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Friday, March 13
 

10:15am

Welcome to SXSW Interactive
Welcome to the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival. We're excited that you'll be joining us for five days of amazing programming and networking events. SXSW is a community event, so we invite you to come kick off the event with us. In this session, hear Hugh Forrest talk about SXSW Interactive 2015, plus you can ask questions about this year's event and introduce yourself to other attendees.

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Speakers
avatar for Hugh Forrest

Hugh Forrest

IA Dir, SXSW STAFF
Forrest serves as the Director of the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) Festival, where he guides the overall vision for the event as well as directs panel programming. He also spends much of his time with the all-consuming task of community management. Forrest graduated from... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 10:15am - 10:45am
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Hackaday Meet Up

Speakers
avatar for Sophi Kravitz

Sophi Kravitz

Hackaday Prize Lead, Hackaday
Sophi Kravitz is a hardware designer who has worked with room-sized industrial process equipment, robotics large and small, crazy art installations and built props and FX for movies in a past career (if it was a bleeding body part on TV in the 90s, she may have made it). Her passion... Read More →
avatar for Mike Szczys

Mike Szczys

Managing Editor, Hackaday
Mike Szczys (@szczys) is an Orchestra Musician by night and a writer by day. His entrance into electronics started with BEAM robot builds but quickly moved into the realm of embedded system. He spends his waking hours chasing down new tricks performed through clever application of... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Terrace 701 W Riverside Dr

11:00am

Next Nature: How Technology Becomes Nature
From stone-axes to mobile phones, throughout history people have given birth to a wide range of technologies. Today, our technological environment has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that we start to perceive it as a nature of its own. Yet, despite our deep-rooted relationship with technology, most of us are still relatively unaware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted or discarded within our society. Dr. Van Mensvoort will show how technology becomes nature in seven steps and what engineers, inventors, designers and entrepreneurs can learn from that.

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Speakers
avatar for Koert van Mensvoort

Koert van Mensvoort

Dir, Next Nature Network
Dr. Koert van Mensvoort is an artist and philosopher best known for his work on the philosophical concept of Next Nature, which revolves around the idea that our technological environment has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as a nature of its... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Synthetic Biology: Learn, Do, and Dream
This panel will explore the advancement of biotechnology education through entry-level technologies, such as Rapid DNA Prototyping (RDP) Kits, #ScienceHacks (sciencehack.synbiota.com), the Synbiota platform (synbiota.com), as well as other citizen science initiatives in synthetic biology. The panelists will explore the implications for security and education as these technologies enter the workplaces and minds of newbie scientists.
Novice-welcoming synbio and biohacker projects that get science enthusiasts “learning by doing” have dramatically transformed the shape of the potential future scientist’s gateway into synthetic biology, and have influenced the direction of regulatory and policy making efforts. At the same time, they have extended and enriched the toolkits of traditional researchers in exciting scientific cases that will be explored.

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Speakers
avatar for Rob Carlson

Rob Carlson

Managing Director, Bioeconomy Capital
Rob Carlson is the Managing Director at Bioeconomy Capital, which invests in early stage biotechnology companies, and is a Principal at Biodesic, a consulting firm that focuses on strategy, security, and engineering at the intersection of biotechnology and the economy.
avatar for Connor Dickie

Connor Dickie

CEO, Synbiota
Connor Dickie co-founded Synbiota to accelerate biotechnology R&D. Synbiota is a rapid prototyping software/wetware platform that puts the power of life into the hands of scientists and enthusiasts around the globe. Connor is an alumnus of the MIT Media Lab where he created context-sensitive... Read More →
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 Orkan Telhan

Orkan Telhan

Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. Telhan is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 2 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Create Your Own KindSign to Inspire Your Community
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:
None.
What to Bring:
No materials needed.
Since the first urban environments of the Roman Empire, to modern day metropolises, our cities have been filled with physical signage that passively direct, lead, and inform our actions and behavior. Many of these signs communicate to us a universal civic code of etiquette, reminding us not to litter, pick up after your dog, and slow down because a school is near. Noun Project is expanding on this idea with KindSigns, an art project that encourages everyday citizens to create signs that communicate personalized, provocative messages to challenge, inspire and delight those around them.
Join Noun Project in an exciting workshop where you will create your own KindSign with a powerful pictographic messages. Participants will learn the fundamentals of visual communication and semiotics, how to create an icon, and finally will get the chance to help inspire others.
The workshop will kick off with a presentation about the power of visual communication. Then during the next hour, you will play a game designed to help generate ideas for your own KindSign. After this participants will sketch out their ideas. Finally the last 30 mins will be spent on group presentations.
After the event, The Noun Project will transform the sketches into polished icons, and print the designs on signage. The final aluminum signage, containing both message & pictogram, will be mailed to each participant to share in their own built environment.

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Speakers
avatar for Edward Boatman

Edward Boatman

Chief Creative Officer, The Noun Project
Edward is a designer and creative thinker that can always find beauty and inspiration in the world around him. Edward is one of the founders of The Noun Project, a growing open sourced visual dictionary of the symbols and icons that form the world’s visual language. Trained in design... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 307 110 E 2nd St

12:00pm

The Crossroads of Should and Must
Who hasn’t asked the question “How can I find and follow my true calling?” Elle Luna frames this moment as “standing at the crossroads of Should and Must.” “Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire. And it was her own personal journey that inspired Elle Luna to write a brief online manifesto that, in a few short months, has touched hundreds of thousands of people who’ve read it or heard Elle speak on the topic. Now Ms. Luna expands her ideas into an inspirational, highly visual gift book for every recent graduate, every artist, every seeker, every career changer.
The Crossroads of Should and Must has a universal message—we get to choose the path between Should and Must. And it gives every reader permission to embrace this message. It’s about the difference between jobs, careers, and callings. The difference between going to work and becoming one with your work. Why knowing what you want is often the hardest part. It gives eye-opening techniques for reconnecting with one’s inner voice, like writing your own obituary (talk about putting life in perspective). It talks about the most common fears of choosing Must over Should—money, time, age, and the ultimate fear: total vulnerability—and shores up our hesitation with inspiring stories of and quotes from the artists and writers and thinkers who’ve faced their own crossroads of Should and Must and taken the leap. It explains the importance of mistakes, of “unlearning,” of solitude, of keeping moving, of following a soul path.

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Speakers
avatar for Elle Luna

Elle Luna

Artist Designer Writer, The Crossroads Of Should And Must
Elle Luna (link: http://elleluna.com) is a designer, painter, and writer. She also runs a textile venture, the Bulan Project (link: http://bulanproject.com), a collaboration with master batik artists in Bali, and has previously worked at international design firm IDEO (http://ideo.com... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:00pm - 12:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

12:30pm

Lights, Camera, Action: MAKER LABS Live in Austin
Want a first-hand look at how Maker Studios works with both talent and brands to co-create original content? Now is your chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the original programming model MAKER LABS, which allows partners to co-create with Maker, leveraging the company’s creative team and technology expertise. During this session, Maker’s Chief Content Officer Erin McPherson and Skybound Entertainment’s Robert Kirkman and David Alpert will provide a sneak peek at upcoming programming created as part of the Skybound LAB. Led by The Wall Street Journal’s Mike Shields, the group will discuss the creative process and components of a MAKER LAB. Skybound Entertainment is home to the comic behind the Emmy®-winning series “The Walking Dead.” Other founding MAKER LAB partners include James Franco and Vince Jolivette's Rabbit Bandini Productions, professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston and multi-faceted Grammy®-winning talent will.i.am.

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Speakers
avatar for David Alpert

David Alpert

Partner, Skybound Entertainment
David Alpert is a partner in Circle of Confusion LLC, a film and television management and production company with offices in Los Angeles and New York. Circle represents writers, directors, actors, producers and content creators. In addition to his dual role as a representative and... Read More →
avatar for Robert Kirkman

Robert Kirkman

Partner, Skybound Entertainment
Robert Kirkman is the creator of many popular comic books, including the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, and the new exorcism comic, Outcast which was released in June 2014 and recently received a pilot pickup for CINEMAX with... Read More →
avatar for Erin McPherson

Erin McPherson

Chief Content Officer, Maker Studios
Erin McPherson serves as Chief Content Officer at Maker, driving the brand’s programming strategy -- overseeing all aspects of original content, series development across platforms, strategic programming partnerships, talent relationships, and editorial content on Maker's proprietary... Read More →
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Mike Shields

Sr Editor, The Wall Street Journal
Mike Shields is a senior editor at The Wall Street Journal, specializing in coverage of digital media and video. He has covered the online media and advertising world for over a decade for outlets such as Adweek, MediaPost and Digiday. Prior to his journalism career, he spent seven... Read More →


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

12:30pm

The Secret History of Hypertext
In 1934, a little-known Belgian bibliographer named Paul Otlet described something very much like the Internet, sketching out plans for a network of "electric telescopes" connecting people to a vast collection of documents, images, and audio-visual material. He dubbed the whole thing the Mundaneum, describing it as a "réseau mondial" - a worldwide web.
Why should anyone care about the failed schemes of a long-dead Belgian bibliographer? Otlet's work matters today not just as a kind of historical curio, but because he envisioned a radically different kind of network: one driven not by corporate profit and personal vanity, but by a utopian vision of intellectual progress, social egalitarianism, and even spiritual liberation.
This presentation will delve deep into Otlet's alternative vision of a global network, in search of useful lessons that could reshape our understanding of what the Internet could yet become.

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Speakers
avatar for Alex Wright

Alex Wright

Director of Research, Etsy
Alex Wright is the Director of Research at Etsy and the author of Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age (one of the New Yorker's "Books to Watch Out For" in 2014). He also teaches courses in user research and design history at the School of Visual Arts... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Helping Hands in the Global Village

Speakers
TF

Troy Farnsworth CP, FAAOP

VP, UEPP, Hanger Clinic
TF

Troy Farnsworth

Vice President, Upper Extremity Prosthetics Program, Hanger Clinic
JS

Jonathan Schull

Founder & Research Scientist, Enable Community Foundation And RIT


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

1:30pm

Maker Pro
Maker Pro is a book of essays by more than a dozen prominent and up-and-coming professional makers (Maker Pros). Each essay includes advice and stories on topics such as starting a kit-making business, taking a hardware project open-source, and plenty of encouragement to "quit your day job." This book is a reference for anyone who dreams of turning a hobby into a small business, and features stories from well-known professional makers; it will turn aspiration into inspiration.

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Speakers
avatar for Mitch Altman

Mitch Altman

CEO, Cornfield Electronics
Mitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone remote controls, a keychain that turns off TVs in public places, he was also co-founder of 3ware (a SillyValley RAID controller company), did pioneering work in Virtual Reality at VPL Research... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 1:30pm - 1:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Curious Bridges: How Designers Grow the Future
One of design's most fundamental tasks is to help people deal with change. Designers stand between revolutions and everyday experience. They interpret scientific and technological innovations so they can be assimilated into life, bridging design, architecture, art, and culture. Investigate design’s ever-increasing influence with Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA.

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Speakers
avatar for Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli

Senior Curator, The Museum of Modern Art
Paola Antonelli joined The Museum of Modern Art in 1994 and is a Senior Curator in the Departmentof Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. Her first exhibition for MoMA, Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design (1995), was followed by... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Virtual Function, Physical Interface
Many physical objects are becoming icons, or symbolic representations of what they do. Much like the floppy disk save icon, the physical interfaces of many products today reference older technologies that are now obsolete. What can drive the metaphors that are used in today's interfaces? As digital technology replaces the mechanisms physical interfaces were once based on, how can we create interfaces that help people understand how to interact with the functions they control? If the way something actually works is so complex or counter-intuitive that it won't make sense to the average user, should the interface attempt to present a simplified metaphor? And if there is no older physical metaphor to fall back on, what principles can guide the creation of new interaction metaphors?

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Speakers
avatar for Patrick Mankins

Patrick Mankins

Designer, Artefact
Patrick is currently a designer at Artefact in Seattle where he works with an amazing group of people to solve current problems and envision the future. Previously, he explored interactions with cognitive computing systems and cyber security at IBM Design and studied industrial design... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 3:45pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

DIY Housing Meet Up

Speakers
avatar for Luke Iseman

Luke Iseman

Co-Founder, Boxouse
Luke is cofounder of Boxouse. He is passionate about using open source hardware and the physical computing revolution to build a more sustainable world. He has invented an automated gardening computer, built and managed a fleet of 25 pedicabs, and written a book about travelling the... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Terrace 701 W Riverside Dr

3:30pm

Making to Manufacturing

Speakers
avatar for Marc Boudria

Marc Boudria

Lead Solutions Eng, Chaotic Moon Studios
From software to hardware to mobile and beyond, Marc Boudria is the man with all the answers. Marc is a lifelong technologist who's spent the last 20 years building, supporting, and deploying tech in all its forms to the enterprise.
avatar for Rob Faludi

Rob Faludi

Chief Innovator, Digi International
Robert Faludi is the Chief Innovator at Digi International. His job is forging strong connections with the maker community, uncovering new innovation methodologies, supporting outstanding new work, and creating prototypes to spur new product development. Faludi also works as a professor... Read More →
avatar for Peter Li

Peter Li

CEO, Atlas
avatar for Nathan Siedle

Nathan Siedle

CEO, SparkFun
Checkout my talk on why patents are killing innovation! http://schedule.sxsw.com/2015/events/event_IAP40665
avatar for Peter Vancorenland

Peter Vancorenland

VP of loT Solutions, Silicon Labs
Peter Vancorenland, Vice President of the IoT Solutions team, joined Silicon Labs in 2002 as a Circuit Design Engineer where he worked on a variety of wireless products from cell phone transceivers to FM and TV tuners. After two years as Vice President of Engineering working on Timing... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

3:30pm

Artist Meets Hacker: How Tech is Changing the Arts
Artists have always been at the forefront of defining the culture of the day, how we communicate with each other and about ourselves. Until the rise of Silicon Valley. Where Plato's Academy used to be the ultimate place of learning, mentoring, and making, now it's Y Combinator. Stravinsky's concerts started riots, now Twitter helps quell them. Picasso's cubism changed how we saw the world, now that honor belongs to the likes of Google and MakerBot.
And yet artists are making phenomenal works of art using the very bits of technology that have in large part supplanted their role of kingmaker/culturemaker. So what happens when dancers use 3D imaging, opera companies make mobile apps, museums turn to GitHub, & robots become actors? This session will explore more than one hundred case studies of artists and arts organizations using (and in some cases, failing to use) technology to comment on society, to make your neighborhood a better place to live, and to run their business.

