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Meet Snowflake's Director of Strategy; Dr Ed

More about the man behind MultiTeach

Every Plus Series and V Series Clevertouch comes with Snowflake MultiTeach software and access to the Lessons Online Community, created by NUITEQ. Here we find out more about Dr. Ed Tse - NUITEQ's Director of Strategy.

Let’s start with a short introduction. Tell us a bit about yourself and your experience.

During my Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Calgary, we created an interface that allowed multiple people to control applications like WarCraft III and Google Earth, using a combination of voice and gesture commands. It was the early days in what we now call the Natural User Interface or NUI, so our work appeared on the BBC, CNN, and AP News. I worked for SMART Technologies for about 10 years and was the primary inventor of the first interactive tabletop product for education: the SMART Table.

Creativity has always been really important to all my work, I participated in and won several hackathons while I was at SMART and today I’m focused on enabling creativity as the Director of Strategy at NUITEQ.

About working for NUITEQ: what's the best and least favorite part about your job?

Seeing the impact that our products have on the teachers and students I meet is the best feeling in the world for me. I enjoy connecting with the development team and sharing our vision for where Education will be in the near future. It’s a chance to be creative in our own communications.

Video is one of the main methods of communication that I use and it’s a really effective way of sharing information with the team. I spend a lot of time editing 7-8 hours of video and trying to turn it into a 10-minute vlog. I wish there was a faster way to do this.

What is your motivation for doing your job?

A: I have two boys, aged 4 and 2, and I am constantly thinking about their future careers and how the workplace is going to be different from today because of automation, outsourcing, and digitization. This drives me to discover best practices in learning and help scale them in our software.

How about your free time? What do you enjoy doing outside office hours?

I love nature and camping and want my kids to learn the confidence that comes from being able to survive in the wilderness. My family recently purchased an RV Trailer that we use for weekend camping trips around the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. I try to document our travel experiences in my personal Vlog.

Seeing the impact that our products have on the teachers and students I meet is the best feeling in the world for me."