UT Austin and SXSW Interactive Partner to Establish UT Village at SXSW

For the first time, The University of Texas at Austin is partnering with SXSW Interactive to host UT Village at SXSW, an all-day event on Sunday, March 15, that showcases the university’s latest research, emerging technologies and game-changing discoveries and is open to anyone with a SXSW badge.

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UT Village will feature leading UT Austin and industry experts on five panels with topics ranging from predictive digital maps and big data to driverless cars and 3-D printing. After the panels, there will be an Innovation Showcase, where some of the university’s newly developed technologies — augmented reality tech, electronic skin tattoos, an “invisibility cloak” and a robotic exoskeleton — will be on display as interactive exhibits.

"SXSW Interactive is extremely excited about the UT Village event,” said Hugh Forrest, director of the SXSW Interactive Festival. “The rich ecosystem of creativity and innovation that The University of Texas helps to foster in Austin provides a cornerstone to the success of SXSW. We think that the UT Village will help more registrants understand all the amazing work that is being done at the 40 Acres."

UT Village will give SXSW attendees an opportunity to visit with the university’s world-class researchers and get a behind-the-scenes peek at groundbreaking technologies that are on the path to commercialization.

“UT Austin has become a national leader in developing new technologies and launching them out into the world,” said Sharon L. Wood, dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering. “We are excited about this new collaboration with SXSW, and we look forward to showcasing our faculty experts and innovations to all Interactive attendees.”

UT Village at SXSW is presented by UT Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, Office of Technology Commercialization, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Dell Medical School. The event will be held at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin Downtown Ballroom from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15. It is open to all SXSW Interactive, Platinum and Gold badge holders.

SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

Three inventors in the Cockrell School of Engineering are finalists for the 2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards: