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IoT Institute. IoT Trends and Analysis. An IoT-Enabled Children’s Book from a Rockstar Inventor. January 24th 2017. Brian Buntz.

A prolific inventor at IBM has come up with a unique children’s book on the Internet of Things.

Grace Hopper Conference – Panelist during Ginni Rometty’s Keynote. October 2016.

Women and the Future of Tech

Women technologists are shaping the future of technology. Wednesday’s session will feature women tech leaders on the cutting edge of critical and emerging areas of technology (Privacy and Cyber-security, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Computing) and leading major technology companies. It will also feature technology companies who are committed to increasing opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities and the vision of a current CS student.


University of Texas – MSTC Alumni Video

Internet of Things Institute. 25 Most Influential Women in IoT. 17 September 2016.

6. Lisa Seacat DeLuca
The most prolific inventor in IBM’s history, Lisa Seacat DeLuca has filed more than 420 patents in technologies ranging from Internet of things, mobile security, and wearables.

Quirky. Inventor Spotlight Series. 16 September 2016.

Think of some famous inventor’s from history – whose names pop into your mind first? Some heavy-weights probably, like Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, Nikola Tesla. And the list goes on. It’s likely that not one woman’s name came to mind, since the number of notable women inventors from the pages of our history books is few and far between. Luckily for all the innovative gals out there, this disheartening statistic is quickly becoming a thing of the past in today’s modern world.

As proof of the changing tides for female inventors, take the story of Lisa Seacat DeLuca, a technology strategist, engineer and sophomore inventor at IBM, mother of four, and pretty close to Super Woman in our book.

Bloomberg. Inspired Innovation. 14 September 2016.

She is one of the most prolific inventors in IBM’s history. See how everyday challengs inspire Lisa Seacat DeLuca to create new technology solutions.

The IBM Cloud: Built for Personalization

Voice-over for an IBM Commercial originally aired during the US Open. August 26th, 2016.

The Atlantic. Why Do Women Inventors Hold So Few Patents? 21 July 2016. Adrienne LaFrance.

Lisa Seacat DeLuca is the most prolific [female] inventor in IBM history. She also happens to be a woman, a detail that’s notable perhaps only because of the outsized number of men who hold patents in the United States.

DeLuca, who’s focused on wearables and mobile security, has more than 400 patents and patent applications in her name. (One recent invention is a device that shares her home network’s Wi-Fi password to approved visitors when they walk in the door, according to Security Intelligence, an IBM publication.)

Since 1977, women have quintupled their representation among patent holders, yet they still hold “an extremely small share of patents,” according to a new paperby the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Four decades ago, 3 percent of all patents listed at least one woman inventor. As of 2010, nearly 19 percent of patents did. Overall, more than 81 percent of patents include no women.

At this rate, based on how things have changed in the past 15 years, women aren’t expected to reach parity in patenting until 2092, the report says.

The IBM Cloud: Designed for Data.

Voice-over for an IBM commercial originally aired during the Masters. April 8th, 2016.


Lisa Seacat DeLuca is the most prolific female inventor in IBM’s history. With more than 400 patent filings, she comes up with a new idea almost every week. She’s had numerous jobs within IBM and currently works as an omnichannel strategist for IBM Commerce. She works from her home-based Baltimore lab, which is filled with lots of different gadgets, including a 3-D printer.

Four Lessons From an IBM Inventor

We spoke to DeLuca about her career, how she has improved various technologies with her ideas and what she has learned from both being a mentor and mentoring others.

Mashable. Inside the Mind of IBM’s Most Prolific Female Inventor. 16 Mar 2016. Chloe Schneider.

Lisa Seacat Deluca, mobile software engineer and the most prolific female inventor in IBM’s history, believes that we all have an inventor in us. Although that may be true, this woman –- who has filed over 420 patents with over 225 issued so far — is undeniably an inventor on another level.

