Heinz College to Co-host Pittsburgh Innovation Party at SXSW
Jan 17, 2013
Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh Technology Council have joined forces to stage the Pittsburgh Innovation Party at South by Southwest (SXSW), a tech, music and media conference in Austin, Texas. The party, which will be open to SXSW Film and Interactive registrants, will highlight the best of Pittsburgh innovation and include a showcase of projects featuring companies and students.
An officially sponsored SXSW event, the party will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, March 9 in downtown Austin, and will be promoted through SXSW marketing channels to the more than 40,000 conference attendees. There will be an invite-only VIP networking event from 8 to 9 p.m. prior to the general event.
While Pittsburgh companies and students have always gone to SXSW — and some have hosted their own events — this marks the first time the city has come together to organize a sponsored event, said Brad Stephenson, director of online strategy for CMU’s Heinz College, a lead sponsor along with CMU’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII).
For SXSW 2012, Heinz College hosted a private Big Data Blowout at Threadgill's in Austin. The event featured dinner, a data analytics panel, and music by the Austin-based White Ghost Shivers. Watch the Big Data Blowout video:
If other CMU organizations are interested in helping sponsor the event, they should contact Stephenson at 412-268-3695. Supporting sponsors include AlphaLab, The Entertainment Technology Center, Steeltown Entertainment and CMU University Advancement. The event also is supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the SPARK Kids & Creativity Network.
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