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Val Vacante

Valerie Vacante is the Founder of Collabsco, a strategy and innovation firm based in Austin, Texas. In a connected world of entertainment, play, living and learning Valerie has pioneered award winning digital products and experiences across IoT, AR, VR and beyond.

In 2018, Valerie launched the first-ever connected play landscape; this year, her latest iteration maps over 260 connected play experiences, emerging technologies and business growth opportunities.

Valerie has expanded Collabsco’s innovation efforts across the US, Europe and South America helping companies build their portfolios through collaborations with inventors, startups and global brands.
She is also the Co-Founder of TechUp, a curated service that showcases innovative products on a global stage as featured at WIRED Live, WIRED Next Generation, CES and SXSW.

In between driving what’s next in technology, culture and design, Valerie serves on the SXSW Innovation Advisory Board, as a CES KAPi Awards Judge, a Global Expert to MassChallenge, an international speaker and technology writer.

You can find her almost anywhere creators are designing the future.