Meet City of Austin Chief Innovation Officer Kerry O'Connor on Tuesday, August 12

Written by Hugh Forrest | Monday, Jul 14, 2014

Meet Kerry O'Connor at the Inaugural SXSW Interactive Evening Speaker Series 8/12/14

SXSW Interactive kicks off its Evening Speaker Series on Tuesday, August 12 at Palm Door (401 Sabine Street). The inaugural speaker in this series is Kerry O’Connor, who was recently appointed Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Austin.

O’Connor previously served as an Innovation Catalyst with the Research & Design Center for the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Secretary where she established innovation methodologies such as open innovation, human-centered design and agile software development.

O’Connor also worked for the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Secretary as Program Manager where she managed technical and programmatic components of an employee idea generation program. She also participated in White House sponsored interagency working groups, incorporating innovation in government so that employees think differently, take risks and redesign approaches to solving problems. Other positions held include Management Analyst for the Office of Management Policy Rightsizing and Innovation and several overseas assignments for various U.S. Embassies.

Come to the event to learn more about O’Connor’s vision, outlook and game plan for increased innovation at the City of Austin. A portion of her talk will be devoted to questions from the audience.

Doors for the Tuesday evening, August 12 event open at 7:00pm. Kerry O’Connor will speak at 7:30pm. Following her talk, network with fellow Austin-area digital creatives until 9:00pm.

Admission to the August 12 event is free and light refreshments will be served — but capacity is limited, so RSVP here. Don't forget to bring your business card for a chance to win a FREE 2015 SXSW Interactive badge!