Top 10 SXSW Interactive sessions CIOs are excited about

By Jenni Klinger

SXSW Interactive has become a conference in which the most forward-thinking minds come together to discuss how advanced technology will affect our societies, economies, and environments in the near future. We handpicked some of the sessions CIOs are looking forward to the most and hope to see you there! Welcome to Austin!

1. Mythbusters: How IBM Watson “Really” Works

Want to know how IBM Watson really works? Me too. Lucky for us, Rob High, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for IBM Watson is going to talk through the different technologies that encompass IBM Watson and explain how it’s able to digest information in the same way as humans.

Saturday, March 11 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | JW Marriott Salon E, 110 E 2nd St

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2. Mobile Apps in the Age of Cognitive Computing

The rapid growth of technologies such as cognitive computing is likely to have an impact on all areas of our lives. Intelligent machines such as IBM Watson are already implemented into several industries including healthcare and banking. Ted Condroy of IBM and Jeff Sinclair of Eventbase Technology will talk about how intelligent machines affect mobile apps and what can be achieved as cognitive computing advances.

Saturday, March 11 at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | JW Marriott Salon 8, 110 E 2nd St

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3. Collaboration Innovation in the Digital Health Age

Find out how artificial intelligence and cognitive computing are joining forces with healthcare to improve health outcomes and patient experiences with an all-star group of speakers. Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM, Dr. Clay Johnston, Dean of Dell Medical School at UT, and Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson will come together to discuss what the future of technology in healthcare holds. And we’ll see how lives all over the world will be impacted.

Monday, March 13 at 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Austin Convention Center Ballroom EFG, 500 E Cesar Chavez

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4. When we all live to be 100

As we continue to live longer, how will the healthcare industry cope with even more people needing care and medical assistance? Join John Sanchez and Susann Keohane from IBM as they discuss how cognitive computing, sensors and a network of connected devices can help alleviate the lack of caregivers and increasing costs of healthcare.

Monday, March 13 at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | JW Marriott Salon 8, 110 E 2nd St

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5. WEXIT: Why Women Exit Tech and How to Fix It

High numbers of women who worked in tech have walked away from their dream jobs. When asked why in exit interviews, thousands of women cited culture as their reason. Hayley Hughes of IBM delves further into why women are quitting the industry and how businesses can keep ladies in tech.

Tuesday, March 14 at 11 AM – 12 PM | Hilton, Austin Downtown Austin Chamber of Commerce, 500 E 4th St

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6. Dunking on disparity, health tech for all

You might have noticed that health apps are often targeted towards and used by people who are already healthier than the rest of the population. Join a panel of speakers all developing technology to get low-income families and individuals fit and healthy.

Tuesday, March 14 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Austin Convention Center Room 9AB, 500 E Cesar Chavez

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7. Connected Cities, Hackable Streets

If you’ve seen boundless action movies, you’ve probably watched the kind of scenes where a hacker changes traffic lights from his laptop or uses a smartphone to unlock a car. As cities become smarter, wifi-enabled and more intertwined with technology, fiction could become reality. How do we build future cities which are secure enough to stop criminal hackers taking control?

Tuesday, March 14 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | JW Marriott Salon 6, 110 E 2nd St

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8. What Will AR/VR Revolutionize Next?

Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets could potentially become the biggest consumer technology in the world. At the same time, questions are arising about whether these technologies are susceptible to security risks. AR/VR are able to capture data constantly as well as track your location. and this is turning people away from purchase. The panel will discuss how companies should look to protect users and their data.

Tuesday, March 14 at 2 PM – 3 PM | Old School Bar (21+) 401 E 6th St

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9.”Intelligent Future” at Ignite SXSW

If you’re looking for a session with a variation in speakers and topics, “Intelligent Future” is worth checking out. Ten speakers will have the opportunity to talk about what they think the future of technology holds. Subjects include, “Is Your Smart Thing Stealing Your Identity?”, “Tinder Can Hinder: Love in A Hyperconnected World,” and “100 Cool Innovations You Should Have Seen.”

Tuesday, March 14 at 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Austin Convention Center Room 10AB 500 E Cesar Chavez

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10. The Future of Creativity is Artificial

Artificial intelligence is making many jobs autonomous, but could it ever replace creative, artistic jobs such as filmmaking? Team One experimented with machines and discovered that roles such as directing and editing could be filled by machines. Chris Graves and Kristen Little of Team One, and Ruairi Glynn of Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL, discuss the questions this pose on how AI will impact creativity.

Wednesday, March 15 at 2 PM – 3 PM | JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

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Jenni Klinger

Blog Manager, IBM Mobile

Jenni Klinger is a web content manager with experience running blogs and creating email campaigns and content strategies. She's worked with tech companies creating editorial calendars, blog posts, and web content plans. Prior to joining IBM, Jenni worked at a university in Australia…

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