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EMERGING AUSTIN: Future Cyborg City Panel

EMERGING AUSTIN: HEALTHCARE TECH CONFERENCE
Thursday, September 24, 2015

PANEL: Austin: Future Cyborg City

Already home to both the world’s largest prosthetics company as well as the oldest, Austin has recently emerged as a hub for major advances in 3D printing and robotics research. Tech advances in Austin with military installations in neighboring San Antonio and Killeen, put Austin at literal crossroads of research and development position Austin to be one of the next top cyborg cities. Emerging Austin’s Cyborg City panel will examine the state of Austin’s unique position in this field, and ask how the city’s entrepreneurs and innovators can help lead the community onto the global stage. #cyborg


Moderator || Tamsen Barrett, Sr. Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright

Tamsen Barrett, Norton Rose Fulbright, ATC Emerging Austin Conference, Medtech conference, Healthcare Tech, Austin Life sciences, Austin TechTamsen focuses her practice on intellectual property matters which include domestic and foreign patent prosecution, enforcement, and strategic development of patent portfolios. Tamsen’s experience emphasizes biotechnology related matters, and her experience includes the areas of genetic engineering, gene therapy, molecular biotechnology assays, drug screening and targeting, biotechnology, renewable energy, clean energy technologies, plants, organic chemistry, pharmaceutical development and medical devices.

Tamsen counsels clients regarding the development, management, and commercialization of commercially valuable intellectual property portfolios on a global scale. She has significant experience with the preparation of enforceability, validity, patentability, and freedom-to-operate opinions and provides due diligence review of intellectual property to companies and investors.

 

 

Panelists

Richard MacKinnon, Founder & CEO, BorgFest

Richard MacKinnon, Borgfest, Emerging Austin Conference, ATC Conference, Austin Tech Council, Austin Life Sciences, Medtech ConferenceRichard MacKinnon is CEO of Borgfest, a Cyborg festival based in Austin. BorgFest is a pride festival for cyborgs and expo for human augmentation, enhancement, body modification, and wearable technology. Many of the participants themselves have been augmented as a result of accident, injury, war, illness, disease, or congenital defect. Others may have been augmented for personal, professional, artistic, stylistic, philosophical, political, or religious reasons. Some of the participants are industry or academic leaders in the fields that provide products and services to this community.

 

 

Laura Bosworth, Co-Founder & CEO, TeVido BioDevices

Laura-Bosworth-Emerging AustinLaura Bosworth is CEO and co-founder of TeVido BioDevices.  Ms. Bosworth is a dynamic former Fortune 50 executive with over 25 years of cross-functional industry experience. With over 18 years in product, process and service development at both the engineering and marketing level, she has experience launching new business start-ups within a larger corporation. She has led numerous successful strategy efforts.

Ms. Bosworth developed curricula, taught and provided mentorship with  several applied entrepreneurship programs (EDCO Ventures, Texas State University and  AVINDE) focused on mentoring aspiring underrepresented and women entrepreneurs , to develop their own high-growth (more than a $1 Million) companies. Ms. Bosworth has served on UTEP’s College of Engineering Advisory Board and in 2010, she led a task force that recommended a strategy to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship and is now involved in its implementation.

Ms. Bosworth has volunteered for numerous non-profits, primarily supporting women’s needs in the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) field as well as domestic violence – in Board positions as well as providing direct service.  She volunteers as a Spanish interpreter at a Healthcare Clinic that serves low-income individuals.

 

Joseph Sadowski, CPO, U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs, Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center
Joseph Sadowski, CPO, serves at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center and Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital. As a clinical prosthetist orthotist he is dedicated to providing state of the art care to our Service Members and Veterans.

 

Youngmok Yun, PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering, UT Austin Rehab and Neuromuscular Robotics Lab
Yongmock Yun, UT Austin, Cyborg City, Austin Tech Council, ATC Emerging Austin Conference, Austin Life Sciences, Austin TechYoungmok Yun received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2006 and 2008, respectively, from Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, Korea. He is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in the Department of Mechanical engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA. His major research interest is in the development of exoskeletons for rehabilitation. Youngmok Yun is a recipient of the UT Graduate School Named Continuing Fellowship in 2014 and the National Scholarship of the Government of S.Korea in 2012.

