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Friday, March 13
 

11:00am

Data Science Without Being a Data Scientist
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
Minimal experience with coding.
What to Bring:
Please bring your laptop.
Attendees will get the most out of the workshop if they have access to Mathematica and Wolfram Cloud. Please download prior to the workshop. A free trial version of Mathematica is available here: https://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/trial/ To access Wolfram Cloud, please follow this link, select "Wolfram Programming Cloud" and create an account: http://www.wolframcloud.com/
Today, far more data is being generated than is ever properly analyzed. Making data easier to analyze will benefit everyone, from the corner ice-cream store and budding student to Walmart and the World Bank. Unfortunately, today's tools make data science the province of a small group of experts, limiting the potential impact of all this new data. In this workshop, we will walk you through the basic steps of data science work, and show you how next-generation tools can remove much of the complex drudgery that limit data science to a privileged few. The workshop will be interactive: all participants will start with a browser and end with a multiple data science applications in the cloud. We'll wrap up by discussing the future of data science.
During this workshop you will:
- Get an overview of what data science is
- Get practical experience with data science techniques
- See how the next generation data science tools can unlock powerful, automated data science workflows
This two and a half hour long workshop will go as follows: The first 45 minutes will be an overview and discussion session, followed by a 15 minute break. We will then break into groups for a hands-on session of 1h15. The last 15 minutes will be a wrap-up discussion.

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Speakers
avatar for Etienne Bernard

Etienne Bernard

Research Assoc/Advanced Research Group, Wolfram Research
Etienne Bernard holds a PhD in statistical physics from ENS Paris. During in thesis "Algorithms and applications of the Monte Carlo method: two-dimensional melting and perfect sampling", he designed Markov-chain Monte Carlo algorithms in order to solve physics problems. He then worked... Read More →
avatar for Taliesin Beynon

Taliesin Beynon

Mgr & Dev Lead Advanced Research Group, Wolfram Research
Taliesin Beynon leads the Advanced Research Group at Wolfram Research, where he works on various data science and Wolfram Language-related projects. Taliesin has been with Wolfram Research for four and a half years. Previously, he worked at cloud computing and computer vision startups... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon H 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Designing Your Future with the Connected Car
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
N/A. This workshop is open to all. Roadtrippers, everyday commuters, car hobbyists, and automakers are all invited to attend.
What to Bring:
Please bring an open mind and a willingness to participate in activities.
Vehicles continue to grow smarter and more connected. From cars that interact with our homes and cities to driverless cars that chauffeur us wherever we want to go, the next ten years will see a fundamental shift in the way we engage with our cars and the role they play in our lives.
Magazines and concept videos are beginning to show what this connected future might look like. But as drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, what does the connected car mean for the way we live? What role will the connected car have in the way that we do our work and care for our families? How will it change the great American road trip?
Join frog as we take a user-centered design approach to explore the future of the connected car. In a two-and-a-half-hour workshop, we will discuss the changing relationship we have with cars now, explore the technological changes we might see in the near future, and sketch out a range of concepts and future experiences that the connected car will enable.
Takeaways - This workshop will provide attendees with:
* An overview of the latest in automotive trends and technology
* A range of new connected car concepts focusing on how they will fit into our daily lives
* Experience using the user-centered design approach
* Fun! Through a unique, hands-on and highly creative workshop
Agenda: After spending time up front covering the latest trends in connected car technology (15 minutes) we’ll break into groups to explore and inspire new concepts with user-centered methods and scenario based ideation (60 minutes). After a short break, we’ll spend 45 minutes to bring these concepts to life with various tools including our new Story Board Photo Booth. The last 30 minutes is for team presentations. This will be a fast-paced, hands-on workshop that will give attendees the opportunity to be creative and collaborative.

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Speakers
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Cobie Everdell

Creative Dir, frog
Cobie is a creative director at frog, a global product design and strategy firm, and has focused his 9-year career on developing exceptional new products and services. His passion centers on leveraging a deep understanding of user needs and workflows to inspire compelling design solutions... Read More →
avatar for Diny Huang

Diny Huang

Program Manager, frog
As a Program Manager in frog's San Francisco studio, Diny has led several digital and physical design programs. She has worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies, startups, and nonprofits. She brings a passion for getting things done and empathy for the needs of end user while... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 310-311 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Introduction to Programming Robots
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
No prior programming experience required, though you should know how to use your computer and install software on it.
What to Bring:
Bring your laptop! The hardware required will be provided, so just come with an enthusiastic interest in building a circuit.
During this workshop, participants will actively learn how to build a small circuit using the Adafruit Trinket and the Arduino platform. Participants will learn to install, set up and configure the Arduino IDE to load sketches onto the trinket. Once set up, participants will build a programmable circuit using a breadboard and a small number of sensors and a multicolor led. Once set up the circuit will control the intensity and color of the led with a button and a potentiometer.
During the first half of the workshop, the participants will learn a bit of history about the Arduino, some basics of circuitry, and everything they need to use the Arduino IDE. After a break, the second half of the class will consist of building a specific circuit using the supplied kit, and then writing a program in the Arduino IDE to control the circuit they created. The last 15 minutes of the class will consist of a Q/A session, along with demonstrations of any unique circuits created by the participants.

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Speakers
avatar for Micah Acinapura

Micah Acinapura

Sr Software Engineer, Huge
Micah Acinapura has been building interactive, digital experiences in the advertising and gaming industries for over ten years and currently works at Huge as a Senior Software Engineer. Prior to Huge, Micah worked at Brabble LLC as a Development Director and in various development... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 306 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Empowering Cities with Big Data Analytics
The Big Data Revolution has begun, but the applications and implications of harvesting and harnessing this data are in their infancy—and this is particularly true in understanding how cities really ‘work’ and how to make them better. However, the potential impact of Big Data Analytics—using data collected from pervasive sensors and ubiquitous mobile devices—in improving the lives of everyone in cities is enormous: safety, quality and efficiency of services, and even enrichment and entertainment. There are challenges to overcome: collecting enough high-quality data; obtaining buy-in from citizens and protecting their privacy; developing urban models with sufficient accuracy; etc. This panel will review current leading city data efforts, present opportunities and possibilities for urban data analytics, and discuss issues and solutions in using Big Data to improve lives for all. Panelists will include leaders in urban planning, computing, mobile devices, and Big Data analytics.

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Speakers
avatar for Charlie Catlett

Charlie Catlett

Dir & Sr Computer Scientist, Urban Center for Computation and Data
Charlie Catlett is the founding director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data, UrbanCCD, which brings social, physical, and computational scientists together with artists, architects, technologists, and policy makers to explore science-based approaches to opportunities and... Read More →
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Marta Gonzales

Asst Professor, MIT
avatar for John Tolva

John Tolva

Pres, PositivEnergy Practice LLC
RT

Roy Truitt

CEO, ScanSee Inc


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Network All the Things: What About Infrastructure?
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Designing sensors into new physical infrastructure - office and residential buildings, transportation, factories, power plants, harbors, etc. - or retrofitting sensors into existing physical infrastructure presents much different challenges than designing rapidly outdated, disposable wearables. Smart infrastructure has to function as intended for years or decades. Often peoples' lives depend on smart infrastructure functioning properly. Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) service delivery to smart infrastructure is a complex system-of-systems that behaves much differently than the Human Internet of Things (HIoT). Hear how different the IIoT is from HIoT, and why the short term opportunity for IIoT is so much greater than wearables and other solutions looking for a problem in the HIoT... for those who understand the infrastructure rules of the game. Moorinsights is hosting this panel

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Speakers
avatar for Dave Friedman

Dave Friedman

Co-Founder & CEO, Ayla Networks
David Friedman is the CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, a leading end-to-end cloud platform for the Internet of Things. Prior to founding Ayla Networks, David served as Vice President, business development for ZeroG Wireless, a company providing low-power Wi-Fi products to the... Read More →
avatar for Mike Krell

Mike Krell

Industry Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy
I have a passion for all things electronic and Have spent more than 30 years working and playing with hardware, software, PCs, laptops, handhelds, and home electronics. I fondly remembers my Heathkits, IBM PC AT, Sharp Wizard, Apple Newton, X10 controllers and first Android phone... Read More →
avatar for Menko de Roos

Menko de Roos

CEO, Xicato Incorporated
After 10 years with Philips Lighting in a variety of technical and general management functions throughout intercontinental locations, Menko joined Lumileds Lighting in 1999 at the start of the expanded JV as a member of the executive staff in Silicon Valley. At Philips, Menko held... Read More →
avatar for Ron Sege

Ron Sege

CEO, Echelon Corporation
Ron Sege has served as a Director of Echelon, President, and Chief Executive Officer since August 2010, and he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since October 2011. Before Echelon, he served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Board member of 3 Com Corporation from... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Making the Internet of Things A Reality
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
IoT, or the Internet of Things, is the buzzword that describes a world of connected and intelligent devices that bring convenience and new functionality to our world. It promises to not only enhance our lives through the connected home, automated car and wearable devices, but to help solve the global problems through improvements in farming, clean water and smart cities. But how will these changes actually occur? What products and technologies are happening and are available now, that can be used to make these future visions a reality today and what are possible inhibitors for success. We'll discuss the building blocks of IoT, from sensing and data collecting, to processing, communications, applications and data analytics.
This sessions will include a diverse panel of experts, from hardware and software design, apps, to cloud storage and software analytics.
Presented by Freescale

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Speakers
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Glen Burchers

CMO, Plum
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John Dixon

Dir of Mktg, Freescale Semiconductor Inc
John Dixon was appointed Director for Corporate marketing for Freescale in Oct. 2013.
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Steven Nelson

Executive Dir, IoT, Freescale Semiconductor Inc
Steve Nelson currently serves as the Director of Ecosystem and Marketing Platforms for Freescale Semiconductor, based in Austin, Texas, and is the Executive Director of IoT. Steve joined the company in 2007 as Director of Automotive Marketing and was previously responsible for the... Read More →
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Steve Schwinke

Dir of Advanced Dev and Concepts, Global Connected Customer Experience, General Motors


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

The Human Brain vs Innovation Overload
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
As technologists, marketers and entrepreneurs we are challenged to drive business growth through a vast array of connected capabilities. Understanding what these capabilities are and how they work together requires knowledge across an overwhelming range of technologies and platforms. And this often seems like mastering a sea of shifting sands. To compound this challenge, our brains don’t have infinite capacity to retain all the knowledge we have gained over our lives.
But is this truly a phenomenon of the information age or has society worked through these issues before? Over 2000 years ago, the ancient Greeks and Romans developed a technique called a memory palace which provides a framework for people to organize and store information in their minds. Today, record-setting memory champions use these techniques to memorize over 65,000 digits of the number Pi. Can we use methods such as these today to help improve our ability to stay current with our rapidly-paced innovation culture?

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Speakers
avatar for Laura McDaniel

Laura McDaniel

VP Mktg Strategy & Analysis, SapientNitro
Having kicked off her professional career with a Ph.D. in Chinese history & anthropology and then ditched academia for the world of marketing and technology, Laura is intimately familiar with information overload. In her current role as VP of Strategy and Analysis at SapientNitro... Read More →
avatar for Jay Wilson

Jay Wilson

Dir, Technology, SapientNitro
Jay is a senior technologist at SapientNitro with over 14 years of experience in technology development and management across multiple sectors including digital media, financial, retail, CPG and healthcare. He is an experienced veteran in the Digital Out of Home (DOOH) industry, having... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

How the Google App Finds Answers Before You Search
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
A search engine that knows the answers to what you need before you even think to search? That’s not science fiction. That’s today’s reality with Google Now, Google’s predictive search feature that's part of the Google app. It has grown rapidly since first launching about three years ago: it now automatically figures out when you need to leave to the airport for a flight, finds articles of interest, notifies you about new movies that are out and much more. In this Q&A session with Google, you’ll learn more about the magic that goes on behind the scenes, how Google tries to balance learning about you with respecting your privacy and where the tool and its predictions are headed.

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Speakers
avatar for Aparna Chennapragada

Aparna Chennapragada

Dir of Prod Mgmt, Google
Aparna Chennapragada is the Product Director driving Google Now. She previously led multiple areas in Google Search including local search, personalization, video and news, before which she led efforts in YouTube. She has a Masters in management and engineering from MIT, Masters in... Read More →
avatar for Danny Sullivan

Danny Sullivan

Founding Editor, Search Engine Land
Considered a leading digital marketing expert, journalist Danny Sullivan has written about search and internet marketing for nearly 20 years. Danny is founding editor of Marketing Land and Search Engine Land, which cover digital and search marketing news. He produces the SMX: Search... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Lucia Athens
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Lucia Athens

Lucia Athens

Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin
Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin. Lucia has over 25 years of experience in greening government & buildings, and is the author of the book Building an Emerald City with Island Press. She has led the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability for 4.5 years, and previously... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

The Personal Side of Robots
The ability of autonomous robots to interact and work effectively with people is increasingly important: from improving worker productivity with robot teammates, to enhancing people’s quality of life with personal robots. Social robots interact with people in an interpersonal way to support the socio-affective dimension of human experience. This, in turn, impacts human behavior, attitudes and performance in intriguing ways. Such findings encourage us to think quite differently about robots, beyond performing physical tasks, to empowering us on a deeper human level: to learn better, to stay healthier, to care for and connect with one another with greater engagement, and more. The benefits of social robots could be transformative in areas of significant societal need that demand critical innovation. Nonetheless, this also motivates a thoughtful dialog about the desired role of intelligent, emotive technology in our lives, our relationship with it, and possible consequences.

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Speakers
avatar for Cynthia Breazeal

Cynthia Breazeal

Founder & CEO, Jibo
Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is founder and CEO of Jibo, Inc. She is also an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab where she directs the Personal Robots Group. Breazeal is recognized as a prominent innovator at the intersection of technology and society as the pioneer of Social Robotics... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

TheDJBrain: Learn from the Happiest Profession
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
TheDJBrain is a research, book, coaching and app development project that explores the intersection between the virtues of DJing (i.e. the selection and mixing of music) and the positive psychology concept of "Flow" as defined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
Using cutting-edge neuroscience, TheDJBrain explores how DJing is capable of creating compelling flow experiences that have a positive impact on the creative brain.
In detail:
The Research
Experiments involving neuroimaging of DJ experiences and states induced by musical sets from world-class DJs.
The Book
3fold - DJ Stories, DJ Brain, Last night a DJ saved my job
The Coaching
Develops specific techniques to include DJing modules into personal/business coaching. Plus mapping of DJ skills to a management environment.
The App
Will provide a shortcut for 10.000 hours of DJing with an app focusing on facilitating selection, matching and mixing.

