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IEEE’s “Technology for Humanity” series Features 17 Events, 35 Speakers, Daily Sessions, Meetup Events and an Official Party

PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 27 February 2014IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the finalization of its lineup of speakers and events for the 2014 IEEE “Technology for Humanity” series, held during the annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference in Austin, Texas, March 7-16. IEEE’s 17-event series includes a keynote by Adam Savage, executive producer and TV show co-host, of the Discovery Channel’s Series Mythbusters, as well as featured presentations by inventor and humanitarian Dean Kamen, cybersecurity expert Dr. P.W. Singer, USC body computing pioneer, Dr. Leslie Saxon and a host of leading technologists, including, but not limited to:

  • Anthony Levandowski, Project Lead, Google’s Self-Driving Car
  • Brian David Johnson, Futurist, Intel
  • Pablos Holman, Inventor, Intellectual Ventures
  • Kelly Goto, CEO & Design Ethnographer, gotomedia; Founding Member, UX Fellows Network
  • Robin Murphy, Director, Center for Robot-Assisted Search & Rescue (CRASAR),
  • James Williamson, Punk Pioneer & Technology Evangelist
  • Jessica Colaço, Director of Partnerships, Ushahidi iHub Nairobi, AfriGadget

“Our ‘Technology for Humanity’ series showcases multiple innovation areas within which our IEEE members and participants are active, and features some of the world’s leading technologists in their respective fields. It is an honor to convene such an outstanding collection of remarkable minds at SXSW,” said Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director, IEEE Standards Association.

Series topics will explore the future of robotics, augmented reality, mHealth, Internet of things, wearable and embedded computing, privacy, security, user experience, music and the future of food. The full session and speaker lineup can be found at the IEEE “Technology for Humanity” series landing page at

Official SXSW Party and Meetup Events
The IEEE series will also include an Official SXSW party and two meetup events open to SXSW badge holders. The events reflect IEEE’s support and dedication to empowering next-generation technology leaders through mentoring and STEM.

Saturday, March 8th, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

  • “Pay it Forward to Women in Biz & Tech” women’s Meetup
    • This event is co-hosted by IEEE, Women Innovate Mobile, Dell and XO Group; with sponsorship from AT&T.
    • Tables will be led by notable and distinguished women in business and technology, including IEEE “Technology for Humanity” speakers.
    • The agenda will include structured and open networking activities, lunch and refreshments.

Sunday, March 9th, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Driskill Hotel, Citadel Room

  • IEEE & FIRST® Meetup, sponsored by National Instruments
    • FIRST® ,For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a non-profit founded by renown inventor and humanitarian, Dean Kamen, will showcase local FIRST® teams and competition robots of all sizes.
    • Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Dean Kamen and network with IEEE “Technology for Humanity” speakers and representatives.

Sunday March 9th, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the Driskill Hotel, Mezzanine

  • IEEE “Technology for Humanity” party, sponsored by National Instruments and AT&T
    • Two Bit Circus will provide interactive games from their STEAM Carnival including: a laser maze, game tables, Hexacade, copter course, and magic mirrors.
    • FIRST® will showcase local teams and competition robots, with technology demonstrations by National Instruments at a robot bar.
    • An invitation only, VIP/media preview hour will be hosted from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 pm.
    • Visit external link to register.

“IEEE celebrates companies that are invested in building our future inventors, innovators, and technologists by providing immersive STEM learning opportunities and non-traditional classroom methodologies. That’s why we wanted to partner with Two Bit Circus, FIRST® and National Instruments this year. They are making outstanding contributions to the next generation of technology leaders and IEEE members,” said Mary Ward-Callan, managing director, Technical Activities, IEEE.

“I am thrilled to be working with IEEE to inspire and equip the next generation of innovative leaders,” said President of DEKA Research & Development and FIRST Founder, Dean Kamen. “Through my work with FIRST®, we already know that engaging young minds in hands-on engineering challenges inspires them to become science and technology leaders. We need every young mind we can find to engage in these fields to help us solve some of the world’s most complex challenges.”

Inspiring and Engaging Next-generation Innovators at SXSW
Now in its third year of curating content for SXSW, IEEE’s global access to technology innovators in almost every sector provides it broad and authoritative views on the future of technology and a deep pool of experts from which to draw.

“SXSW Interactive has always been powered by a very passionate community, as well as strong community-focused organizations,” said Hugh Forrest, festival director, SXSW Interactive. “IEEE is one of these strong community-focused organizations that we work very closely with. The quality of speakers that they continue to help bring to SXSW Interactive has played a big role in our continued success.”

About SXSW Conferences & Festivals
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.

Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning. Business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Austin serves as the perfect backdrop for SXSW®, where career development flourishes amid the relaxed atmosphere. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events' conclusion.

About IEEE
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