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Explore our 2017 Schedule

Civic I/O Event

Open to all mayors, mayoral staff, U.S. Conference of Mayors leadership, sponsors, and invited guests.

SXSW Event

SXSW panels and SXSW official events require a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge.

SXSWedu

The SXSWedu Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education. Mayor’s 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 – 05:00 PM ( 8 hrs )
Austin Convention Center

500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, Texas

Addressing Inequality in Austin

In late 2016, Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced the creation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities aimed at addressing racial inequality in the community and address the systemic structures and institutions that have negatively impacted communities of color. The task force will focus on criminal justice, education, health, finance and housing, working to bring an action plan to city leadership this spring. This panel will bring together Mayor Adler and leadership from the task force to discuss Austin’s history of racial inequity, the importance of the task force's work, and the implications for both Austin’s public schools as well as higher education.

Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin
Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, Huston-Tillotson University
Dave Mann, Texas Monthly
Richard Reddick, The University of Texas at Austin

Event Details
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM ( 1 hr )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

The Future of Education for Immigrants

For many immigrant and refugee students in America, the morning of November 9th was met with a tremendous amount of uncertainty. Each week that uncertainty grows. The public K-12 education system has always served documented and undocumented students, as well as those seeking refuge in America. In the face of a Trump Administration, how will cities and community organizations continue to serve and welcome immigrants, fighting for their rights to stay in the country and provide a high-quality education? Join city leaders and advocates to discuss this important issue in education.

Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune
Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe
Allegra Love, Santa Fe Dreamers Project

Event Details
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ( 1 hr )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Mayors and Workforce Development Meetup

The future of jobs in America and workforce development is changing rapidly. Automation and technology are filling the role previously occupied by humans. How do we prepare students and current employees for this new reality? Join mayors from across the country to discuss how their cities are thinking about workforce (re)development, STEM education in public schools and building strong relationships with their community and technical colleges. Bring your ideas, innovations and questions to these local leaders prioritizing workforce development in their communities.

Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento
Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville

Event Details
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ( 1 hr )
Austin Convention Center Room 18D

500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, Texas

Early Arrival Welcome Dinner

Reception, dinner, and cocktails at the home of Mayor Steve Adler and Diane Land

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

210 Lavaca Street
Austin, Texas

Breakfast

Breakfast for participating mayors, mayoral staff, and invited guests.

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Wireless Network Innovation: Smart City Foundation

Cities across the US are integrating connected technologies and becoming “smart cities” in efforts to improve the urban experience. But what does this mean? What are the most recent smart city developments? What are the opportunities and challenges? Attend and learn directly from some of the nation’s leading Smart City voices. US Ignite will provide a wide lens perspective of US cities large and small, outlining available resources. Atlanta Mayor Reed will bring the experience of a city leader tasked with visioning and achieving smart city status. Executives Kathleen Grillo (Verizon) and Howard Wright (Intel) will give insight to what smart city technology can do and actionable next steps.

Howard Wright, Intel
Joe Kochan, US Ignite
Kathleen Grillo, Verizon
Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta

Event Details
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ( 1 hr )
JW Marriott Salon 7

110 E 2nd St
Austin, Texas

Leader-to-Leader

Mayors engage with leaders in technology, innovation and policy.

Event Details
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM ( 1.5 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Welcome Reception sponsored by Fasten

Welcome: STEVE ADLER
Mayor of Austin
Host, SXSW

Greetings: MICK CORNETT
Mayor of Oklahoma City
President, The United States Conference of Mayors

Remarks: KIRILL EVDAKOV
CEO
Fasten

Remarks: HUGH FORREST
Chief Programming Officer
South by Southwest

Event Details
04:00 PM – 06:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
SXSW CITY HALL @usmayors Space

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

America’s Mayors: Holding the Line

Mayors may be the last line to defend progress in the face of a regressive agenda that challenges cities on immigration, health care, criminal justice reforms, civil rights, LGBT rights, funding for social programs, and more. Their cities are finding themselves increasingly in the crosshairs of federal, and in some cases also state, leadership looking to strip away the policies and initiatives of their locally elected leaders. What constitutes “liberty” is apparently in the eye of the officeholder. Hear from mayors who are on the frontlines fighting to ensure their cities continue to be the engines of economic growth, innovation, livability, and progress for the country.

Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin
Greg Fischer, Mayor of Louisville
Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune
Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Mayors Only Coffee with Bishop Paul Tighe

Bishop Paul Tighe has been the Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture since his appointment on December 19, 2015. He is the highest-ranking Irishman in the Roman Curia and was consecrated a bishop on February 27, 2016. He previously served as secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications from November 30, 2007. He previously served as director of the Office for Public Affairs in the Dublin diocese.

