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

Combinatorial Creativity: The Future of Innovation

#sxsw #newideas

Some of the most transformative new ideas and products are being created in both the skunkwork labs of tech giants and by digital artists, hackers, and other collectives; and in some instances the two sides are joining forces. The thread that connects these two seemingly opposite walks of life is the concept of combinatorial creativity: the idea that the most revolutionary, earth-shattering innovations are born as the result of collaboration and assimilating other great ideas into new ones. the idea that the most revolutionary, earth-shattering innovations are born as the result of collaboration and assimilating other great ideas into new ones. We'll also meet the people, companies, and products that are leading this charge. The track is sponsored by the Knight Foundation.



Danielle Strle

Dir of Prod


Danielle Strle is is director of Product at Tumblr where she focuses on growing the site, keeping the existing users happy, and building out tumblr's native advertising programs. Prior to her time at Tumblr she worked with brands at StumbleUpon and Getty Images. She lives in New York, spends way too much time on the Internet, and has a deep and abiding affection for pizza and cats.


Doug Carmean

ICL Lab Dir/Intel Fellow

Intel Corporation

Doug Carmean is an Intel Fellow and Director of the Immersive Computing Lab at Intel Corporation. He is currently leading a group of researchers that are defining the next generation of technology that will define the way that we experience the world around us. The team is exploring ways that humans can develop trusted relationships with technology and ways that technology can foster richer, deeper connections between humans. They are building a world where devices, computers and humans all relate naturally and productively. Since joining Intel in 1989, he has held several key roles and provided leadership in Intel's microprocessor architecture development and product roadmap. He founded the group that developed the Intel Xeon Phi processors and was the chief architect of the product family. As Nehalem's original chief architect, a next-generation x86 flagship processor, he led the team during the early phases of architecture definition. Carmean holds more than 25 patents and many pending in processor architecture and implementation, memory subsystems and low power design. He has published more than a dozen technical papers. Doug enjoys Canadian bicycles and Italian motorcycles.


Jonathan Hunt

Global Mktg Dir

VICE Media

Jonathan is the Global Marketing Director at VICE: leading activation and social strategy for the company’s network of media properties, social initiatives, and brand programs.


Mike Germano

Chief Digital Officer at VICE Media Inc

Carrot Creative

Mike Germano is Chief Digital Officer of VICE Media and CEO of digital agency Carrot Creative. In 2005, Germano successfully became a Councilman after running on a social-media based campaign. He then co-founded Carrot Creative, which was named by the Shorty Awards as Social Media Agency of the Year in 2013 and listed as an INC 500 Fastest Growing Company. Acquired by VICE last year, the agency ideates, designs and builds digital campaigns for brands including Rolex, Red Bull, Target, American Express, Ford, NFL and more. Based in DUMBO (Brooklyn, NY), Mike has invested heavily in the community. Carrot founded the now global tech event series, Digital Dumbo; Mike is an angel investor in many area startups; Mike is also a proud owner of Brooklyn's infamous Fornino Pizza. Today, Mike oversees digital development and distribution for VICE - the world's leading youth media company, while continuing to lead business at Carrot Creative.

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