• Cyborg Pride Parade + Rights Rally

    Palmer Event Center

    • What we'll do Cyborg Pride Parade As the 21st century progresses, one of the largest growing demographics will be that of the cyborg, human beings with electronic, prosthetic, chemical, or biological modification. Many will do this for medically necessary reasons, many will do it with the aim to enhance their natural capabilities, and some will do it simply for their own aesthetic reasons or sense of personal identity. Cyborg studies scholar Rich MacKinnon has proposed that the cyborg as a concept encompasses a large group of individuals’ desires to reconcile their physical identity with their mental conceptions of themselves, coining the term ‘cyborgs in waiting’ to describe those who are waiting for technology to catch up with their ideal physical self-image. As human beings merge with technology devices, many of these devices will be patented and running proprietary code, leading to thorny legal issues surrounding bodily autonomy, ownership, and rights. As the electronic frontier moves into our bodies, it is important that we cyber-libertarians march as allies alongside the cyborgs among us and the cyborgs we will all someday become. What do we want? Cyborg rights! When do we want them? Now! Join EFF-Austin president Kevin Welch and Borgfest CEO Rich MacKinnon as they lead cyborgs and their allies in the world’s first cyborg pride parade. And if you’re attending SXSW as a badge holder, catch their panel on cyborg identity, pride, and rights. The panel and parade also hope to raise awareness of the principles advocated in The Cyborg Bill Of Rights. Read more about the proposed rights in Rich’s article on BoingBoing. https://boingboing.net/2017/02/01/the-cyborg-bill-of-rights-v1-0.html http://borgfest.com/ The date everything goes down is Sunday, March 11th – we hope to see you there! RSVP on Meetup! 3:30pm-4:30pm SXSW Panel with Kevin Welch and Rich MacKinnon on cyborg pride and cyborg identity. Badge holders only. Westin Austin Downtown, 310 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701, in room Continental 1-2. https://schedule.sxsw.com/2018/events/PP75599 4:30pm-6:30pm Join Kevin and Rich as they walk over from the Westin to the Palmer Event Center, the meeting place for the start of the march. Or arrive at Palmer before 6:30pm to join in the march proper. 6:30pm-7:00pm The rally! Meet in front of the Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704, at 6:30pm. Rich and Kevin will have signs to show your cyborg pride, but feel free to express yourself and bring whatever/come dressed as whatever being a cyborg or cyborg ally means to you. The march will proceed down Barton Springs Road and up Dawson to The High Road on Dawson, where the EFF-Austin cyberpunk party is being held. 7:00pm-11:00pm Join us at the EFF-Austin annual cyberpunk party at The High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson Rd, Austin, TX 78704. All cyborgs, cyborgs-in-waiting, and cyborg allies welcome! • What to bring Signs and cyborg-supportive/affirming wear • Important to know

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  • Cyborg Law Symposium

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    Cyborg Law Symposium (TICKETS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cyborg-law-symposium-tickets-28841543834?aff=mu) November 7, 6-9pm Frost Bank Tower 401 Congress Avenue, 11th Floor Conference Room, Austin, Texas 78701 Presented by Borgfest Human Augmentation Expo, sponsored by BDYHAX BodyHacking Con, and hosted by Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody 3 panels, 50 minutes each, 10-minute break Panel 1: Cyborg Freedom of Speech/Expression Discussants: Ed Cavazos and Pete Kennedy Cyborgs may gain the ability to transmit, distribute, or rebroadcast the speech of others in ways that may become indistinguishable from speech that originates with themselves. How do we make the distinction, if possible? Additionally, what about communication within their bodies between 3rd parties--do cyborgs have a right to intercept and decipher? If not, should they? Panel 2: Equal Protection--Are Cyborgs Members of the LGBT Community? Discussants: Boyce Cabaniss and Trevor Goodman Cyborgs and transgender people share some common traits and concerns. Some trans people may comprise within themselves the latest advancements in most aspects of cyborg technology including amputation, transplants, implants, plastic surgery, pharmaceutical support, and re-acculturation--in order to modify the body to project and support a person’s intended identity, Indeed, cyborgs may be at the forefront of mainstreaming the case for non-binary genders and other configurations. Cyborgs will have an interest in safeguarding many of the same gender and sexuality protections sought after by the LGBT community. Panel 3: Cyborgs at the Intersection of the Rights of Non-Persons, AIs, and Animals Discussants: Ed Cavazos and Boyce Cabaniss Philosophical and political groundwork has been laid with regards to rights of natural persons versus other legally recognized persons (eg, corporations, attenuated rights of minors and other legally non-competent persons), animals, and also artificial intelligences. What is applicable to cyborgs in terms of opportunities and risks? Discussant Bios Boyce Cabaniss is a shareholding attorney at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody. He has specialized in legal writing for more than 20 years both at the appellate and trial court level. He has handled briefing for clients at the United States Supreme Court, the District of Columbia, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, United States District Courts across the country, including the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Texas Supreme Court, the Austin Court of Appeals and other state appellate and district courts throughout Texas. He has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation with specific emphasis in Federal and state employment matters including the ADA; Constitutional rights including First Amendment Religion Clause Litigation, and Fifth Amendment, Eighth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment litigation involving the Texas Youth Commission; Title IX including major litigation involving the University of Texas and the University of Minnesota; and Endangered Species Act including groundbreaking litigation involving the Edwards Aquifer. Ed Cavazosis the managing partner of Pillbury’s Austin office. He represents clients in both transactional and litigation matters involving technology. His transactional practice involves handling general business and corporate deals with an emphasis on complex technology-related transactions involving intellectual property. He routinely counsels clients regarding licensing arrangements, development contracts, sales and distribution arrangements, and a variety of other issues faced by technology companies. He is the co-author of Cyberspace and the Law: Your Rights and Duties in the On-Line World (MIT Press, 1994), which was awarded the Association of American Publishers "Best New Professional and Scholarly Book -- Computer Science" in 1994. In addition, he has published a number of articles exploring the intersection of law and technology in both mainstream publications and law reviews. He is a past EFF-Austin president. Trevor Goodman is a community builder and the co-founder and event manager for BDYHAX, an event about human augmentation, cyborgs, and bodyhacking in Austin, TX. He has had a life-long interest in cyberpunk fiction, body hacking, trans issues, and ethics. Pete Kennedy is a shareholding attorney at Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody. He has practiced at the intersection of law and disruptive technologies, communications, intellectual property and constitutional limits on governmental regulations. He first earned national attention in 1993 as lead trial lawyer for Austin-based Steve Jackson Games in a successful lawsuit against the United States Secret Service, helping establish limits on the government’s right to seize email. He has represented an array of clients in a wide variety of industries and matters, from complex commercial disputes to matters involving technology, intellectual property, publishing, free speech and constitutional law. Additionally, Pete has developed a unique specialty representing companies and individuals accused of the unauthorized practice of law. He is a past member of EFF-Austin's advisory board. This event is organized by Rich MacKinnon. He is the executive director of Borgfest, a human augmentation expo and cyborg pride festival. After working on cyborg theory, bodies in virtual reality, and public policy in grad school, he has served on the boards of ACLU of Texas and the Central Texas Civil Liberties Union, and as president of EFF-Austin. The Cyborg Law Symposium is sponsored by BDYHAX BodyHacking Con and hosted by Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody. For more info, please contact [masked]

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  • Borgfest @ Wearable Wednesday: Exoskeletons and Robotic Limbs

