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The Horizon Report: Top Technology Trends

Welcome to our series around trends that will shape the next decade.  Dr. Dennis Trinkle, Director, Center for Information and Communications Sciences at Ball State University, along with a group of incredibly talented, accomplished and innovative graduate students, develops The Horizon Report on a bi-annual basis, which identifies trends across three dimensions: technology, management and leadership, and business models.  The Horizon Report originated to answer the continual questions that pop up around what is coming and what do I do now for corporations making critical business decisions as well as the community at large without the heavy price tag that comes with consulting fees or expensive reports. In this episode, Dr. Trinkle, as well as graduate students; Paul Faria, Christopher Nouhan,  and  Cyrus Green sit down with Jeff Ton to discuss their findings around the technology trends.  Stay tuned for upcoming episodes covering management and leadership as well as business models.

Dr. Dennis A. Trinkle, Director, Center for Information and Communication Sciences

Dennis Trinkle is the Director for the Center of Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) and Director of the Applied Research Institutes at Ball State University.  Dr. Trinkle brings a diverse multi-sector leadership background to his leadership of CICS, where he also holds the rank of Professor of Information Sciences and Communication.  Prior to joining Ball State, Dr. Trinkle served as the system chief executive, provost, and chief academic officer for Harrison College. Dr. Trinkle has served leading institutions across the higher education, corporate, and government sectors, including serving as the chief executive officer of IHETS, chief information officer, associate vice president for academic affairs, and Tenzer Professor of Information Technology for DePauw University, and president, chief executive officer, and board chair for many companies and non-profit organizations. He is the author and editor of 17 books and more than 50 articles on entrepreneurship, technology, leadership, teaching and learning, and history.  Together with Kevin Allen, CEO of EiGames, he developed the award-winning video game on the entrepreneurial process—Fireworks: The Entrepreneurship Experience (2018). His latest book: Recipes for Success: How to Start a Business was published in spring 2021.

 

Christopher Nouhan, Graduate Student, Center for Information and Communication Sciences

Christopher Nouhan is a Graduate Assistant for the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University. Prior to enrolling in CICS, Christopher attended Alma College, where he obtained a B.A. in New Media Studies. While at Alma College, he founded Bitworks Productions, a pre-professional program that bridged media students with community clients, providing professional development opportunities to his peers. Christopher has been published in the IEEE Future Directions publication for his work related to artificial intelligence in higher education. He is the co-founder and owner of N4 Studio, a digital marketing agency, and a Software Architect Analyst with Accenture.

 

Cyrus Green, Graduate Student, Center for Information and Communication Sciences

Cyrus Green is a Graduate Assistant for the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University. In April 2021, Cyrus became Ball State University’s first-ever recipient of the David L. Boren Fellowship, through which the U.S. Department of Defense sponsors overseas critical language study in exchange for government service. Prior to attending Ball State, Cyrus obtained a B.A. in International Studies from Miami University, where he was the recipient of a 2020 Fulbright Award. He is a 2021 Fulbright-Hays Fellow and a Technology Analyst at Accenture Federal Services.

 

Paul Faria, Graduate Student, Center for Information and Communication Sciences

Paul Faria is a full-time employee with Ball State University Media Services (UMS) and an online student at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS). With UMS, Paul is a Project Lead for University and Community commissioned video productions while also serving as Lead Graphics Operator for ESPN broadcasts. In 2016, Paul completed his B.S. in Communications Media at Fitchburg State University (FSU). During his time at FSU, Paul was the Vice President of the North Central Massachusetts Entrepreneurship Club in which he initiated a partnership with United Way of North Central Massachusetts. As a student in CICS, Paul has successfully completed his AWS Cloud Practitioner and Solutions Architect Associate Certifications.