BDYHAX will feature cyborgs, journalists, designers, grinders, researchers, and other experts who will tell their stories and share their research around biohacking and bodyhacking.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) November 11, 2015
BodyHacking Con 2016, or BDYHAX for short, is a first-of-its-kind conference and expo. BDYHAX will feature cyborgs, journalists, designers, grinders, researchers, and other experts who will tell their stories and share their research around biohacking and bodyhacking. The BDYHAX Expo will feature leading companies in this space as well as Singularity Quest and an Enabling the Future Hand-a-Thon. Other related events including a concert, a party, and a startup competition are planned throughout the weekend. The event is sponsored by IEEE EMB, and is taking place at Austin Convention Center and other venues on February 19-21, 2016 in Austin, TX
The conference will include speakers like Neil Harbisson, who, with the help of engineer Adam Montandon, solved his own complete colorblindness using an antenna that lets him hear colors in a wider range than normal people can see, IDEO Palo Alto partner David Webster, on designing for the intersection between humans and machines, and Dr. Rita Paradiso, of Smartex, Italy and sponsored by IEEE EMB, speaking on "Textile Sensing Platforms to support a Healthier Life Style." Information on other speakers can be found on the BodyHacking Con website. Badges, currently priced at $60 for general access, and $300 for VIP, are available online at http://www.bodyhackingcon.com and are limited in availability.
The BDYHAX Expo is open Saturday and Sunday (Feb 20-21) to the general public at no cost and will feature some unique opportunities to learn and play. Enabling the Future volunteers are planning a Hand-a-Thon to put together 100 3d printed prosthetic hands for kids at the Expo. The Expo will also be the home of Singularity Quest, a live action puzzle game where players complete tasks to solve the game's story and win prizes. Companies at the Expo include EnChroma, makers of the EnChroma Cx Lens that claims to "bring color to the colorblind" and uBiome, a company that helps customers investigate their body's microbiome.
In addition, the conference will feature an Interactive Wearables Concert with London-based producer Elite Force (aka Simon Shackleton) on Friday night. This experimental concert is powered by Mentegram and Validic and attendees will interact with wearables data in real time during a full multimedia experience. On Saturday night, a cyberpunk-themed Wormhole Party is planned so attendees can relax, mingle network, and play. Both events take place at local venue Vulcan Gas Company, renamed for the weekend Chiba City after the location in William Gibson's "Neuromancer."
BodyHacking Convention is a company owned by Austin-area investment firm Trammell Ventures. Trammell Ventures invests in technology- and information security-related startups. BodyHacking Con is an investment in the Austin, Texas, startup ecosystem—an attempt to foster innovation and entrepreneurship around wearable technology and the convergence of tech, fashion, and enhancement with their inevitable human body integration.