2016 Schedule

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

Prison Tech Boom: Social Outcomes and Entrepreneurs

Friday, March 11
3:45PM - 4:45PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon E
500 E 4th St

An unlikely market has opened, bringing VCs, government agencies, entrepreneurs, civic coders and nonprofits to the table. Prison (or jail) tech is hot and looks to heat up. This session will be moderated by Laurin Hodge, the daughter of a returning citizen and a co-founder of Mission: Launch, which hosts re-entry events to promote civic tech. Hodge invites two returning citizens (a person who has returned back to community after serving time in prison or jail) to talk about their commitment to the prison tech boom as well as their experiences as tech entrepreneurs after "doing time." Best practices on how to build an ecosystem to support unlikely techies will also be shared.

Hashtags: #sxsw #prisontech


Laurin Hodge at SXSW

Laurin Hodge

Exec Dir

Mission: Launch Inc

Laurin Hodge often says she did not pick prison - prison picked her. It was the unexpected incarceration of her mother, which motivated her to craft a social entrepreneurial career. As the Presiden...

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Marcus Bullock at SXSW

Marcus Bullock

Founder & CEO


At the age of 15, Marcus was sentenced to 23 years in an adult prison. Since the judge suspended 15 of those years, Marcus was left to serve eight years of his life behind bars. After his release i...

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Teresa Hodge at SXSW

Teresa Hodge

Dir, Strategy & Innovation

Mission: Launch Inc

Teresa Y. Hodge, a passionate advocate for people with criminal connections, is committed to reducing the lasting harm caused by prison. It was a 70-month federal prison sentence for a white-collar...

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