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Speakers
avatar for Devon Smith

Devon Smith

Dir of Analytics & Social Media, Threespot
Devon Smith is the Director of Social Media at Threespot—a Washington DC digital engagement agency primarily serving nonprofits and government agencies—where she currently works with clients such as the Smithsonian Institution, BBC America, Planned Parenthood and the Pew Charitable... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Bioart: Melding Biotech and Art
No one denies that biotechnology is the prime technological hallmark of the coming age, but what it means and where it’s leading us remains largely unknown. Historically, artists have acted as interpreters of cultural shifts, and offered signposts to the future of cultural norms.
A growing number of artists are now turning to biotechnology as their medium. These bioartists have appropriated the tools biomedicine, genomics, ecology, and synthetic biology. By exploring with these tools, they are redefining identity, technology, and even the act of creating life. In this panel, curators and bioartists will attempt to decipher the themes emerging from this burgeoning genre of art, one that melds with biotech.

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Speakers
avatar for Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an transdisciplinary artist, programmer and educator who is interested in exploring art as research and public inquiry. Traversing media ranging from algorithms to DNA, her work seeks to question fundamental assumptions underpinning perceptions of human nature... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Grushkin

Daniel Grushkin

Journalist, CUT/PASTE/GROW
Daniel Grushkin is a freelance journalist who covers the intersection of biology, culture and business. Hi blog Biohackers appears on PopSci.com. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Businessweek, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Science, and Scientific American... Read More →
avatar for Karen Ingram

Karen Ingram

Artist, kareningram.com
Karen Ingram is a designer, artist, and creative director who uses her skillset to promote scientific awareness. Ingram is a co-organizer of Brooklyn science cabaret, The Empiricist League and is a board member of SXSW Interactive. She was an instructor on the subject of creative... Read More →
avatar for Wythe Marschall

Wythe Marschall

Researches biotech & ecology, Harvard
Wythe Marschall is a writer and Ph.D. student in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard, where he explores the intersection of biotechnology, ecology and culture. Previously, Wythe taught humanities courses at Brooklyn College (CUNY), curated art+science exhibitions and... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Brands as the New Medicis in Art's Digital Age
The Medici family takes much responsibility for stimulating the prolific art movement of the Renaissance. They have earned eternal recognition for doing so, but notably got out of the way to let the artists create their art. Brands today often try too hard to embed themselves into the artistic process, when they should instead take a cue from the Medici family and earn due recognition ("brand awareness" in modern terms) for letting the artists create on their own terms.
Don Meek from Talenthouse will lead a collaborative conversation about the role that brands are playing in today's world where creativity and commerce collide.

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Speakers
avatar for Don Meek

Don Meek

Chief Commercial Officer, Talenthouse
From creating the U.S. Open of Surfing in 1994 to launching television channels around the world, from pioneering some of the earliest on-line video advertising products to working with some of the most advanced technology companies in the market, Don Meek has been at the forefront... Read More →
AP

Amos Pizzey

Co-CEO, Talenthouse Inc
avatar for Emma Trant

Emma Trant

VP of Client Svcs and Community Mktg, Talenthouse
I'm Emma and am the VP Client Services and Community Marketing for Talenthouse.


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Going Wearable, Are you ready?
When I first started as a Java Evangelist 10 years ago, I remember one of the first demos we had: A huge wearable PC. Now the technology has evolved so much, and wearable are a reality, are you ready for it?. Just imagine a jacket that your grand mother could wear, that will keep your doctor posted with real data about her heart rate, pulse, temperature and others: Real time data seamlessly and privately shared with the interested partners can save many lives. Or just for fun, have your jacket display information, control your music, read the emails for you while you run. Join this session and learn all the required technologies that came together to create this amazing demo. Be prepared to be delighted!
Presented by Oracle

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Speakers
avatar for Angela Caicedo

Angela Caicedo

Java Evangelist, Oracle
Angela Caicedo has been a Java Evangelist for 11 years, first at Sun Microsystems and now at Oracle. Angela's expertise includes: Java ME, Java SE and Java Embedded. She loves spending time in new and cool technologies like: Game developments, 3D, bluetooth, embedded, and others... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom 111 E Cesar Chavez

3:45pm

Picturing Your Big Ideas
As humans, we're hardwired to think in pictures. —more of our neurons are dedicated to vision than our other four senses combined! A fact that explains the popularity of infographics, grumpy cat, and Tinder. All we have to do is look around to see the power of images. The power of visual thinking extends beyond communication, it can help get you to that great idea faster. Thinking about your problem visually is the first step to solving it.
Can't draw a stick man? Not to worry. Even if your hand doesn’t have the skills, you have an evolutionary advantage. The human brain is neurologically wired to see meaning in visual cues. Nora Herting, will expand on ImageThink’s use of visual problem solving to help you creatively ideate, motivate others , and socialize your ideas with storytelling.

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Speakers
avatar for Nora Herting

Nora Herting

Co-Founder, Principal, ImageThink
Nora Herting is an artist and one of two principal partners of ImageThink , the Official Graphic Recorders of SXSW Interactive 2014. During the festival, ImageThink will be visually summarizing the Keynote and Feature Speakers into engaging and informative storyboards, all in rea... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:45pm - 4:00pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

4:15pm

The Science and Art of Genetic Engineering
The Science of genetic and genomic engineering provides a number of amazing opportunities to create organisms for performing complex tasks that modern electronics and chemistry can only dream of. Engineered bacteria produce much of the insulin in use by diabetics while engineered plants like "Golden Rice", can save hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Even NASA is involved in research to use genetically engineered organisms for technologies to help in deep space exploration. I will attempt to answer questions such as: What is genetic engineering and how is it performed? Is it safe? How can it benefit or harm society? I will also explore technologies and art that have been and hopefully, will be created using genetic and genomic engineering.

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Speakers
avatar for Josiah Zayner

Josiah Zayner

Research Fellow, NASA
Dr. Josiah Zayner (really Dr.? yeah I know seems pretentious sorry) is a Synthetic Biology Research Fellow at NASA, attempting to develop biotechnology for deep space exploration and colonization. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

4:30pm

My Beautiful City Austin
David Heymann crafts seven masterful tales of a young architect who fails again and again to dissuade his clients from their bad decisions. The houses he designs aid and abet the ongoing erasure of Austin's ambrosial charm. These sharp, humorous stories explore consequences of Austin's rediscovered allure. Fueled by the dubious intentions of its inhabitants, this is a town growing madly while ignoring the pain of a thousand small cuts.

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Speakers
avatar for David Heymann

David Heymann

Architect & Author, N/A
David Heymann is an architect, contributing writer for Places Journal, and a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is interested in what people want from nature. Heymann has been a writer in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Dora Maar House, the Rockefeller... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 4:30pm - 4:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

The State of the Maker Movement In Brazil
Brazil is a large country with lots of opportunities everywhere. In the other hand it is a country not designed for "newbies" where things are usually not trivial. The country adopted open source technologies as a few and the Internet and Social Media has a tremendous penetration and impact, but what is happening on the harder side of the creative economy? Learn about the current status of the maker movement in Brazil and understand what is happening down there. Understand the Brazilian challenges and pinpoint big opportunities in the maker space in the tropics. It is time to make more in Brazil!

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Speakers
avatar for Manoel Lemos

Manoel Lemos

Founder, Fazedores.Com
Manoel Lemos is a partner at Redpoint e.ventures, the first Brazilian Venture Capital fund sponsored by Silicon Valley firms. Redpoint e.ventures was created to bring to Brazil the best practices of venture investing developed over decades in the Valley, to help foster the nascent... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Everything You Ever Wanted
In her younger years, Jillian Lauren was a college dropout, a drug addict, and an international concubine in the Prince of Brunei’s harem, an experience she immortalized in in her bestselling memoir, Some Girls. In her thirties, Jillian's most radical act was learning the steadying power of love when she and her rock star husband adopt an Ethiopian child with special needs. After Jillian loses a close friend to drugs, she herself is saved by her fierce, bold love for her son as she fights to make him—and herself—feel safe and at home in the world.
Exploring complex ideas of identity and reinvention, Everything You Ever Wanted is a must-read for everyone, especially every mother, who has ever hoped for a second act in life.

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Speakers
JL

Jillian Lauren

Author, Plume
I’m a writer, storyteller, mom, rock-wife, and Los Angeleno, by way of Jersey. I’m the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, the novel Pretty, and the upcoming memoir Everything You Ever Wanted. I write a lot of essays and articles, some... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 5:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Internet of Things Meet Up

Speakers
BE

Ben Edwards

Founder, VP Community, SmartThings
avatar for Dan Lieberman

Dan Lieberman

Sr Dir of Platform Strategy, SmartThings
AM

Andrew Mager

Developer Evangelist, SmartThings Inc


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Terrace 701 W Riverside Dr

5:00pm

Our Shipping Container Home: DIY Off Grid Urbanism

Speakers
avatar for Luke Iseman

Luke Iseman

Co-Founder, Boxouse
Luke is cofounder of Boxouse. He is passionate about using open source hardware and the physical computing revolution to build a more sustainable world. He has invented an automated gardening computer, built and managed a fleet of 25 pedicabs, and written a book about travelling the... Read More →
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Heather Stewart

Founder, Boxouse
I have lived in many countries in a variety of housing situations which gave me good perspective on the possibilities of shelter and community. I graduated with a degree in art and went to work on a horse farm, living in a horse stall which had been converted into a tiny apartment... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

5:00pm

5:00pm

Art and Experience: A Future for Creativity
The conversation around “Art and Technology” has been around for decades, pulling ideas from two disciplines in hopes of generating some new type of experience. Technology continues to evolve, transforming daily life and the ways we engage with each other. Has the concept of Art+Tech kept up? Technology is, and has always been, about creating a great experience – ease, efficiency, and magnification. What does this mean for the Art world, and more specifically an Art Museum? If we look at the Art Museum as a catalyst for creativity, rather than a frame for art, we’ve got something to work with. We can make experience the focus instead of an afterthought in a post-digital world where interaction and engagement with technology and the museum only matter when they are working in tandem. In this presentation, we will discuss how Art and Tech is changing, how museums are harnessing technology to create a better experience, and future opportunities for integrating tech, creativity, and art.

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Speakers
avatar for Laura Bernstein

Laura Bernstein

Digital Designer, Graphic Design, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
As lead Digital Designer Los Angeles County Museum of Art I get to explore ways that visitors interact with art and museums, both onsite and offsite. I work closely with LACMA's social media team, web and digital strategists, guest services department, and marketing.
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Lori Kozlowski

Editorial Dir, Atom Factory
Lori Kozlowski serves as Editorial Director at Atom Factory, a music management and media company in Los Angeles. She has been a technology columnist for Forbes Magazine and previously served as senior digital editor for the Los Angeles Times. She writes about technology, media, culture... Read More →
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Todd Lefelt

Managing Dir/User Experience, Huge
Todd Lefelt is Managing Director of User Experience at Huge in Los Angeles. Since joining Huge in 2006, Todd has been instrumental in building the agency's user experience team and helping to define the philosophy and process applied to user-centric design. In 2010, Todd joined Huge's... Read More →
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Maritza Yoes

Social Strategist, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Maritza Lerman Yoes serves as Social Strategist for TBWA\Media Arts Lab. Prior to her time at MAL she was the first Social Media Manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her work for the museum included the creation of branded social media content across all channels... Read More →


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

5:00pm

Building Community with the Open Lab Blueprint
Open labs have reframed the biolab as a community resource. They attract a diverse, vibrant community of makers and citizen scientists. Being a relatively new phenomenon, with more being founded every year, Genspace realized we were in a unique position to share our experience in order to help others starting a lab in their own community through the Open Lab Blueprint. The Open Lab Blueprint is designed to enable people to launch an open lab from scratch. It is a system for fostering the DIY bio community around the world via cross-platform documentation and open DIY tools. During our conversation we will be taking the audience through a journey of utilizing the Blueprint to launch a community biolab, discussing why we chose these main components, and how, through our own experiences as a diverse community of makers and scientists we were able to come together to create something larger than ourselves.

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Speakers
avatar for Ellen Jorgensen

Ellen Jorgensen

Co-founder and Dir, Genspace
Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is co-founder and director of Genspace, a nonprofit community laboratory dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. In 2011 she initiated Genspace’s award-winning curriculum of informal science education for adults, and last year Genspace... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Quinn

Ashley Quinn

UI/UX Designer & Consultant, Genspace
Ashley Quinn is a designer and activist interested in the cross-section between art, science and technology. Through her work she bridges the gap between environmental awareness, human action, and behavior change by creating novel experiences and design interventions. When she's not... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Natural User Interface Design for Engaging Art and Performance
In this session new media artists Joao Beira and Jerome Morrison explore how new technologies for natural user interface design can engage participants in the visual and performing arts. Following a presentation of their own work, the artists will discuss the affordances and drawbacks to natural user interfaces in expressive performance design. The artists will detail how a number of different interface technologies work, such as the leap motion sensor, Kinect, infrared cameras, and discuss the pros and cons of each. Through joining this session, participants will gain an overview of current tools and techniques for embodied interface design and how they can used to create an engaging visual and performing arts experience.

