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Episode 10: Open Offices and Working Remote

The Drawing Board talks with Albert De Plazaola, Global Strategy Leader at Unispace, and a specialist in design strategy, workplace strategy, and change management. Unispace has helped build workspaces for companies including GE, SAP, Slate Magazine, Virgin, WeWork, Infosys and hundreds more, and in this episode, we pursue a definitive answer to the age-old question: to cubicle, or not to cubicle?


Episode 9: AI and Visual Effects in Game of Thrones

What do you get when you combine transformative, future-facing technologies and cutting-edge technical skills, with a record-shattering pop culture phenomenon? We didn’t know the answer to that question either. But we knew who did! That’s why, for this episode of The Drawing Board, we spoke with James Hollingworth. We could introduce James by saying that he’s an Animation Technical Director for Australian visual effects company Iloura, but that doesn’t really tell you the whole story. He's...


Episode 8 Motivation

Back in episode 3, we explored the trend of gamification in apps. Now, we’re diving deeper into how to engage users with the psychology of motivation. Immersyve recently presented to us about Self-Determination Theory, a framework that explains the basic psychological needs behind high quality motivation. Richard Ryan and Scott Rigby of Immersyve sat down with us to discuss their theory and how it’s relevant in our new ever connected mobile world. They explain how the needs of Competence,...


Episode 7: AI in Pop Culture

As artificial intelligence becomes more mainstream through the adoption of gadgets like Amazon Echo and Google Home, how far off are we from the cinematic worlds created in movies like Her, Blade Runner, or The Terminator? How much realism is behind these famous depictions of tech and artificial intelligence? To investigate just how “sci-fi” our world may look like in 30 years, we spoke with Kevin Kelly, the founding executive editor of Wired magazine, a futurist who served as Steven...


Episode 5: Live from TechCrunch Disrupt 2017!

The Drawing Board team hits the Startup Alley show floor at TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 in San Francisco to chat with some of the innovative startups vying for attention. Interviews include the Gi Fly Electric Bike [2:00], FLOWVR meditation app [6:50], Reely, an artificial intelligence for sports service [13:18], and AugmenTV, an augmented reality TV-watching experience [21:00].


Coming Soon: Live from TechCrunch Disrupt

Next week we'll be live from the show floor of TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco! Send us your questions and let us know what startups you'd like to hear from: you can check them all out at Also, hear about some of the future episodes we're working on in this short preview. We'll be back next with with a full episode.


Episode 4: Passion Projects

Life as a new entrepreneur isn’t always glamorous. It includes all the messy, rewarding realities that come with making a business come to life. But when it’s something you’re truly passionate about, the hard work and long hours can end up fueling something incredibly rewarding. In this episode of The Drawing Board, we talk with three passionate women who started their businesses as a passion projects: Phuong Mai of P.MAI (2:00), Kate Torgersen of Milk Stork (6:20), and Kim Malek of Salt &...


Episode 3: Gamification

The idea behind gamification is simple—borrow what’s great about the experience of playing video games, and use it to make other things more enjoyable! Competition, scoring, prizes—these are just some of the ingredients of what gamification can bring to just about any user experience, if you know how to do it right. Our guests for this episode of The Drawing Board offer a wealth of insight and experience on the subject, and we’re going to discover what they’re working on. We start by...


Episode 2: All About Puzzles

Puzzles have been around for centuries, and claims about their value run the gamut from being simple, brain-teasing fun, to potentially preventing Alzheimer’s. Companies like Google are famous for incorporating puzzles in their interviews, but can puzzle skills really predict programmer success? The Drawing Board tries to solve the puzzle of puzzles in this new episode, which features: anthropologist Marcel Danesi, New York Times Crossword editor Will Shortz, author and tech recruiting...


Episode 1.5: Obama Navy Secretary Ray Mabus

In Episode 1: The Art of "No," we talked with former Secretary of the Navy during the Obama administration, Ray Mabus. In that episode, we aired only a portion of the full audio. But it was such a profound interview that we decided to air the raw audio in its entirety. In this interview, Sec. Mabus talks about the challenges of prioritizing projects, education, equal rights in the military and more.


Episode 1: The Art of "No"

Can learning to say “No” make you a better employee? A better leader? A better person? In our inaugural episode, The Drawing Board explores the art of saying “No” to create better products and programs. The idea was first popularized by Steve Jobs nearly 20 years ago; we explore it today with: author Carmine Gallo (4:30), Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (10:00), psychologist and CEO coach Camille Preston (17:00). Learn how resisting the urge to say “Yes” can help you optimize both your work and...


The Drawing Board: Coming Soon

The Drawing Board is a podcast from Udacity focused on discovery. “If you’re not at the drawing board, you’re not making discoveries.” —Neil DeGrasse Tyson Innovative thinkers have been going “back to the drawing board” for decades to rethink, reimagine, and redefine their amazing ideas. It’s in this spirit that we welcome you to The Drawing Board, a podcast series from Udacity focusing on the remarkable innovations and individuals shaping our world. Discover groundbreaking new products...


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