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

U.S. Conference of Mayors Breakfast and Official Welcome sponsored by Maven

Breakfast for participating mayors, mayoral staff, and invited guests.

Greetings: MICK CORNETT
Mayor of Oklahoma City
President, The United States Conference of Mayors

Greetings: TOM COCHRAN
CEO & Executive Director
The United States Conference of Mayors

Remarks: PETER KOSAK
Executive Director, Urban Mobility & Maven
GM

Remarks: DON GARBER
Commissioner
Major League Soccer

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Mayors Garage: Emerging Technology Demo

A demo of cutting edge technology at SXSW ranging from the newest innovations in drone technology, virtual/augmented reality, transportation technologies, and artificial intelligence. Mayors will be experience the newest innovations in technology hands in a private demonstration.

Event Details
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ( 2 hrs )
Hilton Austin Room 616

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Building Bridges When Others Want to Build Walls

Now, more than ever, documented and undocumented immigrants in the United States are facing a tremendous amount of uncertainty. With a new Administration that has been vocal about its intent for an aggressive stance on immigration but hasn’t discussed any firm plans, the number of questions grows without answers. While federal authorities will enforce the law, the impact will be felt by cities and communities. Elected officials, community leaders, and immigration experts will discuss the economic, social and cultural impact extreme immigration policy will have on communities.

Kate Brick, New American Economy
Javier Gonzales, Mayor of Santa Fe
Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia
Dara Lind, Vox Media

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

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.

Event Details
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ( 1 hr )
JW Marriott Room 210

110 East 2nd St
Austin, Texas

U.S. Conference of Mayors Happy Hour

Access via the Hilton Lobby

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Innovation Nation Party: A Celebration of Innovation and Public Service

Celebration party featuring dinner, cocktails, and live entertainment.

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

Event Details
08:00 PM – 12:00 AM ( 4 hrs )
Empire Control Room

606 East 7th St
Austin, Texas

Civic I/O Brunch

Brunch for mayors, mayoral staff, and invited guests.

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Mayors Matchup: Innovation Pitch Competition Sponsored by Amazon Web Services

Emerging companies will have the opportunity to pitch their product, company, or program in a ‘SHARK TANK’ style panel of mayors and industry experts for a chance to win a share of $25,000. Companies will gain exposure to mayors from cities across the country as part of the Tech Innovation Pitch Competition sponsored by Amazon Web Services.

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

The Wellness Pandemic: Tech, Incentives & Youth

The youth of today populate the first generation not expected to live longer than their parents. In this panel, speakers will talk about how we can work to create new, healthy behaviors towards nutrition, fitness, and a balanced body and mind by leveraging technology, the right incentives, and our young people.

Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City
Helen Job, Flamingo Group
Liz Joy, American College of Sports Medicine
Jen Ohlson, Interactive Health Technologies LLC

Event Details
03:30 PM – 04:30 PM ( 1 hr )
Wanderlust

206 E 4th St
AUSTIN, TEXAS

The Future of Policing

Over the last 4 years, policing in our communities has come to the forefront of national discourse. It is a topic that is as nuanced as it is emotional. Across the country there are cities breaking the mold. Leaders are taking steps to find balance between protecting community members, ensuring the safety of officers, preventing and investigating crime, addressing acts of violence committed by police, and confronting the issues of race and inequity. This is a challenging and difficult, but necessary task for local leaders, police chiefs, and members of the community. Join the conversation with elected leaders and police chiefs to discuss their experiences dealing with policing.

Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans
Charles Ramsey, US Conference of Mayors
Mark Updegrove, LBJ Presidential Library

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Swiping Left on Community Engagement

A mayor asks: Why can't civic engagement be more like Tinder?

Civic engagement is supposed to strengthen our local democracy and government's responsiveness. But lessons from cognitive psychology, user-centered design, behavioral economics, elementary algebra, and millions of use cases suggest "deeper" engagement might be the disease, not the cure. One of the nation's innovator-mayors will flip the script on traditional civic engagement to reveal how fetishizing it undermines trust, responsiveness, effectiveness, and equity. We'll consider new design principles for civic engagement, and how government, activists, philanthropy, and innovators might bring them to life with new tools

Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor of West Sacramento

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

5 Cities Are Eliminating Racial Inequity, You Can Too

People of color in U.S. cities disproportionately and historically lack access to opportunities. Racial inequity is often within the power of city government to change. Public will is also growing in U.S. cities to address inequity. Racial Equity Here is an initiative focused on 5 cities (Albuquerque, Austin, Grand Rapids, Louisville, Philadelphia) committed to improving racial equity and advancing opportunity for all. What if all cities worked in new ways to understand how municipal operations affect people of color and reproduce inequities, and began to address them in transformative ways? This panel will explore the current condition and make a case for how we can address this immense challenge with urgency and impact.

