2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Enhancing Human Functionality With Technology

Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 9ABC
Austin Convention Center


As kids we long to be superheroes. We yearn for jetpacks, space travel and teleportation. Hopes get dashed when we discover Batman's life costs $682 million. Commoditized space travel thrills us, but then we realize we'll never go. We fund Kickstarter space travel projects and dream practically. We hope for chargerless electronics and productive commutes to work.

Our parents get sick, our peers get debilitating diseases and we take on caregiving responsibilities we didn’t foresee. We ponder the practicality of jetpacks, realize they may never happen and realize we may be disabled at some point. We forget about our wishes and look for things to simplify life; ways to interpret needs of someone who can't speak or how to pay for sh*t you need if you fall ill.

It doesn't have to be dismal and we don't have to settle. We can design smarter solutions to make life better for everyone. Join us for a conversation with advocates who are actively looking at solutions to better humanity.


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Holly Stiles


Disability Rights NC

Holly Stiles is an attorney who has dedicated the last five years of her practice to advancing the civil rights of individuals with disabilities. She received her Juris Doctorate in a 2007 from New...

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Mick Ebeling


Not Impossible

Virginia Ingram


Virginia Ingram & Associates

Virginia cut her teeth in digital communications when it was only an emerging industry. She’s come a long way since those early days, working for the first DSL company in New York City (back when A...

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