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Speakers
avatar for Daniel Margulies

Daniel Margulies

Group Leader Max Planck Research Group for Neuroanatomy & Connectivity, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
I am a neuroscientist with a background in the humanities. My work consists of basic neuroanatomy that explores how connectivity within the cerebral cortex is organized, as well as ongoing collaborations that address the functional implications of this organization for spontaneous... Read More →
avatar for Wilfried Runde

Wilfried Runde

Freelance Consultant, c/o pop
Wilfried Runde has worked as a information specialist, researcher, music/online editor and TV-journalist for various media outlets, in particular German broadcaster WDR and ARD studios in Brussels, New York and Washington. After joining Deutsche Welle(DW), Germany's International... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St
 
Saturday, March 14
 

9:30am

Does the IoT Need to Be User-Centered? We Say Yes
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
We will bring together leaders from Disney, Misfit & Sensoria to discuss leading with user experience in the Internet of Things (IoT) space.
IoT is a rapidly growing opportunity area for companies in the technology space, but IoT offers today are mostly driven by technological capabilities of connecting this to that. Assuming that in the future connection will be a given, and everything will be connected by default, then, the real value in the IoT space is in building on these connections to create meaningful user experiences. Disney's magic band, Misfit's rapidly diversifying self-tracking offers and Sensoria's smart garments are outstanding cases for experience design in IoT. In this panel, together with three leader strategists from these companies, we will discuss the future of connected devices, the value and importance of the experience aspect, and how it can be incorporated in the strategies of companies and individuals developing offers for this domain.

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Speakers
JB

Justin Butler

VP of Business Dev, Misfit Wearables
Justin Butler leads business development at Misfit Wearables where he works with design, engineering, and other Misfit teams to build the business of highly wearable computing products. Prior to Misfit, Justin was a Director of Business Development at Synthetic Genomics. He holds... Read More →
avatar for Mario Esposito

Mario Esposito

CTO & Co-Founder, Sensoria
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Michael Jungen

Director of Parks & Resorts Developmen, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Michael has been with Disney's Parks and resorts since 1999. Before taking his position as Director of Parks and Resorts development, his role was Director, WDW Ticketing, Disney Gift Card Services & Operations Automation Integration. During his time at Disney, Michael has led many... Read More →
CM

Chris Massot

Partner, Claro Partners
Chris Massot is a Partner at Claro Partners. He is a business leader and strategist with a long history of guiding companies through the reinvention and evolution of their businesses. Before joining Claro he was the CMO of Synapse Product Development, where he helped transform the... Read More →
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Amy Puliafito

Dir of Communications, Misfit
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Aaron C Teersteg

Internet of Things Evangelism Team Mgr, Intel Corporation


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Killing Trinkets: 3D Printing Interactive Devices
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
In the near future interactive devices will be printed rather than assembled. Devices with active components will be created as a single object, rather than assembled from separate mechanical, electrical, and optical parts. Although 3D printing has become synonymous with the creation of throw-away plastic ‘trinkets’, many of the building blocks for advanced functional 3D printing are already in place.
In this talk we discuss our recent work with 3D printing hardware, software, and materials that will make “printed devices” a reality. Topics covered include: printed optical structures for display, sensing, and illumination; printed 3D tags read using see-through imaging; and finally the hardware, software, and material science enabling highly conductive 3D circuitry.

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Bell

Michael Bell

Co-Founder, Hardware Lead, Voxel8
Come visit "Killing Trinkets: 3D Printing Interactive Devices" on Saturday, March 14th from 9:30-10:30AM! http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP43559
avatar for Karl Willis

Karl Willis

Co-founder, Addimation Inc
Karl D.D. Willis is co-founder of Addimation, Inc. He holds a Ph.D. in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University and most recently worked as a Principal Research Engineer at Autodesk and in the Interaction Group at Disney Research. His research has been presented internationally... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Machines That Tell Stories
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Stories have power. Through stories we find meaning, the relationship of causes and effects, an alignment of thought process with time and movement. Marketers tell stories through branding, educators tell stories through curriculum, politicians tell stories through campaigns, and entertainers tell stories through books, movies and games. Just as software has revolutionized all of these, it's also morphing to sculpt a greater narrative, and in doing so, it's becoming more compelling.
Digital culture mavens Jon Lebkowsky and Jeff Kramer will describe and discuss how machines impact narrative, in effect "telling stories." From games examples, such as the procedurally generated Dwarf Fortress, to political twitter puppet armies, and the stories our data trails tell those who watch us, we'll show how software's getting smarter, and how this impacts new ways of finding meaning. We'll also how it's relevant to you, what to do about it, and how to be savvy about your own digital narrative.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeff Kramer

Jeff Kramer

Technical Lead, HP
A technical project lead at the HP Cloud, I work on systems to enable new types of software to run in the cloud. I'm interested in bots and AI development, as well as all the interesting stuff happening at the intersection of the cloud, tech, physical and bio spaces. Many years ago... Read More →
avatar for Jon Lebkowsky

Jon Lebkowsky

CEO, Polycot Associates LLC
Jon Lebkowsky is an author, activist, and blogger who writes about the future of the Internet, digital culture, media, and society. He’s been associated with various forward-looking projects and organizations, including FringeWare, Whole Earth, WorldChanging, Mondo 2000, bOING bOING... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Wearable Ads: Marketing An Internet of Things
The next great digital revolution is the full integration of connected devices into everyday lives. From activity trackers to wired thermostats and fridges, interactive TVs to connected apparel, the Internet is in our lives and our lives will be on the Internet. This is a seismic shift in how media is distributed and experienced, truly woven into minute-by-minute existence. Now advertising has the opportunity to really piss us off. We ask major brands what their plan is now that the screens have atomized? Does an Internet of Things force marketers to embrace much subtler and longer-lasting relationships with customers than classic advertising ever did? What is the brand’s role and voice when everyday objects, the driving experience, every location, is connected? How do advertising and marketing need to change radically for this next great stage?
Presented By Media Post

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MD

Michael Deitz

Sr Group Mgr Connected Car and Owner Mktg, Hyundai Motor America
avatar for Anne Keenan

Anne Keenan

SVP Strategy, iCrossing
avatar for Josh Kessler

Josh Kessler

Dir of Mobile, Discover Financial Services
Josh Kessler is the Director of Mobile Platforms and Innovation, E-Business at Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS). Discover is a leading credit card issuer, direct bank, and electronic payment services company, and is one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services... Read More →
avatar for Jon Werner

Jon Werner

Innovation Explorer, Adidas America
Jon is a member of the Digital Sports team at adidas working with strategic partners, external 3rd party developers, future mobile and wearable experiences and is always searching for the next big thing at the intersection of sport and technology.


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Sheraton Austin Capitol Ballroom 701 E 11th St

11:00am

Nudges for Good: Apps That Make Better People
A raft of new apps and services are using emotional cues, timely nudges and psychological tricks to help us change our ways. We're enveloped by always-on connected devices. Data points on our progress are collected constantly in the background: How many steps we walk, calories we consume, dollars we spend, hours we sleep and e-mails we write.
Data that gets logged and analyzed to create a wealth of information, to be visualized and presented back to us, but then what? How do we turn data into change? The next generation of apps are deftly steering us into compliance without a conscious thought, a tap on the tiller and we're set for a new course. This talk will look in detail at how to design your product to change the people who use it, whether they are aware of it or not. These ideas apply to every platform. If you're designing a mobile, wearable, IoT or web app to change behavior then this talk will give you some practical techniques to upgrade your users.

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Speakers
avatar for David Caygill

David Caygill

Creative Technology Dir, Iris Worldwide
David is a creative technologist experienced in applying emerging and proven technologies to business problems to create value. As an innovation lead and partner at iris, the global integrated agency, he's won numerous awards for MINI, Sony Mobile, London 2012 Olympics and Domino's... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

11:00am

An AI Future: It's Not What You Think
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
There have long been strong opinions on either side of the artificial intelligence debate; some people rave about its advantages while others can’t get past visions of machines systematically taking over a la 'I, Robot.' In this panel, we’ll bring together experts on AI, robotics and machine learning to discuss how the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Yes, there are the concerning aspects to AI - a less personal society and privacy issues - but also inarguable upsides, like anticipatory technology that enhances rather than detracts from the less digital parts of life. Join us for a debate on common myths, misconceptions and concerns related to AI, and what a future of human-like computers really means for our society.

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Speakers
avatar for Amanda Coolong

Amanda Coolong

Founder, Context & Narrative
Amanda Coolong is a 15-year digital media influencer, online personality, and an avid storyteller.
avatar for Ben Medlock

Ben Medlock

CTO/Co-Founder, SwiftKey
As co-founder and CTO of SwiftKey, Dr Ben Medlock invented the intelligent keyboard for smartphones and tablets that has transformed typing on touchscreens.
avatar for Raj Singh

Raj Singh

CEO/Founder, Tempo AI Inc
Raj Singh is a mobile industry veteran having worked across the space over the past 12 years. Raj is the Founder and CEO of venture-backed Tempo AI focused on developing a smart calendar. Tempo AI was spun-out of SRI (Stanford Research Institute) where Raj served as an EIR (Entrepreneur... Read More →
avatar for Lane Wood

Lane Wood

Chief Marketing Officer, Humin
For years, Lane Wood has helped build companies and organizations that make society stronger. Whether in the non-profit world with charity: water or in social enterprise with Warby Parker, Lane has dedicated his time to help great companies build meaningful products and services... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

IoT: Endless Possibilities, Real World Questions
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All around us, sensor-enabled ‘things’ and beacons are beginning to come online, reaching out to connect and exchange information -- precursors to a much larger and more complex framework that most consider the ultimate promise of the IoT. Connecting, interacting, sharing, storing, and over time perhaps learning and predicting based on our habits, behaviors, location, preferences, purchases, and more. Intriguing and exciting? Certainly. Complex to achieve? Incredibly so. In this illuminating discussion, Joe Burton, EVP and CTO of Plantronics, will take a look under the hood of the still nascent IoT as it is coalescing; what it is today, some possible directions on where it can go and what it might ultimately look like, major questions that this new framework raises, the role of wearable tech, and the technology gaps pending that must be resolved to achieve a cohesive, secure, scalable, and beneficial network of ‘things’.

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avatar for Joe Burton

Joe Burton

SVP & CTO, Plantronics
Joe Burton Executive Vice President, Products, Technology & Strategy and CTO


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Unity Austin Meet Up
Meet up with fellow Unity developers and members of Unity's new Austin-based office to talk shop. Unity's author-once, deploy-anywhere technology lets you create games for mobile phones, tablets, PCs, game consoles, and the growing number of virtual reality headsets. Whether you're an experienced game developer or just getting started, come hang out!
Unity is a game development ecosystem: a powerful rendering engine fully integrated with a complete set of intuitive tools and rapid workflows to create interactive 3D and 2D content; easy multiplatform publishing; thousands of quality, ready-made assets in the Asset Store and a knowledge-sharing community.
For independent developers and studios, Unity’s democratizing ecosystem smashes the time and cost barriers to creating uniquely beautiful games. They are using Unity to build a livelihood doing what they love: creating games that hook and delight players on any platform.

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PC

Patrick Curry

Project Mgr, Unity Technologies


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 501 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Wearables and the Happiness Quotient
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Can wearables help us be happier? From the quantified self movement to the emerging biometric economy, wearables may finally deliver on the collective dream — to identify what we desire and create predictive and reinforcing engagement models to help us achieve our goals. Defining a 'happiness algorithm' via ubiquitous computing and biometric data promises to be the most exciting and meaningful endeavor of our respective disciplines. In this pursuit, how can individuals, marketers and policy makers create a win-win scenario surrounding increasingly personal data?

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Speakers
avatar for Gareth Price

Gareth Price

Technical Dir, Ready Set Rocket
As Technical Director at Ready Set Rocket, a rapidly expanding data-driven digital marketing agency, I steer a brilliant development team. Together we build beautiful websites and applications for high profile clients like the NBA, Ann Taylor, Kenneth Cole, Univision, Deutsche Bank... Read More →
avatar for Forest Young

Forest Young

Creative Dir, Interbrand
Forest Young is an educator and Creative Director. He is creative lead in Interbrand's New York studio focusing on the intersection of mobility, storytelling and experience. Forest is also a critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art, a board member of the AIGA/NY, and is... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

11:15am

Wearable Drones: High-Flying Fashion
People around the world continue to use drones in fun and novel ways. Soon, drones will be part of our everyday lives and one of the biggest platforms for innovation. With this in mind, we can begin to imagine how drones will interact with us at a very intimate scale by exploring the concept of wearable drones – that is, drones that land and launch from our bodies. Unlike our stationary smart devices that only support us digitally, drones expand the limitations of the human body and support us by performing physical tasks on our behalf.
Join this presentation for a look at high-flying fashion drones that seamlessly integrate into our lives without getting in the way, create delight instead of fear, and take on personalities that feel more like your friend, coach, or personal assistant.

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AP

Adam Pruden

Interaction Designer, frog
I'm an interaction designer, researcher and tech-futurist who likes to turn big ideas into engaging, digital and analog experiences. Currently an Interaction Designer at frog, I speak in concepts, frameworks and comps to build engaging experiences across applications, software, hardware... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

11:30am

Identity In the Future Of Embeddables and Wearables
Stemming from the rapid prototyping maker movement, technology has taken a huge leap forward to begin true integrations with the human body. As the human body becomes a natural extension of technology itself, ways of identifying a person to the technology around them is shifting from antiquated external body definitions, to internal body functions. From using heartbeat and vein recognition to uniquely identify a person, to embeddable and injectable body modification to enhance natural body identification, the future of how we interact with technology is vastly changing. We'll explore this movement and see where the future of identity in the human body is going.

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avatar for Jonathan LeBlanc

Jonathan LeBlanc

Head of Global Developer Evangelism, PayPal/Braintree
Jonathan LeBlanc is an Emmy award winning software engineer, author of the O’Reilly book "Programming Social Applications", and the Head of Global Developer Advocacy for Braintree and PayPal.


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

11:45am

Contextual Applications: The Next Wave
Sensors and smart objects are being incorporated at a breathtaking pace into our environments. Coupled with the ever-increasing capabilities of the Cloud and Mobile devices, they enable the creation of intelligent applications that respond and adapt to the particular context of each user.
Today, the number of applications that leverage these capabilities is minuscule. For example: very few apps change functionality when used in a specific place or time or when in motion vs. static.One reason is that the enabling software tied to these components is mostly fragmented and very basic - limited generally to simple actions or sensory events of individual devices.
Moctezuma is leading a team that has created one of the first new, powerful contextual languages and associated platforms that enable development of these new applications. During the talk he will present its current state, future direction and how it promises to unleash a new wave of possibilities.

