Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and founder of DEKA Research & Development Corporation and FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and Nobumichi Tosa, president and co-founder of Japanese sensation Maywa Denki, will be appearing at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on 12 March. The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is sponsoring the three events at which Kamen and Tosa is participating, including solo presentations, performances and an open reception for all attendees.
Dean Kamen’s FIRST program globally engages children from K-12 in immersive programs that teach the principles of math, science and physics through robotics competitions. In like manner, Nobumichi Tosa has been instrumental in establishing workshops in Japan that teach children how to build robots out of everyday dime-store items.
IEEE welcomes SXSW attendees to attend and engage in scheduled events on Monday, 12 March, including:
- DEAN KAMEN: “Invention & Inspiration: Building a Better World”
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5 – Solo Presentation
12 March – 11:00am-12:00pm
- IEEE/FIRST ROBOTICS: A Reception with Dean Kamen and Maywa Denki
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3-4 Meet Up Pavilion – open “Beer & Bots” reception for attendees
12 March – 3:00-4:00pm
- MAYWA DENKI LIVE: A Product Demonstration of Nonsense Instruments
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3-4 Next Stage
12 March – 5:00-6:00pm
Watch Maywa Denki Video – Otamatone
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