2016 Schedule

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

World-Class Athletes on the Death of Disability

Friday, March 11
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Four Seasons
San Jacinto
98 San Jacinto Blvd

Can we predict the death of disability as we know it today? Two U.S. gold medalists training to represent Team USA at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and a national workplace expert will tackle that question head-on in a discussion touching on 3-D printing, artificial intelligence, drones and clones. New York Times best-selling author Lindsey Pollak will facilitate a talk with world-class athletes Alana Nichols and Brad Snyder on how technology is leveling the playing field between abled-bodied and disabled in sports and at work. The two U.S. Paralympians will also share how technology, along with a focus on ability, helped them to become the best in the world. The future is fast becoming a reality. But are we ready for sports with bionic athletes and holograms in the workplace?

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Alana Nichols at SXSW

Alana Nichols

US Paralympian

United States Olympic Committee

In 2000, Alana Nichols suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a backflip on her snowboard. Although paralyzed from the waist down, Alana’s athletic career wouldn’t be suppressed for long. ...

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Brad Snyder at SXSW

Brad Snyder

US Paralympian

United States Olympic Committee

Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Brad Snyder is a two-time gold medalist and silver medalist in Paralympic swimming. While serving in Afghanistan in 2011, he became permanently blinded after stepping on a bom...

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Lindsey Pollak at SXSW

Lindsey Pollak

Millennial Workplace Expert

National speaker, Millennial expert and best-selling author, Lindsey Pollak has more than a decade of experience advising young people and organizations on the changing world of work. She is the au...

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