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Will Wearables Change the Human Experience? Will They Impact Your Future?

Wearables are ready to explode far beyond fitness tools. The day is coming when wearables will be as much a part of your business process as computers.

But what stands in the way of that integration? And what markets will emerge for wearable technology? Rock Stars of Wearables goes far beyond the play toys of today’s market to uncover the opportunities for you.

 
 

What You'll Know

  • That wearables have the power to make us more fully human
  • That wearables are one of the most potentially disruptive technologies
  • That the future of wearables depends on creating more positive wearables experiences
  • That the data from billions of always-on wearable devices will create an unimaginable data deluge that must be managed, controlled – and secured

 

 

What You'll Learn

  • How wearables will impact the enterprise
  • How to move beyond measurement and notification devices to analysis, prediction, and recommendation
  • How wearables will be integrated across major industries
  • What kind of wireless works best with wearables
  • How to avoid catastrophic software mistakes with wearables
  • The integration of mobile and wearables
  • How wearables can make us more fully human, enrich interpersonal experience, improve health, and help us better understand ourselves

What You'll Experience

  • The extraordinary, unmatched experience and knowledge of experts from, Adidas, Intel, Chrono Therapeutics, Qualcomm, Activestate Software, visionary, Tom Emrich and others
  • A true vision of the future
  • The chance to dive deep into the potential and challenges of wearables – with in-depth Q&A and collaboration
  • An exceptional opportunity for networking
  • A close-up look at new products and solutions
  • A chance for interaction over lunch and cocktails

 

 

September 23, 2015 - Austin, TX

 

Speakers


 
Werner
Werner

Jon Werner

Innovation Explorer
adidas

Jon is a member of the Digital Sports team at adidas working with strategic partners, external 3rd party developers, future mobile and wearable experiences and is always searching for the next big thing at the intersection of sport and technology. Before adidas, Jon founded Bones in Motion, a mobile software start-up in 2003 that pioneered using GPS in mobile phones to deliver real-time fitness experiences that was acquired by adidas in 2009 and became the foundation for adidas’ miCoach mobile. Jon earned a BSCS from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 1985. He holds over 30 patents covering user interface design, speech recognition, networking and mobile fitness related software and hardware.

 
Bell
Bell

Mike Bell

Vice President and General Manager, New Devices
Intel

Mike Bell is Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Intel's New Devices Group. He leads a global team chartered with developing products and technologies that will enhance and extend Intel's product portfolio into new areas of computing, including wearable technology.
 
 
Kedia
Kedia

Pankaj Kedia

Senior Director & Business Lead, Smart Wearables
Qualcomm

Pankaj is responsible for growing Qualcomm’s presence and business across wearables segments including HMDs/smart glasses, smart watches, smart trackers, and body sensors. He joined Qualcomm in a new business development role and helped incubate the wearables segment at the company.

 
LeBoeuf
LeBoeuf

Steven LeBoeuf, Ph.D.

President
Valencell, Inc.

As co-founder and President of Valencell, Inc., LeBoeuf has developed ongoing strategic partnerships between Valencell and leaders in industry and academia. He has raised more than $10M in funding for Valencell and is the inventor/co-inventor of more than 50 patents, including dozens of foundational patents in the field of accurate wearable sensors. Prior to Valencell, LeBoeuf led the optoelectronic biosensor program at GE Global Research, where he managed the development and productization of biosensor systems and developed cutting-edge nanosensor technology. Before joining GE, LeBoeuf developed optoelectronic solid-state materials and devices while researching at North Carolina State University. LeBoeuf holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from N.C. State and a B.S. in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.
 
 
Emrich
Emrich

Tom Emrich

Founder
We Are Wearables

As a writer, consultant and community builder, Tom uses his passion for emerging technologies to act as a catalyst to bring on the future. He founded We Are Wearables, a community that rallies people together to learn, discuss and celebrate wearable tech in order to foster adoption and facilitate innovation in this space. Tom writes regularly about wearables, the Internet of Things and 3D Printing for a number of sites including MobileSyrup, BetaKit and Designers of Things, of which he is the Editor. He also works with startups, and large organizations as an advisor and consultant offering assistance on product development, marketing and organizational strategy.
 
