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MAKING MORE, BETTER FOOD WITH TECHNOLOGY

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2017 Events

The Growing Threats of Cybersecurity: What You Should Know | Alan Daines | May 2, 2017
Dell Medical School Update: The Role of Technology in Transforming Healthcare | Dr. Mini Kahlon | April 4, 2017
Artificial Intelligence” How Deep Learning is Advancing & Transforming Business, Transportation, Medicine & More | Marc Hamilton | March 1, 2017
From Idea to Innovation” How to Start a Tech Company That Matters | Gordon Daugherty, Christopher Calicott, Kirk Cesari, Harold Ingersoll, Jill Murphy, Jake Phillips & Chris Valentine | February 1, 2017
Top Tech Trends for 2017 (and Beyond) | Jay Boisseau & Jay Williams | January 4, 2017

2016 Events

2nd Annual Technology for Giving and Sharing | December 15, 2016
Point/Counterpoint: Digital Dilemmas of Privacy v. Freedom in the Internet Age | Andrew Donoho, Ryan Harkin, Admiral Bob Inman | November 1, 2016
“The Trolls”: Advance Screening | Lex Lybrand, Kirk Cesari, Pat Dean, Andrew Donoho | October 5, 2016
Virtual Reality in Austin: New Generation of Gaming & Beyond | Patrick Curry | September 6, 2016
Smart City Approaches: Making Austin Even Better | Ron Baker, Lisa Barden, Mateo Clarke, Ben Holland, Karl Popham, Steve Sharpless & Introduction by Mayor Steve Adler | August 2, 2016
Unlocking Opportunities: Achieving Diversity in Tech | Moderated by Ruben Cantu | July 6, 2016
How Can Technology Sustain the Live Music Capital of the World? | Jennifer Houlihan | June 1, 2016
Attacking Austin’s Transportation Woes: Personal Rapid Transit | Richard Garriott de Cayeux | May 3, 2016
Special Austin Forum Event- Ridesharing: An Austin Town Hall on the Future of Transportation Network Companies (Uber, Lyft, and others) | Karl Popham, Jen Duthie, Ben Holland & Joseph Kopser | April 13, 2016
Cybersecurity: Exploring the Business, Application, and Ethics of Information Security | Tod Beardsley | April 6, 2016
Your Medical School: Are We Being Disruptive Enough? | Dr. Mini Kahlon | March 1, 2016
New and Noteworthy for SXSW Interactive 2016 | Hugh Forrest | February 2, 2016
Building Austin’s $2.5 Billion Cleantech Industry | Mitch Jacobson & Kathleen Baireuther | January 5, 2016

2015 Events

1st Annual Technology for Giving and Sharing | December 17, 2015
The Digital Democracy | Sherri Greenberg & Elyse Yates | November 10, 2015
Doctors, Data & Decisions | Lynda Chin & Rob High | October 6, 2015
From Wearables to Cyborgs: The Present and Future Uses & Impacts of ‘Personal Tech | Jerry Wilmink, Jon Werner & Rich MacKinnon | September 1, 2015
Tech and Music: The Perfect Storm | Jennifer Houlihan | August 4, 2015
Austin 2.0: Using Devices, Data, and Analytics to Advance Austin | Jay Boisseau, Ph.D, Ron Baker, Brian Dietrich, Meg Merritt & Chip Rosenthal | July 8, 2015
Transportation, Traffic, and Technology | Rob Spillar & Jay Reddy | June 2, 2015
Internet 3.0: How Gigabit Speeds Will Transform the Internet and Change Austin | Mark Strama | May 5, 2015
Biotech, MedTech, HealthTech: Austin Can Become a Leader | Moderated by Scott Collins, Ph.D. | April 7, 2015
Impact Through Innovation: Technologies Developed in Austin to Improve the World | Moderated by Suzi Sosa | March 3, 2015
SXSW Interactive: The Most Influential Technology Event on Earth? | Hugh Forrest | February 3, 2015

2014 Events

Dell Medical School: Vision and Progress | Dr. Clay Johnston | October 7, 2014
When Hippocrates Meets Darwin: The Interface of Medicine and Evolutionary Biology | Dr. Max Shpak | September 2, 2014
Maker Culture and the New Economy | Kami Wilt , David Armistead & Maggie Duval | August 5, 2014
Can You See Me Now? The Importance of Visualization at AT&T in Improving the Customer Experience | Dr. James Klosowski | July 1, 2014
Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Dark Energy through the Eyes of Texas | Dr. Karl Gebhardt | June 3, 2014
Pessimistic Performance Analysis | Benoit Chaffanjon | May 6, 2014
Emerging Threats and Capabilities: A U.S. Challenge | Dr. Hans Mark | April 1, 2014
Diving Into Data: Harnessing the Power of Information | Dr. Niall Gaffney & Dr. Michael Hasler | March 4, 2014
Pandora’s Promise | Karen Hadden, Dale E. Klein & Fred C. Beach | February 4, 2014
Clinical Science at the Bedside | Dr. Steven Warach | January 7, 2014

