2015 Events & Workshops

Events || Workshops


Journalism Hackathon

Thursday, March 12
11:00 AM to 10:30 PM

Austin American-Statesman
305 South Congress Avenue

The School of Journalism is co-sponsoring a pre-SXSW hackathon with the Austin-American Statesman led by faculty members Robert Quigley, Christian McDonald and Jeff Lindwood

Come up with something exciting and new for the field of news technology. Need ideas or technical advice? We'll have sponsors and mentors from leading technology companies to help you learn something new, and build it in just 8 hours.



Science + Tech Meet Up: Scientists and Geeks Unite!

Hosted by Maytal Dahan, Research Engineer/Science Assoc, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Saturday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Room 504
110 E 2nd St

Get together and make friends with fellow developers, researchers and scientists for an hour of brainstorming and networking. Are you a developer interested in using your powers for good? Scientists looking to learn new web technologies? Come meet up! Let’s discuss some of the new and exciting science projects out there, learn about software carpentry projects that help scientists learn new software skills. Developers come meet up with scientists and researchers to share your skills and expertise.

#utsxsw #TecSciMeet

Discover UT System Future Finders

Saturday, March 14
3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

201 West 7th Street

Featuring Marinder K. Kahlon, Ph.D. - Univeristy of Texas Dell Medical School, Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships

The University of Texas System Office of Technology Commercialization will be a program partner with the 2015 SXSW Interactive event taking place in Austin, Texas.

On Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. a two part discussion/conversation, exhibit and reception will take place on the plaza of the University of Texas System Ashbel Smith Hall located at 201 West 7th Street, Austin, Texas  78701. 

Innovative start-up companies from the campuses of the University of Texas System will be on display.



McCombs Entrepreneurship Night – SXSWi Edition

Smart People. Big Ideas. New Connections.

Saturday, March 14

219 West 612 W 6th St


Come meet successful McCombs entrepreneurs from the Texas MBA and MSTC programs and network with Texas MBA and MSTC students and alumni, local entrepreneurs, and other SXSWi attendees. All attendees will need to RSVP!



UT Village at SXSW

Open to all SXSW Interactive, Platinum and Gold badge holders.

Sunday, March 15, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (4:30 - 6:00 p.m. – Innovation Showcase and Reception presented by OTC)
Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown Ballroom

In partnership with SXSW, this event is presented by UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, the Office of Technology Commercialization, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and The Dell Medical School.

Join inventors, thought leaders and entrepreneurs from The University of Texas at Austin for an all-day showcase of innovation and expertise. From health care devices and 3-D printing to connected cars and augmented reality tech, explore the research, network with the creators and get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest technologies coming out of UT Austin.


SXSW Accelerator

Bob Metcalfe, Prof of Innovation

Sunday, March 15
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon FG

The SXSW Accelerator® pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform for early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, venture capitalists and angel investors.

#utsxsw #sxswaccel


Health Innovation Ecosystem Meet Up

Mini Kahlon, Vice Dean of Strategy & Partnerships, Dell Medical School

Sunday, March 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM

JW Marriott, Room 502-503

Innovation is powering the creation of a vital, inclusive health ecosystem in Austin – one that can be a model for the world. Come meet with leaders of the new Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin to hear how they’re helping to lead this revolution, where you can plug into it, and what it could mean for your own city.



All Edge: Inside the New Workplace Networks - Book Reading

Clay Spinuzzi, Professor

Sunday, March 15
4:30PM - 4:50PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom G

The way we work is changing. New information and communication technologies (ICTs) have enabled new forms of work organization—necessitating new ways to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate on work. So, increasingly, we find ourselves working in temporary, loosely organized, specialist-heavy, project-oriented teams: all-edge adhocracies. And these adhocracies work very differently from bureaucratic hierarchies, which organized us throughout the 20th century. They have different strengths, weaknesses, and possibilities.

This book examines different aspects of all-edge adhocracies: why they are needed, how they emerged, how they are structured, how they develop, how they interact with other kinds of work organization, and what they need to thrive. Throughout, the book grounds its discussion in case studies of all-edge adhocracies at work, helping readers to understand and apply the principles to their own organizations.

