2016 Schedule

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

HAL to Her: Humanizing Tech Via the Power of Voice

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

Austin Convention Center
Room 6AB
531 E 4th St

Voice is powerful. Voice is human. From Amazon Echo to Cortana to a real life Star Trek communicator badge – technology has finally begun to find its voice. Hear from a panel of experts as they speak about how advances in AI and hardware will transform the way we interact with the people and devices around us.

For decades, sci-fi fantasies have outlined a voice activated future where people interact seamlessly with the world around them, not a future where we all stare down at screens. As we move into a more tech enabled society, come hear how screens will fade to the background as voice takes the lead.

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David Austin at SXSW

David Austin

PCH International

David Austin is GM of Startup Programs at PCH International. There he oversees the premier hardware accelerator Highway1 and manages PCH Access, a program at PCH that provides hardware startups wit...

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Jesse Robbins at SXSW

Jesse Robbins



Jesse Robbins is Founder & CEO of Orion Labs, a network for instant communication that works with a constellation of connected devices.

Prior to Orion, Jesse founded Chef which has transformed ...

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Lesley Carmichael at SXSW

Lesley Carmichael

Principal Program Mgr


Lesley believes speech and language tech can stretch the compassion and wisdom of humanity around the globe by connecting humans to each other and each other’s knowledge. She has been a technologis...

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Timothy Jordan at SXSW

Timothy Jordan

Head of Developer Advocacy


Timothy leads Developer Advocacy at Google, an engineering-driven team dedicated to helping developers be more successful by informing and inspiring their work across all Google platforms. Previous...

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