Richard Berry, Mayor of Albuquerque
Nadia Owusu, Living Cities
Glenn Harris, Center for Social Inclusion

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Mayor’s Backyard BBQ sponsored by Capital One

Skip the line that lasts over 3-hours and fulfill an Austin rite of passage by sampling the best barbecue in the world. 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.

Remarks: ANDY NAVARRETE
Executive Vice President, External Affairs
Capital One

Shuttles will be leaving from the north side of the Hilton at 6pm.

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

900 E 11th St
Austin, Texas

Mayor's Closing Party at 35th Annual Austin Music Awards

Discover why Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World by attending the 35th Annual Austin Music Awards featuring Lyle Lovett. Enjoy drinks, music, and Austin culture with VIP treatment in the historic Moody Theater, the site of the PBS show Austin City Limits.

Transportation will be provided from Franklin Barbecue

Event Details
08:00 PM – 11:00 PM ( 3 hrs )
ACL Live at the Moody Theater

310 W Willie Nelson Blvd
Austin, Texas

Resiliency in the Face of Terrorism

Recent acts of global and domestic terrorism have shocked our customary public safety systems and induced fear in citizens across the globe. Despite the statistic that mass shootings are only a small percentage of gun violence overall, international and domestic acts of terror involving mass shootings have received the rapt attention of American citizens. This panel will bring together local leaders and an emergency planning expert to discuss how cities are thinking about this emerging threat. Terrorism is a domestic and international issue, but the immediate response is always local. What does this look like for American cities?

Sharon Burke, New America
Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando
Sam Sanders, NPR

Event Details
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM ( 1 hr )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

The American Housing Crisis: Can Data Help?

As US cities struggle with rising numbers of homeless residents and a dearth of affordable housing, Mayors and local leaders are increasingly using data and evidence to address the housing crisis through results-driven contracting with outside providers, performance management programs targeted to housing creation, blight reduction, and other data-driven tools. Can these efforts make a difference – and how?

Stacey Gillett, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee
Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver
Denise Simmons, Mayor of Cambridge

Event Details
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ( 1 hr )
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon H

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Fighting Crime with Data in the US and Abroad

Governments around the globe increasingly are using data and evidence-informed policymaking tools to address public safety; Mexico and Colombia are using the power of data and evidence to promote their criminal justice initiatives, with the strong political support of local leadership. This echoes efforts across the United States in cities big and small. While data-informed policing techniques are increasingly being adopted globally, some critics warn that policymakers must be careful to ensure that data is not used unfairly to target vulnerable populations, such as low-income residents or people of color, ensuring that whole communities don't suffer for the criminal actions of a few.

Enrique Betancourt, National Center For Crime Prevention, Mexico
Hugo Acero Velasquez, Government of Colombia
Jackie Biskupski, Mayor of Salt Lake City

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas

Changing the Face of Technology: How U.S. Cities are Leading the Way on Inclusive Innovation

Cities are laboratories for progressive change and the future of how we live, work and play. Mayors from two major U.S. cities will discuss how they are forging new pathways toward an inclusive economy – one that promises to transform the tech industry and diversify the playing field – with new approaches to STEM, innovation and talent development. The panel will also discuss the role local governments play in supporting underserved and underrepresented entrepreneurs and creating equitable opportunities for all.

Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, DC
Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver

Event Details
02:00 PM – 03:00 PM ( 1 hr )
Café Blue

340 E 2nd St
Austin, TX 78701

Innovation Duplication: Building an InnoEcosystem

Cities across the country are looking for the secret ingredient to create the next Silicon Valley. Leaders are trying to develop, attract, and retain top talent to compete and create an edge that allows for their city to become the next big thing. Hear from leaders are who engineering success to become the city of tomorrow. Learn how they are incentivizing innovation, using government policies to their advantage, creating a supportive environment for research and development, getting creative with capital investments and cross industry partnerships, and competing with the old guard in order to create an innovation ecosystem that represents the values and assets of their city.

Kumar Garg, Former Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Fred Hoch, Tech Nexus
Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose
Alissa Walker, Urbanism Editor, Curbed

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

500 E 4th St
Austin, Texas