Explore our 2018 Schedule

SXSW EDU: Official SXSWedu Panels and Events

The SXSWedu Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education. Mayors Day @ SXSWedu is for local leaders to highlight key issues impact education ranging from institutional racism, immigration, and workforce development. Mayors will participate in meet-ups to engage with leaders from across the education spectrum.

Event Details
09:00 AM – 03:00 PM ( 6 hrs )
Austin Convention Center

500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW EDU: Mayors & the Promise of College & Career Readiness

Mayors from across the country are putting renewed emphasis on ensuring that their local talent can find the resources and opportunities to succeed. Learn about the innovative approaches mayors are taking through college promise programs, digital badges, place-based work experiences, and more. Discover how a comprehensive and collaborative approach with schools, higher education, employers, and local government can stimulate your talent pipeline.

Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
City of West Sacramento

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson
City of Gary

Mayor Darrell Steinberg
City of Sacramento

Event Details
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ( 1 hr )
Austin Convention Center Room 12AB

500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

Civic I/O: Early Arrival Welcome Dinner

Reception, dinner, and cocktails at the home of Mayor Steve Adler. Shuttles will begin departing the north side of the Hilton Austin at 5:45pm.

Event Details
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
W Hotel Residences

210 Lavaca Street
Austin, Texas

Mayors and Staff Only

Registration & Credential Pick Up

Mayors, staff, Civic I/O partners, speakers and invited guests can pick up their event credentials at the registration desk outside of SXSW City Hall in the southwest corner of the Hilton Austin lobby across from the Austin Convention Center.

Event Details
08:30 AM – 05:30 PM ( 9 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Public, No Badge Required

Civic I/O: Breakfast Available

Breakfast available for participating mayors, mayoral staff, Civic I/O partners, speakers, and invited guests.

Event Details
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM ( 1 hr )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Civic I/O: Plenary Lunch Sponsored by The American Institute of Architects & Gallup

Presiding
Stephen Benjamin
Mayor of Columbia
Vice President, The United States Conference of Mayors

Welcome
Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin
Chair of The United States Conference of Mayors Technology & Innovation Task Force

Welcome to South by Southwest
Hugh Forrest
Director, South by Southwest Interactive Festival

Remarks
Robert Ivy, FAIA
EVP & Chief Executive Officer, The American Institute of Architects

Justin Bibb
Senior Adviser, Gallup

Panel
Foundations for the Futures of Cities
Carol Colleta
Senior Fellow, The Kresge Foundation

Civic Imagination in Mexico City
Gabriella Gomez-Mont
Founder & Director, Laboratorio para la Ciudad

Universal Basic Assets & The Challenge for Cities
Marina Gorbis
Executive Director, Institute for the Future

Event Details
12:00 PM – 01:00 PM ( 1 hr )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Civic I/O: Civic Imagination, Part 1 Sponsored by Institute for the Future: Governance Futures Lab

Presiding
Jake Dunagan
Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future

Training Exercises
Orienting Yourself to the Future: The Polak Game
This exercise is based on the work of pioneering futures scholar Fredrik Polak. It helps participants uncover personal beliefs about the nature of change and human agency, as well as how to communicate and lead others with divergent beliefs about the future.

How To Think Like a Futurist
Participants will be introduced to several core theories, methods, and tools of effective foresight. This session will provide a structure for thinking about the future and will allow participants to engage with the future with more confidence. Concepts covered include the Cone of Possibility and Civilizational Pace Layers.

Thing from the Future: City Edition
Thing from the Future: City Edition is a custom card game that scaffolds imagination, strategic conversation and storytelling about possible futures. It lets players describe, sketch, and even physically prototype artifacts that might exist in the future, based on a wide array of creative prompts. In this edition, those prompts address issues and communication modes relevant to cities and citizens.

The Three Horizons
At any point in time, there are paradigms that are rising, and others that are declining, Three Horizons is a framework for mapping paradigms and trends. Participants will work together to populate a baseline map of major changes ahead for cities and city government.

