Another great day at South by South West! Todays schedule started a bit later, and apparently we’ve change daylight saving as well. Didn’t know that until in the afternoon. Phone and computer doing its job 😉
My plan for today was to just stick around the major session halls in the Austin Conference Center, trying to find good speakers in favour of subject. So I found myself mostly in the large main keynote session hall listening to whatever was presented there. This turned out to be a really good move.
Dean Kamen, best known for inventing the Segway, held the first session. He also showed his robotic “Luke” arm and his projects on creating drinking water and electricity for developing countries. A lot of focus got to his FIRST project, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, to inspire students at all ages through sports.
Next up was Stephen Wolfram on Injecting Computation Everywhere. He’s the creator of the Mathematica computation system. He showed live demos of the awesome Wolfram language, connecting linguistic analysis with real world data with mathematical and logical operations resulting in amazing small pieces of applications that he deployed to live cloud API’s. Watch out for the upcoming Wolfram Programming Cloud and try out the wolframalpha.com website. Try it out and ask questions, such as “Where is ISS”, “Height of Petronas tower”, “sunrise to sunset in gothenburg”, “Cities in Sweden by population”.
Todays keynote The Future of Genetics in Our Everyday Lives with Anne Wojcicki, founder of 23andMe, gave a little more insights on US health care and the forces driving patient treatment in favour of preventive health services.
Wrapping up todays sessions with a portion of Wearables & Beyond With Shaq, hosted by Rick Valencia and Shaquille O’Neal. Sorry guys, putting an ex-baseball & rap star on the scene won’t compensate for lack of content.
Today was also the opening of the SXSW Trade show with a whole bunch of exhibitors. A bit too much to grasp in an hour, but an exoskeleton, an interactive billiard table, small satellites, vinyl engraver and scanning post-it notes into Evernote caught my attention. Thanks Sitecore for the power bank charger! Invaluable these days.