See the Silicon Prairie at SXSW 2013

More than 27,000 people have descended on Austin, Texas for the 19th annual South by Southwest Interactive. And that's just registered attendees, according to ABC News. To help those from the Silicon Prairie find each other in the Lone Star State, we've rounded up the region's presence at SXSW. We've also assembled a Twitter list

More than 27,000 people have descended on Austin, Texas for the 19th annual South by Southwest Interactive. And that’s just registered attendees, according to ABC News.

To help those from the Silicon Prairie find each other in the Lone Star State, we’ve rounded up the region’s presence at SXSW. We’ve also assembled a Twitter list of attendees – tweet @SiliconPrairie to be added.

Around Austin

Des Moines startup Dwolla is going “Willy” style at SXSW, hiding golden tickets throughout Austin. The payments startup has five team members attending the annual gathering.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is handing out T-shirts “all over SXSW to show why Greater Des Moines is the place to be,” according to its Facebook page. After initiating a T-shirt contest in February, the Partnership chose a design (left) by Des Moines advertising agency Lessing-Flynn.

  DST spin-off Treeswing, which plans to launch next month, is marketing itself with a booth in exhibition hall 5.
Our own Jeff Slobotski and Regan Carrizales will be roaming the streets of Austin. If you’re looking for a fresh startup tee, hit up Slobotski for some Silicon Prairie News threads.
Des Moines ticketing startup Tikly is “throwing three parties” Wednesday through Saturday, founder Emma Peterson said in an email. Two of the parties are co-hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

On the schedule


Today, 12-12:30

Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran joins Virginia Sen. Mark Warner for a discussion on “High Growth Entrepreneurship with a Focus on Access to Capital.” (Schedule)

Sunday, 3:30-4:30 – Hilton Downtown, Salon JK

Kansas Citian Bo Fishback, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco startup Zaarly, is part of the “Mobile Disruption & the Rise of the Local Web.” (Schedule)


Monday, 12:30-1:30 – Hilton Downtown, Salon B

Kansas City startup Phone2Action is participating in the South by Southwest Accelerator in the news technologies track. (Schedule)

Monday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Startup Village, Salon E

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation‘s Lesa Mitchell is part of the Startup America Live panel “Fostering Startup Communities.” (Schedule)

Monday, 12:30-12:45 – Hilton Downtown, Room 616AB

Omahan Joe Gerstandt is presenting “Alcoholic Designs Organization, Shenanigans Ensue” in a SXSW Future15 session. (Schedule)


Monday, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – Omni Downtown, Longhorn

Drone Journalism Lab creator Matt Waite participates on the panel “Sensoring the News: Detector-Driven Journalism.” (Schedule)

Monday, 5-6 p.m. – Four Seasons, Four Seasons Ballroom founder Jase Wilson is one of two presenters of the session “Crowdfunding: A Catalyst for Local Economic Growth.” (Schedule)


Monday, 5-7 p.m. – Lora Reynolds Art Gallery

The State of Iowa is hosting a “happy hour” reception to “showcase Iowa’s tech and startup culture,” according to the organization’s Facebook event. (Schedule)

Monday, 5:45-6 p.m. – Hilton Downtown, Room 616AB

Jessica Best of Kansas City marketing agency emfluence is part of a SXSW Future15 session with her presentation titled “I Want My $28! Rockin’ Email Marketing ROI” (Schedule)


Monday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. – Haddingtons

Startup Missouri is teaming up with Tunespeak to “celebrate startups from Missouri and anywhere else,” according to the SXSW Interactive schedule. The St. Louis startup will launch its app at the party. (Schedule)

Tuesday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Sheraton Austin Capitol View South

Iowan Andy Stoll shares lessons learned in SXSW core conversation “How & Why to Travel Around the World.” (Schedule)


Wednesday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Austin Convention Center, Room 17A

Locker Partner‘s Shannon Schlappi joins four panelists for the session “From 140 to 0: The Rise in Image-Based Marketing.” (Schedule)

In the know

  Kauffman Foundation’s Diana Kander shared her SXSW tips on Huffington Post: “Top 6 List: Getting the Most Out of SXSW.”
  Omaha digital ad agency Phenomblue is curating SXSW coverage “for C-level executives and marketing and tech leadership,” the company’s CEO tweeted Friday.

You may have missed it

  In “Why Public Policy Should Matter to Your Startup” on Friday, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran discussed government policy affecting startups. (Schedule)
  Alexis Ohanian‘s “Tales of US Entrepreneurship Beyond Silicon Valley” on Friday focused on stories from the “Silicon Prairie” documentary he helped produce. (Schedule)
  Kansas City Startup Village‘s Matthew Marcus and’s Jase Wilson were part of the Civic Hacking Meetup at SXSW Create. (Schedule)

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Credits: Dwolla bar photo from Des Moines T-shirt from the Greater Des Moines Partnership on Facebook. Bo Fishback photo from Lesa Mitchell photo from Joe Gerstandt photo from Matt Waite photo from Jase Wilson photo by Annie Sorensen. Diana Kander photo from kauffman.orgJerry Moran photo by Danny Schreiber. Jessica Best photo from Andy Stoll photo from Shannon Schlappi photo from Matthew Marcus photo from


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