No doubt some honchos at Microsoft are a little steamed right now. Nokia has apologized for misleading the media this week when it introduced its new Lumia 920 Windows Phone and showed video that was purportedly shot using the phone's new image stabilization technology. Turns out the video was a "simulation" of the PureView imaging capabilities, shot with a regular camera, not a smartphone. Nokia's top executives reportedly were not aware of the deception, and CEO Stephen Elop has asked the company's ethics officer to investigate, according to The New York Times. Elop, a former Microsoft executive, joined Nokia in 2011 shortly after the company announced its smartphones would use Microsoft's Windows operating system. Not sure which is more embarrassing: the actual deception, or the brass claiming no knowledge of it.
Lazowska’s other initiatives include promoting K-12 STEM education and gender diversity in the UW program. He champions the notion that all students should study computer science to cultivate the “computational thinking” skills needed for the new century.
Lazowska marvels at the region’s transformation into a place “with distinctive and innovative activities in the broadest range of areas.” With his trademark enthusiasm for the UW and the local tech sector, this celebrated educator, researcher, adviser and booster has played an important role in that transformation.
Previous Tech Impact Champions
Tech Impact Champions are chosen not only for their achievements in technology but also for championing the region’s broader tech sector. Past inductees in Seattle Business magazine’s Hall of Technology Champions, previously called Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, are:
2012: John McAdams, former CEO, F5 Networks
2013: Jeremy Jaech, cofounder, Aldus and Visio, and chair emeritus, the Technology Alliance
2014: Steve Ballmer, former CEO, Microsoft
2015: Tom Alberg, cofounder, Madrona Venture Group