SXSW Day 5: Scenes From the Music Showcase

Good Girl on stage at Philly's SXSW 2017 music showcase.

Good Girl on stage at Philly’s SXSW 2017 music showcase.

After the SXSW tradeshow came to a close, Philadelphia was out in full force on Tuesday night at the Amplify Philly official showcase held at Buffalo Billiards on 6th Street in Austin.

The showcase only served to solidify the pride Philadelphians emitted for Philly at SXSW.

“It’s amazing that you can see the same faces in Austin that you’d see walking down South Street,” said Scarlet Hernandez, the senior account manager at REC Philly, as she watched the venue fill up Tuesday night.  Read more »

SXSW Day 4: Philly Knows How to Mix and Mingle

The scene at Philly's SXSW VIP event with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Image via Rec Philly.

The scene at Philly’s SXSW VIP event with DJ Jazzy Jeff. Image via Rec Philly.

A build-your-own cheesesteak bar and a set by legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff were two highlights of Amplify’s Philly’s VIP event hosted at the Old School Bar & Grill. Eager SXSWers formed a line that wrapped around the block to enter the sold-out show on Austin’s bustling 6th Street Monday night.

DJ Royale kicked the night off with a mix that had guests on the dance floor within minutes, and Jazzy Jeff and DJ Aktive kept the energy going all night. It was easy to spot the Amplify Philly team in their blue t-shirts as they mingled with attendees throughout the crowd. Conversations centered on the impact Philly is making at SXSW.

Image via Rec Philly.

Image via Rec Philly.

Image via Rec Philly.

Image via Rec Philly.

“After seeing this event, the pride you guys have for your city is undeniable,” a conference goer from San Francisco told me. The music side of the conference gives Philly another opportunity to showcase its talent on the national stage. And the VIP event is just a taste of the music talent that Philly has to offer at SXSW. Tuesday night, Amplify Philly, along with Philly music promo group REC Philly, will wrap up its SXSW presence at a music showcase featuring acts like Lititz, Bilal, and The Districts. We’ll have a recap on that tomorrow.

Here’s are some other happenings from Philly’s fourth day in Austin:

  • The tradeshow was underway for its second day, and Philly companies were ready to once again share their innovations.
  • Philly’s own breast milk management and analytics company, Keriton, won SXSW’s Impact Pediatric Health pitch competition. The startup’s founder, Penn grad student Vidur Bhatnagar, beat out more than 100 other startups and will take home $15,000. The win has also opened up lines of communication for the startup with some of the country’s top children’s hospitals.
  • The Comcast social media lounge hosted another panel of Philly leaders. This time the panel featured female founders Tracey Welson-Rossman, Bethany Edwards, Gesche Haas and Yasmine Mustafa.

Tracey Welson-Rossman caught up with her co-panelists after the talk.

Alli C. Adams is an executive assistant at Rec Philly.

SXSW Day 3: Scenes From the Tradeshow

Mayor Kenney at the 2017 SXSW Social Hub testing Jefferson University's 3D printed hands.

Mayor Kenney at the 2017 SXSW Social Hub testing Jefferson University’s 3D printed hands.

It’s the morning of March 12th and the 1800 block of the Austin Convention Center is buzzing with activity as 15 startups from Philadelphia put the final touches on their SXSW trade show displays. As the doors open, a tangible energy runs through the Amplify Philly camp.

“The Philly presence is extremely encouraging,” said Elisa Stasi, director of alumni events at Temple University. “Our community is really lifting each other up this year.”

The Amplify Philly team barely had any downtime with the steady stream of attendees stopping by to see what Philadelphia has to offer. The team was exited to also have Mayor Kenney stop by the tradeshow to check out Philly’s presence this year.

“The past few days at SXSW have been a great experience, and seeing our companies at the trade show was the perfect way to end the trip,” said Kenney. “I was able to connect with them one-on-one to learn more about why they are here as part of Amplify Philly, and it was clear that they all share my passion for our city.”

And the startups exhibiting valued his presence, too. “You wouldn’t expect to need to go to a trade show to meet your own mayor but the truth is with so many tech and business interests vying for his attention, it was an invaluable opportunity,” said StratIS CEO Felicite Moorman.

The Amplify Philly team was also welcomed City Councilman Allan Domb to the tradeshow. “It was great having the councilman at SXSW because he got to see the latest and greatest in what technology the world has to offer while representing Philly in the process,” said ROAR4Good product dev Mahmoud Mustafa.

During his stay, Councilman Domb also visited Austin’s Capital Factory to explore what Austin is doing to support their booming tech ecosystem.

Here are some more scenes from the first day of the tradeshow:

Alex Keat of Canary Compliance and Chariot Solutions CMO Tracey Welson Rossman chat with Mayor Kenney.

Here are other highlights from Philly’s third day in Austin:

  • The Comcast social media lounge brought together a panel of Philly innovators to talk tech and innovation on the east coast. Panelists included Cosy CEO Jonas Cleveland, Stratis CEO Felicite Moorman, Zivtech CEO Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg, Guru CEO Rick Nucci, and REC Philly founder Dave Silver.
  • ROAR for Good’s Yasmine Mustafa pitched the company’s wearable technology at Tech.Co’s ninth annual Startup Night. And Chariot Solutions CMO Tracey Welson-Rossman caught up with Yasmine Mustafa about her experience at SXSW.
  • Neuroflow won its speed pitch in the health and wellness category at the SXSW accelerator awards.

Visit BizPhilly tomorrow for a spotlight on the women entrepreneurs leading the way at SXSW.

Alli C. Adams is an executive assistant at REC Philly.