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Jill Macchiaverna

Jill Macchiaverna

Jill is the Director of Community Development at Exaptive. After many years as a producer in television news, she started a production company, working independently on films and as a writer and graphic designer. Jill enjoys continuing to use those entrepreneurial skills at Exaptive, especially because the company also intersects with her other interests, like using science and data to change/improve the world.
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Exaptive encourages conversation, action for innovation

(September 18, 2019) - Exaptive, Inc., CEO Dave King will provide the keynote address at the annual Oklahoma City Innovation District Breakfast. The breakfast is an opportunity for innovative business and community leaders to learn about plans for the district.

King’s address will focus on data-driven strategies for connecting teams across industries. He’ll also incorporate the attendees in a demonstration of how to use data, technology, and intention to facilitate innovation.

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Women impacting STEM and entrepreneurship gather for OK WISE 2019

August 23, 2019 - Hundreds of Oklahoma leaders were on hand in Tulsa for the second annual OK WISE conference. Exaptive sent a team to represent the women impacting our company.

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Lightning Talks: Great Ideas from D+C Members

August 22, 2019 - It was a dark and stormy night when Data+Creativity held its first ever round of Lightning Talks. We always hear great ideas in the discussions following a guest speaker’s presentation at the meetups, and it was exciting to have lightning outside punctuating the great ideas from Lightning Talks inside.

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Learning from innovation managers around the world

June 16-19, 2019 - Innovation managers from around the world convened in Florence, Italy, for the annual conference of the International Society for Professional Innovation Managers (ISPIM). A team from Exaptive was excited to participate in a variety of events, including giving presentations, having thoughtful discussions, and leading a workshop.

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Getting Technical: A New Model for Better Patient Outcomes

July 18, 2019 - Some things that can't be taught in a classroom have a lot of influence over whether a nurse will be able to recognize when a patient is 'going downhill.' Dr. Susan Dresser, PhD, the Director of the Adult/Gero CNS Program at the OU HSC College of Nursing, presented her study at the July Data+Creativity meetup.

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Team facilitation panel wraps up Science of Team Science Annual Conference

May 23, 2019 - Sometimes they’re called facilitators, sometimes translators, sometimes directors or maybe even team players. This crucial role is starting to get attention in industry and academia.

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Removing serendipity, maintaining human values

May 20, 2019 - Exaptive CEO Dave King presented at the Society for Philosophy and Technology’s annual conference, held this year in College Station, Texas, at Texas A&M. Dave presented the topic “Using integrative technology to ensure chance-inspired innovations maintain human values.”

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Exaptation in Action: Collaboration through Space and Time

June 27, 2019 - How do researchers on the ground get data about their experiments that are flying around the Earth on the International Space Station (ISS)? NASA's Payloads Operations & Integration Center (POIC) is the primary science and research command post for the ISS investigations and payloads.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Exaptive’s new HQ

July 26, 2019 - Exaptive, Inc. is settling into a new company headquarters space in the Oklahoma City Innovation District. Members of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting in the new offices at 124 NW 12th Street (73103).

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Feature Release Notes - August 2019

Improved Cognitive City Admin Experience: More Power

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Feature Release Notes - July 2019

Improved Cognitive City Admin Experience: Creating Forms

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The Human Component: Using Emotional Intelligence to Inform Design

May 16, 2019 - We're so used to incorporating external data to inform our design. "Which feature wins out in A/B testing? Are we getting smiley faces or frowny faces on the Likert Scale feedback widget?" The Data+Creativity guest speaker this month invited us to turn inward. Devin O’Bryan explained how we can use Emotional Intelligence as a catalyst for incredible design.

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High-tech startup adds top research development talent/cognitive psychologist

May 9, 2019 - Over a 19-year career in academic research development and leadership, Dr. Alicia Knoedler has helped scientists, researchers, and creators grow and innovate at large research institutions, including the University of Oklahoma, Penn State University, and the University of Notre Dame. Now she is a key resource in the Oklahoma City technology ecosystem after joining high-tech startup Exaptive as the Director of Team Innovation.

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NORDP conference highlights hidden contributions to scientific research

April 28 - May 1, 2019 - Research development professionals are crucial for connecting transdisciplinary teams for innovative research. The National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) offers a collegial community for the field.

