2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Technology's Role in Improving Health

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Public health officials are challenged with managing, and reversing, the continued growth of America's waistline. Since the current rate is not sustainable, how can entrepreneurs, public entities, and academia work together to influence Americans eating habits and exercise routines for the better? Come see how technologists are moving the needle with lifestyle apps and devices, and what this private/public partnership could look like in 2020.



Jason Donahue

Prod Mgmt


Jason Donahue is the Product Manager for Data & Insights at Jawbone. He focuses on building understanding and motivation for change by creating features with rich analytics and contextual content. Jason also oversees new products and initiatives relating to sleep.

Prior to Jawbone, Jason spent some time on the Product Marketing team at Apple, where he worked on new products. He got his start in consumer technology as co-founder and VP of Product Management at Zeo, a pioneer in the wearable devices industry that created products and services to track and improve sleep. He helped create both the first consumer electroencephalogram (EEG) product for sleep and the first artificial intelligence-based sleep coaching system. Jason graduated cum laude from Brown University and received his MBA from Harvard University where he focused on technology, consumer health and behavioral economics.

Manuel Rosso



Manuel Rosso is the Founder and CEO of Food on the Table, the most comprehensive and highest rated mobile meal planning platform. Food on the Table is the brainchild of his year as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Austin Ventures.
Manuel holds a B.A. in Marketing from St. Joseph’s University and an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robyn Metcalfe


UT Food Lab

Robyn Metcalfe earned her PhD in History from Boston University where she focused on the History of Science and Agriculture. Since then, she has dedicated her professional life to decoding the food system as a researcher and lecturer at Boston University, Founder of Kelmscott Rare Breeds Farm, and now a Research Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Development at the University of Texas. She is also the Faculty Advisor for the Food Studies Project at UT.


Ryan Shadrick Wilson

General Counsel

Partnership for Healthier America

Ryan D. Shadrick Wilson is the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel at the Partnership for a Healthier America(PHA)—an organization devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. PHA is led by its honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama and its honorary vice-chairmen the Honorable William H. Frist, M.D. and the Honorable Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, NJ. Ryan and her team work to bring together public, private, and nonprofit leaders and to develop and negotiate meaningful commitments and strategies to help end childhood obesity and improve the health of all children.
She graduated with honors from both Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

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