South by Southwest

Boston-Based Fintech Startup Airfox Acquired by Brazilian Retail Giant Via Varejo

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 10:30pm

Boston-based fintech startup Airfox is joining Via Varejo, the largest retailer in Brazil serving 60 million customers through popular nationwide retail chains Casas Bahia and PontoFrio.

Key Points: 
  • Boston-based fintech startup Airfox is joining Via Varejo, the largest retailer in Brazil serving 60 million customers through popular nationwide retail chains Casas Bahia and PontoFrio.
  • Publicly held Via Varejo is acquiring Airfox for an undisclosed amount.
  • Under the leadership of co-founder Victor Santos, Airfox has assembled an incredible collection of experienced financial and mobile industry veterans across offices spanning two continents.
  • Airfox was also honored as a finalist in the 2020 SXSW Innovation Awards and Fast Companys World Changing Ideas Awards.

2020 is NOT Canceled for Film Festivals and Filmmakers: An Industry Discussion in the Age of COVID-19

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 1:30pm

NYFA, a leading film, media and performing arts college based out of New York, Los Angeles and Miami, has had NYFA alum screen at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, SXSW, and Venice Film Festival.

Key Points: 
  • NYFA, a leading film, media and performing arts college based out of New York, Los Angeles and Miami, has had NYFA alum screen at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, SXSW, and Venice Film Festival.
  • In response to the current pandemic, spring and summer festivals have either been canceled, postponed, or moved online.
  • Many are also faced with questions like:
    How would an online screening impact premiere status for other festivals?
  • If I agree to do an online screening with a festival, will I be disqualified from other festivals?

Stitcher and Bill Nye cover the facts of COVID-19 in special series of 'Science Rules!'

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00pm

With Bill Nye" are now available on the Stitcher app and anywhere podcasts are available.

Key Points: 
  • With Bill Nye" are now available on the Stitcher app and anywhere podcasts are available.
  • "Bill Nye is exactly what people need right now smart, curious, funny and someone who believes that facts are important and science rules!"
  • He also served as the host of the Emmy-nominated series Bill Nye Saves the World on Netflix.
  • Nye is the subject of the critically acclaimed documentary Bill Nye: Science Guy which premiered at SXSW 2017 and aired on PBS in Spring 2018.

A film producer Denis Kulikov was to launch his automotive software at SXSW

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 8:00am

According to the producer Denis Kulikov, the software provides a solution where steering wheel control buttons and the voice assistant can't initiate a tap in an ideal position.

Key Points: 
  • According to the producer Denis Kulikov, the software provides a solution where steering wheel control buttons and the voice assistant can't initiate a tap in an ideal position.
  • said producer Denis Kulikov
    One interesting fact about Glaza's debut, is that SXSW is best known to be a film festival.
  • Before founding Glaza, Denis Kulikov was working as a film producer.
  • After being a producer on many film projects, Denis Kulikov now transitioned into technology.

Jeenie Wins at First Startup of the Year's Virtual Pitch Competition

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Established announced that Jeenie from Washington D.C was selected as their Startup of the Year Virtual Pitch Competition Winner.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Established announced that Jeenie from Washington D.C was selected as their Startup of the Year Virtual Pitch Competition Winner.
  • "It is an honor to be named Startup of the Year's Startup Night SXSW 2020 Winner!
  • The team at Jeenie thanks Startup of the Year and SXSW, and sends well wishes to our entire startup community!"
  • Powered by Established, the Startup of the Year program is a global competition, world-wide community, and resource to elevate startup founders.

Joust Banking Will Pay People on Their Unpaid SXSW Invoices

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 9:37pm

AUSTIN, Texas, March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Joust , the Austin-based banking app for freelancers and the self-employed -- and a Finalist in the 2020 SXSW Innovation Awards -- announced today that it will pay qualified users on their unpaid SXSW invoices to help mitigate the financial impact of the SXSW cancellation.