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avatar for Roberto Moctezuma

Roberto Moctezuma

CEO, Fractal River LLC
Roberto Moctezuma is an entrepreneur, board member and angel investor with over 20 years of senior executive experience in the high-tech industry. Roberto is the CEO of Fractal River, a business design studio for emerging growth companies.


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

The Blockchain: Creating a New Distributed World
Enter the Blockchain - the revolutionary technology behind Bitcoin. Software is eating the world and decentralization, cryptography and smart contracts are the technologies driving a wave of decentralization that will hit finance, government, insurance, and law to name but a few.
Bitcoin is the first Distributed Autonomous Cooperation (DAC) where shares are issued and contracts fulfilled without any central governance. It works without trust. The bylaws (the code) are open, transparent, and they govern the cooperation without anyone interfering. Indeed no one has the power to interfere. It is a paradigm shift from "Don't Be Evil" to "Can't Be Evil.”
With DACs there is less need for lawyers and regulators. For the regulation and conflict resolution is inherent in the system and without a centre or counter-party there is no one to sue or jail. DACs live inside the internet, have no downtime, are fast and extends the opportunities inherent in digital economies to the entire globe.

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avatar for Mikkel Krogsholm

Mikkel Krogsholm

Founder & CEO, 56north
Mikkel is the community organizer in the Bitcoin space in Copenhagen Denmark. He was also the first ever to use blockchain technology for voting in his capacity as president of the local chapter of the Danish political party "Liberal Alliance".


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 12:45pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Beacons for Good: Avoiding the Creepy
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Imagine going to the grocery store and getting turn-by-turn directions to the products you need, reminders for items you left off your list and coupons tailored specifically to you. Sounds helpful, but also a little creepy, right? Beacons are small, inexpensive wireless devices that broadcast radio signals to smart devices. Beacons are being utilized in retail stores, NFL stadiums and museums, providing personalized micro-location based notifications such as in the grocery store example. The power of beacons extends beyond customer service and into healthcare, education and agricultural infrastructure scenarios to improve quality of life and handle valuable resources. For example, beacons can be implemented to monitor and manage irrigation systems in developing countries to make efficient use of water supplies. This session will explore beacons - their privacy and security concerns, how to elude the creepy factor and using beacons as a champion for good.

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avatar for Steve Hegenderfer

Steve Hegenderfer

Dir of Developer Programs at Bluetooth SIG, Bluetooth Special Interest Group
Steve Hegenderfer is currently the director of developer programs at Bluetooth SIG. Steve has worked in and out of the mobile space since 2000 and has seen many interesting things during this time. Nothing excites him more than seeing what crazy things developers will do next with... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Powerful Enough to Dent the World
Tech platforms and communities all create scale. But denting the world is still a different affair, one that requires an additional component: Onlyness. The idea that you’re most impactful (and so are others) when each is standing in a spot that only one occupies. Business innovator and best-selling author Nilofer Merchant shares how each one of us is powerful enough to dent the world.

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avatar for Nilofer Merchant

Nilofer Merchant

The Jane Bond of Innovation, N/A


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Real World: Life of Data from Sensor to Analysis
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
It seems simple - slap a sensor on an Arduino or Raspberry Pi, write some code, collect and analyze the data and then figure out how to sell all or part of that system as a product. Easy to prototype at home, ask for $ on Kickstarter, and bam, you are in business!
Not. So. Fast.
You've just built a complex system of systems. Your sensor interacts with the real world and a microcontroller + communications. That hack, er, endpoint then interacts with a set of networks - access points, gateways, routers, switches - to deliver data to a cloud data center. Lots of endpoints start to impact multiple networks. Your cloud has to ingest all of the incoming data the billions of endpoints you hope to sell. And you still have to make sense of the data at many points across those systems.
Eventually you'll want to build a second generation endpoint, probably with more sensors. Time to rewrite lots of code?
Let's talk with some experts about planning ahead. MoorInsights is moderating this panel.

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avatar for Sébastien Boria

Sébastien Boria

R&D Mechatronic Technology Leader, Airbus
Sebastien Boria joined Airbus in 2003. He is managing the mechatronic technology stream of the Future of Aircraft Factory project. It is linked to every project related to Cyber Physical Systems / Smart production systems and advanced robotics (from the industrial robots to collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Sebastien Boria

Sebastien Boria

R&D Mechatronic Technology Leader, Airbus
Sebastien Boria joined Airbus in 2003. He is managing the mechatronic technology stream of the Future of Aircraft Factory project. It is linked to every project related to Cyber Physical Systems / Smart production systems and advanced robotics (from the industrial robots to collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Gina Longoria

Gina Longoria

Industry Analyst, Moor Insights and Strategy
Gina Longoria is an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy focused on enterprise, big data and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. With more than 18 years of experience in both hardware and software, she has a successful track record of marketing enterprise products from inception... Read More →
avatar for Shahram Mehraban

Shahram Mehraban

Global Head of Energy & Industrial Segments, Intelligent Systems Group, Intel Corporation
Shahram Mehraban Global Head of Energy & Industrial Vertical Segments Internet of Things Group INTEL CORPORATION
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Eric Starkloff

EVP of Global Sales & Mktg, National Instruments
As Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Eric Starkloff leads worldwide sales and marketing organizations responsible for driving focus, accountability, and growth.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

What's Next For Talking Cars
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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it will require vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology to be installed in future new cars. This technology enables vehicles to "talk" to each other using wireless technology.
Connected vehicles can help drivers avoid crashes, save fuel, and avoid traffic jams, among other benefits. The USDOT is looking for the coolest and most innovative ideas to help move this technology forward. The USDOT recently announced plans for several Connected Vehicle Pilots where cities can partner with applications developers to demonstrate how new applications can operate in a real-world environment. The program aims to spur innovation among early adopters of connected vehicle application concepts, using best available and emerging technologies.
The USDOT also works with several connected vehicle test beds that are available for anyone to use in testing applications and inventions in an environment using the latest wireless technology.

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avatar for Walt Fehr

Walt Fehr

Transportation Specialist, US Department of Transportation
Walton Fehr has been the Manager of Systems Engineering for the Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) since May 2009. At the ITS JPO, Mr. Fehr leads the research into how the Connected Vehicle Core System will support applications for safety, mobility, and... Read More →
avatar for Mike Pina

Mike Pina

Program Mgr, Communications & Outreach, US Department of Transportation
Mike Pina has more than 25 years experience in travel and transportation communications.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

12:45pm

The 1st Internet-Wired Town Is Still One to Watch
Science fiction writer William Gibson once famously said, "The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed." No place has been living the Internet longer than Blacksburg, Virginia. And that makes it a bellwether for the future of social and mobile media.
In 1996, 62% of residents were online when the U.S. was at 8%. Blacksburg had the 1st wired school system, 1st library with free Internet access, 1st online ordering of groceries, 1st online real estate listings and 1st residential broadband.
I return to Blacksburg every five or so years to see what else it can teach us. My approach is something like the documentary film series, "Up!" that followed the lives of 14 people every 7 years, except I’ve been studying and photographing one special community.
And I just returned again.
Steve Jobs explained how Apple didn’t need market research because “Customers don't know what they want until we've shown them.” He never visited Blacksburg.

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avatar for Phil Buehler

Phil Buehler

EVP & Global Director of Strategic Planning, Porter Novelli
Buehler has two different, but connected sides to - the researcher/strategist at an agency, and photographer/historian/author.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:45pm - 1:00pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

1:00pm

Under the Hood: Tech Behind Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles have arrived. Car manufacturers have released prototypes. New cars are incorporating partial autonomous features, making roads and drivers safer. But how? While most people know the capabilities of autonomous vehicles and hope to one day own one, they’re unsure of how autonomous cars are able to operate effectively. As sensing technology and real-time data processing gets faster, smaller and more efficient, autonomous vehicles will continue to evolve and possibly become the norm. Learn how hi-tech is enabling autonomous vehicles to assess the world around you, getting you from point A to point B safer than ever before.

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avatar for Kristen Parrish

Kristen Parrish

Design Engineer, Texas Instruments
I'm a graduate of Austin's own University of Texas, where I completed my PhD in Solid State Electronics with research focused on graphene device modeling. I am currently a research engineer at Texas Instruments developing hardware and sensor technology for applications such as autonomous... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:15pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

1:15pm

IoT Hivebots
low powered IoT robotics is not a new concept and for most home or office configurations connecting multiple devices to a central controlling processor is not uncommon but when the central controller is incapacitated the result is passed on to the attached devices.
In my session i will talk about how you can use multiple Arduino powered devices to connect into a localised cloud to ensure latent scalability whilst maintaining the structural requirements needed to maintain as much operational capacity as viably possible.
The premise for this concept is based on a insect hive where the central command will switch depending on the situation warrants allowing operations to be controlled from another point.
So to with hive robotics when the controlling unit is removed from the array controlled is switched to the next available lead unit thus removing the need for a central controller.

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avatar for Steven Cooper

Steven Cooper

Developer Evangelist, PayPal/Braintree
PayPal/Braintree Developer Advocate, The guy at Developersteve.com, A overall Geek Developer tech-head able to code tall buildings in a single bound.


Saturday March 14, 2015 1:15pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Designing Tools for Designing Cities
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
In the last century, we’ve learned a lot about the death and life of great cities. We have a language and a movement around building these great cities. But none of this knowledge is reflected in the tools urban planners use to create them. Instead, our master plans are built in excel.
Why is there this gap? And where do we go from here?
We’re a small team working inside Code for America to completely rethink urban planning tools. Our first effort is a modern transit planning tool: Transitmix. It’s already been used by professionals to redesign multiple major transit networks. And surprisingly, it’s made transit planning accessible enough that over 80,000 new bus routes have been proposed by regular people.
We think this is just the start. In this panel, we’ll talk about why and how modern tools and technology have such a big impact in transit planning, and how future tools could transform the field of urban planning as a whole.

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avatar for Tiffany Chu

Tiffany Chu

Designer, Urbanist, Code for America
Tiffany is a designer, researcher, and urbanist. Currently at Code for America, she is passionate about building livable cities and helping cities become more accessible through design and technology. Previously, she launched the UX research practice at Zipcar to design the future... Read More →
avatar for Ainsley Wagoner

Ainsley Wagoner

Designer, Code for America
Ainsley Wagoner is a 2014 Code for America Fellow and Interaction Designer in San Francisco. She believes all people deserve good, thoughtful, user-centered design - from the design of our cities to the taps of our apps.


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Exploring the Future of Connected Objects
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
This session is an exploration of the future of connected objects and the internet of things. Using different frameworks to understand human motivations, such as the Seven Deadly Sins and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, the panelists will explore what products and services might arise over the coming decades.
The panel is comprised of designers, technologists and entrepreneurs all currently working in the field of Connected Objects, with backgrounds in product design, academia, marketing, corporate R&D and military technology.

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Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Dunnam

Jennifer Dunnam

Assoc Creative Dir, frog
Jennifer is an Associate Creative Director at frog where she works with an interdisciplinary team to research and develop innovative products, services, and experiences for today’s leading organizations, and emerging start-ups. Jennifer is an avid writer and speaker on human-centered... Read More →
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Daniel Fogg

Founder, Graftt Ltd
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Chris McRobbie

Prod & Brand Designer
Chris McRobbie is a strategic design partner for both large global brands and small start-ups, specialising in imagining connected products and constructing the brands that bring them to life. He has been involved with the Internet of Things movement virtually since the beginning... Read More →
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Matt Webb

Co-founder, Berg
Matt Webb is co-founder of Berg, design studio turned tech startup. Berg provides cloud services for connected products, and created Little Printer, the cute web-connected printer, nominated for Designs of the Year in 2013. Matt is co-author of Mind Hacks, active in the the UK’s... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Humans vs Machines: A Cognitive Revolution
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
By the end of 2015 not all of our colleagues will be human and that will be the norm. The relationship between man and machine will no longer be the domain of sci-fi movies but a part of everyday life at work.
It's a revolution to be embraced, not feared but history shows we have always feared for our jobs. The "humans vs machines" freak-out goes back to the Industrial Revolution — when 90% of U.S. workers were farmers — even though emerging technology in the 1800s enabled laborious jobs to be more efficient. Now, only 1% of the US are farmers – and those advancements have contributed to an interconnected, global economy.
Today, the Cognitive Revolution and widespread application of artificial intelligence is inevitable. IPsoft's CEO Chetan Dube will discuss how true AI will impact humanity, healthcare and finance—unleashing the potential of human creativity while redefining roles, accepting our byte-based brethren, and transforming the very nature of what it means to be human.

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Speakers
avatar for Chetan Dube

Chetan Dube

CEO, IPsoft
Chetan Dube has served as the President and CEO of IPsoft since its inception in 1998. During his tenure, he has led the company to create a radical shift in the way IT is managed. Prior to joining IPsoft, Chetan served as an Assistant Professor at New York University, where his research... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

I See You Made an Effort
Special introduction by VEEP's Matt Walsh!
“Comedy! Tragedy! Laughter! Tears! To be clear – more laughter than tears!" – Bob Odenkirk

“Annabelle Gurwitch was always one of my favorite actresses, and now she's become one of my favorite writers." – Jill Soloway, executive producer, Transparent

"Annabelle Gurwitch just plain cracks me up." – Bill Maher

"'I See You Made An Effort' by Annabelle Gurwitch is a little like going to get a mammogram with Lucille Ball." – Jeanne Darst, This American Life contributor, author of Fiction Ruined My Family

"Gurwitch is clearly in Nora Ephron territory...infused w/ sharp wit, I SEE YOU MADE AN EFFORT is hilarious." – NPR

Actress and author Annabelle Gurwitch returns to SXSW to kick off the paperback release of her New York Times Bestseller I See You Made an Effort.
Gurwitch, the former host of Dinner and a Movie, whose credits include Seinfeld, Dexter, Boston Legal, and Melvin Goes to Dinner, is the author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up and the Fired! book and documentary, which premiered at SXSW. She's a long time NPR commentator and her writing has appeared in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harpers Bazaar, Glamour, and Men's Health among others. Live appearances include the New York Comedy Festival, Carolines on Broadway, UCB, The Comedy Central Stage and The Moth Mainstage. Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch returns with I See You Made an Effort, a book of essays so wickedly funny it may make you forget your last birthday. Not one to shy away from the grisly realities of middle age, the “slyly subversive” (O, The Oprah Magazine) Gurwitch confronts the various indignities faced by femmes d’un certain age with candor, wit, and a healthy dose of hilarious self-deprecation.
Whether falling in lust at the Genius bar, navigating the extensive—and treacherously expensive—anti aging offerings at a department-store beauty counter, coping with the assisted suicide of her best friend, negotiating the ins and outs of acceptable behavior with her teenage kid, or the thudding financial reality of the “never-tirement” generation that leads her to petty theft, Gurwitch’s essays prove her a remarkably astute writer in her prime (in so many ways). Is this the beginning of the Eileen Fisher years? Where does one conduct an affair with a younger man? Is 50 the new 40? Or is 50 still just…50?
Scorchingly honest, surreally and riotously funny, I See You Made an Effort is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story and a must-read for women of all ages. Reading glasses not included.

