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

The Wrong Side of History - Worst Technology Ever

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The Wrong Side of History - The Worst Technological Innovations of the Past, Present, and Future will explore the top 10 worst technologies through unfiltered debate between Heather Hinton, PhD (CTO, IBM) and Josh Alexander (CEO, Toopher). The debate will be moderated by Bob Blakley, PhD (Global Head of InfoSec, Citigroup). As the debaters are incredibly direct in nature, expect a very lively exchange, going way deeper than simply successes and/or effects on society, but diving into precedents and ethics associated with technologies ranging from mustard gas to Apple Newton.

TWSoH engages the technologies at a root level, but even more importantly, it strives to debate a philosophical framework to help define the lenses by which we examine technological innovation going forward.

This debate will bring old and new "things we tried to fix with technology" into the spot light an help inspire the creativity to build a more connected tomorrow, while reducing the probability of SkyNet.


Bob Blakley

Global Head of Security Innovation


Heather Hinton



Heather is a well respected technical leader with a proven track record of innovation and thought leadership. She is able to match business requirements to technical solutions, articulating the business and technical risks and implications in a clear and concise manner. She has the ability to distill large problems into individual parts, clearly identifying issues and concerns, matching them with pragmatic and practical solutions. She brings teams to consensus through collaboration and passion for the business.


Josh Alexander



It's always ironic when the guy in charge of strategic vision wears glasses. Josh is Toopher's Co-Founder & CEO. Pair his deep and extensive background in strategy, security, and financial derivatives, and enough tech know-how to be dangerous, Josh keep Toopher rocketing upward to provide leading-edge security to the consumer and enterprise markets. Josh's experience includes Adjunct Professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business (UT Austin), Sr. Advisor at Durbin Bennett Peterson, CFO of Lucas Petroleum, and Consultant at Tucker Alan.

Josh earned an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management with honors from the Wharton School, a BA in the Plan II Honors Program with special and high honors and a BBA in Finance with honors from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Professional Certification in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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