2013 Events

Patient Specific Computer Modeling and the Predictive Paradigm in Medicine | Thomas Hughes, Ph.D. | December 3, 2013
Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Citizen Scientist? | David Anderson, Ph.D. | November 7, 2013
The Rise of Neglected Tropical Diseases and Poverty in Developing Countries and the Southern United States | Dr. Peter Hotez | October 1, 2013
Brain Altering Software: The Inevitable Next Step In Human Evolution? | whurley, Kevin Leahy & Russell Poldrack, Ph.D. | September 3, 2013
A Thirst for Power: The Global Nexus of Energy and Water | Michael Webber| August 6, 2013
Unscientific America | Sheril Kirshenbaum | July 2, 2013
The Big Deal About Big Data – a Perspective from IBM Research | Kevin Nowka| June 4, 2013
Surviving the 21st Century as a Thought Worker | Jennifer Bullard | May 7, 2013
The 65.5 Million Year Old Chicxulub Impact Crater: Insights into Planetary Processes, Extinction and Evolution | Sean Gulick, Ph.D. | April 2, 2013
What is Computed Here Changes the World: The Stampede Supercomputing System | Jay Boisseau, Ph.D. | March 5, 2013
SXSW Interactive Preview: Space Exploration with Richard Garriott | Hugh Forrest | February 5, 2013
How Goodwill Became a Learning Organization with the Help of Technology | Zach Haines & Jerry Davis | January 8, 2013

2012 Events

Enabling Biomedical Discoveries with Digital Data, Supercomputing and Visualization | Patricia D. Hurn, Ph.D. , Jay Boisseau, Ph.D. , Matt Vaughn, Ph.D. & James Bankson, Ph.D. | December 4, 2012
Solutions for Heart Disease: The Science of the Future Today | Doris Taylor | November 8, 2012
More Than You Think You Know: Analyzing the Data That’s Around Us | John Gordon | October 2, 2012
TEDxAustin: A Million Decisions Behind One Big Idea | Nancy Giordano & Shawna Butler | September 4, 2012
From Sous Vide to Social Search, How Technology is Changing How We Cook and Eat | Addie Broyles & Michael Chu | August 7, 2012
Securing Texas’ Water Future | Danny Reible | July 3, 2012
The Smart Grid Unveiled: How Pecan Street’s Big Data Research is Uncovering the Promise of a Customer-Driven Energy Revolution | Brewster McCracken | June 5, 2012
Using Technology to Refine Physical Education in the 21st Century | Jen Ohlson | May 3, 2012
Product Design: The New Interplay of People, Objects and Information | Dean Andrew Dillon, Diane E. Bailey & Randolph Bias | April 3, 2012
Teen Researcher: Discovering A New Treatment for Ovarian Cancer | Dr. Alakananda Basu & Shree Bose | March 6, 2012
A Preview to SXSW Interactive: Social Media & Non-Profits | Hugh Forrest, Heidi Schultz Adams & David J. Neff | February 7, 2012
The Predictive Brain: How Past Memories Influence Future Decisions | Alison Preston, Ph. D. | January 10, 2012

2011 Events

How Our Words Reflect Who We Are | James Pennebaker | December 6, 2011
Stem Cell Therapy in the Treatment of Patients with Ischemic Heart Failure | Dr. Emerson Perin | November 1, 2011
Innovating with University Startups | Bob Metcalfe | October 4, 2011
Cybersecurity Today: Trends, Risk Mitigation and Research | Brad Englert, Dr. Fred Chang, Joe Anthony & Ronald Perez | September 6, 2011
The Emerging Age of Predictive Computational Science | Tinsley Oden, Ph.D. | August 2, 2011
Cyberinfrasctruture to Feed the World | Dan Stanzione, Ph.D. & Matt Vaughn, Ph.D. | July 5, 2011
Future Shock: What Does the Day After Tomorrow Look Like? | Dan Reed, Ph.D. | June 7, 2011
Competitiveness, Congress and You! | Sue Fratkin | May 4, 2011
Dengue Drug Discovery: Using Global Computing to Combat a Global Disease | Stan Watowich | April 5, 2011
Put It Back: Geologic Sequestration for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions | Tip Meckel, Ph.D. | March 1, 2011
Picture This – Visualizing Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow | Kelly Gaither, Ph.D. | February 1, 2011
Digital Human Face Recognition | Shalini Gupta | January 4, 2011

2010 Events

CPRIT: Opportunities and Challenges | Alfred Gilman, M.D., Ph.D. | December 7, 2010
Transmedia Storytelling | Daniel Lorenzetti & Juan Garcia | November 9, 2010
Hopes and Fears for Big Science | Dr. Steve Weinberg | October 5, 2010
The Next Generation Engineer | John Volkman, Allyson Peerman, Michael Webber & Melissa Lott | September 7, 2010
“Gray” Technologies for Global Aging: Bringing Healthcare Home | Eric Dishman | August 3, 2010
Digital Display Holography: Historical Survey and Recent Developments | Mark Holzbach | July 6, 2010
Creating a Dynamic Clean Energy Economy | Brewster McCracken | June 1, 2010
Bio-Tech: The Next Big Thing | Ana C. Ward | May 4, 2010
IBM and Austin: Partners in a “Smarter Planet” | Brad McCredie & Tony Befi | April 6, 2010
A Look at SXSW Interactive Past, Present and Future | Shawn O’Keefe | March 2, 2010
Supercomputing: Why It’s Super for Austin… and You! | Jay Boisseau, Ph. D. | February 2, 2010
Game Tutorials – Making Technology Accessible | Sheri Graner Ray | January 5, 2010