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Speakers
avatar for Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch

Author & Comedian, I See You Made An Effort


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 5:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

A New Authenticity in A Holographic World
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Reality is just perception, and that perception is changing. If a great experience is accomplished in an unreal world, whether that is a website, a game or a movie, then why should we judge? From a background in building beautiful digital spaces and bringing holograms to life, Sandy Fleischer, Managing Partner of digital agency Pound & Grain and Peter Martin, CEO of VALIS Studios, will host a core conversation about how the unreal world only enhances experiences for people. Themes that will be discussed include: The art of creating authentic holograms, the latest development in the world of recreated performances, the experience that holograms can give audiences, the emotional reaction Peter’s work has received, how this medium is changing the possibilities for the entertainment and content industries, what the future holds for holograms and what impact this medium is having on perceptions of reality.

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Speakers
avatar for Sandy Fleischer

Sandy Fleischer

Managing Partner, Pound & Grain Digital Inc
Sandy brings over 16 years of digital agency experience and an entrepreneurial spirit to the Pound & Grain team with work for clients such as McDonalds, SAP, AT&T, TELUS, Electronic Arts, Sony Ericsson, Diageo, and Nintendo. In his secret other life, Sandy is known as DJ Pescatore... Read More →
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Peter Martin

CEO of VALIS/Virtual Artist Agency, Valis Entertainment LLC
In 2000 Peter was hired by Lord David Puttnam as the Creative Director of CREATEC, where he created a pioneering virtual character based projects with Nick Cave and PJ Harvey, and a virtual fashion show with Nick Knight and Peter Saville for ShowStudio.


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Building Blocks of A Smart World
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
From the objects in our homes, to the people in our neighborhoods, to the services in our cities, we’re reaching a point where everything in the world around us is connected. But what does it mean to live in a truly “smart” world and how will it shape our future? Hear from the creators of today's smart ecosystems at Nextdoor, SmartThings, and Urban Engines, who are working to build a seamlessly connected world. From increasing energy efficiency to preventing crime, this panel will explore the implications, benefits, and potential concerns of living in a world where our physical environment is digitized. Discover why and how this shift is taking place, and how cities and residents are adapting and leveraging technology to shape the smart world of tomorrow.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeremie Beebe

Jeremie Beebe

Dir of Partnerships, Nextdoor
Jeremie Beebe is the Director of Partnerships at Nextdoor, the free and private social network for neighborhoods.
avatar for Karen Roter Davis

Karen Roter Davis

General Manager, Urban Engines
Karen Roter Davis is General Manager of Urban Engines, a venture-backed, Silicon Valley start-up already improving urban mobility for millions of commuters around the globe and their billions of trips taken each year. Her responsibilities at Urban Engines span business development... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Gallagher

Leigh Gallagher

Asst Managing Editor, Fortune
Leigh Gallagher is an Assistant Managing Editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits feature stories on topics ranging from Wall Street to technology and oversees Fortune editorial franchises including the “100 Best Companies to Work For” and “40 Under 40” rankings. She is... Read More →
avatar for Dan Lieberman

Dan Lieberman

Sr Dir of Platform Strategy, SmartThings


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Writing on the Wall: Our Liquid Ambient Future
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
See like a camera / listen like a microphone / track like a satellite. Big beautiful data is everywhere. The sound is constant. The image bank immense. The network sends and receives everything. We remix our environment by just being present in it. We capture, post, follow, share and archive. Data becomes us. This new aesthetic of machine ambiance is at once an embodiment of our private present selves but also an ambient beautification of what lies in our wake. The machine sees the machine knows but the mechanics are invisible. How will artists, designers and film makers depict A.I. in the crowded vision streams of the future? The notion of the liquid electric is embedded in our popular cultural fictions and scientific explorations. It operates at the foundation of our interpretation of the farthermost reaches of space and the inner most structures of matter. But it also colors the wider vistas of our future networked selves and the imaginings of content designers and artists alike.

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Speakers
avatar for Mitch Goodwin

Mitch Goodwin

Media Artist/Academic
Dr Mitch Goodwin is a digital media artist and academic of 15 years’ experience. He is the Founding Director of the Screengrab International Media Arts Award and curator of the associated exhibition program. Mitch recently completed his PhD, "Dark Euphoria: The Neo-Gothic Narrative... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St
 
Sunday, March 15
 

9:30am

Crowdsourcing the World's First 3D Printed Vehicle
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
In 2014, seeking to define methodologies incorporating additive and subtractive manufacturing into vehicular design and development, Local Motors, Inc. partnered with the US Dept. of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Assn. For Manufacturing Technology to crowdsource and deliver the world's first Direct Digital Manufactured (3D Printed) vehicle. This effort also included the engagement of Cincinnati Inc.'s Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine. The BAAM machine pioneers the use of large-scale 3D printing technology and is focused on packaging a complete digital manufacturing process in the first machine of its kind. The "Strati" prototype was first printed at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 8-13, 2014. This car may well be the coolest vehicle on the planet, at least to those captivated by radical technologies.
This session will present the challenges inherent to taking an emerging technology from theory to reality.

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Speakers
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John "Jay" B Rogers Jr

CEO & Co-Founder, Local Motors Inc
Jay is helping to build a game-changing American car company. Jay is relentlessly passionate about cars and the industry which surrounds them. His rides have included a 1991 BMW 535, 1971 Mercedes 300SL, a 1996 Dodge Viper R/T10, 1994 Chevrolet 1500 with hydraulic dump-bed, a 2002... Read More →
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Jesse Smith

Mgr Industrial Partnerships & Economic Dev, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/US Department of Energy
Jesse Smith is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he worked in confidential communications and navigations systems. He has a B.S. in Polymer Science and an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was the Director for Marketing for the Mississippi Polymer... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Digital Austin: 3D Maps Predict What Is Ahead
Digital Austin is a public-private initiative aimed at creating a 3D map of the city that details urban topography, municipal infrastructure, building-specific information and even neighborhood-level measurements of air pollution.
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are putting high-resolution spatial recognition software and big data to use in their development of advanced 3D models that accurately predict the interplay between flood events, energy, water, transportation, pollution exposure, infectious disease transmission and more.
We believe these databases and models will be revolutionary in terms of the design of high-performing and sustainable city systems.
This panel will discuss our efforts to demonstrate these techniques in Austin.
Presented by The University of Texas

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Speakers
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Christian Claudel

Asst Prof, The University of Texas at Austin
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Fernanda Leite

Asst Prof, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Fernanda Leite is an Assistant Professor in Construction Engineering and Project Management, in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, from Carnegie Mellon University... Read More →
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David Maidment

Prof, The University of Texas at Austin
David R. Maidment is a surface water hydrologist who has been on the faculty of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin since 1981. He received his Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand... Read More →
avatar for Allan Shearer

Allan Shearer

Assoc Prof, The University of Texas at Austin
Allan W. Shearer teaches landscape planning and design studios and courses that bridge the Landscape Architecture and Community and Regional Planning programs. His research centers how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom 111 E Cesar Chavez

9:30am

Quantifying Our World Through Open Platforms
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Imagine a world where our homes, our streets, our favorite places, our entire cities can quantify their activity, communicate signals, and operate off of each other to optimize the way they work as a whole.
We could detect and quantify events and flows, predict and refine happenings around traffic, weather and more. When physical environments are interconnected and quantified, they will create a transparent, safer and more efficient world. To get there, companies such as Weather Underground, Placemeter, and Mapillary are building relationships between technology and consumers through crowdsourcing and building a community around the data of the physical world. This panel will address this evolving trend and how we can work with our neighbors and cities to create a more efficient and sufficient world.

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Speakers
CC

Cameron Clayton

Pres Digital & Technology, The Weather Channel
As president of the digital division, Cameron leads the teams responsible for The Weather Company's (Weather) mobile and digital applications, interactive television, consumer applications software, and product development for weather.com and Weather Underground.
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Claudio Cossio

User Growth, Mapillary
Claudio is in charge of User Growth for Mapillary a mapsourcing platform from Sweden and is the Director of R&D Lab at Nearsoft a software development firm in Mexico. Has built marketing campaigns and developer relationship programs for tech companies in Europe and Latin America... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Cuellar

Catherine Cuellar

CEO, Dallas Arts District
Catherine Cuellar is CEO of the Dallas Arts District, which is world headquarters of the Global Cultural Districts Network. She spent two decades as an award-winning multimedia journalist for national public radio stations and programs, Sojourners magazine and The Dallas Morning News... Read More →
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Alexandre Winter

CEO & Founder, Placemeter
Alex is a computer vision geek and entrepreneur. He founded placemeter in 2012 and is its serving CEO.


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Would You Torture A Robot?
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Robots are just machines, right? Human cruelty to robots seems impossible, and yet in reality, it’s not so simple. As robots become more lifelike, the way people react to them starts to get unexpected. Studies suggest that people often feel uncomfortable when watching social robots being tortured or harmed. Why is this, and what does it say about us?

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Speakers
avatar for Richard Fisher

Richard Fisher

Deputy Editor BBC Future, BBC.com
I'm the deputy editor of BBC Future, a science, technology and health website based in London. We write about big ideas - those that are changing the world and those revealing new insights into ourselves, and cover topics ranging from tomorrow's transport to the human brain.


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

3D Printing Becomes Additive Manufacturing
Interest in 3D printing is soaring, but not all 3D printing technologies are created equal. Only a few techniques are ideal for manufacturing parts that go inside cars, planes and consumer electronics.
Additive manufacturing is one such technique that fabricates complex and durable objects layer by layer. But, the technology faces challenges in transitioning from one that is utilized to build prototypes to one that is used to manufacture on a large scale. Can additive technologies one day be used to manufacture cars, phones and laptops?
Join researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and experts from industry in a discussion about additive manufacturing’s potential to disrupt today’s design and manufacturing practices. We will explore that potential and outline the challenges involved in making the technology a go-to turn-key manufacturing process.
Presented by Glen Echo Group

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Speakers
avatar for Joe Beaman

Joe Beaman

Prof, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Joseph J. Beaman joined The University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1979 after receiving his Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in the area of nonlinear control in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He holds the Earnest F. Gloyna Regents Chair in Engineering... Read More →
avatar for Scott Fish

Scott Fish

Sr. Research Scientist, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Fish re-joined The University of Texas at Austin in the Fall of 2012 after serving two years in the Pentagon as the Army's Chief Scientist, where he was an independent technical advisor to senior Army Leadership and reported to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition... Read More →
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David Leigh

Pres, Harvest Technologies
David graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He worked at DTM Corporation in Austin as a co-op student and upon graduation focusing on process development and field service. He was on the original team that brought the Sinterstation... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Seepersad

Carolyn Seepersad

Assoc Prof, The University of Texas at Austin
Carolyn Conner Seepersad is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (Associate Professor, Effective September 1, 2012). She received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2004, an MA/BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom 111 E Cesar Chavez

11:00am

Bringing the Flying Car Into Reality
Juraj Vaculik, CEO and Co-Founder of AeroMobil will guide you through the story of a unique engineering challenge to build a flying car. This session will also explore future personal transportation opportunities and scenarios.
Established in 2010, AeroMobil successfully developed and tested prototypes of flying cars under the lead of the CEO and Co-Founder Juraj Vaculik and Chief Designer and Co-Founder Stefan Klein. AeroMobil challenges the way we think about personal travel and brings a totally different transportation experience with unique transformative design.
Personal transportation is the next big thing in the near future. Mankind has already learned how to move large amounts of data in a flash, but we are still struggling with moving people quickly, efficiently and sustainably.

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Speakers
avatar for Juraj Vaculik

Juraj Vaculik

CEO, Co-Founder, AeroMobil
Juraj Vaculík has over twenty years’ experience of working in the media and advertising sector. At the beginning of his career he acted as a creative director for major global advertising agencies.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

GroHome: Crowdfunding ADA Homes for Disabled Vets
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
The ADAptable GroHome is a flexible building system that is particularly cost effective in creating ADA compliant homes for disabled veterans while also enabling vets to grow the home as their family or financial situation evolves.
Thousands of veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with significant physical disabilities and unmet needs. The strong and expandable GroHome qualifies for a disabled vet housing grant and will enable communities to directly participate in building a solution for those who have given so much to serve us. The GroHome is a light gauge steel sequential building system (GRO=Green-Repositionable-Open) that is cheaper and more flexible than existing practices and better than manufactured housing. We are seeking leaders interested in taking a donation of the GroHome technology back to qualified vets in a community willing to champion a targeted crowdfunding campaign (we’ll even donate the campaign fee).

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Speakers
avatar for Scott Burton

Scott Burton

CFO, Vovation.com
Scott Burton is a consultant in corporate finance delivering strategy, business development and CFO services for renewable and sustainability-related companies. His mission is to bring to market well crafted products that shift customers towards a world that works for people, the... Read More →
avatar for Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar

Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar

GroHome: Crowdfunding ADA Homes for Disabled Vets, OurPart.US
Major Mary Jennings Hegar, one of Foreign Policy Magazine's 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013 and one of Newsweek's 125 Women of Impact of 2012, was commissioned into the Air Force through ROTC at The University of Texas in 1999. After five years as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

The Rise of the Social Robot
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
The early 21st century saw the first wave of companionable social robots. They were small cute pets like AIBO, Pleo, and Paro. As robotics become more sophisticated, thanks largely to the smart phone, a new wave of social robots has started, with humanoids Pepper and Jimmy and the mirror-like Jibo, as well as Geppetto Avatars' software robot, Sophie. A key factor in a robot’s ability to be social is their ability to correctly understand and respond to people’s speech and the underlying context or emotion. Our panelists are all extending the field of social robots in ways we didn’t think possible a few years ago.

