Upon the hallowed grounds that is the Austin Convention Center there is but no event that stops the world of tech like South by South West. SXSW where the industry elite gather to converse, present and partake of all things Music, Film and Interactive in an assembly of ideas and thinking covering futuristic ideology.

SXSW founded in 1987 the conference is now in its Twenty Seventh year and has become one of the lighthouses for the technological world in years of late as the lines between online and offline have continued to blur particularly with the onset of Augmented Reality, Internet of Things and Wearables.

The PayPal Developer team closely follow all new and emerging technologies and as such has submitted a some proposed topics that we would love to present at the next conference.

But we need your help

To aid us in our quest to present these ideas of industry at SXSW 2015 we need you to vote up our topics…

For the Love of Pets and Technology!

Calling all Animal lovers! In this modern world, isn’t it cool that we can communicate, interact, observe and play with our pets in so many different ways using new technology?

Death to passwords – mobile security done right

User authentication in mobile applications is a very common and integral use case. Implementing regular passwords is an easy solution for developers but comes with several pitfalls that impair user experience like (re-)entering passwords, the need to create a new unique password or even just the input of personal data on a flaky keyboard while registering a new account.

Identity in the Future of Embeddables & Wearables

Stemming from the rapid prototyping maker movement, technology has taken a huge leap forward to begin true integrations with the human body. As the human body becomes a natural extension of technology itself, ways of identifying a person to the technology around them is shifting from antiquated external body definitions, to internal body functions.

IoT Hivebots

low powered IoT robotics is not a new concept and for most home or office configurations connecting multiple devices to a central controlling processor is not uncommon but when the central controller is incapacitated the result is passed on to the attached devices.

The DNA of FinTech APIs

APIs are changing the nature of businesses – telephony, computing, and credit card processing come to mind immediately. Financial services pose special risks and opportunities for API makers and consumers.

Future of Bitcoin Serving the Unbanked

Crypto currency, in particular Bitcoin, is transforming financial services. What does the future hold for the next couple of years? The number of bitcoin and virtual currency startups on Angel List has nearly doubled in the last six months to ~500.

Demystifying Payment Tech for Startups

Startups increasingly have more and more difficulties figuring out the best way to collect payments as they begin to monetize their businesses. The setup process is not very transparent, nor are the fees, risks and perisls of selecting the wrong mechanism for accepting payments.

About Steven Cooper

Steven Cooper is responsible for working with the strong developer community across Asia-Pacific to develop and nurture the healthy start-up culture that continues to flourish across the region. After 20 years in the industry Steven has worked as a senior developer for a host of start-ups and as a developer analyst for over 10 years with Sensis. Before joining PayPal he configured and spec’d mass production technology hardware for some of the biggest names on the planet. In his current role as Developer Evangelist Steven hopes to align businesses with the most appropriate PayPal solutions - products that deliver efficiency, flexibility and enable scalability.

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