Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Xconomy's Disruptors conference took place at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

TMC Innovation Institute director Erik Halvorsen welcomes attendees.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Nadia Morris, of AT&T's Connected Health Foundry, speaks on a panel with Sante Ventures' Casey Cunningham (left) and Mini Kahlon of UT's Dell Medical School (right).

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Ed Jung of Intellectual Ventures told attendees of his firm's mission and projects.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

We hope lots of new and fruitful connections were made.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Scott Parazynski, former NASA astronaut, talked about innovating in extreme environments like space and Antarctica.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Health IT startups made up the exhibition.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Andrew Scharf of OurCrowd dove into alternative funding models.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Health IT startup Seremedi was a Disruptors sponsor.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

The conference also featured time for networking among attendees.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

More networking.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

The discussions featured many questions from the audience.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Morris Miller of Xenex demonstrated the company's disinfecting robot.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Jeff Reichman (left), Rise's Nick Kennedy, and Joseph Kopser (right) of moovel discuss innovation in transportation.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Cognitive computing investor Manoj Saxena speaks with Xconomy Texas's Angela Shah about artificial intelligence.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Mercury Fund's Dan Watkins hosted a chat with Ron DePinho of MD Anderson about the hospital's efforts to cure cancer.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Bob Metcalfe fields questions from the audience.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

About 200 people attended Disruptors, one of our biggest events in the state.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Attendees connected with each other in breaks.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Chip Davis of Houston Ventures (left), Alex Rozenfeld of Climate Impact Capital, and Kirk Corbun of Surge Ventures (right), debated ways to fund energy innovation.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

The DEC's Trey Bowles (left); Atul Varadhachary of Fannin Innovation Studio; Tech Wildcatters' Gabriella Draney Zielke (far right) speak with HTC's MaryAnne Maldonado (far left.)

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

The forum featured speakers from many sectors of the Texas economy.

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Disruptors in Houston

Disruptors in Houston

Xconomy thanks our platinum sponsor and host, the Texas Medical Center. Photo courtesy: Texas Medical Center

Texas innovation is as varied as the state is large. At Disruptors, a daylong forum held recently in Houston, Xconomy brought together entrepreneurs, investors, and other innovators to speak of their advances in investing, medical devices, virtual reality, and other sectors.

The event was held at the Texas Medical Center’s accelerator, TMCx, and attracted about 200 attendees. Xconomy thanks the Texas Medical Center, our host and platinum sponsor; Greater Houston Partnership, our VIP reception sponsor; Fannin Innovation Studio, our event supporter; and Seremedi, our event partner.

Angela Shah is the editor of Xconomy Texas. She can be reached at ashah@xconomy.com or (214) 793-5763.