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Speakers
avatar for Andra Keay

Andra Keay

Founder & GM, Robot Launch/Silicon Valley Robotics
Andra Keay is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, founder of Robot Launchpad and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace. Andra is also a core member of Robohub, the global site for news and views on robotics. She obtained her MA in Human-Robot Culture/Cultural... Read More →
avatar for Mark Stephen Meadows

Mark Stephen Meadows

CSO, Geppetto Labs
Author, entrepreneur, artist, and inventor. Nearly two decades' experience with natural language analysis & processing, character design, animation, interactive narrative, and games. Books, public lectures, and patents address Avatars, Robots, Games, Artificial Intelligence and Interactive... Read More →
avatar for Alex Reben

Alex Reben

Founder and CEO, Blabdroid
Alexander Reben designs robots and novel interfaces to explore our evolving relationship with technology. He focuses on human-machine relationships, synthetic psychology and artificial philosophy. His artwork and research has been shown and published internationally. His recent interactive... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker @ The Moxie Institute / Founder of the Webby Awards, The Moxie Institute


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Will Your Next Lawyer Be a Machine?
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
The legal industry is in the early stages of a major upheaval, caused in part by increased competition from software that handles the more commoditized legal work that once propped firms up financially. Some of the new technology is being used to compliment the work lawyers do and to increase efficiency, but in an industry where the billable hour is king, this efficiency is a blessing to clients and a challenge for lawyers who have essentially been rewarded for inefficiency. In addition, lawyers are faced with the potential of having machines perform a significant amount of the work that has historically been a lawyer's bread and butter.
The presenters will review the technology that is being used in legal to replace or enhance lawyers, its overall effect on consumers and the business of law, and projections for the future of artificial intelligence and other technology in the legal industry.

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Speakers
avatar for Nicole Bradick

Nicole Bradick

Chief Strategy Officer, CuroLegal
After a number of years as a litigator, I now focus on creating efficiencies for the modern law firm and a better experience for law firm clients. I regularly write and speak about the changing legal marketplace, the evolution of the law firm business model, and the technology that... Read More →
avatar for Noah Waisberg

Noah Waisberg

CEO, Kira Inc
Noah is a co-founder and the CEO of Kira Inc. (formerly known as DiligenceEngine). Prior to founding Kira, Noah was an associate at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, where he focused on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and securities. Noah holds a J.D... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Robot Petting Zoo
The first ever SXSW Robot Petting Zoo brings out friendly ground & aerial robots for SXSW attendees to touch, operate, and even program. RPZ organizer the Field Innovation Team (FIT) and robot handlers will explain how robots have done - and have potential to do - incredible work in disaster before setting kindly humans loose to interact, learn, and play. Spatially-oriented humans will get to play with robots whose functions mimic those of humans. Humans wishing to slip the surly bonds of earth will meet robots who have flown above disasters to gather critical data. Humans interested in Macgyver-esque robots will meet robots that can serve many purposes, such as flying while 3D printing. Robot friends will learn about FIT's first ever Robot Petting Zoo in the migrant crisis on the US-Mexico border and will learn about the incredible promise for robots to do good in all manner of disasters and humanitarian crises. Come meet the many friendly robots that await your friendship at the Robotics Petting Zoo.
All Robot Handlers will give short presentations about their robots on a stage to an audience throughout the day. Schedule of presentations for Sunday, March 15, is below. Be sure to check out March 16 and March 17th's Robot Petting Zoo schedule for other great presentations by a variety of roboticists.
11:15-11:30am FIT
11:35-11:40am Double Robotics
11:45am-12:00pm Reaction Housing
12:05-12:20pm Matternet
12:25-12:40pm Ozobot
12:45-1:00pm FIT
1:05-1:20pm Illumiloon
1:25-1:40pm Texas A & M CRASAR
1:45-2:00pm Halodrop
2:00-3:15pm BREAK
3:15-3:45pm Blabdroid
3:45-3:50pm TBD
3:55-4:10pm Gensler MUPPette
4:15-4:30pm BorgFest 1
4:35-4:50pm BorgFest 2
4:55-5:10pm BorgFest 3
5:15-5:30pm CRASAR
5:35-5:50pm FIT

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Speakers
avatar for Desiree Matel-Anderson

Desiree Matel-Anderson

Chief Wrangler, Field Innovation Team
Desiree (Desi) Matel-Anderson is CEO and “Chief Wrangler” of the Field Innovation Team (FIT). Ms. Matel-Anderson is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down... Read More →
avatar for Rebeka Ryvola

Rebeka Ryvola

Creative Dir, Field Innovation Team
Rebeka is passionate about applying “crazy” solutions to humanitarian challenges. As FIT’s Creative Director, she plans behind-the-scenes programming in and out of field deployments and explores ways to infuse FIT with new ideas, collaborations, and projects that further the... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon E 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

IoT Decoded: Sensors, Small Data and Social Change
What happens when everything is digital? This provocative new book from the Consumer Electronics Association's chief economist has a straightforward answer: everything will change.
Most people perceive the digital age as simply the accumulation of sleeker and more powerful gadgets. But our understanding of the digital age is narrow, because we are still in its infancy. In Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate, Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., explains that the world’s mass adoption of digital technologies portends the beginning of a new era for humanity, one that will rival the invention of the printing press for its transformational effects on every person, country, and institution in the world. From driverless cars to automated homes to personalized healthcare, digital data will usher in a new phase of living for every person on the planet.

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Speakers
avatar for Shawn DuBravac PhD

Shawn DuBravac PhD

Chief Economist, Sr Dir of Research, Consumer Electronics Association
Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., is chief economist and senior director of research for the Consumer Electronics Association, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owner and producer of the International CES®. DuBravac provides crucial economic... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 12:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Designing the Future of Transportation
Until recently, many people thought of electric cars as little more than glorified golf carts. With the advent of the Roadster and Model S, Tesla is changing perceptions about electric mobility and plotting a course to a future of sustainable transportation. In this talk, Tesla’s chief designer Franz von Holzhausen discusses the task of creating uncompromised electric vehicles that are at once accessible and exhilarating, and provides a glimpse of what’s to come with Model X and Model 3. As the Chief Designer at Tesla, Franz is responsible for the design of Model S and Model X, charged with driving the overall design direction of Tesla and establishing a world class design competency for all future Tesla products. Prior to joining Tesla, von Holzhausen’s career took him through the upper echelons of design at Mazda, General Motors, and Volkswagen.

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Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Even Hardware Is All About the Software
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Great hardware is hard. Great software is hard. But without great software, the hardware will never be anything more than a gadget.
Hardware creates the tangible and tactile brand experience consumers desire, while the software communicates the core brand message and delivers the equity-building relationship that exists in the consumer's online and digital brand experience.
Hardware success is often short lived, but software can create consumer relationships that can last beyond a company’s first great product. Software is what the consumer experiences between different versions and platforms of hardware products.
In this talk, experts from R/GA and Techstars will discuss how software can make up for hardware shortcomings, evolving to improve the benefits of hardware without requiring a service visit.

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Speakers
avatar for Dylan Boyd

Dylan Boyd

Managing Dir, R/GA
R/GA Ventures is dedicated to innovation and holds the investments made by the agency through its accelerator programs. Ventures will also oversee other agency innovation and IP initiatives as well as R/GA’s investments in a select group of startups unrelated to the Accelerator... Read More →
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Nick Coronges

VP/Technology Partner, R/GA
As VP, Technology Partner, R/GA Ventures, Nick Coronges drives product technology innovation and development for R/GA. Nick works with both major brands and startups to develop integrated products and businesses, and is the technical director for R/GA’s Accelerator program.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

How Connected Transportation Will Transform Cities
Our relationship with cars and transportation is being reshaped by connected technologies, and technology also has the potential to radically alter our cities and society. From vehicles that drive and park themselves to commuters having a variety of options for reaching their destinations, connected urban mobility is changing transportation to be more efficient, productive and pleasant. This session will provide a glimpse of our exciting transportation future.

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Speakers
avatar for Doug Newcomb

Doug Newcomb

President, C3 Group
Doug Newcomb has been covering car technology as a journalist for over 25 years and is a recognized expert on the subject of the connected car and mobility. He has been sought out for his opinion by such high-profile media outlets as USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Smart vs Smart-Ass: A Brief History of Smart
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
As a computer scientist once said, there's a fine line between smart and smart-ass. Why is it so hard to build a smart city? It's not a new idea—we've been making our cities smart for centuries. And for as long as we've had computers, we've used them as models and tools for making our cities smarter.
So where exactly does "smart" come from? In this solo session, we'll look at episodes in the history of smart cities, from computers to postal services to pneumatic tube systems to cybernetics, to name a few. We'll examine why cities try to be intelligent, how they fail, and where they succeed. What can we learn from these lessons? Where might they lead us in the future? And what exactly is that line between smart and smart-ass?

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Speakers
avatar for Molly Steenson

Molly Steenson

Asst Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Molly Wright Steenson is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she focuses on digital media studies.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

When Algorithms Attack
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Googling for African-American names produces ads that ask: "Arrested?" Prospective Grindr users are told that they would also be interested in locating sex offenders. Amazon thinks that readers of programming books might want new underwear. Facebook "like" recycling may have just falsely informed your friends that you "like" Monsanto. All of this happens because content recommendation and ad placement algorithms make promiscuous associations. This panel focuses on those associations that are unintended, unpleasant, and even illegal. From DoubleClick's ad matching to Facebook's EdgeRank, Internet users and media professionals routinely depend upon algorithms that they do not control. This panel of experts will peer into the future of algorithmic fiascoes. We will investigate the risks when you or your business are subject to misbehaving algorithms, then debate the best response.

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Speakers
avatar for Karrie Karahalios

Karrie Karahalios

Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Karrie Karahalios is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Co-director of the Center for People and Infrastructures at the University of Illinois where she heads the Social Spaces Group. Her work focuses on the interaction between people and the social cues they emit and... Read More →
avatar for Laura Moy

Laura Moy

Sr Policy Counsel, New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute
Laura is an attorney at nonprofit tech policy organization Public Knowledge, where she advocates in Congress and government agencies for balanced copyright policies that encourage creativity, collaboration, and a rich public discourse. For example, she recently helped Congress pass... Read More →
avatar for Christian Sandvig

Christian Sandvig

Steelcase Research Professor, University of Michigan
Christian Sandvig is Steelcase Research Professor and Associate Professor in Communication and Information at the University of Michigan. He is also a Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His research investigates the implications of... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Data Ownership in an Under Compensated World
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Many companies claim that their users own their data, but what does this mean in practice? Is the company's revenue model aligned with users' expectations of privacy? Will a company profit from users' data without compensating their users? Will a company protect users' data against government surveillance?
Jaron Lanier wrote about an economic model for compensating a new digital middle class in "Who Owns the Future". As an app developer, I'll share strategies for realizing Lanier's micropayment compensation model. Users should be rewarded fiscally for contributions, but this requires a method of accounting that app developers must define and create. Users should be in control of their data, but this requires an application architecture that can accommodate distributed data storage.
This session will cover the economic theory, philosophy, and technical requirements necessary for app developers to create a sustainable digital middle class with strengthened online privacy.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeremiah Cohick

Jeremiah Cohick

Lead API Engineer, Individual
Jeremiah Lee thinks at the intersection of user experience design and software engineering. He believes UX is empathy as an applied science and that APIs are the new division of labor. Jeremiah has worked for Apple, Disney, and a variety of startups. He has extensive experience as... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

GT2035: How Might US Intel Think About the Future?
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
In December 2016, the U.S. President-elect will receive Global Trends 2035, the 6th edition in the National Intelligence Council’s series aimed at providing a framework for thinking about the future.
For this edition of Global Trends, the NIC is diversifying the range of voices it consults. The future-oriented attendees of SXSW are perfect for helping the NIC think—and think differently—about the future.
SXSW participants will suggest and discuss key trends, uncertainties, and discontinuities relevant to societies and governments. For instance:
-Will power diffuse or concentrate in the future? How will further advances in communications technology transform societies? How will these changes alter the relationship between citizens and governments? How will automation and robotics impact human employment and economies?
Global Trends shapes strategic thinking about the future within - and beyond - the US Government. Join the NIC at SXSW to be a part the conversation.

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Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Fry

Suzanne Fry

Dir, Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council/Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Suzanne Fry is Director of the Strategic Futures Group at the National Intelligence Council, where she is responsible for the Global Trends series. Ms. Fry received her PhD in Political Science from New York University and BA in Government and International Studies from the University... Read More →
avatar for Steve Weber

Steve Weber

Professor, UCB ISchool, UC Berkeley
Steven Weber works at the intersection of technology markets, intellectual property regimes, and international politics. His research, teaching, and advisory work focus on the political economy of knowledge intensive industries, with special attention to health care, information technology... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

HoloGramma: How Tech Can Bring Back Our Departed
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Grandma passed away last year, but she's coming back for Thanksgiving dinner this year.
This may sound like a horror story, but it could be the future of family reunions if you ask some of these panelists. And, if we can bring Tupac back to do a show w/ Dre and Snoop, then why can't we bring Grandma?
A lot of technology has to jive in order to do this well though - and of course, great attention to ethics must be paid. But no one can argue that we are living at an exciting time when video technology, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and predictive software are coming together making it possible to ‘reconstruct Grandma’: to put together all the personal data we have – videos, photos, the sound of her voice, her Facebook feed, etc. – and create a hologram of her or a virtual world we can visit whenever we want to see and talk to her.
In this session, learn from experts in the areas of virtual reality, social data, and memory what the future may look like.

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Speakers
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Michael Chang

CEO, YesVideo
Michael Chang is CEO of YesVideo, the leading cloud platform for viewing and sharing vintage video memories. Michael brings over 15 years of experience in business and technology to YesVideo. He is responsible for defining the company's market vision and leading his team to continued... Read More →
avatar for David Deal

David Deal

Director of Marketing, AV Concepts
David Deal has spent over 25 years in advertising and marketing for both agencies and top brands. His area of specialty has been developing customized creative solutions for Fortune 1000 technology products and retail brands that leverage multi-channel marketing to drive sales and... Read More →
avatar for Christina Lopez

Christina Lopez

Assoc Producer, ABC News 20/20
Christina Lopez is a constant storyteller.
avatar for Alexander Oser

Alexander Oser

Dir of Business Dev, metaio Inc


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Making Big Data More Digestible
The average broadband and cellular users now spend more time in online social networks than in face-to-face interactions with people other than their immediate families.
Social networks tend to create tight-knit groups characterized by a high density of connections, and these connections are often good predictors of users’ tastes and future connections. But, finding these communities is both computationally and statistically challenging.
The Wireless Networking and Communications Group at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering developed a new graph-clustering technique that helps with community detection, user profiling, link prediction and collaborative filtering. Learn how researchers were able to both reach globally optimal solutions with better statistical properties and provide an algorithm that easily scales.
Presented by The University of Texas

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Speakers
avatar for Constantine Caramanis

Constantine Caramanis

Assoc Prof, The University of Texas at Austin
avatar for Alex Dimakis

Alex Dimakis

Asst Prof, The University of Texas at Austin
Alex Dimakis is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin.
avatar for Joydeep Ghosh

Joydeep Ghosh

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
I am currently the Schlumberger Centennial Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin. I joined the UT-Austin faculty in 1988 after being educated at, (B. Tech '83) and The University of Southern California (Ph.D’88). I am interested... Read More →
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Sriram Vishwanath

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Sriram Vishwanath is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Vishwanath received his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, M.S. from CalTech and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, all... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom 111 E Cesar Chavez

3:30pm

Paranormal Meet Up
Life is full of unexplained mysteries. The weirder, the better. Come to the Paranormal Meet Up and share your best stories of the unknown.

