This is the archived SXSW 2012 schedule. Please see the current schedule here.

Get Your Startup’s Name in Lights with IBM!

#sxsw #IBM

Appearing at the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, IBM is looking for top entrepreneurs to join our Startup Showcase Video Series. We will be in the Startup Village hosting an audience participation session where your ideas count! Bring your smart phone and have ‘real time’ interaction with our panelists as we discuss entrepreneurial perspectives on Crowdsourcing, Social Entrepreneurship and more! Your participation during the session can help influence you being selected as one of four finalists for the IBM Startup Showcase Video Series. Following SXSW, we will work with our finalists to create the Video Series, capturing conversation about their startups and hear how they are improving the lives and businesses of their customers. The video series will be delivered through multiple channels reaching tens of thousands of developers, consumers, investors, and businesses around the world. This session is sponsored by IBM.


Claire England Interim Exec Dir RISE Global

Claire England is Interim Executive Director for RISE Global. RISE is a nonprofit program dedicated to inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs. Created originally as a week-long, free "un-conference" for and by entrepreneurs in Austin, Texas, RISE has grown into an ongoing annual program that leverages its proprietary web interface to provide one-of-a-kind resources and experiences to entrepreneurs worldwide for free. RISE Week Austin 2012 is March 26-30; learn more at

Claire’s background encompasses nonprofit management, digital and social media marketing, public relations, project management, and client relations. She spent 10+ years in nonprofit management at organizations such as Foundation Communities, Caritas of Austin, Texas Bicycle Coalition, and Houston Grand Opera. For the past two years, Claire worked in the private sector as a digital media strategist, consulting with businesses in digital marketing, social media, and public relations. She also served as Senior Accounts Director for KBJOnline, a boutique social media agency. She is a cum laude graduate of Texas State University with a B.A. in Mass Communication – Public Relations and a minor in Music. Claire is passionate about championing entrepreneurs and technology, connecting great people, and supporting social entrepreneurship.

Guy Diedrich Vice Chancellor for Federal & State Rel The Texas A&M University System

Jani Byrne Dir, Strategic Ventures & Partner, Venture Capital Group IBM

Jonathan Libby Client Rep, IBM Venture Capital Group IBM

Sancia Matthyssen Partner, IBM Venture Capital Group IBM

Our Awesome 2012 Sponsors