2009 Events

The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future | S. Craig Watkins | December 8, 2009
The Internet and the Obama Administration – So Far | Gary Chapman | November 3, 2009
Transformational Changes from Energy Research: From Deal Killers to Academy Awards | Dr. Ray Orbach | October 6, 2009
Why Supercomputing Matters — And How You Are Helping | Jay Boisseau, Ph. D. | August 5, 2009
Cybernetics of Climate | Michael Tobis, Ph.D. | July 1, 2009
Green Star State: How Texas Can Get Rich Leading the Green Energy Revolution | Michael Webber | June 3, 2009
3D – The Next Wave in Visual Entertainment | Alan Luecke | May 13, 2009
Insights on Technology Trends and their Impact on Game Systems Design | Peter Walker, Ph.D. | April 1, 2009
The Brickley Engine | Mike Brickley | March 4, 2009
Sherlock Holmes: Probably One of The Greatest Statisticians, That Never Lived | James Bryant, Ph.D. |
February 4, 2009
Local Food Enthusiasts & Writers | Addie Broyles | January 21, 2009

2008 Events

The Web of Politics: Technology’s Impact on Political Campaigns | Mario Champion, FGA Media | November 5, 2008
Communicating and Collaborating for Change | Tricia Berry, Women in Engineering Program & Texas Girls Collaborative Project | October 1, 2008
Dr. Cristal Glangchai | September 10, 2008
Use of Text Mining and Visualization to Infer Work Dynamics from Organizational Records | Dr. Maria Esteva, Texas Advanced Computing Center , August 6, 2008
Remote Laser Cancer Surgery: A Minimally Invasive Alternative to the Standard Treatment | Dr. David Fuentes, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences | July 9, 2008
Technology in Higher Education | Dr. Kathy Schmidt & Juan Garcia, Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin | June 4, 2008
Science, Technology & Society | Dr. Paul Toprac, The University of Texas at Austin, College of Education’s Instructional Technology | Wednesday May 7, 2008
The Most Powerful Computer in the World: Early Results and Future Plans | Dr. Jay Boisseau, Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), The University of Texas at Austin | April 2, 2008
Using Brain Imaging, Computational, and Psychophysical Technologies to Understand Attention Deficit Disorder | Dr. David Gilden, Professor, The University of Texas at Austin Department of Psychology | March 5, 2008
Technology Commercialization | Dr. Gary Cadenhead, University of Texas | February 6, 2008
Sustainable Design |Dr. Steven Moore, Director, Graduate Program; and Co-founder, University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development | January 16, 2008

2007 Events

Research and Learning in the 3-D Virtual World Environment of Second Life | Dr. Leslie Jarmon – UT Austin School of Communications | December 5, 2007
AMD’s 50×15 Initiative and One Laptop Per Child: Making Digital Inclusion a Reality | Steve Howard, Senior Manager, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) | November 7, 2007
The Use of Computer Technology in Meteorological Education and the Review of Weather Data | Troy Kimmel, Chief Meteorologist, KVET / KASE / KFMK Radio and Adjunct Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin | October 3, 2007
Not Your Grandson’s Playstation | Rodney Gibbs, AMAZE Entertainment | September 5, 2007
“World Community Grid” | Viktors Berstis, IBM Master Inventor and Software Engineer | August 1, 2007
Microelectronics: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? | Dr. Sanjay Banerjee, Microelectronics Research Center, University of Texas at Austin | July 11, 2007
Commercial Computers: Backbones to IT Revolution.Big, Hungry, and, Growing | Dr. Tom Keller, IBM Austin Research Lab | June 6, 2007
Virtual Worlds: Connecting People, Places, and Spaces | Joe Sanchez, UT School of Information | May 2, 2007
Climate Prediction: The Do’s and Don’ts | Dr. Charles Jackson, UT Institute for Geophysics | April 4, 2007
Technology in the Classroom: Tradition Versus Innovation | Dr. Cynthia Schneider, UT Austin, Charles A. Dana Center & Timothy Pope, Key Curriculum Press | March 7, 2007
SXSW Interactive Festival | Hugh Forrest, Event Director | February 7, 2007
Supercomputing: Transforming Science and Enriching Society | Dr. Jay Boisseau, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), The University of Texas at Austin | January 10, 2007

2006 Events

Digital Divide | Leroy Jones, Dell, Inc. | Wednesday, December 6, 2006
But What If the Player is Female? | Sheri Graner Ray, Sirenia Software | Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Social Impacts of Technology in the 21st Century | Dr. Elizabeth Keating, STS Program, University of Texas at Austin | Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Empowering Users in the Creative World with the Production Power of Technology | Charlie Boswell, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. | Wednesday, September 6, 2006

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