Schedule

SXSW Startup Crawl

  • 4PM - 8PM | Downtown Austin
  • Presented by Booz Allen Hamilton

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AUSTIN'S HOTTEST STARTUPS ALL JOIN FORCES AT THE SAME TIME?

The official pre-kickoff celebration of SXSW - the SXSW Startup Crawl!

On Friday, March 13th, grab a group of friends and tour the latest and greatest of Austin's startup community. You'll explore downtown Austin...

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Tee Shirt's for Ties: Trading Culture

  • 11AM - 12PM | Hilton
  • Presented by Innovation Council

Startup culture has it's perks, but corporate culture is built around employee longevity and sustainability. As startup-corporate engagements (and acquisitions) rise, how do these two groups marry their culture for the benefit of both sides? How can startups adopt more corporate structure (like HR, training,...

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Fuel Startups & Innovation thru State Investment

  • 12:30PM - 1:30PM | Hilton
  • Presented by AFWERX
  • Warfare today is online, in space—everywhere. And the blistering pace of digital technology is driving it. Keeping pace with commercial tech trends is no small task for the military, but Will Roper is no stranger to innovation in government. Once...
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Unlocking the World's Biggest Tech Customer: DoD

  • 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Hilton
  • Presented by DIU

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) spends billions of dollars every year on technology - far more than any Fortune 500 company. But before the Defense Innovation Unit, there was no easy way to work with the DoD on commercial terms. DIU has built a smooth, seamless procurement experience, akin to the private...

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Startup Culture in the Department of Defense

  • 5PM - 6PM | Hilton
  • Presented by AFWERX

Culture drives everything that we do. There are numerous efforts to shift the culture of the Department of Defense. Now there are thousands of startups who are working with government through these initiatives. We will explore how we are bringing vulnerability to the table, how the military is communicating differently to...

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Mentor + Angel Investor Breakfast

8:30AM - 10:00AM | Capital Factory House

Capital Factory and our community partners are teaming up to bring together startup mentors and angel investors for a VIP breakfast to kickstart the first Saturday of SXSW 2020. NOTE: This is an invitation-only, private event. It is *not* for entrepreneurs who are raising funds. If you haven't been invited by a host organization or community partner, then you cannot enter the...

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Working with Giants

  • 8:30AM - 9:15AM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Cisco

Meet the team that accelerates go to market for our startups. Our panel will share the journey of a startup joining the Cisco Investments portfolio from different angles –the investor, the startup founder and by portfolio development.

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Cisco Solutions & Startup Demos

  • 8:45AM - 6PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Cisco

Learn and see product demos about the latest and greatest in Video Collaboration, Security, Wireless and Application analytics. Experience demos from our partnered startups or ISV's (Independant Software Vendors) from Austin and from around the world.

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The World's Best Breakfast

9AM - 12PM | Capital Factory House

Presented by AWS & Capital Factory

A better breakfast is here. Come enjoy JUST Egg & Beyond Sausage breakfast sandwiches, Austin Eastciders “cider-mosas” & more from game-changing brands.

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Innovation in Cybersecurity

  • 9:30AM - 10:30AM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Cisco

Cybersecurity is a top concern for organizations of all shapes and sizes, as well one of the most complex geopolitical topics of the modern era. As the largest enterprise security provider, Cisco has invested heavily in innovation to keep ahead of organizations' needs as they digitally transform their...

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Cisco Investments

  • 10AM - 11AM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Cisco

Cisco's panel will share the journey of a startup joining the Cisco Investments portfolio from different angles - the investor, the startup founder, and the portfolio development manager. We will answer questions like: Are you ready to partner with a corporate VC? What are the pros and cons? What types of...

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How We Pioneered Defense Innovation in Austin

  • 12:30PM - 1:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by DIU

Austin has become the epicenter of defense innovation, sprouting a multi-billion-dollar defense industry in a place not known for its military presence. In 2014, Bunker Labs launched in Austin to help military-connected entrepreneurs start and scale businesses. Since then, Department of Defense...

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Cognitive Workspaces

  • 2PM - 3PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Cisco

PropTech, workplace transformation and collaboration technologies is a big buzz word in addressing the future of work. Learn from more from our partnerships with startups how to accomplish business outcome to drive productivity and providing a great place to work.

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Can Humans Trust AI?

  • 3PM - 4PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Deloitte

The panel will focus on top-of-mind issues regarding the use of AI in both the commercial and military environments. Panelists will give their perspectives on solutions to common AI problems, like biased algorithms, and talk to the impact of the ethical challenges they face with implementing AI technologies...

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Defense and Industry in the Cyber War

  • 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by DIU

Every minute of every day the networks of commercial and defense sector are being attacked. We have terms like "persistent engagement" and "defend forward" and we need to discover what those mean in how we protect the intellectual property that is being stolen and the attempt to diminish our national...