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Cognitive City launched for Data+Creativity community

April 25, 2019 - We’ve leveled up the potential impact of the Data+Creativity community. Exaptive is giving Data+Creativity members access to the Cognitive City platform. Members are encouraged to use the platform to connect with each other, capture ideas sparked by meetups and other events, and look for collaborators on passion projects.

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An Algorithm to Improve Outcomes for Students and Universities

March 28, 2019 - We had a great turnout for the March Data+Creativity meetup at the new Exaptive office located in the Oklahoma City Innovation District. Dr. Jacob Dearmon of Oklahoma City University spoke about how he worked alongside the University of Oklahoma's team of retention experts to develop an algorithm targeted at improving retention by identifying at-risk students and generating individualized scholarship amounts using a novel business objective based on the twin metrics of retention and financial sustainability.

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Transitioning to a New Building

March-April 2019 - Exaptive, Inc., is moving to a new location officially within the bounds of the Oklahoma City Innovation District. We're excited to host our first meetup in the new building on March 28! Here are some tips for finding us:

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How Cognitive Networks Could Improve Crisis Response

February 21, 2019 - In non-governmental organizations, coordination of rapid response teams during emergencies/humanitarian crises faces a lot of challenges because of its linear design. Dr. Victor Soji Ladele, MBBS, who was a humanitarian aid coordinator for the World Health Organization during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, proposes deploying a cognitive network platform during emergencies and humanitarian crises that will facilitate a real time coordination mechanism.

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Connecting health and urban gardening in an app

January 24, 2018 - Dale Spoonemore shared the inspiring story of how he and his wife, Carrie, developed the From Seed to Spoon app at the January Data+Creativity Meetup.

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Exaptive brings Cognitive City to Academic Tech Expo

January 11, 2019 - The Exaptive developer team was all in for the University of Oklahoma’s Academic Tech Expo. Engineers spent a day of the expo signing users up for a Cognitive City, which the University Libraries department will use to facilitate collaboration and innovation.

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Termscapes Will Change the Landscape of Text Analysis

December 6, 2018 - Have you ever wished you could get a glimpse into a large set of books, articles, or documents, quickly get an idea of what they’re all about, and zero in on the one you should read first? Rapid text analysis is a critical need for researchers and anyone doing a literature review or trying to grasp a high-level overview of the concepts in a large body of text.

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Climate Innovation Summit 2018: Mission Finance

November 6-8, 2018 - The Climate Innovation Summit in Dublin, Ireland was held this month. The huge event was orchestrated by EIT Climate-KIC. EIT Climate-KIC is a pan-European public-private partnership supported by the EIT (European Institute for Innovation and Technology).

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Discovery During a One-Day Hackathon

October 2018 - “My experience of hackathons before is that they’re very technology focused. And that’s sort of the idea: there’s a new technology and we’re going to hack on it,” CEO Dave King reflected. “But it’s almost like hacking on it for hacking’s sake.”

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Software users are people, too

October 18, 2018 - At this month’s Data+Creativity Meetup we enjoyed a fascinating look into the role psychology has in developing successful human-computer interactions.

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Entrepreneurial ecosystem planning

October 11, 2018 - A gathering of many of the most influential entrepreneurs in Oklahoma was held at the Oklahoma Ecosystem Forum for Entrepreneurial Catalysts. The event took place October 11, 2018, at American Fidelity Corporation and drew 50-60 investors and entrepreneurs.

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Neuroscience Data Hackathon - apply by Oct 18, 2018

Join us at Exaptive for an all-day hackathon hosted by Cohen Veterans Bioscience. You can use pre-built components or create your own in Javascript, Python, or R. We'll explore neuroscience problems with the guide of subject matter experts and data scientists. The event will be Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 8:00am-5:00pm at Exaptive headquarters at 309 NW 13th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103.

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Big month for innovation scene in Oklahoma City

September 2018 - Two major events in Oklahoma City in September showcased the interest in developing regional leadership in innovation.

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Exaptive tours FAA labs in Oklahoma City

September 4, 2018 - Did you ever have to try walking while wearing the "drunk goggles" in school? It's a memory that some of our Exaptive team members were reminded of this morning.

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Programming as Theory Building

August 16, 2018 - We experienced the biggest turnout yet for a Data+Creativity meetup this month. Roughly 60 people joined us to hear George Fairbanks, an author and Google software engineer.

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Using Machine Learning to Predict Dengue Fever Outbreaks

July 19, 2018 - Exaptive data scientist Austin Schwinn presented his solution to predict dengue fever outbreaks using machine learning. The solution was entered into a global contest last year. DengAI: Predicting Disease Spread was organized by DrivenData.org.

