2015 Speakers, Panels & Conversations

Friday, March 13 || Saturday, March 14 || Sunday, March 15 || Monday, March 16 || Tuesday, March 17

Friday, March 13

Design Perspectives on Meaningful Choice - Solo / Dual / Panel

Friday, March 13, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Hyatt Regency Austin, Zilker Ballroom 4  

UT Austin Connection:

  • Rachel Weil, Lecturer, Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts

This panel examines the issue of meaningful choice within games. Games present to players fixed boundaries, structures, or premises as well as room for flexibility and choice (play). We discuss what makes choices meaningful and how differing views on this subject can inform the designer’s practice of crafting experiences.

Is it enough for a player to feel that a choice has meaning? What are the technical and social limitations of meaningful choice in games? And how do against the grain types of play such as speed runs and machinima enrich and complicate an understanding of meaningfulness in terms of gameplay?

This SXSW panel is valuable for both novice and veteran designers, as it explores a complex space that game designers should consider when crafting choice, meaning-making, and user experience.

#utsxsw  #GameChoice


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Saturday, March 14

NextGen Privacy: Educating Kids in a Digital World - Core Conversation

Saturday, March 14, 9:30AM - 10:30AM
JW Marriott, Room 404

UT Austin Connection:

  • Katie Stephens, Education Program Mgr, The University of Texas Center for Identity

Before you put that iPad into a pair of tiny hands, have you discussed with your children and family best practices for staying safe online? In this core conversation, experts will lead a group discussion about educating kids about privacy and Internet safety at home, at school, and in the community. Author Janell Burley Hofmann and the Center for Identity’s Katie Stephens will highlight the techniques and tools each community outlet employs to teach kids. Discuss family social contracts and suggested reading for parents. Learn about the Center’s curriculum module, game, community outreach, and online efforts. Share your experiences to help empower other attendees to continue this conversation in their communities, to help protect all children online.

#utsxsw #NextGen


Media Criticism and the Study of Games - Solo / Dual / Panel

Saturday, March 14, 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Hyatt Regency Austin, Zilker Ballroom 4

UT Austin Connection:

  • Warren Spector, Dir, Denius-Sams Gaming Academy at The University of Texas at Austin

Video games, it can be argued, are the medium of the 21st century – the first new medium of expression to come of age since television. The medium is, then, still in its infancy. Our understanding of how games make meaning and how they function as art objects and cultural artifacts is vague and unformed. It seems only natural that critical methodologies applied to other media would be applied to games as well.

This is especially true when videogames clearly share some essential characteristics with existing media like movies and television. The auteur theory, genre criticism and industrial analysis have proved useful in those media – in this talk, we will discuss whether they have value in helping us understand videogames. In addition, we will discuss the utility of some unique critical approaches developed and used to enhance our understanding of videogames.

#utsxsw  #GamesStudy


Patient Power: A Data and Mobile Health Revolution - Solo / Dual / Panel

Saturday, March 14, 9:30AM - 10:30AM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204
UT Austin Connection:

  • Maninder Kahlon, Exec Dir, Dell Medical School

It has been estimated that as much as 90% of all data in the world has been generated in the past two years. While “big data” has dramatically changed the way we live our lives from shopping to social interactions, the big data revolution is just beginning to touch the most sacred aspect of our lives: our health.

This panel will discuss the current state and future of the big data revolution in health and personal wellness, as well as the challenges to building a data-driven health system. The panel will discuss how mobile devices have the potential to allow patients to own and manage their personal health data, and how computing advances may enable big data analytics to promote health and wellness.

The panel will also focus on how this fundamental shift in health data ownership – from providers to individuals – will empower us to understand our personal health like never before.

Panelists include representatives from the healthcare, computing, mobile, and data analytics sectors.

#utsxsw #PatientPWR


A Walk Through the Identity Ecosystem in 3D - Solo / Dual / Panel

Saturday, March 14, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
JW Marriott, Salon 4

UT Austin Connection:

  • Dr. Suzanne Barber, AT&T Endowed Professor in Engineering and Director of The Center for Identity at The University of Texas

The evolution of the Identity Ecosystem has become a critical aspect of our society. The growth of e-government, online banking and shopping, electronic health records, and globalization has created opportunities for greater convenience, efficiency, and innovation—but it also allows individuals to present themselves as someone else for fraudulent and other illegal purposes.

The Center for Identity at The University of Texas is actively pursuing research that advances our understanding of the structure and behavior of the Identity Ecosystem. Our cradle-to-grave “maps” of identity for persons, organizations, and devices provide a foundation for defining the “physics” of the Ecosystem and allow us to predict and mitigate identity threats. We can also determine the risk levels and entry points within the ecosystem, define the types and evolutions of threats, and understand the value associated with our identities.

