Explore our 2019 Schedule

SXSWedu Panels and Events

The SXSW EDU Conference & Festival cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning.

A separate badge for SXSW EDU is required. Please let the Civic I/O team know if you need a credential for this event.

Event Details
09:00 AM – 05:00 PM ( 8 hrs )
Various Locations

South by Southwest Venues

SXSW Badge Required

Mayors, Youth, & the Fate of Cities

Local leaders recognize that if they don’t attend to youth outcomes, their cities have little chance of success economically, socially, or civically. Hear from mayors that are taking up the mantle to change the odds for youth in order to increase social mobility in their communities, a Denver demo on how to move systems into the 21st Century, and ideate with participants on coordinating people, using data to drive decisions, and making smart investments in children and youth.

Mayor Jorge Elorza
City of Providence

Mayor Shane Bemis
City of Gresham

Event Details
02:00 PM – 04:30 PM ( 2.5 hrs )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

Civic I/O 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
08:00 AM – 05:30 PM ( 9.5 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Public, No Badge Required

Breakfast and Opening Session

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

Speaking program beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Steve Benjamin
Mayor of Columbia, SC
President, The United States Conference of Mayors

Steve Adler
Mayor of Austin, TX
Host, Civic I/O

Event Details
08:00 AM – 09:00 AM ( 1 hr )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

The Ethical OS: A Tech Risk Mitigation Manual for Cities

No one can predict exactly what tomorrow will bring. So, until we get that crystal ball app, the best we can hope to do is anticipate the long-term social impact and unexpected uses of the technologies being created and used today.

This presentation will premiere the EthicalOS toolkit: a guide for startups and regulators alike to help manage the technology choices we’re making in our cities today while also taking into account the risks these technologies might present to our cities in the future. The last thing you want is to get blindsided by a future you helped create. The Ethical OS Toolkit is here to help you plan a better path forward.

Event Details
09:00 AM – 09:45 AM ( 0.75 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Techplomacy: Resetting the Relationships and Responses Between Tech Companies and Cities

In acknowledgement of the key role that technology and digitization plays in the future for cities and societies alike, this session will debate the need for a change in the relationship between cities and large technology companies. The world’s first Tech Ambassador, Casper Klynge of Denmark, along with Christian Bason, CEO of Danish Design Center, will lead mayors in a discussion around a dilemma: on one hand, technology will contribute to solving some of the most acute global challenges and bring about a positive transformation with enormous potential for people around the world but on the other hand technology challenges existing frameworks for political influence, governance, policy making and city development. What is mayor’s role in this space?

Event Details
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM ( 0.5 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

The Future of Digital Inclusion

It is clear that technology lays a foundation for innovation. But as we build new systems of interaction for tomorrow, we cannot forget our residents who do not have the foundational skills to interact with technology today. The Community Tech Network (CTN) views access to the internet as a human right, and believes that those who have difficulty using computers and mobile devices are at risk of social and economic disadvantages. Kammi Griffiths, Executive Director of CTN, shows us how to build a more inclusive digital world for a future in which everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of life online. Learn how we can make sure all our residents are included in digital innovations in our cities.

Event Details
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM ( 0.5 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Mayors as Futurists

Futurists Jake Dunagan and Stuart Candy will introduce mayors to core concepts in futures studies, building on the foundations from 2018. Using the civic imagination game “The Thing From The Future: Cities Edition,” mayors will imagine original artifacts from the future of their cities and share insights.

Event Details
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM ( 0.75 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Lunch

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

Event Details
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ( 0.5 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

South by Southwest Conference

Mayors will explore what’s next in the world of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. Please see sxsw.com or the SXSW mobile app for a full listing of panels and events.

Event Details
12:30 PM – 06:00 PM ( 5.5 hrs )
Various Locations

South by Southwest Venues

SXSW Badge Required

Civic I/O Celebration Dinner (CLOSED EVENT: MAYORS & STAFF/GUESTS ONLY)

Enjoy world class traditional Mexican food by internationally acclaimed chefs at one of Austin's top restaurants.

This is event is for mayors and mayoral staff/guests only.

Shuttles for mayors and mayoral staff will begin departing the north side of the Hilton Austin at 5:45pm.