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    WWED What: Borgfest @ Wearable Wednesday: Exoskeletons and Robotic Limbs When: April 22, 6-10pm Where: AT&T Labs (Ticket Required via Eventbrite) http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wearable-wednesday-exoskeletons-and-robotic-limbs-tickets-16441619326?aff=meetup EXOSKELETONS AND ROBOTIC LIMBS! At the Social Robot Social, we will get to interact with robots as independents, two days later, we’ll get to see robots become a part of our bodies. Join us as we team up again with Wearable Wednesday to bring you another episode of extreme wearables at the Austin outpost of the world-famous AT&T Labs! Extreme Wearables: Exoskeletons and Robotic Limbs Real-world demonstration of technology inspired by and featured in sci-fi like Robocop, Star Wars, Alien, Elysium, Edge of Tomorrow. Agenda: 6:00PM – Networking and Demos (Event Sponsorship Available) 6:45PM – Introduction by Rich MacKinnon, Wearable World Ambassador, founder and executive director of Borgfest. 6:50PM – Speakers, Presentations, and Q&A moderated by Rich MacKinnon. 8:35PM – Wrap Up, Feedback, and Announcements 8:50PM – After-Party (demos continue) 10:00PM – Good night! About our presenters R-ARMMatt Nojoomi, lead developer, r.ARM. As both an engineer and an entrepreneur, Matthew aims to commercialize the r.ARM: Robotic Assistive Reaching Mechanism. The r.ARM is a low-cost, safe, and portable robotic reaching aid for wheelchair bound patients. His presentation will walk through the story behind the development of the r.ARM, its impact on a young man’s life, and its future as the first affordable robotic reaching aid. reneu-RRE2_thumbAshish D. Deshpande is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas since 2011. Dr. Deshpande directs the Rehabilitation and Neuromuscular (ReNeu) Robotics Lab. The Lab focuses on the development of robotic devices, based on biomechanical analyses, to assist in rehabilitation, to improve prostheses design, and to provide fitness opportunities for the severely disabled. The study of underlying mechanisms of human movement control through human subject experiments and mathematical modeling is another major research area in the ReNeu Robotic Lab. The ReNeu Robotics Lab has a special interest in the study of hands, and is currently developing robotic hands for prosthetic and rehabilitation applications, and conducting human subject studies for an improved understanding of human hand biomechanics and control. rewalk-deviceAndy McCord has been licensed as a Physical Therapist in Texas since 2001 after receiving a MSPT degree from Texas Woman’s University. He also holds a degree in Marketing from Texas Christian University. Andy is currently the South Central Business Development Manager for ReWalk Robotics. In this capacity he sells and trains clinicians, technicians, and patients on how to properly assess and operate the ReWalk exoskeleton device. Andy also has 9 years experience selling DME and OR devices, which also included training therapist, nurses, surgeons, and other staff on the safe and effective use of the devices. Get Involved Support the Borgfest 2015 Event Series with your Official Borgfest Membership. Join today. Not on the Borgfest Updates email list? View an example and see what you’re missing. Then subscribe! About Wearable Wednesdays Wearable Wednesday events are an open community forum focused on the blending of technology, art and humanity in the Wearable Technology and Internet of Things ecosystem. Our goals is to provide a platform for industry innovators, entrepreneurs, builders and investors to connect with like-minded, motivated people with the knowledge, vision, and partnerships that will move the Internet of Wearable Things forward. Group Meetups will include both technicaland market-oriented sessions. Wearable Wednesdays are held globally across the world’s top tech centers, including San Francisco, New York, Dallas, and London, and we continue to launch new locations periodically. Meet the most innovative wearable tech entrepreneurs in your community, demo products, share ideas and discuss trends in both local and global markets. About Wearable World Wearable World connects businesses to the social fabric of the Internet of Wearable Things. Our goal is to provide an innovation platform to foster the blend of technology, art and humanity. Through news content, incubator and accelerator programs, and events, Wearable World acts as the catalyst for future Wearable Technology innovation. The Wearable World platform addresses the need for entrepreneurs to connect, learn, and engage the wider Wearable Technology global ecosystem. For additional information, please visit www.wearableworld.co. About AT&T Labs Starting with the invention of the telephone, AT&T Labs have created some of the world’s major innovations across a broad spectrum of technology. These innovations range from IP network management and optical technology to automatic speech recognition and next-generation text-to-speech products. With Labs locations across the country and hundreds of the world’s best researchers, technologists and engineers, AT&T is more equipped than ever to handle the drive towards innovation. About ReWalk Robotics ReWalk Robotics (formerly Argo Medical Technologies) develops, manufactures and markets wearable robotic exoskeletons for people with lower limb disabilities, such as paraplegia. ReWalk’s mission is to fundamentally change the health and life experiences of individuals with spinal cord injury. ReWalk is proud to offer the only FDA cleared exoskeleton systems in the United States, for rehabilitation and personal use. Founded in 2001, ReWalk Robotics is a global company with headquarters in the US, Germany, and Israel. For more information on ReWalk Robotics and the ReWalk Systems, please visit http://www.rewalk.com.

