On March 17th and 18th, the third edition of Design & Tech was held in Salamanca. It is an event focused on design and technology, which has also been part of Google’s Women Techmakers’ Initiative on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

This edition has offered talks at a very high level thanks to Gema López Pérez, Professor of Graphic Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Salamanca and partner in La Merienda Studio; Raúl Álvarez González, a UX expert currently working at the London headquarters of ClusterSeven; Antonio Juan Sánchez, developer of the frontend in ElParking; Julio López Cruz, senior game artist at King, the video game company that created Candy Crush and other hit sagas; and Antonio de Dios, art director at the Herraiz Soto & Co agency in Barcelona.

More than 100 people have participated in the different activities scheduled throughout Friday and Saturday. In addition, three Salamanca startups have been able to enjoy a day’s work with Karina Ibarra and Silvia Calvet, experts in user experience certified by Google, and Felicidad García Sánchez, designer and organizer of Google Developers Group Salamanca, with the objective of resolving a concrete problem using the Design Sprint methodology developed by Google Ventures.

The closing of the event was attended by Juan Manuel Corchado, Vice-Chancellor of Research and KnowledgeTransfer of the University of Salamanca, and Andres Leonardo Martinez Ortiz, Program Developer Manager at Google.

Design & Tech Salamanca 2017 and the first Google Product Design Sprint in Salamanca were organized by the Google Developers Group Salamanca with the support of the GRIAL Research Group, the Master’s Degree in Graphic Design and Interface for new devices of the Pontifical University of Salamanca, the University of Salamanca, and Google.

More information: Comunicación Universidad de Salamanca

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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