Areas of Interest (Robotics, Software Architecture, Green Energy, Web 2.0, etc.):
Technology in Education, Information Architecture, User Experience Design, Web 2.0, Product Management, Project Management, Interaction Design, Consumer Operations
Michiko Lynn Powers (Lynn) is currently working for Google as a Consumer Operations Strategist. Previously she was the Product Manager at Gazillion Entertainment (SmartyCard.com) a venture backed, first-of-kind web service for online learning focused on the K-12 market enabling direct- to-consumer supplemental learning for students.
In 2008 she earned her Master's degree from the Learning, Design & Technology Program (LDT) in Education at Stanford University where she gained in-depth knowledge of how to assess and design an integrated, theoretically-informed and empirically-grounded framework for learning environments and products that effectively utilize emergent technology in a variety of settings.
Prior to her graduate work, Lynn ran the daily operations of Powerful Concepts, LLC., a boutique production consultancy. From 2002 and 2005, she was an animation producer for a variety of leading animation titles at Geneon Entertainment, a subsidiary of Dentsu.
Lynn received her BA in Political Science at Amherst College in 2002, where she was a prestigious Uchimura Kanzo Scholar. She also received a BA in 1998 in English and American Studies from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. In 1996, she had the pleasure of attending Växjö University in Växjö, Sweden where she studied Swedish language, Scandinavian literature, history, culture and the welfare system. Lynn is a native of Kyoto, Japan and speaks Japanese, English and Swedish.
Specialties: Product management, creating specifications and wireframes, knowledge of InDesign, Axure RP and CS4, conducting user research and usability testing.
Aloha! I just saw a video on your www.powers.to website about how we are all genetically connected -- I'm wundering if the "6-degrees of freeedom" seperation in the current generation of 6+ billion folks on the polanet also applies going back into our historical acestory. I also see you have an interesting educational/experience background from the Learning, Design and Technology Program in Education at Stanford University. I was also a pre-K to 5th grade Teacher in Taiwan for 2+ years: taught English, Math and Sciences. You may want to check out my video: "Project Niu - Hawai'i Educational (K-12)" (http://www.techhui.com/video/project-niu-hawaii).
Hope you will accept my friendship & invitation to TechHui ... Aloha and welcome to Hawaii and TechHui!!
Michiko, very welcome to Maui. This is truly the best place on earth to live now that the internet allows us to work from anywhere. I checked out your web sites - SmartyCard is a very interesting concept for K-12 extracurricular academics. Remember to stop by if you go to the North Shore. You can always practice speaking Swedish far far away from Växjö.
Hi Lynn, thanks for getting connected. Just saw a video on one of your websites about how we are all connected.. fascinating, and, in a lot of ways, not very surprising. Can see you have some interesting educational background, back in the days I was also a part of development group on an e-learning web project initiative, very interesting stuff with an amazing potential.. Welcome to TechHui!