2016 SXAméricas Speakers Maria Teresa Kumar, Ninfa Salinas, Eric Ochoa, Steven Benanav, and America Ferrera
Spotlighting the international creative community, SXAméricas is a series of events curated by SXSW Music, Film and Interactive to connect U.S. Latino and Latin American technology, music, and film industry thought leaders. SXAméricas events span all 10 days of SXSW Music, Film and Interactive, March 11-20, 2016.
SXAméricas provides a platform to network, share innovative ideas and create new partnerships across all creative industries from North America, South America, Spain and Central America. Most conference programming – including highlighted sessions, Business Round Tables, Networking Meet Ups, the SXSW Trade Show and more – will occur in the Austin Convention Center.
Programming for SXSW 2016 includes the Startup Summit presented by Spain Tech, featuring a session with Mexican Congresswoman Ninfa Salinas and a pitch competition showcasing talented startups from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, and U.S. Latino markets. Casa Mexico will also be at the Mexican American Cultural Center (600 Red River) Friday, March 11 – Monday, March 14. Stop by during SXSW Interactive to experience the best of Mexican technology, entertainment, hospitality and more.
This year, Tuesday, March 15 will be jam-packed with panels featuring Latino thought leaders like America Ferrera, Maria Teresa Kumar, and the creators of El Rey Network’s Lucha Underground, followed by a first-ever live Lucha Libre event at Austin Music Hall at 8:00PM. Other notable sessions include a panel about the partnership between media professionals and brands, featuring Davina Aryeh (The Latin GRAMMYs) and Jesus M. Gonzalez (Universal Music Group).
In addition to the Startup Summit, SXAméricas is bringing back business roundtables with a fun, creative twist during the SXAméricas Chance: 5x30 Presentations + Discussions session on on Wednesday, March 16. Click here to RSVP for the session.
Film programming runs from March 11-19, and features incredible titles from all over Spain and the Americas, including Dead Slow Ahead (Spain), Semana Santa (Mexico), and UIO: Take Me For a Ride (Ecuador).
The music programming for SXAméricas will run from March 15-20. Daily showcases exhibit the musical talent from North America, South America, Central America, and Spain. In addition, the 2016 All Latino Showcase at the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake will feature an all-star line-up including Intocable, Grupo Fantasma, Systema Solar, División Minúscula, 3BallMTY, and more to be announced.
SXAméricas events, selected from the 10 days of SXSW Film, Interactive and Music, will span SXSWeek, March 11-20, 2016. Special SXAméricas Convergence programming and the official SXAméricas Opening Party will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Check the online schedule for details on specific events.
Drawing from the existing programs of SXSW Music, Film and Interactive, and including unique events curated for SXAméricas, most conference programming will occur at the Austin Convention Center. Film Screenings and Music Showcases will take place at various official SXSW venues around Austin.
Who Can Attend
You must have the appropriate SXSW credential to attend SXAméricas programming. SXAméricas access will vary by event, with some specific to Music, Film or Interactive (including Gold and Platinum registrants). Credentials needed to access these events will be outlined as they are confirmed, please check back here for details.
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SXAmericas Startup Summit presented by Spain Tech
A one-day program exploring the opportunities and challenges for startups across North America, South America, Spain, Portugal and Central America.
The program will consist of a morning Meet Up and a brief welcoming statement that are to be followed by three compelling sessions highlighting the brightest voices across the geographic spectrum. The afternoon will feature a two-hour pitch competition featuring a selection of promising startups. The summit will close with an evening mixer at Brush Square Park.
Pitch Competition Finalists:
BimBon (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
CloudGuide (Barcelona, Spain)
EyeSee (Lisbon, Portugal)
The Graffter (Madrid, Spain)
Interlude (Puebla, Mexico)
Mi Aguila (Bogota, Colombia)
Nire iHealth (Bilbao, Spain)
Snapp (Santiago, Chile)
Spotery (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico)
Telewander (Santiago, Chile)
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For information on other SXAméricas opportunities for 2016, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.