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

85 Rainey ST
Austin, Texas

Mayors and Staff Only

Evening on Austin’s Historic Rainey Street Sponsored by Lyft

After dinner, join Lyft for desserts, drinks, and candid conversations about building healthy transportation ecosystems through shared mobility.

Event Details
08:00 PM – 09:30 PM ( 1.5 hrs )
El Naranjo

85 Rainey 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 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

The United States Conference of Mayors Plenary Breakfast Sponsored by Maven

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

Speaking program beginning at 9:00 a.m.

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

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

Hugh Forrest
Chief Programming Officer
South by Southwest

Alex Keros
Smart Cities Chief
Maven

Address
Parsing Science Fiction from Science Fact
Corey Doctorow
Author

Event Details
08:30 AM – 10:00 AM ( 1.5 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Civic Imagination Workshop - Service Design: Moving the Needle by Transforming How and What Your City Delivers

Poorly designed city services result in social exclusion, inefficiency, and unsatisfied residents. In this hands-on session, mayors will experience and dissect the anatomy or a city service and explore how service design can uncover and resolve the hidden barriers that residents face when interacting with the city. Mayors will assess their current service delivery system and develop a potential service design capability for their cities.

Christian Bason
Danish Design Center

Christian Villum
Danish Design Center

Lincoln Neiger
Civic I/O

Angela Hanson
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Event Details
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM ( 2.5 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Civic Imagination Workshop - Mayors as Social Inventors: A Hands-on Workshop for Political System Design

At the 2018 SXSW Mayor’s Summit, city leaders learned new skills for imagining, deepening, and communicating possible futures through tangible artifacts. In this year’s futures workshop, mayors will use the Social Inventor’s Toolkit to think through the re-design of political systems from the ground-up, addressing core challenges facing governance in the 21st century in a systematic and creative way.

Jake Dunagan
Director
Governance Futures Lab, Institute for the Future

Stuart Candy
Associate Professor
School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Event Details
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM ( 2.5 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

Lunch and Workshop Reflection

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

Event Details
12:30 PM – 01:30 PM ( 1 hr )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Badge Required

SXSW: Communities as Health Equity Implementation Hubs

Nationwide there’s a growing number of models that take a collaborative, holistic approach to building just and healthy communities. From nonprofit - Way to Wellville, National Collaborative for Health Equity’s HOPE Initiative - to philanthropic RWJF’s Culture of Health, Aetna Foundation Healthiest Communities, to grassroots and public examples. This session will discuss how partnership, policy, open data and startup engagement can result in significant, sustainable impact in building just and healthy communities.

Mayor Tony Martinez
City of Brownsville

Event Details
12:30 PM – 01:30 PM ( 1 hr )
JW Marriott Salon 7

110 E 2nd St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

South by Southwest Conference

Mayors will explore what’s next in the world of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. Please see sxsw.com or the SXSW mobile app for a full listing of panels and events.

Event Details
01:30 PM – 06:00 PM ( 4.5 hrs )
Various Locations

South by Southwest Venues

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Out for the Count: How to Repair the Broken 2020 Census

The census is more than just a survey. It is a once-a-decade head count of everyone living in our country that has a major impact on our lives. The census is used to determine such critical things as the number of seats each state has in the US House of Representatives and to how we distribute billions in federal funds to local communities. As we approach the 2020 Census, it is already fraught with major challenges. Do we have enough resources to adequately execute the census? How will the attempt to add a citizenship question impact the census? What issues exist as we shift to a digital census regarding privacy and digital access for all communities? How would a census undercount impact the country? Hear local and national leaders discuss what lies ahead for the 2020 census and what you can do about it.

Mayor John Giles
City of Mesa

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Conversations About America’s Future: Mayor Pete Buttigieg

SXSW, in collaboration with The Texas Tribune, presents Conversations About America's Future, a series of talks that will bring together some of the nation’s top political leaders whose ideas and vision for the future will shape our country through 2020 and beyond.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend

Event Details
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ( 1 hr )
ACL Live at the Moody Theater

310 W Willie Nelson Blvd
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Disrupting Local Government Mayoral Meetup

Cities are the hub of innovation where new ideas can grow and scale. Engagement at the local level can seem like a mystery but you can make a big impact. Network, share ideas, and learn how to positively disrupt the status quo together.

