Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins
CTO, Rhiza Labs


Mike oversees Rhiza Labs’ technology research and product development. He combines his experience in product design and development with his research background to make sure the most cutting-edge technology is available in our Information Commons-based products. The best way to do this is to lead by example, so Mike spends much of his time programming, adding new features and improving existing ones in Rhiza’s portfolio.

Before starting Rhiza Labs, Mike worked for MAYA Design. He has published papers in pervasive computing, distributed systems, information visualization, and user experience design. He has contributed to the design and development of numerous products.

When not hacking or pondering the future of information technology, Mike likes to travel to offbeat places. He also enjoys feeling guilty about not keeping up with his writing and sketching projects. He loves his wife, cats, and public transit, and maintains a website devoted to the latter.


Design & User Experience
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Moderated by:
Tom Coates (Thington Inc.)
Alok Deshpande (Loopt), Michael Higgins (Rhiza Labs), Jenny Lam (Jackson Fish Market), Brett Lider (Google, Inc.)
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