Let us give you a tour, glasses included.

#utsxsw #IDin3D


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Sunday, March 15

Digital Austin: 3D Maps Predict What is Ahead - Solo / Dual / Panel

Sunday, March 15, 9:30AM - 10:30AM
Radisson Town Lake, Riverside Ballroom

UT Austin Connection:

  • Allan Shearer, Assoc Prof
  • David Maidment, Prof
  • Fernanda Leite, Asst Prof
  • Joshua Apte, Asst Prof

Digital Austin is a public-private initiative aimed at creating a 3D map of the city that details urban topography, municipal infrastructure, building-specific information and even neighborhood-level measurements of air pollution.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are putting high-resolution spatial recognition software and big data to use in their development of advanced 3D models that accurately predict the interplay between flood events, energy, water, transportation, pollution exposure, infectious disease transmission and more.

We believe these databases and models will be revolutionary in terms of the design of high-performing and sustainable city systems. This panel will discuss our efforts to demonstrate these techniques in Austin.

Presented by The University of Texas at Austin

#utsxsw #digitalatx


3D Printing Becomes Additive Manufacturing  - Solo / Dual / Panel

Sunday, March 15, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Radisson Town Lake, Riverside Ballroom

UT Austin Connection:

  • Carolyn Seepersad, Assoc Prof
  • Joe Beaman, Prof
  • Scott Fish, Exec Dir of the Advanced Manufacturing Center, UT Austin

Interest in 3D printing is soaring, but not all 3D printing technologies are created equal. Only a few techniques are ideal for manufacturing parts that go inside cars, planes and consumer electronics.

Additive manufacturing is one such technique that fabricates complex and durable objects layer by layer. But, the technology faces challenges in transitioning from one that is utilized to build prototypes to one that is used to manufacture on a large scale. Can additive technologies one day be used to manufacture cars, phones and laptops?

Join researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and experts from industry in a discussion about additive manufacturing’s potential to disrupt today’s design and manufacturing practices. We will explore that potential and outline the challenges involved in making the technology a go-to turn-key manufacturing process.

#utsxsw #3dprinting


Designing Austin’s Economy - An Innovation Uproar? - Solo / Dual / Panel

Sunday, March 15, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 400-402

UT Austin Connection:

  • Bob Metcalfe, Prof of Innovation, UT Austin

Austin continues to dominate the lists of cities for innovation, startups, entrepreneurs and future job growth. Silicon Valley, Kendall Square and Research Triangle are known as top model knowledge communities in the country. These high-density areas nurture relationships, facilitate the exchange of ideas and fuel innovation. As Austin has evolved into an innovation economy, leaders now seek to foster dense, creative and synergistic workplaces that stimulate ingenious minds and entrepreneurial activity through the power of proximity.

This panel will dive into Austin’s core culture to discuss this innovation uproar and further explore what steps Austin is taking to facilitate and establish its own next generation innovation economy and leading-edge knowledge community.

#utsxsw #startup


Sports Mega-Events: Do They Have a Future? - Solo / Dual / Panel

Sunday, March 15, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Four Seasons, San Jacinto
UT Austin Connection:

  • Ben Carrington, Professor

Sports mega-events (SMEs), such as FIFA’s World Cup finals and the IOC’s summer Olympic Games, are powerful economic forces. Now, for the first time since the financially successful 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the very model of SMEs as unequivocal public goods is being called into question. Concerns about their negative environmental impact, the hidden costs of hosting games, protests against public money subsidizing for-profit events, on and off the field accusations of racism, and corruption within national and international sports governing bodies, has led to a general public skepticism of the claims made by both political and business leaders concerning the benefits of SMEs.

Can the current model of sports mega-events as promoted by the IOC and FIFA be sustained into the future? How can local populations retain control over and benefit from SMEs? What new business and financial models are needed to ensure SMEs are sustainable in the future?

#utsxsw #SXsports


Connected Vehicles: Challenges and Possibilities - Solo / Dual / Panel

Sunday, March 15, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Radisson Town Lake, Riverside Ballroom  

UT Austin Connection:

  • Chandra Bhat, Dir, Center for Transportation Research, UT Austin
  • Michael Walton, Ernest H Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, UT Austin
  • Robert Heath, Dir, Wireless Networking & Communications Group, UT Austin
  • Todd Humphreys, Dir UT Radionavigation Laboratory, UT Austin

Connected cars will transform our lives, influencing everything from the routes we take to work to how we find the closest “rock star” parking spot.