 

 

 

More About Emerging Austin:
Spotlight On the Financing the Future Panel
Spotlight on the Technology Advances Panel
The Austin Startup Showcase
Emerging Austin: Healthcare Tech – The Panels at a Glance

 


Emerging Austin: Healthcare Tech Conference

Thursday, September 24, 2015
11:00AM – 6:00PM
AT&T Conference Center (map)

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From Wearables to Cyborgs: The Present and Future Uses & Impacts of ‘Personal Tech’

From Wearables to Cyborgs: The Present and Future Uses & Impacts of ‘Personal Tech’

Event Summary

Jerry Wilmink

Jerry Wilmink
WiseWear

Jon Werner
Adidas

Rich MacKinnon
Borgfest

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Stateside Theater, 719 Congress Ave.
Downtown Austin
5:15 p.m. – Doors and Bar Open
6:00 p.m. – Presentation, Q&A
7:00 p.m. – Reception
Free and open to the public

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Digital technologies are getting more powerful, smaller, and cheaper, enabling new products that change our lives. Smartphones achieved this over the past decade; will even more personal technologies change our lives in even more significant ways? ‘Wearables’ have emerged as devices for health, communications, e-commerce, and more, and integrated devices have helped save lives. Both fields are in their relative infancy—what is next? How will wearables and integrated devices provide us with new capabilities that transform our lives? Come listen to two experts on wearable tech and integrated tech discuss the present and future of ‘personal tech.’

Borgfest @ Wearable Wednesday: Exoskeletons and Robotic Limbs

WWEDWhat: Borgfest @ Wearable Wednesday: Exoskeletons and Robotic Limbs

When: April 22, 6-10pm

Where: AT&T Labs (Tickets Required via Eventbrite)

EXOSKELETONS AND ROBOTIC LIMBS!  At the Social Robot Social, we will get to interact with robots as independents, two days later, we’ll get to see robots become a part of our bodies.  Join us as we team up again with Wearable Wednesday to bring you another episode of extreme wearables at the Austin outpost of the world-famous AT&T Labs!

Extreme Wearables:  Exoskeletons and Robotic Limbs

Real-world demonstration of technology inspired by and featured in sci-fi like Robocop, Star Wars, Alien, Elysium, Edge of Tomorrow.

Agenda:

6:00PM – Networking and Demos (Event Sponsorship Available)

6:45PM – Introduction by Rich MacKinnon, Wearable World Ambassador, founder and executive director of Borgfest.

6:50PM – Speakers, Presentations, and Q&A moderated by Rich MacKinnon.

8:35PM – Wrap Up, Feedback, and Announcements

8:50PM – After-Party (demos continue)

10:00PM – Good night!

hash tags:

#borgfest #WWED

About our presenters

R-ARMMatt Nojoomi, lead developer, r.ARM. As both an engineer and an entrepreneur, Matthew aims to commercialize the r.ARM: Robotic Assistive Reaching Mechanism. The r.ARM is a low-cost, safe, and portable robotic reaching aid for wheelchair bound patients. His presentation will walk through the story behind the development of the r.ARM, its impact on a young man’s life, and its future as the first affordable robotic reaching aid.

 

reneu-RRE2_thumbAshish D. Deshpande is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas since 2011.  Dr. Deshpande directs the Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular (ReNeu) Robotics Lab. The Lab focuses on the development of robotic devices, based on biomechanical analyses, to assist in rehabilitation, to improve prostheses design, and to provide fitness opportunities for the severely disabled. The study of underlying mechanisms of human movement control through human subject experiments and mathematical modeling is another major research area in the ReNeu Robotic Lab.

The ReNeu Robotics Lab has a special interest in the study of hands, and is currently developing robotic hands for prosthetic and rehabilitation applications, and conducting human subject studies for an improved understanding of human hand biomechanics and control.

rewalk-deviceAndy McCord has been licensed as a Physical Therapist in Texas since 2001 after receiving a MSPT degree from Texas Woman’s University. He also holds a degree in Marketing from Texas Christian University. Andy is currently the South Central Business Development Manager for ReWalk Robotics. In this capacity he sells and trains clinicians, technicians, and patients on how to properly assess and operate the ReWalk exoskeleton device. Andy also has 9 years experience selling DME and OR devices, which also included training therapist, nurses, surgeons, and other staff on the safe and effective use of the devices.

