SXSW 2012: IEEE/Dean Kamen Invention & Inspiration: Building a Better World
Monday, March 12, 2012 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)
Dean Kamen is a prolific inventor who has been compared to Edison for his contributions to humanity. Perhaps best known for inventing the Segway, Dean has also invented ground breaking medical technologies that benefit lives around the world; from drug pumps to revolutionary wheelchairs, to the “Luke” robotic arm and pioneering inventions in energy and water. In this session, Dean will provide an inside view into the innovations that have driven his success. You'll also learn about FIRST – Dean’s global program designed to experientially engage and inspire the next generation of young technology innovators. Finally, Dean will discuss the responsibilities and opportunities that exist for innovators in all fields (developers, designers, engineers, technologists, inventors and business leaders) to use their gifts to benefit mankind. Sponsored by IEEE.
Austin Convention Center Exhibit Hall 5 - 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX
SXSW schedule of this event - http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP100629
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IEEE-SA & Dean Kamen
The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) provides an open environment that unites some of the world’s best and brightest minds to objectively explore, nurture and advance global technologies. Participation in the IEEE-SA is open to professionals of all ages, and includes developers, engineers, designers, inventors, entrepreneurs, technologists, students and academics from over 160 countries, from any industry and/or sector. IEEE-SA participants work together to envision the future, identify opportunities and create more efficient, safe, interoperable, profitable, sustainable and responsible technologies for the future.
About Dean Kamen
Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology's virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States.
As an inventor, he holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as chemotherapy, neonatology, and endocrinology. In 1976, he founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. At age 30, he sold that company to Baxter Healthcare Corporation. By then, he had added a number of other infusion devices, including the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics.