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IEEE is hosting its seventh-annual IEEE Tech for Humanity Series at the annual SXSW® Conference in Austin, Texas March 9-18, 2018! Curated in partnership with SXSW, the series convenes some of the world’s leading innovators and technologists to discuss the impacts of technology on the future of humanity.

IEEE’s 18-event series includes a SXSW Keynote with William Hurley (aka “whurley”), a SXSW Featured Session with world renown inventor and philanthropist, Dean Kamen, and a SXSW Featured Panel on Extreme Bionics, which includes Hugh Herr, Co-Director of MIT’s Center for Extreme Bionics, Aimee Mullins, actress, model and world-record setting NCAA athlete and Hans Georg Naeder, third-generation CEO of Ottobock, the world’s largest prosthetics and orthotics manufacturer.

Our full lineup, including solo and panel discussions, meet ups, SXSW official party and tradeshow experience are highlighted below with links to the official SXSW Schedule! Please note that dates and locations are subject to change. For the official programming, please refer to the SXSW Schedule.

✱✱ A valid SXSW badge is required for all IEEE sessions and meetups at SXSW unless otherwise noted.

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TECH FOR HUMANITY TOPICS

  • Quantum Computing
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Biofabrication of Human Tissue
  • Body Computing
  • Clinical Virtual Reality
  • Bionics
  • Prosthetics
  • Robotics
  • Scent technology
  • Hearables
  • Clinical virtual reality
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digital identity
  • Machine learning & consciousness
  • Ethics in Technology
  • Algorithmic bias, and more!

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SXSW KEYNOTE

THE ENDLESS IMPOSSIBILITIES OF QUANTUM COMPUTING

#IEEEQuantum

Quantum computing isn’t just a possibility, it’s an inevitable next step. During his SXSW Keynote, "The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing," William Hurley (”whurley”), Strangeworks CEO and IEEE Chair, Quantum Computing Working Group Chair discusses how it will forever change the computing landscape and potentially shift the balance of international power.

** Official SXSW badge required for entry

Tuesday, March 13, 2:00-3:00 pm | Austin CC, Ballroom D

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FRIDAY, MARCH 9 to SATURDAY, MARCH 10

A ROBOTICIST, ETHICIST AND NOVELIST WALK INTO A BAR at SXSW Interactive 2018
A ROBOTICIST, ETHICIST & NOVELIST WALK INTO A BAR **

#IEEETechEthics

Lynne Parker
Robert Venditti
Stephen Cass
Ryan Jenkins

Friday, March 9
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Fairmont Manchester EFG
BODY COMPUTING, SECURITY & HUMAN SAFETY at SXSW Interactive 2018
BODY COMPUTING, SECURITY & HUMAN SAFETY **

#IEEEMedtech

Michael Chertoff
Leslie Saxon
Beau Woods
 

Saturday, March 10
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Austin CC, Room 8ABC
BINDING MEMORY & EMOTION: SCIENCE, STORY & SCENT at SXSW Interactive 2018
BINDING MEMORY & EMOTION: SCIENCE, STORY & SCENT **

#IEEEScent

Jacki Morie
Saskia Wilson-Brown
Avery Gilbert
 

Saturday, March 10
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Fairmont Manchester EFG

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 11

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE & TISSUE MANUFACTURING **
#IEEEKamen


Dean Kamen
 
 
 

Sunday, March 11
11:00 – 12:00 PM
Hilton Austin Downtown - Salon H
CAN WE CREATE HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS IN A MACHINE? at SXSW Interactive 2018
CAN WE CREATE HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS IN A MACHINE? **
#IEEEConsciousMachine


Christof Koch
David Chalmers
Glenn Zorpette
Susan Schneider

Sunday, March 11
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Fairmont - Manchester EFG
IEEE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN BODY MEETUP< at SXSW Interactive 2018
IEEE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN BODY MEET UP **
#IEEEBody


Cohosted with Ottobock
Meet Dean Kamen, Hugh Herr, Hans Georg Naeder, Aimee Mullins, Kristoph Koch, Poppy Crum, Dr. Leslie Saxon, & luminaries at the forefront of human ability