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Speakers
avatar for Joao Beira

Joao Beira

Visual Artist, Datagrama
João Beira is a visual artist merging 3D projection design with interactive media. He is the founder and creative director of Datagrama. He is currently pursuing a dual degree PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Porto, Portugal, which focuses on the integration... Read More →
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Jerome Morrison

Co-Founder Pseudoholographic Interactive Engineer, Psiplay
In 2011 while pursuing a Masters of Arts Degree in New Media Studio at East Tennessee State University, Jerome studied the process of game design and integrating the Microsoft Kinect for the purpose of making immersive experiences. His final project, the pseudoholographic interactive... Read More →
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Matthew Mosher

Artist/Faculty, Brushfire LLC
Boston native Matthew Mosher redefines contemporary art through interactive installations, public performances, and digital media. After receiving a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in furniture design in 2006, Mosher traveled around the world independently investigating... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

5:15pm

Inanimate Characters Redefine Authenticity
Inanimates are the new authenticity in social media. When they are perceived freed from the filters of their corporate bosses, they express ideas in plain language that their audience craves. But there are many pitfalls in tone, vocabulary and character limitation.
Because it is performance art, the voice of an inanimate character on social media require the skills of improv, quick wit and repartee. The inanimate character voice must be engaging and culturally-aware to build a community. The voice must give its audience permission to suspend belief. It is no longer enough to use brand-sanctioned, stale puns in tweets.
This session will examine the voice of the inanimate and its role in building an identity for a brand, organization and community.

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Speakers
avatar for Gerard McLean

Gerard McLean

Pres/CEO, Rivershark Inc
Gerard McLean -- a wily author and essayist -- sets the content bar high; not an easy feat in a world in which dogs blog and inanimate characters have volatile voices.


Friday March 13, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
ACC Ballroom B Austin Convention Center
 
Saturday, March 14
 

9:30am

CreativeMornings Meet Up
This is a unique opportunity for attendees and organizers from over 100 global CreativeMornings chapters to meet up and share their creative experiences. If you’ve never attended a CreativeMornings or would like to start a chapter in your city, this is your chance to learn more.

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Speakers
avatar for Ben Thoma

Ben Thoma

Founder, Creative Mornings


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 502-503 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

11:00am

When Your Devices Decide to Touch You Back

Speakers
avatar for Rohit Thawani

Rohit Thawani

Dir of Digital Strategy, TBWAChiatDay
Rohit Thawani is the Director of Digital Strategy and Social media for TBWA\Chiat\Day LA, and a member of TBWA's global Creative Technology Board.


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

11:00am

Calling for a Nation of Makers
While the Maker Movement may have begun with hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts, in 2014, it became mainstream after President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire and declared June 18 the National Day of Making. Governments, cities, businesses and citizens responded to the call to action to render America a “Nation of Makers.” TechShop, the first, largest, and most popular makerspace with locations nationwide, is at the forefront of this movement, and continues to promote makers worldwide. Other examples include Chevron announcing a $10 million commitment to support the creation of new community fabrication labs and the U.S. Department of Education issuing a "make over" challenge to create more makerspaces in schools. TechShop CEO Mark Hatch and White House Deputy Director Thomas Kalil will speak to how the country is supporting the movement; how maker tools are becoming more accessible to consumers; and the effects of this widespread entrepreneurial spirit on the future.

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Speakers
avatar for Mark Hatch

Mark Hatch

CEO, TechShop
Mark is CEO and co-founder of TechShop and a recognized leader in the global maker movement. Under his leadership, TechShop revenue grew 20-fold in five years and multiple new locations have opened across the US. Mark has held executive positions at firms including Kinko’s, Avery... Read More →
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Thomas Kalil

Deputy Dir for Policy for the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Japan Challenge: Hybrid Culture Raises Innovation
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Last year, attendants of SXSW tradeshow found that IoT from Japan made Alan Kay’s above words real. Since people’s imagination always comes from their personal and/or ethnological background, it is worth digging the secrets of makers from Japan.
The panelists are, Takehiro Hagiwara, a top engineer from Sony who is leading Innovation Ecosystem Planning Team, Takuma Iwasa, a founder and CEO of Cerevo, an Akihabara based Monodukuri startup, and Masaaki Sugimoto, a founder and CEO of AgIC and Openpool who made a sensation with interactive billiards at SXSW.
For more info: http://sxsw.miraiyoho.com/japan-challenge/

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Speakers
avatar for Takehiro Hagiwara

Takehiro Hagiwara

Co-founder of MESH project / Sr Mgr, Sony Corporation
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Takuma Iwasa

Founder & CEO, Cerevo Inc
After spending 5 years as an engineer/product planner at Panasonic, Mr. Takuma Iwasa founded Cerevo Inc. Cerevo inc. (Consumer Electronic REVOlution) is a company based in Akihabara Tokyo JAPAN, that focuses on creating network consumer devices. Cerevo recently opens its superfast... Read More →
avatar for Tomy Kamada

Tomy Kamada

Founder & CEO, TomyK Ltd
avatar for Noriyoshi Sekiguchi

Noriyoshi Sekiguchi

Mktg Dir, Volvo Cars Japan Ltd.
Nori Sekiguchi is a Director of Marketing at Volvo Car Japan Ltd. His former job was a Planning Director at Dentsu. Nori is a skilled and marketing guy with strong expertise in branding. After his career over double decades in Dentsu, he joined Volvo to reactivate Volvo brand in Japan... Read More →
avatar for Massaki Sugimoto

Massaki Sugimoto

Co-Fonder, AgIC
Masaaki Sugimoto is a Co-founder of AgIC Inc., founder of OpenPool, commissioner of Lab Production, and director of TEDxTodai project. He is well known entrepreneur who made sensation at SXSW, with his OpenPool(2013)and AgIC(2014).
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Akichika Tanaka

Senior Engineer, Sony Corporation


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

11:00am

Mentor Session: Blake Miller
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 Blake Miller

Blake Miller

Partner, Dir of Accelerator, Think Big
Blake Miller is a Partner and the Director of the Accelerator at Think Big Partners where he focuses on helping entrepreneurs build, launch, and grow their company. He specializes in Growth, UI/UX, Innovation and connecting the dots. Currently, Blake Mentors and Advises 13 funded... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

11:00am

Mentor Session: Vickie Howell
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 Vickie Howell

Vickie Howell

Maker/DIY Evangelist, vickiehowell.com
Vickie Howell is a knit, crochet, and craft evangelist with a penchant for pop culture, creative parenting, and social media marketing.


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

11:00am

Science + Tech Meet Up: Scientists and Geeks Unite!
Get together and make friends with fellow developers, researchers and scientists for an hour of brainstorming and networking. Are you a developer interested in using your powers for good? Scientists looking to learn new web technologies? Come meet up! Let’s discuss some of the new and exciting science projects out there, learn about software carpentry projects that help scientists learn new software skills. Developers come meet up with scientists and researchers to share your skills and expertise.

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Speakers
avatar for Maytal Dahan

Maytal Dahan

Research Engineer/Science Assoc, Texas Advanced Computing Center
I'm a software engineer living in Los Angeles but get to work remotely for the greatest place on earth - The Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin. With a great team I help lead large eScience projects and develop web applications to assist scientists... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 504 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Biohacker Meet Up

Speakers
avatar for Karen Ingram

Karen Ingram

Artist, kareningram.com
Karen Ingram is a designer, artist, and creative director who uses her skillset to promote scientific awareness. Ingram is a co-organizer of Brooklyn science cabaret, The Empiricist League and is a board member of SXSW Interactive. She was an instructor on the subject of creative... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Terrace 701 W Riverside Dr

12:30pm

Maker Trailblazers: Making for Social Good

Speakers
avatar for Hahna Alexander

Hahna Alexander

Co-Founder, CTO, SolePower
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Patrick Littlefield

Director, VA Center for Innovation
As Acting Director of VACI, Patrick is responsible for designing and leading the program's implementation across VA.Patrick is a seasoned Healthcare IT entrepreneur with over 20 years experience driving growth, building strong customer relationships, bringing products to market, and... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Motamedi

Carrie Motamedi

VP Mktg, TechShop
Carrie is responsible for sharing the TechShop mission with internal and external audiences. She creates and executes national marketing programs with partners that include Autodesk, General Electric, Ford, Lowe’s, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. She also oversees public... Read More →
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Rahul Panicker

Co-Founder & Pres of Prod, Embrace Innovations
Rahul Panicker is Co-founder and President, Products at Embrace Innovations, where he leads strategy and innovation. At Embrace, his mission is to understand users and their aspirations, and translate their needs to products by applying his training in design thinking and entrepreneurial... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

12:30pm

A Crash Course in Maker Movement Marketing
Get a crash course on the Maker movement from MakeLab and TBWA. Discover the new desktop production tools that fuel the movement — 3D printers, laser cutters, credit card sized computers. Learn how you can use them to create authentic, engaging experiences
Not just for the Maker community but for audiences of all demographics. Check out some of our successful Maker projects for brands and agencies. And learn how to build your own Twitter-Enabled Lightbox through an on-stage workshop and back in your own studio.

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Speakers
avatar for Lucia Mancuso

Lucia Mancuso

Head of Digital, TBWA Toronto
Lucia's natural interest in human behaviour, marketing and design led her to pioneering the social space in Canada. With over 9 years of experience owning a design, development and social media studio, Lucia prides herself on her instinct and being ahead of the curve.
avatar for Jonathan Moneta

Jonathan Moneta

Founder, MakeLab
Jonathan is Founder and Creative Lead at MakeLab, a technology lab for advertising and experiential agencies. He leads a team of industrial designers, developers, and event staff in building weird and wonderful creative tech for MakeLab's clients and their brands. He's also Director... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

A Peek Inside the World of Collecting Art Online
Increasingly, consumers worldwide are purchasing works of art and luxury items online. How do new clients familiarize themselves with the process of buying big ticket items online, sight unseen? Consumers are becoming savvier in their purchase behavior; as a result, the importance of superior customer service and access to education remains integral. This panel will reveal what factors contribute to gaining a client’s trust. Presented by Christie's

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Speakers
avatar for Amelia Manderscheid

Amelia Manderscheid

Specialist, Assoc VP, Post-War & Contemporary Art, Christie's
avatar for Austin Nelsen

Austin Nelsen

Entrepreneur, Co-Lab Projects
Austin Nelsen is the Director of Development and Communications for Co-Lab Projects, an artist run non-profit exhibition space in Austin, TX. He received his BFA in Advertising and Art History from Pepperdine University, and has since worked with leading PR and Consulting firms to... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Rio Grande Ballroom 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

Catalytic Color: Flow and The Balanced Brain Benefit
* Why it’s important to utilize both brain hemispheres to run a Successful Business, including Left Brain (analytical & task-oriented) & Right Brain (Creative & Intuitive, where Innovation & Insights occur, often during Flow state).
* The benefits of Flow, an optimal, Right-Brain state of consciousness where people feel & perform their best & Innovation occurs. Most cutting-edge scientific & Technological Breakthroughs occur in Flow as do major athletic & art achievements. A Recent McKinsey 10-year study showed Top Executives are 5 times more effective when operating in Flow & if we increase the amount we’re in Flow by a mere 20%, Workplace Productivity would double.
* How to optimize Color & Indoor Lighting in work environments to enhance Flow, promote Teamwork, maximize Productivity & Peak Performance & dramatically improve Employee Health & Job Satisfaction.
* How to quickly & easily Train our Brains (neuroplasticity) using Right-Brain exercises to access Flow whenever desired.

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Speakers
avatar for Margaret Keys

Margaret Keys

Principal/Communications Consultant, margaretkeys.com
For more than thirty years Margaret Keys has helped others find their voice. She has coached clients in business, education, politics and law. Widely recognized as a creative force and innovator in her field of communication, she pioneered changes in video coaching methodology and... Read More →
avatar for Tom Parish

Tom Parish

Owner/Colorist, Tom Parish Inc
His principle passion is color correction and color grading and that’s his primary focus these days. However Tom enjoys the richness of working on a variety of entertainment and social media projects to help a business be successful on the Internet. It’s all about the interaction... Read More →
avatar for Brad Richardson

Brad Richardson

Dir of Strategic Sales, Pace
Brad is experienced with flow states in diverse arenas of: social entrepreneurship, business, sports and meditation. Sports has provided a solid foundation in “The Zone” through his 20’s, that he later applied to his career and personal life. Flow states have supported creativity... Read More →
avatar for Leanne Venier

Leanne Venier

Artist, Engineer & Expert in the Science of Color & Light for Flow, Peak Productivity & Optimal Health, Leanne Venier
Leanne Venier, B.S.M.E, C.P. AOBTA, ("Catalytic Color: Flow & The Balanced Brain Benefit" Panel Leader), is an international award-winning artist, engineer, and expert on the science of color and light who regularly lectures about the healing and Flow-state-inducing effects of color... Read More →


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

12:30pm

The Future of Physical Digital Place Making
Our digital world is spilling onto our physical world. With the advent of the internet of things and the capacity of objects to have memory and intelligence, we are entering a world where physical spaces will soon have operating systems. With the power of computation comes the opportunity of creating interesting ways in which people can interact with physical spaces. This core conversation is an attempt to bring together people interested in knowing more about physical interventions using digital technologies. At Urban Matter Inc., we use a variety of materials and processes to create experiences, ranging from the use of prototyping tools like laser cutters and 3D printers to create physical forms, projection mapping to create imagery, and open source hardware like arduino to program experiences. Amongst our other work, we’ll share our most recent interactive light installation for Seaholm Redevelopment Project in Austin to kickstart the conversation.

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Speakers
avatar for Rick Lin

Rick Lin

Lead Creative Technologist, Urban Matter Inc
Rick Lin is an artist and creative technologist with a background in sculpture, photography, and filmmaking. After receiving his degree in Fine Arts from Oberlin College in 1996, he went on to broadcast television and filmmaking, working for public relations firm Burson-Marsteller... Read More →
avatar for Shagun Singh

Shagun Singh

Principal, Urban Matter Inc
Shagun Singh is an interaction designer with a background in architecture. She received her Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of Arts, NYC and did her undergrad at the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology at Ahmedabad, India... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St

1:30pm

Creating an Extraordinary Workplace
Why do successful companies reward failure? What can casinos teach us about building a happy workplace? How do you design an office that enhances both attention to detail and creativity?