Event Details
01:00 PM – 03:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Civic I/O: Leader-to-Leader

Mayors will meet with top leaders at SXSW to learn about emerging trends in technology, innovation, and policy.

Presiding
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend
Chair of The United States Conference of Mayors Automation Task Force

Remarks
Alec Chalmers
Amazon Web Services

Leader-to-Leader

Panelists
The Future of Social Equity
Antionette Carroll
Founder, President & CEO, Creative Reaction Lab

How Design Thinking Improves Cities
Stephen Luoni, Assoc. AIA
Director, The University of Arkansas Community Design Center

The Future of City Transformation Via Design
Runa Sabroe
Programme Director, Danish Design Centre

Machine Intelligence & Evolving Human Ecosystems
Nell Watson, Associate Faculty of AI & Robotics, Singularity University

Special Thanks to Facilitator Angela Hanson, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Event Details
03:00 PM – 05:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Civic I/O: Welcome Reception Sponsored by Maven

Celebration party featuring dinner, cocktails, and live entertainment. Shuttles for mayors and mayoral staff will begin departing the north side of the Hilton Austin at 5:45pm.

Remarks
Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin

Alex Keros
Smart Cities Chief, GM Urban Mobility/Maven

Jon Slavet
Managing Director for US & Canada West, WeWork

Event Details
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
WeWork

600 Congress Ave.

Mayors and Staff Only

SXSW: SXSW Film Premiere - American Animals (CLOSED EVENT: MAYORS & STAFF ONLY)

Mayors will enjoy another side of SXSW, a film premiere featured during the SXSW Film Festival. Mayors, mayoral staff, and guests of the mayors will depart the Welcome Reception at 8:00pm to travel to the Paramount Theater.

American Animals is a 2018 American crime drama film written and directed by Bart Layton. It stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018. The unbelievable but true story of four young men who mistake their lives for a movie and attempt one of the most audacious art heists in US history.

Event Details
08:30 PM – 11:00 PM ( 2.5 hrs )
Paramount Theater

713 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas

Mayors and Staff Only

Registration & Credential Pick Up

Mayors, staff, Civic I/O partners, speakers and invited guests can pick up their event credentials at the registration desk outside of SXSW City Hall in the southwest corner of the Hilton Austin lobby across from the Austin Convention Center.

Event Details
08:30 AM – 05:30 PM ( 9 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Public, No Badge Required

Civic I/O: The United States Conference of Mayors Plenary Breakfast Sponsored by Maven

Presiding
Mayor Stephen Benjamin
City of Columbia
Vice President, The United States Conference of Mayors

Remarks
Tom Cochran
CEO & Executive Director, The United States Conference of Mayors

Alex Keros
Smart Cities Chief, GM Urban Mobility/Maven

Address
Distrupting Dystopia
Bruce Sterling
Author, Beyond the Beyond

Event Details
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM ( 1 hr )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Civic I/O: Civic Imagination, Part 2 Sponsored by Institute for the Future: Governance Futures Lab

Mayors will be placed on a cohort of experts to explore key issues that are impacting their community to create a vision for their city in 2030.

Presiding
Jake Dunagan
Senior Research, Institute for the Future

Activities
Casual Layered Analysis: Opening Up The Present & Past To Create Alternative Futures

Headlining: What Will Be Front Page News In 2030?

Thing From the Future - City Edition Part 2: Craft A Spectrum of Alternative Futures For Your City

Closing & Report From Each Mayoral Cohort

Special Thanks to Facilitator Angela Hanson, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Event Details
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

SXSW: Amazon Primed: The Value & Cost of HQ2 for Cities

Amazon's announcement that they are searching for a second headquarters set off a frenzy of interest across the country. Hope of securing the second home of one of the world's biggest companies has created national interest and local conversations about community values, the real costs of economic development, and what are the critical issues at stake when bringing a tech giant to your town. Hear mayors discuss what their cities want and need in pursuit of economic success.

