Asthmapolis CEO Talks Sensors and The Future of Healthcare at SXSW

sxsw2013Can you imagine a world in which all your physiologic parameters were measured, monitored and managed in such a way that you always maintained perfect health? That world may be just around the corner – and it’s the topic of the SXSW panel “Sensor Technologies: The Future of Health?” on Monday, March 11 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Creekside Room at the Sheraton Austin, 701 East 11th Street.

Our fearless leader David Van Sickle, Asthmapolis CEO and co-founder, will present along with moderator Jean-Luc Neptune, senior VP of Health 2.0, and fellow panelists Lama Nachman, principal engineer at Intel, and Mark Winter, senior director of the X Prize.

The panel was selected in part through SXSW PanelPicker, an online process that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming the SXSW Interactive, Film and Music conference. The community enters proposals for daytime conference programming and then the community votes for topics they think are the best fit. SXSW Advisory Boards and staff then select the most compelling sessions for the program.

“Most of the smartest people in the ‘room’ on this topic are on this panel,” wrote Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) of the Health Care Blog and Health 2.0. “Almost makes it worth going to Texas and waiting in line for 3 hours for your badge.”

We hope so Matthew!

David will talk about how the Asthmapolis sensor is the cornerstone of our company’s mobile health solution. It’s designed to improve the care of people with asthma, advance understanding of symptoms and triggers and help them achieve control of the disease.

We caught up with David as he was packing his bag for Austin to find out what are the three things he’s most excited about. In typical DVS fashion, he gave us four:

1. Elon Musk of SpaceX keynote.

2. Checking out what Make has going on. Follow #makesxsw, @make and @makerfaire.

3. Session on Big Data, mhealth, and of course, more sensors. Our friends at Frog Design did a great job of picking some panels I plan to hit too. Check out their picks under After Big Data, Enabling Healthier Living (thanks for the shout out!), Emerging Wearable Technology and Smart Cities.

4. Catching Margaret Laws, MPP, of the California Healthcare Foundation’s Health Innovation Fund on the panel “Show Me The Money $$$: Where to Get Funding, What They’re Interested In, and Why” at the Startup Boothcamp @ SXSW (#SXSHbooty). Margaret is the director of the foundation’s Innovations for the Underserved program, which focused on reducing barriers to efficient, affordable health care for the underserved – so we’re big fans of her unique take on investing.

You can keep up with David’s SXSW experience by following his tweets @dvansickle and using these hashtags during the session: #sxsw #sensors

P.S. Never heard of SXSW (South by Southwest)? An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 20th annual SXSW Interactive Festival features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line-up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to experience a preview of what is unfolding in the world of technology.

For all those reasons and more, we’re pretty stoked to have David in the mix!