Gigaom Change Austin 2016


Gigaom Change is designed to empower businesses of today to thrive in a world of tomorrow. Over an immersive 2.5 days, we will explore the current state-of-the-art technologies, how these are transforming industry, and why this all matters. Attendees will emerge with a greater understanding of the exponential technological changes occurring around us, and the skills to accelerate tangible next steps. 

Helping bridge the gap between today’s business operations and tomorrow’s expectations, our speakers will showcase how business leaders can stop wondering what the future will bring and start building for it.

Dr. Heike Riel, IBM Fellow and Director Physical Sciences Department, IBM Research, will discuss nanotechnology. Her work focuses on advancing the frontiers of information technology through the physical sciences. Her research interests include nanoscale materials and novel device concepts for applications in electronics, optoelectronics, energy harvesting and cognitive computing.

Rodolphe Gelin, EVP Chief Scientific Officer, Aldebaran, will discuss robotics. Gelin focuses primarily on developing mobile robots for service applications to aid the disabled and elderly. Most notably, he heads the Romeo2 project, a large-scale effort to create a humanoid personal assistant and companion robot.

Mark Rolston, Cofounder & Chief Creative Officer, argodesign, will address human-machine interface. He is a designer who focuses on user experiences and addresses the modern challenge of design beyond the visible artifact – in the realm of behavior, the interaction between human and machine, and other unseen elements.

Other speakers include Jacquelyn Ford Morie Ph.D., founder and CEO of All These Worlds LLC and Founder & CTO of The Augmented Traveler Corp.; Rob High, IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of IBM Watson; Dr. Michael Edelman, Chief Executive Officer of Nanoco; Manoj Saxena, Executive Chairman of CognitiveScale and a founding managing director of The Entrepreneurs’ Fund IV, a $100m seed fund; and Robert Metcalfe, Professor of Innovation, Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at The University of Texas.

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