2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

New Face, New Pace: Innovation Beyond 2016

Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 18ABCD
531 E 4th St

On the anniversary of her historic and unprecedented swearing in at SXSW 2015, Michelle K. Lee – the first woman and Asian American leader of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office – returns to share her vision on expanding and empowering the innovator community. Under Secretary Lee will kick off this featured event by sharing insights on how the intellectual property system and efforts to promote inclusive entrepreneurship optimize American innovation. She will then facilitate a discussion amongst a diverse group of startup CEOs on their successes and failures, and how intellectual property & inclusive teams are unlocking the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Hashtags: #sxsw #NewPace


Jessica Richman at SXSW

Jessica Richman

Co-founder & CEO


Jessica Richman is the co-founder and CEO of uBiome, a startup that uses big data and citizen science to understand the human microbiome.

Jessica attended Stanford University, where she studied...

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Jessica O Matthews at SXSW

Jessica O Matthews

CEO & Founder

Uncharted Play

At the age of 19, Jessica invented the SOCCKET ball, an energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world. At the age of 22, she founded Uncharted Play, renewable ...

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Michelle Lee at SXSW

Michelle Lee

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property & Dir

US Patent & Trademark Office

As Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intel...

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Rachel Payne at SXSW

Rachel Payne

CEO & Co-Founder


Rachel Payne is a serial entrepreneur, inventor and tech executive, having founded or joined pre-launch teams for five start-ups, spent eight years at Google in roles ranging from Principal, Global...

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Sonia Sousa at SXSW

Sonia Sousa

Co-founder & CEO



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