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Better Days Ahead: Virtual Winter Bash

When: January 28, 2021
Time: 1:00pm Pacific
What: Agenda
Price: FREE

Join Us:

Join us for a virtual mix & mingle social.

Dress up or come as you are in your everyday work-from-home duds, grab a favorite beverage, and join us as we send off the old year and welcome in the new!



Mix & Mingle: You'll have a chance to meet and visit with other industry professionals in a series of small group exchanges. 

Musical Entertainment: Carlos Reyes, world-reknowned harpist and violinist!
Carlos Reyes, world-renowned recording artist, harpist and violinist, has shared the stage with jazz, country and rock stars from Chuck Mangione, Bill Evans, Charlie Daniels and Willy Nelson, to the Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller and more. He’s headlined and toured around the world, bringing his charismatic personality and unique and mesmerizing musical talents to enthusiastic audiences everywhere. We’re excited and appreciative to have Carlos join and entertain us!

Quarantime!: Enjoy a special short-form edition of Quarantime! hosted by innovation pioneer Mickey McManus. Quarantime! is a weekly program focusing on innovation that is happening under the radar of the national media and brings together scientists, artists, and social entrepreneurs to showcase our collective ingenuity and innovation. This special short-form episode will feature four innovators from diverse backgrounds to explore the connection between Wellbeing and Place, a topic that holds great importance to us all as individuals as well as has great value in the work we do professionally. Quarantime! is a production of Maker City, Inc. See below for more detail.

Auction: Click here to view our online auction and bid on the cool items & experiences!  Remember that the proceeds from this auction provide essential support for the learning programs, research tools and events we produce for the healthcare design industry.



Quarantime! A speed round discussion on the relationship between wellness and place.


Mickey McManus, Visiting Research Fellow at Autodesk, Principal and Chairman of the Board at MAYA Design

Mickey McManus is a visiting research fellow at Autodesk's Office of the CTO, Future of Learning, and senior advisor at BCG. He is a pioneer in pervasive computing, collaborative innovation, human-centered design and education. Mickey holds ten patents in the area of connected products, vehicles and services.

He was the president, CEO, and chairman of MAYA Design, a design consultancy and innovation lab. During Mickey’s tenure as CEO at MAYA the company won numerous Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) awards for product innovation, was selected multiple times as a top 20 “best small company to work for” in America by Fortune, Inc, and Entrepreneur magazines and spun-out, launched, or incubated five new MAYA organizations. The educational organization he started, LUMA Institute, was called "The Taxonomy of Innovation" by the Harvard Business Review and has taught over 50,000 leaders worldwide about the value and methods of design thinking.

He is the co-author of the the award-winning book Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology. Trillions serves as a field guide to the future, where devices outnumber people and computing will be freely accessible in the ambient environment. John C. Abell, former New York Bureau Chief of Wired and founding editor of Reuter.com noted that, “With Trillions authors Lucas, Ballay and McManus belly up to the bar alongside futurists Alvin Toffler, Kevin Kelly and Arthur C. Clark, offering a vision so compellingly argued you’ll only be surprised if it doesn’t happen.” For more info on Trillions go here: http://trillions.maya.com.



Amie Shao, Principal, MASS Design Group

Amie Shao is a Principal with MASS Design Group, where she oversees research focusing on health infrastructure planning, design, and evaluation. Blending human-centered design practices with evidence-based research, Amie has collaborated with Ariadne Labs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to investigate the Impact of Design on Clinical Care in Childbirth, coordinated the production of National Health Infrastructure Standards for the Liberian Ministry of Health, and developed infection control design resources for USAID. Her work is aimed at engaging and empowering stakeholders in the design process; supporting and substantiating the impact of design on health, social, and environmental outcomes; and translating research into guidelines that can be used to advocate for policy change. Over three weeks in April, Amie led a rapid response spatial study in partnership with The Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and Ariadne Labs to investigate spatial interventions that can help mitigate COVID-19 infection risk to healthcare workers.


Dr. Roger Landry, Preventive Medicine Physician, Author

Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of award-winning Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging and President of Masterpiece Living, a group of multi-discipline specialists in aging who partner with communities to assist them in becoming destinations for continued growth. Trained at Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health, Dr. Landry specializes in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their unique potential.

His book, Live Long, Die Short has been endorsed by AARP, is a 2014 Living Now Book Award Gold Medal Winner and was a 2014 Top Pick in MORE magazine.  He is a regular contributor to national outlets such as the US News Report and Huffington Post, and featured on ABC, Fox News, CBS, BBC among others.  He was also an expert contributor to the recently published 80 Things to Do When You Turn 80.

Dr. Landry was a flight surgeon in the Air Force for more than 22 years keeping pilots and other aircrew healthy and performing at their best. One of his charges was world famous test pilot, Chuck Yeager. Dr. Landry retired as a highly decorated full colonel and chief flight surgeon at the Air Force Surgeon General’s Office in Washington, DC after duty on five continents and being medically involved in a number of significant world events including: Vietnam, the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, the Beirut bombing of the Marine Barracks, the first seven Shuttle launches and the first manned balloon crossing of the Pacific. For well over a decade, Dr. Landry has focused his efforts on older adults as a lecturer, researcher, consultant and author.  


Vikram Dendi, General Manager/Chief Product Officer, Microsoft Healthcare/NExT

For nearly two decades, Vikram has worked at interesting intersections - either that existed or more importantly, that needed to be established. These include bringing together foundational research capabilities, cutting edge technology development, design centered product development, empathetic and innovation oriented culture and an appreciation for analog thinking ethos. In that process, Vikram led and contributed to many inventive products and initiatives - harnessing your immune system for early detection of diseases, advanced AI capabilities and their applications like real-time speech translation, developing smart phones and location based services, open source media frameworks and business models, new products for emerging markets and moonshot initiatives like underwater data centers.

Vikram has been in the information technology and computer science field for over two decades, across research, entrepreneurship, product development and building effective teams across these realms and at multiple organizations. He is currently General Manager for Microsoft Healthcare and Chief Product Officer for Microsoft Research NExT - Microsoft’s “big bets” incubator. Vikram is an Entrepreneurial Fellow and graduated with Honors from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).  The Center for Health Design, at the intersection of human centered healthcare delivery and the design of environments is another intersection that he finds fascinating and inspiring, and is excited to add another facet to that intersection through his background and experience.

Thomas Goetz, Co-Founder, Building H

Thomas Goetz is a journalist, entrepreneur, and author. He uses data and design to help people understand and navigate complicated issues in their world. Thomas is the co-founder of Iodine, an award winning website that helps millions of people make sense of their health and medicines. In 2016, Iodine was acquired by GoodRx, America's leading source of prescription drug savings, where he presently serves as chief of research. Thomas was previously the executive editor at WIRED, which he led to a dozen National Magazine Awards in as many years. He began his career as a reporter at the Village Voice and the Wall Street Journal. He currently writes the LaunchPad column for Inc. magazine

He has written two books, most recently the 2014 bestseller The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis. He served as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Curator-in-Residence for Adobe Systems. His TED talk on visualizing medical data has been viewed half a million times. 

Goetz holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's in American literature from the University of Virginia. He graduated from Bates College, and lives in San Francisco.