Eric Pulier is on the Board of Innovation at XPrize, a foundation that offers incentives for anyone who can find a solution to an important cause using technology. Pulier has always been active in political and social causes and has brought his technological expertise to the table in each situation, and now he’s helping young people do that through XPrize. His career has largely consisted of software and computer systems development, though he’s also working with mobile applications as well now. He’s the author of Understanding Enterprise SOA, a popular college textbook that discusses business relationships and technology’s role in them.
Eric Pulier is originally from New Jersey and as a young man he had a keen interest in computers. He began programming while still in high school, though he was also very proficient in English studies as well. He earned acceptance to Harvard where majored in both English and American literature, but he also attended MIT to pursue his technological career. He graduated magna cum laude and not long after started working with a non-profit group in Los Angeles called People Doing Things. A couple years later he started his first software and digital media company, Digital Evolution which later became US Interactive. In addition to that company, he also is the founder of Media Platform, Akana, Desktone and ServiceMesh which was merged into a product suite at the Computer Sciences Corp.
Pulier brought his technological expertise to the healthcare industry as well when he joined the team at Starbright World. This event was launched at several children’s hospitals to help children with chronic illnesses learn about those illnesses, take a virtual reality tour into the world of medicine and even communicate with other children across an internet platform. In addition to Starbright World, the Presidential Technology Exhibition was another signature event for Pulier. As part of then President Clinton’s campaign team, Pulier was chosen to launch the Bridge to the 21st Century at the event in Washington D.C. The event was televised and Pulier showed how new technological discoveries would change everyday life in the next 20 years.