Educators flocked to Austin, Texas earlier this week for SXSWedu, a prelude to the nine-day’s worth of geeked-out gadgetry, blaring live music and indie films that follow, courtesy of the main SXSW festival. As the education-focused conference comes to an end today, however, thought leaders from the city’s colleges and universities are heading down from Boston to Austin to keep the learning (and fun) going strong. From MIT to Berklee, here’s a look at how the schools will be celebrating SXSW.
1 Coffee Pot, Many Disciplines: Why Space Matters | Bill Aulet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, will be leading a discussion with MIT’s inaugural Digital Learning Director Sanjay Sarma. The conversation will focus on “driving innovation and entrepreneurship through workspaces that promote and enhance collaboration.” | Saturday, March 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grand Ballroom
Demo Fair & Gathering | The MIT Media Lab is hosting a demo party with the Knight Foundation, Mozilla and SoundCloud. Partygoers will be tinkering with code, sipping drinks and learning more about the challenges facing media today. | Saturday, March 9, 7-10 p.m. | The Parish
Does Scale Matter in Healthcare? | MIT’s student-led H@cking Medicine is hosting a panel with Sue Siegel, CEO of GE Healthymagination; Aman Bhandari, senior advisor to United States Chief Technology Officer Todd Park; Geoffrey Clapp, mentor at Rock Health and founder of Health Hero Network; and Dr. Charles Saunders, CEO of emerging business at Aetna. The conversation will hopefully help answer what the right model is for tech companies in health, and where startups should focus. | Sunday, March 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Sheraton Austin, Creekside
The New Serendipity? | Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, will be joining in on a discussion about today’s interconnected world with Colin Raney, location director and associate partner at IDEO; John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; and Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg and current Venture Partner at Google Ventures. | Sunday, March 10, 5-6 p.m. | Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5
For more MIT-related events, check out the Martin Trust Center’s schedule.
Digital Harvard in Austin | The Harvard Alumni Association is inviting alumni to a meet and greet with famed CS50 Professor David Malan, Harvard’s Chief Digital Officer Perry Hewitt, the Harvard innovation lab staff, representatives from edX and students building web and mobile applications on campus. | Sunday, March 10, 5-7 p.m. | Icenhauer’s Austin
Berklee 8th Annual SXSW Party | Some of Berklee’s best alumni will be headlining their 8th Annual SXSW Party, such as Melissa Ferrick, David Stewart, Jr., Air Traffic Controller, Rebecca Loebe, Chloe Sunshine, The Lights Out, Holiday Mountain, The Field Effect and No Rehearsal. For a party sampler, click here, and for the full lineup, click here. There will be free drinks, an oyster bar and giveaways. | Friday, March 15, 12-6 p.m. | Brush Square Park, East Tent
Wondering what you’re missing? Here’s what SXSW looks like so far on Instagram. And if you are heading down there, keep these tips in mind so you don’t break the bank.