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The University of Texas at Austin Events at SXSW

Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences

Thursday, March 8

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Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences

Thursday, March 8

SXSW Startup Crawl
Thursday, March 8, 4-10 p.m., Omni Hotel, Eighth Floor
Longhorn Startup Camp will be a stop on the SXSW Startup Crawl as part of UT Entrepreneurship Week. As a stop on the crawl, Longhorn Startup Camp will showcase its residents 27 new startups, all originated at the university. The crawl is open to the public, and interested attendees may RSVP online.

The 27 companies, along with Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation at the Cockrell School of Engineering, and Kyle Cox, director of the Austin Technology Incubator’s University Incubator, will discuss business visions and the startup environment overall.

Monday, March 12

Burnt Orange Tech (BOT) Tailgate
907. E. Sixth St. 6-8 p.m.
Hosted by the Cockrell School of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences.
Festival-goers who are alumni of the College of Natural Sciences and the Cockrell School of Engineering are invited to link up, sync up and fill up during the peak of SXSW Interactive at a Texas-style tailgate. Mingle with insiders from The University of Texas at Austin, industry and the stellar talent descending upon Austin.

Indulge in free food fajitas off the grill and cold drinks. Drink tickets will be given at the gate.
For more information, visit www.engr.utexas.edu/bottailgate.

Tuesday, March 13

Startup Austin, part of SXSW Interactive Startup Village
Hilton Austin Downtown, Fourth Floor, Salon D
Startup Austin is a part of the SXSW Interactive Startup Village programming and will provide five, one-hour programming sessions in which Austin-based groups will present startup-oriented programming with panels, meet-ups and a fireside chat. Throughout the day participants will have tables set up around the room displaying marketing material of the various services these organization provide to support the Central Texas area. Additionally, we will have piped-in music of local artists playing during breaks in programming.

9:30 a.m. Fireside chat with Bob Metcalfe; interview by Austin American-Statesman or Austin Business Journal reporter. “Austin, Texas: The Future of Technology”

11:00 a.m. Panel including Cockrell School of Engineering Dean Gregory L. Fenves titled “Educating the Future of Austin Technology: A roundtable discussion with educators on how they support technologies that companies need for talent and growth.”

The SXSW Accelerator
Hilton Austin Downtown, Forth Floor, Salon A/B, 12:30 p.m.
Professor of Innovation Bob Metcalfe will be a judge for the SXSW Accelerator presented by Microsoft BizSpark. The Accelerator relies on hand-picked judges and emcees who are qualified to determine the viability of a startup based on their demonstrated business and investment experience. The judging process will determine which of the finalists has the most innovative product or service. Companies have been charged to dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcee with their ideas, innovations and product or service. Metcalfe will join two other judges Tuesday, March 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for the judging of the Innovative Technologies category.http://sxsw.com/interactive/startupvillage/accelerator/schedule


This year’s SXSW lineup is filled with student, alumni and professor work. Check out some of the links and videos, or use our RTF SXSW Schedule as a guide to make your plans for the week.

Friday, March 9

DMT RMX Experience
St. Elmo Sound Stage Warehouse, 415 E. St. Elmo Road
Doctoral candidate Joao Beira will remix live footage and artwork.

Saturday, March 10

Premiere Party and Alumni Gathering
Progress Coffee, 500 San Marcos St., 6 – 8 p.m.
The college’s Department of Radio-Television-Film presents an evening of free drinks, free food and catching up with the local Austin film community. Come celebrate the premiere of Professor Andrew Garrison’s “Trash Dance,” meet up with alumni and friends and receive complimentary screeners of recent student work.

Sunday, March 11

The Great Cinematography Shootout

Austin Convention Center, Room 16AB, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St., 12:30 -1:30 p.m.
Assistant Professor PJ Raval will serve on a cinematographer’s panel that discusses strategies for choosing the right camera.