This mother of four has spent her life tinkering with everyday annoyances to build a more seamless, interesting and enjoyable world. She’s created a light board that lights up based on patterns drawn on your phone, a device that alerts you to the fact that your laundry is done and so much more.

Watch as DeLuca shares what fuels her to invent and reinvent, again and again.

Business Insider. Would you bring your baby to a tech conference? 2 Mar 2016. Julie Bort.

Working Mother. IBM 2015 Working Mother of the Year. 5 Sept 2015.

Lisa Seacat DeLuca, IBM. 2015 Working Mother of the Year

LinkedIn. #LinkedInNextWave Top 10 Enterprise Tech Professionals Under 35.  8 Sept 2015.

Seacat DeLuca is the most prolific female inventor in IBM’s history, with 180 patents to her name and more than 380 applications filed. The 32-year-old grew up around gadgets, but she got hooked on invention at IBM after filing her first patent in 2006. Now she works for the company’s commerce team, where she develops innovative ways for marketers to engage with customers. But she’s not just inventing at the office: Seacat DeLuca is constantly tinkering, even while at home. Tired of waiting around while doing laundry, she built an app that cleverly alerts users by phone when it’s time to move clothes from washer to dryer. “That inventing process gives you a different mindset,” she told LinkedIn, “where you look at every type of problem around you like, ‘Oh, I could do something cool here.’”

Why this IBM engineer tells high school girls that straight A’s don’t matter. Fortune. 29 Aug 2015.

As a woman who pursued a male-dominated field in computer science, Lisa Seacat DeLuca encourages young girls to take the harder road in their career and education.

MIT Technology Review. 35 Innovators Under 35. 18 Aug 2015.


A software engineer makes a habit of going after everyday problems.

With more than 150 patents, Lisa Seacat DeLuca is IBM’s most prolific female inventor ever. Her inventions include a way for people on conference calls to get alerts when a certain topic comes up or a certain person starts talking; a system that can guide cell-phone users as they walk and talk so they don’t lose service; a necklace that lights up every time a given Twitter hashtag is used; and a locator service in cars that can track items like, say, a wallet that falls under the seat. 

Science. Invention ambassadors challenge others to follow innovation path. 31 July 2015: Vol. 349 no. 6247 p. 489.

Successful inventors need more than a fabulous idea. They also need inspiration, great collaborators, and a lot of persistence, said seven new AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors introduced 14 July at the “Celebrate Invention” event at AAAS.

The ambassadors program, entering its second year, is a joint effort of AAAS and The Lemelson Foundation. “We began this partnership with AAAS, as we had a mutual belief in the power of invention to improve lives and create a better tomorrow, what we like to think of as ‘impact inventing,’” said Carol Dahl, executive director of The Lemelson Foundation. Dahl hopes the program will foster a strong ecosystem for inventors as well as inspire a new generation of them.

“All of us have an inventor inside of us,” said Lisa Seacat DeLuca, the most prolific female inventor in IBM history.

AAAS. Invention Ambassadors Urge Others to Put Great Ideas Into Action. July 22nd, 2015.

A trip to the ballpark can turn into a new way for people to experience baseball — at least it can if you are Lisa Seacat DeLuca.


DeLuca was attending a San Francisco Giants game with a friend who wanted to visit every baseball stadium in the United States. She started thinking, “why can’t he change his experience during the event?” Then he could see the game from various spots, such as behind home plate and up in the nosebleed seats. Perhaps people could split their tickets, she thought, and she decided to patent her idea. A technology strategist for IBM Commerce, DeLuca was familiar with the process of inventing and patenting an idea. Already she has nearly 400 patent applications filed and about 200 have issued, making her the most prolific female inventor in IBM history. But for her sports ticketing idea, she decided to go it alone, pursuing a patent without a lawyer. The path was difficult, she noted, and her patent was turned down twice, but she eventually succeeded, obtaining United States patent no. 8,589,192. “All of us have an inventor inside of us, and it’s possible to go out on your own and learn how to submit a patent application,” she said.