Moderator
Asad Syrkett
Deputy Editor, Curbed

Panelists
Justin Bibb
Senior Adviser, Gallup

Mayor Sly James
City of Kansas City

Mayor Nancy McFarlane
City of Raleigh

Event Details
12:30 PM – 01:30 PM ( 1 hr )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Agile Activism: Big Change Starts at City Hall

In cities across the country, agile networks of leaders, advocates, and activists are initiating change in a BIG way. As state and national politics struggle with gridlock and partisanship, cities are innovating around issues like social justice, climate change, immigration, and more. Hear from mayors on how you can start a movement with organization, advocacy, and technology. Learn how to build the infrastructure for change, grow your network, and propel it into action to make a difference.

Moderator
Mitch Herckis
Route Fifty

Panelists
Mayor Stephen Benjamin
City of Columbia

Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend

Mayor Nan Whaley
City of Dayton

Event Details
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ( 1 hr )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Local Leadership in the Wake of Terror

The hours, days, and weeks that follow an act of terror can be vital to whether cities can restore calm and overcome the fear which the perpetrators of such acts seek to instill. Using case studies from U.S. and international cities that have experienced terrorist attacks, this panel of experts will discuss how to minimize the short- and long-term impact of such crises, from reducing hate crimes, fear, and misinformation through the words and actions of local leaders.

Moderator
Rebecca Skellett
Senior Program Manager, Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Panelists
Mayor Andy Berke
City of Chattanooga

Mayor Buddy Dyer
City of Orlando

Event Details
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ( 1 hr )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Tech Clusters: Local Laboratories, Global Impact

Founders, funders, and stakeholders in tech clusters around the world are establishing new relationships and innovative approaches in support of entrepreneurs and the new economy. These dense concentrations of companies, entrepreneurs, and service providers create jobs and strengthen economies but also impact the culture of their cities. Join this session as the speakers explore these critical economic laboratories and how global collaboration is developing best practices for these new economy ecosystems.

Panelists
Juhan Lepassaar
Head of Cabinet for Vice President Andrus Ansip, European Commission

Mayor Mark Mitchell
City of Tempe

Kerry O'Connor
Chief Innovation Officer, City of Austin

Event Details
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ( 1 hr )
Palm Door on Sixth

508 E 6TH ST
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Disrupting Local Government Mayoral Meetup

Join this official SXSW event to meet attendees from around the world. Network, share ideas, and learn how to positively disrupt the status quo together.

Hosts
Mayor Stephen Benjamin
City of Columbia
Vice President, The United States Conference of Mayors

Mayor Tom Tait
City of Anaheim

Event Details
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ( 1 hr )
JW Marriott Room 207

110 East 2nd St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

Civic I/O: U.S. Conference of Mayors Happy Hour

Happy hour featuring appetizers, cocktails, and live entertainment.

Event Details
05:00 PM – 07:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Mayors and Staff Only

Civic I/O: Innovation Nation Party: A Celebration of Innovation and Public Service

Celebration party featuring local Austin food trucks, cocktails, and live entertainment presented by Amazon Web Services, TechNet, The United States Conference of Mayors, and VISA. Shuttles for mayors and mayoral staff will begin departing the north side of the Hilton Austin at 7:30pm.

Musical Performances
DJ Noel Waggener
Black Pumas
Soul Man Sam

Austin Food Trucks
The Mighty Cone
Little Lucy's Mini Donuts

NOTE – Daylight Savings Takes Effect at 2:00am CST

Event Details
08:00 PM – 12:00 AM ( 4 hrs )
3TEN ACL Live

310 Willie Nelson Blvd #1A

Mayors and Staff Only

Civic I/O: Coffee with London Mayor Sadiq Khan (CLOSED EVENT: MAYORS & STAFF ONLY)

Introduction
Mayor Greg Fischer
City of Louisville

Remarks w/Q&A
Mayor Nan Whaley
City of Dayton

Mayor Sadiq Khan
City of London

Closing
Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin

This is event is for mayors, mayoral staff, and invited guests only.

Event Details
09:00 AM – 10:00 AM ( 1 hr )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Mayors and Staff Only

Registration & Credential Pick Up

Mayors, staff, Civic I/O partners, speakers and invited guests can pick up their Civic I/O credentials at the registration desk outside of SXSW City Hall in the southwest corner of the Hilton Austin lobby across from the Austin Convention Center.

