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

Designing Austin’s Economy - An Innovation Uproar?

Sunday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Room 400-402
500 E 4th St

Austin continues to dominate the lists of cities for innovation, startups, entrepreneurs and future job growth. Silicon Valley, Kendall Square and Research Triangle are known as top model knowledge communities in the country. These high-density areas nurture relationships, facilitate the exchange of ideas and fuel innovation. As Austin has evolved into an innovation economy, leaders now seek to foster dense, creative and synergistic workplaces that stimulate ingenious minds and entrepreneurial activity through the power of proximity.

This panel will dive into Austin’s core culture to discuss this innovation uproar and further explore what steps Austin is taking to facilitate and establish its own next generation innovation economy and leading-edge knowledge community.


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Jim Butler

Mgr, Creative Industries Dev

City of Austin

Jim Butler is the Manager of Creative

Industries Development for the City of Austin. He works with various technology, entertainment, and arts sectors to improve the economy of Austin.

Michele Skelding

SVP Global Technology & Innovation

Austin Chamber of Commerce

Michele Skelding is the Senior Vice President of Global Technology and Innovation for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce where she leads the development and execution of the organization’s visi...

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Thomas Osha

Managing Dir

Wexford Science & Technology

Thomas Osha is Managing Director, Innovation and Economic Development. In this role, he guides Wexford’s implementation of its Knowledge Community template; working with Wexford’s partner Universit...

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