The 2013 SXSW Eco conference concluded yesterday after three full days of engaging discussions and inspirational talks. The entire SXSW Eco Team would like to thank everyone who attended and supported us through another successful year. SXSW Eco unites a diverse range of people to celebrate innovation and develop new ideas and collaborations during 100+ sessions with 300+ speakers, dozens of special events and more. This gathering of forward-thinking speakers, trailblazing organizations, bold environmental visionaries, volunteers, and other experts brought to light the importance of bringing together people who can truly make a difference.
Above all, SXSW Eco is a place for discovery. Over the course of three days registrants experienced thought-provoking programming from our Opening Remarks by Ron Finley, Keynotes; Robin Chase, Shepard Fairey and Adam Werbach, plus Distinguished Speakers and sessions as they discussed their bold visions that are shaping our future. SXSW Eco attendees also learned about the newest innovations across the sustainable space and explored the forward-thinking products, services and organizations at the SXSW Eco Exhibition.
At the Hackathon presented by Verizon Foundation, brand new energy apps were created in 24 hours by expert hackers from exclusive data provided by Pike Powers Lab. All-star volunteers also took part in a clean up mission to revitalize two of Austin’s historic areas at the Green Army 2.0 Clean up event sponsored by AMD. The Place by Design Lounge was a top networking spot for visionary designers that are poised to transform public spaces in our towns and cities. From the lounge, a field trip was led to explore the public art and placemaking initiatives that have transformed downtown Austin’s public spaces in a guided tour of THIRST.
Mentor sessions with industry experts, hands-on training at workshops, Startup Central Breakout Sessions and AIA and USGBC accredited sessions paved the way for professional development opportunities. Groundbreaking documentaries were presented at two of our special film screenings, Pandora's Promise and American Meat, which opened new conversations about a potential future of nuclear energy and the current state of the U.S. meat industry
Alongside the above events, registrants discovered new connections at our meetups and evening events, which provided the opportunity to let loose and network with fellow attendees. We dined on Little Herbs' delectable insect treats at the Opening Party, had a blast cutting up for the camera at monday night's Welcome Reception presented by evox tv and E.ON Climate and Renewables and caused an uproar at our Closing Party presented by Nat Geo WILD.
The inaugural SXSW Eco Awards recognized the winners of conference competitions during an evening of drinks and entertainment. Our registrants toasted the Award Winners from our competition categories including the Startup Central, Place by Design, Hackathon and the Sustainability Goes Viral! Video Competition. It was an exciting evening celebrating these visionary designers, promising startups, expert hackers and social impact strategists.
We would also like to thank our premier sponsor, Chevrolet; our major sponsors; The Sierra Club, Austin Energy, Austin Technology Clean Energy Incubator, Lagunitas, The Austin Chronicle; our media partners and all of our supporters. SXSW Eco is quickly becoming the gathering place for a diverse range of innovators in sustainability and we appreciate all the support and dedicated coverage if this conference.
The goal of SXSW Eco is to not only about making the connections or planting a seed of inspiration, but to go beyond the rhetoric and make real changes for a better world. Keep the conversation moving and continue to check in at sxsweco.com and sxsw.com for detailed recaps of conference events, photos, stories and videos of our Keynotes and Distinguished Speaker sessions. We look forward to seeing you in Austin at SXSW Eco 2014!
Photos courtesy David Fox, Jordan Roberts, Julie Yost and Fun Loving Photos