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South by Southwest Interactive is swinging into high gear down in Austin, and a good chunk of the D.C. innovation community is headed down there as well. The biggest names heading down from the DMV are of course President Obama and the First Lady, but the DMV will be well-represented by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Virginia Senator Mark Warner and a plethora of notable names in tech like Steve Case. And they won’t just be hanging around listening to music. There are a lot of panels, parties and other events where the DMV will be center-stage. Organizations like the Washington DC Economic Partnership, Arlington Economic Development and more are throwing events and parties all weekend. We put together a round-up of the local tech startups going to Austin and where you might find them if you’re there.

D.C.-area related events:

WDCEP Office Hours and Lounge: WDCEP is holding office hours and hosting a lounge at the WeDC house to answer all kinds of questions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Saturday, March 12 through Monday, March 14.

WeDC Soundstage: Most of the evening and night will host performers from the D.C. area, including some arranged by local startup Pelonkey.

Saturday March 12:

Startup Breakfast with USPTO: Washington, D.C., Alexandria and Arlington are hosting a breakfast with Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Michelle Lee.

NOVA Pool Tournament: The Arlington Economic Development and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership are hosting a free pool tournament and networking event.

Future Government: Market Creator or Destroyer?: A panel on smart cities and civic tech with representatives from D.C., the Small Business Administration and more.

NextGen Food and AgTech Meetup: BlueCart will host a discussion on how technology can improve how food gets from farm to table.

Pathways to Startup Success for Inclusive Tech Entrepreneurship: Local startup, government representatives and other leaders will hold a discussion on the importance of inclusion in the world of tech entrepreneurship.

Sunday March 13:

Big Fat Data Revolution: The Arlington Economic Development is hosting a discussion on big data and how it’s changing the world with several notable area names.

TechBreakfast Showcase: TechBreakfast will host all kinds of demos and giveaways includings several D.C. area companies.

DC Startup Showcase & Job Fair: WDCEP is hosting a showcase of DMV startups including a job fair.

Consumer Technology Association Meetup: The D.C.-based CTA is hosting a happy hour hangout.

 Monday March 14:

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Launch Party: MSE will kick off the launch of its new network and new kinds of tech along with some other big announcements.

WeDC Celebration: WDCEP is hosting a big party at the WeDC House

Startups Attending:






Cleerkut Royalty

Era Metrics


Gray Street Solutions










Springboard Enterprises


Tandem NSI



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