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Why Every POC Needs an Accomplice: The Story of our Fierce Friendship

March 3, 2023 @ 2:00 PM 3:00 PM

Distinguished IDEA Speakers

Many resources have been published on the roles of allies, accomplices, and co-conspirators in education, professional spaces, and work environments. In relation to anti-oppression and anti-racism work, accomplices “are [people who] fight back or forward, together, becoming complicit in a struggle towards liberation.”  

Dr. Morgan Price and meriko borogove will share the story of their 6-year journey through academia and industry and offer a framework for accomplice-ship based on their shared lived experience.  You’ll learn how they recognize opportunities, work together in good relation, and explicitly address oppressive systems in play.  They will start with their introduction in 2017 in Silicon Valley, with meriko in her last week of a 22-year term at Apple and Morgan a Ph.D. candidate traveling to AVCS.  They continue through Morgan’s successful doctoral defense and impactful career in the Design Studio at Apple and meriko finding the next phase in her career as an independent researcher, teacher, & leader. Together, they embody the importance and impact of an accomplice relationship and will examine some of the extended impact/reach shared by their colleagues.  They invite you to bring questions based on your own experiences for discussion.

Bios: Dr. Morgan Price

Dr Morgan Price is a Human Factors researcher on the Industrial Design team at Apple Inc working at the intersection of hardware and software.  She is an expert in storytelling, empathetic listening, designing studies, and interpreting data with intuition.  Morgan is an advocate for hardware and software working in concert to enable groundbreaking humanistic interaction design to be realized in our everyday products.

A self proclaimed ‘midwest girl through and through,’ Morgan grew up in Chicago, and moved out to the corn fields of Iowa to complete her first two degrees – a BS  in Biomedical Engineering a Master’s in Injury Epidemiology.  She finished her tour in Madison, Wisconsin where she earned both an MS and a Doctorate in ISYE.  No stranger to screen or fame, Morgan starred in a documentary about African American youth in Chicago while she was in college and beyond. 

meriko borogove

meriko borogove  is a technical design director, photographer, and troublemaker.  She partners with studios, theatres, researchers, and creatives who push the boundaries of technology in the service of story, art, and community.  meriko’s current work is centers cross-disciplinary work on new interfaces and media languages in emergent narrative fields.   

Her tenure at Apple includes 22 years building core engineering and design teams and inventing critical and foundational media, gaming, and ML technologies with a number of patents still registered today.  She was a founding member of the iPhone team, and was responsible for building the iPhone cameras – changing photography and videography forever.  meriko is Honorary Professor of Creative Technologies at the Royal Holloway College of London, and works with ScanLAB Projects, where she is the Executive Producer of FRAMERATE which premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2022.

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