November 8-9, 2017Minneapolis Convention CenterMinneapolis, MN

NEW: 2016 Keynotes – Open to All!

Keynotes are open to everyone attending the event. They will be held in room 208D of the Minneapolis Convention Center. Below you'll find details about each speaker and presentation.

No RSVP required to attend the keynotes, but be sure to register for the event beforehand!

Wednesday, September 21

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
Scott Nelson, CEO/CTO, Reuleaux Technology  >bio

Digital Health Design - You Can't Just Make Technology Work, You Have To Make It Matter
The new norm in product development for connected medical devices, digital health, is not about technology, it's about design that makes products matter. Internet of Things technology, e.g. wearables, home automation, even connected car, is revolutionizing how healthcare is delivered both technically and commercially. The patient is becoming both the user and the payer and patients have consumer experience expectations. Even clinicians now have consumer expectations for connected health solutions based on their Apple and Google experiences.

Medical device companies today have to find ways to involve and integrate good design with their technology expertise to create products and experiences that don't just work, they have to matter. This presentation will share the new realities in connected health product development created by the Internet of Things. In particular, we will discuss how good design is now paramount in creating both patient and clinician experiences that drive the adoption that is necessary to fulfill the promise of connected health.

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Chuck Carter, Video Game and VR Artist >bio

Playing a New Game: VR Challenges and Opportunities
What will be the challenges for consumer level VR content creation in the near future? Which factors will limit the initial wide spread VR availability for desktop users wanting to jump into purchasing VR systems vs. game console manufacturers who will subsidize VR systems with the purchase of their game hardware? What kinds of content can we as a game company design that will work within the system limitations that will take advantage of the hardware and give the user a rewarding VR experience?

These are questions we are facing now as a game company as we jump headfirst into VR gaming.

BONUS! GigaParts will be demonstrating their purpose-built VR systems at booth 540.

Thursday, September 22

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.
David Rutherford, Former Navy SEAL Combat Paramedic >bio

Stories From the Battlefield, Lessons for Life and Design
Get inspired by best-selling author, top motivational speaker, performance coach, podcast host, YouTube personality, and tactical training expert David Rutherford. See how David's 8 years as a SEAL team combat medic can influence your work. Hear stories that will both keep you on the edge of your seat, while teaching you how to succeed in every environment.

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
George Leopold, Science Author >bio

The Astronaut as Engineer
George Leopold, renowned science & technology writer and author of Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom, discusses NASA's beginnings and how one engineer played a pivotal role in its winning the Space Race. Astronaut Gus Grissom, a mechanical and aeronautical engineer by training, played a central role in designing the early American spacecraft, particularly the two-man Gemini ship that served as the bridge to Apollo. To the end of his brief life, the former engineering test pilot struggled to fix his flawed moon ship. The odds were against him, the risks too great: Grissom and his Apollo 1 crew perished in a launch pad fire nearly 50 year ago. From Grissom's sacrifice a magnificent machine emerged, the Apollo command module that transported 24 humans to the moon and returned them to Earth.