Valerie Vacante is the the Founder of Collabsco, a strategy and innovation firm based in Austin, Texas that collaborates with global brands and startups to create solutions for growth. For over 14 years, Valerie has led cross-functional teams to create meaningful, consumer-centric experiences that connect brands, people and emerging technologies. She has worked with Fortune 100 brands such as AT&T, Mercedes-Benz and Nestlé among others across the U.S. and Europe. Valerie has pioneered digital products and integrated marketing experiences across digital platforms, connected communities, IoT, AR, VR and beyond. In between driving what’s next in emerging technology, culture and design, Valerie also serves as a member of the SXSW Interactive Innovation Advisory Board, Contributing Writer to various technology publications and Mentor to startups. You can likely find her at arcades, museums, tech incubators and almost anywhere creators are designing the future.