2016 Schedule

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

The Modern Industrial Revolution: American Manufacturing for Startups

Wednesday, March 16
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Next Stage
531 E 4th St


This session will explore the revival of American manufacturing and what that means for startups. We’ll explore how the integration of technology with production processes can make supply chains more transparent and manageable. Matthew Burnett, CEO of Maker’s Row, will discuss trends in manufacturing and share success stories of local manufacturers and brands. Meg Erskine, Exec. Dir. of Open Arms, has insight on what it’s like to be a factory for startups and what it takes to thrive in the new industrial age. Deborah Alden, Man. Dir. of BF+DA, supports initiatives at the intersection of sustainability, technology and manufacturing in the fashion industry.

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Deborah Alden at SXSW

Deborah Alden

Managing Dir, Pratt Institute

Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator

Deborah Alden is the Managing Director of Pratt Institute's Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA), where she leads the mentorship program, guiding resident entrepreneurs towards responsible...

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Matthew Burnett at SXSW

Matthew Burnett

Co-Founder & CEO

Maker's Row

Matthew Burnett is the CEO and Co-Founder of Maker’s Row, an online marketplace for American manufacturers with a network of over 9,500 manufacturers and 90,000 brands creating products in the USA....

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Meg Erskine at SXSW

Meg Erskine

Pres & CEO

MRC/Open Arms

Meg is currently Executive Director of Open Arms, a private label manufacturer in that also provides job training for refugees. Meg has devoted her career to helping to solve complex environmental ...

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