Key Points: 
  • AUSTIN, Texas, March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Joust , the Austin-based banking app for freelancers and the self-employed -- and a Finalist in the 2020 SXSW Innovation Awards -- announced today that it will pay qualified users on their unpaid SXSW invoices to help mitigate the financial impact of the SXSW cancellation.
  • On Friday March 6th, SXSW officially announced that it would cancel its 2020 event due to concerns around the spread of Coronavirus.
  • "We are a local Austin company, so we can see first-hand how the SXSW cancellation has affected our economy," said Joust CEO, Lamine Zarrad.
  • Qualified users will be able to submit their invoices via the Joust app, hit "Get Paid Now," and receive payment.

SAFE Health Selected as Finalist for 2020 SXSW PITCH

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 10:00am

LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- SAFE Health, a digital healthcare company focused on sexual health, has been selected as a finalist for the 12th annual SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) for its debut product, The SAFE App , which lets potential partners verify each others sexual health status and provides the easiest and least expensive way to get tested.

Key Points: 
  • LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- SAFE Health, a digital healthcare company focused on sexual health, has been selected as a finalist for the 12th annual SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator) for its debut product, The SAFE App , which lets potential partners verify each others sexual health status and provides the easiest and least expensive way to get tested.
  • Out of the 937 companies that applied to present at SXSW Pitch 2020, SAFE was selected as one of 5 finalists in the Health, Wearables & Wellbeing category.
  • SAFE and fellow finalists in the Health, Wearables & Wellbeing category will present on March 15th.
  • SXSW 2020 will take place March 13 - 22, 2020.

New ZOOTCH App Allowing Users to Message Anybody Nearby with no Personal Info Required, is set to Launch at SXSW 2020

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 2:30pm

With its patented technology for this method of communication, all ZOOTCH messages and calls are secured with end-to-end encryption.

Key Points: 
  • With its patented technology for this method of communication, all ZOOTCH messages and calls are secured with end-to-end encryption.
  • People can also send and receive a variety of media with ZOOTCH, including messages, text, photos, videos, voice and documents.
  • In mid 2018, Weiss explored the technology world and hired programmers and developers to make the ZOOTCH app a reality.
  • Weiss says they have continued their ZOOTCH Brand Ambassador Campaign at American Universities into 2020, which culminates with the official launch of the app to the U.S. consumer market at SXSW.

PCG Leads School Violence Threat Assessment Panel at SXSW EDU March 9

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 10:44am

Behavioral Threat Assessment & Community Resources is the focus of a panel discussion being led March 9 at the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival by Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) .

Key Points: 
  • Behavioral Threat Assessment & Community Resources is the focus of a panel discussion being led March 9 at the SXSW EDU Conference & Festival by Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) .
  • Kathy Martinez-Prather, Director of the Texas School Safety Center, who leads her states efforts in implementing best practices in addressing school violence.
  • Building off that research and the Virginia Model for Student Threat Assessment and the National Threat Assessment Center, PCG has partnered with school districts in Florida, Virginia, and school leaders elsewhere to refine the BTA solution.
  • The SXSW EDU Behavioral Threat Assessment & Community Resources panel will be held in room 18AB of the Austin Convention Center at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2020.

Ride Health CEO Imran Cronk to Present at South by Southwest Alongside Leaders from American Heart Association and Ascension

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 1:01pm

Ride Health leaders will also exhibit the company's cloud-based, mobile-first and real-time transportation coordination platform at two major healthcare conferences this month.

Key Points: 
  • Ride Health leaders will also exhibit the company's cloud-based, mobile-first and real-time transportation coordination platform at two major healthcare conferences this month.
  • Cronk joins a prestigious panel of senior leaders from provider organizations and healthcare associations at SXSW.
  • Ride Health will be exhibiting its platform at two major healthcare conferences in March:
    RISE Nashville , March 15-17 in Nashville.
  • Ride Health partners with healthcare organizations and transportation providers to manage transportation benefits, strengthen enterprise transportation programs, and drive intelligent transitions of care.