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  • Borgfest Social Robot Social @ Dorkbot

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    Borgfest Social Robot Social @ Dorkbot If you missed our wildly successful outing at the SXSW Robot Petting Zoo, then you’ll be thrilled to know that you’ll have a second chance to meet some really cool robots! When: April 20, 2015, 7-10:30pm Where: ATX Hackerspace Tickets: Free event, but please RSVP (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/borgfest-social-robot-social-dorkbot-tickets-16438775821?aff=meetup) and participate in the Borgfest fundraiser raffle (Borgfest members get a free raffle ticket. Support Borgfest and become a member (http://borg-fest.crushpath.me/rich/spots/20) now!) Pictured here is Zane McCarthy (Borgfest Robotics Division) demonstrating DAR-1, a robot cleverly acronymically named after creator Ray Renteria‘s children. DAR-1 is an autonomous social robot of the hexapod genus. Curious about people, he’ll study your eyes and your smile with the intensity of a focused child. He’s shy, though. If you get a little too close to him, he’ll get nervous and try to back away. See how long you get him to keep following your eyes by looking deep into his. DAR-1 is a social robot with the purpose of challenging people’s notions of what it means to be “alive.” He is a showcase for inexpensive technology that can be brought together to produce a highly performant and nimble robot for various applications. DAR-1 demonstrates the power of the open source OpenCV computer vision technology. Bradley Knox says his Emoters are robot pets that are both simple and lifelike. They live in a small cage, where they live their lives. Emoters are interested in people, but they’re more engaged with each other and the world inside their cages. Like a cross between a Tamagotchi and an ant farm, Emoters fill a role somewhere between a real pet and a video game. Calling All Robots! In case it isn’t clear, a social robot social means BRING YOUR ROBOTS. This is a robotic convocation, gathering, and happy hour. We know your robots will enjoy the presentations by the featured robots and their humans. All human-friendly robots welcome. Join DAR-1, the Emoters, and more at a very special edition of Dorkbot this month. And if a robot happy hour isn’t enough, just a few days later we’ll be hosting an event demonstrating how robots are becoming part of our bodies. That’s right. At long last, we are bringing you up close to an exoskeleton and robotic limbs! I can’t think of a more exciting way to show you the connection between robotics and people. Online Raffle Rules Every Borgfest event builds community with our fans and sponsors and raises funds towards the goal of a weekend-long festival. At this event, we’ll be conducting an online raffle. You can purchase your raffle tickets when RSVP’ing for the event via Eventbrite. There will be no on-site raffle sales. We’ll announce the winners during the robot social portion of the evening. You must be present to win. Here are the raffle prizes: Laptop donated by Discount Electronics Two (2) $25 gift certificates donated by DFG Noodles One (1) Borgfest 2015 Carbonite Membership or Next Level Upgrade One (1) Autopilot for Phantom by Autoflight Logistics Read the official Dorkbot announcement (https://www.facebook.com/events/861113197285587/)

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  • Sponsor SXSW Cyborg Decompression Evening

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    SXSW Cyborg Decompression Evening with special guest Jackie Todd of the documentary film, Diary of a Cyborg. Mix with Borgfest fans, savor Bladerunner noodles, and enjoy a screening of a cyborg fan favorite. Hosted at the home of Borgfest founder and executive director, Rich MacKinnon. Sponsorship available (http://borg-fest.crushpath.me/rich/spots/14). Eventbrite ticket required. (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/sxsw-cyborg-decompression-evening-tickets-16095235282?aff=meetup) Limited free admission released to Borgfest Meet Up members first!

