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  • Shark Tank, Snowden and Yacht Hacking with UT at SXSW

    By Tracy Mueller
    Published: March 4

    SXSW is one of the world’s biggest conferences, bringing together leaders in technology, business, music, film and more. University of Texas faculty, staff, students and alumni can be seen throughout the events, leading panels and workshops, debuting films and hosting events. Visit the UT SXSW website for a complete list of all UT events. Below, a few highlights.

    Exclusive UT Casting for ABC’S “Shark Tank”

    UT Shark Tank casting


    Thursday, March 6
    10 a.m.-3 p.m. *
    Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

    This event is for members of the UT community only. Must present Texas Exes Life Member keytag or UT ID.

    The critically acclaimed, business-themed ABC show “Shark Tank” is continuing the search for entrepreneurs with the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Texas Exes is hosting an exclusive casting event for Texas alumni, students and faculty. If you’ve got a great business, product or idea and need an investment to propel you forward, come meet the casting directors for ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

    *10-11 a.m. is reserved for Texas Exes Life Members priority casting. Doors will open to the broader UT community at 11 a.m.

    Location Deception: Yacht vs. GPS Spoofer

    Yacht spoofing panel at SXSW

    A team of UT Austin scientists used the custom-made GPS device to take control of the White Rose of Drachs as it sailed last June in the Mediterranean. The White Rose’s captain will give a first-person account of the attack. The panel will discuss the technical aspects of the hack and the broader implications of location deception, highlighting the challenge of using location as an authentication factor.

    #utsxsw #yachthack

    Friday, March 7
    5-6 p.m.
    Sheraton Austin Creekside


    Todd Humphreys
    Asst Professor
    The University of Texas at Austin

    Jahshan Bhatti
    Graduate Student
    The University of Texas at Austin

    Kenneth Himschoot
    Himschoot Consulting bvba

    Andrew Scofield
    White Rose of Drachs

    Burnt Orange Saturday @ SXSW

    Matthew McConaughey at a University of Texas football game

    [Photo: UT Athletics]

    #utsxsw #BOSSXSW

    Saturday, March 8 – All Day

    Are you a proud Longhorn? Make it known. On “Burnt Orange Saturday @ SXSW,” everyone wears burnt orange to represent The University of Texas and show school spirit during SXSW, when thousands of visitors from all over the world are in town. Let’s show everyone how strong the UT network is while they are in Longhorn Country. Hook ‘em!

    After Snowden: Privacy, Surveillance, & the NSA

    Banksy what are you looking at

    [Photo: Flickr user nolifebeforecoffee, via the Creative Commons license.]

    #utsxsw #NSApolicy

    Saturday, March 8
    3:30-6 p.m.
    AT&T Conference Center

    Key Takeaways:
    1. What exactly is the current state of the law when it comes to NSA surveillance?
    2. What do we know about what the NSA is and is not doing?
    3. What do privacy theorists have to say about the impact of technological change on our privacy?
    4. How do national security officials think about these issues?
    5. What is likely to happen going forward?

    Workshop Leaders

    Robert Chesney
    Assoc Dean for Academic Affairs & Charles I Francis Professor in Law
    The University of Texas School of Law

    Julian Sanchez
    Research Fellow
    Cato Institute

    Susan Landau

    Timothy Edgar
    Visiting Fellow in Intl Studies

    Driverless Cars – Implications for Travel Behavior

    driverless cars panel at SXSW

    This panel will discuss the types of impacts that autonomous vehicles may have on people’s activity-travel patterns, location choices, and vehicle ownership. We will discuss the developing vision for transportation models of the future that are responsive to the presence of driverless vehicles

    #utsxsw #AutoBhatSX

    Monday, March 10
    Hyatt Regency Austin
    3:30-4:30 p.m.


    Chandra Bhat
    The Center for Transportation Research – UT Austin

    Museum Music: Art Galleries as Performance Space

    Blanton Museum of Art

    The exploding popularity of museum performances — as seen, for instance, in – Kraftwerk’s residency at MOMA, or in Jay-Z’s performance at Pace—demonstrates an underserved opportunity to connect visual and sound art. We will discuss strategies for making those collaborations happen.


    Wednesday, March 12
    Austin Convention Center
    3:30-4:30 p.m.


    Adam Bennett
    Manager of Public Programs
    The Blanton Museum

    Veronica Roberts
    Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
    The Blanton Museum

    Steven Parker
    SoundSpace Artistic Director
    The Blanton Museum


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      dindindara said on March 22 at 8:52 a.m.
      I was following updates from SXSW via mashable. I think it was the celebrities that had the most fun. Hopefully I'd be able to attend next years events. Wonderful tech events. Just wonderful.
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