imgres-10The Austin Technology Council announced Tuesday that is has teamed up with Dell to create the Dell ATC Policy Labs at South by Southwest Interactive.

The Dell ATC Policy Labs is new initiative to educate and engage the Central Texas technology community on important federal issues.

The SXSW Dell ATC Policy Labs event will feature six sessions on “Politics of Innovation: DC, Tech Working Together Can Washington Protect the New Economy?; Net Infrastructure: The Economy’s Hidden Backbone; The Cake is Not a Lie: Gamers and the U.S. Workforce; Making Sense of the Competitive Comms Landscape and Re-imagining Privacy for Consumers and Developers.”

The Dell ATC Policy Labs at SXSW takes place Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Capital Ballroom at the Omni Downtown at 700 San Jacinto.

“Entrepreneurs and tech innovation move at astounding speed and sometimes it’s difficult for Washington to keep up,” Cris Turner, Director of North American Government Affairs for Dell said in a news release. “Austin, SXSW, and the Dell ATC Policy Labs provide the ideal alternative to Washington for innovators and policymakers to explore federal policy solutions in the context of a diverse, thriving regional tech economy.”

“The Policy Labs at SXSW embody one of our main missions as a festival – to serve as a platform to bring together thought leaders and the community to not only discuss issues of our time, but also to come away with tangible, actionable solutions,” Hugh Forrest, Director of SXSW Interactive said in a news release. “We are excited to see that Washington is investing in Austin’s innovative approach and are proud to partner with Dell and ATC for these sessions.”

“Austin is quickly gaining momentum as a mecca for technological innovation and entrepreneurship,” Julie Huls, President and CEO of ATC, said in a news release. “Washington is increasingly paying attention to Austin’s ability to not only foster tech talent and creativity, but also our potential to serve as a catalyst in national policy discussions. Launching the Dell ATC Policy Labs in Austin, and specifically with an official, full-day of panels at SXSW, is directly reflective of this fact.”