The 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival and Create Events and Exhibitions are upon us. This year, talks, workshops, and events around internet of things devices, the future of wearables, new prototyping technologies, product design and engineering, and health related hardware will take center stage. But the chaos of SXSW can be overwhelming, and with all that’s happening, how do you choose what to do and where to go? Here’s my list of what you definitely shouldn’t miss if you’re into hardware. To see the entire selection of hardware offerings at SXSW visit my daily interactive schedule here.
Saturday 3/8 - 9:30AM – 60 minutes – Hyatt Regency Austin – Texas Ballroom 1-4
This talk is a must for those interested in how the sensor driven future will be used for security and personal identity along with the biometric tracking we are becoming accustomed to today.
Saturday 3/8 - 11:00AM and 12:30 PM – 60 minutes – Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon D
Saturday 3/8 - 5:00PM – 60 minutes – Hyatt Regency Austin – Texas Ballroom 1-4
Great panel of folks getting into the discussion around integrated wearable technology and how its incorporation into our everyday lives depends on more than just the data and experiences it provides.
Sunday 3/9 - 11:00 AM – 150 minutes – AT&T Conference Center – Classroom 202
A workshop for the hardware entrepreneur who has never taken a product to market, or even the seasoned product manager who wants a refresh on bringing devices from ideation to production.
Sunday 3/9 - 3:45PM – 4:00PM – Austin Convention Center – Ballroom F
Human hacking? Transhumanism? This is a must see talk for anyone interested in where the intersection of technology and human ability will take hardware design.
Sunday 3/9 - 5:00PM – 60 minutes – Austin Convention Center – Exhibit Hall 5
If the 15-time all-star and 4-time NBA champion wants to talk about how he is going to dominate wearable technology, I’d go listen.
Monday 3/10 - 12:30pm – 60 minutes – Austin Convention Center – Room 6AB
Manufacturing in Asia gets a lot of attention but its not always the best choice for every hardware company. This is a helpful talk for anyone considering their manufacturing options.
Monday 3/10 - 3:30PM – 60 minutes – Hyatt Regency Austin – Texas Ballroom 5-7
Jennifer Darmour, a pioneer in design and wearables giving a talk about developing marketable and beautifully designed technology.
TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
Monday 3/10 - 9:30AM – 60 minutes – Austin Convention Center -Ballroom A
If you want to learn more about 3D printing and its future this is the talk to check out from the handful at SXSW this year.
Monday 3/10 - 12:30PM – 60 minutes – Austin Convention Center – Room 13AB
And, of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without some platform discussions around smart glasses and the generation and consumption of wearable content.
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