Since 1989, tens of thousands of people from all over the world have flocked to Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals. SXSW includes a multitrack conference that runs concurrently with interactive, film, music and comedy festivals, bringing visitors together around topics like marketing, design, technology, government, health, the entertainment industry, social impact and so much more.
Below are some of the ways that the LBJ School community, from faculty to students and alumni, are engaged at SXSW 2018.
A group of four LBJ School students will participate in the Dell PolicyHack event, an interactive hack-a-thon tasking teams of policymakers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and students to design solutions to policy challenges faced by entrepreneurs. The teams pitch their ideas to a panel of experts—including members of Congress—and the audience votes for the winning solution.
“Ending Political Football with Veteran Voices”
Joe Jenkins (MPAff DC Concentration ’16), who joined the LBJ School after serving as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and a high school science teacher with Teach for America, will serve on a panel called “Ending Political Football with Veteran Voices.” From the SXSW website, “The panel draws on the experience of veterans campaigning for refugees and against Islamophobia to face tough questions for traditional and digital community organizing and advocacy in the Trump era.” Read more about Joe Jenkins.
“Cities as Incubators for Successful Aging”
A Public Affairs and Sociology professor, Jacqueline Angel’s research examines health and retirement issues in the U.S., with a focus on older minorities, the impact of social policy on the Hispanic population and Mexican American families. She will participate on a panel called “Cities as Incubators for Successful Aging,” which “applies futurist concepts and an intersectional lens to imagine environments that harness the longevity dividend,” according to the SXSW website. Read more about Angel's work.
“Making Cities Inclusive, Equitable and Sustainable”
The President of Mastercard’s Center for Inclusive Growth, LBJ alumna Shamina Singh (MPAff ’97) will discuss the need for and how we advance inclusive and equitable cities. Learn more.
“The Spirituality of Philanthropy”
Singh will also participate in a panel on The Spirituality of Philanthropy. The panel will present a case study for how large organizations and individuals from many faith communities can identify a common vision for making the world a better place, partner to inspire real change and make a difference for even the most vulnerable populations.