SXSW Accelerator: Health Technologies
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors. Three companies that have advanced from the previous day and earlier round within the Health Technologies category will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Sunday, March 9. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of the day as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Health Technologies category involves patient-centric health technologies that connect patients, families, physicians, pharmacists, care providers (hospitals, clinics) & benefit providers. These services enable people to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.
Professor of Innovation
The University of Texas at Austin
Bob Metcalfe is an Internet Society Hall of Fame Pioneer. He started work on the Internet in 1970 at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford. He invented Ethernet at Xerox Parc in 1973. In 1979, the founded 3Com Corporation, which became part of HP in 2010. Today, more than a billion Ethernet ports ship annually, if you include WiFi, which Bob does. After 3Com, Bob spent a decade as a publisher-pundit and another decade as a venture capitalist. Bob is now Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
Ball State University
I'm a little bit country; I'm a little bit rock-and-roll. A former Wired and MIT Technology Review reporter, editor, and producer. Co-author of Dungeons and Dreamers. You can find out more about my life as a professor here: http://www.thedudeman.net/2008/02/22/about/.
Cynthia Ringo is a Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a double bottom line venture capital firm delivering strong financial returns together with positive social, environmental, and regional economic benefits, which she joined in April 2008. Ms. Ringo currently sits on the board of directors/observers of Solexant, View, Kateeva, Ecologic Brands and Maiyet. Ms. Ringo was formerly a Managing Director of VantagePoint Venture Partners where she was Group Leader of the Communications, Systems, Internet and Media Practice. Ms. Ringo is a mentor to Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. She also serves as an advisor to several organizations including: the SVForum, a Silicon Valley leadership forum, Astia, supporting women-led entrepreneurs, and is a member of the Emeritus Board, Watermark. Ms. Ringo received a BS in Legal Systems from Georgia State University and a JD from Emory University School of Law.