August 27-29, 2019 • Santa Clara Convention Center • Santa Clara, CA

2017 Keynote Speakers

Day 1: Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixit

Right to Repair Hardware Showdown: iFixit Takes You Inside Apple's iPhone X

December 6 | 1:00PM | Room 210GH

Have manufacturers put an end to electronics repair? As many fight for "Right to Repair" legislation, some electronics companies continue to suppress the independent repair industry.

In this keynote presentation, Kyle Wiens will discuss Right to Repair as he tears down Apple's iPhone X, uncovering its cutting-edge augmented reality sensor and comparing it to the competition's. View the Schedule »


Kyle Wiens is the CEO of iFixit, the free repair manual. He’s dedicated his life to defeating the second law of thermodynamics, a battle fought in the courtroom as often as in the workshop. The Right to Repair campaign has, so far, successfully legalized cell phone unlocking and tractor repair.

Day 2: Dr. Gunnar Newquist, PhD, Founder, Brain2Bot

Want a Real R2D2? A New AI Approach Is Forming

December 7 | 1:00PM | Room 210GH

Deep learning is fundamentally incapable of bringing artificial beings like R2D2 from fiction to reality. Biology, however, has already solved the fundamental problems holding robotic companions back.

Several companies have begun to apply neuroscience to embedded AI problems, and the results are dramatic. In this presentation, learn how the next revolution in AI could stem from biomimicry and the application of natural intelligence principles to software strategies. View the Schedule »


Scientist-turned-entrepreneur Dr. Gunnar Newquist obtained his PhD in cell and molecular neuroscience from the University of Nevada, Reno, and conducted a post-doctorate in learning and memory at ESPCI Paris-Tech. He is the founder of Brain2Bot, a natural intelligence company that uses biomimicry to give robots real-time learning abilities, emotions, and personality.

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