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Speakers
avatar for Michele Baylor

Michele Baylor

Dir of Major Gifts, Helping Hand Home For Children


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 509 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Your Connected World: What Did You Sign Up For?
We’re already on a speedy path to a fully connected life whether you’ve embraced it or not. People now have the convenience of stringing together various products – from wearables that talk to your thermostat to smart washing machines and refrigerators – to aid in making life more seamless, thanks to the Internet of Things.
But how risky is this for you and I? What about privacy? How will my data be used? Are my non-connected devices now useless?
Scott Weiss, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman will discuss the impact connected products have made on our lives thus far, which industries are heating up for adoption and what can be expected next. What does the fully connected life look like? How long will it take to get there? Hear from a seasoned investor and entrepreneur on the front lines as they paint what the connected future will look like – and how you might be able to help build it.

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Speakers
avatar for Ben Kaufman

Ben Kaufman

Founder & CEO, Quirky
Ben is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Quirky. His entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year of high school with a second mortgage on his parents’ house and the founding of an iPod accessory company called mophie. After mophie won “Best of Show” at MacWorld 2006... Read More →
avatar for Scott Weiss

Scott Weiss

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Scott Weiss is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and holds a finance degree from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. After bouncing from Texas to Boston, Scott transferred out to Palo Alto in 1996, where he landed as employee no. 13 at Hotmail... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Emerging Digital Trends 2015
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
I regularly bridge the divide between digital natives and everyone who got started before the Information Age. Though I live on the bleeding edge of technology, I specialize in relating the changes I see coming back to business strategy in the present: your present.
Come ready to think, to be inspired and to be delighted. In this session, I'll showcase 10 of the most important emerging trends in digital media I'm researching, and I'll ask attendees to imagine how these trends will impact their own lives and communities. I'll bring prototypes, never-before-seen betas and lots of tactical information to chew on. If an experiential science fair got together with your favorite year-ahead predictions magazine feature, this would be their strangely endearing love child.

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Speakers
avatar for Amy Webb

Amy Webb

Founder & Futurist, Webbmedia Group LLC
Amy Webb is Founder of Webbmedia Group, a digital strategy agency that focuses on near-term emerging technology trends. She and her team help Webbmedia Group’s clients prepare for future business disruption using research, ideation and a vast knowledge of digital media. Webbmedia... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

NASA Meet Up
Join NASA & the space community at a Space Meetup! Mix & mingle with innovative engineers, scientists, the social media team & an astronaut!

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Speakers
avatar for Jason Townsend

Jason Townsend

Deputy Social Media Mgr, NASA
Jason Townsend is NASA's deputy social media manager where he helps oversee and coordinate over 450 social media accounts covering NASA’s people, missions, and programs. He coordinates between internal social media users and NASA’s external community of fans and followers to tell... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 509 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Seeing 20/20: A Social Forecast
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Technology and social are evolving at an unprecedented pace. Today, Americans spend more time on social media than any other Internet activity, including email. Marketers are trying to keep up with consumers who are uploading and sharing new content every second - to the tune of nearly 2 billion photos a day across key social networks including Flickr, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Given this deluge of social activity it comes as no surprise that 93% of marketers report using social media for business purposes. If today’s challenge lies in the ability for brands to connect with their audience in an engaging and authentic way via social, what’s in store for 2020? This session will discuss what the future of social looks like 5 years from now, in the year 2020, and will explore the technologies needed to maintain brand-consumer relationships in the next phase of digital evolution.

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Speakers
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Manish Mehta

Chief Prod Officer, Spredfast
Manish is responsible for evolving Spredfast's platform and solutions to meet the needs of enterprise, global organizations while enabling breakthrough consumer experiences through social. He is passionate about building technology that engages consumers in conversations, while improving... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Greatest Geek Moment in History
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Want to know what the greatest moment in geek history is? Of course you do!
Over several weeks prior to SXSW, FastCompany will ask its readers to submit their ideas (Einstein's theory of relativity? The debut of Star Wars? The launch of the Apple I? Invention of the Web browser?) and then vote in an NCAA basketball tournament-style bracket system to narrow the submissions down.
It can be about computers, science, great inventions, or whatever, we don't care, as long as it excites geeks!
At SXSW, we will have a panel of writers and culturally-savvy geeks who will discuss what makes a great geek moment, why some are better than others, and ultimately, why the best idea is better than those that almost made it. It will be a fun, engaging, and entertaining session where we'll talk science, computers, geek history, and much more.
During the session, we'll unveil the ultimate winner, the moment that was voted the Greatest Geek Moment in History by thousands of people just like you.

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Speakers
avatar for Rusty Blazenhoff

Rusty Blazenhoff

Managing Editor, Blazenhoff Industries
Rusty Blazenhoff has been described as "sweet, wholesome, and kind of dangerous."
avatar for Austin Grossman

Austin Grossman

author, MagicLeap
AUSTIN GROSSMAN is a novelist and game designer.
avatar for Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

Deputy Editor, Mashable
Chris is the author of "How Star Wars Conquered the Universe" (2014), the first complete history of the world's preeminent geek franchise and its fandom. He's also the Deputy Editor of Mashable, an independent news website with 40 million readers every month.
avatar for Daniel Terdiman

Daniel Terdiman

Sr Writer, VentureBeat


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St
 
Monday, March 16
 

9:30am

How Agile Approaches Crack Urban Challenges
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
It’s almost impossible to escape the constant chatter around so-called Smart Cities, but why is it taking so long for us to experience the benefits? Urban innovation is still bounded by the glacial pace of master planning, despite a world now shifting almost every 6 months. So, how can civic centers keep up? By bringing true agile and lean start-up methods from the emerging technology realm to our streets. If we put human-centered design at the heart of rapid iteration, imagine how much more efficiently we could invest taxpayer dollars. Testing assumptions we make about citizen needs allows us to flexibly adjust solutions before discovering costly errors years into an initiative. We can no longer afford to ignore this bottleneck amid mass migrations and mega-cities. In this panel, we will discuss why most civic pilots have nothing to do with true agile best practices; the big benefits that come from adopting a learning mindset; and what this might do for food deserts, for example.

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Speakers
avatar for DeKoven Ashley

DeKoven Ashley

Co-Founder, thrdPlace
I am an Urbanophile.
avatar for Kaz  Ashley

Kaz Ashley

Co-Founder, thrdPlace
I am an Urbanophile.
avatar for Kaz Brecher

Kaz Brecher

Founder & Chief Curious Catalyst, Curious Catalyst Inc
As the daughter of two rocket scientists, Kaz founded Curious Catalyst to marry investigation with action, bringing a new take to the business of social impact through her experience in agile approaches. After years working with emerging technology platforms and solving larger cross-disciplinary... Read More →
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Grace Kim

Dir of Strategy & Partnerships, GOOD/Corps
I collaborate with pragmatic idealists to design effective and creative solutions for social impact.


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Modern Maps: Making Public Data Meaningful
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
As people become more visual readers, infographics and data visualizations are becoming the preferred way to look at data. So rather than scrolling through local police reports, you can now look at a heatmap to find out which neighborhoods have the highest density of crime. Or if you want to avoid becoming a future flood victim, you can now check out where FEMA's flood zones begin and end on an interactive map.
During this dual presentation, Peter and Rhonda will open the door to the world of public data. You’ll learn about all the different government and open datasets available, which includes transportation, natural hazards, crime, consumer products, and demographics, etc. – and more importantly, where you can find them and get specific tips on how to use common government file formats. They’ll also take a deep dive into the different data visualization tools and techniques being used today, including D3, TileMill, OpenStreetMap, PostGIS and more!

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Speakers
avatar for Peter Black

Peter Black

Lead Engineer of Geo, Trulia
Peter Black currently serves as the lead engineer for Trulia’s Geo Team, where he spearheads the creation of the company's beautiful data visualization maps, which provide detailed insights on housing affordability, crime, commutes, school ratings, natural hazards, amenities, and... Read More →
avatar for Rhonda Friberg

Rhonda Friberg

Geospatial Software Engineer, Trulia
Rhonda Friberg is a geospatial software engineer at Trulia, where she works on many of Trulia’s beautiful data visualization maps, which provide detailed insights on housing affordability, crime, commutes, school ratings, natural hazards, amenities, and other local info. She’s... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 210 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Science Fiction Becoming a Reality
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
In the fictional TV/movie series Star Trek, Captain Kirk talks to his crew via a communicator, has his medical officers assess conditions through a handheld tricorder, and synthesizes food and physical goods using his replicator. This, of course, is science fiction, however, in some cases it is becoming science reality. Many of the technologies that we saw in Star Trek are actually beginning to materialize. Captain Kirk’s communicator could be seen as inspiration for today’s smartphones, 3D printing could be compared to Star Trek’s replicator, and most recently, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is challenging teams to develop a mobile device capable of giving consumers access to diagnostic tools that deliver meaningful information about their health status.

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Speakers
avatar for Grant Campany

Grant Campany

Sr Director, XPRIZE
Grant R. Campany is a 20-year veteran in the life sciences and former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the FDA. Grant has held leadership positions at 3M, Chiron Corp, and Onyx Pharmaceuticals. Grant has successfully raised over $20 million for start-ups as well as closed deals valued... Read More →
avatar for Robert Kaul

Robert Kaul

Pres/CEO, Cloud Dx
Robert Kaul Founder, CEO & President Cloud DX Inc.


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Beyond the Cloud: Big Data in the Off-Planet Era
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
The ramifications of big data are often regarded as menacing, an invasion of privacy and loss of security from mega-corporations and government; however, that data is nothing less than a superpower waiting to be harnessed.
Martine Rothblatt founder United Therapeutics; Rick Smith founder TASER/Evidence.com; Daniel Faber CEO Deep Space Industries and Jeff Garzik CEO Dunvegan Space Systems and Sr. Software Engineer of BitPay are the pioneers and mavericks who are: creating human brain simulation software, developing on-body cameras for law enforcement and managing that data in the cloud; deploying a constellation of satellites to process bitcoin transactions; designing the first orbital resources refinery and microgravity foundry.
Join these innovators as we explore the potential benefits/threats of big data to individual privacy and security, personal freedom, collaborative law enforcement, and economic growth.

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Speakers
avatar for Daniel Faber

Daniel Faber

CEO/Co-Founder, Deep Space Industries
Daniel is a team builder who combines both technology expertise and entrepreneurial experience in the space field. He has founded several companies, performed project management, systems engineering, software development, integration, testing and flight control for multiple small... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Garzik

Jeff Garzik

CEO, Dunvegan Space Systems/BitPay
Jeff Garzik is CEO of Dunvegan Space Systems the company that is designing and deploying the first BitSat -- a private satellite constellation to process transactions off-planet. He is Bitcoin core developer, Senior Software Engineer at BitPay, involved with Bitcoin since July 2010... Read More →
avatar for Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt

CEO, United Therapeutics Corporation
I created satellite communications companies, most famously Sirius XM, before creating a biotech company, United Therapeutics, to come up with a cure for my daughter's life-threatening condition, pulmonary hypertension. While doing all this I came out as a transwoman and challenged... Read More →
avatar for Rick Smith

Rick Smith

Founder, CEO, TASER International
Patrick (Rick) Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of TASER International, a company he founded in a Tucson garage in September, 1993 with his brother Tom Smith and Jack Cover, former NASA scientist and inventor of the TASER® conducted electrical weapon. TASER International makes... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Biomaterials, Nanotech and the Future of Bioengineering
Joi Ito will lead a conversation with Dr. Langer about the future of biomedical research and startups and why it's not a question of whether we all need to learn about biology but when. For his part, Dr. Langer will discuss how biomaterials are, and will continue to, change our lives in important ways. One area involves the creation of new nanoparticles that can be targeted to tumors which are providing new ways of treating cancer+other diseases. Another area involves implantable microchips that can contain drugs and that may be able to deliver these drugs by remote control. And a third area is tissue engineering-where biomaterials can be combined w mammalian cells such as stem cells-to make new skin for burn victims and someday virtually any tissue or organ such as cartilage or even new spinal cords for people who are paralyzed.

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Speakers
avatar for Joi Ito

Joi Ito

Dir, MIT Media Lab
Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is a Board Member of Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, The MacArthur Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The Mozilla Foundation and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage. He has created numerous Internet companies... Read More →
avatar for Robert Langer

Robert Langer

University Professor, PureTech Ventures Sr Partner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/PureTech Ventures
Robert Langer is an Institute Professor at MIT (there are 11 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member). His h-index of 205 is the highest of any engineer in history and he has 1,080 issued and pending patents... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Identity Crisis: You're Not Who You Think You Are
Your sense of self in the here and now can seem unquestionable, yet neuroscientists are finding they can manipulate it in mysterious and sometimes terrifying ways. Out-of-body experiences allow you to inhabit another body in another location, hypnotic delusions can change your entire life story with a single suggestion, and various “Bloody Mary” illusions, can cause people to see an alien figure staring back at them from the mirror. By demonstrating the fragility of your identity, Simon Frantz, BBC.com Future editor, will show the person you think of as being “you” is the brain’s greatest delusion.
Further reading for attendees
Hypnosis: The day my mind was 'possessed' ow.ly/Kpdqp
Your clever body: Thinking from head to toe ow.ly/Kpdxa
The Halloween trick that conjures ghosts of the mind ow.ly/KpdCw
Why selfies sometimes look weird to their subjects ow.ly/KpdFI
Video links
Rubber hand illusion ow.ly/Kpdeu
Bloody Mary illusion ow.ly/KpdfQ

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Speakers
avatar for Simon Frantz

Simon Frantz

Editor, BBC.com Future, BBC.com


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

The Frontiers of Computational Thinking
From revolutionary new tools for practical software development, to new approaches to computational education and insights about the future of the human condition, this talk will survey Stephen Wolfram's latest ideas about computational thinking and its applications---as well as previewing his latest technology creations.

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Speakers
avatar for Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram

Founder & CEO, Wolfram Research
Stephen Wolfram is a distinguished scientist, technologist and entrepreneur. He has devoted his career to the development and application of computational thinking.