Monday, March 12

In the Cut: Editing a Killer Feature Sample

Austin Convention Center, Room 13AB, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. 5 – 6 p.m.
MFA alumni Kyle Henry and David Fabelo will serve on an editors panel.

Wednesday, March 14

“Barton Springs, the Soul of Austin” exhibit
Sheffield Education Center, 2201 Barton Springs Rd, 7:30 p.m.
Lecturer Karen Kocher will preview excerpts from her upcoming interactive documentary, “Living Springs.”


Saturday, March 10

“Austin Film Society ShortCase 2012”

Cannon Screening Room, 701 W.  Riverside Dr. 11.m.
Ivete Lucas, a Radio-Television-Film graduate student, will debut “The Curse and the Jubilee,” and Chitra Jeyram, a Radio-Television-Film graduate student, will debut “Mijo.” Joshua Flanagan and Stephen Gamache, who graduated with bachelor of science degrees in Radio-Television-Film in 2011, will debut “Mustachio.”

“Trash Dance”
Paramount Theater, 713 Congress Ave., 1:30 p.m.
Andrew Garrison premieres his feature documentary, “Trash Dance.” Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the men and women who pick up our trash. She joins city sanitation workers on their daily routes to listen, learn and ultimately to try to persuade them to collaborate in a unique dance performance.

Cannon Screening Room, 701 W. Riverside Drive, 4:45 p.m.
Alum David Zellner will show his feature “Kid-Thing,” co-written and directed with his brother Nathan. It comes back to Austin after a successful run at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Sunset Stories”
Alamo Ritz 1, 320 E. Sixth St., 6 p.m.
Alum Jason Lin will show “Sunset Stories,” produced by Lin and shot by Professor PJ Raval.

“Safety Not Guaranteed”
Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave., 7 p.m.
Alum Franklin Peterson will show a feature he edited starring Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza, “Safety Not Guaranteed.

“WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines”
Alamo Lamar B, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., 7 p.m.
Professor and cinematographer PJ Raval will show the feature documentary he helped shoot along with Gabriel Miller, “Wonder Women! The Untold Story Of American Superheroines.” Media Studies Professor Mary Beltran served as an advisor on the film.

Sunday, March 11

“Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters”
SXSatellite: Alamo Slaughter, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, 5 p.m.
MFA alum Ben Shapiro will show his documentary, “Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters,” which profiles the photographer and his elaborately constructed scenes.

“The Do-deca Pentathlon”
Alamo Ritz 1, 320 E. Sixth St., 6:30 p.m.
MFA alum Jay Duplass and his brother Mark are premiering their movie “The Do-Deca Pentathalon.”

Canon Screening Room, 701 W. Riverside Drive, 7 p.m.
Ya’Ke Smith, an MFA alum and former lecturer, makes his feature debut with “Wolf.”


Friday, March 9

Alamo Lamar B., 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., 11:30 p.m.
Steve Collins, MFA alum, will return to SXSW with his Wall Street comedy short, “J.P.B.F.”

Alamo Lamar B, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., 11:30 p.m.
Undergraduate Jono Foley will play his hilarious short-short film “Merman” at the midnight showings.

Saturday, March 10

“Brute Force”
Alamo Lamar B, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., 11:15 a.m.
Ben Steinbauer, an alum and former lecturer, returns to SXSW after his extremely successful “Winnebego Man” premiered there in 2009. He is showing his short “Brute Force” about the censored fate of a rising rock star on famed Apple Records.

Canon Screening Room, 701 W. Riverside Drive, 2 p.m.
Zach Anner, now of Oprah network fame, and fellow alum Marshall Rimmer will play their short “foolproof.”

Canon Screening Room, 701 W. Riverside Drive, 2 p.m.
Kat Candler’s short “Hellion” plays its second big festival of the year after a warm reception at Sundance. The film is an RTF affair; it was produced by alum Kelly Williams and shot by alum and fellow lecturer Drew Xanthopoulos. RTF alum Ashlyn Fielder served as production designer, and former lecturer Eric Friend was the sound designer.

