2016 Schedule

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

The Robo-Athlete: From Average Joe to Super Human

Friday, March 11
3:45PM - 4:45PM

Four Seasons
Ballroom AB
98 San Jacinto Blvd


Sports leagues are cracking down on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) to level out the playing field among athletes and keep them safe from dangerous side effects. Now, technology has found its way into sports with innovations that are improving performance and creating super human athletes through VR-simulated activity and wearable technology that tracks data and performance. With the exception of technology that monitors health and safety, does technology give athletes an unfair advantage? Is technology the new PED? This panel will examine the use-cases for tech in sports, dissect the ethical issues behind using technology to enhance performance and provide predictions for the industry.

Hashtags: #sxsw #robolympic


Chris Zigmont

Cycling Industry Operative


Rebecca Rusch at SXSW

Rebecca Rusch

Professional Athlete - Red Bull, SRAM, Niner; Owner of Rusch Rel; & Author of Rusch To Glory

Rusch Relations

When describing Rebecca Rusch’s athletic achievements, it may be easier to talk about what she hasn’t done, but, like Rebecca herself, we’re doing this the hard way.

Her national and world title...

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Sky Christopherson at SXSW

Sky Christopherson

Entrepreneur & World Recorder Holder


Called a 'Wunderkind' by The New York Times, and recently voted 5th nationwide in 'Top 40 under 40 in Healthcare Innovation', Sky is a world record holder and was a member of the U.S. Cycling Team'...

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Tom Taylor


Sports Illustrated

Tom originally moved from the United Kingdom to the United States to study aerospace engineering, but in grad school he discovered a passion for writing instead. He's also a sports fan and an avid ...

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