In The Best Place to Work, award-winning psychologist Ron Friedman, Ph.D. uses the latest research from the fields of motivation, creativity, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and management to reveal what really makes us successful at work. Combining powerful stories with cutting edge findings, Friedman shows leaders at every level how they can use scientifically-proven techniques to promote smarter thinking, greater innovation, and stronger performance.

Among the many surprising insights, Friedman explains how learning to think like a hostage negotiator can help you defuse a workplace argument, why placing a fish bowl near your desk can elevate your thinking, and how incorporating strategic distractions into your schedule can help you reach smarter decisions. Along the way, the book introduces the inventor who created the cubicle, the president who brought down the world’s most dangerous criminal, and the teenager who single-handedly transformed professional tennis—vivid stories that offer unexpected revelations on achieving workplace excellence.

Brimming with counterintuitive insights and actionable recommendations, The Best Place to Work offers employees and executives alike game-changing advice for working smarter and turning any organization—regardless of its size, budgets, or ambitions—into an extraordinary workplace.

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Speakers
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Ron Friedman

Founder, Ignite80


Saturday March 14, 2015 1:30pm - 1:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Andy Warhol: Digital Pioneer
Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, reveals Warhol’s impact on the digital realm. This intimate talk is all about the challenges and breakthroughs, both artistic and technological, which creators are experiencing today, and how Warhol anticipated many of these innovations. See how, and why, on Saturday.

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Speakers
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Ryan Mcginness

Artist, Ryan Mcginness Studios Inc
avatar for Eric Shiner

Eric Shiner

Dir, The Andy Warhol Museum
Eric Shiner is the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, the most comprehensive single-artist museum in the world, located in Pittsburgh, PA. At The Warhol Museum, Shiner organized Factory Direct: Pittsburgh, an exhibition that showcased the artwork of 14 established contemporary artists... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Rio Grande Ballroom 300 E 4th St

3:00pm

The Art of War Visualized
A Bronze Age and Information Age marriage, The Art of War Visualized is a perfect meeting of two minds. One, Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese general whose legendary The Art of War offers strategy lessons across centuries. The other, Jessica Hagy, a cartoonist and creator of the Webby award-winning site thisisindexed.com.

With 2,500 years of dust shaken off, The Art of War Visualized is a charts and graphs mash-up that inspires a new reading of the classic text, whether your personal battlefield is business, politics, management, sports, design, or any office, anywhere. Fresh, introspective, and totally re-imagined, here’s to thoughtful problem solving for the next two millenniums.

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Speakers
avatar for Jessica Hagy

Jessica Hagy

Cartoonist, Workman Publishing


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:00pm - 3:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Makers Change the World and Tools Change the Maker

Speakers
avatar for Ray Almgren

Ray Almgren

VP/Corporate Mktg, National Instruments
Ray Almgren, Vice President of Marketing, leads teams responsible for marketing the corporate brand, NI LabVIEW, and educational products.
avatar for Jim Newton

Jim Newton

Chairman & Founder, TechShop
Jim is an uber-DIYer and lifelong maker. A serial entrepreneur, Jim holds several design patents and created TechShop because he needed a place to build his own inventions. Before founding TechShop, Jim was a BattleBots competitor and former full-time Science Advisor on the Discovery... Read More →
avatar for Paul Teich

Paul Teich

CTO & Sr Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy
I am CTO and Senior Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy (MI&S), one of the most cited technology analyst firms in the world. I lead MI&S's technology research and publish/consult on a wide range of topics, including hybrid cloud-client usage models, scale-out datacenter architecture... Read More →
avatar for Stephan Turnipseed

Stephan Turnipseed

Pres Emeritus & Exec Dir Strategic Partnerships, LEGO Education
Stephan Turnipseed is the President Emeritus of LEGO Education, North America and Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for LEGO Education. LEGO Education has a thirty year history in developing playful learning solutions that enable every student to succeed. Turnipseed led... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

3:30pm

3:30pm

Augmented Reality in Music: Hackable Instruments
Technology advances enable the creation of new music instruments. Unlike traditional instruments, which produce a particular range of sounds and are designed to be played a particular way, the technology of these new music instruments is flexible and formless, taking shape only when its players decide how they are going to use them. The sounds these instruments produce and even the shapes they assume is open to be interpreted by their players, with new technology allowing non traditional dimensions such as the texture of a material employed or the way the movements of the executor are mapped into sound. Rather than a pre defined skill set that must be learned, the technology is intuitively understood, so that users can instantly enjoy 'knowing' how to play, while the openness of a hackable design encourages virtuosity. In this talk, Bruno Zamborlin of Mogees will explore these new wave of instruments “designed to be hacked”, and their power as interactive tools for creative expression.

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Speakers
avatar for Bruno Zamborlin

Bruno Zamborlin

President, Mogees
Bruno Zamborlin is a technologist, music technology researcher and live performer. His research focuses on new methods for gestural interaction with everyday objects and their applications in the creation of new interfaces for musical expression. After working for 5 years at IRCAM... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

DIY Brain Hacking, Electroceuticals and You
With a $20 trip to Radio Shack, Brent Williams began his own brain experiments via transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). This technology, which transmits electricity via electrodes placed on the scalp, has shown potential to alleviate depression, OCD, PTSD and other mental illness. While 20th century medicine has relied on pharmaceuticals, it is likely the 21st century will leverage “electroceuticals.” By understanding our body’s electrical system and using tools like brain pacemakers and memory augmenting prosthetics to regulate the activity of neurons, we may repair faulty wiring in our brains and even rewire our minds. Today, with open-source hardware and software, you can build your own mind control gadgets at home. With a simple kit, anyone can hack a cockroach's brain and steer it around a room. We’ll explore how these feats are accomplished and talk about the science behind brain hacking in this unconventional discussion. Part of the IEEE Future ID Series.

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Speakers
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Tim Marzullo

Co-Founder & Engineer, Backyard Brains
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Joel Murphy

Co-Founder, OpenBCI
Joel Murphy (BFA MassArt, Boston; MFA UC San Diego) is an artist/engineer living in New York. He owns a business designing and fabricating electro-mechanical systems for artists and designers. He is one of the founders of Pulse Sensor, an open-source heart rate monitor for Arduino... Read More →
avatar for Eliza Strickland

Eliza Strickland

Assoc Editor, IEEE Spectrum
Eliza Strickland is an editor for the international technology magazine IEEE Spectrum, where she covers biomedical engineering. Her current passion is reporting on brain hacking: the neural modulation techniques used to tweak people’s movements, moods, and memories.
avatar for Brent Williams

Brent Williams

Founder, Speakwisdom
Dr. Brent Williams is the founder of the blog SpeakWisdom.com, which provides “Wisdom for the Leading Edge of Life ™”. He has helped thousands improve their lives through insight and wisdom about brain stimulation, advanced technologies and much more.


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

3:30pm

Museums Today: More than Social Media Posts
Crowds of 20 and 30-somethings are flocking to museums’ experiential exhibitions to see cutting edge DJs and immersive art and performances. This panel focuses on the initiatives that museum directors are taking to cater to a younger audience of influencers who are eager to discover and share music, film, culture and fashion on their terms. Lets explore how the modern museum is wooing the interactive crowd and what we can make of it. Presented by Christie's.

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Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Massara

Kathleen Massara

Sr Editor, Christie's
Kathleen Massara is a senior editor at Christies.com and the former Arts & Culture editor of The Huffington Post. She has written for N+1, Popular Science, The Sunday Times, Whitehot Magazine, and other publications, and was a 2013 juror for Brooklyn CSA+D (Community Supported Art... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Mellard

Andrea Mellard

Dir of Public Programs & Community Engagement, The Contemporary Austin Museum Inc
Andrea Mellard is Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement for The Contemporary Austin. She curates innovative programming that takes advantage of the museum’s two distinct sites—one urban and the other natural. Signature Sound Series and Rooftop Film Series provide... Read More →
avatar for Jocelyn Miller

Jocelyn Miller

Curatorial Assistant / Editorial Manager, MoMA PS1
Jocelyn Miller is a writer and cultural programmer based in New York. As part of MoMA PS1's curatorial team, she has co-organized several large-scale exhibitions, including Cyprien Gaillard: The Crystal World (2013); James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography (2013, Museo Jumex, Mexico... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Young

Ashley Young

Co-Chair MoMA PopRally and Manager, Media and Performance Art Department, MoMA
Ashley Young is co-chair of MoMA PopRally along with fellow co-chair Chloe Wayne, and Manager of the Media and Performance Art Department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She received her MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York and her BA in Art... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Rio Grande Ballroom 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Ocean Exploration: Illuminating the Unknown
Less than 5% of the world's oceans have been explored at depth. In other words, 95% of the ocean remains unseen by human eyes. Only three people have ever journeyed to the deepest known point of the ocean (the Mariana Trench), while 500 have traveled into space. We know more about the dark side of the moon than we do about our oceans, the lifeblood of our planet, and we have better maps of the surface of Mars that we do of the ocean floor. Why is this? Could the oceans hold the key to unknown energy alternatives, medical treatments, or food sources? Come listen to Paul Bunje describe how this indispensable natural resource could be the key to humanity’s survival.

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Speakers
avatar for Paul Bunje

Paul Bunje

Sr Dir of Oceans, XPRIZE
Dr. Bunje is the Senior Director, Oceans, at XPRIZE, bringing his unique ability to bridge the gap between science and society to the XPRIZE Oceans Initiative and leading the identification of solutions to the challenges facing our world’s oceans.


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

3:30pm

Making Makers Who (Fearlessly) Make
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:
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What to Bring:
No materials necessary.
How do you make employees who fearlessly make? Makers are those who are comfortable concepting, shaping and sharing ideas within the modern digital-centric workplace – they are the most valuable and difficult to find, hire and retain. This two-part workshop focuses on guiding leaders, change agents, brand and agency executives, learning & development experts, and digital evangelists through the steps of creating a maker-friendly digitally savvy workplace. The first part will focus on helping participants become active makers and the second part will provide a step-by-step guide for participants to go back to their workplace and make makers. We’re not just talking about the skills you’d expect like UX, social media and programming – we will explore courage, vision, imagination, and curiosity as core maker skills. Join us to review methods for jumpstarting the skill evolution of your employees through education, experimentation, prototyping, and tinkering!
Three take-aways:
- Understand definition and value of Makers (making) in the workplace
- Review guidelines for how to cultivate maker friendly cultures, teams, and talent
- Create a Making Makers Who Fearlessly Make action plan
10 minutes: Introductions
45 minutes: Warm Up Hands-on Making Activity (get in touch with your inner maker)
15 minutes: Share and Reflect
30 minutes: Tips for Making Makers in the Workplace
30 minutes: Create Maker Talent Action Plan
10 minutes: Wrap up

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Speakers
avatar for Lori Kent

Lori Kent

Learning Experience Dir, smith & beta
Lori Kent, Ed D., combines expertise in design, adult learning, creative thinking, and the arts/visual culture into an approach to work well-suited for a business context in flux. An experienced professor, she earned her doctorate at Columbia University in the College Teaching of... Read More →
avatar for Allison Kent-Smith

Allison Kent-Smith

Founder, smith&beta
Allison Kent-Smith is the founder of smith & beta, an education and talent development company focused on the advertising and marketing industries. She designs integrated sustainable digital-centric programming for employees and executives. Clients include Goodby Silverstein & Partners... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 301-302 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

5:00pm

Making a Maker City

Speakers
avatar for Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty

CEO, Maker Media
Dale Dougherty is the founder and Executive Chairman of Maker Media, Inc. which launched Make: magazine in 2005, and Maker Faire, which held it’s first event in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. Dale’s vision and mission continue to be the guiding force for the family of brands... Read More →
avatar for Travis Good

Travis Good

Contributing Author, Maker Media
Currently I'm focusing on the transformative potential of the maker movement in libraries, science museums, schools, and civic government. In his quest to understand trends, he has visited 28 incubators, 65 makerspaces, and three fab labs while also chairing a start-up incubator and... Read More →
avatar for Peter Hirshberg

Peter Hirshberg

CEO, The Re:imagine Group
Peter Hirshberg is chairman of Re:Imagine Group, where he shapes strategies at the confluence of people, places, brands, and cities, including initiatives in San Francisco, Singapore, New York and London. And expert on enterprise innovation, change management and digital strategy... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

5:00pm

Canceled: You're Better Than the Shitty Gin You're Drinking
In 2011, I bought a Groupon from the San Francisco School of Bartending with the express purpose of achieving better hangovers. For as long as I could remember, I'd go out to some tech event, get drunk on cheap gin and tonics (at the time I thought gin was like gasoline — all the same no matter the source), and then wake up the next morning stupefied. "No longer!", I decided. So I rolled up my sleeves, got behind the bar, and learned that there in fact was a considerable difference between different gins, beyond their price points. My curiosity expanded into every nook of the mixology and cocktail scene — from distilling to stirring and shaking to the tools of the craft. I want to share my journey and what I've learned along the way. We'll discuss how to drink *better* the next time you go out, and get you set up to start your own mixing practice at home, and yes, there will be samples. Bonus: if you have a favorite unique gin, bring it along to impress the room!

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Speakers
avatar for Chris Messina

Chris Messina

Funemployed, Funemployed
Chris Messina is based in San Francisco and is known for inventing the hashtag, starting the BarCamp and coworking communities, and advancing technology initiatives such as OpenID, OAuth, Activity Streams, and microformats. He previously worked at NeonMob and Google.


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Dr. Brainlove: Interactive Neuroscience Vehicle
In this session, we will describe the making of Dr. Brainlove, a mobile neuroscience exhibit that interactively displays models of brain activity on a giant (27'x19'x15') climbable brain. After its debut at Burning Man 2014, Dr. Brainlove will travel to science festivals in the Bay Area. The steel mesh brain of Dr. Brainlove is covered in programmable LEDs connected with fiber optic cables that simulate real neural activity and respond interactively to visual, auditory, and EEG inputs. Dr. Brainlove was created by the Phage, a diverse consortium of scientists, engineers, and artists dedicated to science outreach at Burning Man. All the work involved in making Dr. Brainlove was done on a volunteer basis: project management, structural construction, lighting and input processing, sound system, fundraising, marketing, training, and operations. We will describe how the community of diverse experts came together to plan and deliver Dr. Brainlove.

