Provocative discussions and spirited debates are an exciting part of SXSW Eco, and our 2013 program promises to challenge your preconceived notions of good and evil. It's our mission as a conference not to be one-dimensional, but to bring these important conversations to center stage. Our community is widely diverse and includes a range of perspectives; likewise the solutions put forward to address global challenges are varied and feature expert opinions you might not hear at traditional sustainability conferences. Below is a short list of sessions that we look forward to for the interesting conversations they are bound to spark.
Pandora's Pathway: The Road to a Nuclear Future: Following the Monday night film screening of Pandora’s Promise, this session breaks away from the typical, polarized debate to explore the technological, political, and economic barriers to nuclear power.
Big Oil: An Ally to Cleantech?: This session explores how the investment into clean energy technologies from big oil and gas companies is spurring innovation.
From the Field: The Financial Conflict for Sustainable Ag: A provocative and contentious dialogue between leaders of established ag companies, VCs investing in ag and CEOs of ag startup companies will highlight the differences in perspectives of these different groups.m
Robots, Buildings & You: How Cyborg Technologies Will Win: Learn to stop worrying and love the robot takeover through this Straight to the Point talk that outlines the current and future uses of cyborg tech in architecture.
Welcome Reception, Awards Ceremony and Closing Party; but also topical breakout events geared towards our diverse audience. Attend one of our excellent film screenings or attend the Edible Walls party hosted by Qatar Foundation International. You can also experience Austin’s booming culinary scene through the Welcome Dinner at historic Barr Mansion or one of eight Round Table Dinners centered around our program themes. These events are perfect to discuss the day’s sessions with your fellow attendees and make new connections in a relaxed atmosphere.After a full day of inspiring and informative sessions and activities, our evening programming provides the opportunity to learn more, connect with your fellow attendees or simply take in some entertainment and unwind. There are full-conference events each night: the
Register now to make new connections and experience all that SXSW Eco and Austin have to offer.
Professional development opportunities are a big part of SXSW Eco 2013. From one-on-one sessions to large group workshops, we're programming events that will give you the skills to take your career to the next level.
Check out our professional development page for updates as we add more exciting opportunities to our 2013 program.
media partners, supporters, current and past speakers and the many incredible attendees of our event. Uniting all of these various groups and passionate individuals that are working so hard to change their piece of the planet is the mission behind SXSW Eco and a defining feature of our three-day conference. You might be attending to gain knowledge or to get reinvigorated, but you'll walk away knowing that you're part of a planetary movement fighting for change. This includes not only activists and people at the frontlines, but also those implementing change through design, energy, business, entrepreneurship, government, technology and the many topics that SXSW Eco covers. Adding your voice and expertise to the conversation means making connections with the many incredible groups that are already a part of SXSW Eco 2013. Register now and sign up for Eco Social to meet the community you’ll celebrate with come October.Become a part of something big. Our community has grown substantially since we began SXSW Eco in 2011 and includes
Above all, SXSW Eco is a place for discovery. Over the course of three days you will learn the newest innovations across the sustainable space, including:
Alongside the above events, discover new connections at our meetups and dynamic evening events, which give you the opportunity to let loose and network with fellow attendees. Register now, book your hotel and become a part of the unforgettable SXSW Eco 2013 experience.
3D Printing is being used for food production? Maybe you’ll learn a way to apply it to your business to increase efficiency and make a positive impact. Biomimicry helped Sprint with green packaging? Maybe the same principles can apply to your system and you can learn to rework your organization with nature as your guide. You never know what tips and tricks lie behind the doors of the next session that will spark a solution for your own particular challenge. It’s the diverse people and topics that converge at Eco that encourage innovations and collaboration among all of our attendees. Don’t miss this very unique opportunity to discover new ideas and connections. Register today to ensure the best choice of hotel at the lowest rate!Maybe you’re a clean energy entrepreneur, an urban farmer, a Director of Sustainability or a green builder. SXSW Eco has sessions and events that will increase your knowledge of your particular field of interest and show you the most innovative initiatives occurring now. A factor that sets SXSW Eco apart, however, is that It also gives you the opportunity to discover fascinating aspects and topics outside of your area that will encourage you to think outside of the box.