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About Wearable Wednesdays

Wearable Wednesday events are an open community forum focused on the blending of technology, art and humanity in the Wearable Technology and Internet of Things ecosystem.  Our goals is to provide a platform for industry innovators, entrepreneurs, builders and investors to connect with like-minded, motivated people with the knowledge, vision, and partnerships that will move the Internet of Wearable Things forward.  Group Meetups will include both technicaland market-oriented sessions.  Wearable Wednesdays are held globally across the world’s top tech centers, including San Francisco, New York, Dallas, and London, and we continue to launch new locations periodically.  Meet the most innovative wearable tech entrepreneurs in your community, demo products, share ideas and discuss trends in both local and global markets.

About Wearable World

Wearable World connects businesses to the social fabric of the Internet of Wearable Things. Our goal is to provide an innovation platform to foster the blend of technology, art and humanity. Through news content, incubator and accelerator programs, and events, Wearable World acts as the catalyst for future Wearable Technology innovation. The Wearable World platform addresses the need for entrepreneurs to connect, learn, and engage the wider Wearable Technology global ecosystem. For additional information, please visit www.wearableworld.co.

About AT&T Labs

Starting with the invention of the telephone, AT&T Labs have created some of the world’s major innovations across a broad spectrum of technology. These innovations range from IP network management and optical technology to automatic speech recognition and next-generation text-to-speech products. With Labs locations across the country and hundreds of the world’s best researchers, technologists and engineers, AT&T is more equipped than ever to handle the drive towards innovation.

About ReWalk Robotics

ReWalk Robotics (formerly Argo Medical Technologies) develops, manufactures and markets wearable robotic exoskeletons for people with lower limb disabilities, such as paraplegia. ReWalk’s mission is to fundamentally change the health and life experiences of individuals with spinal cord injury. ReWalk is proud to offer the only FDA cleared exoskeleton systems in the United States, for rehabilitation and personal use. Founded in 2001, ReWalk Robotics is a global company with headquarters in the US, Germany, and Israel. For more information on ReWalk Robotics and the ReWalk Systems, please visit http://www.rewalk.com.

Borgfest Social Robot Social @ Dorkbot

Borgfest Social Robot Social @ Dorkbot

If you missed our wildly successful outing at the SXSW Robot Petting Zoo, then you’ll be thrilled to know that you’ll have a second chance to meet some really cool robots!

When: April 20, 2015, 7-10:30pm

Where: ATX Hackerspace

Tickets: Free event, but please RSVP and participate in the Borgfest fundraiser raffle (Borgfest members get a free raffle ticket.  Support Borgfest and become a member now!)

ZanePictured here is Zane McCarthy (Borgfest Robotics Division) demonstrating DAR-1,  a robot cleverly acronymically named after creator Ray Renteria‘s children.  DAR-1 is an autonomous social robot of the hexapod genus. Curious about people, he’ll study your eyes and your smile with the intensity of a focused child.  He’s shy, though.  If you get a little too close to him, he’ll get nervous and try to back away.  See how long you get him to keep following your eyes by looking deep into his.  DAR-1 is a social robot with the purpose of challenging people’s notions of what it means to be “alive.” He is a showcase for inexpensive technology that can be brought together to produce a highly performant and nimble robot for various applications. DAR-1 demonstrates the power of the open source OpenCV computer vision technology.

Bradley Knox says his Emoters are robot pets that are both simple and lifelike. They live in a small cage, where they live their lives. Emoters are interested in people, but they’re more engaged with each other and the world inside their cages. Like a cross between a Tamagotchi and an ant farm, Emoters fill a role somewhere between a real pet and a video game.

Calling All Robots!  In case it isn’t clear, a social robot social means BRING YOUR ROBOTS. This is a robotic convocation, gathering, and happy hour. We know your robots will enjoy the presentations by the featured robots and their humans.  All human-friendly robots welcome.

Join DAR-1, the Emoters, and more at a very special edition of Dorkbot this month.  And if a robot happy hour isn’t enough, just a few days later we’ll be hosting an event demonstrating how robots are becoming part of our bodies.  That’s right.  At long last, we are bringing you up close to an exoskeleton and robotic limbs!  I can’t think of a more exciting way to show you the connection between robotics and people.