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Speakers
avatar for Natalia Bilenko

Natalia Bilenko

PhD Candidate, University of California at Berkeley
Natalia Bilenko is a computational neuroscientist in the process of getting her PhD from University of California, Berkeley. She scans people using MRI and predicts how their brains will respond to movies, speech, and text. She is particularly curious about how we understand and produce... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Christie

Nicholas Christie

Sr Engineer, Arup
Nicholas has always had a passion for making things. As a twelve year old he made an electric guitar (though he could never play it) and in high school took up sewing and then built a sports car from scratch. He’s dabbled in jewelry making, wood carving and joinery and these days... Read More →
avatar for Asako Miyakawa

Asako Miyakawa

PhD Candidate, University of California at Berkeley
Asako Miyakawa is a UC Berkeley educated neuroscientist orchestrating all the moving parts of the Dr. Brainlove project. She is passionate about mixing art, science, and media beyond known boundaries and bringing a radically new concept art car to Burning Man and beyond.
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Sean Stevens

Co-Founder, Sustainable Magic


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

5:00pm

Meet Up: Unlock Your Creative Potential With JUJU
In an age of decreased funding for the arts and increased focus on science and technology, creative expression has become threatened as a cultural value. However, emerging mobile technology has provided sophisticated platforms for users to consume, create and share art, putting creativity back at our fingertips. Although it often goes unrecognized, we believe all people are inherently creative. This meetup will include an informal conversation about the importance of bringing art into our daily lives, as well as an opportunity to join a hands-on art making session using tablets and mobile phones.

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Speakers
avatar for Julia Junkin

Julia Junkin

Founder & CEO of JUJU, Julia Junkin Wonderland & Good JUJU
Julia has been a entrepreneur and creative for 20 years, with experience in many roles ranging from Founder and Creative Director of a licensing company to a Founder and CEO of an emerging "art meets tech" company. Julia has often taught and spoken on the topic of Unlocking Your Creativity... Read More →
avatar for Matt Kern

Matt Kern

Founder & Pres, Bloomcrush
Matt Kern is a 16 year software industry veteran. He has owned and operated multiple successful software consulting agencies and has been innovating in mobile since before your older sibling told you it was going to be big. Mostly, though, he has been searching for and developing... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 509 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

NASA's Next Giant Leap: The Journey to Mars
The first steps have already been taken in the human journey to Mars. Embarking on a path of exploration even more ambitious than the Apollo missions of 45 years ago, NASA is currently laying the foundation to fulfill the dream of decades by sending astronauts to the Red Planet. Building on the success of robotic exploration of Mars, NASA will take a major step toward human missions with a test launch of the Orion crew vehicle in December 2014. That launch will pave the way for the upcoming launch of Orion on Space Launch System, the world's most powerful rocket. Together, Orion and SLS will serve as the backbone that will eventually enable human missions to Mars. Important knowledge for the journey is also currently being gained aboard the International Space Station, where astronauts from around the world are learning more about long-duration spaceflight. Beginning very soon, a series of increasingly ambitious missions will build on those first steps, culminating in the first steps on Mars.

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Speakers
avatar for Todd May

Todd May

Program Manager, NASA's Space Launch System, NASA
Todd May manages the Space Launch System Program, located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, leading the nationwide team developing America’s next heavy-lift vehicle for deep-space exploration and science.


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Story of Creative Icons: Failure to Mastery
If we look at the lives of path-breaking creative icons, entrepreneurs, and inventors, do we notice any themes beyond vision, and persistence? What really drives iconic, transformational change on both a personal and an organizational level? From Nobel Prize–winning discoveries to new inventions to works of art, many of our creative triumphs are not achievements, but are conversions, corrections after failed attempts. This is the subject of Lewis’s book The Rise. This SXSW talk considering the lives of even more diverse figures such as Travis Kalanick (Uber), Sara Blakley (Spanx), Robert Redford, author Dave Eggers, J. K. Rowling, Angela Duckworth, explorer Ben Saunders and others, to reveal the importance of play, grit, surrender, often ignored ideas, and the necessary experiments and follow-up attempts that lead to true breakthroughs. Smart, uplifting, and counterintuitive, this talk aims to change the way you think about creativity, innovation, and mastery.

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Speakers
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Sarah Lewis

Author, Du Bois Fellow, Harvard University, Harvard University
Celebrated author and cultural historian, Sarah Lewis, received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, an M. Phil from Oxford and her Ph.D. from Yale. Her book, The Rise about creativity and mastery has been hailed by a who's who of creative thinkers and leaders including Edwidge Danticat... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center
 
Sunday, March 15
 

10:30am

The Birth of Korean Cool
Media darling Euny Hong reads from The Birth of Korean Cool–a fresh, funny, close up look at how South Korea, once among the world's poorest nations, remade itself as the pop cultural powerhouse of the 21st century. The New York Times called the book "Incisive and humorous… An excellent case study of calculated entrepreneurial moxie." The Telegraph UK raved, "fabulously snarky."
“Gangnam Style” was only one tool in South Korea’s extraordinarily elaborate and effective strategy to become a major world superpower by first becoming the world’s number one pop culture exporter.
As a child, Euny Hong moved from America to the Gangnam neighborhood in Seoul. She reveals how a really uncool country became cool and how a nation that once banned miniskirts, long hair on men, and rock ‘n’ roll could come to mass produce boy bands, soap operas, and the world’s most important smart phone.

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Speakers
avatar for Euny Hong

Euny Hong

Author, The Birth of Korean Cool
Euny Hong is a journalist and twice-published author, most recently of a work of non-fiction entitled The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture (Picador, August 2014), which received rave reviews. The Guardian UK described the book as “fabulously... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 10:30am - 10:50am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Drones Take Flight: Are They Ready for Prime Time?

Speakers
avatar for Randy Jay Braun

Randy Jay Braun

Director of Product Experience, Dji
Randy Jay Braun has been a professional photographer for nearly thirty years on the island of Maui. For most of those years Braun also owned and operated Hawaii’s most successful photography art gallery.
avatar for Niels Joubert

Niels Joubert

PhD Candidate, Stanford
Niels is a Ph.D Candidate in Computer Science at Stanford, where he solves computer graphics problems with autonomous drones. His latest research enables users to capture advanced video footage using completely autonomous quadrotors, removing the need for a pilot. He has previously... Read More →
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Mike Senese

Exec Editor, Make: Magazine
Mike Senese loves music, authentic Neapolitan pizza and building stuff. As a long-haired, metal-headed sixteen-year old, he spent his first summer abroad in the Ecuadorean Andes promoting public health by constructing latrines. Since then he's survived a year of late nights in Madrid... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

11:00am

Kids Makerspace Meet Up

Speakers
avatar for Kami Wilt

Kami Wilt

Dir/founder at Austin Tinkering School/Producer, www.austinmakerfaire.com
Kami Wilt founded Austin Tinkering School, a school where kids (and adults) get to use real tools and real materials to build the things that they think of. Austin Tinkering School has been running camps and classes for all ages for the past 5 years, and just recently ran a successful... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Terrace 701 W Riverside Dr

11:00am

Fear and Creativity: Finding Your Craft
Have you found your craft? Or are you moving too fast to notice?
Fear can propel us forward or hold us back. Failure, rejection, and the unknown can keep us in our comfort zones with a false sense of satisfaction. Spiritual growth comes from conquering fear and pursing your true calling.
We're plugged in 24/7, but are we connected to our inner self? Beyond the digital noise from our multiple screens and streams of information, a new definition of meaningfulness exists. We are more than our Google calendars and inboxes.
Imagine that you are doing what you’re meant to do. Discover what’s holding you back at this panel that will explore how fear and creativity play roles in the pursuit of finding one's craft.
Our panelists have backgrounds in fashion, art, and technology, and will cover strategies so you can make time for the things that define you as a creative person...all within a world that never stops moving.

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Speakers
avatar for Jim Hopkinson

Jim Hopkinson

Founder, Salary Tutor
Jim Hopkinson is an author, speaker, and teacher living in New York City. He helps ambitious professionals overcome their fear of negotiating their salary by giving them confidence and teaching them the skills they need to get paid what they're worth.
avatar for Adam Marelli

Adam Marelli

Artist & Explorer, Adam Marelli Photography
Adam Marelli (b. 1980) | based in New York City (USA) | graduated from New York University (sculpture & photography) | Apprenticeships with a master builder (10 years)and zen monks (7 years) before opening his studio | Member of The Explorer’s Club AR’13 | Exhibits sculpture and... Read More →
avatar for Helen Todd

Helen Todd

Co-Founder & CEO, Sociality Squared
Helen Todd is CEO of Sociality Squared, a full service social media agency based in New York City helping brands organically grow loyal and engaged communities since 2010. Among Helen’s accomplishments, she has a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson... Read More →
avatar for Jey Van-Sharp

Jey Van-Sharp

Business Advisor & Strategist, MyÜberLife
Jey is a Fashion-Music-Art-Obsessed, Business/Brand Builder, Strategist, Analyst, Editor, Writer, Consultant, Financial Engineer, Culture Vulture, Friend, Lover, Thinker. His aim is to blend the art of business with the art of creativity.


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

11:00am

Just Did It: The Art of Making Crazy Ideas Happen
Everyone can have a great idea but no idea is valuable until it becomes real. Just Did It is a presentation designed to inspire creative thinkers into action. It shares stories about some truly unique projects that slapped NO in the face, kissed IMPOSSIBLE’S girlfriend and well, Just Did It. Hal Kirkland (Creative Director / Director / Media Artist) will share his creative process, bizarre experiences and unexpected insights gained from making crazy ideas become equally crazy realities.
The presentation will describe how niggling inspirations manifested into a webcam music video that became a Japanese wedding meme (Sour - Hibi No Neiro), transformed the Guggenheim into a memorial for the Transformers (Artobots / Audio Tour Hack), bought every item in a convenience store to sell as pop-art (Store Buyout) and so much more. If all goes to according to plan you’ll be left wondering what amazing things you could create if you - Just Did It.

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Speakers
avatar for Hal Kirkland

Hal Kirkland

Creative Dir, Dir, Media Artist, Hal Kirkland/Prettybird
Hal Kirkland is an internationally awarded Creative Director/Director working in design, advertising and new media fields for some of the world’s leading agencies and clients including BBH, 180, W+K, Google, Axe, Nike, Adidas and MTV to name a few. He’s best known for integrating... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

3D Print the Smithsonian

Speakers
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Corey Kilbane

Science Teacher & Innovation Coach, William Penn Charter School
Corey teaches atoms and reactions, bits and bots, and service through design at William Penn Charter School, a Quaker school in Philadelphia. He got his start teaching by creating science magic shows for local schools while studying biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis... Read More →
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Brian Mathews

VP & Platform Group CTO, Autodesk Inc
As Autodesk VP and Platform group CTO, Brian Mathews helps shape the technology strategy for Autodesk’s platforms and products serving the design, engineering, and construction industries. He also heads the Reality Computing and Sustainability Solutions business units. Reality Computing... Read More →
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Adam Metallo

3D Imaging Secialist, Smithsonian Institution
Adam Metallo received his BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2004 and MFA in painting from the University of Delaware in 2006. Working at the Smithsonian Office of Exhibits Central he developed workflows that integrate 3D technologies with traditional museum model... Read More →
avatar for Vincent Rossi

Vincent Rossi

3D imaging specialist, Smithsonian Institution
Vincent Rossi hails from the great state of New Jersey. He has a BFA in sculpture from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Graduate level fine art study at Goldsmiths College/ University of London, England. From 2004 to 2011, he worked as a sculptor, model maker and project... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

12:30pm

Drone Meet Up

Speakers
MS

Mike Senese

Exec Editor, Make: Magazine
Mike Senese loves music, authentic Neapolitan pizza and building stuff. As a long-haired, metal-headed sixteen-year old, he spent his first summer abroad in the Ecuadorean Andes promoting public health by constructing latrines. Since then he's survived a year of late nights in Madrid... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Terrace 701 W Riverside Dr

12:30pm

Is Good Business the Best Art?

Speakers
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Carter Cleveland

Founder & CEO, Artsy
Carter Cleveland is the founder and CEO of Artsy, the resource for learning about and collecting art from over 3,000 leading galleries, 400 museum and institutional partners, and over 50 select art fairs and auctions. Artsy provides free access via its website (Artsy.net) and iPhone... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Heller

Joshua Heller

Engagement Editor, GOOD
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Tom Sachs

Creative Dir, A Space Program
Tom Sachs (b.1966, New York) is a sculptor, installation artist, and painter known for his innovative renaming, examination, and questioning of icons of capitalist culture and systems of daily life. He deals with themes such as reflection on the haves and have-nots, utopian follies... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom D Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Creating Interactive Comic Books for Social Change
Comic books can move young adults and teenagers to action. A survey of groundbreaking graphic novels and comic books pushing the edge and challenging peoples’ perceptions. Focus on the Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund recipient -- “Priya’s Shakti.” Discussion and details on how to design an augmented reality comic book and implementing a transmedia project. We outline the entire process: conception of the idea, building a team, partnering with NGOs, raising funds, navigating through festivals and markets, launching the project, deciding to go commercial and turning it into a film, and then assessing its results. Excellent panel for comic book enthusiast, social activists, DIY technological innovators, documentary filmmakers, transmedia storytellers, and anyone who wants to make beautiful art that challenges and moves society. Also, focus on the new frontier of integrating literary publications and exhibitions with augmented reality.