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  • Borgfest @ SXSW Robot Petting Zool

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    [A SXSW badge is required for this event (https://cart.sxsw.com/)] Borgfest is hosting three robots at the Robot Petting Zoo!! The Robot Petting Zoo brings out friendly ground & aerial robots for SXSW attendees to touch, operate, and even program. Robot handlers will explain the parts of the robot and how they work before setting kindly humans loose to interact, learn, and play. Spatially-oriented humans will get to play with robots whose functions mimic those of humans. Humans wishing to slip the surly bonds of earth will meet robots who have flown above disasters to gather critical data. Humans interested in Macgyver-esque robots will meet robots that can serve many purposes, such as flying while 3D printing. Creative and empathic humans will program Romibo to speak in different languages to calm and befriend young children in crises. Come meet these and many more robots that await your friendship at the Robotics Petting Zoo. Additionally, all Robot Handlers will give short presentations about their robots on a stage to an audience throughout the event March 15-17. Be sure to check out the schedule for great presentations by a variety of roboticists. Meet roboticist Ray Renteria's DAR-1, cleverly acronymically named after his children. DAR-1 is an autonomous social robot of the hexapod genus. Curious about people, he'll study your eyes and your smile with the intensity of a focused child. He's shy, though. If you get a little too close to him, he'll get nervous and try to back away. See how long you get him to keep following your eyes by looking deep into his. DAR-1 is a social robot with the purpose of challenging people's notions of what it means to be "alive." He is a showcase for inexpensive technology that can be brought together to produce a highly performant and nimble robot for various applications. DAR-1 demonstrates the power of the open source OpenCV computer vision technology. Bradley Knox says his Emoters are robot pets that are both simple and lifelike. They live in a small cage, where they live their lives. Emoters are interested in people, but they're more engaged with each other and the world inside their cages. Like a cross between a Tamagotchi and an ant farm, Emoters fill a role somewhere between a real pet and a video game. In this exhibit, primitive emoters are on display. They are bigger and less intelligent than the Emoters that will come later. Yet like later Emoters, they move around on their own and interact with people. Nikko, is named after the main flying monkey in the Wizard of Oz, says Dave Santilena. This flying monkey is a remote-controlled aerial robot in a monkey costume. It has two onboard cameras and uses an ipad as a controller. When airborne, you will be able to see what Nikko sees as he flies high above the crowd by looking at the monitor. Aerial robots or drones have many specialized uses such as aerial video, police surveillance, pipeline inspection and many others. Nikko's sole purpose is to entertain, scare children and small animals, and perhaps lead to interesting conversations. Nikko will not be able to be pet but the controller will be covered by flying monkey fur so you will be able to get the idea of what he feels like. Hashtags #sxsw #RoboPetZoo #borgfest

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  • Panel Discussion: How technology is evolving the healthcare industry

