SXSW 2015: Can’t miss events for healthcare nerds

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Going going, back back to… Austin? 2015 marks our sixth consecutive year at South by Southwest. Each time, the conference gets bigger and better and the number of digital health events grows (I counted over eighty events in five days–whew!). The good news for you? We’ve put together a list of events that we’re most looking forward to, so grab your bags and join us in Texas.


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En Vogue: Blurring the Line Between Brands and Tech
Friday March 13th, 12:30-1:30PM
JW Marriott, Room 205

Hear our own Chrono Therapeutics’ Senior Creative Director dive into the intersection of fashion and tech and why it matters for wearables.
(Pst. Requires advance registration!)

Radical Healthcare: What Do Consumers Want?
Friday March 13th, 5-6PM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

Getting to Texas early? Grab some BBQ and dig into this panel–you’ll learn about how fields like gaming and e-commerce can help create better design for healthcare solutions. Spoiler: the “best” product doesn’t always win.

Digital Health and the Consumerization of Healthcare
Saturday, March 14th, 11AM-12PM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

Healthcare has lagged behind traditional tech in adopting the greatest digital trends of this era. This panel will dive into how technology is helping the consumer gain more control over their health care by giving them more access and better tools to understand the information they have at hand.

Digital Health: Indispensable means Invisible
Saturday March 14th, 5:45-6PM
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom C

Do you ever wonder if a medical-grade product that is approved by regulators can be integrated into our every day lives? If so, come hear from David O’Reilly, the CPO of Proteus Digital Health, about what it takes to create an engaging, intuitive and ever-evolving product that handles of all of the regulatory safety and risk.

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event (Finals)
Sunday, March 15th, 11AM-12PM
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon J

Eight startups from the Digital Health and Life Science category will present their products to panel of judges and a live audience. Don’t miss out on seeing this year’s finalists!

Your Health Startup is Cute: Gotta Play at Scale
Sunday, March 15th, 12:30-1:30PM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

I think they’re more handsome than cute, but who am I to argue with this power-packed panel? Find out how to disrupt all the things and make a large impact with your startup… from within the system.

Decoding Our Bodies: A New Era of Citizen Health
Monday, March 16th, 9:30-10:30AM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

Even if you’ve been busy making the rounds (i.e. parties) at SXSW, you should get up early, grab some coffee, and listen to the founders of Scanadu, uBiome, and Curious talk about how to interpret your personal health data.

Impact Pediatric Health
Monday, March 16th, 9:30-10:30AM
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon J

The future of digital health… in more ways than one. Stop by this event to see startups that are focused on keeping the next generation healthy pitch to the nation’s four largest children’s hospitals.

Health IT Developer Meet Up
Monday, March 16th, 11AM-12PM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

Are you a health IT developer, investor, or just an enthusiast? Swing by this meetup!

Cisco’s Mimosas and a Movie: How Wearables Could Power Early Cancer Detection
Monday, March 16th, 11AM-1:30PM
Moonshine (303 Red River St)

If orange juice and champagne are more your style, be sure to check out the world premiere of Detected.

How to Democratize Medicine
Monday, March 16th, 12:30-1:30PM
JW Marriott, Salon 5-6

Don’t miss digital health luminary Eric Topol share his vision for the future of democratized healthcare in this featured SXSW session!

Crossing Over: The New Guard of Healthcare
Monday, March 16th, 3:30-4:30PM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

Three first-time healthcare founders talk about why they made the leap into digital health (hint: they still aren’t sure) and what about their backgrounds helped or hurt them as they tried to navigate this highly regulated industry.

Hacking America’s Unhealthy Habits
Monday, March 16th, 3:30-4:30PM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

Behavior change is hard. Like really hard. Enter digital therapeutics: a new class of medicine that delivers behavioral therapy over an internet connection. It’s more than just the online version of face-to-face treatment, because let’s face it–we all need a little support.

Uncertainty: Predictive Analytics in Health Care
Monday, March 16th, 5-6PM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

My data, your data–what to do with all this data? A UCSF doctor, a serial entrepreneur, and our own Malay Gandhi talk about how predictive analytics can change how physicians make diagnoses and treatment decisions and how it can influence patient behavior.

Digital Health: Where Are the Billion $ Unicorns?
Tuesday, March 17th, 11AM-12PM
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon E

Will there ever be a Facebook, Twitter, or Workday in digital health? Venture capitalists from Asset Management, New Leaf Ventures, and Kleiner Perkins talk about why they’re still bullish on digital health even though there are comparatively few multi-billion dollar companies that have emerged relative to other industries.


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Wearable Tech Happy Hour
Friday March 13th, 5-7PM
Owen’s Garage (1408 E 13th St)

Love wearables? Start the weekend off with drinks and networking at this unofficial party.

Dribbble + Dropbox Meetup
Sunday, March 15th, 2-5PM
Mellow Johnny’s (400 Nueces St)

If your interests fall more on the creative side of things, you won’t want to miss this meetup at this legendary Austin bike shop.

Mashable’s MashBash
Sunday, March 15th, 9PM-2AM
The Rattle Inn (610 Nueces St)

Celebrate all things that broke the internet last year with Mashable’s annual event.

Hardware Happy Hour
Monday, March 16th, 6-9PM
Maggie Mae’s (323 East 6th Street)

Join Misfit and your hardware friends for a happy hour and demos!

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