IEEE & FIRST Meet Up with Dean Kamen
Join us for this rare opportunity to meet SXSW Featured Speaker, world-renowned inventor and humanitarian, Dean Kamen, one of the most prolific inventors of our time, Founder of DEKA Research and FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). You’ll learn about FIRST®, a program that experientially engages kids from 6-18 in robotics competitions that teach the principles of science, engineering, technology and math (STEM) as well critical life skills for personal and professional success. You’ll meet FIRST® teams, see their robots and rub elbows with IEEE Technology for Humanity SXSW speakers. You’ll find out how to become a FIRST® Sponsor, Mentor or Coach. We’ll also highlight the incredible networking, professional growth and technology development opportunities available with IEEE. You’ll emerge inspired and challenged to invest your skills in advancing technology for humanity! Part of the IEEE Tech for Humanity Series
FIRST/DEKA Research & Development Corporation
Dean Kamen is a prolific inventor who has been compared to Edison for his contributions to humanity. Perhaps best known for inventing the Segway, Dean holds more than 450 technology patents and has invented ground breaking technologies that are changing lives around the world; from the first drug pumps and revolutionary stair-climbing wheelchairs, to the “Luke” robotic arm and pioneering inventions in energy and water that will help end poverty in developing nations. Dean's non-profit, FIRST® (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) is a global program for K-12 students, designed to experientially engage and inspire the next generation of young technology innovators through mentoring, good sportsmanship and robotics competitions. Dean is an award-winning inventor, an adviser to World Leaders, and a mentor who presents remarkable insight and plan-spoken truth in a manner that inspires and challenges others.