SXSW Interactive 2015 to Feature More on Startups and a Robot Petting Zoo

By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News What startup launched at South by Southwest Interactive in 2009? One lucky woman attending the SXSW community meetup in San Antonio knew the answer: Uber, the ridesharing alternative to taxi cabs. That bit of trivia earned her a free badge to attend what has become the country’s […]

SXSW Interactive Names Girlstart’s Tamara Hudgins to its Hall of Fame

South by Southwest has named Girlstart Executive Director Tamara Hudgins to its Interactive Hall of Fame for 2015. SXSW is honoring Hudgins for her work in expanding and developing the Austin-based nonprofit organization since 2009. Girlstart, founded in 1997, runs programs to empower girls in the fields of Science Technology Engineering and Math, known as […]

It’s All About Your Startup Story: SXSW Pitch Contest by Silicon Hills, ATI and CTAN

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News It will be a SXSW pitch competition with a media twist. ATI/Silicon Hills Startup Pitch, sponsored by Silicon Hills News, Austin Technology Incubator and Central Texas Angel Network, will give 10 Austin companies a chance to pitch in front of investors and the media to determine two […]

Five Austin Companies Make the SXSW Interactive Accelerator Finalist List

Today South by Southwest Interactive announced the finalists for its 2014 Accelerator competition, the sixth annual event. SXSW officials selected 48 finalists in six categories, including five Austin startups. And three other Austin startups were named as alternates. In the enterprise and big data category, the Austin finalists are EvoSure and Shelfbucks. In the entertainment […]

The Lineup for SXSW Interactive 2014

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Security and privacy will be a big point of focus at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival, said Hugh Forrest, director. “For each of the last few years, we have had a handful of sessions related to privacy and security,” Forrest said. But, given the events of the […]

Three Entrepreneurs Recount Their Paths to Being Funded in Austin

BY L.A. LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Barry Evans, co-founder and CEO of Calxeda, bootstrapped and eventually landed Venture Capital funding after seeking investment from California and Boston for his microchip company. Justin Jensen, founder and CEO of Cinetics launched two successful Kickstarter campaigns to fund products for his company. And Matt Cohen, a […]

It Takes a Startup Village and Chris Valentine Created One for SXSW

BY SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Chris Valentine seems to be everywhere at once in SXSW Startup Village, watching, analyzing, conferencing, counting. One minute he’s in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom gauging the crowd and seemingly an instant later he’s transported to the Austin Chamber offices (which actually can only be reached by an […]

Flying High with Interact ATX! (Adventures in Austin, Part 3.2.1)

BY IAN PANCHEVRE Wow, wow, wow. What a whirlwind has #SXSWInteractive been so far! I’m not even half way in and I’ve already had the pleasure of hearing addresses from Bre Pettis (CEO @ MakerBot), Travis Kalanick (CEO @ Uber), Joe Zadeh (Director of Product @ Airbnb), Scott Chacon (Vice President of R&D @ GitHub), […]

SXSW 2013 Open for Registration

As further proof that time flies, South by Southwest just announced it is open for business today. That means you can register for the conference, which takes place next March 7 through March 16, but it’s going to cost you. Badges to attend SXSW 2013 are $100 more than last year’s early bird prices for […]

Deadline Looms to Submit an Idea to SXSW Panel Picker

Hey procrastinators, the deadline is midnight tonight to submit that great panel idea to the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive festival. It’s also the deadline for film and music panels. Last Monday, SXSW held a meetup at Molotov in downtown Austin that several hundred people attended. I met Tammy Lynn Gilmore with SXSW Interactive there. […]