SXSW 2019

From Medtech Marvel to Mainstream Accessibility


What does the future of medical and technical innovation look like, and how do we get there? Concepts like artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-machine interfaces, and wearable robotics are no longer the stuff of science fiction and fantasy. Applications of these medtech marvels have demonstrated their potential for helping improve the lives of people with a wide range of disabilities and yet all of these innovations are still largely considered experimental. Leaders from pioneering medical and technology companies will discuss the current state of innovation in medtech, the evolution from experimental breakthrough to standard of care, how to make medical innovations accessible to a wider range of people, and what’s on the horizon.

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  1. When did you know you had a medical breakthrough, and what did you do next?
  2. Learn the difference between a breakthrough innovation and a disruptive innovation.
  3. Get a look at what the future of medtech looks like from the leaders who are shaping it.


  • Chris Bingham, VP of Global Marketing at Abbott, Abbott
  • Liz Hillen, Clinical Specialist - Orthotics and Prosthetics, Ottobock
  • Hugh Herr, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab
  • Tom Gruber, Former Co-founder, CTO, and VP Design for Siri, Apple


Chris Carera, Senior User Experience Specialist, Ottobock

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Health & MedTech
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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