Amazing story: Boulder to Disney
878_ 8/2/10- Lucy Sanders, Founder and CEO of the National Center for Women in Technology describes Krista Marks as, "A rare blend of technical accomplishment and social passion and entrepreneurial spirit. You cannot spend more than five seconds with Krista without getting all kinds of great information and energy and passion!" Krista is the co-founder of Kerpoof Studios which was acquired by Disney in 2008 and Krista is now the general manager of Disney Online Kerpoof Studios (and still based in Boulder). Lucy asked, "How did you get interested in technology?" Her interesting reply, "My entry into technology was not so smooth. When I went to college, I didn't even know about technology or pursuing a career in technology which for me, was electrical engineering. [But obviously there are a number of careers in technology.] For me, in high school, I gravitated to mathematics, science and problem solving, these were the areas I liked. Fortunately when I got to orientation for college, I sat next to a student who said they were going to major in electrical engineering. I didn't know what that is. "What is that?" And she said, I know that if you really like math and physics, it's the best major to have. I said, "Oh my god, those are my two favorite things." So I fell into it. This is why NCWIT and the things you're doing, Lucy, is so critical, so important. I would like every student to be aware of the available opportunities when they're choosing a career. I did end up there and loved technology. In fact, from that point on I really wanted to be involved in designing technology. I spent the first eleven years designing custom electronics, and got to work around the world." In the first of many future integrations of Kerpoof technology, Disney.com has launched new features on its popular Create Portal (http://Disney.go.com/create/#/create/). As part of the Disney.com Create Portal, we launched a collaborative digital mosaic – The Mickey Group Wall: http://disney.go.com/create/#/create/apps/wall/mickey/ Now, when guests visit pages for characters such as Mickey and Friends, they will be able to create their very own customized pictures using an intuitive graphical interface. There's more...
Related Links: Disney Online Kerpoof Studio || Disney || Create Portal || NCWIT Share || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Practice || Heroes Channel || Keywords: Krista Marks, Keerpoof, Studios, Disney, Digital Mosaic, Lucy Sanders, National Center for Women in Technology, NCWIT, Disney Online 8/2/10 Chnl: NCWIT bytes: 3693508
Listen to: Krista Marks, General Manager, Disney Online Kerpoof Studios
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