SXSW Accelerator: Social Technologies
SXSW Accelerator pitch event presented by Oracle is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or services to industry technology experts, high profiled media personnel, and Venture Capitalists / Angel Investors. Three companies that have advanced from the previous day and earlier round within the Social Technologies category will dazzle a live audience, panel of three judges and co-emcees with their ideas, innovations, product and/or service on Sunday, March 9. A grand prize winner for each category will be selected at the end of the day as part of the evening SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony.
The Social Technologies category includes technologies that enable personal connections. This category includes new and interesting uses, cases, products and services that push the boundaries of how we find, follow and share our lives with others.
Professor of Innovation
The University of Texas at Austin
Bob Metcalfe is an Internet Society Hall of Fame Pioneer. He started work on the Internet in 1970 at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford. He invented Ethernet at Xerox Parc in 1973. In 1979, the founded 3Com Corporation, which became part of HP in 2010. Today, more than a billion Ethernet ports ship annually, if you include WiFi, which Bob does. After 3Com, Bob spent a decade as a publisher-pundit and another decade as a venture capitalist. Bob is now Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.
Ball State University
I'm a little bit country; I'm a little bit rock-and-roll. A former Wired and MIT Technology Review reporter, editor, and producer. Co-author of Dungeons and Dreamers. You can find out more about my life as a professor here: http://www.thedudeman.net/2008/02/22/about/.