2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Bio/Tech: DARPA's Moonshots for the 21st Century

Saturday, March 12
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Westin Austin Downtown
Paramount 2-3
310 E 5th ST

Biology and DARPA (the agency that put stealth tech in the skies and GPS in the palm of your hand) make strange bedfellows. Or do they? From brain-controlled robot arms to programmable microbes, learn about DARPA’s biotech innovations and what they could mean for you. Join Dr. Justin Sanchez and Col Dan Wattendorf, MD, from DARPA's Biological Technologies Office (BTO) as they discuss DARPA’s technological bets in neurotech, disruptive medicine, and synthetic biology. Explore the science behind the tech and its potential impact on national security and on our everyday lives. What they do may sound like science fiction, but for them it's just another day at the office.

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Daniel Wattendorf at SXSW

Daniel Wattendorf

Program Mgr

DARPA Biological Technologies Office

Col Wattendorf is an active duty officer in the Air Force, and previously served as Director, Air Force Medical Genetics Center. In addition to his DARPA programs, Dan is a geneticist at the Walter...

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Justin Sanchez at SXSW

Justin Sanchez

Acting Deputy Dir


Dr. Justin Sanchez joined DARPA as a program manager in 2013 to explore neurotechnology, brain science and systems neurobiology.

Before coming to DARPA, Dr. Sanchez was an Associate Professor o...

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