Connected technologies allow cars to talk to each other, as well as talk to the surrounding transportation infrastructure (traffic lights, satellites, sensors, etc.) using wireless technology. By providing real-time traffic, transit and parking data, these technologies open up opportunities to reduce traffic, accidents and pollution. At the same time, the new connectivity also brings to light new privacy and security issues that include the potential for car hackers.

National transportation and technology experts from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will break down the technologies, challenges and benefits of the connected car.

Presented by The University of Texas at Austin

#utsxsw #smartcars


UT Austin National Science Foundation I-Corps - Solo / Dual / Panel

Sunday, March 15, 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Radisson Town Lake, Riverside Ballroom
UT Austin Connection:

  • Heath Naquin, BBA, MSTC, PMP Heath Naquin serves as Executive Director for the SW I-Corps Node at The University of Texas at Austin

The National Science Foundation I-Corps program is focused on advancing the commercial outcomes of fundamental scientific research through applied entrepreneurship training consistent with Steve Blanks Business Model Canvas methodology.

The University of Texas at Austin (in conjunction with Texas A&M and Rice University) was recently announced as one of 7 National Nodes in the National NSF I-Corps Node Network and will be working to promote the I-Corps methodology broadly throughout the SW region of the United States across institutions. Participants will learn about the I-Corps program and how it can impact and support entrepreneurial activity for their concept or venture.

Target audiences which could benefit from the I-Corps program include: University affiliated Start Ups, Research faculty from across the region, venture capital groups and many others.

Presented by University of Texas

#utsxsw #UTAustin


Making Big Data More Digestible - Solo / Dual / Panel

Sunday, March 15, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Radisson Town Lake, Riverside Ballroom

UT Austin Connection:

  • Alex Dimakis, Asst Professor
  • Constantine Caramanis, Asst Professor
  • Joydeep Ghosh, Professor
  • Sriram Vishwanath, Professor

The average broadband and cellular users now spend more time in online social networks than in face-to-face interactions with people other than their immediate families.

Social networks tend to create tight-knit groups characterized by a high density of connections, and these connections are often good predictors of users’ tastes and future connections. But, finding these communities is both computationally and statistically challenging.

The Wireless Networking and Communications Group at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering developed a new graph-clustering technique that helps with community detection, user profiling, link prediction and collaborative filtering. Learn how researchers were able to both reach globally optimal solutions with better statistical properties and provide an algorithm that easily scales.

Presented by The University of Texas at Austin

#utsxsw #UTwireless


Little Kids Are Not Stupid: Give Them Content! - Core Conversation  

Sunday, March 15, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
JW Marriott, Salon C

UT Austin Connection:

  • Jennifer Keys Adair, Asst Professor

What if young children could conduct research before they could read?

This session details three criteria to make programs and apps more useful for young children trying to conduct research (project-based learning) without adult help. For developers, this means creating products that have specific kinds of content with a host of features made for sophisticated and tech-savvy pre-readers. For parents, this means having tech that supports children’s agency, develops curiosity and fosters a range of higher level thinking skills. For preK-2 teachers, this means having desperately needed technology for project learning so that even young children can learn about topics they are interested in without so much adult intervention. Currently, most programs & apps with significant content are text-based. Those that are not are primarily reward-oriented games with little content. This
session identities 3 key criteria that enables pre-readers to gather significant content on their own.

#utsxsw #smartkids


The Ticket as Currency: Access to Entertainment in Sport - Solo / Dual / Panel

Sunday, March 15, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Four Seasons, Ballroom CD

UT Austin Connection:

  • Michael Cramer, Executive Director, The Texas Program in Sports and Media

Ticketing, the meta-media of sports and the foundation of the industry’s economic engine, is under-going a radical 21st Century transformation. In many respects, in-venue competition is becoming secondary to the ticketholder’s gameday experience and the lure of TV everywhere. What does it mean for teams, leagues and sponsors in the burgeoning domain of live event entertainment? What does it mean for fanship and the cultural traditions embedded in generations of partisan spectators?

#utsxsw #SXsports


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Monday, March 16

What’s Next? Surveillance Reform Post-Snowden - Solo / Dual / Panel

Monday, March 16, 9:30AM - 10:30AM
JW Marriott, Salon 4
UT Austin Connection:

  • Robert Chesney, Dir, Robert S Strauss Center, The University of Texas School of Law

It has been more than a year since Edward Snowden exposed the inner workings of the NSA, setting off an intense national debate about the proper balance between security and privacy. There have been a number of reforms over the past year, including some changes directed by the President, a variety of court decisions – including a recent Supreme Court decision increasing mobile phone privacy, and a number of bills put forward in Congress – the fate of which remains uncertain.