    [RSVP required. Get ticket from Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/health-futures-the-impact-of-technology-on-healthcare-tickets-15490677032?aff=estw ] Event Details The proliferation of new technologies across the health and wellness space promises to revolutionize our healthcare experiences. We've already seen widespread adoption of tracking apps and wearables by millions of people. But what is the reality of these technologies? What is the next evolution? And what is the real impact that current and future technologies will have on healthcare? Our carefully selected, expert panelists will provide a view into the current state and future direction of healthcare technology. Join projekt202 at the The Livestrong Foundation for a robust and lively panel discussion about how health technology can impact behavior change and improve health outcomes, how wearables will evolve to provide more value, and how technology will become further embedded with the human body to augment our abilities. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. ------------- Agenda: 6:00-6:30pm Meet & Greet 6:30-6:45pm Introduction from Peter Eckert, Co-Founder and CEO of projekt202 6:45-8:00pm Panel Discussion & Q/A led by Kijana Knight-Torres, Principal Experience Researcher for projekt202 8:00-8:30pm Networking About our Panelists: Kyle Samani, CoFounder and CEO, Pristine Pristine powers smart glasses in clinical use for greater efficiency, increased quality, and hands-free telemedicine. Prior to starting Pristine, Kyle worked at VersaSuite, a company that builds electronic medical records (EMRs) for hospitals. He spent three years there: one year in engineering, one year in sales, and one year in product management. At VersaSuite, he learned how to build, sell, and deploy enterprise software into complex work environments. He started Pristine immediately after the general availability of Google Glass in May 2013. At Pristine, Kyle is responsible for fund raising, setting the vision and strategy, recruiting executives, and sales. Robin Krieglstein, Behavior Design Consultant Robin is a member of the Stanford Behavior Design Lab with Dr. BJ Fogg. He has specialized in applying behavioral psychology to technology for over 25 years as a designer, developer, founder, and consultant. Robin founded the Design Group at LeapFrog Toys; founded the first gamified, goal-achievement social network; has consulted for over a dozen Fortune 500s; and did health behavior design at Badgeville for brands like Kaiser, Oracle, Jillian Michaels and Bob Greene. He holds a BA in Computer Science with a focus on Educational Software Design from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Richard MacKinnon, Founder and Executive Director, BorgFest Human Augmentation Expo. Rich is creating the world’s first festival for cyborgs—to celebrate and support those among us whose bodies and identities have changed—largely from trauma, degeneration, or disease, but also electively. Rich wants to shape the culture induced by the fantastic changes brought about through the rapid technological achievements in health and life sciences. When we provide a prosthetic, for instance, we are no longer replacing lost capability. We are catalyzing a remade identity which may be more empowered than it was before. The story is moving beyond disability to bionic legs, but he believes we need to remain focused on our ability to dance. Pär Axelsson, Director of UX Research, FloSports Pär is the Director of User Experience Research at FloSports, Inc here in Austin, TX. He has over 10 years experience in UX and Human Factors research, across a variety of products and services, in different domains. In early 2014 he was diagnosed with Latent autoimmune diabetes of adults (LADA), which is a rare form of Type 1 diabetes. After a few months of insulin treatment using regular injections and finger sticks several times a day, he has now moved to using an Omnipod Insulin pump and a Dexcome Continuos Glucose Monitor, which both are attached to his body. This allows him to administer insulin and monitor blood glucose wirelessly via a PDM, which has eliminated the need for injections, significantly reduced the number of daily finger sticks, and thus made it easier for him to manage his condition. The only downside is that each device requires a separate handheld device and, consequently, his pockets are always very full. Hosted by: The LIVESTRONG Foundation The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. For 18 years, the Foundation has provided a voice of the cancer survivor and directly served more than 2.5 million people. LIVESTRONG answer survivors’ questions, tells their stories, and helps them live their lives through direct service, advocacy and inventive partnership models. In 2014, the Foundation launched its boldest enterprise yet --the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. The Institutes will be a pioneering approach to patient-centered cancer care designed by survivors to deliver the best teaching practices and the greatest collaborative research to serve the cancer community. For help with a cancer diagnosis for you or a loved one, please visitLIVESTRONG.org/WeCanHelp. For other information about our programs and services, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

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  • Occult Futurism Halloween Costume Party by Borgfest, Nerd Nite, and Dorkbot

    Borgfest, Nerd Nite, and Dorkbot present Occult Futurism Haunted House Halloween Party Android vampires and robot werewolves and bionic zombies, oh my! Featuring the Sciborg Robopimps, tarot card readings, parlor tricks, and the Hyde Park Gorilla No street clothes, please. Come costumed or come naked. Dress code enforced By invitation only. Get your tickets at Eventbrite (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/occult-futurism-halloween-costume-party-by-borgfest-nerd-nite-and-dorkbot-tickets-13841794179?aff=meetup), use promotion code ectoplasm

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  • Happy Hour to Welcome Louise Bruton