Event Details
09:30 AM – 01:30 PM ( 4 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Public, No Badge Required

Civic I/O: Brunch Available

Brunch available for participating mayors, mayoral staff, Civic I/O partners, speakers, and invited guests.

Event Details
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ( 1 hr )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Civic I/O: Mayors Matchup: Tech Innovation Pitch Competition

Emerging companies will have the opportunity to pitch their product, company, or program in a "SHARK TANK" style panel of mayors and industry expert for a chance to win $10,000. Companies will gain exposure to mayors from cities across the country as part of the Tech Innovation Pitch Competition.

Finalists
SeamlessDoc
Michael Fulvio
City of New York

Mentor Method
Janice Omadeke
City of Alexandria

Elucd
Sujeet Rao
City of New York

Biobot Analytics
Newsha Ghaeli
City of Cambridge

Boundless
Xiao Wang
City of Seattle

Citymart
Sascha Haselmayer
City of New York

Special Thanks to Facilitator Angela Hanson, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

Event Details
11:00 AM – 01:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Public, No Badge Required

SXSW: America's Mayors: Fighting for Racial Equity

From education and housing to criminal and environmental justice, the persistence of racial disparities in our cities has been well documented. Mayors are uniquely positioned to take action to address racial inequity in our neighborhoods and our local institutions. A new report published by the Boston University Initiative on Cities and the National League of Cities delves into how cities are confronting racial inequity.

Moderator
Katharine Lusk
Executive Director, Boston University Initiative on Cities

Panelists
Leon Andrews
Director of Race Equity & Leadership, The National League of Cities

Atyia Martin
Chief Resilience Officer, City Of Boston

Mayor Libby Schaaf
City of Oakland

Event Details
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ( 1 hr )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

Mayors Disrupting Locally, Leading Globally

The biggest issues facing our country – racial justice, economic fairness, immigration, infrastructure – aren’t simply talking points for America’s mayors. While federal leaders show neglect or even hostility towards cities, mayors face the issues head-on as they lead diverse and growing cities through turbulent times. During this panel you’ll hear how New York’s Bill De Blasio, Portland’s Ted Wheeler, and Austin’s Steve Adler are part of a growing alliance of mayors that are innovating – and organizing – their way through the storm.

Event Details
05:00 PM – 06:00 PM ( 1 hr )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Mayoral Meetup: The New Wave of Mayors Meetup

Join this official SXSW event to meet attendees from around the world. Network, share ideas, and learn how to positively disrupt the status quo together.

Hosts
Mayor Lydia Mihalik
City of Findlay

Mayor Levar Stoney
City of Richmond

Event Details
05:00 PM – 06:00 PM ( 1 hr )
JW Marriott Room 209

110 E 2nd St. Austin, TX

SXSW Badge Required

Civic I/O: Mayors Backyard BBQ Sponsored by Capital One (CLOSED EVENT: MAYORS & STAFF ONLY)

Franklin Barbecue has been called the best BBQ joint in the country by Bon Appetit magazine. Enjoy the holy trinity of smoked meats with a plate of brisket, sausage, and ribs in the one of Austin’s most revered establishments.

This is event is for mayors and mayoral staff only.

Shuttles for mayors and mayoral staff will begin departing the north side of the Hilton Austin at 5:30pm and from the JW Marriott at 6:00pm.

Event Details
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St
Austin, Texas

Mayors and Staff Only

Civic I/O: Mayors Celebration Event Sponsored by Amazon Web Services

Closing party event featuring cocktails and headline entertainment in an iconic Austin venue with special guests.

Musical Performances
DJ Mahealani
Jackie Venson
Ray Wylie Hubbard

Transportation will be provided for mayors and mayoral staff.

Event Details
07:00 PM – 11:00 PM ( 4 hrs )
The Contemporary Austin - The Jones Center

700 Congress Ave

Mayors and Staff Only