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University CIO to speak before United Nations

ORU Chief Information Officer Mike Mathews will act as speaker of the 16th Infopoverty World Conference on April 14. Mathews will speak at the UN Headquarters in New York on leveraging geonetics through geovision technology.

Executive director of the Infopoverty Institute Dr. John Steffens, reached out to Mathews after noticing the national attention ORU has received through it’s advances in education technology, specifically through the use of robots for long distance and handi- capped students. John Baker, president and CEO of Brightspace (D2L) will speak in endorsement of ORU’s Geonetics/Geovision vision to reach into every person’s world.

“People on the other side of the world can’t afford a four-year degree, so one concept of geonetics is figuring out how to break down education into small bites of intelligence,” said Mathews.

Geonetics by ORU is a new field of study in which data, information and media from previous generations are compressed into smaller pieces of information which can be sent anywhere in the world electronically. It will coordinate, align and connect people through geospatial information (such as a GPS), and educational systems on a global scale, allowing them to attain an education under a digital certificate. A digital certificate places third in the hierarchy of education achievements, falling right under a technical 2-year degree.

Once all the research is collected, Mathews and his team will merge the digitized data onto their numerous Geovision technologies, which are already being used. These technologies include student-operated robots, fit bits or wearables and mobile devices.

“In the world today, there is so much intelligence that could be passed on, but we’re just not doing it because it’s not being filtered the right way.”

Through the data assembled by Mathews and his researchers, ORU will be able to combine Geonetics and Geovision technology, allowing stu- dents from anywhere in the world to complete a whole person degree.

“Oral Roberts University has come up with Geovision technologies because we recognize the fact that around the world smart phone technology and digitization is taking place,” said Mathews. “Now we recognize not everyone’s capable today, but it’s trending upwards at an exponential rate, and there’s no reason we won’t see poverty abolished by year 2030, which is the agenda for the United Nations. What we’re working on may change the world. But does everybody believe it? I don’t know. I only know I do.”

Story by Rachel Anderson, Photo by Wyatt Bullard

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