March 8 – 17, 2019

UT at SXSW

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Faculty, Staff, Students, & Alumni

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SEL

Mar 4

Write Your Life: Hip Hop & Mental Health

Write Your Life is a first-person arts-based workshop that uses hip hop and spoken word poetry to promote youth development and resiliency. This workshop shows how creative writing and performance based activities impact social and emotional development and encourages youth to develop skills that support spirituality and wellness, life-long learning, identity development, understanding of culture and community building, and promote education attainment.
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Leadership

Mar 4

Business Improv - Think On Your Feet at Work

Your team needs to work well under pressure and adapt to changing circumstances quickly and confidently. People and situations are unpredictable; improv provides tools to respond to the unexpected.
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Higher Education

Mar 5

Beyond the Hype: Lessons Learned From Adopting Predictive Analytics

Troubling national graduation rates for low-income students have galvanized higher ed. The rise of big data and predictive analytics presents unprecedented ways to help students navigate college, but how can institutions get beyond the buzz and build processes that actually drive results? Learn how four of the country’s largest public institutions are using predictive analytics to improve academic performance, retention, and graduation—changing the narrative for low-income students.
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Equity

Mar 5

Storytelling & Confronting Institutional Racism

Historically our education institutions have worked to silo particular experiences. The book As We Saw It and film Still Overcoming are examples of a story confronting problematic history and reconciling contemporary unjustices. Both are examples of narratives shaping conversations of inclusion and equity. This panel invites participants to join the book and film creators and subjects in exploring how to drive cultural change education and cultivate spaces where diverse students feel included.
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Higher Education

Mar 5

Next-Gen Ed for Artists & Creatives

Technology, globalized commerce and culture, and market alternatives to traditional residential education are challenging arts colleges to become far more innovative in preparing artists and “creatives” for career paths that are being radically reinvented—or just now emerging. This panel introduces three of the most innovative arts school leaders in the country who are driving change in the education of professional artists, performers, and creatives for the 21st and the 22nd century.
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Arts

Mar 6

Teaching Social Justice Through Art

Identity is a filter through which we view the world. Examining our own lens is critical to building culturally proficient learning spaces. Art as a medium assists educators in promoting self-reflection about identity, dialogue about difference, and empathetic understanding. We will explore how Art can bridge conversations that address bias, race, inequity, and membership. Leave with tools to facilitate classroom conversations about racial bias, immigration, mental health, and being an ally.
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Entrepreneurship & Startups

Mar 8

PitchTexas Finals: Graduate Startup Pitch Competition

Startups from across the country will compete at the 6th Annual 2019 SXSW Graduate Startup PitchTexas Competition—with $50,000 in total prize money. The competition was started and is run by the Texas McCombs MBA Entrepreneurship Society, a graduate student organization at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
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Health & MedTech

Mar 8

Featured Session: The Future of Health Care, Really

While health has improved over the last century, health care has hit a wall, according to this session's experts. Hear from David Feinberg, M.D., head of Google's health efforts, and Clay Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., founding dean of Dell Med, about opportunities for innovation over the next several decades.
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Health & MedTech

Mar 8

Reviving Healthcare's Delivery Mechanism: Humanity

To keep up with evolving health issues, healthcare providers must shift from traditional medical care to durable behavior change and effective social interventions delivered through meaningful relationships with caregivers. Prioritizing interpersonal medicine is the key to achieving this approach.
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Design

Mar 8

Data Science for Designers

As a designer, your team relies on you to bring insights to life. In this data-driven world, how can you make sense of data in a way that can inform your design process and decision making? We want to empower you to understand the data to keep you moving in your workflow. In this workshop, attendees will run through scenarios where they will learn to design effective testing experiments, interpret data, and how to use that information to inform better UX decisions.
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Intelligent Future

Mar 8

Big Ideas in AI: Problem Solving...since 1696

An exploration of the deep history behind many of the key transformational ideas in AI, from computer speech recognition to image identification, and what's really driving momentum in AI today.
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Special Event

