IC² Institute programming at SXSW 2015

This year presenters from the IC² Institute and Austin Technology Incubator will take part in eighteen events at SXSW Interactive and SXSW Edu, March 9-17.

Global Connections

Attend our session at SXSW 2015A highlight of SXSW this year is the “SX Global Connections” thread running through the Interactive and Music conferences. The IC² Institute and ATI have supported this international focus by organizing the SX Global Connections Networking Center in Salon H of the Hilton Downtown. Salon H will be the hub of many international networking events as well as four panels focusing on IC² Institute programs and partners.

Turkey: Innovation in Global Communities (BOOST)
Friday, March 13 / 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon H

International Startup Happy Hour
Saturday, March 14 / 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon H

Unlocking Global Potential: Science and Technology (GIST Net)
Monday, March 16 / 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon H
Panelist Mandy Sutton, IC² Institute

Growing the Innovation Economy: Ecuador
Monday, March 16 / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Austin Convention Center – Room 9ABC (note: not Hilton Salon H)
Panelist Greg Pogue, IC² Institute

Emergence of Portuguese Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (UTEN Portugal)
Monday, March 16 / 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon H
Panelist Marco Bravo, IC² Institute

Manchester UK Happy Hour
Monday, March 16 / 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon H

Acceleration and entrepreneurship

Bart Bohn, Mitch Jacobson and Lydia McClure of ATI will preside at three exciting pitch events, the annual ATI Fast Pitch, SXSW Eco Startup Speed Pitches and Longhorn Startup Showcase. Heath Naquin will introduce the new NSF I-Corps node headquartered at UT Austin, which puts NSF-funded university researchers on a fast track to commercialize their technologies. IC² Institute Fellow Jim Butler will explore Austin’s entrepreneurial culture in a panel on Designing Austin’s Economy, and IC² Institute Fellow Bob Metcalfe will judge at a session of the SXSW Accelerator pitch competition focusing on Social Technologies.

The health and medical industry is a new focus at SXSW Interactive this year, including the launch of the SX Health and MedTech Expo at the Marriott. Cindy WalkerPeach of ATI will present at the Expo on funding for healthcare startups. Lydia McClure of ATI served as an organizer of the AustinHealthTech Pavilion (booths 515/615).

Designing Austin’s Economy – An Innovation Uproar?
Sunday, March 15 / 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Room 400-402
IC² Institute Fellow Jim Butler

UT Austin National Science Foundation I-Corps
Sunday, March 15 / 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Radisson Town Lake – Riverside Ballroom
Panelist Heath Naquin

SXSW Eco Startup Speed Pitches
Sunday, March 15 / 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon A
Host Mitch Jacobson, Austin Technology Incubator

SXSW Accelerator: Social Technologies 3
Sunday, March 15 / 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon FG
IC² Institute Fellow Bob Metcalfe

ATI Fast Pitch
Monday, March 16 / 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon K
Host Bart Bohn, Austin Technology Incubator

MedTech Investing: Community Innovation Ecosystem
Monday, March 16 / 12:15PM – 1:00PM
JW Marriott MedTech Stage
Panelist Cindy WalkerPeach, Austin Technology Incubator

Longhorn Startup Showcase
Monday, March 16 / 12:30PM – 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon K
Panelist Lydia McClure, Austin Technology Incubator

SXSW Edu

This year the IC² Institute will expand its SXSW presence to include SXSW Edu, the spinoff conference focusing on education. IC² Institute Research Director Art Markman will bring his cognitive science perspective on education to the panel Learning to Fail with Style and Grace. In the session Research, Startups, Citizens, Marco Bravo will explore what happened when design researchers, startups, and citizen-led projects were brought together in a university-sponsored coworking space.

Learning to Fail with Style and Grace
Monday, March 9 / 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Austin Convention Center Room 16AB
Panelist Art Markman, IC² Institute

Research, Startups, Citizens: All Together Now
Thursday, March 12 / 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Austin Convention Center Room 12AB
Panelist Marco Bravo, IC² Institute

Other events

The IC² Institute also actively participates in unofficial SXSW events timed to coincide with the conference. Lydia McClure of ATI will be a panelist at Pitch Austin, an MBA student business plan and ideation competition sponsored by UT Austin and the University of Michigan. Marco Bravo will speak at a private breakfast organized by the Embassy of Spain and will moderate a session at Casa Brasil.

Pitch Austin
Saturday, March 14 / 1:00PM – 4:00PM
UT Austin McCombs School of Business, 21st and Speedway, room GSB 2.126
Panelist Lydia McClure, Austin Technology Incubator

The Borderless Digital World: Where Will Brazil Be?
Saturday, March 14 / 7:30 PM
Casa Brasil, 102 Trinity Street
Moderator Marco Bravo, IC² Institute

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