Hash tags:

#borgfest #dorkbot #socialrobotsocial

Online Raffle Rules

Every Borgfest event builds community with our fans and sponsors and raises funds towards the goal of a weekend-long festival.  At this event, we’ll be conducting an online raffle.  You can purchase your raffle tickets when RSVP’ing for the event via Eventbrite.  There will be no on-site raffle sales.  We’ll announce the winners during the robot social portion of the evening.  You must be present to win.  Here are the raffle prizes:

Laptop (Dell E6400 with a Core2Duo 2.53 ghz, 2GB of RAM, 160GB HDD, DVDRW, Window 7 Pro) donated by Discount Electronics

Two (2) $25 gift certificates donated by DFG Noodles

One (1) Borgfest 2015 Carbonite Membership or Next Level Upgrade

One (1) Autopilot for Phantom by Autoflight Logistics

Read the official Dorkbot announcement

SXSW Cyborg Decompression Evening

 

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Borgfest founder Rich MacKinnon sporting his face rig

SXSW Decompression Evening with special guest Jackie Todd of the documentary film, Diary of a CyborgMarch 21, 7-10pm  [Get tickets]

Mix with Borgfest fans, savor Bladerunner noodles, and enjoy a screening of a cyborg fan favorite.  Hosted at the home of Borgfest founder and executive director, Rich MacKinnon.   Ticket proceeds fund Borgfest activities and festival.   Sponsorship: Available.

 

Hash tags

#borgfest #sxsw #cyborgdiary

Borgfest @ SXSW Robot Petting Zoo

Borgfest @ SXSW Robot Petting Zoo

Borgfest @ SXSW Robot Petting Zoo

 

March 15-17, 11am-6pm [see details]

Borgfest is hosting three robots at the Robot Petting Zoo!!

The Robot Petting Zoo brings out friendly ground & aerial robots for SXSW attendees to touch, operate, and even program. Robot handlers will explain the parts of the robot and how they work before setting kindly humans loose to interact, learn, and play. Spatially-oriented humans will get to play with robots whose functions mimic those of humans. Humans wishing to slip the surly bonds of earth will meet robots who have flown above disasters to gather critical data. Humans interested in Macgyver-esque robots will meet robots that can serve many purposes, such as flying while 3D printing. Creative and empathic humans will program Romibo to speak in different languages to calm and befriend young children in crises. Come meet these and many more robots that await your friendship at the Robotics Petting Zoo.

Additionally, all Robot Handlers will give short presentations about their robots on a stage to an audience throughout the event March 15-17. Be sure to check out the schedule for great presentations by a variety of roboticists.

Meet roboticist Ray Renteria‘s DAR-1, cleverly acronymically named after his children.  DAR-1 is an autonomous social robot of the hexapod genus. Curious about people, he’ll study your eyes and your smile with the intensity of a focused child.  He’s shy, though.  If you get a little too close to him, he’ll get nervous and try to back away.  See how long you get him to keep following your eyes by looking deep into his.  DAR-1 is a social robot with the purpose of challenging people’s notions of what it means to be “alive.” He is a showcase for inexpensive technology that can be brought together to produce a highly performant and nimble robot for various applications. DAR-1 demonstrates the power of the open source OpenCV computer vision technology.

Bradley Knox says his Emoters are robot pets that are both simple and lifelike. They live in a small cage, where they live their lives. Emoters are interested in people, but they’re more engaged with each other and the world inside their cages. Like a cross between a Tamagotchi and an ant farm, Emoters fill a role somewhere between a real pet and a video game.

In this exhibit, primitive emoters are on display. They are bigger and less intelligent than the Emoters that will come later. Yet like later Emoters, they move around on their own and interact with people.

Nikko, is named after the main flying monkey in the Wizard of Oz, says Dave Santilena.  This flying monkey is a remote-controlled aerial robot in a monkey costume.  It has two onboard cameras and uses an ipad as a controller. When airborne, you will be able to see what Nikko sees as he flies high above the crowd by looking at the monitor.  Aerial robots or drones have many specialized uses such as aerial video, police surveillance, pipeline inspection and many others.  Nikko’s sole purpose is to entertain, scare children and small animals, and perhaps lead to interesting conversations.  Nikko will not be able to be pet but the controller will be covered by flying monkey fur so you will be able to get the idea of what he feels like.

