Design is an omnipresent force in our lives, defining our daily experiences through the products, processes and places that we encounter. In the search for sustainability, adaptation and resilience, design has the potential to spur great change and innovation. Our programming for 2013 covered various areas of design and included experts in a variety of fields, from urban planning to product design to data visualization.
A crowd favorite (and standing room only session) was Collaborative Communities: Share, Build & Create. This session brought together community and city leaders from across the country to discuss emerging trends in community collaboration including placemaking, tactical urbanism and the sharing economy. See the rest of the sessions below and stay tuned as we continue to release audio and video from SXSW Eco 2013!
We're proud to release the full Tuesday Keynote from SXSW Eco 2013: Shepard Fairey: The Link Between Hearts and Minds. A groundbreaking artist and provocateur, Shepard discusses his best practices, past and future artistic pursuits and the importance of straightforward messaging in this inspirational and candid keynote. His long history of environmental activism through art is explored, as are his secrets to communication through compelling graphics. Watch now to gain insight into Shepard's staggering body of work, his artistic process and learn how you can apply his key principles to your own work, no matter the medium.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we release more footage from SXSW Eco 2013, including videos of Keynotes and Distinguished Speakers and session podcasts.
Clear and compelling communication strategies are integral to branding and marketing, conveying responsible business practices and engaging a core community. At this year's SXSW Eco we're hosting a wealth of thought leaders who will share their secrets to successful communication. Learn, get inspired and gain valuable connections–Register now to attend SXSW Eco 2013!
Positive Propaganda: Creative Media to Nudge Social Change: Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer, founders of SHFT.org, will discuss how creative forms of media can catalyze the environmental movement.
The Science of Inspiring Good Behavior: Morgan Clendeniel, Editor of Fast.Co.Exist and Dave Schiff, CCO of Made Movement join experts from Seventh Generation and Vizeum Americas to reveal how communication can effect true behavior change and encourage better, more sustainable lifestyles.
Across the nation education paradigms are shifting to include sustainability and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Today more and more universities are offering a wider selection of majors to choose from within the environmental sector - from sustainable management to energy economics to environmental science to agricultural economics. Additionally grade schools are partnering up with local nonprofits to offer students the opportunity to take part in semester-long research projects and internship-like opportunities, preparing them for careers in STEM. Through educating the youth we can ensure that our work towards building a sustainable world continues. This year at Eco we are thrilled to host a number of education experts that will share case studies of how they are working to build the next innovators and problem-solvers.
Engaging Youth in Green Innovation: Youth today are creatively leveraging available resources to become technology and green innovators. This session brings together representatives from the White House Office of Science & Technology, National Instruments, IEEE, and Numerics to highlight the types of rewarding challenges and competitions inspiring the new wave of green leaders.
Awakening the Hope: Dialogue on Climate Change: How can we bridge the gap between the past and present and ensure that today’s youth understand the detrimental consequences of climate change and the ways to prevent or reverse its effects? This panel serves as a forum for intergenerational and cultural dialogue on climate change.
At SXSW Eco, one of the key themes for 2013 is the idea of changing what's possible. We're showcasing a range of exciting speakers, trailblazing companies and innovative projects that a rethinking the ordinary and creating buzz. Below are some of our favorite sessions that push the limits of what's possible.
In a special energy session titled, you guessed it, "Changing What's Possible," Cheryl Martin, Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Project – Energy (ARPA-E) will discuss the energy innovation ecosystem and ARPA-E’s role in advancing high-energy, high-impact technologies to create a more secure and affordable American future. Dr. Martin will also highlight the innovative new programs ARPA-E has launched over the past year, examples of early technical and market success from ARPA-E’s projects, and how to agency works to advance projects beyond ARPA-E funding with its Tech-2-Market Program.
A major concern of global urbanization and population growth is how to feed people without sacrificing quality and human and environmental health. In "Hunger Solutions: Feeding 10 Billion People, cutting-edge (and perhaps disconcerting) solutions such as eating insects and in vitro meat will be examined by a panel of scientific and food experts.
Rives Taylor, a Principal of Gensler will take changing what's possible to a new level in his session "Turning Flood Waters into Liquid Assets." Rives will explore how design can help turn disastrous flood waters into amenities for urban areas.
These are only a few sessions in our lineup that highlight how innovation and bold visions are changing what’s possible for our future. If you want to see more panels with forward thinking ideas, log in to your SXSW Eco Social account now to create your personal schedule for SXSW Eco. Haven't registered yet? Buy a badge and book your hotel by Friday to save!!!
Art has the potential to catalyze, educate and inspire. At this year's SXSW Eco art is taking center stage through speakers such as Shepard Fairey and Mary Miss, Place by Design and the Wednesday field trip to see public art in Austin. Now we're pleased to announce we're also bringing art into the Austin Convention Center through a stunning and impactful piece by legendary environmental artist Chris Jordan.