Mar 8

PitchTexas Party

PitchTexas is a startup pitch competition for university graduate students, with a total of $50,000 in prize money. Immediately following the contest, UT president Gregory L. Fenves invites you to celebrate UT at SXSW with the contestants. Open to all SXSW badge holders and designated VIPs.
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Experiential Storytelling

Mar 8

Human Presence and Humor Make Us Better Storytellers

Do our immersive media experiences sometimes feel too functional and soulless? Humor can be the agent that humanizes performance and experiences and engages the audience. In this session, we will discuss how the human presence and infusing humor into the presentation enlivens storytelling and underscores the importance of communally shared experience in technologically driven works.
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Entrepreneurship & Startups

Mar 8

PitchTexas Semi-finals: Graduate Startup Pitch Competition

Sixteen teams from across the country will compete from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. on March 8 at the Semi Finals of the 6th Annual 2019 SXSW Graduate Startup Pitch Texas Competition at Rowling Hall—with $50,000 in total prize money awarded to the finalists at SXSW Pitch Texas competition on March 8 from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.. The Pitch Texas competition was started and is run by the Texas McCombs MBA Entrepreneurship Society, a graduate student organization at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
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Special Event

Mar 9

The Business of Making People of Feel Good at Palmer Events Center Wellness Expo Stage

Alissa Bayer is the founder, owner, and Chief Experience Officer of milk + honey. Alissa moved to Austin in 2002 to attend graduate school at University of Texas at Austin, earning her MBA with a focus on entrepreneurship. While she fell in the love with Austin's unique culture and wonderful people, she was acutely aware of the absence of the urban day spas she once frequented while living in NYC, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. After much soul searching and strategic planning, Alissa decided to fill this need and combine her many years of professional experience, her creative and playful nature, and her desire to create something that makes people feel really good. In January 2006, she launched milk + honey, and today, it encompasses a thriving collection of five spas in Austin and Houston — with two more locations underway — and a growing bath, body, skin, and haircare line that is hyper-clean, effective, and luxurious.
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Cities, Government & Politics

Mar 9

Gone to Texas: SXSW Immersion for EU Startups

The IC² Institute and the Center for European Studies at The University of Texas at Austin have partnered to bring innovative European companies to Austin’s SXSW Interactive Festival and help these young companies make the most of the networking and pitching opportunities that the festival offers.
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Future Workplace

Mar 9

Amira Pollock (UT Austin): Mentor

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interactions with industry leaders and professionals from all aspects across the film, interactive, and music areas. Advanced signup will be required, more information on the RSVP system will be available as at a later time. Meeting with this Mentor is highly recommended if you’re interested in Improv/Think On Your Feet, Executive Presence/Presenting, and Women's Leadership/Self-Promotion.'
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Health & MedTech

Mar 9

Can Health Technology Increase Compassion?

Technology in medicine has the potential to improve patient experience by helping the balance of power shift back to patients and by reinforcing healthy thoughts and habits. As advancements like artificial intelligence begin to outperform humans for diagnostic accuracy and therapeutic effectiveness, physicians can focus on the "art of medicine."
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Intelligent Future

Mar 9

Ethics and AI: How to Plan for the Unpredictable

AI is influencing our lives in powerful ways, but are we prepared to handle the unpredictability of tomorrow? This panel will discuss how the intersection of AI and ethics can help plan for the unknown. Speakers will highlight how a leader’s background in ethics can help AI stay beneficial, rather than a threat, to humanity. Panelists will bring unique perspectives from industry to academia that will empower participants to proactively build more transparent, explainable, and accountable AI systems.
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Documentary Spotlight

Mar 9

World Premiere Documentary Film: The River and the Wall

The River and the Wall follows five friends on an immersive adventure through the unknown wilds of the Texas borderlands as they travel 1200 miles from El Paso to the Gulf of Mexico on horses, mountain bikes, and canoes. They set out to document the borderlands and explore the potential impacts of a border wall on the natural environment, but as the wilderness gives way to the more populated and heavily trafficked Lower Rio Grande Valley, they come face-to-face with the human side of the immigration debate and enter uncharted emotional waters.
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Artificial Intelligence

