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The Quiet Revolution of Nanotechnologies

After being overhyped and largely misunderstood, nanotechnology is finally making an impact across a number of industries. From agriculture to manufacturing to healthcare, nanotechnologies are quietly transforming industries, and yet the potential applications are still only just beginning to be recognized and commercialized.

This panel brings together nano researchers, entrepreneurs, and scientists to discuss how these technologies are having an impact today, the evolving ecosystem of nano startups, and how they will help drive important developments in the future. We’ll look beyond the hype and misconceptions to discuss how industries should be thinking about nano and its realistic impact, as well as the practical and sometimes non-intuitive applications for new nanotechnologies.

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  1. What are the misconceptions around nanotechnologies, and how can we think about them more practically adn realistically?
  2. What are the industries where nanotechnology is already playing a disruptive role, and how?
  3. What are the challenges and barriers that still exist for nanotechnologies and their widespread application and adoption.


  • Douglas Freeman, Senior Director, Jones-Dilworth, Inc
  • Matthew Hull, Associate Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program Manager, ICTAS, Virginia Tech
  • Hunter McDaniel, CEO and Founder, UbiQD


Douglas Freeman, Senior Director, Jones-Dilworth, Inc.

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Fantastic Future
  • Level: Intermediate
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