#utsxsw #AllEdge


Impact Pediatric Health Pitch Competition

Steve Abrams, Professor of Medicine

Monday, March 16
9:30AM - 10:30AM

Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon J

Know some kids? What to keep them healthy? Impact Pediatric Health is revolutionizing children's healthcare. Join us as the nation's most disruptive health startups pitch their innovations to top health VCs and the nation's four largest and best children’s hospitals: Boston Children’s, Cincinnati Children’s, Texas Children’s, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

We want predictive patient population management algorithms, mobile devices, and patient care, and patient safety innovations. Got a wearable device that keeps kids healthy? Bring it! Gamification of wellness programs that keep patients engaged? We want that too! Surprise us with your innovation.

#utsxsw #kidshealth


Longhorn Startup Showcase

Ben Dyer, Entrepreneur in Residence

Lydia McClure, Dir Austin Technology Incubator

Nick Spiller, Student Ventures Coord

Monday, March 16
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon K
500 E 4th St

Presented by The University of Texas at Austin, the Longhorn Startup Showcase is a fast pitch competition for UT Austin-based student startups with revolutionary ideas looking for funding to scale their innovations. Innovative startups, like previous winners Beyonic and Everywhere Energy, are leading examples of how university-based startups can have global impact with creative uses of technology and a sound business plan. We will choose five finalists to advance and present to a hometown panel of corporate, angel, and venture investor judges in front of a well-connected audience at SXSW 2015. The Longhorn Startup Showcase Pitch finalists will each engage in Q&A sessions with judges and have opportunities for discussions with the audience.

#utsxsw #startup


SX Health and MedTech Expo

Building on the success of past Health and Med-Tech focused programming, SXSW Interactive adds the SX Health and MedTech Expo to the slate of activities for March 2015 in Austin. The brand new JW Marriott Hotel will serve as home for this exciting first-year exhibit space.

The MedTech Stage is host to additional programming and panels, providing the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the health and medtech industry and hear announcements about new ways for the SXSW Interactive community to get involved.

The Dell Medical School will have a booth featuring a small stage on the expo floor and will be conducting interviews with DMS faculty and other HealthTech leaders.

Dates: March 16-17, 2015
Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm

Location:2nd Floor Exhibition Hall Griffin Hall, JW Marriott Hotel



2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

SXSW Interactive prizes creative innovation in the connected world. Previously called the Interactive Awards, the re-named SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards presented by PwC showcases the evolving and broadening scope of the digital industry by more fully embracing its ever-widening variety of platforms, software, apps, and devices. SXSW wants to honor the best and latest advancements in 2014 and the people who made them happen, and celebrate them with you!

The Cockrell School of Engineering has three finalists for SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards:

  • Emma Fan w/ nanomotors, finalist in the SciFi No Longer category
  • James Tunnell w/ skin-cancer-detection device, finalist in the SciFi No Longer category
  • Neal Hall w/ fly-inspired hearing device, finalist in the BioTech and SciFi No Longer categories

Tuesday, March 17
6:00PM Pre-Party begins | 7:00PM Awards Ceremony

Hilton Downtown Austin, 6th floor


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ScaaS & Other Lies: Hacking Big Data on the Web

John Fonner - Research Assoc, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Rion Dooley - Research Assoc, Texas Advanced Computing Center

Tuesday, March 17
9:30AM - 1:30PM
JW Marriott, Room 306

ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup, which will begin closer to the event. Email workshops@sxsw.com if you wish to be put on a notification list to stay informed on when signup begins.

Javascript+REST experience desired. Experience in any scripting language will work, though.

What to Bring:
Github account and a laptop. Supercomputer and cloud accounts provided.

Big science and big data have moved out of the research world and into our daily lives. Thankfully, much of the heavy lifting has been abstracted away by a rising community of startups offering everything from accounting and analytics, to techno dance parties as a service. The X-as-a-Service movement has the potential to dramatically change the way we think about problems, yet there will always be problems off the beaten path that beat us down. How do we tackle big data problems that don’t involve social media, eCommerce, and CRM? How can we use the public cloud and private data centers interchangeably? At SXSW, such problems are all in a day’s work for the Jedi on stage, but what about the rest of us?

In this 4 hour workshop we will look at how we are rethinking the way big data and computational science are conducted and get some hands-on experience approaching science as a service.

#utsxsw #agaveapi





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