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Robot Petting Zoo
The first ever SXSW Robot Petting Zoo brings out friendly ground & aerial robots for SXSW attendees to touch, operate, and even program. RPZ organizer the Field Innovation Team (FIT) and robot handlers will explain how robots have done - and have potential to do - incredible work in disaster before setting kindly humans loose to interact, learn, and play. Spatially-oriented humans will get to play with robots whose functions mimic those of humans. Humans wishing to slip the surly bonds of earth will meet robots who have flown above disasters to gather critical data. Humans interested in Macgyver-esque robots will meet robots that can serve many purposes, such as flying while 3D printing. Robot friends will learn about FIT's first ever Robot Petting Zoo in the migrant crisis on the US-Mexico border and will learn about the incredible promise for robots to do good in all manner of disasters and humanitarian crises. Come meet the many friendly robots that await your friendship at the Robotics Petting Zoo.
All Robot Handlers will give short presentations about their robots on a stage to an audience throughout the day. Schedule of presentations for Monday, March 16, is below. Be sure to check out March 15 and March 17th's Robot Petting Zoo schedule for other great presentations by a variety of roboticists.
11:15-11:30am FIT
11:35-11:40am Double Robotics
11:45am-12:00pm Gensler MUPPette
12:05-12:20pm Texas A&M CRASAR
12:25-12:40pm Halodrop
12:45-1:00pm Reaction Housing
1:05-1:20pm FIT
1:25-1:40pm Illumiloon
1:45-2:00pm Matternet
2:00-3:15pm BREAK
3:15-3:45pm Blabdroid
3:45-3:50pm TBD
3:55-4:10pm Ozobot
4:15-4:30pm BorgFest 1
4:35-4:50pm BorgFest 2
4:55-5:10pm BorgFest 3
5:15-5:30pm CRASAR
5:35-5:50pm FIT

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Speakers
avatar for Desiree Matel-Anderson

Desiree Matel-Anderson

Chief Wrangler, Field Innovation Team
Desiree (Desi) Matel-Anderson is CEO and “Chief Wrangler” of the Field Innovation Team (FIT). Ms. Matel-Anderson is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down... Read More →
avatar for Rebeka Ryvola

Rebeka Ryvola

Creative Dir, Field Innovation Team
Rebeka is passionate about applying “crazy” solutions to humanitarian challenges. As FIT’s Creative Director, she plans behind-the-scenes programming in and out of field deployments and explores ways to infuse FIT with new ideas, collaborations, and projects that further the... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon E 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Giants in Search of Automotive Innovation
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
This audience-interactive discussion with 3 global automakers will reveal how important 3rd party innovation, entrepreneurship, and startups are to the success of the auto industry and car makers individually. We'll talk about some of the challenges to integrating young technology into cars like - development cycles, safety and reliability concerns, time-horizon of cars. And we will brainstorm with the audience some of the things they can bring to the OEMs and what the OEMs are looking to entrepreneurs to build - like self-driving car tools, in-car apps, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, and as always - safety enhancements. We will end the discussion with some concrete ways that startups and entrepreneurs can engage car makers directly, how they make venture capital investments, how they pick in-car apps and developers, and where they look for new startup partners.

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Speakers
avatar for Derek Kerton

Derek Kerton

Founder, Autotech Council
@derekkerton
avatar for Jenny Kim

Jenny Kim

Investment Mgr, Hyundai Ventures
Jenny Kim is an investment manager with Hyundai Ventures, which focuses on making strategic investments and business partnerships in the United States for Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai Ventures currently has four areas of interest: 1) intersection of mobile devices, the Internet... Read More →
avatar for Toshiro Muramatsu

Toshiro Muramatsu

Dir, Vehicle Information Technology Division Silicon Valley, Nissan
Toshiro "Toshi" Muramatsu Director, Vehicle Information Technology Division, Silicon Valley, Nissan Motor Corporation
avatar for Nick Sugimoto

Nick Sugimoto

Sr Program Dir of Honda Silicon Valley Lab, Honda
Nick Sugimoto is the Senior Program Director of Honda Silicon Valley Lab (www.hondasvl.com), the open innovation lab of global Honda R&D based in Mountain View, California. Nick oversees Honda’s advanced information technology R&D in Silicon Valley, as well as, strategic partnership... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

No Accounting for Taste: Maturing Personalization
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Personalization promises to deliver what we need, when we need it. But in a system where new recommendations are based on past behavior, we run the danger of crowding out one of our most beautiful human experiences: serendipity. Serendipity describes the “happy accident;” the unexpected discovery of something that surprises and delights us. Algorithm-based services leave little room for this. Whether we’re talking about Netflix, Spotify or Amazon, our experience is optimized based on past behavior. Take Netflix. You can have algorithms based on character descriptions or actors but there’s no algorithm for evolution. Our aesthetic needs change over time. Just because you liked American Pie at age 16 doesn’t mean you want to see recommendations for American Nursing Home when you’re 50. Yet recommendations continue to emulate our past likes, rather than how we change and grow.
In this talk, I will discuss how the growing trend toward personalization affects our capacity for serendipity.

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Speakers
avatar for Yashoda Sampath

Yashoda Sampath

Research Lead, Huge
In her present life, Yashoda Sampath performs user experience research for Huge, Inc, making sure that the voice of the user is represented at all stages of the design process. Apart from managing user experience projects, Yashoda has also conducted traditional market research with... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Reality Check: 20 Years of the Digital Economy
The 20th Anniversary Edition of Don Tapscott’s seminal book The Digital Economy has just been released. In this talk Tapscott reviews what has actually happened in the last 20 years and discusses the path forward. He argues that while some of the promise of the digital revolution has been achieved there are many problems looming and storm warnings of convulsive conflict over issues ranging from the ownership of data and the distribution of economic benefits to the nature of the technology itself. There is a crisis of leadership emerging as old institutions and power structures are fighting change and even distorting the digital economy for their narrow benefit. It’s time for a rethink! Don Tapscott is ranked as one of the world’s top 5 business thinkers according to the definitive list Thinkers50. He is the author or co-author of 15 widely read books about new media in business and society including Paradigm Shift, Wikinomics and Grown Up Digital.

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Speakers
avatar for Don Tapscott

Don Tapscott

CEO, The Tapscott Group
Don Tapscott is CEO of The Tapscott Group think tank. As one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media and the economic and social impact of technology, Tapscott advises business and government leaders around the world. Tapscott has authored or co-authored 14 widely... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Augmented Reality, Gaming, and Education
A look at the value of gamification in the learning industry. How will gaming be involved in the future of education?

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Speakers
avatar for Dirk Kiefer

Dirk Kiefer

Dir, Bavarian Center for Cultural and Creative Industries
Dirk Kiefer heads up the Bavarian Center for Cultural and Creative Industries as its Director.
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Suzanne Pierce

Academic Director, University of Texas/Encompass Labs
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Jorge Rojas

Academic Director, CEDIM
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Drew Scheberle

SVP, Austin Chamber of Commerce
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Tim Schumann

Strategic Partnerships, Techfounders.com


Monday March 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Austin City Hall 301 W 2nd St

2:00pm

Fixing Transportation with Humanity and Technology
Imagine a world without traffic, with fewer parking garages, and every car and every seat was filled. Where strangers become acquaintances on the commute and time, money are saved. Lyft’s CEO started dreaming about this as a child, but it wasn’t until recently that he pursued it to become a reality.

Growing up in Los Angeles, he experienced gridlock caused by solo-drivers along the 405. He was inspired by how people in Zimbabwe did transportation differently. He knew there had to be a better way. These things became the heart of creating Lyft.

Lyft is transforming the way people and communities connect, through better transportation. Ride-sharing has enabled more affordable, reliable and memorable transportation while boosting the local economy. And Lyft is at the heart of this revolution, with a goal to change communities.

Join Lyft’s CEO Logan Green and Doug MacMillan from the Wall Street Journal as they discuss how Lyft is using technology and humanity to create the biggest shift to our physical landscape we’ve seen in generations.

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Speakers
avatar for Logan Green

Logan Green

CEO & Co-Founder of Lyft, Lyft
Logan Green, co-founder and CEO of Lyft, has long been fascinated by innovation in transportation, having grown up in Southern California with much of his childhood spent stuck in traffic. Lyft, the on-demand ridesharing platform, was founded in 2007 with Zimride as the first of two... Read More →
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Doug MacMillan

Reporter, The Wall Street Journal


Monday March 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Put IBM Watson to Work and Transform Your Business
Putting Watson in the cloud for small and large businesses is like putting the Hubble Telescope in the hands of an amateur astronomer. Watson’s cognitive capabilities have launched a new ecosystem of discovery and innovation that is transforming industries from healthcare to IT, from education to retail and consumer products. Visionary partners and entrepreneurs have joined with IBM to put Watson to work tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. Chaotic Moon is a group of thinkers, builders, designers, developers, leaders, dreamers, and doers bent on changing the world through better experience design. Through talent, expertise, and sheer brute force, they transform bold ideas into the world's best software products.
Join IBM and their strategic development partner Chaotic Moon as they discuss how Watson can help companies and organizations solve the world’s biggest problems and create brand new business opportunities.
Presented by IBM

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Speakers
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John Fremont

EVP of Business Dev, Chaotic Moon LLC
Imbued with a rare blend of acute business acumen, knowledge of high-level software integration and an evangelist passion for user-centered design, John Fremont is an effective asset to Chaotic Moon’s stellar line-up of industry leaders. As a creative technology studio in Austin... Read More →
avatar for Sridhar Sudarsan

Sridhar Sudarsan

CTO & Chief Architect, Watson Ecosystem, IBM
Sridhar Sudarsan is the CTO and Chief Architect for the Watson Ecosystem. He is responsible for driving the technical strategy for the ecosystem and building a network of partners building applications using Watson. In this role, Sridhar serves as a technical leader within Watson... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom 111 E Cesar Chavez

3:30pm

Cities, Buildings, Screens: New Civic Engagement
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
“Can architecture serve as a way to reconnect parts of the city or enhance human experience?” asks architect Michel Rojkind, founder of Mexico City–based Rojkind Arquitectos. Although the sharing economy recalibrated how we interface with the city through apps and services, the design of buildings and public spaces are still largely conventional. So, how to design for better civic engagement? In conversation with architect Michel Rojkind, writer Leslie Wolke, and architecture critic Mimi Zeiger will explore recent experiments at the intersection of architecture, interaction design, and urban intervention: from a department store in Mexico City wrapped in a 10-foot-deep layer of programmable hexagonal pods to mobile structures in Madrid that transform historical spaces. What do these urban interventions mean to us as technology and architecture intermingle in unfamiliar ways?

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Speakers
avatar for Michel Rojkind

Michel Rojkind

Founding Partner, Rojkind Arquitectos
Michel Rojkind is the founding partner of Rojkind Arquitectos, a Mexico City-based architecture firm practicing globally and focusing on design, business tactics and experiential innovation. His work explores architectural solutions, social and urban strategies that positively impact... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Wolke

Leslie Wolke

Principal, Leslie Wolke Consulting
As an independent consultant, Leslie works at the intersection of design and technology to produce wayfinding websites and interactive tools to help people find their way in complex environments. She writes about design, architecture and technology and lives in Austin, Texas and... Read More →
avatar for Mimi Zeiger

Mimi Zeiger

Architecture Critic, Rojkind Arquitectos


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Alex Sarnoff
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
AS

Alex Sarnoff

Founder, Control VR


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Claudia Perlich
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Claudia Perlich

Claudia Perlich

Chief Scientist, Dstillery
Claudia Perlich currently acts as Chief Scientist at Dstillery and designs, develops, analyzes and optimizes the machine learning that drives digital advertising. An active industry speaker and frequent contributor to academic and industry publications, Claudia was recently named... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

The Global Pulse
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Exponential, digital technology is shaping the world, our bodies and minds. Thanks to networked technology and social media our reach and our cooperation with other humans is extended. We have become nodes in the network side by side with machines and artificial intelligence. Our minds travel at the speed of light, but our bodies stay at home. Or do they travel with us, when we transform to quantifiable data, which we share, and when we break down our DNA to data sets, which can be analyzed and manipulated by computers? We too have become information traveling at the speed of light.
In this talk Marshall McLuhan’s extensions of man will merge with Gordon Moore’s and Bob Metcalfe’s laws put in perspective by Ray Kurzweil’s ideas about the singularity and Paul Virillio’s thinking on dromology.
It is based on the forthcoming book “The Global Pulse” by Danish tech-reporter and radio host Henrik Fohns.

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Speakers
avatar for Henrik Fohns

Henrik Fohns

Radio Host, Danish Broadcasting Corporation News


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Analyzing Big Enterprise Graph Data with Spark
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
Prerequisite include having prior experience with coding at an advanced level and some experience working with large data sets. The intended audience for this workshop is developers, programmers, software engineers, and big data fans.
What to Bring:
If you’d like to participate, please bring your laptop to this workshop with Scala 2.10 installed, SBT 0.13, and the Spark 1.1 binary downloaded.
This workshop will explain how large scale, near real-time graph analytics will be a game changer for companies in the future. It's a hands on exploration of Spark, and a deep-dive into how to use Spark, running on Mesos, for the graph analysis of large enterprise data sets.
Learn how this amazing technology is already being deployed at cutting-edge companies to build recommendation engines, fraud detection systems, advanced search engines, and more.

The first hour will cover the technical underpinnings of successful graph analysis using Spark, including the tools, algorithms, and the data science needed to make it happen.
After a 10 minute break, we will deep-dive into using Spark to complete complex graph analysis of example enterprise data set and discuss the results of the exercises. Finally, if time permits, we will review some of the new technologies that exist for elegantly scaling Spark, such as Mesos.

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Speakers
avatar for Patrick White

Patrick White

CEO, Synata
Patrick White is the CEO and Co-Founder of Synata, a platform for aggregating, searching and discovering enterprise data. Prior to Synata, he spent the last decade building software at companies such as Intuit, Microsoft, VistaConnect, CyberArts, and Fortify Software (now HP Security... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon H 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Beacon Meet Up
There’s been a huge increase in the number of business and events using Bluetooth LE Beacons over the past year. Join us at this meet up and network with other Attendees, from industry leaders to beginners. Find out how organizations are using beacons to add value to their company and enhance the customer experience.
Have you been working with beacons since the beginning? Just getting started or curious about what beacons are? This is a meet up for anyone interested in Bluetooth LE Beacon technology. At this meet up we’ll discuss how beacons are being used, what’s working, (what’s not) and what’s next.

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Sr. Technical Project Mgr, SXSW STAFF


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 504 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Drones for Good: Journalism and Crowdsourced UAVs
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Offering web-connectivity that allows communities to access drones and their data, tech from the UK’s Civic Drone Centre adds a crowdsourced angle on UAV development. ‘AeroSee’ puts people at the centre of drone operations: connecting a global user base to live drone data feeds. Our search and rescue trial in the UK used this community-connected drone-cast to find a missing hiker in 69 seconds.
In Kenya, Drone Journalism project SkyCAM is pushing the boundaries of UAV content capture, and exploring how UAVs could revolutionise media operations.
So what does a world of web-connected civilian UAVs mean?
Speakers from Europe and Africa will explore the potential of web-connected drones, how they offer new and engaging ways for citizens, storytellers, journalists and organisations to utilise UAV technologies. We’ll tackle contentious issues of ethics, privacy and safety. What are the dangers of eyes in the sky, and can positive UAV uses re-energise a potentially sceptical public?

