2016 Speakers

  • David Rose


    David Rose is a major speaker on The Internet of Things—the concept where everyday items become “enchanted objects,” able to anticipate our needs, talk with each other, and make life simpler.

    Rose is an instructor and researcher at the MIT Media Lab, and the author of the preeminent book on the Internet of Things, Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things. A serial entrepreneur, Rose is the CEO at Ditto Labs, and was founder and CEO at Vitality, a company that reinvented medication packaging that is now distributed by CVS and Walgreens. He also founded Ambient Devices, which embedded internet information in objects such as lamps, mirrors, and umbrellas. He holds patents for photo sharing, interactive TV, ambient information displays, and medical devices. His work has been featured at the MoMA, and covered in Wired, The Economist, and The Colbert Report.

  • Jason Roberts


    Roberts is the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, originator of the Better Block Project, co-founder of the Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, and recent candidate for U.S. Congress. In 2006, Jason formed the nonprofit organization, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 million dollar TIGER stimulus grant from the FTA to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking depressed blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement and has been featured in The New York Times, Dwell magazine, and on NPR. Roberts has spoken at TEDx Austin and Oklahoma and is the recipient of the Champions of Change award in Washington, DC for work in transportation innovations.

  • Nina Tandon


    Nina Tandon believes we all possess the key at the center of biotech’s industrial revolution. She envisions a future where smarter technology is made through a greater emphasis on the power of our cells. From self-healing technologies to individualized organ growth, cells are the new building blocks that will help create textiles and even homes.

    The future of biotech is explored in Tandon’s 2014 book Super Cells: Building with Biology, which she co-wrote with Mitchell Joachim. She is the CEO and founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company to grow living human bones used for skeletal reconstruction. Fast Company named Tandon one of the Most Creative People in Business and she was recognized as one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. Tandon and her work have been featured in Wired and the Guardian. Her past projects have included electrical signaling in tissue engineering and the development of an electronic nose that is used to detect lung cancer.

  • Larry Traxler

    Larry Traxler is the man behind the design at Hilton Worldwide. As senior vice president of global design, Traxler—with his team’s help—collaborates with developers, architects, and designers to drive new design initiatives for all new-build, conversion, and prototype hotels throughout the world.

    With more than 20 years of international hospitality design experience, Traxler started his design career with Jordan Mozer & Associates before serving as design director at HBA, where he focused on hotel design and development operations; as architectural design manager at Ian Schrager Hotels; and design director at Wilson & Associates. Prior to joining Hilton, Traxler oversaw architecture and design for Hyatt’s new North American and Caribbean properties. He holds a six-year professional bachelor of architecture degree with a focus in professional practice from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.