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Shark Tank, Snowden and Yacht Hacking with UT at SXSW

See what UT events, from faculty panels to a Shark Tank casting, are taking place during the SXSW conference March 7-16.

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SXSW is one of the world’s biggest conferences, bringing together leaders in technology, business, music, film and more. University of Texas faculty, staff, students and alumni can be seen throughout the events, leading panels and workshops, debuting films and hosting events. Visit the UT SXSW website for a complete list of all UT events. Below, a few highlights.

Exclusive UT Casting for ABC’S “Shark Tank”

UT Shark Tank casting

[Photo: UT Athletics] 


Thursday, March 6
10 a.m.-3 p.m. *
Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

This event is for members of the UT community only. Must present Texas Exes Life Member keytag or UT ID.

The critically acclaimed, business-themed ABC show “Shark Tank” is continuing the search for entrepreneurs with the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Texas Exes is hosting an exclusive casting event for Texas alumni, students and faculty. If you’ve got a great business, product or idea and need an investment to propel you forward, come meet the casting directors for ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

*10-11 a.m. is reserved for Texas Exes Life Members priority casting. Doors will open to the broader UT community at 11 a.m.

Location Deception: Yacht vs. GPS Spoofer

Yacht spoofing panel at SXSW

[Photo: UT Athletics] 

A team of UT Austin scientists used the custom-made GPS device to take control of the White Rose of Drachs as it sailed last June in the Mediterranean. The White Rose’s captain will give a first-person account of the attack. The panel will discuss the technical aspects of the hack and the broader implications of location deception, highlighting the challenge of using location as an authentication factor.

#utsxsw #yachthack

Friday, March 7
5-6 p.m.
Sheraton Austin Creekside


Todd Humphreys
Asst Professor
The University of Texas at Austin

Jahshan Bhatti
Graduate Student
The University of Texas at Austin

Kenneth Himschoot
Himschoot Consulting bvba

Andrew Scofield
White Rose of Drachs

Burnt Orange Saturday @ SXSW

Matthew McConaughey at a University of Texas football game

[Photo: UT Athletics] 

#utsxsw #BOSSXSW

Saturday, March 8 – All Day

Are you a proud Longhorn? Make it known. On “Burnt Orange Saturday @ SXSW,” everyone wears burnt orange to represent The University of Texas and show school spirit during SXSW, when thousands of visitors from all over the world are in town. Let’s show everyone how strong the UT network is while they are in Longhorn Country. Hook ’em!

After Snowden: Privacy, Surveillance, and the NSA

Banksy what are you looking at

[Photo: Flickr user nolifebeforecoffee, via the Creative Commons license.] 

#utsxsw #NSApolicy

Saturday, March 8
3:30-6 p.m.
ATandT Conference Center

Key Takeaways:
1. What exactly is the current state of the law when it comes to NSA surveillance?
2. What do we know about what the NSA is and is not doing?
3. What do privacy theorists have to say about the impact of technological change on our privacy?
4. How do national security officials think about these issues?
5. What is likely to happen going forward?

Workshop Leaders

Robert Chesney
Assoc Dean for Academic Affairs and Charles I Francis Professor in Law
The University of Texas School of Law

Julian Sanchez
Research Fellow
Cato Institute

Susan Landau

Timothy Edgar
Visiting Fellow in Intl Studies

Driverless Cars – Implications for Travel Behavior

driverless cars panel at SXSW


This panel will discuss the types of impacts that autonomous vehicles may have on people’s activity-travel patterns, location choices, and vehicle ownership. We will discuss the developing vision for transportation models of the future that are responsive to the presence of driverless vehicles

#utsxsw #AutoBhatSX

Monday, March 10
Hyatt Regency Austin
3:30-4:30 p.m.


Chandra Bhat
The Center for Transportation Research – UT Austin

Museum Music: Art Galleries as Performance Space

Blanton Museum of Art

The exploding popularity of museum performances as seen, for instance, in – Kraftwerk’s residency at MOMA, or in Jay-Z’s performance at Pacedemonstrates an underserved opportunity to connect visual and sound art. We will discuss strategies for making those collaborations happen.


Wednesday, March 12
Austin Convention Center
3:30-4:30 p.m.


Adam Bennett
Manager of Public Programs
The Blanton Museum

Veronica Roberts
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
The Blanton Museum

Steven Parker
SoundSpace Artistic Director
The Blanton Museum