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The South By Southwest festival has long been a place for music and film executives to share drinks and strike deals. But its political star seems to be rising this year as Washington intensifies its focus on technology.
The number of Capitol Hill lawmakers attending the annual Austin, Texas, event has more than tripled. Twenty members of Congress are listed as panelists for this year’s festival, compared with six in 2014, according to Hugh Forrest, who organizes the SXSW discussions focused on technology and industry.
“It’s great for Texas and for the South,” Rep. Joaquí [...]
Austin has become a contender for more tech startups searching for a home for their business. Looking closer at the specific merits of Austin compared to Silicon Valley, ATC president, Julie Huls spoke with Forbes about Austin’s fast-growing tech scene.
There’s no question that the Bay Area (which includes Silicon Valley and San Francisco) is an expensive place for entrepreneurs to set up shop. The rapid expansion of companies like Google GOOGL +0.06%, Facebook and A [...]
The biggest points of discussion, no matter the panel, were net neutrality, patents, immigration, and the balance between cybersecurity and online privacy. And while none of the talking points members made on stage were really new news, the audience seemed to appreciate the attention. I wondered: In a land where Edward Snowden is an ersatz saint, is The Man really welcome?
The congressional presence in Austin has grown exponentially in the past three years: More than 20 members of Congress spoke on panels this year, many of them drawn to SXSW by Dell and the [...]
"South by Southwest is like Government overload"
CNN checked in with representatives of Congress during SXSW 2015 to find out why they were participating this year, and ATC's own Grover Bynum shared his insights.
Why is Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) at a Pandora party and why is he trying to get on the VIP list to see Grumpy Cat?
They were all at Austin's SXSW interactive learning about technology, innovation and bridging the gap between Washington, D.C. and innovation.
More elected and gove [...]