2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight: The New Augmented Order - Gov & Augmented Reality

Written by Megan Collyer | Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014

At SXSW 2014, Christian Doolin talks about government and augmented reality

Describing SXSW as an “intellectually curious Disney World,” Christian Doolin will travel to this year’s 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival from Washington, DC. His panel (and the focus of this installment of the Session Spotlight) is titled, “The New Augmented Order: Gov & Augmented Reality.” Read on to learn more about his panel and be sure to connect with Doolin on Twitter @chinchilla3000.

SXSW: Please describe your panel for us.
Doolin: How the US government is currently leveraging Augmented Reality solutions outside of the Department of Defense, and where might the application of AR extend in the future? How might AR enable personal data persistence, and how would this change our relationship to the government? What are the barriers to scale for government deployment of AR-enabled capabilities (e.g. wayfinding, learning, data capture, collaboration, identification, contextualization, etc.)? What are the risks involved in increased application of Augmented Reality for public service delivery?

SXSW: Have you spoken about this topic before?
Doolin: Yes, at the insideAR conference, Munich, October 2013. Participants were excited as the conference was primarily AR focused, and no other presenter discussed application to the public sector.

SXSW: Please tell us more about the other speakers on the "New Augmented Order - Gov & Augmented Reality" session.
Doolin: Carmen Medina is a former executive at the CIA and Google Glass explorer. She provides a contrarian and disruptive perspective to challenge thinking on AR's application in the public sector. Alan Holden provides a perspective on applying innovation in the public sector as an entrepreneur. Vin Zinsou offers his background in design of AR and mobile gaming to contribute to design considerations.

SXSW: What types of attendees should plan to attend? What knowledge do they need beforehand in order to understand the session?
Doolin: Technologists, futurists, and those interested in disruptive trends in the public sector will want to attend this session. Attendees should have a basic understanding of what Augmented Reality is.

SXSW: What is the best book you’ve read about this topic?
Doolin: Daemon by Daniel Suarez.

SXSW: In your opinion, why is speaking at SXSW Interactive a big deal? What are you favorite aspects of the festival?
Doolin: There are so many interesting, intellectually curious people that attend the conference, and it is an honor that any one of them would entertain my idea. My favorite things are the people...and the food.

SXSW: What is your favorite memory from a past SXSW?
Doolin: A guy from imgur standing up at the Reddit panel at SXSW 2013 and shaming all of the Reddit critics on the panel for attacking Reddit without having anyone from the organization in attendance to respond.

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