Blum
Blum

Brent Blum

Global Director of Wearable Technology
Accenture

Brent Blum leads day-to-day operations of Accenture’s Wearable Technology practice including oversight of R&D, business development, sales, delivery and thought leadership. Prior to starting Accenture’s Wearable Technology practice, Brent managed wearables R&D within Accenture Technology Labs and led the development of a ground-breaking Google Glass medical proof of concept with Philips. Brent began his career at IBM as a systems architect before joining Accenture in 2004, becoming a product manager with a focus in consumer-based social and mobile products. His experience spans both startups and the world’s biggest, most recognized brands. Brent co-authored a patent on Augmented Reality Safety Glasses and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Information Systems and Psychology from Wake Forest University.
 
 
Darmour
Darmour

Jennifer Darmour

VP User Experience & Design
Chrono Therapeutics

Jennifer is the VP User Experience & Design for a Silicon Valley startup Chrono Therapeutics, where she works to design a completely new wearable technology device and platform experience that truly improves (and perhaps saves) people’s lives. Previously, she was a Design Director for Artefact, a technology product design firm, where she focused on strategic innovation and next-generation user experiences for consumer products and wearable technology. During her tenure, she worked with companies such as Sonos, Samsung, Amazon, Microsoft, Panasonic, Xbox, Lenovo, HTC, and others to create innovative and award winning products. She also directed Artefact's product incubation initiative, which resulted in a new way of innovating within internal teams and new wearable technology solutions. Jennifer is also a wearables thought-leader and regularly speaks at events such as CES, SXSW, and presents event keynotes.  In addition, she owns and runs the wearable technology studio, Electricfoxy.
 
Golden
Golden

Bernard Golden

Vice President, Strategy
ActiveState Software

Named by Wired.com as one of the 10 most influential persons in cloud computing, Bernard is a recognized visionary in the field. Before joining ActiveState Software as Vice President of Strategy, he oversaw the Cloud Computing Enterprise Solutions division at Dell Enstratius. Bernard serves as the cloud computing advisor for CIO Magazine. His blog has been named on over a dozen "best of cloud computing" lists and is read by tens of thousands each month. He is a highly regarded speaker, and has keynoted cloud conferences around the world. Bernard is the author or co-author of four books on virtualization and cloud computing and is the CEO of HyperStratus.
 
 
Wilmink
Wilmink

Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Wilmink

Founder & CEO
Wisewear Corporation

WiseWear is a fashion-tech hybrid company that is working towards making healthy a habit by integrating advanced sensing technologies into everyday items. Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Wilmink founded the company with the belief that healthy lifestyles should be easy to achieve and maintain with the ease of technology. The concept of innovative wearable devices began in his San Antonio garage in 2013. Since then, Wilmink has recruited top engineers from Caltech, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, and the University of Texas whose backgrounds include biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and applied physics. Together, they have teamed up with lead jewelry designers to launch their first line of luxury smart jewelry, the Socialite Collection. Learn more about WiseWear and their exciting new product line at www.WiseWear.com.
 
Neidig
Neidig

Sujata Neidig

Americas Business Development Manager
Freescale Semiconductor

Sujata has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to various types marketing and product management. She is currently a Business Development Manager for Kinetis ARM(r)-based microcontrollers and i.MX ARM-based applications processors, responsible for driving Freescale leadership and growth. Sujata is particularly active in the IoT and Wearables markets and represents Freescale as VP of Marketing on the Thread Group board of directors which is a group targeted at providing the right wireless network for the home environment. She has a B.S. Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

 

Agenda


 
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Morning session 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Playing Outside the Technology Sandbox

Mike Bell, VP and General Manager, New Devices Group, Intel

Successful wearables are a lot more than collections of hardware and software. They exist in the realm of human experience – or they fail. To exploit the potential of wearables, companies must think outside the walls of technology to create product experiences that are ultimately desirable. But how do we make this next big shift in computing? What essential technologies need to be developed? What product design must occur? How do technology and style merge? Here is a real-world view.
 

