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Building Interactive Experiences Through the Years: From PC to Console to Mobile to VR and Beyond technology

As we move rapidly into the future, it's worth looking back to see how technology evolution has impacted the development of interactive experiences. As a veteran technology developer, Matthew Hooper provides historical context for his many informative and entertaining insights about the “game-changing” societal impact of this tech-industry borne innovation as well as his underlying observation that, to a significant extent, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”: While computer and graphics processing have made great leaps forward, the fundamentals of gameplay, storytelling, and the development process itself still follow the same familiar rules. Mr. Hooper will top off his presentation with a brief discussion of the Metaverse–something that has received considerable attention over the past year.


SpeakerMatthew Hooper

*Matt Hooper has been creating award winning interactive entertainment for over 20 years.
*As lead designer and creative director, he's shipped dozens of software titles representing tens of millions of copies sold across a wide spectrum of platforms, from mobile to PC to the many consoles.
*In the past 7 plus years he's helped Oculus bring a new level of immersion to the world through VR.
*While spending most of his career on gaming, his focus is broadening into areas including enterprise use cases and future of work through AR/VR. * Current focus is realizing the Metaverse

Program Manager Oculus

Connected Driving Automation - Can we ever get rid of the Driver? engineering

Dr. Poe will discuss how transportation engineers are using automation technology for cars to drive themselves and connected vehicle technology to allow roads to talk to cars for the next generation of transportation.


SpeakerChristopher Poe, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Over 30 years experience in transportation engineering, including academic research and private consulting
  • Licensed professional engineer in Texas
  • Previously Adjunct Professor at University of Texas Arlington and Lecturer at Penn State University
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.E. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University

Director, Product and User Experience Mixon / Hill, Inc.

Electrical and Computer Engineers in the World of Artificial Intelligence engineering

Today, cell phones, smart speakers, and search engines are all driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning. Dr. Douglas offers unique insight about how electrical and computer engineering are central to the technological revolution, as well as to the new frontier of artificial intelligence.


SpeakerScott Douglas, Ph.D.

  • On the SMU faculty for over 20 years.
  • B.S., M.S, and Ph.D. all from Stanford University and all in Electrical Engineering.
  • An expert in audio and image signal processing systems using machine learning algorithms.

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering SMU

The Beginning of a New Manufacturing Trend That Will Rule The World engineering

Dr. John Randall explains how the exponential improvement of manufacturing precision over the past several centuries – an evolution that brought amazing improvements in our technology, science, economies, life span, and standard of living – is coming to an end as we reach the quantized nature of matter. In this fascinating presentation, Dr. Randall describes the beginning of a new “exponential” manufacturing trend that achieves atomic precision at the nanoscale by taking a digital approach to fabrication, and then scales up the size of the atomically precise products to achieve complex devices and materials with unprecedented capabilities.


SpeakerJohn Randall, Ph. D.

John N. Randall, CEO of Zyvex Labs, Executive VP of Teliatry, Adjunct Professor at UT Dallas, and Fellow of the AVS, IEEE, and Micro Nano Engineering Society.

  • I am a card carrying Nano-Nerd with a PhD from the University of Houston, 39 years of Industrial experience in Micro- and Nano- Fabrication., making really small things, and 34 US patents
  • I have worked for MIT's Lincoln Laboratory (4 years), Texas Instruments (15 years with 2 years in Belgium), and Zyvex as CTO, VP, Pres, CEO (20 years)
  • I joined Zyvex Labs in March of 2001, and have a plot to rule the world with Atom by Atom Manufacturing and is working to heal the blind (Human Trials ongoing in Europe now)
  • I have 119 articles published in refereed journals, more than 50 conference proceedings and other publications with > 4300 citations and 34 issued US Patents with > 900 citations.
  • The Zyvex Labs developed artificial retina NR-600 is now being used to restore sight to the blind in Europe.
  • Teliatry, a Zyvex spin-off has its neuromodulation devices in human clinical trials, rewiring the brain to cure a host of neurological problems.
  • I am addicted to computer programming, robotics, and playing Alto Sax
  • I love my wife and kids

President and CEO Zyvex Labs

Full Presentations

Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) other

In 2015, the United Nations established an international framework that identified seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) for governments, corporations, and civil society to collectively achieve by the year 2030. Each SDG was given its own targets and indicators that provided metrics to track and measure progress - or lack thereof - for respective countries.

