IEEE SA at SXSW: Keep the Future Open


A new generation of technologists, engineers and entrepreneurs will take center stage at this year’s South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, March 8-17. IEEE SA will be working in conjunction with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to present the “Open Future Series,” which will feature World Wide Web inventor and W3C Director, Tim Berners-Lee.

The IEEE SA and W3C Open Future Series will feature myriad panel sessions that aim to expand the conversation concerning emerging and evolving technologies. Among the technology advancements, panelists will discuss the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, Augmented Reality (AR), social robotics, mobile development, and self-hacking. The lineup of panels and sessions will also address critical issues impacting OpenStand principles and the Open Web platform.

More details regarding the IEEE SA and W3C events scheduled for SXSW can be found at the IEEE SA SXSW Web page:

  • Open Web Platform: Hopes & Fears – 9 March, 11:00am CST, Exhibit Hall 5, Austin Convention Center.
    Led by Tim Berners-Lee of W3C, this presentation offers an exploration of the future of the open web.
  • Digital Telepathy: When Every Thing Connects – 9 March, 12:30pm CST, Lonestar Room, Omni Downtown.
    This panel probes the impact of the Internet of Things and unprecedented technology sharing between devices on users’ daily lives.
  • IEEE and W3C Open Future Meetup – 9 March, 3:30pm CST, Driskill Ballroom, Driskill Hotel.
    This meetup offers attendees opportunities to meet IEEE SA and W3C Open Future Series speakers, as well as special guest, Tim Berners-Lee, and to hear more about OpenStand, Open Web, and open development from IEEE, W3C, and OpenStand experts.
  • Copyright & Disruptive Technologies – 10 March, 3:30pm CST, Room 12AB, Austin Convention Center.
    This panel addresses copyright issues in the wake of SOPA/PIPA, including civil liberties, free speech, and privacy.
  • Charismatic Machines and Robot Comedy – 10 March, 5pm CST, SXSW Next Stage, Event Hall 3/4, Austin Convention Center.
    IEEE member, electrical engineer, and roboticist Heather Knight and comic robotic sidekick, Data, explain how psychology,
    expressive emotion, behavior system design and art influence the positive evolution of charismatic technology.
  • Hack You: The Human Body is the Next Interface – 11 March, 5:00pm CST, Creekside Room, Sheraton Austin.
    This presentation looks at transformative breakthroughs in “bodytech”, and their potential to transfigure the human body and psyche, communications, and society as a whole.
  • Omnipresent: When Virtual Meets Reality – 12 March, 3:30pm CST, Town Lake Ballroom, Radisson Town Lake.
    This panel explores the advancements moving Augmented Reality (AR) beyond the virtual and into everyday life, illustrating how the “virtual overlay” tangibly enhances understanding, and revolutionizes training, simulation, design, architecture,
    medicine, manufacturing, and more.

Before the SXSW surge of excitement, don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with Jay Iorio of IEEE SA – join his Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session at 3 p.m. EST, Tuesday, February 26.

Please note that a Reddit user account is required to submit questions during the IAMA; registration for Reddit is fast, easy, and free of charge.

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