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Lighting Talks: Humanizing the Digital Workplace Experience; The New Teamwork - Webex

  • 5PM - 6PM | Capital Factory
  • Presented by Cisco

Humanizing the Digital Workplace Experience: "Has technology really improved the quality of the work we do, or has it just made us busier? As technology becomes increasingly integrated into every facet of our lives, how do we design tomorrows work and collaboration tools in a way that helps us maintain balance, keep...

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Deloitte Catalyst AI Cocktails and Holocryptics Holographic DJ Set

  • 6:00PM - 10:00PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Deloitte Catalyst

Deloitte Catalyst will host an AI Cocktail event in which three custom AI-created cocktail recipes will be mixed on demand; there will also be place cards with the selections and recipes, as well as a video playing about the AI-driven cocktails. A holographic DJ run by Holocryptics will be...

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Lightning Talks: Startups & Ecosystem Partners in the Enterprise

  • 9:30AM - 10:30AM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Cisco

Learn more about various startups working in the Enterprise space and how their solutions are transforming the way people work.

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Age of Intelligence

  • 9:00AM - 1:45PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Fast Co. and Booz Allen Hamilton

We are on the cusp of another major shift in the way we work and live - a move from the information era into a new age - an age of intelligence. From augmented to artificial, this transformative shift in intelligence capability will likely dictate who are this decade’s winners...

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The Era of the Digital Reflex

  • 9:30AM - 10:30AM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Cisco

Competing on User Experience Matters Today, digital experiences are a part of our everyday lives: they're how we engage with the world and, in many cases, how we engage with brands. So when these experiences fail to deliver due to an outage or performance issue, customers take notice. And this can cause...

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Deloitte Fireside Chat: Startups, Disrupters, and Looking Outside In

  • 10AM - 10:45AM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Deloitte

Deloitte-hosted fireside chat hosted by Deloitte Catalyst, the firm’s innovation accelerator that senses and scouts startups to incubate and scale transformative technologies faster. During this chat, Deloitte’s Sonal Naik and Amit Harel will speak about the essential value of ecosystem engagement and...

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Challenges in Modernizing the Army's Network

  • 11AM - 12PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by CACI

The panel will address the challenges of developing and inserting technology for an Army network that must operate in environments and conditions that are vastly different from the commercial sector. The panel will discuss future capabilities the Army seeks and make an appeal for innovative...

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Lightning Talks: Education Track - Learning Beyond the Meeting & Healthcare Track - Playing well with others in a virtual, gig-economy, sort of way

  • 12:30PM - 1:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Cisco

Education Track: Learning is no longer defined as a one-hour block of time in a classroom on Monday/Wednesday/Friday. The paradigm of anytime/anywhere learning is fully embraced by today's learners. Further, their expectation is that learning is individualized and differentiated for their needs and...

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Healthcare, AI, Robotics, and The DoD

  • 2PM - 3PM | Hilton
  • Presented by AFWERX

State investment in novel and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics presents a unique advantage to the U.S. — notably in terms of healthcare. Whether it be improving diagnosis accuracy, connecting healthcare providers with patients, bettering mental health services, or performing...

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Attract, Manage & Train Next Generation Talent

  • 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by AFWERX

As society evolves, one of the most significant priorities for organizations like the Department of Defense is to recruit and retain passionate and purpose-driven people to carry their mission and vision into the future. In order to achieve that, organizations must understand the needs, wants and desires...

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Cisco & Capital Factory: Hot Pepper Startup Pitch

  • 5PM - 6PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Cisco

Startups will have 3 minutes to pitch their startup after eating a ghost pepper dipped in Carolina Reaper sauce. Then our judges will have 2 minutes for Q&A and they cannot have any milk or water during that time or they lose points. $75k in prizes and the opportunity to meet Cisco Investments, Capital...

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Ignite the Night Austin

  • 6PM - 9PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by NASA

During each NASA iTech cycle, our team will be visiting various cities throughout the U.S. hosting Ignite the Night events to identify technologies that are addressing challenges on Earth and have the potential to also be a solution for NASA.We are searching for non-government funded technologies that are...

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Breakfast in the Boardroom

8:00AM - 9:30AM | Capital Factory House

Kick off the day with a healthy breakfast and aspirational conversations with women who have shattered the glass ceiling, staked a claim, and disrupted their industries in a remarkable way.

Breakfast opens at 8am and the session begins at 8:30am.

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Army's Vision for working with Startups

  • 10AM - 10:45AM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Deloitte

Deloitte-hosted fireside chat with LTG Charlie Flynn moderated by Deloitte's Nycki Brooks; Topic to include how the Army is changing to make it easier for startups to work with the government. You must have a SXSW to attend any SXSW Official Events. As well, make sure you have applied to be a VIP at...

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Break In or Break Out?

10AM - 11AM | Capital Factory House

The world of defense, robotics, AI, and gaming are still largely dominated by men. We’ll be asking female founders and innovators who have carved out space and made names for themselves in these industries whether our energy is better spent trying to break in or break out.