But for all the buzz, how much has actually changed? Have we gone too far in our attempts at reform, not far enough, or have we somehow gotten it just right?

To explore these questions, the Strauss Center at the University of Texas will host a SXSW Interactive session featuring debate and dialogue between two experts in this area: Professor Bobby Chesney of UT’s Strauss Center, and Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

#utsxsw #UTintel


Unlocking Global Potential: Science and Technology - Solo / Dual / Panel

Monday, March 16, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon H
UT Austin Connection:

  • Mandy Sutton, Program Coord, IC2 Institute

Join representatives from the US Department of State and the University of Texas at Austin to discuss how international public private partnerships can empower young aspiring science and technology entrepreneurs in emerging economies, and connect companies to the best and brightest ideas and talent from around the world.

The State Department’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program’s new online GIST Network supports young science and technology entrepreneurs through a new public private partnership with nine university and private sector partners.

Learn about how GISTnetwork.org focuses on global peer networking, entrepreneurship skill-building, in-depth mentorship, and strategic seed funding to provide the most connected generation in history access to the resources they need to advance their ideas and startups and improve their communities, and find out how you can get involved.

#utsxsw #startup


Optimizing the Ecosystem for MedTech - Solo / Dual / Panel

Monday, March 16, 11:15AM - 12:00PM
JW Marriott, MedTech Stage

UT Austin Connection:

  • Clay Johnston, Dean, Dell Medical School/University of Texas at Austin

Focused on making Austin a model healthy city, the new Dell Medical School at UT Austin is prioritizing MedTech innovations and collaborations to improve health and care delivery while lowering costs. Dean Clay Johnston will describe work to create an ecosystem that connects innovative ideas and technologies with providers and patients and introduces schemes to reward better health at lower cost.

#utsxsw #MedTech


Emergence of Portuguese Entrepreneurship Ecosystem - Solo / Dual / Panel

Monday, March 16, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon H

UT Austin Connection:

  • Marco Bravo, Dir The University of Texas at Austin IC2 Institute

Investments by the Portuguese government has lead to dramatic increase in Science and Technology (S&T) output as measured by PhD's, publications and patents. The downturn in the European financial crisis and associated austerity measures have stimulated competent technology incubators and acceleration programs, as well as young Portuguese to identify promising innovations emerging from the government’s S&T investments and form promising new ventures.

The rapid emergence of the Portuguese entrepreneur is the unseen story of the past three years as promising young companies are competing internationally for venture funding, successfully launching international products and seeing exciting exits repositioning the Portuguese economy from a manufacturing to innovation-based economy.

#utsxsw #startup


The Digital Health Communications Revolution - Solo / Dual / Panel

Monday, March 16, 3:15PM - 4:00PM
JW Marriott, MedTech Stage
UT Austin Connection:

  • Jay Bernhardt, Director of the Center for Health Communication

Digital health is transforming the creation and application of health information and data. Technological innovations make personalized, real-time health information far more accessible to patients, providers, populations and policy makers.

This panel explores the digital health communication revolution from the perspective of university research, government practice, and corporate innovation.

#utsxsw #MedTech


A Next Generation Platform for Open Data - Core Conversation

Monday, March 16, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
JW Marriott, Room 402-403

UT Austin Connection:

  • Matthew Vaughn, Dir of Life Sciences Computing, Texas Advanced Computing Center
  • Matthew Hanlon, Mgr, Web & Mobile Applications, Texas Advanced Computing Center

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.

#utsxsw #NxtGenData


Attracting Foreign Direct Investment via LinkedIn - Core Conversation

Monday, March 16, 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown, Austin Chamber Offices

UT Austin Connection:

  • Eli Mercer, CEO 3DiLabs, Adjunct Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at the McCombs School of Business

Foreign direct investment is a direct investment into production or business in a country by an individual or company of another country. This is accomplished either by buying a company in the target country or by expanding operations of an existing business in that country.

We have seen the private equity world shrink around us in the last ten years which has opened up America's attractive venture capital space to international investors and private equity companies looking to acquire a piece of the American Dream. LinkedIn’s social networking offers the perfect avenue to attract international investors and fund one’s business ventures.

There has never been a better time to seek out and find international partners using LinkedIn. Having global partners allows one to be protected in key countries which is paramount to the long-term success of emerging business. This session also cover and discuss EB-5 investments and cross-continent partnerships as means to raise capital.

