10 SXSW Events for Technology Entrepreneurs (2016)

Space Chimp is incredibly proud to be from Austin, Texas. Whether it be the diverse and innovative technology community that it harbors, the live music, the incredibly gorgeous natural scenery, or.. well.. the food, we can’t help but find excitement in sharing our incredible culture with people around the globe. Around this time every March, the city of Austin hosts SXSW where we encourage anybody and everybody to enjoy our atmosphere for SXSW and indulge in events and experiences that make Austin so brilliant.

When the word “SXSW” is thought or heard, people tend to visualize the thousands and thousands of musical performances that happen on every corner around the city. Although this event has historically revolved around the Austin music scene for decades, it’s hard to ignore the other dimensions that SXSW has to offer.

For the past handful of years, this festival has been increasingly geared towards technology and innovation. From networking events, conferences, panel discussions, showcases and keynote speeches, it is no doubt that the tech scene in Austin has wiggled itself to one of the most noteworthy categories of SXSW.

Our team at Space Chimp has compiled a list of 10 highly-anticipated events for technically and creatively-centered individuals who might be interested in gaining inspiration from industry professionals.


Keynote Speech by Casey Gerald

Monday March 11, 2016
Long Center | Dell Hall | 701 W Riverside

Dr.Casey Gerald is the co-founder and CEO of MBAs Across America, which is a national movement of MBAs and entrepreneurs working together to revitalize America. Casey has been named one of the most “Creative People in Business”. His Harvard Business School commencement speech struck viral online and began conversations about his ideas and work. A promoter of change and a creativity-first mindset, Casey’s keynote will inspire you – especially if you’re an entrepreneur.

Deloitte Got Mad Skills Lounge

Monday, March 11
Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 3 and 4

At this gathering space for likeminded techies, you’ll be able to connect with fellow artists, designers, entrepreneurs, digital strategists, coders and thought leaders. This lounge isn’t only perfect for networking, but you’ll also be able to send a few emails between shows and events. Free WiFi? Free phone charging? Free food and drinks? You can certainly count our Space Chimp team members to stop by at some point to kick our feet up and recharge.

SX Create

Monday, March 11 | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Palmer Events Center

This community event showcase allows attendees to get hands-on with 3D printing, drones, biohacking and much more. Revolving around creativity and technology, this event encourages interactivity by providing an awesomely-diverse mix of activities.

SXSW Job Market

Saturday, March 12 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday, March 13 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 1

This event is awesome for digital and technical professionals to connect and network with employers in their field. At the job market, you’ll be able to meet with innovative thinkers and companies to network and chat about the industry – and hey, some possible job opportunities. This event is open to the public with a free SXSW Guess Pass (available at guests.sxsw.com)

SXSW Accelerator: Innovative World Technologies

Sunday, March 13 | 12:20PM – 1:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown – Salon AB

This pitch event allows early stage technology startups to pitch their products and services to industry technology experts, high profile media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors. There will be a live audience, panel of three judges, and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, and products. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of the day.

19th Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

Monday, March 14 2016 | 12:00 – 3:00pm
Hilton Austin Downtown | Salon C – 6th floor

The 19th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards celebrates the most inspiring, creative innovations in the connected world. At this year’s event, attendees can expect to see the most exciting tech developments, privacy and security, 3D printing. augmented and virtual reality, and beyond. Some of the most anticipated categories include Interactive Design, Visual Media Experience and Innovative 3-DIY. Keep in mind that this event is only open to attendees with an Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge. Sorry badge-less folks! I’m one of you too.

Voter Technology: A Reimagined Future

Tuesday, March 15 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Old School Bar | 401 E 6th St

In leu of the political season, this event is taking a dive into voting technology and how its’ aging results in inaccurate ballots or in voters being unable to cast a ballot at all. This panel discussion with Diego Bernal (Texas House Member) and Peter Jackson (Public Sector Strategy Lead) will discuss what’s at stake for the 2016 presidential election, as well as inspiration on paving the way for a new and updated form of voter technology.

Stewart Butterfield in Conversation with Farad Manjoo

Tuesday, March 15 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Austin Convention Center Ballroom D

At Space Chimp, we are HUGE fans of Slack, an instant-communication platform for businesses. Farhad Manjoo, New York Times technology columnist, takes the stage with Stewart Butterfield, CEO and co-founder of Slack, a Silicon Valley darling that is altering how people communicate at work. Stewart will share what it has taken to get Slack where it is today and what the future looks like for the company. Farhad and Stewart will also get into a broader discussion of the market for start-ups, how Slack has calibrated its priorities, and whether tech people are saving or ruining the world. This event is only open to attendees with an Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge.

The Eyes of Robots and Murderers

Monday, March 14 | 3:30PM – 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center | Ballroom D

Join this conversation with tech innovators JJ Abrams (Founder of Bad Robot Productions) and Andrew Jarecki (American Film Director and Co-Founder of Moviefone) about the human factor in digital communications – especially focusing on social media and its’ impact on the modern human experience. Not to mention, in this event you will get a sneak peek at some unseen clips of KnowMe, a new mobile video platform for authentic self-expression.

Keys to Quickly and Efficiently De-Risk Your Startup

Monday, March 14 | 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A

This panel discussion is certainly an interesting one for fellow entrepreneurs and small startup businesses. You’ll learn how Zappos got started, and will dive into the startup world in turns of why some startups are successful, and why some unfortunately fail. Discussions will revolve around reducing uncertainty and how to make educated decisions through a process of highly focused and iterative de-risking. Keep your startup alive and join this event!

See You There!

If you happen to be attending SXSW, especially any of these awesome tech-centered events, we are interested in hearing about your experiences. We’ll be right alongside you fighting the grueling traffic and over-indulging in food truck food!

While you’re in town, feel free to ask us any questions that you might have – from our favorite concert venues or simply where to eat.

Enjoy SXSW – and come back soon!

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