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Speakers
avatar for Ram Devineni

Ram Devineni

Pres, Rattapallax
RAM DEVINENI is filmmaker, publisher and founder of Rattapallax films, press and magazine based in New York City, Sao Paulo and New Delhi. He produced, edited and directed the feature documentary THE HUMAN TOWER, which was shot in India, Chile, and Spain. Recently, he produced THE... Read More →
avatar for Ambarish Mitra

Ambarish Mitra

CEO & Founder, Blippar
Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and Co-Founder of Blippar, one of the world’s leading visual browser and fastest growing augmented reality player. Under his direction, Blippar has grown from groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with 200+ employees, 10 offices and 50million+ user... Read More →
avatar for Vivek Tiwary

Vivek Tiwary

Pres & CEO, StarPolish
Vivek J. Tiwary is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning producer of Broadway shows, film, television, and graphic novels.


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

12:30pm

Go Out of this World with an Astronaut
There are those of us who stare at the stars each night and wonder about our place in the universe. And then there are the six people who don't inhabit the Earth. They are the astronauts living and working in space aboard the International Space Station, flying 250 miles above the planet at 17,500 mph. During this session, you'll meet astronaut Reid Wiseman, who recently returned from six-month flight in space. You'll have a chance to ask and interact with him about his mission conducting science and gathering data from the orbiting laboratory.
Being active on social media, Reid routinely shared amazing imagery of Earth. But in this session, we'll go deeper to hear the stories behind the pictures of life aboard station, the Earth and the science.

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Speakers
avatar for Reid Wiseman

Reid Wiseman

Astronaut, NASA/Johnson Space Center
G. REID WISEMAN (COMMANDER, U.S. NAVY) NASA ASTRONAUT
avatar for John Yembrick

John Yembrick

Social Media Mgr, NASA
John Yembrick is NASA’s social media manager and an agency spokesperson. He has over 15 years of experience in communications, focusing on social media development and execution, news media relations, marketing, event planning, crisis communications, video, web, public speaking... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Sparking True Imagination in a Digital Environment
Taking classic old Australian fairytales out of the archives and helping our audience discover their magic, in the digital realm, is what I do at Deakin University Library in Geelong, Australia. In 2013 we installed interactive touch screens to showcase these unique collections. When I explored these fairytales it invoked childhood memories and feelings of wonder and magic. I realised that in order to share these feelings, I needed to demonstrate artistic restraint, whilst making these 1900s fairytales shine in the digital realm. By animating discrete elements of the illustrations, I enhanced, but didn’t overwhelm the experience of the story. I kept the charm, heart and integrity of the works by designing an experience that encouraged the audience to use their imagination.Sparking true imagination whilst retaining the essence of a traditional work is a challenge for any cultural institution, and once achieved we can inspire communities on a new path of discovery and research.

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Speakers
avatar for Sarah McCormick

Sarah McCormick

Multimedia Specialist, Deakin University Library
Sarah McCormick, Multimedia Specialist, Deakin University


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St

1:00pm

False Conviction: Innocence, Guilt and Science
Vivid interactive features invite you to experience first-hand the ordinary ways shocking courtroom mistakes happen. Can we trust our memories? How unbiased are we? Is forensic science as reliable as we think?
An interactive book by Pulitzer Prize winner Jim Dwyer and award-winning app producer Touch Press, False Conviction uses exhibits from real crimes and dynamic animations to explore how the DNA era has changed the very meaning of “hard evidence.”
Readers can see how the mistakes we make in everyday life are absorbed into the criminal justice system. Evidence relied on by courts for decades – eyewitnesses, confessions, even crime lab tests – is far more fallible than previously believed. False Conviction was developed by The New York Hall of Science and the Innocence Project.
With guidance from experts -- homicide detectives, cognitive psychologists, witnesses who discovered their errors, and wrongly convicted people -- False Conviction shows us how we can and must do better.

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Speakers
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Jim Dwyer

Author/Columnist, NY Times


Sunday March 15, 2015 1:00pm - 1:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

1:30pm

How to Fly a Horse
As a technology pioneer at MIT and as the leader of three successful start-ups, Kevin Ashton experienced firsthand the all-consuming challenge of creating something new. Now, in a tour-de-force narrative twenty years in the making, Ashton leads us on a journey through humanity’s greatest creations to uncover the surprising truth behind who creates and how they do it. From the crystallographer’s laboratory where the secrets of DNA were first revealed by a long forgotten woman, to the electromagnetic chamber where the stealth bomber was born on a twenty-five-cent bet, to the Ohio bicycle shop where the Wright brothers set out to “fly a horse,” Ashton showcases the seemingly unremarkable individuals, gradual steps, multiple failures, and countless ordinary and usually uncredited acts that lead to our most astounding breakthroughs.
Creators, he shows, apply in particular ways the everyday, ordinary thinking of which we are all capable, taking thousands of small steps and working in an endless loop of problem and solution. He examines why innovators meet resistance and how they overcome it, why most organizations stifle creative people, and how the most creative organizations work. Drawing on examples from art, science, business, and invention, from Mozart to the Muppets, Archimedes to Apple, Kandinsky to a can of Coke, How to Fly a Horse is a passionate and immensely rewarding exploration of how “new” comes to be.

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Speakers
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Kevin Ashton

Author, Penguin Random House LLC
Kevin Ashton is the author of "How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery." He began his career at Procter & Gamble, where he led pioneering work on RFID (radio-frequency identification), for which he coined the term the “Internet of Things... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 1:30pm - 1:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

AI, Immortality and the Future of Selves
Join Martine Rothblatt, CEO of United Therapeutics and author of “Virtually Human: The Promise – and Peril – of Digital Immortality,” as she speaks with New York magazine’s Lisa Miller about the ideas behind a career and a life of radical innovation. Rothblatt and Miller will talk about such concepts as xenotransplantation, artificial intelligence, transgenderism, pharmaceutical development, space exploration, robotics – and the ways in which technology can help extend human life, and love, perhaps indefinitely.

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avatar for Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller

Journalist, New York Magazine
Lisa Miller is a Contributing Editor at New York magazine. She has won the Wilbur Award for religion writing (2008, 2009), the New York Newswomen's Award for feature writing (2014), and last year was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in the features and profiles category for... 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 →


Sunday March 15, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

3:00pm

Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work
From the world's largest creative network, introducing our first-ever art & design book. Stop by for an exclusive look and meet & greet with Behance founder Scott Belsky - and we're giving away 10 free copies!
Super-Modified: The Behance Book of Creative Work is the first ever design book to source content exclusively from the Behance Community. Introducing a tightly curated collection of cutting-edge creative work from all over the world, Super-Modified presents an insider’s look at the trends driving today’s most exciting creative work.
Founded in 2006, Behance is the world’s largest creative network, where millions of people showcase and discover creative work. From graphic design to photography to fashion to architecture to illustration, and beyond, Super-Modified surveys the landscape of global creativity and delivers up a directional perspective on what’s coming next.

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avatar for Scott Belsky

Scott Belsky

VP Prod & Community, Co-Founder of Behance, Adobe
Scott Belsky is Adobe's vice president of Mobile Products & Community and is head of Behance, the leading online platform for creatives to showcase and discover creative work. Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired the company in 2012. Millions of... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:00pm - 3:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

A Curious Mind: Inspiration for a Creative Life

Speakers
avatar for Charles Fishman

Charles Fishman

Author, Imagine Entertainment
Charles Fishman is the author of The Wal-Mart Effect, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week bestseller, as well as a finalist for the Goldman Sachs-“Financial Times” Business Book of the Year award in 2006. Fishman is a former metro and national reporter for... Read More →
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Brian Grazer

Co-Founder, Imagine Entertainment
Brian Grazer is the Academy Award–winning producer of A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Splash, Arrested Development, 24, 8 Mile, J. Edgar, and many more. His films and TV shows have been nominated for forty-three Academy Awards and 131 Emmys. In 2007, he was named one of Time’s 100... Read More →


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

3:30pm

The Life and Times of a Young Innovator

Speakers
avatar for Errett Kroeter

Errett Kroeter

Sr Dir of Brand & Dev Mktg, Bluetooth Special Interest Group
avatar for Shiva Nathan

Shiva Nathan

Student, Westford Academy
Shiva is a 10th-grade student at Westford Academy in Westford, Massachusetts. He is an award-winning student with prestigious honors such as the 2013 National Micro-Medic Contest First Place Winner and the 2014 Bluetooth Breakthrough Award Winner for the Student Category and many... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

3:30pm

A New Generation: Creativity and Open Source
This session will be a conversation with Automattic founder and CEO, Matt Mullenweg and a special guest (to be named as we get closer) to discuss their creative process in creating software and music respectively. The two will talk about open source and music on open platforms and how that inspires and has changed creativity. Open source exemplifies the free thinker perspective that many artists have, and enables artists to be in control their online world. This session will answer the question, how much has collaboration changed the way artists and developers are creating?
*The special guest will be announced in the comments section.

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Speakers
MM

Matt Mullenweg

Founder & CEO, Automattic
Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder & CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Jetpack. Additionally, Matt is a principal and founder of Audrey Capital, an... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Authenticity Through the Eyes of Our Grandparents
Can tech and nostalgia coexist? Is it possible to utilize technology to return to an era of authenticity and craftsmanship? In the not-so-distant past, our grandparents cooked elaborate meals from scratch, and often with leftovers. They made the gifts they gave to us. They sketched out directions to their houses on a piece of paper. This was before Google maps, folks. It's hard to meet someone today who cleans, mends and creates as our grandparents once did. Such a shame. Join us for a discussion around how we can continue to innovate by remembering our roots. Despite the juxtaposition of technology and nostalgia, technology has, in fact, proven to be a great mean towards a return to what is authentic. This conversation will look at how technology plays a role in the different aspects of our lives that have drastically changed from the time of our grandparents -- we will discuss how we can turn to technology to help us cook, dress and create as our grandparents once did.

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Speakers
avatar for Soraya Darabi

Soraya Darabi

Co-Founder, ZADY
avatar for Laura Sydell

Laura Sydell

Digital Culture Correspondent, National Public Radio
Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Wendy W Fok
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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avatar for Wendy W Fok

Wendy W Fok

Creative Dir/Founder, WE-DESIGNS LLC
Wendy W Fok, trained as an architect, is the creative director/founder WE-DESIGNS, LLC (Architecture/Creative Strategy) and Resilient Modular Systems Inc. (Socially Missioned Venture), and winner of the Art Director’s Club of New York’s ADC Young Guns 11 Award (2013), AIA (American... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

NASA Prizes: Dream it, Make it, Win it
Giant. Novelty. Check. Need we go on?
NASA is home to some pretty intelligent science and engineering experts, but some of our best ideas come from you, the citizen inventor. And great ideas can lead to big wins in one of our many prize competition programs, where we crowd-source fresh, innovative solutions from the garage tinkerer, the university student or the weekend maker. Helping NASA accelerate technology can put millions in your pocket - and you can take that giant cardboard check to the bank. Well, actually, you can’t. They won’t cash it. But we will definitely also give you a proper-sized check.
In this panel, representatives from NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Programs share how anyone from the public who wants to get involved in helping develop meaningful solutions can participate and hunt for ideas, and win prize money in the process. Dream it. Make it. Win it.

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Speakers
avatar for Jason Crusan

Jason Crusan

Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division, NASA
As Director for the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division with the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jason Crusan is the senior executive, manager, principle advisor and advocate on technology... Read More →
avatar for Jenn Gustetic

Jenn Gustetic

Assist Dir for Open Innovation, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Ms. Gustetic is the Assistant Director for Open Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she is responsible for scaling the use of open innovation approaches like prizes, crowdsourcing, and citizen science across the Federal Government
avatar for Sam Ortega

Sam Ortega

Centennial Challenges Program Mgr, NASA
Sam Ortega is the program manager for NASA’s Centennial Challenges Program, NASA's series of technology prize competitions founded in 2005 to stimulate innovation in technologies of interest to NASA and the nation. Centennial Challenges engage makers, hackers, citizen inventors... Read More →
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Zoe Szajnfarber

Asst Professor of Engineering Mgmt & Systems Engineering & Intll Affairs, The George Washington University
Zoe Szajnfarber is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering and of Space Policy at the George Washington University. She also holds a research appointment at MIT in the Engineering Systems Division. Her research seeks to understand the fundamental dynamics... Read More →


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

3:30pm

4:00pm

Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power
When he was eight years old, Dan Hurley was labeled a “slow learner” because he still couldn’t read. Three years later, he had become a straight A student.
Until the publication of a major study in 2008, psychologists believed that intelligence is fixed at birth, that IQ is like a number tattooed on the soul. The new study showed that people can increase their “fluid” intelligence through training.
Hurley, who grew up to become an award-winning science journalist, first explored the topic in The New York Times Magazine. In Smarter, he digs deeper by meeting with the field’s leading researchers – and becoming a human guinea pig. After just three months of playing computer brain-training games, joining a boot-camp exercise program, learning to play the Renaissance lute, practicing mindfulness meditation and and even getting his brain zapped in the name of science, Hurley improved his fluid intelligence by sixteen percent.
With humor and heart, Smarter chronicles the roiling field of intelligence research and delivers practical findings to sharpen the minds of children, young adults, seniors, and those with cognitive challenges.

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avatar for Dan Hurley

Dan Hurley

Reporter, DanHurley.com


Sunday March 15, 2015 4:00pm - 4:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Faster, Higher, Stronger
The world of high-performance athletics is changing forever. Not so long ago, you could compete at the top level with hard work and a good coach, but today, it’s impossible to separate the achievements of athletes from the scientists who support them.
In Faster, Higher, Stronger, veteran journalist Mark McClusky brings readers behind the scenes with a new generation of athletes, coaches, and scientists whose accomplishments are changing our understanding of human physical achievement and completely redefining the limits of the human body. At the exciting new frontier of sports, science, and technology, the book explores: the role that genes and training play, how to find hidden champions and fast track greatness, the truth about the 10,000 hours rule, new research on breaking through fatigue, revolutions in data and nutrition, and how we can apply the lessons about focus, dedication, and sheer ingenuity in our own lives.

Brimming with cutting-edge science and gripping anecdotes, Faster, Higher, Stronger is a fascinating, exhilarating look at how far we can push the boundaries of our bodies and minds.