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Inside Next Generation Disaster Response

  • 11AM - 12PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by DIU

The magnitude and complexity of disasters and crises have changed the humanitarian landscape. There is a critical need to be able to more quickly and effectively respond to disasters. There have also been recent breakthroughs in technology that can help, such as Artificial Intelligence and Unmanned Aerial...

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Adding Values to Your Value Proposition

  • 11:30AM - 1:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Refinery 29

Join Refinery 29 Executive Creative Director and Co-Founder Piera Gelardi for lunch and a discussion around building and scaling brands that align with your mission while adding value to the world.

Piera Gelardi is co-founder and executive creative director of the trailblazing media and...

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Startups in Defense

  • 1PM - 2PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Deloitte

Deloitte-hosted Startups in Defense panel. Topic to include how startups can successfully work with defense entities. Panel participants include Nishita Henry, Deloitte Consulting Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Lead of Deloitte Catalyst; Jim Rebesco, Co-Founder of Striveworks; Dan Padgett, Deputy...

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The National Security Side Hustle

  • 2PM - 3PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by DIU

During the day, they are executives at large and influential corporations. But at night (or on the weekends), they transform into superheroes with the responsibility for protecting all of us from threats to national security. They are some of the Department of Defense’s 800,000 reservists, available for active...

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The Price of a Presence

2PM - 3PM | Capital Factory House

Our modern marketing moment dictates that having a brand and voice on social media is a vital part of growing your business but, as women know, even the most innocuous post can open a floodgate of hatred, harassment, and threats.

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Deloitte | Texas A&M Startup Village

  • 2PM - 4PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Deloitte

As part of Deloitte's "Startups in Defense"-themed day, Deloitte will be hosting a Startup Village exposition for the Texas A&M chapter of Startup Grind, a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. Five revenue-generating, patent-pending, and Defense-oriented...

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Defense Innovation Needs Entrepreneurs

  • 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by DIU

The 2020 Department of Defense budget for purchasing national-security boosting technology and services is a whopping $247.3 billion. For most entrepreneurs, this insanely lucrative market appears completely out of reach. But it's not! The military desperately needs what entrepreneurs can offer, and it has...

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Startup Grind: The Funded Female

  • 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Startup Grind

An honest conversation between a prolific female founder or Venture Capitalist and Capital Factory CEO and Founder Joshua Baer about the trials, tribulations, and ultimate triumphs of female founders seeking investment and the VCs and Angels who fund them.

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Microsoft + Capital Factory Epic Office Hours

Capital Factory Epic Office Hours is a series of lightning speed mentoring sessions with Capital Factory Mentors, Corporate Partners, Investors, Accelerator Founders and other entrepreneurs. Capital Factory Epic Office Hours sponsored by Microsoft will be focused on facilitating interactions and meetings for startups in the defense sector.

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Black Girl Ventures Pitch Day

  • 6PM - 8PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Black Girl Ventures

Black Girl Ventures creates access to capital for Black and Brown women-identifying founders. The BGV Pitch Program flips the traditional pitch experience on its head: we coach entrepreneurs, host a live crowdfunded event, then connect them to community and professionals to support them on their...

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Blockchain & Web3.0 Roundtable

  • 11:30AM - 12:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Austin Blockchain Collective

[PRIVATE EVENT] Capital Factory and the Austin Blockchain Collective are hosting a private Roundtable to explore the state of Blockchain and the future of Web3.0. With the founder of the Web3 Foundation, CEOs from renowned blockchain companies, managing directors of crypto hedge...

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Design a Circular Economy with Business, Government and Tech

  • 12:30PM - 1:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by AFWERX

As the need for concepts based around sustainability become more pressing to secure the health and well-being of communities around the globe, government and businesses are looking for ways to both spur innovation and incorporate new concepts into their operations to better manage natural resources. With...

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Starburst Aerospace Pitch Day

  • 1PM - 5PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Starburst Aerospace

[PRIVATE EVENT] Starburst and Capital Factory are excited to invite you to our first-ever Austin Aerospace Pitch Day! Join us the day before the SXSW Space Track to hear 10 of the hottest startups present their innovations in aerospace, aviation and defense to an audience of industry experts. All...

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AR/VR Exposition

  • 5:30PM - 9:00 | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by Deloitte

The 8th floor will showcase an AR/VR exposition in which three AR/VR companies showcase their technologies. The event will entail cocktail hour networking, interactive AR/VR experiences, and music provided by Black Fret.

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Unmanned Aerial Systems Revolution

  • 12:30PM - 1:30 PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by DIU

The Department of Defense (DoD) is giving commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) / drone companies an unprecedented opportunity to participate in national security. Learn how they are working with the DoD and working together on open standards to bring interoperability to the small UAS commercial market...

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Leadership in the Low Earth Orbit Economy

  • 12:30PM - 1:30PM | Capital Factory House
  • Presented by DIU

Commercial investment in space is breaking records annually. Recent industry reports reflect that >$5B has been invested in new space this year alone (through Q3). That’s the largest investment since this new sector started a decade ago.

These are topics for which the State of Texas has...

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