Welcome to Austin, welcome to SXSW Eco! We couldn't be more excited to be a platform for discovery, inspiration, unexpected collaborations and innovative solutions to some of the world's most challenging problems. In order to help you make the most out of the upcoming three days and nights, we'll be posting daily round ups highlighting programming, special events and more. Make sure to download the mobile app and explore the full schedule of events. You can also sort sessions by our eight conference themes: Behavior, Business, Climate Change, Design, Energy, Food & Ag, Land & Water and Policy & Activism. Below are some picks for the day. Share your SXSW Eco experience with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you can't be in Austin, check out this page to watch some of our exceptional 2013 programming live.
9:30AM: Wake Up Call – Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Forum on Climate Change will welcome attendees from Germany. Community and food activist Ron Finley will immediately follow with the Opening Remarks for the conference.
10:30AM: Exhibition Opens – Ring in the opening of SXSW Eco's first full-scale trade show with Wake Up and Smell the Clean Energy – A Coffee Break Presented by Environmental Defense Fund. Check out over 50 impressive exhibitors and learn new skills in the Maker Space presented by Autodesk. The Exhibition is free and open to the public!
10:45AM: Dive into design in Convergent Urbanism: A Biomimicry Workshop, learn the science behind the phenomenon in Tropics & Polar Ice: The Science of Climate Change or see distinguished speakers Jay Coen Gilbert of B Lab and Jo Confino of the Guardian discuss the B Corp in B the Change: Redefining Success in Business.
11:05AM: Our Straight to the Point (STTP) sessions kick off with Rives Taylor, Principal of Gensler, whose talk is titled "Turning Flood Waters into Liquid Assets." STTPs are 15-minute solo sessions that showcase one expert's perspective. There will be 12 STTPs each day of SXSW Eco in the Austin Suite.
12:00PM: M. Sanjayan, lead Scientist at the Nature Conservancy, speaks and shows sneak peeks of Showtime's new miniseries Years of Living Dangerously about climate change. In How to Save Power: Information or Automation?, CEO of Autogrid Amit Narayan joins a panel of energy experts to discuss (and debate) the way to encourage behavior change to curb energy consumption.
1:00PM: The fun doesn't stop at lunch! Connect with the finalists in Place by Design and learn about their projects in Place by Design presented by Autodesk: Connect and Discover. Or perhaps you noticed artist Chris Jordan's staggering piece "Cigarette Butts" located outside of EH1? Legacy will guide a tour of this piece Monday-Wednesday at 1:15.
Photos courtesy Amy Wanke, Julie Yost and Jordan Roberts