Mar 9

Final Industrial Revolution: Life After Labor End

Beyond the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Peng T Ong addresses the “Final Industrial Revolution,” a sea change with major leadership challenges and risk management issues. Driven by the impact of AI and machine learning, this revolution will redefine the world’s economies and labor forces, reducing the labor value towards zero creating “economic singularity”. Introduction by President Greg Fenves, The University of Texas at Austin.
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Tech Industry & Enterprise

Mar 9

Breaking Barriers: Science + Technology Meet Up

Get together with fellow developers, marketing experts, entrepreneurs, scientists, and anyone interested in the intersection between science and technology for an hour of brainstorming and networking. Are you working in medicine and interested to find out how web technologies are advancing the field? Are you a machine learning expert interested in using your powers for good? Are you a marketing wiz and want to know how to share your talent to advance science? Are you a scientists looking to make a wider impact with your research? Just interested in how the web is being leveraged to facilitate science? Come meet up! Let’s discuss some of the new and exciting science projects out there, and learn about software carpentry projects that help scientists learn new software skills.
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Film: SXSW Community Screening

Mar 10

SXSW Community Screening: UT Radio-Television-Film Longhorn Denius Student Showcase

The 2019 UT RTF Longhorn Denius Student Film Showcase highlights a rich diversity of recent fiction and documentary films from The University of Texas Department of Radio-Television-Film. This SXSW Community Screening will be free and open to the public. (Note: seating priority will be given to badge and pass holders, followed by first come/first served.)
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Health & MedTech

Mar 10

Reimagining Life With Cancer

You have cancer. Terrifying words to hear that instantly alter our world, family, and life. Our health system has evolved to treat the disease of cancer. We've found efficient ways to fight the uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in the body. But somehow, we have forgotten that the social, emotional, spiritual, and practical aspects of the human experience are fundamental to living with vitality and resilience. What if we built a model that treats the mind, heart, & soul and delivers cutting edge cancer therapies? What if we prioritize not just survival, but supporting patients' capability, comfort and calm? What if we could use this model to improve access for ALL? Join us as we dive into Dell Medical School’s CaLM Concept, a flipped care model that reimagines the cancer experience.
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Entrepreneurship

Mar 10

Austin Women Innovating Through Design Thinking

How can we make our organizations more innovative, adaptable, and future-oriented? Human-centered design-led companies have cracked the code on change management and outperform competitors on the S&P by over 200%. They operate differently and take as religion the premise that innovation and profit are borne out of really "getting" human beings and their needs. But turning a conventional business into a design-led one is an uphill battle. Join four women leading human-centered design efforts to shape the future across four distinct industry sectors: education, healthcare, finance, & advertising. Get expert tips and learn how they counter common pushback on innovation initiatives and are influencing the future workplace to generate revenue while simultaneously improving people's lives.
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Tech Industry & Enterprise

Mar 10

Maytal Dahan (Texas Advanced Computing Center): Mentor

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interactions with industry leaders and professionals from all aspects across the film, interactive, and music areas. Advanced signup will be required, more information on the RSVP system will be available as at a later time. Meeting with this Mentor is highly recommended if you’re interested in Leadership, Software Engineering, Telecommuting, Strategies for working remotely.
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Meet Up

Mar 10

Female Filmmaker Meet Up at Fairmont Verbena

Christine Chen is an Academy qualified film producer, director and writer. She fell in love with capturing images and telling stories through film the first time she got her hands on an early addition VHS camcorder in 1993. Christine has a B.A. from Rice University as well as a MBA from the University of Texas McCombs. Christine's short films "A Bird's Nest" and "Ya Albi" were a Top 5 Louisiana Film Prize Finalists. They will be available on iTunes, Amazon, ShortsHD and continue to make the festival rounds. Funemployment, Christine's debut feature, produced under her banner Moth to Flame Films, is also currently being submitted to festivals. The company specializes in telling stories for business owners, artists, and families. Over the past seven years, their innovative approach to media and marketing assets has raised almost 1 million dollars in startup funding via crowd funding. Christine's favorite thing to do is being on set behind the camera, but when she is not filming, she also
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Intelligent Future