 

Hashtags

#sxsw #RoboPetZoo #borgfest

Panel Discussion: How technology is evolving the healthcare industry

[New!  The moderation guide with preparation questions for the panelists has been posted.  Join the Borgfest Meet Up group to discuss and ask follow up questions]

Event Details

The proliferation of new technologies across the health and wellness space promises to revolutionize our healthcare experiences. We’ve already seen widespread adoption of tracking apps and wearables by millions of people. But what is the reality of these technologies? What is the next evolution? And what is the real impact that current and future technologies will have on healthcare?

Our carefully selected, expert panelists will provide a view into the current state and future direction of healthcare technology. Join projekt202 at the The Livestrong Foundation for a robust and lively panel discussion about how health technology can impact behavior change and improve health outcomes, how wearables will evolve to provide more value, and how technology will become further embedded with the human body to augment our abilities.

Drinks and appetizers will be provided.
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Agenda:
6:00-6:30pm Meet & Greet
6:30-6:45pm Introduction from Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and CEO of projekt202
6:45-8:00pm Panel Discussion & Q/A led by Kijana Knight-Torres, Principal Experience Researcher for projekt202
8:00-8:30pm Networking

About our Panelists:

Kyle Samani, CoFounder and CEO, Pristine
Pristine powers smart glasses in clinical use for greater efficiency, increased quality, and hands-free telemedicine. Prior to starting Pristine, Kyle worked at VersaSuite, a company that builds electronic medical records (EMRs) for hospitals. He spent three years there: one year in engineering, one year in sales, and one year in product management. At VersaSuite, he learned how to build, sell, and deploy enterprise software into complex work environments. He started Pristine immediately after the general availability of Google Glass in May 2013. At Pristine, Kyle is responsible for fund raising, setting the vision and strategy, recruiting executives, and sales.

Robin Krieglstein, Behavior Design Consultant
Robin is a member of the Stanford Behavior Design Lab with Dr. BJ Fogg. He has specialized in applying behavioral psychology to technology for over 25 years as a designer, developer, founder, and consultant. Robin founded the Design Group at LeapFrog Toys; founded the first gamified, goal-achievement social network; has consulted for over a dozen Fortune 500s; and did health behavior design at Badgeville for brands like Kaiser, Oracle, Jillian Michaels and Bob Greene. He holds a BA in Computer Science with a focus on Educational Software Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Richard MacKinnon, Founder and Executive Director, BorgFest Human Augmentation Expo.
Rich is creating the world’s first festival for cyborgs—to celebrate and support those among us whose bodies and identities have changed—largely from trauma, degeneration, or disease, but also electively. Rich wants to shape the culture induced by the fantastic changes brought about through the rapid technological achievements in health and life sciences. When we provide a prosthetic, for instance, we are no longer replacing lost capability. We are catalyzing a remade identity which may be more empowered than it was before. The story is moving beyond disability to bionic legs, but he believes we need to remain focused on our ability to dance.

Pär Axelsson, Director of UX Research, FloSports
Pär is the Director of User Experience Research at FloSports, Inc here in Austin, TX. He has over 10 years experience in UX and Human Factors research, across a variety of products and services, in different domains. In early 2014 he was diagnosed with Latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA), which is a rare form of Type 1 diabetes. After a few months of insulin treatment using regular injections and finger sticks several times a day, he has now moved to using an Omnipod Insulin pump and a Dexcome Continuos Glucose Monitor, which both are attached to his body. This allows him to administer insulin and monitor blood glucose wirelessly via a PDM, which has eliminated the need for injections, significantly reduced the number of daily finger sticks, and thus made it easier for him to manage his condition. The only downside is that each device requires a separate handheld device and, consequently, his pockets are always very full.

Hosted by:

The LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. For 18 years, the Foundation has provided a voice of the cancer survivor and directly served more than 2.5 million people. LIVESTRONG answer survivors’ questions, tells their stories, and helps them live their lives through direct service, advocacy and inventive partnership models. In 2014, the Foundation launched its boldest enterprise yet –the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. The Institutes will be a pioneering approach to patient-centered cancer care designed by survivors to deliver the best teaching practices and the greatest collaborative research to serve the cancer community.

