2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Is Mobile Tech the Answer to our Political Apathy?

Tuesday, March 17
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10AB
Austin Convention Center


The explosive growth of mobile is changing the way we interact with each other and with the outside world, including government. 92 percent of Americans own at least one (1) cell phone, and overall in the US, we have more wireless devices than people. On the other hand, Americans are exhibiting an increasing dissatisfaction with the decision-making effectiveness and speed (or lack thereof) of our elected officials, especially Congress.

This session will:

a) Explore whether mobile technologies are helping increase civic engagement.

b) Evaluate whether mobile civic-tech companies are getting traction & funding.

c) Question whether social media is helping solidify this new E- Democracy trend.

Moderator: Adriana Gardella, writer at the New York Times


Ana Roca: Founder of LATISM (Latinos for Social Media and Technology);

Nathan Daschle: Founder of Ruckus, VP at ClearChannel, Investor;

Ximena Hartsock, PHD in Policy and Founder, Phone2Action


#sxsw #civictech


Adriana Gardella

Contributing Writer

Adriana Gardella blogs about women and entrepreneurship for The New York Times, contributes to the paper’s business section, and writes marketing materials for an AmLaw 200 law firm. She has been a...

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Ana Roca Castro



Ana Roca-Castro is the CEO of Premier Transmedia in New Your City and the founder of the largest social network of Latinos in the world: LATISM. She started her career at Columbia University where ...

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Jeb Ory



Nathan Daschle

VP of Govt


Nathan Daschle is the Executive Vice President for Political Strategy at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, where he runs a business unit dedicated to political advertising.

He is also the fou...

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