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Speakers
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Darren Ansell

Space & Aerospace Engineering Lead, UCLan
Darren Ansell has been the Space and Aerospace Engineering Lead in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Central Lancashire since September 2012. At UCLAN Darren is leading a number of collaborative research projects with industry partners, including... Read More →
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Clare Cook

Lecturer/Author/Researcher, Media Innovation Studio/University of Central Lancashire
I'm passionate about journalism and media making the most of technology and the networked world. I'm working on projects around local casting of content via wifi networks; collaborative revenue platforms for exiled media and a new network of innovation for media under threat @cecook... Read More →
avatar for Ben Kreimer

Ben Kreimer

Journalism Technologist, Polymedia Producer
Ben Kreimer is a freelance journalism technologist and international drone journalism innovator.  As technologist and adviser for the Drone Journalism Lab and Kenya based African SkyCAM, Kreimer explores the use of drones and microcomputer sensor platforms as new tools for gathering... Read More →
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Dickens Olewe

Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, The Star Kenya
Dickens Olewe is a journalism pioneer. His drone journalism project, AfricanSkyCAM, was a winner in the inaugural African News Challenge. But this is not the first time he’s launched innovative approaches to journalism. At the Star newspaper, he led a project on collaborative journalism... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Tom Evans
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Tom Evans

Tom Evans

Owner, BleepBleeps


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

Phant.io: The Super-Lightweight Internet of Things
You get what you pay for--literally. Almost any electronic device today can get online, including your car or your refrigerator, for a price, of course. But the Internet of Things is not solely accessible to big manufacturers with tons of resources. Christopher Clark, Director of IT for SparkFun Electronics, presents Phant--a tool for putting the power of building IoT networks into the hands of the average consumer. Built to be lightweight and modular, and open-source end-to-end, Phant is a free, open-source engine designed to run on the smallest devices. Phant powers SparkFun's free streaming service (data.sparkfun.com), and coupled with open-source hardware, it is a powerful tool to rapidly deploy sensor networks to collect rich data from the field. Christopher will take you on a full tour of the open-source technology that makes Phant go and give a demo of building a private sensor network using open-source hardware.

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Speakers
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Christopher Clark

Dir of IT, SparkFun Electronics
Christopher began as the sole “IT guy” at SparkFun Electronics when it was less than a tenth of its current size. He now manages a diversified staff of thirteen developers, administrators, and analysts. During the past several years, his responsibilities have grown from initially... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

9:30am

Identities of Things Group: Paving the Way for IoT
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
There’s a ton of promise in “smart everything.” However, the convergence of technology and sheer proliferation of data gathered by sensors, cameras and other networked devices make the road to the Internet of Things (IoT) a bumpy one. Our modern frameworks for broad authentication and data management create serious data privacy and security concerns today. Further, there are no overarching frameworks that map objects and allow them to connect and interoperate effectively. To realize the promises of IoT, we must differentiate between people and objects, putting standards and structures in place that connect and people and devices, while enabling use of data for the benefit of humanity. The Kantara Identities of Things Group is working with industry to assess the IoT Landscape and develop harmonized frameworks that will help realize the promises of the IoT. Find out how to get involved in defining an IoT future where PEOPLE matter most!

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Speakers
avatar for Joni Brennan

Joni Brennan

Exec Dir Kantara Initiative, IEEE
Joni has over a decade of service to the IEEE Standards Association (SA) and Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO) as a Senior Program Manager .Kantara Initiative Executive Director focusing on Technology Evangelism, Trust Framework Identity Assurance Accreditation... Read More →
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Shraddha Chaplot

Machinegineer, Cisco
Shraddha has gone from Greengineer to Machinegineer, and is currently working on connecting the unconnected through Internet of Everything (IoE) experiments in Cisco's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team. She describes this as her dream job, where her pastimes, passions, and... Read More →
avatar for Ingo Friese

Ingo Friese

Research & Dev Engineer/Project Mgr, Deutsche Telekom AG
Ingo Friese is a research engineer and project manager at Deutsche Telekom AG. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the field of in Identity Management. Ingo has been engaged in several research- and strategic projects for Telekom Innovation Laboratories the central innovation... Read More →
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Eve Maler

VP Innovation & Emerging Technology, ForgeRock
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Monique Morrow

Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Cisco Systems Inc
Summary Monique Morrow is the CTO –Evangelist for New Frontiers. In her role, she leads the development of strategic technology and business architectures for Cisco customers and partners. Current focus areas include: M2M Security; eHealth; next generation software architecture... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

11:00am

Canceled: Game Tech Is Changing Real-World Visualization
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Unity’s Sanjay Mistry will moderate a panel of executives from non-gaming companies that use Unity’s engine to design and develop apps or visualization environments. Sanjay will discuss how Unity’s engine was originally built to serve the gaming industry and interview non-gaming panelists on how they are utilizing the technology to spearhead innovation within their organization and industry. Panelists from unique industries—such as architecture, manufacturing, design, and entertainment—will share why they are using Unity’s engine to serve their clients, make great advances in their industry, or impact the world for the greater good. Panelists also will explore how Unity’s 3D modeling environments and other interactive tools can help them build apps, solve business or humanitarian issues, and improve the pipeline, workflow, and build cycle for their organization. Panelists include executives from renowned firms such as Gensler, Framestore, Alexx Henry and others.

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Speakers
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Alexx Henry

Principal, Alexx Henry Studios
Alexx Henry is an award-winning director, photographer and spokesperson in the rapidly merging fields of still and motion photography. While his roots lie in commercial celebrity and entertainment photography, he is a part of an elite group of digital artists breaking new ground in... Read More →
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Sanjay Mistry

Global Dir for Architecture, Unity
Sanjay Mistry brings 20 years of experience and sound technical, development, and business expertise to Unity Technologies. He has dedicated his career to working in the design, film, and games industries and possesses in-depth knowledge of each global market, ranging from development... Read More →
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Alan Robles

Experience Designer, Associate, Gensler
Over 20 years exploring the relationship between users and their surroundings, Alan Robles has been creating experience environments for clients and projects of every scale around the world. In his role at Gensler, he explores the opportunities found at the fringes of the design practice... Read More →
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Mike Woods

Exec Creative Dir, Framestore
As a founder of the Digital department (and now a member of the Creativity 50 and Direct Marketing News 40 under 40!), Mike Woods has been propelling Framestore’s digital capabilities forward for the last 10 years. Working out of London and New York, he’s helped transform the... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Mixed Reality Habitats: The New Wired Frontier
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
What happens when the world as we know it combines with virtual reality, streams of content, personal data, sensors, cameras and implantable or wearable devices? People will experience the world within a wired habitat, where computers mediate our perceptions of reality, objects talk to each other and experiences are hyper-customized based on carefully assembled, personal datasets. On the web of the future, Main Street won’t look the same to everyone. Mixed reality will revolutionize the world as we know it, creating an augmented dimension within which people live, work, communicate, collaborate, build, buy and sell. Without question, this pervasive environment will radically alter how we view people, environments, objects and illusion. However, with the unprecedented possibilities come inherent risks and threats. As mixed reality converges with life as we know it, how can it be structured to best serve humanity without jeopardizing all we hold dear? Part of the IEEE Future ID Series.

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Speakers
avatar for BC Biermann

BC Biermann

Founder, The Heavy Projects
Heavy is an educational technologist, academic, and digital artist living in Southern California.
avatar for Amber Case

Amber Case

Dir, ESRI
Amber Case is the Director of Esri R&D Center, Portland, where she works on location-based technology. Case co-founded Geoloqi, Inc., a location-based developer platform, that was acquired by Esri in Oct 2012. She has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, and many other publications, both... Read More →
avatar for Jay Iorio

Jay Iorio

Dir of Innovation, IEEE
Jay Iorio is the Innovation Director for the IEEE Standards Association. His primary focus is virtual worlds, augmented reality, and serious games. Iorio built and currently manages IEEE Island in Second Life and has worked extensively with advanced publishing technologies, multimedia... Read More →
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Todd Richmond

Dir, Advanced Prototypes & Transition, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies
By day, Todd Richmond is the Director of Advanced Prototypes at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). By night he is a musician, visual artist, and conceptual trouble maker. In a previous life Todd was a chemistry professor at The Claremont... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Robot Petting Zoo
The first ever SXSW Robot Petting Zoo brings out friendly ground & aerial robots for SXSW attendees to touch, operate, and even program. RPZ organizer the Field Innovation Team (FIT) and robot handlers will explain how robots have done - and have potential to do - incredible work in disaster before setting kindly humans loose to interact, learn, and play. Spatially-oriented humans will get to play with robots whose functions mimic those of humans. Humans wishing to slip the surly bonds of earth will meet robots who have flown above disasters to gather critical data. Humans interested in Macgyver-esque robots will meet robots that can serve many purposes, such as flying while 3D printing. Robot friends will learn about FIT's first ever Robot Petting Zoo in the migrant crisis on the US-Mexico border and will learn about the incredible promise for robots to do good in all manner of disasters and humanitarian crises. Come meet the many friendly robots that await your friendship at the Robotics Petting Zoo.
All Robot Handlers will give short presentations about their robots on a stage to an audience throughout the day. Schedule of presentations for Tuesday, March 17, is below. Be sure to check out March 15 and March 16th's Robot Petting Zoo schedule for other great presentations by a variety of roboticists.
11:00-11:15am BorgFest 1, 2
11:15-11:30am BorgFest 2, 3
11:35-11:40am Illumiloon
11:45am-12:00pm Halodrop
12:05-12:20pm Ozobot
12:25-12:40pm Double Robotics
12:45-1:00pm Matternet
1:05-1:20pm Reaction Housing
1:25-1:40pm Texas A&M CRASAR
1:45-2:00pm Gensler MUPPette
2:00-3:15pm BREAK
3:15-3:45pm Blabdroid
3:45-3:50pm FIT

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Speakers
avatar for Desiree Matel-Anderson

Desiree Matel-Anderson

Chief Wrangler, Field Innovation Team
Desiree (Desi) Matel-Anderson is CEO and “Chief Wrangler” of the Field Innovation Team (FIT). Ms. Matel-Anderson is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down... Read More →
avatar for Rebeka Ryvola

Rebeka Ryvola

Creative Dir, Field Innovation Team
Rebeka is passionate about applying “crazy” solutions to humanitarian challenges. As FIT’s Creative Director, she plans behind-the-scenes programming in and out of field deployments and explores ways to infuse FIT with new ideas, collaborations, and projects that further the... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon E 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

A.I. State of the Union
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
The past few years have produced an explosion of A.I., with the technology not only breaking into the mainstream of popular culture, but impacting our everyday lives as well. Artificial Intelligence now touches nearly every part of lives, whether we realize it or not -- from healthcare to education to travel and any number of tasks and daily interactions.
This panel convenes leading experts across the A.I. space to discuss where the technology currently stands, what challenges it still faces, and how it will continue to develop over the next few years. From the current consolidation of the A.I. market through acquisitions and partnerships, to the development of Cognition-as-a-Service and its rapidly improving adaptability, we’ll look at the trends and opportunities as A.I. continues to underpin and propel more and more of our technological interactions and capabilities.

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Speakers
avatar for Monica Anderson

Monica Anderson

CTO, Sensai
Monica Anderson is CTO and co-founder of Sensai Corporation and founder of Syntience Inc. She has created Industrial grade Model Based (programmed) AI systems for decades but insists that the path to human-like Understanding Machines requires adopting "Model Free Methods" where ALL... Read More →
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Fred Brown

Founder & CEO, Next IT
Fred Brown is the Founder and CEO of Next IT Corporation—a company changing the way people interact with technology. Prior to Next IT, Fred was founder, president and CEO of LineSoft Corporation. At LineSoft, the calf-roper turned entrepreneur broke new ground in the energy industry... Read More →
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Doug Lenat

Pres & CEO, Cycorp
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Nova Spivack

Founder & CEO, Bottlenose Inc


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 211-212 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Home Smart Home: The Future Conscious Home
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Just a few years ago, the idea of a smart home was only a dream. High priced gadgets made smart devices accessible to only the wealthiest consumers and different protocol standards made it difficult to ensure devices worked together. But today the connected house is becoming a reality. Yet the full potential of this George Jetson style home is still to be realized. The conscious home is the home of the future. But how will we get there?
Today’s smart home industry is focused on solutions to unify devices through one experience or app. But the real smart home solution will be the conscious home-a home that will know your schedule, your wants and your needs. Imagine if your house knew what time you would arrive home from work and automatically turned on the thermostat, opened the garage door as you pulled into the driveway, unlocked the front door, began pre-heating the oven and turned on the lights and the TV to your favorite news program as you entered. This is the home of tomorrow.

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Speakers
avatar for Liat Ben-Zur

Liat Ben-Zur

SVP of Digital Technology & Connected Propositions, Philips
Liat Ben-Zur is senior vice president and digital technology leader at Philips where she is responsible for driving the connectivity & digital strategy across the company. Her aim is to deliver meaningful digital innovation via connected propositions and experiences. As a seasoned... Read More →
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Joe Dada

CEO, Insteon
Dada believes everything should talk to everything. As an inventor with multiple patents, his primary question is Why not? Insteon is the evolution of Smarthome, a company Dada bootstrapped in 1992. After aggressive acquisitions and intensive product development, Insteon has become... Read More →
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Joe Gerber

Pres and COO, Insteon
avatar for Mike Soucie

Mike Soucie

Head of Consumer Product Partnerships at Nest, Nest Labs
Mike is the head of consumer product partnerships at Nest, working closely with iconic brands including Whirlpool, Mercedes-Benz, and Philips Hue to create meaningful and thoughtful product integrations. Through the Works with Nest developer program, Nest and partners can build connections... Read More →
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Michael Wolf

Founder, NextMarket Insights
I am an author, analyst, advisor and consultant. I run NextMarket Insights, a consumer technology research and consulting firm. I also write for Forbes and Gigaom. I host the Smart Home Show, the most popular smart home podcast on iTunes. Find out more at www.nextmarket.co


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Bruce Sterling Closing Talk
World traveler, science fiction author, journalist, and future-focused design critic Bruce Sterling spins the globe a few rounds as he wraps up the Interactive Conference with his peculiar view of the state of the world. Always unexpected, invented on the fly, a hash of trends, trepidations, and creative prognostication. Don't miss this annual event favorite. What will he covered in 2015?

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Speakers
avatar for Bruce Sterling

Bruce Sterling

Author, Bruce Sterling


Tuesday March 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center