The role that whole-mind education, technology and today’s generation will play in shaping our innovative future is the topic of this year’s College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Nevada, Reno. Jason Mendenhall, Switch Executive Vice President of Cloud, will present “Internet of Things, the Future and Our Part in It,” on Sept. 25, 2016.
Just inside Server Technology, Inc. in south Reno is an aerial map from decades ago. On it, Reno’s South Meadows — the company’s location — is seen as a desolate expanse. Double Diamond and Damonte Ranch are nothing but open space. “Our crystal ball was pretty effective,” laughs Brandon Ewing, STI president and co-founder, referring to the sheer growth characterizing the once-vacant stretch STI selected. “At the time of the picture, we were in the Silicon Valley, and rents had sky rocketed.”
We often wonder how people like Walt Disney, Steve Jobs or George Lucas developed such creative and innovative minds. Ideas just seem to effortlessly roll off their tongue and onto the pages of history. Are they more creative than the rest of us? How did they get that way?