For help with a cancer diagnosis for you or a loved one, please visitLIVESTRONG.org/WeCanHelp. For other information about our programs and services, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

Borgfest Cyborg Halloween Costume Party

October 31, 2014

9pm-2am

Borgfest, Nerd Nite, and Dorkbot

present

Occult Futurism Haunted House Halloween Party

Android vampires and robot werewolves and bionic zombies, oh my!

Featuring the Sciborg Robopimps, tarot card readings, parlor tricks, and the Hyde Park Gorilla

No street clothes, please.  Come costumed or come naked.  Dress code enforced

By invitation only.

Get your ticket at Eventbrite.  Use promo code “ectoplasm”

Austin Meet Up: Meet Louise Bruton aka “Legless in Dublin”

September 26, 2014

5:30-7pm

Join us for a Happy Hour tomorrow to welcome Louise Bruton.

A few days ago, I met Louise along with Sophie Oliveira de Barata of the Alternative Limb Project at TEDMED in San Francisco.  Louise is visiting America and driving across the country, making a stop in Austin.

Louise has an amazing customized prosthetic leg covering that was hand-crafted by Sophie.  Here’s a picture that doesn’t do it justice:

LouiseBrutonSophie’s work at the Alternative Limb Project goes a long ways towards body-identity re-integration and improving the acceptance of prosthetics by amputees.  This is done by working in close consultation with clients to design a customized look for prosthetics that more closely matches their sense of identity and aesthetics.  Here’s a link to the Alternative Limb Project:

http://www.thealternativelimbproject.com/

 

 

Clearly the work is amazing and this is your chance to meet Louise and change the way you think of prosthetic limbs.

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Austin Meet Up: How wearable tech saved (or is saving) my life

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Join us September 24 for our second Wearable Wednesday Austin!

artificial kidney

How Wearable Tech Saved (or is Saving) My Life

6-10pm, Wednesday Sept 24 at AT&T 
9505 Research Blvd, Austin, Texas 78759
Free Admission, Registration Required
 
Learn and network with innovators and visionaries
 
Presentations

“The beat goes on: The making of pacemakers.”
John Porterfield, Chief Scientific Officer of Admittance Technologies. 

 “When measuring gets in the way of therapy: What diabetics can teach us about UX design.”
Jesse Kinbarovsky, Patient-Inventor at Glucocue.

“Living on the edge: A man with 4 kidneys and 30 years of life extension from the bleeding edge of modern technology.”
Lennie Myers, transplant recipient.

 

The emergence of the Wearable Technology industry has come fast and far in a short period of time. Innovative and revolutionary ideas have almost instantaneously spawned from concept to reality, from things of dreams and movies into tangible products. Once only known in the world of the science fiction, today’s consumers and patients have access to incredible breakthroughs.  Join us and we’ll keep you abreast of what’s new, what’s relevant, and how to think about it in provocative and creative ways.

At our second Wearable Wednesday Austin, we will gather to have a special conversation about wearable technology that matters.  When it comes to the wearable world, it seems everyone is looking for distinctive functionality and failing that, there is a plethora of look-alike products pre-occupied with fashion over form.

bionic man

Last year, scientists with the Bionic Man project, gathered prosthetic limbs and artificial organs from around the world and assembled them together in a single structure or artificial man.  They claim that today, we are able to rebuild more than 50% of the human body.  Yet, despite these startling advances, it’s clear that the Frankensteinian concept of human organ transplantation often remains the only viable solution for organ replacement.

human organ cooler

We’re going to focus on the crossroads of wearable medical devices that assist organ function and full-on organ transplantation and we’re going to do it at the Austin location of AT&T Labs.  AT&T Labs traces its history back to the world-famous Bell Labs which played a distinguished role in many of the most significant inventions of the modern age.  We’re thrilled that AT&T has partnered with us to discuss the dawning age of cyborg technology.

Come take part in an important discussion that will reshape how most of us think of wearable technology–transplants, implants, hardware, software, and wetware.  It’s going to be a fantastic evening!

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Agenda:

6:00PM – Networking and Demos (Pizza and refreshments generously provided by AT&T)

6:45PM – Introduction by Rich MacKinnon, Wearable World Ambassador, and co-founder and executive director of Borgfest Cyborg Festival and Expo on Human Augmentation, Performance Enchancement, Body Modification, and Wearable Tech.