Hosts
Mayor Bryan Barnett
City of Rochester Hills

Mayor Nan Whaley
City of Dayton

Event Details
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ( 1 hr )
Fairmont Hotel - Sunflower Room

101 Red River Street
4th Floor
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

Civic I/O Happy Hour Sponsored by Ford Motor Company

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

Civic I/O Badge Required

Innovation Nation Party: A Celebration of Innovation and Public Service

Innovation Nation will be the premier social gathering for leaders at the intersection of technology-led innovation and public policy. Mayors will gather with tech leaders from across the country for a night of Austin-inspired bites and beats. This event is presented in partnership by Civic I/O, C_TEC, TechNet, and the United States Conference of Mayors

Shuttles for mayors and mayoral staff will begin departing the north side of the Hilton Austin at 7:30pm.

Musical Performances
Tomar & the FCs
The Greyhounds

Austin Food Trucks
Four Brothers
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

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

Media Availability

Mayors will meet with members of the press to share their experiences at South by Southwest.

Event Details
09:30 AM – 10:00 AM ( 0.5 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Mayors and Staff Only

Brunch

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

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

Green Q
Smart garbage trucks to analyze and optimize waste management

Heat Seek
Holding landlords of affordable housing accountable for heating abuse

ODN
AI traffic sensors for the most accurate transportation analysis and prediction

Augmented Training Systems
AR/VR that replaces costly EMS training systems

Cloud 9
Mobile crisis intervention for mental healthcare

Bloc
AI powered workforce development assistance

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: Transforming Cities Through Citizens

Cities are facing unprecedented challenges and often lack the resources to address them. Mayors are on the front lines and the best among them are tapping into one of the most underutilized resources they have – their citizens – to help them solve some of the toughest problems they face. In a time when trust between people and government is at an all-time low, these city leaders are bringing together the knowledge and creativity of their people, the power of corporate partners, and the expertise of nonprofit organizations to deepen the impact of their work and establish new realities for their cities. This panel will explore how city leaders are leveraging public-private-nonprofit partnerships to create stronger cities, improve lives, and build trust.

Mayor Sam Liccardo
City of San Jose

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

South by Southwest Conference

Mayors will explore what’s next in the world of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. Please see sxsw.com or the SXSW mobile app for a full listing of panels and events.

Event Details
01:30 PM – 06:00 PM ( 4.5 hrs )
Various Locations

South by Southwest Venues

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Spin Cycle: The Rise of Scooters in Cities

Urban areas are increasingly in need of mobility solutions to help residents move around. As cities seek more transportation options, an emerging innovation has inundated streets across the country: electric scooters. As more and more people find themselves zipping around town on scooters, how can cities, scooter companies, and riders ensure it’s a smooth ride? This panel will explore the effect the scooter craze is having and will discuss topics ranging from regulations to public safety to infrastructure. We will highlight the benefits and challenges of adding scooters onto the streets. You will learn how cities and transportation innovators are responding to this advancement and how the lessons learned from scooters will prepare for the next wave of innovation in transportation.

Mayor Steve Adler
City of Austin

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: The City Hall Blueprint For Running the Country

LBJ once said, “When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.” Mayors are executives of government who are relied on to get stuff done and can’t afford to play political games or shut down their governments. As several mayors and former mayors explore their own runs for the White House, this discussion will examine the political realities of how a mayor could turn the success of running a city into a successful model for Washington.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg
City of South Bend

Mayor Mike Rawlings
City of Dallas

Mayor Francis Suarez
City of Miami

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

SXSW: Input Local. Output Global. City Innovation Mayoral Meet Up

Local ingenuity leads to global progress. Innovation in the government and civic sector continues to grow, local leaders still face many challenges especially in the midst of round-the-clock responsibilities within their communities. Meet America’s most innovative mayors who are using technology and innovation to meet their biggest challenges. Network, share, and engage with local leaders changing the face of cities.

Hosts
Mayor Francis Suarez
City of Miami

Mayor Michael Tubbs
City of Stockton

Event Details
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ( 1 hr )
Fairmont Hotel - Poppy Room

101 Red River Street
4th Floor
Austin, Texas

SXSW Badge Required

Mayors Backyard BBQ Sponsored by Capital One (CLOSED EVENT: MAYORS & STAFF/GUESTS 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 5:45pm.

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

900 E 11th St
Austin, Texas

Mayors and Staff Only