Welcome!

News Feed Item

SXSW Eco Announces Finalists for Startup Showcase and Place by Design Competitions

- Finalists selected out of international pool of applicants for innovation in entrepreneurship and the reinvention of public space -

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- South by Southwest Eco (SXSW Eco), a conference connecting the urgency of global sustainability challenges with the opportunity for breakthrough solutions, today announced the finalists for its third annual entrepreneurial pitch and and second annual public space design competitions, the Startup Showcase and Place by Design. Winners of both competitions will be announced at the SXSW Eco Awards, presented by PBS, on October 7, 2014. SXSW Eco will take place October 6-8, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

The Startup Showcase, now in its third year, is a rapid-fire pitch competition spotlighting innovative early stage companies in the areas of greentech, cleanweb and social impact. Finalists in these categories were selected out of a pool of hundreds of applicants from around the world and will compete in front of a live audience and panel of judges from companies the likes of Target, Shell Technology Ventures, the Whole Planet Foundation, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Sprint. In the past two years, participating companies have gone on to raise over $27M in funding and acquire global brands as clients.

The Startup Showcase is part of a larger track of startup-related programming at the conference featuring an array of panels, a startup and investor "speed-dating" style event, an intensive boot camp and an array of formal and informal networking events. SXSW Eco serves as a launching pad for these companies and a place of discovery for investors and corporations from across the country. http://sxsweco.com/startup-showcase/finalists

Following an exciting first year, Place by Design is SXSW Eco's public space competition, celebrating cutting-edge ideas in the reinvention of public space in various stages of development. Finalists in the categories of Transformative Design, Community Impact and Global Potential were selected by a panel of judges ranging from leading architectural firms to commercial designers. http://sxsweco.com/placebydesign/finalists

"Each year, we receive a number of applications from startups, individuals and organizations bringing forth tangible solutions to resource, energy and design challenges through the Startup Showcase and Place by Design competitions," said Scott Wilcox, director of SXSW Eco. "All of the finalists this year have demonstrated the potential to change the world in breakthrough ways and we look forward to the excitement they will bring to the event this October."

This year's Startup Showcase finalists include:

Greentech, presented by Hewlett Packard:
HEVO Power (New York, NY)
PAX Pure, Inc. (San Rafael, CA)
Watershed Materials, LLC (Napa Valley, CA)
Skyven Technologies (Dallas, TX)
PicaSolar (Fayetteville, AR)
Wetzel Blade (Austin, TX)
SiNode (Chicago, IL)
Photon8, Inc. (Brownsville, TX)

Cleanweb:
Curb (Austin, TX)
Gridmates (Austin, TX)
Lagoon (Cincinnati, OH)
Measurabi (San Diego, CA)
Valor Water Analytics (San Francisco, CA)
Wanderu (Boston, MA)
Comm-N-Sense Corp (Gainesville, FL)
CrowdComfort (Somerville, MA)

Social Impact - For-profit, presented by United Nations Foundation:
Harbor Biometrics (Boston, MA)
Elequa (San Antonio, TX)
Spend Consciously (Washington, DC)
Drinkwell (Boston, MA)
Emergence BioEnergy Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
Wilding and Co (New Zealand)
Underground Network, LLC (Glendale, CA)
Do Amore (Houston, TX)

Social Impact - Not-for-profit, presented by United Nations Foundation:
Accountability Lab (Washington, DC)
ORGANIZE (New York, NY)
pAge Drinking Paper (Pittsburgh, PA)
Pollinate Energy (Australia)
Open Water Foundation (Fort Collins, CO)
Kula (Marietta, GA)
Ecosia (Germany)
Urban Death Project (Seattle, WA)

This year's Place by Design finalists include:
+Pool (New York, NY)
Bagby Street Infographics (Austin, TX)
Brooklyn (Williamsburg) Pop-up Bike Park (East Stroudsburg, PA)
HOPE Outdoor Gallery (Austin, TX)
Granby Park (Dublin, Ireland)
Libros Libres (Dallas, TX)
North Austin Community Garden (Austin, TX)
Pavegen (London, UK)
Poppy Seed (Shanghai, China)
Rabalder Parken (Roskilde, Denmark)
Resilient Modular Systems [RMS] (Cambridge, MA)
The 'T' House: Experiments in Microbial Architecture (Albuquerque, NM)
The Lowline by Raad Studio (New York, New York)
The Transformation of Waller Creek (Austin, TX)
Urban Skyfarm (Los Angeles, CA)

The SXSW Eco Exhibition occurs October 6-7, 2014 and will feature compelling exhibitors, demonstrations, startup events, and other opportunities to interact, learn and make meaningful connections. For more information, please go to http://sxsweco.com/exhibitions.

