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.
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 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.
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 by David Fox