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The Future of Prosthetics at SXSW

The Future of Prosthetics at SXSW

Visionaries set their sights on the future of prosthetics at SXSW

Aimee Mullins, Hugh Herr and Hans Georg Näder to offer inspiration at South by Southwest 2018

At South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018, three leading minds in the field of prosthetics will be standing on stage together for the first time - and they will be discussing how visionary ideas and innovations will revolutionise human bionics:

- Aimee Mullins has walked with prosthetic legs since the age of two and has 
  been at the forefront of prosthetic innovation for over twenty years. As the 
  first person on carbon-fiber sprinting legs she set three world records in 
  track and field, and her subsequent work has made her an icon in the worlds of
  fashion, design and art. She is one of the youngest inductees into the 
  National Women's Hall of Fame.  
- Professor Dr Hugh Herr is the head of the "Center for Extreme Bionics" at the
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). An expert in biomechanics, Herr 
  developed the world's first active prosthetic foot at his company, BionX. He 
  himself is a double amputee.  
- Professor Hans Georg Näder is leading Ottobock in its third generation and 
  has used his visionary strength to make the company the global market leader 
  in the field of technical orthopaedics. The company's growth is also driven by
  acquisitions, such as that of BionX in March 2017, and by the partnership with
  Hugh Herr.   

SXSW will be held from 9 to 18 March in Austin, Texas - which is also home to Ottobock's headquarters in the USA. The convergence of leading thinkers from every corner of the globe combines conferences, festivals and exhibitions highlighting interactive media, music, film, gaming and comedy - and was attended by more than 420,000 people last year. "SXSW is an inspiring environment for creative minds in various industries, and it brings extremely diverse ideas and topics together," said Hans Georg Näder. "For this reason, it's a particular pleasure to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and visions there together with Hugh Herr and Aimee Mullins, so we can drive the future of prosthetics forward."

About Ottobock

Ottobock develops medical technology products and treatment concepts for people with limited mobility in the areas of Prosthetics, Orthotics, Human Mobility (wheelchairs, rehabilitation devices) and MedicalCare. Subsidiaries in more than 50 countries offer "Made in Germany" quality worldwide, and employ more than 7,000 people. A family-managed company since its founding in 1919, Ottobock has also been supporting the Paralympic Games with its technical expertise since 1988.

Contact

Gesa Liss
Public Relations Manager
Corporate Communications

Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH 
Ebertstr. 15a | 10117 Berlin | Germany
T +49 (0)30 398 206 223 | gesa.liss@ottobock.de 


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