These are the 12 Must Attend Events at SXSW This Year


12 Events at SXSW

The tech world will descend onto the street of Austin later this week.  With thousands of events, it’s easy to get lost in the fray.  We’ve curated the following lists of events that you need to check out while down at SX.

Must attend events during interactive: the quick and easy primer

Friday, March 11th

From 12:30PM-1:30PM, angel investor Adam Quinton joins Shari Slate from Cisco for a fun, experiential, and thought provoking session that explores unconscious bias – what it is, what it isn’t, and why it matters in the tech industry – Diversity and Tech: Breaking Down Unconscious Bias at the JW Marriott. Find out more here.
Alleywatch_4.DMM_revAt 6PM, our friends at Decoded Fashion, in association with #FashMash, is bringing together the global fashion and tech community to kick off interactive with the Decoded Fashion House & #FashMash Kickoff Mixer at The Decoded Fashion House @ the Hangar Lounge. Find out more here.

At 7pm our friends at Dublin Makes Me kick off their SXSW programming at Esther’s Follies Theater on 6th Street with How Dublin Made Me, a storytelling event with renowned Dublin characters, live music, and drinks. REGISTER HERE

Saturday, March 12th 

Set your alarms early. At 9:30AM, our founder and CEO, Reza Chowdhury will be moderating an awesome panel that gets inside the mind of Angels and VCs with Ellie Wheeler, Partner at Greycroft Partners and Brian Cohen, Chairman of the New York Angels. The event will be open to badge holders and will take place at the Hilton Austin – Room 400-402. Find out more here. 

KITE-AlleyWatch ad-updatedAlso, starting at 9:30AM, our friends from KITE will be featuring three sessions focused on how brands can embrace innnovation and work with startups at the Austin Hilton. Here’s the full line up:
At 9:30AM, join executives from CrunchBase, GSK, and Metalworks, Maxus as they look at Keys to the New Innovation Playbook.
At 11AM, KITE explores Naked Innovation and Branded Startup Partnerships IRL with Tucker Kain of the Dodgers, Jaime Fabricant of PepsiCo, and Shiv Singh of Visa.
At 12:30PM, brands can learn how to think like VCs when looking at the next billion dollar idea with executives from Coca Cola, Mastercard and LUMA Capital Partners.
Learn more here.

At 5PM, join FWD.us, along with other leading companies and civic organizations, at Tech The Vote, the unofficial tech + politics party at SXSW 2016 at the Summit Rooftop Lounge. Find out more here.

At 6PM, our friends from Dreamit Ventures in association with DigitasHealth host a showcase of healthcare innovation with happy hour at the JW Marriott. This event will be attended by the movers and shakers in healthcare at SXSW. Find out more here.

Sunday, March 13th

SxSW_AlleyWatch_BannerTechStyle NYC is hosting a full day of programming with panel discussions, brand showcase, and a cocktail reception focused on the intersection of fashion and technology starting at 12PM and running until 7PM at the Bar Works Pop Up space at the Amala Foundation. Find out more here.

From 1PM-6PM our friends at ff Venture Capital are hosting a full day of programming that is a must attend for any members of the startup community. The day will feature discussions around tech and startups with some of the best in the industry, coupled with interactive installations, a tech fair, networking, food, drinks, at the Empire Control Room.
Here’s the full line up:
1:30PM – VC extraordinaire John Frankel moderates the Startup 101 panel – What do you really need to know to run a startup in 2016?
3PM – Automation, Machine Learning, and the Human Touch – How will the way we work evolve?
4:30PM – A Founder’s Perspective – What can you learn from some of the most successful entrepreneurs?
Find out more here.

Alleywatch_5_Wake_revThe Irish Startup Wake
in association with AlleyWatch takes place on Sunday, March 13th at 6PM. A wake for dead startups, their founders, fans and sympathizers. We’ll be waking companies in true Irish style, with a book of condolences, ham sandwiches and lots of whiskey to go around at the Palm Door. REGISTER HERE

Monday, March 14th

Our friends at Dreamit Ventures host a day of programming focused on the key lessons that every startup should learn at the Hilton Austin.
Here’s the full lineup:
9:30AM-10:30AM: How to Get Great Customer Feedback
11AM-12PM: Keys to Quickly & Efficiently De-risk Your Startup
12:30PM-1:30PM: Mind the Gap: Getting from Seed to Series
Find out more here.

Throughout Interactive Weekend

Our friends at Decoded Fashion will be hosting a Mentorship Hub for entrepreneurs interested in connecting with fashion executives and influencers at the Decoded Fashion House @ Hangar Lounge. Find out more here.


For a more comprehensive listing of events this year, check out The Complete Guide to SXSW 2016


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