SXSW Eco is sponsored by Austin Energy, Austin Technology Incubator, Lagunitas, the Austin Chronicle and Sun Radio. Registration is now open for SXSW Eco 2014. To register go to http://sxsweco.com/attend and save before the next deadline of September 12, 2014.

About SXSW Eco:

Now in its fourth year, SXSW Eco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens of design innovation, policy tipping points, technological breakthroughs, conservation practice, entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of creativity to transform inspiration into action.                   

Press Credentials: If you are a member of the press interested in attending SXSW Eco, media registration is now open at http://sxsweco.com/about/press.

Media Contact:
Ariel Miller
SXSW Eco Publicist
Tel. 512-467-7979 x296
Email: [email protected]

SOURCE SXSW Eco

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with 20th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry p...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developm...
"LinearHub provides smart video conferencing, which is the Roundee service, and we archive all the video conferences and we also provide the transcript," stated Sunghyuk Kim, CEO of LinearHub, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
A look across the tech landscape at the disruptive technologies that are increasing in prominence and speculate as to which will be most impactful for communications – namely, AI and Cloud Computing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Curtis Peterson, VP of Operations at RingCentral, will highlight the current challenges of these transformative technologies and share strategies for preparing your organization for these changes. This “view from the top” will outline the latest trends and developm...
Things are changing so quickly in IoT that it would take a wizard to predict which ecosystem will gain the most traction. In order for IoT to reach its potential, smart devices must be able to work together. Today, there are a slew of interoperability standards being promoted by big names to make this happen: HomeKit, Brillo and Alljoyn. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Adam Justice, vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, will review what happens when smart devices don’t work togethe...
When you focus on a journey from up-close, you look at your own technical and cultural history and how you changed it for the benefit of the customer. This was our starting point: too many integration issues, 13 SWP days and very long cycles. It was evident that in this fast-paced industry we could no longer afford this reality. We needed something that would take us beyond reducing the development lifecycles, CI and Agile methodologies. We made a fundamental difference, even changed our culture...
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
@DevOpsSummit taking place June 6-8, 2017 at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers is now open.
In his General Session at 16th Cloud Expo, David Shacochis, host of The Hybrid IT Files podcast and Vice President at CenturyLink, investigated three key trends of the “gigabit economy" though the story of a Fortune 500 communications company in transformation. Narrating how multi-modal hybrid IT, service automation, and agile delivery all intersect, he will cover the role of storytelling and empathy in achieving strategic alignment between the enterprise and its information technology.
"Avere Systems is a hybrid cloud solution provider. We have customers that want to use cloud storage and we have customers that want to take advantage of cloud compute," explained Rebecca Thompson, VP of Marketing at Avere Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Dataloop.IO, an innovator in cloud IT-monitoring whose products help organizations save time and money, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Dataloop.IO is an emerging software company on the cutting edge of major IT-infrastructure trends including cloud computing and microservices. The company, founded in the UK but now based in San Fran...
Discover top technologies and tools all under one roof at April 24–28, 2017, at the Westin San Diego in San Diego, CA. Explore the Mobile Dev + Test and IoT Dev + Test Expo and enjoy all of these unique opportunities: The latest solutions, technologies, and tools in mobile or IoT software development and testing. Meet one-on-one with representatives from some of today's most innovative organizations
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in Embedded and IoT solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Supermicro (NASDAQ: SMCI), the leading innovator in high-performance, high-efficiency server technology, is a premier provider of advanced server Building Block Solutions® for Data Center, Cloud Computing, Enterprise IT, Hadoop/Big Data, HPC and E...