AAAS. AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program Announce Class 2 Invention Ambassadors. June 30th, 2015.

AAASPressThe AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program completed its first year with a transition event for its inaugural class at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park on June 15th.  In its second year, the program seeks to leverage its efforts and use the voices of Class 2 of Invention Ambassadors to further its vision: “to showcase the human face of inventors in order to inform, inspire and influence thought leaders and global communities.”

ASmarterPlanet. Smart Shoppers, Meet the Smart Shop. June 19th, 2015.

We’re bombarded by deals every day. Get an extra 10 percent off (if you use a coupon). Get your tenth cup of coffee for free (if you use a rewards card). What if the “deal” was something you didn’t have to remember to bring with you, or something you didn’t even have to remember you previously received? What if it was pushed to your mobile device based on a store you were nearby, or a particular section of the store you were shopping in? What if the “deal” was personalized for you based on your shopping habits?

Fast Company. 100 Most Creative People of 2015. June Issue. by .


Business Insider. 17 IBM rock start employees that show the company’s new direction. April 9th, 2015. by Julie Bort.


IBM 26×26. Innovation 15 of 26.  March 2015.

ldelucaIBM26x26Women It’s no secret that there’s a need for more women in technology. In fact, women comprised just 26% of employees in certain tech-related fields in 2013. So to inspire more women to join the tech ranks, we’re showcasing 26 innovations by 26 innovative women. Innovation 26X26 is just a taste of what’s possible for women who choose a tech career at IBM.

150 Patents Later, What One Female Inventor Learned About Innovation.  Forbes.  January 22nd, 2015.

Software engineer. Inventor. Mother of toddler twins. Nerd puller of late night coding jags. And, at 32, the most prolific female inventor at IBM with more than 150 patents in areas such as mobile, data, and cloud, to my name. I’m one of the faces of innovation at IBM. One of my patents is U.S. Patent #8,694,777: Securely identifying host systems, which enables more secure identity control in cloud computing environments. The patent was among 7,534 patents filed by IBM last year, making it the first company to exceed 7,000 patents in one year and marking the company’s 22nd consecutive year as worldwide patent leader.

An Inventors Vision of the Future. TED@IBM. September 23rd, 2014

A Day in the Life.  Women At IBM.

Mobile and Cloud Software Development will Outfit the Wearable Era.  A Smarter Planet Blog. September 22nd, 2014.

smarterplanetpost Patents are the proof of unique ideas, even if the everyday use of those ideas aren’t realized until well into the future. For example, I have more than 150 patents in my name but many of them have not yet been productized. That’s fine, though, because all innovations start with a spark of an idea. Capturing those sparks is what’s critical to the process.

Another Chapter in one Mobile Inventor’s Desire to Inspire: “A Robot Story”. A Smarter Planet Blog. July 17th, 2014.

IBMblogPlanting the seeds of curiosity and imagination in kids takes some creativity. I’m a software engineer but my parents aren’t. Growing up, my father loved gadgets and we had a computer in the house. I taught myself how to type on that computer and eventually how to write html code. I shared my father’s love for gadgets and that led me to applying to colleges for computer science. But when I got to school, I felt like I was at a disadvantage. I didn’t know some of the basics that would have made learning the more complex topics a lot easier.

Industry Innovation: The Intersection of Mobile & Cloud. Galvanize. May 20th, 2014.

As organizations seek new opportunities to engage with communities vital to their business, mobile has become the primary touch point with shoppers, patients, employees, voters, consumers and more.  

As a result, mobile app development has begun to dominate marketing efforts to address our increasingly handheld-centric society. Creating more valuable user interactions requires organizations to be able to tap into the volumes of data being generated by a range of mobile devices to create context and drive greater personalization. As people download and use apps at continuing rising levels, and with greater expectations, app development jobs have also risen significantly and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With the growth of mobile apps, the market for mobile cloud services will grow along with it. In the next four years, mobile cloud services platforms are projected to grow from $579 million to a staggering $4.4 billion in 2017.

