Valerie Vacante


Valerie Vacante is the Founder of Collabsco, a strategy and innovation firm based in Austin, Texas.

For over 14 years, Valerie has led cross-functional teams to create meaningful, consumer-centric experiences that connect brands, people and emerging technologies.

In a connected world of entertainment, play, living and learning Valerie has pioneered digital products and experiences across IoT, AR, VR and beyond.

This year, Valerie launched Collabsco’s Connected Cool Kids: Connected Play Landscape mapping over 115+ connected play products, companies and technologies across IoT, AI, Robots, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Edtech, Makers, Wearables, Social NFC/RFID and Voice. Additionally, Valerie expanded Collabsco’s technology scouting and product innovation partnerships across Europe and South America with additional offerings for global innovators currently in development.

In between driving what’s next in technology, culture and design, Valerie also serves as a member of the SXSW Interactive Innovation Advisory Board, Global Mentor to MassChallenge, International Speaker and Writer.

You can find her at arcades, museums, startups and almost anywhere creators are designing the future.