As we approach the midway point of humanity’s pursuit of these global goals, Matt Tranchin’s presentation will provide an overview of the SDGs and discuss how the pandemic has forced EarthX, an international environmental NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) based in Dallas, to reimagine how it can effectively address the climate crisis and scale its impact.


SpeakerMatt Tranchin

*EarthX Senior Vice President of Impact, leading the development of year-round campaigns, partnerships, and programming that establishes Dallas as a global hub of environmental leadership and advocacy, while also amplifying locally-led initiatives.

*Previously, served in the Obama Administration as the National Service Liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, overseeing outreach to non-profits, foundations, and social enterprises.

*President of March For Science, a global science advocacy organization that supports science-informed public policies.

*President of the Island Resilience Partnership, which structures public-private partnerships that accelerate the transition of island nations toward renewable energy and resilient infrastructure.

*President of the Coalition For A New Dallas, an advocacy organization that champions new urbanism public policies to revitalize neighborhoods and the urban core in his hometown.

Senior Vice President of Impact EarthX

Big Cosmos, Little Universes science

The universe is big. Really big. Like, mind-numbingly huge. It’s hard to believe that it all started out smaller than a grain of sand. Particle physics–the study of the ultra-small–helps us understand where the universe came from. Join Professor Steve Sekula as he explains how!


SpeakerSteve Sekula, PhD

  • PhD in Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004.
  • B.S. in Physics, Yale University, 1998.
  • 2012-present: dedicated to the discovery, identification, and study of the Higgs particle which provides for fundamental mass in the universe.
  • 2020-present: co-proponent of a new subatomic particle experiment, ATHENA, to be sited at the forthcoming Electron-Ion Collider in New York.
  • Co-author (with literal rocket scientist Frank Blitzer and theoretical physicist S. James Gates, Jr.) of the book "Reality in the Shadows (or) What the Heck's the Higgs?", an introduction to the sweeping extent of modern particle and astrophysics. This book is for those with a passion for scientific discovery.

Professor of Physics SMU

Cardiac Electrophysiology: Where Engineering and Medicine Intersect to Provide Care for Patients with Heart Rhythm Abnormalities medicine

In this enlightening presentation, Dr. Assar will discuss the medical devices (pacemaker, defibrillators, catheters, etc.) that are used to care for patients with abnormal heart rhythms and will describe the medical procedures made possible by these medical devices.


SpeakerManish Assar, MD

  • BS in Biomedical Engineering Science from Univ of Texas in Austin. Became interested in this because of artificial heart development in the mid 1980s.
  • Medical school at Univ. of California, San Francisco where I first learned of the field of cardiac electrophysiology (EP), specialty of heart rhythm abnormalities.
  • Did internship and residency in internal medicine at UT Southwestern/ Parkland hospital which provided rigorous training and consolidated plans to pursue cardiology.
  • Completed fellowship in Cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, and Cardiac EP fellowships at Duke and Univ. of Western Ontario in Canada.
  • Have been practicing as an interventional cardiac electrophysiologist at Baylor Univ Med Ctr where I head up the division and am involved in patient care and research and the program director for the cardiac EP fellowship. heavily involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

Invasive Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Baylor Scott and White Hospital Baylor Scott and White Health

Creating Champions of Change through a Culture of Civility other

In this thought-provoking presentation about a highly relevant, current topic, Scott Murray addresses society’s current challenges – including those posed by technological advances – in protecting honest civil discourse in a rapidly changing world. Against this backdrop, Mr. Murray introduces several “champions of civility” who have turned adversity into opportunity.