Mar 10

The Sun Beneath Our Feet: Our Geothermal Future

We are literally standing on the sun. The core of the earth is 6000C, and drilling only 5-10 miles down would give us access to temperatures that far exceed what we need to create unlimited, CO2 free, clean energy. So why haven't we done this? Because a set of technical and engineering problems related to high temperature, deep drilling technologies are currently holding us back. These problems are solvable, and addressing them will enable our energy "silver bullet." A consortium has formed at the University of Texas at Austin, combining legacy drilling engineering expertise with our robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our aim is to catalyze a geothermal renaissance, enabling baseload capable geothermal energy by 2030. We want to invite the world to engage with this problem set and process.
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Film

Mar 10

Film Keynote: PJ Raval

Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100”, PJ’s documentary film credits include Trinidad (Showtime, LOGO) and Before You Know It (PBS). PJ’s recent film Call Her Ganda is an intimate investigation into Jennifer Laude, a trans woman in the Philippines who was murdered by a US Marine. Theatrically released fall of 2018, Call Her Ganda is slated for US broadcast summer of 2019 and is currently nominated for a 2019 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary. PJ is also the filmmaker behind the provocative and unapologetic Christeene music video series, hailed by the Hollywood Reporter as something you “desperately wish you could unsee.” He is also part of the producing team behind Travis Mathew’s psychological thriller Discreet and Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan’s documentary Pahokee. Also an accomplished cinematographer, PJ shot the Academy Award‐nominated Best Documentary Trouble the Water and is 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.
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Cities, Government & Politics

Mar 11

ATI Startup Spotlight

The Cities, Government & Politics Track focuses on innovative city development, privacy issues, and how politics plays a role in shaping policy on all levels of government.
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Cities, Government & Politics

Mar 11

ATI and Capital City Innovation

This is the second year that Capital City Innovation and partners will be hosting a social in March. Come out and socialize with local and global innovators, investors, and leaders in the health, tech, and life sciences space!
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Tech Industry & Enterprise

Mar 11

Corporations Are Failing To Innovate, or Are They?

75% of the S&P 500 is expected to be replaced by 2027. It's more important than ever for corporations to explore new markets for growth. The seeds of innovation are being cultivated fast as millions of new startups launch every year. Corporations have ineffectively capitalized on early stage startup innovation, which brings with it, proof of concept, intelligence and tailored solutions. This panel will feature leaders from corporations pushing themselves to rethink their approach towards innovation and entrepreneurs. Our panelists have both successfully and unsuccessfully built partnerships with startups to bring their new ideas to larger markets. We'll explore all sides of this innovation conundrum and how corporations can capture this opportunity in the future as the stakes get higher.
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Intelligent Future

Mar 11

How AI Will Design the Human Future

Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics are enabling us to replace limbs, translate dreams into pictures, interpret neural signals, and gain insights into our genetic makeup. Countries like China are already investing in programs to raise IQ scores by up to 15 points every successive generation. Capabilities like these, unthinkable for most of history, raise existential questions: What, if anything, is the essence of what makes us human? How can AI augment our intelligence? Should we even use it for that purpose? Do we have a choice? This panel will draw on the knowledge of a diverse group of science and technology experts to explore the economic, ethical, and existential implications of using AI and robotics to enhance humans of the future.
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Health & MedTech

Mar 11

Precision Medicine and Race: Improving Health 4 All?

Get an update on the field of precision medicine - the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient - and its potential impact on current disparities in health care. The panelists will also share their perspectives on the challenges of precision medicine and its limitations in the quest to eliminate health care disparities.
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Cities, Government & Politics

Mar 11

The Future of ______

How will emerging technologies address our local and global challenges? We’ve amassed experts from around the world - from industry, government, startups, NGOS, academia - to answer those big questions. And we’re going to have a great time doing it.
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SXSW Art Program

Mar 12

Arctic Passage

Award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Louie Palu will install a series of photographs frozen in large ice blocks, with the melting ice blocks gradually revealing photographs shot around the Arctic. Occurring on the Harry Ransom Center's plaza, the art installation “Arctic Passage” explores the evolving geopolitics of the Polar region, the history of the Arctic, its connection to the Franklin Expedition, and climate change.
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Mentor