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Speakers
avatar for Mark McClusky

Mark McClusky

Editor, WIRED


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 5:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

3D Printing: Myth vs Truth

Speakers
avatar for Michael Balzer

Michael Balzer

Founder and Producer, All Things 3d
Michael Balzer is the founder of 'slo 3D creators', a 3D print, scan, design and education studio located in San Luis Obispo, California. In providing services for those who need their ideas produced in tangible form, or existing tangible objects converted to a digital form, he works... Read More →
avatar for Andreas Bastian

Andreas Bastian

3D Printing Research Scientist, Autodesk Inc
Andreas Bastian researches, designs, and builds new types of 3D printers. He has worked with FDM, SLS, DMLS, and SLA technologies and researches the rapidly blurring region between inherent material properties and those derived from structure. Currently a 3D printing research scientist... Read More →
avatar for Nikki Kaufman

Nikki Kaufman

Founder/CEO, Normal
Nikki Kaufman is the Founder and CEO of Normal, an innovative brand selling tailor-made, premium 3D-printed earphones manufactured and assembled in New York City. Prior to Normal, Nikki was a founding team member at consumer product company Quirky, where she led several departments... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Maddock

Charlie Maddock

Dir of Business Dev, Shapeways Inc
Charlie Maddock is the Director of Business Development at Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D printing community and marketplace. He has been responsible for creating partnerships across verticals ranging from Software (Autodesk, Adobe) to Retail (Neiman Marcus.com, Target.com) to... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Long Center West Pincer Lounge 701 W Riverside Dr

5:00pm

First Release Hardware and IoT Meet Up
Remember show and tell from the old days? Love it when you are seeing something new for the first time and actually get to hold and feel the thing you are learning about for the first time? Well, at this special event, we'll see new, first-release hardware and Internet of Things (IoT) technology demoed in a show-and-tell style with audience interaction and the ability to touch and feel the technologies for the first time.
The technology at this showcase will either be making its very first debut or are within a few months of release and still in their first iteration. Come, participate, dive deep into the technology, interact with the inventors and be part of helping iterate new innovations to the next level.

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Speakers
RS

Ronald Schmelzer

Chief Event Wrangler, TechBreakfast
Ron is a Parallel Entrepreneur, having started and sold a number of successful companies. The companies Ron has started and run have collectively employed over 300 people, raised over $60M in Venture funding and seen exits in the millions.


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 504 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Hubble: Touching the Universe
The Hubble Space Telescope is widely regarded as the most important scientific instrument that humans have built. Through its breathtaking images, Hubble has opened our eyes to the wonders of the Universe and placed our world into a context of 100 billion stars in 100 billion galaxies. Hubble has imaged planets outside of our Solar System, has revealed the lifecycles of stars, has captured galaxies engulfing one another, and has measured the rate at which the Universe itself is expanding. Launched in the spring of 1990, Hubble remains our most powerful telescope and continues to tackle the biggest challenges on the grandest scales. This panel at SXSW 2015 will celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary by showcasing the biggest scientific discoveries and its impact on culture, reveal new capabilities that now make Hubble more powerful than ever to tackle new science challenges, and discuss how we explore beyond Hubble with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018.

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Speakers
avatar for Alberto Conti

Alberto Conti

Innovation Manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Dr. Alberto Conti is the Innovation manager for Civil Space in the Business and Advanced Systems Development organization at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
avatar for John Grunsfeld

John Grunsfeld

Astronaut & NASA AA for Science, NASA
John M. Grunsfeld was named Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in January 2012. He previously served as the Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, managing the science program for the... Read More →
avatar for Jason Kalirai

Jason Kalirai

Astrophysicist, Space Telescope Science Institute
Dr. Jason Kalirai is a Canadian-born research astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and a research astronomer at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Jason obtained a PhD in Astrophysics in 2004 from the University of British Columbia.
avatar for Amber Straughn

Amber Straughn

NASA Astrophysicist, Deputy Project Scientist for JWST Outreach, NASA
Dr. Amber Straughn is an Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD and serves as the Deputy Project Scientist for James Webb Space Telescope Science Communications.


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

5:00pm

Interview with Hacker Josh Klein
Cryptocurrencies are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dissolution of the nation state, the proliferation of currencies, and the rise of the meritocracy - or global oligarchy. Come join Hacker, Author, and Speaker Josh Klein for a wild ride as we break down some of the as-yet unexamined forces both corporations and cryptographers are harnessing to change the world, like the global explosion of the black market, Distributed Autonomous Corporations and how they could destroy national taxation, the potential impact of reputation to rework commerce and much much more.

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Speakers
EG

Erin Griffith

Writer, Fortune
avatar for Josh Klein

Josh Klein

Hacker, H4X Industries


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

participator
Are you a "burning" SXSW attendee who loves creativity and participation? Are you interested in learning what this whole Burning Man thing is about? Burning Man HQ brings together Burners from around the world for its second annual SXSW Burner meet up. Connect with representatives from Burning Man HQ and folks who are interested in the global spread of Burning Man culture. Participation, creativity, and generosity. That's what it's about! Are you "burn curious"? Even if you've never been to Burning Man or a Burning Man Regional Event (in over 30 countries now!), this meet up is open to all SXSW attendees. See you there!

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Speakers
avatar for Rosie von Lila

Rosie von Lila

Cultural Rel, Burning Man
Rosie is a communications specialist, relationship builder, and producer. She works with Burning Man as part of the Communications and Fundraising teams, and the Regionals Network team. Rosie is the lead producer of the annual Burning Man Global Leadership Conference, and supports... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 508 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Novelist, The Robot, and The Time Machine
As we stand amidst a world of unprecedented VUCA (velocity, uncertainty, change, ambiguity), the ancient art of storytelling may be the most essential tool that humans have to build a tenable future–not just for our companies–but for our planet. Stories are evolutionarily hardwired to engage our brains in ways that other forms of communication simply can’t. We must reconsider the role of storytellers, poets & novelists in all our organizations–especially when it comes to innovation. Storytellers possess talents & skills that are too often missing from innovation labs, start-ups and boardrooms–most notably deep-seated empathy, infectious language, comedic timing and big appetites for failure. As mankind races against the machine–with its ever-shortening technology cycles and heartless disintermediation of economies–the dusty old novelist might just be the one job title that will save us from having to build a time machine in the shadows of dead skyscrapers to defeat our robot overlords.

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Speakers
avatar for Ethan Decker

Ethan Decker

VP, Insight & Strategy, The Integer Group
Ethan Decker is VP of Insight & Strategy at The Integer Group, one of the largest shopper marketing and promotional agencies in the world.


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Power of DNA in Uniting Societies
What is race? The concept & one’s own understanding of their ethnic heritage is often based on assumptions & perceptions of heritage or unfounded generalizations. Science, specifically personal genomics, is opening up new possibilities & breaking down many of these preconceived notions of what race is. In short, we’re looking in the mirror & finding a new way of viewing ourselves.
97% of the U.S. population reported only one race in the 2010 Census, while AncestryDNA shows that some individuals can be linked to as many as 11 ethnicities. Realizing the ties between us, & the science that unveils unexpected connections, has the potential to change how we understand ourselves & those around us.
Ken Chahine is working to dispel unsubstantiated beliefs & take people on a journey to self-discovery via DNA testing. He can discuss the impact that DNA testing has not only on our personal lives, but the potential it has to change how we relate to each other & resolve our differences.

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Speakers
avatar for Ken Chahine

Ken Chahine

Sr VP & GM, Ancestry.com DNA, Ancestry.com
Ken Chahine has served as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Ancestry.com DNA, LLC since 2011. Prior to joining Ancestry.com, Ken held several positions, including Chief Executive Officer of Avigen, a biotechnology company in the Department of Human Genetics at the University... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

5:30pm

Maker Pro
Maker Pro is a book of essays by more than a dozen prominent and up-and-coming professional makers (Maker Pros). Each essay includes advice and stories on topics such as starting a kit-making business, taking a hardware project open-source, and plenty of encouragement to "quit your day job." This book is a reference for anyone who dreams of turning a hobby into a small business, and features stories from well-known professional makers; it will turn aspiration into inspiration.

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Speakers
avatar for Sophi Kravitz

Sophi Kravitz

Hackaday Prize Lead, Hackaday
Sophi Kravitz is a hardware designer who has worked with room-sized industrial process equipment, robotics large and small, crazy art installations and built props and FX for movies in a past career (if it was a bleeding body part on TV in the 90s, she may have made it). Her passion... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:30pm - 5:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center
 
Monday, March 16
 

TBA

10:30am

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu
Did ketchup really come from China? Why are turkeys named after a country on the Mediterranean? Can the words on a menu predict the price of your dinner? Why do restaurant reviews on the web talk a lot about sex, drugs, and trauma? How do men and women review restaurants differently? The language of food offers answers to these questions, along with surprising insights on history, economics, pyschology, and even evolution.
In "The Language of Food", Stanford University professor and MacArthur Fellow Dan Jurafsky peels away the mysteries from the foods we think we know. Hear about the book the Economist called "entertaining and revealing throughout", the Boston Globe "fun, fascinating, and absorbing" and the New York Times heralded as a "brilliant achievement".

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avatar for Dan Jurafsky

Dan Jurafsky

Professor, Stanford University


Monday March 16, 2015 10:30am - 10:50am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Mentor Session: Ber-Henda Williams
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
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Ber-Henda Williams

CEO, B-Connected Marketing and Publishing


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

11:00am

Unspecialize: The More You Know the Less You See
When you're not familiar with a place, you look around and spot new and interesting things. But the better you know a place, the less tempted you are to look around. Designer Daniel Disselkoen noticed it’s not only knowing a place very well, which makes you perceive less. Knowledge in general makes you see your environment in a certain way.
In his words: "The more I learned about design, the more I perceived the world in terms of design. Of course, I am exaggerating when I say that I only see typefaces, patterns, grids, packaging and posters. But I might just see the box and not its content.
To further generalize and exaggerate: a biologist might spot plants, an architect might focus on buildings and a psychologist might perceive more about people. "
How you perceive the world is influenced by what you’re specialized in.
In his talk, Daniel offers the audience a straightforward and surprisingly practical way to look at the world in a whole different way.

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avatar for Daniel Disselkoen

Daniel Disselkoen

Artist, Daniel Disselkoen
I graduated at the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands. During my studies, I wanted to broaden my knowledge beyond the field of design and studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. There I developed an interest in filmmaking and photography.


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

We Deserve a Second Chance: Ex-Prisoners-Speak
In this panel former prisoners and advocates will share the lessons they learned to help them make a successful transition back to society. We will illustrate why these best practices should be adopted by the department of corrections, and how society can benefit from restorative justice models that are proven to reduce crime and recividism.

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Speakers
avatar for Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor

Author, Drop A Gem Publishing
Shaka Senghor is a writer, mentor and motivational speaker whose story of redemption has inspired youth and young adults at high schools and universities across the nation. He is the Detroit Local Engagement Manager for BMe (Black Male Engagement. He is the founder of The Atonement... Read More →
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Yusef Shakur

CEO, Ybs Consulting
avatar for Trabian Shorters

Trabian Shorters

Founder & CEO, BMe Community
Trabian Shorters has a long history of creating and running innovative networks for the public good. As Vice President of Communities for Knight Foundation from 2007-2013, he directed a $300M portfolio in 26 cities as well as the field-leading Knight Community Information Challenge... Read More →
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Chris Wilson

Community Leader, Bmecommunity.org
Chris Wilson 2014 BMe Leader in Baltimore. Chris Wilson is a force for economic opportunity in Baltimore despite being sentenced to life in prison. As a 17-year-old, Chris Wilson was sentenced to life for murder. Today, he’s a full-time scholarship student (with plans to attend... Read More →


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

12:30pm

Art vs Purpose: Innovation in Marketing
Product development 101: know your customer and understand their problems. Lean startup techniques have taught us the important of failing fast, and iterating in such a way that you are able to pivot long before wasting precious startup capital. But how then do we account for major breakthroughs and entirely new product categories? What about natural curiosity and “innovation for innovation’s sake” are we losing when we focus on monetization alone? I will argue that "art is the best alibi" and that the entrepreneurship-minded artist has a strong role to play in the world of branded innovation. Through personal examples such as the Mondo Spider, a 2,000 lb. sculpture that travels the world, and Local Warming, a recent Venice Biennale art installation, I will help describe a loose framework from which creatives can explore their artistic aspirations – within the context of brand building and reaching consumers in completely unexpected ways.

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Speakers
avatar for Leigh Christie

Leigh Christie

Lead Innovation Engineer, Isobar
Leigh joined Isobar in July of 2014 as a lead innovation engineer after finishing his Masters in Art, Culture and Technology at MIT. In 2004, Leigh completed his undergraduate education in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia, where he focused on mechanical... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

How Innovation Happens
Innovation is the maxim of the digital era, but how do great ideas become the technologies that transform business, government, and culture? Join biographer Walter Isaacson in conversation with Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, for an examination of the complementary forces that must coalesce for breakthrough advances to take hold. Historically, digital innovations resulted from visionaries pairing with brilliant administrators and governments collaborating with the private sector. Learn how these same forces are coming together today to transform our lives.

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avatar for Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson

Pres & CEO, The Aspen Institute
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six... Read More →
avatar for Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Exec Chairman, Google
Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach... Read More →
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Megan Smith

Chief Technology Officer, US Office Of Science & Technology Policy
In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy and innovation can advance... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Mediated Experiences: Technology and Art Today
Galleries, museums and art in public spaces around the world compete for resources and attention in crowded cultural and sensory climates. This session explores instances of collaboration between artists/creative technologists and culture workers to better amplify the potential for transformative experiences both within the institution and the public realm. We will discuss how art can assert its public value through the creative use of mobile applications, data analysis and visualization and other technologies. We'll explore some of the limitations presented when art and technology collide. We will also highlight successful collaborations and projects that have led to thoughtful participatory or engaging experiences. We’ll explore the frontier of digital justice/digital divide issues by discussing the challenges and opportunities for using technology to expand access to arts, culture and creative content, and explore how and why some forms of creativity are valued over others.