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    Join us for a Happy Hour tomorrow to welcome Louise Bruton. As I mentioned, a few days ago, I met Louise along with Sophie Oliveira de Barata of the Alternative Limb Project at TEDMED in San Francisco. Louise is visiting America and driving across the country, making a stop in Austin. Louise has an amazing customized prosthetic leg covering that was hand-crafted by Sophie. Here's a picture that doesn't do it justice: http://graeile.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/001_8471-1-copy-1.jpg?w=1024&h=695 Sophie's work at the Alternative Limb Project goes a long ways towards body-identity re-integration and improving the acceptance of prosthetics by amputees. This is done by working in close consultation with clients to design a customized look for prosthetics that more closely matches their sense of identity and aesthetics. Here's a link to the Alternative Limb Project: http://www.thealternativelimbproject.com/ Clearly the work is amazing and this is your chance to meet Louise and change the way you think of prosthetic limbs.

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  • Wearable Wednesday Austin - How Wearable Tech Saved (or is Saving) My Life

    [Eventbrite Registration Required (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wearable-wednesday-austin-how-wearable-tech-saved-or-is-saving-my-life-tickets-13107652341?aff=meetup)] Join us September 24 for our second Wearable Wednesday Austin! How Wearable Tech Saved (or is Saving) My Life 6-10pm, Wednesday, September 24 at AT&T Labs 9505 Research Blvd, Austin, Texas 78759 Free admission, Registration Required (http://www.meetup.com/BorgFest-Meetup-Group/) Learn and network with innovators The emergence of the Wearable Technology industry has come fast and far in a short period of time. Innovative and revolutionary ideas have almost instantaneously spawned from concept to reality, from things of dreams and movies into tangible products. Once only known in the world of the science fiction, today’s consumers and patients have access to incredible breakthroughs. Join us and we'll keep you abreast of what's new, what's relevant, and how to think about it in provocative and creative ways. At our second Wearable Wednesday Austin, we will gather to have a special conversation about wearable technology that matters. When it comes to the wearable world, it seems everyone is looking for distinctive functionality and failing that, there is a plethora of look-alike products pre-occupied with fashion over form. Last year, scientists with the Bionic Man project, gathered prosthetic limbs and artificial organs from around the world and assembled them together in a single structure or artificial man. They claim that today, we are able to rebuild more than 50% of the human body. Yet, despite these startling advances, it's clear that the Frankensteinian concept of human organ transplantation often remains the only viable solution for organ replacement. We're going to focus on the crossroads of wearable medical devices that assist organ function and full-on organ transplantation and we're going to do it at the Austin location of AT&T Labs. AT&T Labs traces its history back to the world-famous Bell Labs which played a distinguished role in many of the most significant inventions of the modern age. We're thrilled that AT&T has partnered with us to discuss the dawning age of cyborg technology. Come take part in an important discussion that will reshape how most of us think of wearable technology--transplants, implants, hardware, software, and wetware. It's going to be a fantastic evening! Agenda: 6:00PM - Networking and Demos (Pizza and refreshments generously provided by AT&T) 6:45PM - Introduction by Rich MacKinnon, Wearable World Ambassador, and co-founder and executive director of Borgfest Cyborg Festival and Expo on Human Augmentation, Performance Enchancement, Body Modification, and Wearable Tech. 6:50PM - Speakers, Presentations, and Q&A. Speakers/Presentations: John Porterfield, Chief Scientific Officer, Admittance Technologies. "The beat goes on: The making of pacemakers." Jesse Kinbarovsky, Patient-Inventor, Glucocue. "When measuring gets in the way of therapy: What diabetics can teach us about UX design." Lennie Myers, transplant recipient. "Living on the edge: A man with 4 kidneys and 30 years of life extension from the bleeding edge of modern technology." 