at SXSW

SXSW is a cacophony of happy hours, expensive rides, and loads of smart, interesting people. Finding the best things to fill that valuable time can be a real challenge, but we have some easy answers for you!

Five of IDEO’s very best will be there. We have an AI specialist, an education expert, an XR fanatic, a multimedia data designer, and an MIT affiliate. They’ll be on panels discussing everything from equity in innovation to climate data you can feel, and the value of the design process across all these areas.

If you’re headed to Austin, we’d love to chat with you about what we’re making. Here are the places you can find us on the ground, and our contact info so we can stay in touch.

Eva Mejia

Eva Mejia

Dr. Mejia leads IDEO’s Learning & Work practice, where her experience gives her a discerning eye for the intersection of equity x innovation that ultimately upholds the dignity of all people.

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Bringing Back the Lost Generation

March 6, 2024
11:30-12:30
Austin Convention Center

Learning poverty is estimated to reach up to 70% of ALL global students, generating unprecedented intergenerational inequity. What should be done to re-engage students who have left the education system during the pandemic? As a recovering society, we face the reality of how to bring back a “lost generation” of learners, which requires coordination across sectors. Focusing on the possibility and potential of approaches that have centered non-traditional learners across all segments of the spectrum from preK to grey, our panel will share an array of interventions from practitioners.

Tomorrow’s Principal Podcast: Will AI Be Your Next Principal?

March 6, 2024
1:00-2:00
Hilton Austin Downtown

In the AI era, the pace and scale of change is rapid. How must leadership change to meet this moment? This conversation focuses on the changing grammar of school, and how principals can direct that energy. What will it take to respond to the deep need for student and adult well-being and global technological competition, the trauma catapulted by the global pandemic, and the drive to cultivate a racially just world? Hear concrete suggestions for what dramatic shifts in innovation, adaptability, and self-awareness look and sound like to create inclusive school environments that prepare students to thrive.

Jenna Fizel

Jenna Fizel

Jenna Fizel leads IDEO's Emerging Technology practice, leveraging AI, XR, and digital fabrication to explore design solutions and foster new perspectives in the design process.

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Our Tools, Ourselves: What We Become As Realities Mix

March 11, 2024
2:00-3:00
Fairmont

As XR and AI extend our abilities, they transform our self-conceptions and relationships, blurring individual and collective identity. Drawing from psychology research, tech startups, artists, and IDEO's emerging tech group, we'll explore the fluidity of selfhood and mind-expanding possibilities of immersive shared spaces. These imagination playgrounds offer glimpses into others' perspectives, dissolve barriers, and empower new collaboration. As we become more able to define and redefine ourselves with these tools, we'll need to grapple with the question of what a "self" really is.

Redefining Privacy & Cyber Security in the Metaverse

March 12, 2024
2:30-3:30
Fairmont

Privacy and cyber risks vastly exacerbate in the Metaverse. More parts of our body, behavior, and inner emotions will be digitized, which will result in a larger attack surface and deeper profiling of users. Security breaches may lead to safety risks, e.g., hacking of headsets can lead to physical harm, and in virtual reality, "groping" is experienced as real and traumatic. But how do we implement safety by design? Rather than having this debate after the Metaverse has materialized, this panel explores new governance options and safety by design solutions to ensure a responsible Metaverse.

articles written by jenna

Savannah Kunovsky

Savannah Kunovsky

As Managing Director of IDEO’s Emerging Technology Lab, Savannah brings businesses from today’s realities to the worlds we’ll live in next.

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Our Tools, Ourselves: What We Become As Realities Mix

March 11, 2024
2:00-3:00
Fairmont

As XR and AI extend our abilities, they transform our self-conceptions and relationships, blurring individual and collective identity. Drawing from psychology research, tech startups, artists, and IDEO's emerging tech group, we'll explore the fluidity of selfhood and mind-expanding possibilities of immersive shared spaces. These imagination playgrounds offer glimpses into others' perspectives, dissolve barriers, and empower new collaboration. As we become more able to define and redefine ourselves with these tools, we'll need to grapple with the question of what a "self" really is.

articles written by savannah

Tiange Wang

At IDEO, Tiange crafts data-driven experiences with emerging technologies across web, mobile, and spatial computing platforms

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DataWagashi: Feeling Climate Data via New Design Medium

March 12, 2024
2:30-3:30
JW Marriott

Inspired by Wagashi, the traditional Japanese confection art regarded as a microcosm of time, space, and nature, DataWagashi aims to make climate data tangible, accessible, and fun by blending taste, smell, touch, texture, and physical interaction into the vocabulary of data communication. We will deep dive into DataWagashi sets that spotlight data-driven climate issues from glacier changes to carbon footprint and more, dissect our algorithmic design process, and share our insights on harnessing new data perception to bring complex data to life, touching senses and emotions.

articles written by Tiange

Zoey Zhu

Zoey helps teams tangibly explore the future of product experience with emerging technologies, including generative AI, data visualization, and XR. She has been invited to give speeches at SF Design Week, MIT Museum, International Design Conference (IDC), Design Museum Week, NY Climate Week, and others.

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Future of Design: Megatrends that Matter

March 11, 2024
2:30-3:30
Innovation Bridge Europe House, Thompson Hotel

Hosted by iF Design (International Forum Design GmbH)

It's not news that we live in an era of unprecedented change and transformation. Yet at a time when the worlds of business, creativity, technology, nature, and policy are converging, we must ask: What is the role of design in shaping our future? This panel will explore megatrends impacting the future of design, including findings from iF Design’s 4th annual Trend Report forthcoming in May 2024.

articles written by Zoey

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