#utsxsw #GlobalVC

How Framing Affects Privacy Decisions - Solo / Dual / Panel

Monday, March 16, 5:00PM - 6:00PM
JW Marriott, Salon 4

UT Austin Connection:

  • Matthew McGlone, Assoc Professor/PhD, The University of Texas Center for Identity

The decisions people make about privacy are influenced by “framing”— that is, the way they conceive the options they have to choose from, the outcomes associated with these options, and the contingencies between options and outcomes. Research in behavioral economics, communication, and psychology has identified several factors that affect framing, leading people to frame the same putative decision in dramatically different w ays.

In this presentation, McGlone will describe five of these framing factors: linguistic agency, nominalization, anchoring, loss aversion, and the endowment effect. He will use non-technical language to review each factor and its effects on judgment and privacy decisions. He will also address practical suggestions for incorporating these factors into strategic communications about privacy and information security decisions.

#utsxsw #framing


How to Start Starting a Company - Future 15

Monday, March 16, 5:45PM - 6:00PM
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom B

UT Austin Connection:

  • Joshua Baer, Founder Otherinbox & Capital Factory, Adjunct Faculty UT Austin

Are you passionate about entrepreneurship but still looking for inspiration? Do you know that you want to found the next great company but aren't sure where to begin? Attend this session to receive actionable suggestions from a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has talked to more than 1,000 entrepreneurs.

You'll walk away from this presentation with an idea of what you need to do next and a framework for how to evaluate your idea and decide if it's the right startup idea for you, backup up by real world examples from successful entrepreneurs.

Naturally, this session will attract many aspiring entrepreneurs who need to find others to work with, partner with, or learn from. At the end of the session, we'll break up the room into groups based on common interests to help make connections and find co-founders.

If you're ready to start your own company but haven't yet, attend this session and get the adrenaline shot you need to make it happen!

#utsxsw #startit


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Tuesday, March 17

Abandon the CMS: Journalism and Interactive Design - Core Conversation

Tuesday, March 17, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Hyatt Regency Austin

UT Austin Connection:

  • Tim Taliaferro, VP of Communications, Editor in Chief Texas Exes/the Alcalde Magazine

In "Abandon the CMS," we'll examine the flexibility to move beyond a web-based CMS to execute content with print layout tenets while also folding in interactive abilities, and ask, "what's next?" in interactive design and journalism. We will also discuss and show examples of excellent interactive design in an effort to explain why they help bring great stories to people who might otherwise ignore them.

Our conversation includes Tim Taliaferro, editor of the Alcalde, and Michael Renaud, creative director of Pitchfork, on the synthesis of longform narrative and interactive design. We will discuss and show examples of excellent interactive design in an effort to explain how they bring great stories to people who might otherwise ignore them, and ask, “what’s next?”

#utsxsw  #abandonCMS


Look Away: Managing Online Persona Expectations - Solo / Dual / Panel

Tuesday, March 17, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
JW Marriott, Salon 4

UT Austin Connection:

  • Brenda Berkelaar, Assistant Professor in Organizational Communication

We know that the Internet allows us to stay connected with family and friends, find romance, share expertise and skills, advocate for social issues, and advance our careers. It is a space that allows us to grow up and try on new identities. For most of us, what we do online affects many (and perhaps all) aspects of our lives.

So what happens if most of us, or even enough of us, focus our digital energies on maintaining our ideal work persona online? What if we take the common career advice to manage each piece of online information as if future employers might see it? Would we lose more than we gain?

This lively, research-supported session will explore companies’ aggressive cybervetting practices, the changing notions of what it means to fit in an organization, and how employees can balance transparency and privacy online. Let us find alternative ways to fulfill organizational due diligence while also respecting that people, including ourselves, have lives outside of work.

#utsxsw #SXLookAway


Accelerating Impacts of MedTech: The Austin Model - Solo / Dual / Panel

Tuesday, March 17, 1:15PM - 2:00PM
JW Marriott, MedTech Stage

UT Austin Connection:

  • Mini Kahlon, Vice Dean of Strategy & Partnerships Dell Medical School/University of Texas at Austin

MedTech promises better health at lower cost, but a broken health care system slows progress. Mini Kahlon, Vice Dean of the new Dell Medical School at UT Austin, will detail efforts to spur MedTech innovation in Austin—building region-wide collaborative platforms, tapping into Austin’s comprehensive engineering expertise, and redesigning care to benefit from and inform the future of MedTech.

#utsxsw #MedTech



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