8:35PM - Wrap Up, Feedback, and Announcements 8:50PM - After-Party 10:00PM - Good night! Speaker Bios: John Porterfield, Chief Scientific Officer, Admittance Technologies (http://admittancetechnologies.com/). John is working toward the goal of commercializing his PhD research for use in humans, which involves measuring blood volume in real time using commercially available pacemaker leads and devices. His presentation will cover the origins of pacemakers, the shortcomings of current devices, and will explore how they can/should be improved along with reasons why they haven’t yet. Jesse Kinbarovsky, Patient-Inventor, Glucocue (http://www.cuewell.com/) As a patient and inventor, Jesse brings new insight into design and function.The chronically ill have been using invasive, embedded, and simple technologies and methods for more than a generation to check and record physiological data dozens of times each day for several generations. What are the psychological and physical effects of such extreme quantification? How do these efforts impact quantifiers’ families and loved-ones? What can diabetics teach us about the longevity of self-quantification efforts, and how might such experience inform the technology we produce and the interfaces we design? Lennie Myers, transplant recipient Lennie considers himself one of the luckiest people in the world because he was fortunate enough to be born and live in a time where leading edge technology has kept him alive for 30 additional years. Each of us has an opportunity to celebrate our births each year. Lennie celebrates 5 very specific birthdays coinciding with modern technology that has either been life-sustained or given him new life. Rich MacKinnon, Executive Director, BorgFest Human Augmentation Expo (http://www.borgfest.com/) Rich is the Wearable World Ambassador to Austin. His upcoming cultural and entertainment festival, BorgFest, is cyborg festival and expo on human augmentation, performance enhancement, body modification, and wearable technologies. There are Borgfest mini-events and meet ups scheduled throughout the year (this is one!) and the cyborg community gathers daily online via the website, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS & PARTNERS! Become a Borgfest sponsor or partner. Contact [masked] to discuss creative and custom opportunities. About our Sponsors BorgFest Cyborg Festival and Human Augmentation Expo (http://borgfest.com/) Celebrate and support those with prosthetics, orthotics, implants, transplants, augmentations, performance enhancements, body mod, quantified self, wearable tech, and more! Borg Fest is a celebration for an intentional community of people interested in human augmentation and enhancement. Many of the participants will themselves have been augmented as a result of accident, injury, war, congenital defect, illness, or disease. Others may have been augmented for personal, professional, artistic, stylistic, philosophical, political, or religious reasons. Some of the participants are industry and academic leaders in the fields that provide products and services to this community. Amidst the celebration, key conversations will occur, critical contacts made, relationships formed, ideas crystalized, companies started, concepts demonstrated, and people helped. Austin Health Tech: Healthcare, Technology, and Health 2.0. (http://austinhealthtech.com/) Austin Health Tech is an organization with one simple aim: To bring the health, technology, and business communities of central Texas together to make healthcare better. AT&T Labs (http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=14188) Starting with the invention of the telephone, AT&T Labs have created some of the world's major innovations across a broad spectrum of technology. These innovations range from IP network management and optical technology to automatic speech recognition and next-generation text-to-speech products. With Labs locations across the country and hundreds of the world's best researchers, technologists and engineers, AT&T is more equipped than ever to handle the drive towards innovation. About Wearable Wednesdays (http://www.wearableworld.co/wednesdays?__hstc=152454374.75f44fc1b8f2d9bd1d84804c5aa99b6e.1396581901841.1396936612032.1396986824401.14&__hssc=152454374.2.1396986824401&__hsfp=4217792877) Wearable Wednesday events are an open community forum focused on the blending of technology, art and humanity in the Wearable Technology and Internet of Things ecosystem. Our goals is to provide a platform for industry innovators, entrepreneurs, builders and investors to connect with like-minded, motivated people with the knowledge, vision, and partnerships that will move the Internet of Wearable Things forward. Group Meetups will include both technicaland market-oriented sessions. Wearable Wednesdays are held globally across the world's top tech centers, including San Francisco, New York, Dallas, and London, and we continue to launch new locations periodically. Meet the most innovative wearable tech entrepreneurs in your community, demo products, share ideas and discuss trends in both local and global markets. **DISCLAIMER** After 8:00AM CST on Wednesday September 24, 2014 Wearable World, Inc. will not issue any refunds on tickets purchased for the Wearable Wednesday Austin Event.

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