Mar 12

Claire Winslow (Best Practice Media) : Mentor at JW Marriott Salon 8

Claire Winslow is the President and Senior Strategist at Best Practice Media, a boutique social media marketing agency in downtown Austin. Best Practice Media specializes in content creation and curation, daily engagement, and online reputation management. Claire holds her MBA from The University of Texas and is a regular contributor on social media marketing panels for small businesses. Her company brought Social Media Week to Austin for the first time in February 2017.
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Tech Industry & Enterprise

Mar 12

Air Levitation: A New Hyperloop Transport Method

The Hyperloop and the possibility of traveling at transonic speeds is gaining more momentum as companies are developing full-scale transport systems. As the founder and advisor for Texas Guadaloop, a research group turned Hyperloop startup from The University of Texas at Austin, I am working with a team of engineers to build the first Hyperloop Transport Vehicle that uses air as a source of levitation and friction-less movement, making transportation more cost-effective and efficient. Our design won the Innovation Award at the SpaceX-Hyperloop II in August 2017, and we presented our latest designs at Competition III in July 2018. We believe these enabling technologies will push the boundaries of transportation and bring the world closer together.
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Brands & Marketing

Mar 13

Ethical Shopping : Why Good Intentions Go Bad

Ethical consumerism — the marketing and purchasing of products that minimize harm to workers or the environment — is a popular value. Yet typical buyers don’t consume ethically, at least not most of the time. So if we care about other people and the environment, why don’t we shop like we do? Two behavioral economists will explain their research into the discrepancy between what shoppers say they want and what they actually buy, while a fair trade goods producer will give the marketers’ perspective. Yes, there are difficulties in marketing socially conscious products, but both companies and consumers can do better. Let the experts tell you how.
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Tech Industry & Enterprise

Mar 13

What's the Role of Wearables as a User Interface?

With use of wearables growing and their data more available, let's explore the role many devices can and should play in controlling user interface and experience. With a panel of devices makers, wearable platforms and experience creators, we'll have a conversation about ways where user interface control has been enhanced and also consider where things don't work well.
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Media & Journalism

Mar 13

Shilpa Bakre: SXSW Mentor

Mentor Sessions offer 15 minutes of one-on-one interactions with industry leaders and professionals from all aspects across the film, interactive, and music areas. Advanced signup will be required, more information on the RSVP system will be available as at a later time. Meeting with this Mentor is highly recommended if you're interested in Diversity, Leadership, and Marketing/Advertising/PR.
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Food

Mar 13

The Feature of Eating

What some call The Fourth Agricultural Revolution, is being made possible by the rapid developments in Big Data, Robotics, Cellular Biology, Driverless Vehicles, Sensors, and Soil-less Agriculture. Few of us fully understand the impact and consequences of transforming the human-based activities of food production and consumption to non-human, technology-based platforms. What are the limits of the tradeoff of privacy and personalization of our food? Will we agree to trade in our personal data in return for living a decade longer? This panel will bring together knowledge experts in the field of human/technology interactions, consumer behavior, food production, scientists, academics, and the food industry.
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Tech Industry & Enterprise

Mar 14

Diversifying AI

As more companies strive to build a more diverse workforce, author and Professor S. Craig Watkins explains how a smarter investment in outreach efforts and educational programs can help build a more diverse tech talent pipeline. If the future of tech is AI, why should the tech industry want more diverse participation in building the smart future?
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Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Mar 14

Blockchain Deathmatch: Permission-ed vs -less

Blockchain Deathmatch: Permission-ed vs -less Cutting through the fog of blockchain and cryptocurrency hype, what is real and what is buzz in the world of blockchain? The technology has recently been divided into two main camps: Permissioned (private) blockchains, which primarily focus on bringing blockchain-based solutions to enterprises, and permissionless (public) blockchains, most notably Bitcoin, which aim to bring a fully decentralized cryptocurrency and distributed applications to the masses. Both camps have been hailed as world-altering breakthroughs, and accused of being worthless fads. Will the real blockchain please stand up?
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