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 digital products and experiences across IoT, AR, VR and beyond.

Valerie launched the first-ever connected play landscape, mapping 115+ connected play experiences, emerging technologies and business growth opportunities.

She 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. Valerie is also the Co-Founder of TechUp, a curated service that showcases innovative products on a global stage.

In between driving what’s next in technology, culture and design, Valerie serves on the SXSW Innovation Advisory Board, CES KAPi Awards Judge, Global Mentor to MassChallenge, International Speaker and Writer.

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