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Speakers
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Cezanne Charles

Dir of Creative Industries, Creative Many
Cézanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, is responsible for co-leading the design and implementation of Creative Many’s creative industries research, reporting and supporting efforts to define public policy strategies, sector supports and investment priorities. Charles... Read More →
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Christian Gaines

Executive Director, ArtPrize
In 1988, Christian Gaines joined the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, serving as its Administrative Director for six years. In 1994, Christian was appointed Film Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival, programming the 1995 and 1996 festivals. From 1996 to 2000, he... Read More →
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Joseph Voss

Sr Counsel, Clark Hill
As practice leader for Clark Hill PLC's Entertainment Industry Team, Joe represents financing and producing parties for film, television and on-line media productions. He provides production legal services to independent producers, as well general corporate representation to companies... Read More →
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Keir Winesmith

Head of Digital, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Keir Winesmith is the Head of Web and Digital Platforms at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and has a background in Physics, Computer Science, and Art. He has previously worked for a public broadcaster in Australia (SBS), a media research institute in Germany (ZKM) and... Read More →


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

3:30pm

A Next Generation Platform for Open Data
The Arabidopsis Information Portal (AIP) is a next-generation platform for data access, analytics, and tools for scientific discovery. AIP aims to be a model for the development of future open data portals.
Arabidopsis thaliana has been recognized as a model organism for plant research for many decades and was the first plant species to have a fully sequenced genome. Beyond just open access to curated datasets, AIP is a data federation through which the scientific community can share their datasets. AIP provides access to these disparate datasets via common interfaces. Furthermore, AIP is an application ecosystem, with sophisticated tools for data analysis, visualization, and discovery, as well as a platform for developing new tools and workflows that are enabled by this open data federation.

In this conversation we will share our experiences building AIP, and elaborate upon the challenges, successes, and discuss what the future holds for open data portals.

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Speakers
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Matthew Hanlon

Mgr, Web & Mobile Applications, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Hi, I'm Matt! I'm a software developer living in Austin. I mostly develop web applications for scientists to help them be more productive in their science. Whether it's data management, point-and-click access to computational resources, or the more mundane, I help to make sure scientists... Read More →
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Matthew Vaughn

Dir of Life Sciences Computing, Texas Advanced Computing Center
Matt Vaughn is a scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, where he oversees multiple projects to design, deploy, and drive usage of national-scale life science cyberinfrastructure. He is currently the Director of Life Sciences Computing (LSC) at the Texas Advanced Computing... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Not Impossible: Crowd-Solving a Human Future
At some point in history every "thing" was impossible. Every idea has its day and, with connectivity of like-communities at historic levels, the ability for Not Impossible to both crowd-source issues that matter, and crowd-solve those problems by harvesting time from brilliant minds and passionate project managers, has never been more perfect. Not Impossible is having an impact by undertaking initiatives that help one person, then distributing those stories to inspire others to use similar technologies, too, or inspire others to take up the cause of also helping one person within reach: Help One. Help Many.
Known for the Eyewriter, Project Daniel, the Brainwriter and introducing collaborative initiatives with as wide-ranging effect as eradicating retinal cancers in kids, or teaching 10x as many cerebral palsy patients to walk, Not Impossible's Elliot Kotek wants to inspire you to join its community of do-ers and dynamos making the world a more "human" place.

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Elliot Kotek

Co-Founder & Content Chief, Not Impossible
The current content chief and co-founder of Not Impossible, and editor-in-chief of www.NotImpossibleNow.com, Elliot is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Beyond Cinema and the former editor-in-chief of both Moving Pictures and Celebs.com.


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Science Fiction IRL And Our Road Map To Utopia
Arthur C. Clarke imagined satellite communication into existence in 1945, a full 12 years before the Russians fired the first shots of the Space Race. Computer sensors, ‘electronic paper,’ digital newspapers, biological cloning, interactive television, robots, remote operation, and the Walkman all appeared in fiction long before they breached our physical reality. Science Fiction. Has there been any major technological advancement that wasn’t dreamt up first in story? Either art is imitating life, or science fiction writers have been pointing to the future for over a century.
So what the hell are we supposed do with the Hunger Games?
We have an unfortunate dearth of positive fictional frameworks for thinking about many incredibly important technologies --- a.i. and nuclear power among them. And without these frameworks, we may never build the future. These stories need to be told.
Explore the history and power of story, and the craft of storytelling as a tool.

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Michael Solana

Dir of Community, Founders Fund
At Founders Fund, Michael focuses primarily on building and working with the network, and leads several major brand and community initiatives including CS-183, Shop Talk, Anatomy of Next, and F50.


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

3:30pm

Technicians of the Sacred: The New Native Apps
When the drumming goes quiet in the auditorium, this panel will rock SXSW with a conversation about what happens when technology meets the world and developers bring tribal wisdom to the table. TECHNICIANS OF THE SACRED will showcase new projects and platforms where code and culture go hand-in-hand and technology is inspired by tribal narratives; in this interactive conversation you will see demos of innovation projects that capture the vision and serve the needs of communities who are protecting ancient ways and calling up the spirits while innovating with some of the top technologists in the world.

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Speakers
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Lewis St. Cyr

Media Specialist, Winnebago Tribe
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Eric Doversberger

Prod Mgr, People Analytics, Google
I am a product manager and data visualization artist. I work at Google on the People Analytics team, researching and building new platforms for dynamically interacting with data.
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Lauren Chief Elk

Co-Founder, Save Wiyabi Project
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Wendy Levy

Exec Dir, National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture
Wendy is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Media Arts And Culture (NAMAC). She is also the founder and director of New Arts Axis (newartsaxis.net) and a Senior Consultant with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program. In 2012, Wendy co-founded Sparkwise, an... Read More →
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Lynette Wallworth

Artist, Save Wiyabi Project
Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations reflect on the connections between people and the natural world. Her work uses photography, film and interactive technologies, like touch-based interfaces, to engage viewers and allow them to experience... Read More →


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

3:30pm

Design Light Effects for Large Scale Immersive Art
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:
Beginner level coding, preferably some Java experience.
What to Bring:
Bring your laptop with github and Processing pre-installed.
In this session you will learn to program lighting patterns and effects for a large scale piece of artwork called Squared. Squared is a 50 foot tall steel structure containing over 800 cubes clustered in a fractal array. Each cube holds between 12-24 individually addressable LEDs, programmed through a custom software interface written in the Processing programming language. The code you create in this session will be added to our open source repository and made available to the community for future reuse. This is a working session where the people participating decide their level of involvement. We will serve more as a coaching team and answer technical questions and help to get people un-blocked while they are creating their personal expressions of art and design.
The first 45 minutes will be an introduction to the sculpture, open to questions about it's design and creation.
We will then take a 15 minute break.
After, we'll give a rundown of setting up the software and basic environment. We'll instruct how to create a basic pattern and animation. We'll then follow with an open workshop, where audience will be encouraged to brainstorm pattern ideas and implementation together. We'll be available to answer whatever artistic and technical questions they have. This will last approximately 90 minutes and we will display patterns as they are created onto our model tree.
The last 30 minutes will be dedicated to showing what was produced.

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Speakers
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Adam Sheppard

Project Manager, The Boxshop
My name is Adam and I am a special projects manager at The Boxshop, an artist community workspace, in San Francisco. We build big art for festivals, public installations, and corporate events.
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Ray Sykes

Make it Work Guy, The Boxshop
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Irene Zhou

Software Engineer, Slack Technologies Inc


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 306 110 E 2nd St

4:00pm

40 Days of Dating: An Experiment
When New York-based graphic designers and long-time friends Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh found themselves single at the same time, they decided to try an experiment. The old adage says that it takes 40 days to change a habit – could the same be said for love? So they agreed to date each other for 40 days, record their experiences in questionnaires, photographs, videos, texts, and artworks, and post the material on a website they would create for this purpose.
What began as a small experiment between two friends became an Internet sensation, drawing five million unique (and obsessed) visitors from around the globe to their site and their story since it was launched in July 2013. 40 Days of Dating: An Experiment is a beautifully designed, expanded look at the experiment and the results, including a great deal of material that never made it onto the site, such as who they were as friends and individuals before the 40 days and who they have become since.

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Timothy Goodman

Designer, Illustrator, Art Dir, Timothy Goodman Design
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Jessica Walsh

Designer, Illustrator, Art Dir, Sagmeister & Walsh


Monday March 16, 2015 4:00pm - 4:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Cuddly Drones: When Kids Design Drones
We discuss and showcase the creations developed during our "Cuddly Drones" project.
This educational project challenged children (7-10) to design actually flying drones that they thought would be useful to society.
From serious to delightful and arty, everything was there: disco drones (for use in clubs, a big discoball attached below), window cleaning drones (so architecture could take stranger shapes and still be cleaned properly), karaoke drones, farming-smoothymaking drones, candy dispensing drones, mind-reading drones, trash pickup drones (just throw it in the air). The list is long and wonderful.
The project is part of a year-long exploration of emerging surveillance culture, exploring the democratization of surveillance tools. How do teach children to critically explore this drone-filled future?
In collaboration with
- Ruben Pater (designer of the Drone Survival Guide)
- Jasper van Loenen (of "Drone It Yourself kit" fame)
http://www.knuffeldrones.nl

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Speakers
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Krista Hendriks

Producer/Teacher, SETUP medialab
Krista (1986) is an educator and producer at the SETUP medialab. She manages and develops innovative education programs in cooperation with local schools and national educational organisations. A strong love of new technology and the developing of deeper understanding of what these... Read More →
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Tijmen Schep

Creative Lead, SETUP medialab
Tijmen Schep (1981) works is a co-founder and creative lead at the SETUP medialab in the Netherlands. He has a background in both media theory and practice, and combines these perspectives in SETUP's innovative projects. He also works as a consultant, and is very hype-resistant.


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

How Art Affects Strategy
Discover how to use art as a strategy and why art should be used strategically in every organization. Hugh is the co-founder of Gapingvoid, a company using art as a tool to transform business by inspiring people, creatively. Hugh will discuss the ideas behind his business, and how creativity can change the way people view the area where we spend most of our life - in our relationship with work.

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Hugh Macleod

Creative Dir, Gapingvoid
Hugh MacLeod has been drawing about life and business for over twenty years. At the heart of Hugh's work is one core belief: art has the power to transform business. Art expresses ideas, vision, beliefs, culture and purpose faster, better and more deeply than any other method of business... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Minimal Viable Pub: How to Open a Pub on $5k
In July 2014 , I opened a bar [ we call them pubs :) ] in Dublin, called MVP. The idea was simple , how could we use Eric Ries principles to open a 'product' or business in the real world of food and drink. We opened within 10 days of getting the keys, got all our friends to help with painting, plumbing, decor, furniture, ideas, suggestions and so on. We spent $5k doing everything, and made it up as we went along. We powered our tills using a very basic version of a pos SAAS product we're creating called Tilltonic [ www.tilltonic.com]. Nearly everything we did applied Eric Ries principles of build - measure - learn. Except we did it in the world of food & drink.

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Jim Carroll

Writer, Irish Times
Jim Carroll writes about music and the music business for The Irish Times, compiles the On the Record blog (http://irishtimes.com/otr) and produces the Banter talks and discussions (http://thisisbanter.com) at venues, events and festivals in Dublin and throughout Ireland in conjunction... Read More →
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Alan Coleman

Founder, Wolfgang Digital
After failing to land his dream job in Google's Dublin HQ, Alan taught himself Google AdWords via online tutorials and became a freelance PPCer. That freelance business has grown into integrated digital marketing agency Wolfgang Digital.
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Trevor O'Shea

Founder, Bodytonic Music Ltd
Trevor O'Shea is a serial entrepreneur and has founded businesses across a wide & varied spectrum of interests. From cafe's & bars, to venues, sportstalk conferences , music labels, food festivals, beer brewing, apps, websites, and a new pos SAAS product called Tilltonic. Within his... Read More →


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

5:00pm

Your Life in Big Data: Genomics and Health
Rapid advances in personal genome sequencing technologies have given unprecedented insights into the fundamental biological nature of our selves and our species: where we came from, how we are born, how we interact with our environment, how we get sick, and how we age. Our Exploring Personal Genomics workshop offers an interactive guide to understanding the many exciting applications of personal genomic information. We provide a basic background of genomics and information on how to obtain and understand digital representations of personal genomic data. Next, we discuss tools for exploring the personal genomics of ancestry, interpretation of genetic disease associations, and the role of personal genomics in drug response. Additionally, we explore more advanced topics, such as interactions between a personal genome and the environment and connecting DNA to physiology. Participants are encouraged to follow along if they have personal genetic data.

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Speakers
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Joel Dudley

Asst Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Dr. Dudley is currently Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of Biomedical Informatics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Prior to Mount Sinai, he held positions as Co-founder and Director of Informatics at NuMedii, Inc. and Consulting Professor of Systems... Read More →
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Konrad Karczewski

Postdoctoral Scholar, Massachusetts General Hospital
Konrad J. Karczewski is a genome scientist, bringing systems-level approaches to the study of human disease biology. He was involved with the pioneering course at Stanford University in Personalized Medicine and Genomics, where he led the development of a platform for personal genotype... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 402-403 110 E 2nd St
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

2:00pm

Moonshots and Reality
Google[x]—the semi-secret “moonshot factory” for new technology that sounds like science fiction—has gradually been opening itself up and making contact with the real world. And this, as Astro Teller will tell you, is the hardest part of the innovation process—the part where you come into contact with the realities of weather, physics, humanity, and much much more whose impact on your work won’t be predicted by a book or taught in school. These unexpected and unforgiving elements stand between you and the moment when your invention or company has made something in the world fundamentally different and (hopefully!) better. And they are what’s going to teach you and test you and carry you to the right answer (eventually!). You have to experience what it’s like to try something, fail, learn, and try again...relentlessly, dispassionately, creatively. Astro will share never-before-heard stories—and hard-earned lessons—from Project Loon, the self-driving car, and more.

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Astro Teller

Captain of Moonshots, Google[x]


Tuesday March 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center