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Exaptive named one of top tech startups in Oklahoma

July 5, 2018 - The Tech Tribune announced it's list of 9 Best Tech Startups in Oklahoma for 2018 and Exaptive is on the list at number six. Tech Tribune criteria included:

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Innovation is the same in any language

Ask Google to translate ‘innovation’ from English to Swedish, and it's the same in both languages. Shannan Callies, the assistant to Exaptive CEO Dave King, and data scientist Frank Evans traveled to Stockholm, Sweden, for the ISPIM Innovation Conference in June 2018.

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Sensor Syposium connects researchers, subject matter experts, enterprises

The opportunities were abundant for connecting research to enterprises. The Oklahoma City Innovation District hosted the first ever Sensors Symposium in the state on June 11, 2018. The event brought experts on sensor technology from private, non-profit, and military sectors.

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Sage Assembly 2018 tackles role of algorithms, individuals

In April 2018, data experts from around the world traveled to Seattle, WA, for the 2018 Sage Assembly. The topic this year was “Algorithms and the Role of the Individual.”

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Exaptation conference helps define acts of innovation

Reflected in the waters of Lake Garda, Italy, the Palazzo Feltrinelli stands as an example of architectural exaptation. Originally built as a home for a wealthy family in the late 1890s, it was exapted into Benito Mussolini’s headquarters during World War II, and then exapted later as a satellite branch of Milan’s public university, which it remains today.

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Creating a language for educators to audit curriculum

May 24, 2018 - Bucky Dodd and the team at the Institute for Learning Environment Design at the University of Central Oklahoma have developed a way to code curriculum to give educators of all kinds a common language. Bucky presented the concept at the May meetup for Data + Creativity.

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Using data applications to document, reward community engagement

April 26, 2018 - How engaged are you in your community? How many neighbors do you know? What would have to change for you to become more engaged? We heard one solution from Union Capital Boston (UCB) on Thursday, April 26, at the Data + Creativity meetup.

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"We cannot afford to not participate."

April 25, 2018 - “As an example of technology's impact, our judicial and economic systems increasingly rely on risk assessment algorithms that use proxy categories such zip code to predict a person’s trajectory—for example, whether or not they’re loan-worthy or at risk to commit a future crime,” Tayo Jolaosho, Exaptive software engineer, led a captivating discussion regarding the importance of ethnographic perspectives in tech. Tayo continued, “In consideration of this increasing reach, we have ethical responsibilities as data creatives to be better informed and more deliberate in our practice. We cannot assume that facts or numbers speak for themselves.”

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From the Dukes of Burgundy to Saturn V Rocket Fuel: So Many Connections

March 15, 2018 - At the Data + Creativity Meetup, a group of about 20 watched the episode “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” from the 1978 BBC documentary series Connections.

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Exaptation in Action: Understanding Disease from the Dark Side of the Moon

Dr. Sean Laverty spoke at the Data + Creativity Meetup, sharing how researchers have exapted an algorithm previously used to guide spacecraft in the Apollo moon missions to study the spread of deadly human pathogens. We broadcast the event on Facebook Live. Click here to watch.

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TEDx: Using technology to facilitate 'Aha' moments

In evolutionary biology, an exaptation is a trait that is co-opted for a purpose other than that for which it had originally evolved. In a TEDx talk, Dave King explains how technology and big data can mimic exaptation to create new, cross-discipline ideas. You can watch it here.

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Making It Easier to Have ‘Aha’ Moments

Serendipity is becoming an endangered species in our tech-driven world. Uber realized it could use cellphones and GPS to create an app that takes the luck out of catching a cab. Tinder uses the same tools to drastically stack the deck in favor of hooking up. So many other platforms are overriding luck to bring us what we want and need.

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Studying Everything from the Earthquakes to the Quran

Dr. David Vishanoff, a religious studies professor at the University of Oklahoma, talks about how tools created by Exaptive are opening up possibilities.

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1 Million Cups Oklahoma City

Exaptive CEO Dave King was happy to be invited to speak at the 1 Million Cups OKC event in January 2016.

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TedX: How Data Science Can Solve Gerrymandering

Determining congressional districts is traditionally a behind-the-scenes process with a track record of interesting results, even though it is crucial to our democracy. The tools of data science can define open ways to cluster states into congressional districts in a fair way.

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