Social Media Innovation by Prof. Johnson


Thursday, February 10 Guest Speaker: Jack Hughes, TopCoder

We have a special guest speaker in the first half of class tomorrow, Thursday, February 10.

Jack Hughes, Top Coder

Jack Hughes, TopCoder

The Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) will be hosting a Distinguished Speaker Event in conjunction with our Social Media Innovation course.  Jack Hughes, Founder and Chairman of TopCoder, Inc. will be coming in to speak about The Changing Nature of Work.

The world of work is rapidly changing.  The internet will have profound effects on how companies manage a highly diverse, mobile and global workforce.  Management models will undergo shifts to meet these new challenges and opportunities.  Managers will need to develop new skill sets, measurement and motivation systems to engage these new models of work.  Mr. Hughes will discuss these changes and their effects in the context of TopCoder – the world’s largest competitive software development community.  Please see below for Mr. Hughes’ bio.

Jack Hughes, Founder and Chairman TopCoder, Inc.

In November 2000, Jack Hughes founded TopCoder on the premise that talent and skill are the determinant factors in the quality and utility of software — and software has become central to the global economy.

In both his own programming experience and as co-founder and chairman of Tallán Inc., a provider of web-enabled business solutions, Hughes recognized that while successful projects were driven by superior programming skills, the talent was unqualified and largely unrecognized. TopCoder’s mission is to create objective ratings that place high value on the programming industry’s best and brightest, and build opportunity and community for programmers through ongoing programming tournaments and employer connections.

Under Hughes’ tenure as chairman at Tallán, the company was recognized as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America four years in a row by consultancy firm Deloitte & Touche and by Inc. magazine for its outstanding performance. In 2000, CMGI, Inc. acquired a majority ownership of the company.

Hughes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Boston College. He is Chairman of the Board for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.