6:50PM – Speakers, Presentations, and Q&A.

Speakers/Presentations:

John Porterfield, Chief Scientific Officer, Admittance Technologies.  “The beat goes on: The making of pacemakers.”

Jesse Kinbarovsky, Patient-Inventor, Glucocue. “When measuring gets in the way of therapy:  What diabetics can teach us about UX design.”

Lennie Myerstransplant recipient. “Living on the edge:  A man with 4 kidneys and 30 years of life extension from the bleeding edge of modern technology.”

8:35PM – Wrap Up, Feedback, and Announcements

8:50PM – After-Party

10:00PM – Good night!

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Speaker Bios:

John Porterfield, Chief Scientific Officer, Admittance Technologies.

John is working toward the goal of commercializing his PhD research for use in humans, which involves measuring blood volume in real time using commercially available pacemaker leads and devices.  His presentation will cover the origins of pacemakers, the shortcomings of current devices, and will explore how they can/should be improved along with reasons why they haven’t yet.

Jesse Kinbarovsky, Patient-Inventor, Glucocue

As a patient and inventor, Jesse brings new insight into design and function.The chronically ill have been using invasive, embedded, and simple technologies and methods for more than a generation to check and record physiological data dozens of times each day for several generations. What are the psychological and physical effects of such extreme quantification? How do these efforts impact quantifiers’ families and loved-ones? What can diabetics teach us about the longevity of self-quantification efforts, and how might such experience inform the technology we produce and the interfaces we design?

Lennie Myers, transplant recipient

Lennie considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world because he was fortunate enough to be born and live in a time where leading edge technology has kept him alive for 30 additional years. Each of us has an opportunity to celebrate our births each year. Lennie celebrates 5 very specific birthdays coinciding with modern technology that has either been life-sustained or given him new life.

Rich MacKinnon, Executive Director, BorgFest Human Augmentation Expo

Rich is the Wearable World Ambassador to Austin.  His upcoming cultural and entertainment festival, BorgFest, is cyborg festival and expo on human augmentation, performance enhancement, body modification, and wearable technologies.  There are Borgfest mini-events and meet ups scheduled throughout the year (this is one!) and the cyborg community gathers daily online via the website, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS!
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Become a Borgfest sponsor or partner.  Contact rich@borgfest.com to discuss creative and custom opportunities.

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About our Sponsors

BorgFest Cyborg Festival and Human Augmentation Expo

Celebrate and support those with prosthetics, orthotics, implants, transplants, augmentations, performance enhancements, body mod, quantified self, wearable tech, and more!

Borg Fest is a celebration for an intentional community of people interested in human augmentation and enhancement.  Many of the participants will themselves have been augmented as a result of accident, injury, war, congenital defect, illness, or disease.  Others may have been augmented for personal, professional, artistic, stylistic, philosophical, political, or religious reasons.  Some of the participants are industry and academic leaders in the fields that provide products and services to this community.  Amidst the celebration, key conversations will occur, critical contacts made, relationships formed, ideas crystalized, companies started, concepts demonstrated, and people helped.

Austin Health Tech: Healthcare, Technology, and Health 2.0.

Austin Health Tech is an organization with one simple aim: To bring the health, technology, and business communities of central Texas together to make healthcare better.

AT&T Labs

Starting with the invention of the telephone, AT&T Labs have created some of the world’s major innovations across a broad spectrum of technology. These innovations range from IP network management and optical technology to automatic speech recognition and next-generation text-to-speech products. With Labs locations across the country and hundreds of the world’s best researchers, technologists and engineers, AT&T is more equipped than ever to handle the drive towards innovation.

About Wearable Wednesdays

Wearable Wednesday events are an open community forum focused on the blending of technology, art and humanity in the Wearable Technology and Internet of Things ecosystem.  Our goals is to provide a platform for industry innovators, entrepreneurs, builders and investors to connect with like-minded, motivated people with the knowledge, vision, and partnerships that will move the Internet of Wearable Things forward.  Group Meetups will include both technicaland market-oriented sessions.  Wearable Wednesdays are held globally across the world’s top tech centers, including San Francisco, New York, Dallas, and London, and we continue to launch new locations periodically.  Meet the most innovative wearable tech entrepreneurs in your community, demo products, share ideas and discuss trends in both local and global markets.