Canon Screening Room, 701 W. Riverside Drive, 2 p.m.
MFA student Russell Bush will premiere his short, “Magpie,” about a man’s attempt to reconnect with his estranged and recently engaged daughter.

Canon Screening Room, 701 W. Riverside Drive, 2 p.m.
MFA student Annie Silverstein will show her short film “Spark,” about a boy who waits out his father’s tryst and is forced to deal with the lady-friend’s daughter.

“Christeene: African Mayonnaise”
Canon Screening Room, 701 W. Riverside Drive, 10 p.m.
>PJ Raval will compete in the music video competition, with “Christeene: African Mayonnaise.”

Sunday, March 11

“Giraffe Danger”
Alamo Lamar A, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., 11 a.m.
Recent alum Randall Hopkins will show his funny animated short “Giraffe Danger.”

Monday, March 12

“Heimcommen” (Coming Home)
Alamo Lamar A, 1120 S. Lamar Blvd., 1:45 p.m.
Alum Micah Magee’s short, “Heimcommen (Coming Home)” will make its North American premiere. It’s a tale of loss, grief and ice hockey.

Friday, March 16

“The Guessing Game”
SXSatellite: Alamo Slaughter, 5701 W. Slaughter Lane, 5 p.m.
Alumna Angela Cheng will show her short comedy “The Guessing Game.” On the morning of his birthday, Emmett asks his fellow retirement home residents to guess his age.


Saturday, March 10

STARTUP VILLAGE: Trend Lounge sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent
Hilton Austin Downtown, Room 406, late morning/early afternoon
Join McCombs as we showcase entrepreneurs who got their start at the McCombs School of Business. Representatives will attend from Famigo, Ordoro and Urban Dish.

Texas MBA Ignites SXSW Startup Village
Vince Young Steakhouse, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
McCombs is participating in SXSW in an official capacity this year, kicking off with its debut SXSW networking reception, Texas MBA Ignites SXSW Startup Village. This is a chance for McCombs’ faculty members, students and alumni to mix and mingle with local and global business leaders in the entrepreneurship/technology space. If you are registered for any part of SXSW, come visit the McCombs School of Business booth at the SXSW Trade Show. Point of contact for McCombs: Michelle Hardy, Sr. Associate Director, MBA Employer Relations, michelle.hardy@mccombs.utexas.edu.

MARCH 12-15

Austin Convention Center, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day
The McCombs trade show booth, staffed by McCombs students, staffers and alumni, will feature a branded UT presence where SXSW badge wearers can find out more about McCombs either as prospective students, potential employers, project sponsors, or to see the amazing companies that have come out of McCombs. On-site events and activities will include guest speakers from Ordoro, Famigo and Urban Dish, admissions information for all programs, MBA+, recruiting and upcoming events, Texas MBA swag, and a special visit by Hook’em for photo opportunities!

Texas Advanced Computing Center

Saturday, March 10

AMODA Digital Showcase + Laptop Battle
Mohawk, 8 p.m.-1:55 a.m.
The Austin Museum of Digital Art presents a party featuring video projections, interactive installations and a Laptop Battle in which eight musicians use killer beats to duke it out in a tournament-style event. TACC’s Visualization Laboratory will feature an interactive installation with a Kinect for tracking an audience member’s position and poses.

Sunday, March 11

Interface Technology: Gesture Systems and Beyond
Hilton Austin Downtown, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Brandt Westing and Karla Vega, TACC. Official SXSW panel that will discuss current technologies in computer interfaces from touch tables to high-resolution visualization environments, and what is possible now in research environments.

Global Women Scholars Network
Holiday Inn Austin Town Lake, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Monday, March 12

iPlant: Advanced Computing to Feed the World
ATandT Executive Education and Conference Center, 5-6 p.m.
Dan Stanzione and Matthew Vaughn, TACC. Official SXSW presentation that will describe the iPlant Collaborative, a large-scale project bringing high-end computing, data and software resources to bear on the grand challenges of plant biology.