Barry Katz knows a lot about what makes a tech community thrive. Katz is a design thought leader, consulting professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, professor of Industrial and Interaction Design at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and Fellow at IDEO, Inc.

Katz is the author of six books, recently “Make it New: The History of Silicon Valley Design.”

Katz is having breakfast at Communitech on March 22, 2016 and giving talks about design as a strategic necessity in the development of the world’s most renowned innovation ecosystem: Silicon Valley. Communitech sat down with Katz and asked him one question: what will it take for Waterloo Region to rival the Valley? For the curious, here’s the phone book page Barry refers to in the podcast:

"A page out of the 1979 Palo Alto telephone book listing every design office in northern California—all 9 of them!" —Barry Katz

“A page out of the 1979 Palo Alto telephone book listing every design office in northern California—all 9 of them!” —Barry Katz

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Phil Froklage
Digital Journalist/Multimedia Producer

Phil Froklage is a writer, filmmaker and journalist in Waterloo Region obsessed with the future. Passionate about science and technology — and how it shapes our world — Phil likes nothing more than being surprised by the amazing things human beings can do.