The Business Promise of the New "Digital Sixth Sense"

Pankaj Kedia, Senior Director and Business Lead, Smart Wearables, Qualcomm

Because wearables will potentially provide an array of devices that are always-on, always-connected, and always-sensing, it creates not only new ways of aggregating and consuming information, but completely new experiences. This emerging and exciting category holds significant business promise for innovative companies across both the consumer and enterprise segments. Pankaj will share how mobile technologies are informing wearables to create a more intuitive “digital sixth sense” and what to take into consideration when entering this emerging market.
 
 

Going Beyond Heart Rate: Get Serious About Wearables Design

Jennifer Darmour, Senior Director, Chrono Therapeutics

Smart watches, smart bands, smart everything. Do we really need another notification device? As wearable technology is beginning to prove that it’s here to stay, how do we go from these early stumbling days to a future where we deliver on the real promise of this new technology? This session examines how we can move beyond simple measurement and notification devices toward wearable experiences that add meaning and beauty to our lives, and create long-lasting value that we don’t just need but love and desire. From enriching our connections to others, to blending medical with consumer health, to uncovering completely new opportunities, Jennifer will talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly, and show how we can rethink the design of wearables and move away from solving for the low-hanging fruit and toward creating great wearable experiences that truly improve lives.
 

Becoming Human: Wearable Tech's Role in Reconnecting Us To One Another and Ourselves

Tom Emrich, Founder, We Are Wearables

Technology has become one of life’s necessities. But as we have become more connected online, we have lost our connection to our bodies and our ability to fully connect with people and the present moment. Our level of digital distraction is at an all-time high. And we are struggling to live successfully in the two worlds we have available to us: the physical and the digital one. As the next wave of computing, one of the promises of wearable technology is to make us more “human” again. In this session we will explore how sensor-filled devices will equip us with an understanding of ourselves like we have never seen before. And how wearing our tech, therefore integrating it with ourselves, begins to move tech into the background, allowing us to reconnect with each other and more easily concentrate on the present moment.
 
 

Lunch: 12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

Optional Roundtable: “Wearable Explosion – Innovation, Adoption and Standards Accelerator.” Hosted by IEEE Standards Association

Panel Discussion: 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Brent Blum

Wearable Technology Practice Lead
Accenture

Opportunities, Roadblocks & Next Steps (panel)

During this panel we will hear from the top wearable tech innovators and leaders to learn where they see the market presently, and where they see it heading. Panelists will cover insights into consumer, enterprise, and healthcare wearables, and how some of those markets will begin to blur lines. How will wearables be integrated into the enterprise? How will consumer wearables and BYOD affect that movement? What are the major roadblocks to widespread adoption of wearables? How do we handle security and privacy issues both at the consumer level and at the enterprise level??

Panelists: Bernard Golden, VP Strategy, Activestate Software; Sujata Neidig, Americas Business Development Manager, Freescale Semiconductor; Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Wilmink, Founder & CEO, Wisewear Corporation

 

Afternoon Session: 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

What if There is No Killer App for Wearables?

Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, President, Valencell

Instead of one primary killer app or use case for wearables, there are likely to be hundreds use cases across many different industries and markets that wearables will enable. The form factors, data, and user interfaces will likely be very different, but the key is to understand that the wearable devices are one part of a comprehensive user experience that supports achieving specific goals or objectives. Even the most common current use case - fitness and activity tracking - is being vastly underserved by the offerings in the market today because they lack a compelling user experience. And it’s critical we get those objectives and user experiences right if the wearables market is going to realize the massive growth that many are predicting in the next few years.
 

Wearables - Taking the Fun Out of Fitness?

Jon Werner, Innovation Explorer, adidas

The more we measure, the better we will be, right? This seems to be the current mindset among the activity tracking crowd enamored by data recorded with a simple accelerometer. Walk 10,000 steps each day to live a more fit life is a solid guideline and much better than sitting all day. But have we just lost a big opportunity to reverse the inactivity trends by flooding the market with cheap gadgets that inaccurately measure anything without establishing positive behavior change? What will happen when a future experience cracks the nut on real behavioral change?
 
