today announced the launch of a bundled solution designed to help credit unions accelerate growth and improve efficiency in real estate lending.

Accurate Group provides the digital framework and modernized appraisal, title and closing processes lenders need to remain competitive in today’s real estate lending environment. The COVID-19 pandemic is posing challenges for real estate lenders – giving credit unions a window of opportunity to seize market share from less nimble competitors by investing in innovation and automation.

Property appraisal, title and closing processes are ripe for automation and technology advancement. By creating a one-stop, bundled solution that addresses these areas with proven, market-leading technology and services, Accurate Group is helping credit unions achieve significant gains in efficiency, turn time improvement and member satisfaction. The bundled solution includes appraisal, title and

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Lowe’s Leverages Innovative Technology to Launch Contactless Pickup Lockers Nationwide

“Our No. 1 priority is making sure we are keeping things safe for our associates and customers while continuing to provide additional options to make it even easier to shop with us,” said Joe McFarland, Lowe’s executive vice president of stores. “With more than 60 percent of online orders picked up in our stores, this gives our customers one more option and the added convenience and flexibility to control how and when they get that order. This is a significant step in our relentless efforts to create a fast and frictionless shopping experience for today’s time-pressed customers.”

Lowe’s customers can now quickly collect their online orders from self-service lockers near the front of stores in locations including Charlotte, Philadelphia and the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. After a Lowe’s associate stages an online order, the customer receives an automated email notification with

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