Career Tips From The Next Gen Of CEOs. Refinery29. April 7th, 2014. Gina Marinelli.

refinery29Claim to Fame: What started out as a childhood love of Nintendo and technology eventually lead Seacat Deluca to Carnegie Mellon where she studied computer science. IBM offered her a position before she even completed her senior year, and since then, she’s been able to accumulate a staggering 115 patents under her (professional) belt. One of her most recent projects, however, is a children’s computer-science book that was successfully funded on Kickstarter and is currently in production.

Master Inventor. Carnegie Mellon Homepage. April 1st, 2014

Lisa Seacat DeLuca (CS’05) is an inventor on fire. The IBM mobile software engineer and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science has filed 350 patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark office; so far, 115 have been issued. DeLuca is the youngest IBM employee and the first woman to obtain the 100th Invention Plateau Achievement Award, an IBM award given for patent filings. Network World calls her one of the 50 most fascinating people in the world of technology. “I am super proud to have attended Carnegie Mellon University, and I am quick to tell anyone who’ll listen about my experience there,” DeLuca said. …

Big Data, A Smarter Planet Blog. March 17th, 2014

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Network World – Fascinating 50 March 12th, 2014

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IBM is a patent powerhouse, and Lisa Seacat DeLuca is a major contributor. With roughly 350 patent applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and 115 patents issued, she’s the first woman in IBM’s history to reach its 100th plateau, a point system that rewards patent filings and issuances. She’s also written a children’s book, “A Robot Story,” about a nerdy mom who teachers her twin sons, JSON and WiFi, how to count to 10 in binary. DeLuca, who has twin toddlers of her own, says children are natural language learners, so why not introduce binary language at an early age? fascinating50 Give Your Valentine an Internship.  Seriously.  Feb 2014

Internship_forValentines_Slate As someone who has always loved technology, I’ve spent my life inventing things. I was born and raised in Montana with an older brother and a younger sister. As kids, we would entertain ourselves with video game consoles, and an old computer that had one of those clicky keyboards. My sister and I would also perform puppet shows, tape them with a camcorder and show the video to family and friends. We were, and are, part of a generation that has grown up surrounded by technology and continue to be passionate about learning today.

CMU alumna set to publish children’s book teaching binary

Jan 19, 2014 Meet JSON and WiFi, two fictional robot brothers created by Lisa Seacat DeLuca, a Carnegie Mellon alumna who graduated in 2005 with a degree in computer science. Now a software engineer at IBM, DeLuca is also a mother of twin boys and the author of A Robot Story, a children’s animated eBook and board book that teaches the fundamentals of binary.

My Innovation Journey, So Far

Patents can help make our lives much richer. Suppose you’re on the phone with your best friend from high school. The conversation might go from an upcoming wedding, to your favorite sports team, and back to some “remember when” moments. Each time the conversation changes, both people might be presented with different images or social messages relevant to those keywords, further engaging both users and enhancing the phone conversation. One of my patents, U.S. Patent #8,494,851,issued last July, describes that scenario as “retrieval of contextually relevant social networking information during a phone conversation.”

IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 21st Straight Year

IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 21st Straight Year Date added: 14 Jan 2014 IBM received a record 6,809 U.S. patents in 2013, marking the 21st consecutive year in a row that the company topped the annual roundup of patent recipients. More than 8,000 IBM inventors residing in 47 different U.S. states and 41 countries patented a range of inventions in 2013 that are expected to enable the company to compete and lead in strategic areas-–such as IBM’s Watson, cloud computing, Big Data analytics and the new cognitive computing era. IBM Master Inventor Lisa Seacat DeLuca (pictured) received nearly 50 U.S. patents in 2013, including patent #8,494,851, which depicts a system that continuously analyzes terms and topics discussed during a phone conversation, and automatically identifies and displays contextually relevant social networking information (courtesy: IBM)

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