If you haven’t already heard we’re bringing NewCo Festivals to Austin on May 29th! This is your chance to connect with companies in Austin making a difference and driving innovation within our city limits. In case you haven’t noticed, Austin is at the top of every list and is inevitably becoming the go-to city for entrepreneurship. Learn from the pro’s and attend these 10 sessions that cover everything from bootstrapping, transforming transportation, moving an entire business to Austin, real estate technology and much more.
What is NewCo?
NewCo is a new kind of event experience: a mashup of an open studio tour and a business conference, with the vibe of a music festival. Register to attend sessions given by local companies and organizations. You get to pick which sessions you would like to see and which company/organization you’d like to visit in their native environment.
Why should you attend?
80+ of Austin’s awesome and innovative companies are ready to tell you how they’re making an impact both globally and locally. These companies will open their doors for one-hour experiential sessions led by local founders and entrepreneurs. Get ready for behind-the-scene tours of cutting-edge work environments and founders candidly sharing insights from their journey.
Which sessions should you sign up for?
A few times a week, we will feature 10 sessions you should check out on 5/29!
10 sessions to sign up for at NewCo ATX!
Speaker: Executive Director, Elliott McFadden
Get a look under of the hood of the revolutionary way to get around the urban core. Bike share systems are transforming of our city streets. Come see how this part of the sharing economy is changing our cities at Austin B-cycle, one of the most successful bike share system in the U.S. All participants will get try this innovative technology at the end of the session with a complimentary B-cycle walk-up pass.
Speaker: Co-Founder and CTO, Scott Francis
When everyone tells you you have to use services to grow your software business, learn how to do it the other way around, and do it by bootstrapping. We’ll entertain a discussion on the challenges and slings and arrows of not following startup orthodoxy.
Speaker: CEO, Paul Murphy
Starting a company is already hard. Starting a company while coordinating international moves for the team and the entire company is a whole other story. In this session, we’ll share the story that convinced us to take the leap from a simple call recording service in the UK to Techstars London to reshaping ourselves to an API platform powering everyone from international financial institutions to students trying to study for finals.
Come check out our new offices and see what’s happening on the technology front at HomeAway.
Speaker: Co-Founders, Starr Baker and Kari Hernandez
Whether in early stage startup mode, 5 years in, or a well-oiled enterprise, not all PR programs are, or should be created equal. And we’re going to tell you a secret – while all companies need PR, not every company needs to partner with a PR firm. There is a sweet spot – that moment when PR and business goals perfectly align and communications strategies ultimately add value and contribute to the goals of the overall business. But how do you know if you are ready for an agency? What business objectives need to be in place before you look to outsource that key communications function? Based on their own experience growing a business from the ground up over the past 11 years, INK Public Relations co-founders, Starr Baker and Kari Hernandez will use their personal experiences to outline how companies can navigate what they need when it comes to PR and most importantly, when to turn to an outside partner.
Speaker: Co-Founder and Executive Director, Meg Erskine
Join us for a tour of our manufacturing workshop and learn how living wage, meaningful employment is making a difference to our team of refugee women.
Speaker: CEO, Kari Myllykoski
Creating 3D that is measurable to scale using your standard smartphone.
Speaker: President, Gillian Willson
Startup Games is the pinnacle of nerd athleticism and has become a fixture of the Austin tech event calendar – now we’re taking it global. In short, we take 16 startups, find their best “nerd athletes”, and have an Olympics-style competition with games like ping pong, foosball, flip cup, etc with each company playing for a charity meaningful to them. President Gillian and VP Adam will talk about running a non-profit like a tech startup and the plan of attack for the new challenges they are facing in bringing their event to other cities.
Speaker: CTO and Founding Engineer, Brandon Harris
Waiting in lines is always a major stress factor for organizers. Attendees don’t appreciate it much either. See how we plan to reduce queue times. Now that you are spending less time in line, you will have more time to make connections. We want to make connecting with other attendees a breeze. We want to give you more than just a ticket, we want to help you with your experience.
Session: The Importance of Convergence
Speaker: CEO and Pilot, Brian Schoenbaum
While technology has allowed people to easily connect with a far broader network than ever before, it often takes people coming together to really make things happen. Join us for a discussion with Brian Schoenbaum, Founder & Pilot of Vuka, a co-working and event space in South Austin. Brian will talk with a member of the Vuka community and discuss how gathering with like-minded people enables leaders to be their best selves, and in turn do their best work. Where companies create not only market value but also contribute to the social, environmental and civic good, perhaps the “power of convening” becomes even more relevant. Positive change begins with inspired people.
2015 Participating Companies