Sunday, March 11
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Austin CC, Meet Up Pavilion - Exhibit Hall 3
IEEE TECH FOR HUMANITY OFFICIAL PARTY at SXSW Interactive 2018
IEEE TECH FOR HUMANITY OFFICIAL PARTY **
#PartyLikeAnEngineer


Open bar & crowd-sourced music
Entertainment from Two Bit Circus
IEEE tech displays

Sunday, March 11
8:00 – 10:00 PM
Driskill Hotel Mezzanine
IEEE TRADE SHOW EXPERIENCE OPEN at SXSW Interactive 2018
IEEE BOOTH @ SXSW TRADE SHOW**
#IEEESXSW


Meet IEEE
Travel to the future in Mixed Reality
 
 
March 11 - 14
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Austin CC, Trade Show Booth #523

 

MONDAY, MARCH 12

EXTREME BIONICS: THE FUTURE OF HUMAN ABILITY at SXSW Interactive 2018
EXTREME BIONICS: THE FUTURE OF HUMAN ABILITY **
#IEEEBionics


Hugh Herr
Aimee Mullins
Hans Georg Naeder
 

Monday, March 12
9:30 – 10:30 AM
Austin CC, Room 18ABCDE
FULL BODY IMMERSIVE: THE FUTURE OF FUN at SXSW Interactive 2018
FULL BODY IMMERSIVE: THE FUTURE OF FUN **
#IEEEFun


Lou Pizante
David Spigner
Vince Kadlubeck
 

Monday, March 12
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Austin CC, Room 6AB
IEEE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS MEETUP at SXSW Interactive 2018
IEEE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS MEET UP **
#IEEEyp


Hosted by:
IEEE Young Professionals
 
 

Monday, March 12
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Austin CC, Meet Up Pavilion - Exhibit Hall 3
A GAME CHANGING SHIFT IN CONTROL OF PERSONAL DATA at SXSW Interactive 2018
A GAME CHANGING SHIFT IN CONTROL OF PERSONAL DATA **
#IEEEPrivacy


Doc Searls
Nikki Hickman
Karen McCabe
 

Monday, March 12
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Fairmont Manchester EFG
IEEE WOMEN IN TECH MEET UP at SXSW Interactive 2018
IEEE WOMEN IN TECH MEET UP **
#IEEEWomen


Hosted by:
IEEE Women in Engineering
 
 

Monday, March 12
3:30 - 4:30 PM
Austin CC, Meet Up Pavilion - Exhibit Hall 3
FULL BODY IMMERSIVE: THE FUTURE OF FUN at SXSW Interactive 2018
ENCORE: FULL BODY IMMERSIVE: THE FUTURE OF FUN **
#IEEEFun


Lou Pizante
David Spigner
Vince Kadlubeck
 

Monday, March 12
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin CC, Room 6AB

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 13

A HEARABLE FUTURE: SOUND AND SENSORY INTERFACE at SXSW Interactive 2018
ENCORE: A HEARABLE FUTURE: SOUND AND SENSORY INTERFACE **
#IEEEHearables


Poppy Crum


 

Tuesday, March 13
11:00 – 12:00 PM
Fairmont, Manchester CD
ALGORITHMS, UNCONSCIOUS BIAS & AI at SXSW Interactive 2018
ALGORITHMS, UNCONSCIOUS BIAS & AI **
#IEEEAIBias


Amy Nordrum
Lynn Conway
Nita Patel
 

Tuesday, March 13
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Hilton Austin Downtown - Salon DE
CLINICAL VR: THERAPY WITH POWER & PROMISE at SXSW Interactive 2018
CLINICAL VR: THERAPY WITH POWER & PROMISE **
#IEEEVR


Skip Rizzo
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 13
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Fairmont, Manchester CD
 

 

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THE FUTURE IS GARBAGE: 3D PRINTING FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC **
#3DPrinting


Samantha Lynne Snabes

 
Friday, March 9
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Fairmont, Manchester CD
MOBILITY BEYOND WHEELCHAIRS: ROBOTIC EXOSKELETONS **
#Robots4SCI


Hosted by:
IEEE ARSO
 
Monday, March 12
12:30 – 1:30 PM
Austin CC, Next Stage - Exhibit Hall 4





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