Mary Lou Jepsen discovers astonishing ways to integrate digital screens into daily life.

Why you should listen

Mary Lou Jepsen is the head of the Display Division at Google [x].  Previously she has founded or co-founded 4 different startups and served as the CTO or CEO at all of them. In 2005, with Nicholas Negroponte, she co-founded One Laptop per Child (OLPC) to build affordable computers for the world’s poorest children. As CTO she invented, architected and delivered to high-volume production a machine that the titans of technology believed was impossible to make.  Dr. Jepsen then founded Pixel Qi Corp. in 2008 in an attempt to transform a broken display component industry into an innovation engine. In the past she has been a professor at MIT, the CTO of Intel's Display Division and a globe-trotting high-tech media artist. She has been ranked in the top 50 female computer scientists of all time, and Time Magazine inducted her into its "Time 100" as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

What others say

“Jepsen is known among her friends as the "light lady" for her work with computer imaging. But the kind of light she's shedding goes far beyond the screen.” — Time, April 30, 2009

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