 

Cocktail Reception 5:15 p.m.– 7:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Sponsorships

 

Current Sponsors


Mediatek Labs        Flexible Circuit TechnologiesFreescaleValencell Logo


Wisewear

 

 
 

Wearables is One of the Fastest-growing Markets in the World!

Only IEEE Computer Society Attracts the C-Levels, the Top Techs, and the Hands-on Specifiers Who Are Driving This Rapidly Evolving Technology.

When you sponsor Rock Stars of Wearables, you reach a unique audience – a level of decision-makers who don’t attend other symposia.

With an agenda aimed at real-world, business-critical decisions, and a lineup of experts unequaled at other wearables events, Rock Stars of Wearables is an obvious investment for any organization interested in influencing the future of wearable technology.

  • Meet this influential group of users and potential users face-to-face
  • Enjoy the highly personal nature of the event to network and enhance your brand
  • Generate leads in a group where every attendee is a prospect
  • Share lunch and cocktails with people you want and need to know
  • Stimulate discussions resulting from the engaging, leading-edge presentations
  • Showcase your products and services in a dynamic, engaged environment

Sponsors at Rock Stars of Wearables are integral parts of both the content and success of the event. Take advantage of these unique sponsorship opportunities –

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Sponsorship Contact

For more information and to secure your Rock Stars of Wearables sponsorship and/or exhibit space, please contact:

Helen Scott 

helen.scott@computer.org
714-816-2175

 

 

Presentations


Rock Stars of Wearables Presentations

Jennifer Darmour, Senior Director, Chrono Therapeutics, discusses smart watches, smart bands, smart everything. She asks whether we really need another notification device. As wearable technology is beginning to prove that it’s here to stay, how do we go from these early stumbling days to a future where we deliver on the real promise of this new technology? This session examines how we can move beyond simple measurement and notification devices toward wearable experiences that add meaning and beauty to our lives, and create long-lasting value that we don’t just need but love and desire.

 

>>Download Jennifer Darmour's presentation slides. (pdf)

 

Pankaj Kedia, Senior Director and Business Lead, Smart Wearables, Qualcomm, says that because wearables will potentially provide an array of devices that are always-on, always-connected, and always-sensing, it creates not only new ways of aggregating and consuming information, but completely new experiences.

 

>>Download Pankaj Kedia's presentation slides. (pdf)

 

Tom Emrich, Founder, We Are Wearables, says that technology has become one of life’s necessities. But as we have become more connected online, we have lost our connection to our bodies and our ability to fully connect with people and the present moment. Our level of digital distraction is at an all-time high. And we are struggling to live successfully in the two worlds we have available to us: the physical and the digital one.

 

>>Download Tom Emerich's presentation slides. (pdf)

 

Dr. Steven LeBoeuf, President, Valencell, poses that instead of one primary killer app or use case for wearables, there are likely to be hundreds use cases across many different industries and markets that wearables will enable. The form factors, data, and user interfaces will likely be very different, but the key is to understand that the wearable devices are one part of a comprehensive user experience that supports achieving specific goals or objectives.

 

>>Download Dr. Steven LeBoeuf's presentation slides. (pdf)

 

Jon Werner, Innovation Explorer, adidas, discusses: The more we measure, the better we will be, right? This seems to be the current mindset among the activity tracking crowd enamored by data recorded with a simple accelerometer.

 

>>Download Jon Werner's presentation slides. (pdf)

 

Panel Discussion: Opportunities, Roadblocks & Next Steps

Led by moderator Brent Blum, Wearable Technology Practice Lead, Accenture, this panel showcases the top wearable tech innovators and leaders sharing where they see the market presently, and where they see it heading. Panelists cover insights into consumer, enterprise, and healthcare wearables, and how some of these markets will begin to blur lines. The Rock Stars panelists are Bernard Golden, VP Strategy at Activestate Software; Sujata Neidig, Americas Business Development Manager, Freescale Semiconductor; and Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Wilmink, Founder & CEO, Wisewear Corporation.

 

 

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