Chris's piece titled "Cigarette Butts" is part of his series Running the Numbers: An American Self Portrait which examines American waste and consumption through large-scale mixed-media works. In "Cigarette Butts," takes the amount of cigarettes smoked and discarded in America every 15 seconds (!) and creates a striking landscape, calling attention to the fact that this ubiquitous litter degrades our land, beaches and waterways. Legacy, a national public health non-profit dedicated to reducing tobacco use in the U.S., has teamed up with Chris Jordan to increase awareness of this massive issue created by cigarette litter.
Experts from the fields of technology, design, energy and more have been exploring the value of harnessing big data to reveal key insights in their fields. At SXSW Eco, big data is a theme that resonates throughout all of our tracks. Experts in policy and activism, technology, design, energy and more will lead thought provoking panels and straight-to-the-point discussions on the power of big data. Check out just a few examples:
How do you inform, educate and empower not just specialists but ordinary citizens too? Can visualizing carbon emissions in engaging, yet accurate ways be helpful? This panel will explore global movements by organizations such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and C40, who last year release a dynamic infographic showcasing data from cities around the world.
This straight to the point in our design track will feature George Oates, Art Director for Stamen Design. George will explore and demonstrate some key projects in the area of scientific and environmental data visualization and raise challenges that organizations face in revealing their data.
The urbanization of our planet is occurring more rapidly than ever before: by 2030 roughly two-thirds of the globe, or 5 billion people, will reside in cites. Alongside the obvious host of problems (overcrowding, overconsumption, lack of resources and adequate infrastructure, etc.,) this new urban world also presents a wealth of opportunity, including raising populations out of poverty, creating denser, more efficient cities, and improving quality of life for citizens across the globe. This year at Eco, cities are a huge topic of conversation–from increasing resilience to increasing food production to increasing citizen engagement through public art. The inspiring thing about the urban environment is that everyone can potentially change it; these sessions and special events aren't just for professionals, they also demonstrate what ordinary citizens are doing across the globe to better their city.
How to Futureproof Cities: The Director of Resilience for NYC joins this panel of experts to discuss how cities can utilize their natural resources and existing infrastructure to gear up against the increasingly scary effects of climate change.
Place by Design: What makes a livable city? This design competition showcases innovative projects that transform public space to make it more useful, interactive and better for residents. View the visionary entries here and see the 15 finalists in October.
Food in the City: Designing a Healthy Food Future: Food deserts lack access to fresh produce and are found in every city. This session brings together a group of citizen activists (including opening remarks speaker Ron Finley) to highlight innovative initiatives bringing good food to urban areas.
Urban Ecosystems: Design by Nature: Urban Designers are now considering the built environment a part of nature and designing accordingly. Learn about this revolutionary new wave of thinking through the case study of the Bullit Center, the first zero-impact commercial center.
IT vs Infrastructure in Developing the Smart City of the Future Internet is a critical component of urban life and rapid urbanization is challenging for networks. This session shares how IBM and others are developing solutions for "Smart Cities."
City as Living Laboratory: Sustainability Made Tangible through the Arts: Renowned environmental artist Mary Miss shares how public art can educate and spur citizen action through collaborations between artists, scientists and planners.
The above is a small sample of the great urban programming we have in the works. Log in to your SXSW account now to create your personal schedule for SXSW Eco. Haven't registered yet? Buy a badge today and book your hotel while they last.
One of the topics that created the most buzz at Eco 2012 was biomimicry, and one of the many great Eco sessions of 2013 harnesses this theme for business innovation. “Telecom & the Armadillo: A Biomimicry Story,” explores the potential biomimicry has for reimagining manufacturing at the corporate level through surprising partnerships.
In 2012, Sprint partnered with the San Diego Zoo's Centre for Bioinspiration as part of its ongoing quest for sustainable package design. The San Diego Zoo has the world’s largest living collection of plants and animals, and is creating a database of insights and observations about natural systems and how various species adapt to the environment.
This panel brings together people from Sprint, the San Diego Zoo and Harvard Business School, who chronicled the resulting brainstorming sessions, to discuss this unusual but intriguing collaboration. Who knows, maybe they will unveil the newest cell phone design shaped like a baby armadillo. They do fit quite nicely in the palm of ones hand.
3D Printing is being used for food production? Maybe you’ll learn a way to apply it to your business to increase efficiency and make a positive impact. Biomimicry helped Sprint with green packaging? Maybe the same principles can apply to your system and you can learn to rework your organization with nature as your guide. You never know what tips and tricks lie behind the doors of the next session that will spark a solution for your own particular challenge. It’s the diverse people and topics that converge at Eco that encourage innovations and collaboration among all of our attendees. Don’t miss this very unique opportunity to discover new ideas and connections. Register today to ensure the best choice of hotel at the lowest rate!Maybe you’re a clean energy entrepreneur, an urban farmer, a Director of Sustainability or a green builder. SXSW Eco has sessions and events that will increase your knowledge of your particular field of interest and show you the most innovative initiatives occurring now. A factor that sets SXSW Eco apart, however, is that It also gives you the opportunity to discover fascinating aspects and topics outside of your area that will encourage you to think outside of the box.