From U.S. Presidents to U.S. Opens, the World Series to the World Cup, the Olympic Games to 35 straight Super Bowls, Scott Murray has covered them all. He spent three decades with NBC television as a multi-EMMY-Award-winning TV anchor, host, and broadcast journalist. He has been recognized as a Living Legend of Journalism by the Press Club of Dallas and has been honored with the prestigious Silver Circle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


SpeakerScott Murray

 From U.S. Presidents to U.S. Opens, the World Series to the World Cup, the Olympic Games to 35 straight Super Bowls, Scott Murray has covered them all. He spent three decades with NBC television as a multi EMMY Award-winning TV anchor/host and broadcast journalist. He’s been recognized as a Living Legend of Journalism by the Press Club of Dallas and is a recipient of the prestigious Silver Circle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
 Scott presently is CEO of Murray Media World, a television production and A/V event company he created with his son. They each received an EMMY for a documentary they produced and hosted, entitled “D-Day Remembered… 70 Years Later” when they traveled to Normandy, France with two dozen World War II Veterans. Scott also stays active as a keynote speaker, sharing his presentation entitled, “Leadership America… Creating Champions of Change through a Culture of Civility.”  In addition, Scott annually serves as an emcee/moderator of hundreds of corporate, charitable, sports and educational events, as well as serving on the board/advisory boards of countless children’s, civic, charitable, and non-profit organizations. Scott is a published author of two books, while presently working on a third.
 Scott is proud to have been honored with many awards such as: Man of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year, Governor’s Award, Director’s Award from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, George Washington Medal of Honor Freedom Award, Patrick Henry Silver Patriot Award, National Youth Leadership Council Gift of Leadership Award, Diversity and Inclusion Award, United Way Hercules Award, Tom Landry Award of Excellence, and, Scott's most cherished personal award, Father of the Year.

Chairman/CEO Murray Media World

EarthX Omni Globe other

In this fascinating presentation, Mr. Flournoy offers a first-hand, 3D look at the inner workings and models of global wind currents, the continental drift, tsunami simulations, seasonal fires and air traffic models.


SpeakerLarry Flournoy

25 years in oilfield geophysics, drilling, and geomorphology 20 years at Texas A&M researching telecommunications and computing including: 15 years telemedicine research for US Army and civilian uses 4 years CIO of Health Science Center Multiple K-20 grant projects 6 years consultant for EarthX

Science on a Sphere Data Modeling EarthX

From Doctor to Tech Entrepreneur: Leveraging Your Skills to Try Something New technology

In this intriguing presentation, Dr. Rajiv Dahiya recounts his interesting dual career as a physician and tech entrepreneur. Dr. Dahiya will describe his current technology startup, Voterbee: a new social media concept with an app-based platform designed to measure human sentiment by allowing users to ask questions and receive answers in real-time with associated emotional feedback. Specifically, Dr. Dahiya will explain how he and his team utilize data visualization and broad as well as relational data analyses using their own AI algorithms, as they near completion of MVP (Minimum Viable Product) by the first quarter of 2022.


SpeakerRajiv Dahiya

My current technology startup is a new social media concept with an app based platform designed to measure human sentiment by allowing users to ask questions and receive answers in real-time with associated emotional feedback. We utilize data visualization and broad as well as relational data analyses using our own AI algorithms. We anticipate the app to be released in the first quarter of 2022. As a doctor I use my experience in human behavior analyses to help improve social engineering functionalities within our app. I have a background in Radiation Oncology and Internal Medicine and have worked on clinical applications of therapeutic technologies to combat cancer throughout my career. My healthcare background gives me a different perspective by allowing me to incorporate social and physiologic attributes within the technology space. It has certainly enhanced my belief that all new technology should take a person’s psychosocial wellbeing into account. I've been involved with startups in the past including a QR code based photo share app and a health tech startup which allows patients and doctors to find, manage and transact their healthcare needs. We launched it in Haiti and now have over 55% of all the doctors in the country registered on our platform. I have been an active member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in the past.

CEO Voterbee

From Top Secrets to Top Startups - adapting your skills to the evolution of digital technology technology

As a 40-year veteran of the technology sector, Mr. Jaime Romero shares his wit and wisdom about how he has managed to continuously adapt and augment his professional skills to stay relevant during the rapidly evolving age of digital technology. Join the discussion to gain critical insight, tips, and tricks about how to apply this growth-mindset to your own career path!

Mr. Romero is currently with his third startup company, DataSkrive, which is now entering the "hyper growth" stage. DataSkrive facilitates data-automation in the sports space, and counts among its customers many well-known corporations, including Sports Illustrated, ESPN, AP, and FuboTV.


SpeakerJaime Romero

  • Bachelors in Electrical Engineering 1984, Masters in Telecommunications and Computers 1997
  • Worked as a Hardware Engineer for the National Security Agency (NSA) for almost 16 years, Jan 1985 - Dec 2000
  • Transitioned to Software Engineer at the end of my time at the NSA.
  • Worked in Tech Startups in New York City starting in Dec 2000, first startup failed, second startup succeeded - Optimost - and was acquired.
  • Currently work at DataSkrive, a startup that does data Automation in the Sports space - customers include Sports Illustrated, ESPN, AP, FuboTV

Director Web Development Data Skrive

How Marketing Can Make or Break Your Company technology

Think that a great idea is all you need to create a successful company? Think again! We will discuss how your marketing and sales strategy–specifically related to branding, partnerships, growth hacking and more–drives success.


SpeakerHillary Sinclair

Hillary New Sinclair is passionate about advising and working with women-led startups. With a background in multi-channel marketing, corporate direction and operational scalability, Hillary has created strategies that drive revenue, engage users and accelerate company growth. Hillary is currently advising The Flourish Fund and Onthemuv. Previously, Hillary was Executive Director of Founders Network, a successful entrepreneur and marketing consultant. She has developed B2C marketing solutions for F500 companies including Avon, Yahoo!, eBay, Kraft Foods, Charles Schwab, DirecTV and Visa. Hillary is on the Steering Committee for the Changing Tides Movement, the Women's Leadership Committee of Founders Network and was a 2018 Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year with the Women in IT Awards. Hillary is also an HPHS grad; Go Scots!

The ER, Poisons and Crime Scenes--Stories from the "Front Line" of Medicine medicine

Dr. Hail shares gripping stories and pictures from the Emergency Room at Parkland Hospital, our nation's busiest emergency department and medicine's "front line." As Dr. Hail explains, these experiences in emergency medicine prompted her to study medical toxicology at the North Texas Poison Center. Dr. Hail recounts how her forensic toxicology practice has thrust her on a journey of testifying in federal drug-crime cases, including those related to the ongoing opioid epidemic, as well as in homicide cases, where her expert courtroom testimony helps to unravel and solve murder mysteries.


SpeakerStacey Hail, MD

Stacey L. Hail, MD, FACMT is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She currently serves as attending physician in the Parkland Hospital Emergency Department and the North Texas Poison Center. Dr. Hail received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in 1995. After receiving her Medical Degree at the Medical College of Georgia in 1999, she completed both her emergency medicine residency and medical toxicology fellowship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Hail has a prolific forensic toxicology practice serving as an expert witness for attorneys throughout the United States. She has testified multiple times as a witness for the Department of Justice involving federal drug crimes due to the national opioid epidemic. Dr. Hail also has provided toxicology commentary for local and national news venues and for documentaries on the National Geographic channel, the BBC, and the Oxygen channel.

Parkland ER Doctor & Medical Toxicologist North Texas Poison Center

The Genomic Era of Medicine: Pathology, Genetic Testing & Gene Therapy medicine

Molecular Genetic Pathologist Dr. Michelle Shiller highlights the existing and up-and-coming technologies used to evaluate comprehensively all of the diagnosis, treatment, and care options available to patients. In this intriguing report about cutting-edge medical treatment, Dr. Shiller provides an overview of the genetic diagnosis and identification of hereditary cancers and cancer therapies, cardiovascular conditions, infectious diseases (such as COVID-19), pharmacogenomics, and direct-to-consumer testing.


SpeakerMichelle Shiller, DO

*Molecular Genetic Pathologist *Utilize a wide array of testing platforms to diagnose, prognosticate and direct treatment of a multitude of disorders *Utilize predominantly genomic findings to direct therapeutic decision-making from a treatment as well as a preventive perspective *Develop algorithms to ensure every patient gets fair and equal consideration for relevant therapies *Assist with implementing programs to ensure the appropriate surveillance for those with hereditary disorders, particularly hereditary cancer predispositions

Molecular Pathologist PathGroup